Find a back issue

Making Dallas Even Better

The Lunchbox.

Best Docs, Foreign Films, and Cult Classics on the 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:


Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (2014)
Dir.: Jeff Broadway
Runtime: 93 min.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Monday, March 31, at 8 pm

This new documentary tells the story of underground music label Stones Throw Records, which has reliably produced highly respected hip-hop for nigh on two decades. Featuring interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Questlove, Talib Kweli, and Mike D, among others.


The Jerk (1979)
Dir.: Carl Reiner
Runtime: 104 min.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Tuesday, April 1, at 7:15 pm

Steve Martin is a poor black child who sallies forth into the world—mainly St. Louis—to say and do delightfully dumb things.


On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Dir.: Peter R. Hunt
Runtime: 140 min.

Landmark Magnolia Theatre
Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 and 10:15 pm

George Lazenby is James Bond in this relatively realistic 007 volume, which involves Blofeld, a villain keen on brainwashing and biological warfare.


Alien Contamination (1980)
Sci-Fi, Horror
Dir.: Luigi Cozzi
Runtime: 95 min.

The Texas Theatre
Tuesday, April 1, at 9:15 pm

Insidious green pods from outer space bring explosive death to human beings in this gruesome Alien-inspired film, helmed by the man behind the cult classic Starcrash.


The Lunchbox (2013)
Romance, Drama
Dir.: Ritesh Batra
Runtime: 104 min.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Friday, April 4, at 6 and 8 pm
Saturday, April 5, at 5 pm
Sunday, April 6, at 12, 2, and 4 pm

A lonely housewife and an aging government worker serendipitously connect when a lunchbox is delivered to the wrong address.