Labyrinth marked the end of an era in fantasy/sci-fi films; it was the last big-name movie made before computer animation became the FX standard. An MTV-obsessed, teenage girl’s reverie, the film sported a dream team production-wise with Monty Python’s Terry Jones as scriptwriter, George Lucas as producer, and Jim Henson as director. A young Jennifer Connelly phones in a deliciously indifferent performance, which, ironically, perfectly captures ‘80s teenage ennui. And of course, David Bowie’s turn as the Goblin King Jareth is the reason we watch — he lords over his puppet realm like a glam-rock Oberon. For all its campiness and blatant ripping off of classics like The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, the late Bowie lends the enterprise an endearing authenticity — like a thought bubble popping out from a teenage girl’s head that reads, “I wish goblins would abduct my little brother…and then I meet David Bowie…”
11:59 p.m. July 14 and July 15. Landmark River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit landmarktheatres.com. $8 to $11.
The 1986 film