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The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

CineFile is our weekly digest of the best in Dallas’ under-the-radar cinematic fare—from indie movies, to documentaries, to foreign films, to re-screenings of the (cult) classics. Here’s what you could be watching:

 

AGFA Secret Screening
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Dir.: ?
Runtime: ?

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Monday, January 13, at 7 pm

If you have an appetite for surprises, drop by the Alamo Drafthouse for the American Genre Film Archive Secret Screening. The Drafthouse boasts a formidable collection of rare 35mm prints—“everything from the all time classics to the obscure, never-heard-ofs.” You won’t know what you’re watching until the opening credits.

To coax your risk-taking: the screening is free.

 

TOM CLANCY FILMS AT THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE

The obscenely popular spy-fiction writer Tom Clancy died last year, but not before producing the source material for some quintessential ’90s Hollywood thrillers. Catch Clancy’s famous CIA-operative protagonist, Jack Ryan, in action in three screenings this week.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

 

The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Thriller
Dir.: John McTiernan
Runtime: 134 min.

Tuesday, January 14, at 7 pm

 

Patriot Games (1992)
Thriller
Dir.: Phillip Noyce
Runtime: 117 min.

Wednesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm

 

Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Thriller
Dir.: Phillip Noyce
Runtime: 141 min.

Thursday, January 16, at 7 pm

 

Bettie Page Reveals All (2012)
Documentary
Dir.: Mark Mori
Runtime: 101 min.

The Texas Theatre
Thursday, January 16, at 7 pm
Friday, January 17, at 7 pm
Saturday, January 18, at 7 pm
Sunday, January 19, at 5 pm

Bettie Page is an enduring pop-culture icon: you can thank—or blame—the midcentury pinup for the aesthetics of Madonna, Katy Perry, and many more latter-day starlets. This documentary tells Page’s story—her rise and fall, and post-pinup life—using rare archival footage and recordings, including interviews with the sex symbol herself and (yes!) plenty of photos.

 

Talk to Her (2002)
Drama; Spanish
Dir.: Pedro Almodovar
Runtime: 112 min.

Angelika Dallas – Reservations required
Thursday, January 16, at 7:30

The Dallas Film Society presents this highly original, award-winning Spanish drama about communication, isolation, and loss. Chris Vognar, the Dallas Morning News’ film critic, will offer some insights and answer questions after the screening.

 

City Lights (1931)
Comedy, Romance; Silent
Dir.: Charlie Chaplin
Runtime: 87 min.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sunday, January 19, at 12 pm

Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp is incorrigible and lovable in this brilliant comedy, which features many of the showman’s most indelible routines.

 

Fight Club (1999)
Drama
Dir.: David Fincher
Runtime: 139 min.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sunday, January 19, at 3:30 pm

Pursuant to the first rule of Fight Club, we shall remain mum. (But, if you enjoy sweaty Brad Pitt six-packs, soap, and unreliable narrators, you might want to join.)