Alamo Drafthouse Announces Third New Location in Las Colinas

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An artist's rendering of the new Alamo Drafthouse location in Las Colinas' Music Factory complex

Dallas/Fort Worth is getting a third Alamo Drafthouse movie theater to fulfill the needs of the Metroplex's more hardcore and addicted cinephiles.

The theater chain announced earlier today that it plans to open a third location in Las Colinas in the new Music Factory shopping and entertainment complex located at State Highway 114 and Fuller Drive, according to a released statement.

James Wallace, the DFW programmer for the movie theater chain, says the theater will officially break ground for the new movie theater this Saturday during their "Rolling Roadshow" screening of the Steven Spielberg classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, which answers the question "Why the hell are they doing an outdoor screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in an open field in Las Colinas?"

"We knew the announcement would hit this week and we obviously needed to announce [the Raiders] event earlier to start promoting it," Wallace says. "We had to announce it and it kind of worked in our advantage to grease the rumor wheel."

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Spanish Lake Tells a Story about Race That's Familiar in Dallas, Ferguson and Everywhere

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A scene from Spanish Lake, a new documentary about race in a suburb near Ferguson, Missouri.
During a recent evening rush-hour, KERA was serving commuters one of its usual panels of NPR experts talking about the news, in this case the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. The talking heads all agreed: America needs to have a good heart-to-heart with itself about race.

Are we really ready for that conversation?

If so, Matt Smith has just the thing to break the ice. He's a producer of a new documentary in which residents of Spanish Lake, a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, speak candidly about race, white flight and the government's role in creating divided communities very much like Ferguson. Or, for that matter, very much like those in Dallas, where the film Spanish Lake gets a special showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the AMC NorthPark. (Tickets, $11, are available only online through Tugg.)

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Podcast: Why Did So Few People See Sin City 2?

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Very few people saw this movie.

Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of the Internet.


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Podcast: Which Expendables Stars Surprised Us? And We Watch the New Yorkiest Movie

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Well, who was it? Find out in this week's pod.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point.

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Our Suggestions for Tasty Film and Beer Pairings for Alamo's "Hopped Up Cinema"

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The ultimate bitter beer face.

It wasn't that long ago that having a beer in a movie theater was a novelty if you didn't count sneaking your own into the theater. These days, dine-in theaters are popping up almost as frequently as the giant megaplex cinemas that serve real alcohol. This is a wonderful innovation for anyone ever dragged to a Twilight movie marathon. (I was. The brain-numbing delivered by sweet, sweet beer saved me.).

It was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to make alcohol actually enhance the movie-going experience. Naturally, the Alamo Drafthouse was the first local cinema to figure out a way to do just that with a new film series called "Hopped Up Cinema" where a local brewery comes up with a special blend for a specific movie. The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a screening of the classic Bruce Campbell scream-fest Army of Darkness and a new brew from the Deep Ellum Brewing Company.


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AMC Has Renewed Dallas-Set PC Drama Halt and Catch Fire for a Second Season

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Halt co-creators Chris Rogers (left) and Plano native Chris Cantwell, in their Los Angeles offices.
When we last saw Joe MacMillan, the mercurial Dallas salesmen at the center of the AMC computer drama Halt and Catch Fire, he was wandering into the Texas wilderness, seemingly without purpose, or direction, or even snacks. Considering the show's meager ratings and uneven critical reception, it wasn't hard to believe that we'd never see MacMillan again.

But we will: AMC has picked up the show for a second season, meaning Plano native Chris Cantwell, the show's co-creator and the subject of our May cover story, remains gainfully employed.

See also: The Unlikely Engineering of Halt and Catch Fire

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Podcast: How We Will Remember Robin Williams

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Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan rom-com What If, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant mask the entire time.

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Alamo Drafthouse Plans Tribute Screenings for Robin Williams

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The sudden and tragic death of movie and comedy legend Robin Williams felt like getting broadsided by a cinder block, as waves of updates were posted across the Internet. He seemed to have such an unrelenting well of positive energy whether he was a guest on a talk show or just doing his thing for the camera in a major motion picture. That's really what makes his passing all the more tragic. But, there's a dark side for all people, even those who spend their lives making other people happy.

Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson plans to pay tribute to one of Hollywood's greatest comedians with a series of screenings dedicated to shining a light on some of Williams' greatest films. Creative director James Wallace confirmed that they will kick off their Robin Williams tribute screenings with a Saturday Matinee showing of the 1991 film Hook starring Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan who must get his children back from his arch-nemesis Captain Hook played with by actor Dustin Hoffman.


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The 5 Best Places to See a Movie in Dallas

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Spend too much time at the local multiplex in the summer, and this face could be yours.
It's the thick of the summer movie season, the best of times and the worst of times for film buffs. What better place to escape the August doldrums than you're local cineplex?

Well, someplace that isn't filled to the rafter with screaming kids and annoying teens would be nice. And maybe something showing movies that aren't designed by committee to draw in hordes of screaming, annoying you-know-whats. Movies with dialogue that wasn't lifted from speech bubbles in a comic book would be a welcome change too.

Having a bar attached to the theater doesn't hurt any either. Free is good too.

Yeah, that's right, we're grown-ups, and we like movies. Lucky for us there are options to enjoy the majesty of film without having to deal with the slaughterhouse of fun that the modern Hollywood machine created for the masses. Dallas has seen a rise in film appreciation thanks in part to these theaters that make moviegoing not suck.

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Film Podcast: Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is Forgettable

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Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Woody Allen's latest, Magic in the Moonlight, and revisit Get on Up and Guardians of the Galaxy, and finally, touch on the new documentary The Dog.

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