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



Announcing the 2017 Cinema Tuesdays series!!!

Texas Public Radio's 17th annual Cinema Tuesdays opens on May 30 at the Santikos Palladium, followed by eleven weeks of films at the Santikos Bijou, located at the Wonderland of the Americas Mall (4522 Fredericksburg Rd).  We hope you enjoy this season's schedule!

Come on out each Tuesday, as we give away some great door prizes, show our film, and have a lot of fun! Show time is 7:30. The box office opens 90 minutes 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!   

You can call 210-614-8977 or 1-800-622-8977 during regular business hours to make advance reservations for individual shows or obtain a season pass, and you'll also find reservation links on this page. All proceeds from the Cinema Tuesdays series benefit Texas Public Radio.

Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the Cinema Tuesdays newsletter to find out more about the season and other movie-related news, and follow the TPRCinema Twitter feed and TPR Cinema Tuesdays Facebook page to stay on top of cool movie news on a daily basis.

Thanks to series sponsors Americus Diamond, TASCO Air Conditioning, Stevens LightingMacTLC and FASTSIGNS Northeast | Downtown San Antonio.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies this summer!


May 30: "Casablanca"

The most requested movie by Cinema Tuesdays attendees over the years has been this all-time classic, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid.  Casablanca is one of the most beloved films of all time, adored and discovered by new generations of fans, year after year.

Bogart plays Rick Blaine, owner of a nightclub in Casablanca during WWII, who “sticks his neck out for nobody.”  But an old flame (Bergman) may lead him to change his mind.

Casablanca was nominated for eight 1942 Academy Awards, winning three, including Best Picture.  Nowhere in the film is the line “Play it again, Sam,” uttered.  Our special guess at this screening will be Larry Ratliff, for many years the film critic at the San Antonio Express-News, and an expert on the film. 102 minutes, Rated PG.

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay on "Casablanca."

Make reservations for the screening at this link.


June 6: "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day star in Alfred Hitchcock’s own remake of his 1934 classic. Stewart and Day are a married couple whose lives become intertwined in an international assassination plot. They receive mysterious information from a dying man, their son is kidnapped, and it all climaxes with a tour-de-force sequence set in London’s famous Albert Hall.

Hitchcock himself once claimed that the original was “the work of a talented amateur” while the second version was “made by a professional.”

The film won an Academy Award for Best Song for “Que Sera, Sera,” sung by Doris Day. 120 minutes, rated PG.

Critic Emanuel Levy says the 1956 version of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is superior to the original.

Read the original New York Times review of "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

Make a reservation at this link.



June 13: "Rebel Without a Cause"

In an iconic performance, James Dean stars as Jim Stark, struggling with life at home and school. Natalie Wood plays a good girl gone bad, and Sal Mineo forms the third part of a triangle of friendship that provides a few moments of peace for the troubled teens before tragedy occurs.

Director Nicholas Ray was ahead of the curve; he wanted “Rebel Without a Cause” to be as authentic as possible, and hired local gang members as consultants on the film. One, Frank Mazzola, even wound up in a starring role alongside Corey Allen, who plays Dean’s nemesis in the film, “Buzz.” 111 minutes, rated PG-13.

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay about "Rebel Without a Cause."

Make a reservation at this link.



June 20: Oscar Shorts

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 "Sing," the 2016 Best Live Action Short Film winner, and “Piper,” the 2017 Best Animated Short Film winner.  Come and enjoy films from Hungary, France, Denmark, Spain, and more countries, all in one night!  Total running time of the program: 189 minutes.

Reserve your seat for the OSCAR SHORTS.



June 27: "Redes"

Early in his career, the Austrian-born future Oscar winner Fred Zinnemann codirected with Emilio Gómez Muriel the politically and emotionally searing Redes. In this vivid, documentary-like dramatization of the daily grind of men struggling to make a living by fishing on the Gulf of Mexico (mostly played by real- life fishermen), one worker’s terrible loss instigates a political awakening among him and his fellow laborers. A singular coming together of talents, Redes, commissioned by a progressive Mexican government, was cowritten and gorgeously shot by the legendary photographer Paul Strand. 60 minutes, not rated.

Tonight's feature will be supplemented with short film(s) TBA.

Make a reservation for "Redes." 


July 5 (Wednesday): Double feature! "Duck Soup" + "Cat People

What happens when a major holiday falls on a Tuesday during the summer? Cinema Tuesdays becomes Cinema Wednesday!!! To celebrate, we’re showing our first ever double feature. Two films that have absolutely nothing to do with one another save for their greatness, and an animal in the title.


Hail Freedonia!  Here are the Marx Brothers in their most anarchic comedy, “Duck Soup.”  It’s one of the best films about the absurdities of war.  Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, appointed to be the leader of a small, bankrupt country by the hapless Mrs. Teasdale (long-suffering Marx foil Margaret Dumont).  Meanwhile, Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) are sent as spies by the neighboring country of Sylvania, and soon war breaks out between the two countries. And that’s pretty much it!  What else do you need, it’s a Marx Brothers film!?!  70 minutes, Not Rated.

Read Roger Ebert’s Great Movies essay on Duck Soup.                                    

Here’s New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall’s original 1933 review of Duck Soup.


The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its most frightening terrors to its audience’s imagination. Simone Simon stars as a Serbian émigré in Manhattan who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves (Kent Smith) will turn her into a feline predator. Lewton, a consummate producer-auteur who oversaw every aspect of his projects, found an ideal director in Jacques Tourneur, a chiaroscuro stylist adept at keeping viewers off-kilter with startling compositions and psychological innuendo. Together, they eschewed the canned effects of earlier monster movies in favor of shocking with subtle shadows and creative audio cues. One of the studio’s most successful movies of the 1940s, “Cat People” raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery. 73 minutes, Not Rated.

Read Roger Ebert’s Great Movies essay on Cat People.       

Make a reservation for our DOUBLE FEATURE!


July 11: "Tower"

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August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. 96 minutes, Not Rated.

Read Nathan Cone's interview with "Tower" director Keith Maitland.

Manohla Dargis reviews "Tower" for the New York Times.

Read the Texas Monthly article that inspired Keith Maitland to make the film.

Make a reservation for "Tower" at this link.


July 18: "The Double Life of Veronique"

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling. 97 minutes, Rated R.

Read Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essay on "The Double Life of Veronique."

"A mesmerizing, poetic work." --Hal Hinson, Washington Post

Make a reservation for "The Double Life of Veronique."


July 25: "The Adventures of Robin Hood"

A movie that must be seen on the big screen, "The Adventures of Robin Hood" is a glorious Technicolor swashbuckler about the regal outlaw hero Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) and loyal-to-King-Richard defender of the realm who, with the help of his merry men, takes on usurping traitor Prince John (Claude Rains) and his mutinous minions. Olivia de Havilland plays Lady Marian. Erich Wolfgang Korngold provides the epic score that inspired countless heroic fanfares, including John Williams' "Star Wars" score. 102 minutes, Rated PG.

Read the original 1938 review of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" from the pages of the New York Times.

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay about "The Adventures of Robin Hood."

Make a reservation for "The Adventures of Robin Hood."


August 1: "Young Frankenstein"

"That's FRONK-en-steen." "Walk this way..." "Werewolf? There wolf!" "If you're blue and you don't know where to go to...."

Mel Brooks' horror parody "Young Frankenstein" is one of the funniest movies ever made. It's endlessly quotable! But it's true to its source, too. Brooks insisted on filming in black and white, and used many of the same props that were used in the original "Bride of Frankenstein" movie. More fun than a roll in the hay! 105 minutes, rated PG.

Read a 1974 interview with Mel Brooks about "Young Frankenstein."

Make a reservation for "Young Frankenstein."


August 8: "Tampopo"

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges—our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made. 114 minutes, Not Rated (not suitable for children)

"A rambunctious mixture of the bawdy and the sublime." --Washington Post

Justin Chang reviews "Tampopo" for the Los Angeles Times this year.

Make a reservation for "Tampopo" at this link.


August 15: "Tender Mercies"

Robert Duvall's Oscar-winning performance dominates this study of Mac Sledge, a hard-drinking country singer whose latest binge has left him stranded at a remote and run-down Texas motel owned by a young widow. 89 minutes, Rated PG.

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay about "Tender Mercies."

Make a reservation for "Tender Mercies" at this link.

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