TPR Cinema Tuesdays

“I sincerely believe that to see good films, and to see important films, is one of  the most profoundly civilizing experiences that we can have as people.” -- Roger Ebert


The 2018 Cinema Tuesdays series opens on May 29. Screenings take place at the Santikos Bijou, located in the Wonderland of the Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Rd.), on Tuesday nights from May 29 - August 14. Showtime is 7:30 each week. The box office opens one hour before show time. Some screenings can sell out. Please arrive early to ensure optimal seating choice. 

Suggested donations of $10 for members and $15 for non-members will get you in for these one-time only showings! Reservations for individual shows are now open. You may call 614-8977, or 1-800-622-8977, during regular business hours, to make advance reservations, or use any of the links in the list below. All proceeds from the Cinema Tuesdays series benefit Texas Public Radio. 

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The 2018 Cinema Tuesdays series is made possible by Americus DiamondStevens Lighting, TASCO Air ConditioningMac TLC, and Bjorn's Audio-Video.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

The 2018 Cinema Tuesdays schedule:


June 19 – “Daughters of the Dust

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.

“Daughters of the Dust” was the first wide release by a black female filmmaker, and met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences can finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended. 112 minutes, Not Rated.

Read critic Rita Kempley’s original review of “Daughters of the Dust.”

When the film was restored in 2016, Justin Chang wrote this contemporary review of the film for the Los Angeles Times.

Reserve your seats at this link.


June 26 – “Oscar Shorts

"Dear Basketball.:

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 we bring back the popular Academy Award Shorts program.

This year, all ten of the nominated short films are included on the program, including "The Silent Child," the 2017 Best Live Action Short Film winner, and “Dear Basketball,” the 2017 Best Animated Short Film winner.  Come and enjoy films from Kenya, the United States, United Kingdom, France, and more countries, all in one night!  Total running time of the program: approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Here is NPR's review of the Live Action Shorts, and the Animated Shorts.

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July 3 – “On the Waterfront

Credit Courtesy of The Criterion Collection.

The winner of eight Academy Awards, "On the Waterfront" is director Elia Kazan's crowning achievement, with terrific performances from Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Steiger.  Brando plays former boxer Terry Malloy, who "shoulda been a contendah" but is instead hanging about the docks of New York running errands for union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb).  A series of crimes, and the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), eventually convinces Terry to turn on his former cohorts.

Kazan's interest in the project dated back to the late 1940s, when the director read about crime and corruption amongst New York longshoremen.  Arthur Miller was hired to write a screenplay called "The Hook," but after his falling out with Kazan over the director's HUAC testimony, Miller was replaced by scriptwriter Budd Schulberg.  Therefore, some have viewed "One the Waterfront" as a statement by Kazan defending his testimony.  However, the film is ultimately about one man's struggle to change a corrupt system.  108 minutes, Not Rated.

"One of the most powerful American films of the 1950s." – Pauline Kael

Read critic Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay about "On the Waterfront."

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July 10 – “Memories of Underdevelopment

Credit Janus Films

One of the first Cuban films to achieve significant success abroad, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s intimate and densely layered “Memories of Underdevelopment” is a landmark work of the country’s cinema. Left behind by his wife and family in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana and idly reflecting, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes, Gutiérrez Alea developed a cinematic style as radical as the times he was chronicling, creating a collage of vivid impressions through the use of experimental editing techniques, archival material, and spontaneously shot street scenes. Appearing on the fiftieth anniversary of its release in a stunning new 4K restoration, “Memories” stands as a biting indictment of its protagonist’s disengagement, and an extraordinary glimpse of life in postrevolutionary Havana. 97 minutes, Not Rated.

Here’s a contemporary review of “Memories of Underdevelopment” by John DeFore.

Peter Bradshaw reviews “Memories of Underdevelopment” in The Guardian. “This is a must-see.”

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July 17 – “It Happened One Night

Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra, about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark Gable) who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance. The first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay), It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon and featuring two actors at the top of their game, sparking with a chemistry that has never been bettered. 105 minutes, Not Rated.

“Frank Capra’s direction is like million dollar icing on a perfect cake.” Read an original 1934 review of the film from The Hollywood Reporter.

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July 24 – “Full Metal Jacket

Credit Warner Bros.

Having already made an anti-war film with “Paths of Glory” in the 1950s, Stanley Kubrick set out to make a pure war movie with “Full Metal Jacket,” working with co-writers Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford, basing the screenplay on Hasford’s novel “The Short-Timers.” Unlike contemporaries Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Kubrick elected to film the entirety of the film in his adopted home of England, and the result is a both crisply photographed and dreamy version of Vietnam. The movie stars Matthew Modine as Private Joker, and R. Lee Ermey in an unforgettable role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. 116 minutes, Rated R.

Desson Howe reviews “Full Metal Jacket” for the Washington Post in 1987.

Read the New York Times review of “Full Metal Jacket.”

Read Owen Gleiberman's remembrance of R. Lee Ermey's performance. Ermey passed away this year at age 74.

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July 31 – “The Thin Blue Line

Credit Courtesty of The Criterion Collection.

Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt. 118 minutes, Not Rated.

Read Roger Ebert’s review of “The Thin Blue Line.”

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Errol Morris recorded an essay for NPR’s “This I Believe” project in 2005. Give a listen.


August 7 – “Tokyo Story

Credit Janus Films

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. 137 minutes, Not Rated.

Read critic Roger Ebert’s Great Movies essay about “Tokyo Story.”

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August 14 – “Blazing Saddles

Credit Warner Bros.

“Excuse me while I whip this out.”

Is this the funniest movie ever made? Can we even begin to describe the plot? Do we need to? The answers are Maybe, No, and No. Mel Brooks’ parody of the Hollywood Western broke new ground in its depictions of race, class, and flatulence on screen. And there’s a pie fight. Nuff said. 93 minutes, Rated R.

Read Roger Ebert’s review of “Blazing Saddles.”

Saddle up, partner! Reserve your seat at this link.


NOTE: Titles may be subject to change.

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