Film Events Next 30 Days in San Antonio

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Looking for Langston

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

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Although his resume includes writing and directing credits for the award-winning coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and the blaxploitation documentary BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is arguably better known for conceptual films presented on multiple screens simultaneously. Seemingly dissected and left for viewers to reassemble with their own eyes, these immersive projects have involved journeys to remote ice caves in Iceland, juxtapositions of Arctic and African landscapes, travels through China and curious collaborations with the likes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco. A co-founder of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (an organization “dedicated to developing an independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition and audience”), Julien made one of his earliest waves with Looking for Langston — a 1989 film billed as “a lyrical exploration — and recreation — of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.” In essence a non-linear homage that presents Hughes as a metaphor for the black gay experience, the film has earned cult status and is taught extensively in universities as part of African-American and queer studies programs. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, Julien was a favorite of late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, who acquired more than 50 of his works during her lifetime. In celebration of Looking for Langston’s 30th anniversary, the Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery Studio at Ruby City showcases the 45-minute film as the anchor of a new exhibition of two recently acquired photographs Julien shot during production — Film-Noir Angels and Masquerade No. 3.

Good Movie Night

Third Wednesday of every month, 8-11 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21
The Good Kind Southtown 1127 S St Mary's St, San Antonio Central

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Join Blue Star Contemporary and Slab Cinema in the lush gardens at The Good Kind. John Hughes' classic 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is our first showing Wednesday June 19th! The film will start just after sunset! BSC Members receive a 10% discount on The Good Kind's delectable food and beverages.

Outdoor Film Series: Karate Kid

Thu., June 20, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza. Guests will be able to enjoy a screening of 'Karate Kid' along with themed activities, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. (210) 554-1000

007 Summer Movie Series

Fri., June 21, 8-11 p.m.
Dellview Park 507 Basswood, San Antonio San Antonio

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Dellview Area Neighborhood Association and Grande Communications presents 007 summer movie series at Dellview Park. (210) 245 7331

Mr. Anderson’s Possessed Car

Sun., June 23, 7 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown


Self-taught indie director Maria Galindo jumped feet-first into filmmaking with her first feature, Life’s a Bitch (released as A Slice of Life in Barcelona on Amazon Prime). Galindo has brought things back to Good Ol’ San Anto for her second full-length film, veering into the horror genre while she’s at it. In Mr. Anderson’s Possessed Car, our eponymous protagonist nabs himself a 1992 Honda Accord for a song. The problem is, the car is a lemon — there are literally demons in the engine! A slave to his pride, Mr. Anderson refuses to simply get rid of the car, insisting on recouping his costs by selling it to some other poor soul, and, predictably, chaos ensues. The horror comedy will be preceded by a screening of Galindo’s 2017 short, “The Witch Hour.” (210) 262-8653

Star Wars at Hemisfair

Tue., June 25, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., July 2, 7:30 p.m.
Yanaguana Garden 434 S. Alamo St., San Antonio Southtown


Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and head down to Hemisfair Park to catch three free screenings of the Star Wars original trilogy in the Yanaguana Garden: A New Hope on June 18, The Empire Strikes Back on June 25, and The Return of the Jedi on July 2. Galactic activities kick off at 7:30pm featuring pre-movie entertainment by local musicians, strolling characters in costume by Teacups and Tiaras and stargazing in an inflatable planetarium. The movies will begin at dusk around 8:30pm.

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Oscar Shorts

Tue., June 25, 7:30 p.m.
Santikos Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


How many times have you sat there watching the Academy Awards broadcast on television, and when the Short Film categories come up, you're left scratching your head, either trying to guess which one will win based on its title alone, or wishing you could actually see some of these films, somewhere? Well, tonight is your night, as TPR Cinema Tuesdays brings back the popular Academy Award Shorts program. This year, all ten of the nominated short films are included on the program, including the animated winner, "Bao," and the live action winner, "Skin." Come and enjoy films from Canada, Ireland, the United States and Spain, all in one night! Total running time of the program: approximately 2 hours, 46 minutes. (210) 734-4552

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday

Wed., June 26, 8-9:30 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Park North 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12.25

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Get ready, San Antonio—now’s your chance to watch some amazing cephalopods on the silver screen! The short science film documentaries will be followed by a conversation with aquarist Jamie Shank from the San Antonio Aquarium and oceanographer Dr. Alberto Mestas-Nuñez from University of Texas, San Antonio as they explore the mysterious world of the deep through film, conversation and lots of arms and tentacles. (210) 677-8500

GET REEL: Boys Don’t Cry

Thu., June 27, 7 p.m.
McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


During Hilary Swank’s Oscar acceptance speech for her lead performance in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry, Swank thanked Brandon Teena, the trans man she portrayed in the film who was raped and murdered six years prior to its theatrical release. “His legacy lives on through our movie to remind us to always be ourselves, to follow our hearts, to not conform,” she said. “I pray for the day when we not only accept our differences, but we actually celebrate our diversity.” Sadly, according to the most recent FBI statistics available, hate crimes against LGBTQ individuals increased in the United States during 2017. That’s why raising awareness is such a critical undertaking in the culture war we’re currently fighting in this country. The McNay Art Museum is doing its small part with its free Get Reel summer film series, which this year centers on films about gender identity. Next on the schedule: co-writer and director Kimberly Peirce’s honest and heart-wrenching drama that made Swank a star and swung open doors for other films about the underrepresented trans community to be produced like Transamerica, The Danish Girl and A Fantastic Woman. (210) 824-5368

Boys Don't Cry

Thu., June 27, 7-9 p.m.
McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Director Kimberly Peirce’s biographical film dramatizes the real-life story of trans man Brandon Teena, portrayed by Hilary Swank, and his girlfriend Lana Tisdel. Like many trans individuals, Brandon fell victim to a hate crime after being outed. For her role in 'Boys Don't Cry,' Swank won an Academy Award for Best Actress. (210) 824-5368

Dynamic Tensions Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fourth Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Continues through Jan. 3

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Dynamic Tensions Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show Hoopla! Dynamic Tensions, San Antonio's Rocky Horror Shadow Cast, is an easy-going group of talented people who enjoys the RHPS and everyone who lives life in the Transylvanian way. (210) 607-7007

Family Flicks: Black Panther

Fri., June 28, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

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Outdoor films in collaboration with Slab Cinema. Films begin at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. During inclement weather, films are cancelled. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum. They will be showing Black Panther (2018), suggested for ages 12 and up. The movie focuses on the young King T'Challa is drawn into conflict with an old foe that puts his homeland Wakanda and the entire world at risk, he must release Black Panther's full power to save them. 210.978.8100

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Midnight Cowboy

Tue., July 2, 7:30 p.m.
Santikos Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


If the only thing you know about Jon Voight is that he’s Angelina Jolie’s dad, then this week’s iteration of TPR’s Cinema Tuesdays is a must-attend for you. Voight’s storied career was launched by Midnight Cowboy, in which he starred as a naïve Texan dishwasher who decides to make it big in New York City as a sex worker. Things don’t quite go his way once he arrives, and he strikes up an unlikely friendship with the aptly named grifter Ratso Rizzo, played by Dustin Hoffman. Not only is this first and only X-rated flick to receive the Oscar for Best Picture (though it was later reclassified as R), Midnight Cowboy is also the source of the ultimate NYC exclamation: “I’m walkin’ here!” (210) 734-4552

Cinema Terrible: Who Killed Captain Alex?

Tue., July 2, 6 p.m.
Central Library 600 Soledad St., San Antonio San Antonio

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This month's Cinema Terrible offering is the viral, DIY not-quite-so-terrible-movie Who Killed Captain Alex. Billed as Uganda's first action film, this ultra low-budget opus is a wild mixture of comedy, kung fu, explosions, and utter supa craziness. It's also enlivened by Video Joker track riffing provided by VJ Emmie. The staff of the Central Library will provide the popcorn, but BYOD (bring your own non-alcoholic drinks) and bring your MST3K-style heckling skills to add to VJ Emmie's hilarious running commentary. Up to 3 hours free parking at the Central Library Garage! Validate your parking ticket at the 1st floor Reference desk. 210.207.2693

Outdoor Film Series: Spider Man: Into The Spider Verse

Sat., July 6, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza. Guests will be able to enjoy a screening of 'Spider Men: Into the Spider Verse' along with themed activities, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. (210) 554-1000

Briscoe Summer Film Series

Sun., July 7, 1 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 4, 1 p.m.
Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W. Market St., San Antonio, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Briscoe Museum of Western Art presents its 2019 Summer Film Series, curated by Professor Andrew Patrick Nelson, P.h.D., from the School of Film and Photography, Montana State University and Bozeman. Dr. Nelson will introduce each film with a brief lecture discussing connections and themes which relate to the museum’s current exhibitions. The lecture begins at 1:00 pm followed immediately by the film. Films include Smoke Signals (June 9), Thelma & Louise (July 7) and Junior Bonner (August 4). (210) 2994499; (210) (FAX)

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Some Like It Hot

Tue., July 9, 7:30 p.m.
Santikos Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


So, what would you do if you were witness to a mob hit and you wanted to get out of town incognito? Why, dress up like women and join an all-girls band, of course! Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe star in Some Like It Hot, named by the American Film Institute as the funniest film of the century. The gender issues the film deals with are still relevant today, which is one reason the comedy holds up so well! It also helps to have a great director like Billy Wilder at the helm, and a wonderful cast that clearly had fun making this movie. And here's a crazy bit of trivia for you: the film won only one Oscar—for best costumes! Don't miss it! 121 minutes, Not Rated. (210) 734-4552

Film on the Green: Superman: The Movie

Fri., July 12, 8:30-10 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Outdoor films in collaboration with Slab Cinema. Films begin at sundown at the West Courtyard of SAMA. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. During inclement weather, films are cancelled. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum. The screening will be of Superman: The Movie (1978), suggested for ages 8 and up. An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (210) 978-8100

Movie in the Park

Second Saturday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14
Tower of the Americas 739 E Cesar Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio

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Grab a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly motion picture under the stars every month. Visit the Tower of Americas Facebook page to see what's playing each Saturday. (210) 223-3101

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Strangers on a Train

Tue., July 16, 7:30 p.m.
Santikos Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


Alfred Hitchcock directed this classic suspense tale--widely considered one of the master's best works--tapping into the evil that lies hidden just beneath the surface of each of us. When two strangers--tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger), whose wife will not grant him a divorce, and wealthy but deranged young Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), who wants to be rid of his father--happen to meet on a train from Washington to New York, the conversation casually turns to a possibly perfect crime: what if each committed a murder for the other? There is nothing to connect the two men. No apparent motive for either killing. When the trip ends, Guy believes the conversation was hypothetical, and that he will never see Bruno again. Then his wife is murdered...and Bruno returns for payback. Hard-boiled crime novelist Raymond Chandler co-wrote the screenplay of this film adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith. 101 minutes, Not Rated. (210) 734-4552

Outdoor Film Series: Pretty In Pink

Thu., July 18, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza. Guests will be able to enjoy a screening of 'Pretty In Pink' along with themed activities, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. (210) 554-1000

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