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Meeting Gorbachev

May 24 to May 27
Friday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Werner Herzog & Andre Singer - 2019 - 95m - In Russian, German, English & Polish with English subtitles - No Matinees

Werner Herzog and André Singer's riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world's greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev's three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years! One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev's approach: "The process went so quickly that... opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation." Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.

“Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. All thanks to Herzog's keen eye.” - Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

“Herzog's film may not be the final word on Gorbachev, but it is affectionate and candid and leaves audiences in a melancholy mood about the sometimes short-lived nature of reform.” - Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

“It's ultimately because of Gorbachev's seeming unwillingness to fit the director's usual mold that Meeting Gorbachev is able to become such a different and engaging bio-doc.” - David Ehrlich, indieWire

“Herzog has a knack for extracting pithy, poetic responses from his subjects, but here he outdoes himself.” - Christopher Machell, CineVue

“It's a compelling piece of portraiture, clearly done from a place of admiration and respect.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“Herzog is an affable and curious interlocutor, and Gorbachev is engaged and on point, insightfully discussing his nation's past and present. - Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

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Red Joan

May 24 to May 27
Friday to Monday 3:15, 8pm

Dir. Trevor Nunn - 2019 - 110m

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information—including details on the building of the atomic bomb—to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story, Red Joan vividly brings to life the conflicts—between patriotism and idealism, love and duty, courage and betrayal—of a woman who spent a lifetime being underestimated while quietly changing the course of history.

“Red Joan never meanders. This film is a smartly designed, tightly packaged tale of one woman's journey, the choices she makes along the way, and the far reverberating impact they had on history.” - Beth McDonough, Birth.Movies.Death.

“The film combines the personal with the political in a gripping story of one woman's life- and world-altering decision.” - Monica Reid, Far Out Magazine

“A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine.” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

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MANNAJA: A MAN CALLED BLADE - one of the last great Spaghetti Westerns !!

May 25 to May 26
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sergio Martino - 1977 - 96m - Italy - In Italian with English subtitles - No Matinees

TOTALLY UNCUT AND UNCENSORED!

BONUS!  LOCAL FILM ENTHUSIAST AND SPAGHETTI WESTERN SUPER FAN JOHN HOFFSIS TO INTRODUCE THE SATURDAY SCREENING!  LOCAL FILM WRITER/HISTORIAN JEFF BERG TO INTRODUCE THE SUNDAY SHOW!

Maurizio Merli (the iconic star of the 70s Italian cop movies) stars as a hatchet-wielding bounty hunter with a dark past and an even more desperate future. But when he disrupts the balance of power in a corrupt mining town, he unleashes a firestorm of brutality, betrayal and cold-blooded murder. Now, one man stalks a savage land where justice walks a razor and no bullets slice deeper than vengeance. He is A MAN CALLED BLADE. 

John Steiner (SALON KITTY, CALIGULA) and Donal OBrien (RUN MAN RUN, KEOMA) co-star in this muddy, bloody and extreme Spaghetti Western that is truly a cut above the rest. Co-written and directed by the notorious Sergio Martino (TORSO, MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD), MANNAJA: A MAN CALLED BLADE has been fully restored from original Italian vault materials including its infamous eyeball torture scenes.

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Alibi Midnight Madness Presents

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Bad Black

Jun 7 to Jun 8
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) - 2016 - 68m - Uganda - In English - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 general / $6 students

Winner of Fantastic Fest 2016’s Audience Award!

Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda: home of “DA BEST OF DA BEST MOVIES!” and the vanguards of DIY commando cinema. PREPARE TO GET YOUR MIND BLOWN!!!

Under the guidance of writer/producer/director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) and with producer/star Alan Ssali Hofmanis, this crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados produce dozens of gonzo action films in the Kampala ghetto with budgets that rarely exceed $200 USD. Utilizing scrap parts to build computers, machine guns and a full-sized Huey helicopter, these real-life superheroes inspire more heart, imagination and soul than a thousand Hollywood blockbusters.

“[Wherein] a mild-mannered doctor, portrayed by Wakaliwood producer Hofmanis, is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes(!) in an effort to steal back a family heirloom from Uganda's toughest gang. A multitude of subplots ensue at a breakneck pace as Nabwana hurls his charismatic cast through bombastic firefights, dizzying motorcycle chases, and an absolutely madcap prison riot – all photographed with a thrilling gonzo panache and seeped in gleefully silly, self-deprecating humor. And in Uganda’s finest storytelling tradition, the films are complemented by the acerbic wit of narrator/”Video Joker” VJ Emmie, who sums up the Wakaliwood experience with a single sentiment: ‘It is a love story...LOVE OF ACTION!’” (Peter Kuplowsky, Fantastic Fest)

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