Mother's Day is a big day for moviegoing in Austin. Who knew? Alamo Drafthouse is offering Mother's Day movie-and-feast combinations for Amelie at the South Lamar theater and Moonstruck at the Village theater. Alamo Lake Creek is showing Terms of Endearment in the afternoon. And aGLIFF is honoring Mom in an entirely different way with its annual Mommie Dearest Roast at Alamo Downtown.
In other Austin film news, The Paramount has released its Summer 2006 Classic Film Series schedule. The series begins on May 24 with Chocolat and ends on Sept. 8 with The Third Man and Fallen Idol. My favorite double-feature on the schedule: Hail the Conquering Hero and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, both Preston Sturges movies I haven't yet seen.
- The AFS@Dobie collaborative series starts again this week with The Syrian Bride (shown above), which Dobie Theatre is showing regularly all week long. The 2004 film is about the ways in which an Israeli family is affected by the turbulent political situation.
- If you don't want to watch Amelie in a theater full of moms with a French feast, you can catch the movie at midnight on Friday and Saturday at Alamo Lake Creek.
- For no apparent reason other than that the movie looks fabulous on the big screen, Alamo South Lamar is showing A Clockwork Orange nightly from Monday through Thursday this week. I've only ever seen this movie in theaters and can't imagine watching it on DVD.
- Alamo Drafthouse Downtown has teamed up with Draught House for an encore screening of the documentary American Beer. If you buy a special Beer Sampler ticket for Monday night's event, Alamo will serve you samples of 15 types of beer, all featured in the documentary, during the film.
- Austin Film Society's "Three Actresses Abroad" series concludes this Tuesday with Pandora's Box, the 1929 German silent film starring Louise Brooks. The film screens at Alamo Downtown.
- The free film series "Green Screen: Films from the Environmental Front" continues on Wednesday night at Alamo Downtown with the documentary Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America. The movie is about one man's campaign to protect America's national parks.
- This week's Weird Wednesday film at Alamo Downtown is another Richard Rush biker film (for those who enjoyed The Savage Seven during Best of QT Fest): Hell's Angels on Wheels. The 1967 film has a great cast, including Adam Roarke, Jack Nicholson, and Jack Starrett (who directed Hollywood Man and The Dion Brothers, two other QT Fest films). Weird Wednesday films screen at midnight and admission is free. As an added bonus, the film's stunt coordinator, Gary Kent, will attend the screening.
- To Have and Have Not, the 1944 Bogart-and-Bacall classic directed by Howard Hawks, is this week's American Screen Legends free movie at The Glenn on Thursday night. (This is the movie with the legendary quote about the whistle.)