- Emily Quigley American-Statesman Staff
Fantastic Fest — the Alamo Drafthouse’s annual celebration of the weird, wild and wonderful of cinema — will open this fall with the U.S. premiere of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” from Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”), a “darkly comic drama” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.
The genre-focused festival always shines a spotlight on foreign sci-fi, fantasy and horror films, and festival organizers are calling this, the festival’s 13th year, “a bizarre ride to the Arabic side,” with movies from Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan, including Egypt’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” vampire adaptation “Anyab.”
And continuing the trend of 2017 as the Year of Stephen King, the fest will screen two Netflix films based on works from the prolific horror author: “1922” and “Gerald’s Game.”
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”: This thriller from Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan, picked up a best screenplay award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“My Friend Dahmer”: True-crime fanatics are looking forward to this take on the serial killer as a high school loner (isn’t that how they all start?).
“Brawl in Cell Block 99”: Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and prison fighting. Brace yourself.
“Anna and the Apocalypse”: This entry from Scotland is billed as a “holiday horror musical.” That pretty much sums up the spirit of Fantastic Fest.
Fantastic Fest runs Sept. 21-28; buy badges and see the full list of films announced so far at fantasticfest.com.
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Graham Wilkinson’s Gospel Brunch. It’s a late summer, early fall tradition: Wilkinson and his band perform on the stage at Uncle Billy’s every Sunday for their Austin-inspired gospel brunch. Expect to hear classic gospel, as well as songs by Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and more. Plus, chow down on a barbecue brunch menu (smoked brisket hash, anyone?) while sipping on a beer cocktail like the Billy’s Michelada, with house-made Bloody Mary mix and Green Room IPA. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. Free. Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Road. facebook.com/events/134620740462183.
“The Parent Trap” at the Paramount Theatre. The Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series won’t last much longer, but it couldn’t close out without showing the 1961 family film, starring Hayley Mills, about two long-lost twin sisters who find out their parents split up and separated them from each other — and who set out on a scheme to reunite the divorced couple. Twins get into the screening for free, as do those dressed like twins. 1 p.m. Aug. 13. $6-$10. 713 Congress Ave. 512-474-1221, austintheatre.org.
Beer Yoga. The South Shore location of the Jackalope is hosting an afternoon of beer and yoga to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Just bring a nonperishable food item and you’ll be able to enjoy a yoga session and beer from Bell’s Brewery before or after the class. 11:30 a.m. doors Aug. 13. 1523 Tinnin Ford Road. facebook.com/events/243914876118983/.