February is such a blah month for movies. New releases are often films that people see only because nothing else good is around (Pink Panther, I am looking at you). In Austin, the SXSW film lineup just went public and it seems like forever until the fun starts in March. Still, local theaters have managed to put together some enjoyable screenings this week, including Valentine's Day (or anti-valentine) special events. In addition, both Ross McElwee and Peter Bogdanovich will be in town to show their movies and participate in Q&As, and that's not blah at all.
- This week's AFS@Dobie films, in which Austin Film Society collaborates on Dobie Theatre programming, are the feature Before the Fall, held over from last week, and the documentary Protocols of Zion. The films will play all week long at the Dobie.
- Free coffeehouse movies: Austin Java on Barton Springs is showing Fahrenheit 9/11 tonight (Friday) at 8 pm. Cafe Mundi is showing Existenz, the 1999 David Cronenberg film, on Monday 2/13 at 8 pm.
Downtown has started a new series, Soul Cinema, on Monday nights at 7 pm. The Monday 2/13 film is tick ... tick... tick ..., a
1970 drama about a black sheriff in a rural Southern town. The cast list alone is fascinating: ex-football player Jim
Brown, George Kennedy, Dub Taylor, Bernie Casey, and of all people, Fredric March. It's not available on DVD, and
admission is just $1.