Special screenings

Special screenings

The Band Wagon

Dir. Vincente Minnelli; writ. Betty Comden, Adolph Green; feat. Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan (NR)

Screenwriting team Betty Comden and Adolph Green followed up their 1952 Singin' in the Rain with this musical satire for the giant of the genre, Minnelli. Astaire plays a washed-up Hollywood star seeking a comeback on Broadway, where he's saddled with a pretentious director who wants to turn the song and dance into ahhht. Art or no, the Technicolor treat is best described by its most famous song: "That's Entertainment." John DeFore

The Band Wagon screens 7:30 pm, July 20 as part of Texas Public Radio's "Cinema Tuesdays" series, at the Bijou at Crossroads Theater. Admission is $10 members / $12 non-members. 614-8977 or tpr.org for reservations.

Ilona Arrives with the Rain / Ilona Llega con la Lluvia (1996)

Dir. Sergio Cabrera; feat. Margarita Rosa de Francisco, Imanol Arias, Pastor Vega (NR)

Set in Panama City circa 1950, this story is based on a novel by Colombian author Alvaro Mutis. A smuggler stranded in Panama runs into Ilona, his former cohort and lover, and together they spring another compatriot and set themselves in pursuit of easy money. &mdash Eric Bradshaw

Ilona Llega con la Lluvia screens 4 pm Sunday, July 18, and 7 pm Wednesday, July 21, as part of the Instituto de México's "Cine Colombiana" series, at the Instituto, 600 Hemisfair. Admission is free. For more information, call 227-0130, Ext 12.

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1976)

Megalon: apocalyptic intergalactic cockroach that lives under your kitchen sink.
Dir. Jun Fukuda; writ. Jun Fukuda, Shinichi Shekizawa; feat. Katshuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi (NR)

Jun Fukuda has directed the least-known of the Godzilla films, such as Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster, Son of Godzilla, and Godzilla vs. Gaigan. His Godzilla films became increasingly ridiculous and Godzilla vs. Megalon is not to be taken too seriously. In it, Godzilla teams up with Jet Jaguar, a robot superhero, to defend Japan from an apocalyptic intergalactic cockroach known as Megalon. Gaigan, the monster from Fukuda's previous Godzilla film, is involved in the final showdown. &mdash Eric Bradshaw

Godzilla vs. Megalon screens at approximately 9 pm Thursday, July 15 as part of the series "In the Public Domain," at the Slab, across the street from La Tuna, 100 Probandt. Admission is free. For more information, call 212-9373.

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