Snyder shot the film with a super-imposition chroma key technique that makes it feel like it leaped right from the pages of Miller’s comic book. What was already a story of fearless warriors battling impossible odds is turned into a fantasy epic involving mystical oracles, demonic soldiers, and all the slow-motion killing you could ever ask for. You may quibble with the historical accuracy of the film, but you cannot deny that watching King Leonidas lead Sparta's hero-warriors against mutants with bladed hands who charge the brave Greeks while Tyler Bates’s music score crescendos is a bloody good rollercoaster ride. 8 p.m. Market Square Park, 300 Travis. For information, call 713-650-3022 or visit www.drafthouse.com. Free.
Fri., March 23, 8 p.m., 2012