You are either with us or against us tomorrow evening at the double-bill screening of Them! and Godzilla (I recommend "with". We have mutant ants and a 30 story-high radiation-breathing lizard on our team.).
But if you can't make that:
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
July 17th at 7pm at The Alamo Ritz
If you've never seen Buckaroo Banzai, I pity you. Peter Weller plays the titular physicist/adventurer/rockstar, and the cast includes a very young (and attractive as always)Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, and even Clancy "Lex Luthor" Brown.
To explain the movie is like trying to explain the 8th Dimension its very self. But, its sort of a 1980's tongue-in-cheek take on old school Sci-Fi ideas like Doc Savage and his team of adventurers. Also: trans-dimensional aliens, rockbands, and jet-propelled mini-vans. Its... an amazing bit of movie-making that utterly flopped at the box office (although I saw it in the theater, natch), and has become a cult favorite of nerds everywhere.
July 21st at 7pm at The Alamo Ritz
To me, this is the quintessential modern action film. I don't love this movie because it is good, or even for nostalgic reasons. I love this movie because it is absolutely pure and sincere in what it is (sincerely ridiculous), and you can pretty much demonstrably prove that every action movie that came before or after this movie somehow touches this movie as either leading to Commando or as a descendant of Commando (or, the era that produced Commando. And, of course, this is the ultimate movie of that era).
I literally talk about Commando at least once per week. Partially because EVERYBODY HAS SEEN COMMANDO. This is a rule. Everyone has seriously seen this movie. Want to talk about the dull characterization popular in action films? Commando. Want to talk heroes who do more damage than good by anybody's measure? Commando. Want to talk about stripping down to your skivvies for no reason other than that you've hired Mr. Universe for your action picture? COMMANDO.
Plus, they're gonna set off fireworks in the theater.