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Lost Highway - double featured with WILD AT HEART

May 30 to Jun 1
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1997 - 135m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highway. The successful jazz musician whose marriage is on the rocks… The man in black who threatens to expose him… The young mechanic with links to a powerful mobster… The mobster's moll, who knows what she wants and the people who can get it for her. These are the riders on the Lost Highway, trapped in their worlds of desire, destiny, and unknown destination, where the truth is always just a short way further down the road. Featuring a star-studded soundtrack and an incredible cast including Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Patricia Arquette (Medium), Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake and Robert Loggia, Lost Highway is a powerful, sensual and extraordinary movie experience from the director that you know from Blue Velvet & Twin Peaks.

“Beyond subversive and downright ahead of its time.” - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

“It's one of the downright spookiest films I've ever seen, and it gives me chills just to recall it.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

“Its demented darkness actually coallesces into a strange kind of giddy joy - not unlike the rush of adrenaline one feels after a brush with danger.” - Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter

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Wild At Heart - double featured with LOST HIGHWAY

May 30 to Jun 1
Tuesday to Thursday 3:30, 6:00

Dir. David Lynch - 1990 - 125m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

WINNER OF THE 1990 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PALME D'OR - Mr. Lynch delivers a stunning piece of work with this flamboyantly violent and erotic tale of love on the run. Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival, Wild At Heart is a twisted rollercoaster ride to redemption through an American gothic heart of darkness. If Lula (Laura Dern, Blue Velvet) knows on thing in this world, it's that she's destined to be with her ex-con boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) - no matter how many times her mama (Diane Ladd, Rumbling Rose) tries to kill him. But when she and Sailor finally hit the road in a desperate bid to find happiness, their journey plunges them into a disturbing underworld filled with sexual secrets and dangerous desires that form a terrifying tapestry of human extremity. The amazing supporting cast includes Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rossellini and Crispin Glover, just to name a few.

“Joltingly violent, wickedly funny and rivetingly erotic.” - Variety Staff

“Funny, scary and brilliantly cinematic.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Lynch's kinky fairy tale is a triumph of startling images and comic invention.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Obit

Jun 2 to Jun 5
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY

Dir. Vanessa Gould - 2017 - 95m - No Matinees

It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. 

Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

"Inspirational, uplifting and often hilarious. Gould has crafted the perfect documentary."— William Garre, The Upcoming

"One of the few great films I've seen about writing."— Erik Luers, Filmmaker Magazine

"Engaging and lively. Those writers make for fun company."— John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Marvelous… dazzling breadth."— Michael Nazarewycz, Way Too Indie

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar

Jun 2
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Beeban Kidron - 1995 - 109m - All Seats $8

A PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE MOVIE SPECIAL!  ADVANCE TICKETS ONLINE AVAILABLE, CLICK HERE!

Whether you're celebrating Pride or if you're a fan, join PRIDE & Equality for a special screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar at The Guild Cinema in Nob Hill starring the late Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo. With live drag performances and giveaways through the evening. THIS IS AN ALL-AGES EVENT!

Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo star as three "girls" who just wanna have fun in a hilarious comedy about repairing broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails. En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema (Snipes), Vida (Swayze) and Chi Chi (Leguizamo) are forced to take an unwelcome detour when their 1967 Cadillac convertible breaks down. Stranded in the tiny midwestern town of Snydersville, the three try to make the best of their unfortunate circumstance. And when their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend. Also starring Stockard Channing and Blyth Danner, this marvelous mix of flamboyant fun and unrefined simpleness erupts into plenty of laughs!

“A great deal of fun and a small step forward in Hollywood's depiction of homosexuals.” - Rita Kempley, Washington Post

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Whisky Galore

Jun 2 to Jun 5
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Gillies MacKinnon - 2017 - 98m - UK

Starring Eddie Izzard - The inhabitants of a Scottish island try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a nearby stranded ship. A remake of the beloved black and white original film directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios, which was based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, which itself was based on the real events of 1941 when the S.S. Politician was shipwrecked in the Outer Hebrides leading to an hilarious battle as the wily islanders on nearby Eriskay tried to salvage the huge cargo of whisky on board, enraging the British authorities.

"Four stars! “What makes the film so pleasurable is the humour and lyricism with which it tells its rousing story of whisky-loving small timers coming together together to keep officialdom at bay ... A very enjoyable affair.” - Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK)

"Four stars! As with Bill Forsyth's best work, the film's bonhomie might just have universal appeal ... Offers a taste of Scotland that's well worth acquiring." - The List

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Eraserhead - the ultimate cult movie on the big screen!

Jun 3
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1977 - 89m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

A dream of dark and troubling things . . . 

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

“What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” - Nathan Lee, Village Voice

“It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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The Elephant Man

Jun 3 to Jun 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1980 - 123m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

From the acclaimed director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, it’s the bizarre but true story of courage and human dignity. John Hurt gives the performance of a lifetime as John Merrick, the worst "freak" known to Victorian medical science, a man whose body is hideously distorted into a grotesque parody of an elephant. Rescued from a travelling freak show by Sir Frederick Treves, Merrick gradually reveals himself to be a strangely sweet and gentle man, remarkably unembittered by the degradation and torment he suffered at the circus. Beautifully shot by Freddie Francis and with an excellent supporting cast including Sir John Gielgud, Anne Bancroft and Dame Wendy Hiller, The Elephant Man is a compelling, moving and enchanting story. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

“Lynch's powerful depiction of Merrick (played by John Hurt) moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness. That's the very movement of the story itself.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.” - Variety Staff

“A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.” - Tom Milne, Time Out

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Hounds of Love

Jun 6 to Jun 7
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30

Dir. Ben Young - 2017 - 108m - Australia - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 27 TO THURSDAY JUNE 29 !

“Australian director Ben Young's debut offers a bold new spin on the serial-killer genre.” - Eddie Cockrell, Variety

In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

“Benefits from impressive control of visuals to build suspense and from the spiky performances of its fearless cast, flagging Young as a talent to watch.” - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“That rarest of cinematic beasts: a directorial debut that's not only tonally flawless but also manages to radically reimagine an entire genre.” - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

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Titicut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

Jun 6 to Jun 7
Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Frederick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 27 TO THURSDAY JUNE 29 !

Iconic documentarian Fredrick Wiseman’s stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

“A documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in TITICUT FOLLIES forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

“After a showing of TITICUT FOLLIES the mind does not dwell on the hospital’s ancient and even laughable physical plant, or its pitiable social atmosphere. What sticks, what really hurts is the sight of human life made cheap and betrayed. We see men needlessly stripped bare, insulted, herded about callously, mocked, taunted. We see them ignored or locked interminably in cells. We hear the craziness in the air, the sudden outbursts, the quieter but stronger undertow of irrational noise that any doctor who has worked under such circumstances can only take for so long. But much more significantly, we see the ‘professionals’, the doctors and workers who hold the fort in the Bridgewaters of this nation, and they are all over…TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…” – Robert Coles, The New Republic

“A great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition.” – Ray Greene, Village View

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USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story - A 50th Anniversary Special

Jun 8
Thursday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Dir. Patrick King - 1989 - 60m

A VETERANS FOR PEACE (ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER) SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story describes the USS Liberty incident through eyewitness accounts of the survivors. It is the only video account free from the Orwellian doublespeak that has obscured the event since June 8, 1967, when Israeli jet aircraft and motor torpedo boats brutally attacked the USS Liberty in international waters. The attack lasted more than two hours, killing 54 Americans and wounding 171 others -- and it inflicted over 800 rocket and torpedo holes in the ship. When the USS Liberty refused to sink, Israeli forces machine-gunned her life rafts and sent in troop-carrying helicopters to finish the job. Details of the attack were hushed up in both countries. Israel claimed that her forces mistook the USS Liberty for an Egyptian ship; America quietly accepted that excuse despite evidence to the contrary. The facts have been covered up, and have never been told on video -- until now. Now learn the truth from the men who lived through it!

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Dune

Jun 9 to Jun 10
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. David Lynch - 1984 - 137m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GOOD BUDDIES WITH BUBONICON 49 !

The controversial film version of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction epic, Dune, explodes on the screen with dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances. The saga of intergalactic warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) and his messianic rise to leadership features an all-star cast, including Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Oscar-winner Linda Hunt and rock legend, Sting. This monumental Dino DeLaurentiis presentation is directed by David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Eraserhead), with photography by Academy Award-winner Freddie Francis, music by Grammy-winner Toto, and incredible monster creation by E.T.'s Carlo Rambaldi. Visit an unbelievable world beyond and space, and experience the ultimate adventure that goes beyond the imagination!

“Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.” - Time Out

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Icaros: The Vision

Jun 9 to Jun 12
Friday to Monday 8:30pm

Dir. Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi - 2017 - 91m - U.S. / Peru - In English and Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

Filmmakers Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi draw the narrative from their own experiences, allowing for a stirring film that touches on the notions of friendship, familial bonds, and the fear of the unknown. Visually hypnotic in nature, Icaros: A Vision takes a meditative look at a little-seen world, punctuated by trippy depictions of shamanic rituals.

Looking for a miracle, Angelina lands at a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Her perceptions altered by the ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca, she bonds with Arturo, a young indigenous shaman who is losing his eyesight. In their hallucinogenic journeys together they attain a different sense of their destinies. She learns to accept her fears while Arturo, in turn, realizes that he will be able to see in the dark and sing his ceremonial healing songs, the icaros.

“Never less than transfixing. A literal and psychological Heart of Darkness.”— Nick Shager, Variety

“Directors Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi capture the medicinally induced hallucinations with a visual imagination of rare specificity and fury.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A strong and strange new film that combines the unknown with the very relatable search to actually know anything.”—Kate Erbland, IndieWire

“A very personal film made with a meditative and observant resolve.”—Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

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Manifesto

Jun 9 to Jun 12
Friday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Julian Rosefeld - 2017 - 130m - No Matinees

From acclaimed visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, MANIFESTO features two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett in 13 distinct, must-see vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements. From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before. Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this stunning and contemporary call to action.

“Pure genius.” –  Rolling Stone

“Compulsively watchable.” – Variety

“13 Blanchetts for the price of one.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A bold, awe-inspiring work…Rosefeldt’s film is itself a manifesto, at a moment when we desperately need one.” – Flavorwire

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Topsy-Turvy

Jun 10 to Jun 11
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Mike Leigh - 1999 - 160m - All seats just $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.

“The sense of a work of art coming to life has rarely been more beautifully or excitingly portrayed. This is a film not to be missed.” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

“[A] beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world.” - Deborah Young, Variety

“Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.” - Trevor Johnston, Time Out

“The film is a delight and a surprise, all the more so since Leigh is associated with gritty working-class stories.” - Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

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David Huntsberger Comedy - The Nothingness Tour!

Jun 13
Tuesday 9:30pm ONLY

Dir. David, of course! - NOW! - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - Must be 18 years or older

It's stand-up comedy that usually covers aliens, God, death, robots, artificial intelligence, beliefs and thing of that nature and is probably for you if you like DOUGLAS ADAMS, HG WELLS, TOM ROBBINS, RAY BRADBURY, KURT VONNEGUT and have a general curiousity about why we are here.

And, hey, the opener is our very own MATT PETERSON!

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El Mariachi - the 1993 indie classic!

Jun 13 to Jun 15
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 5:30, 7:30

Dir. Roberto Rodriguez - 1993 - 82m - U.S. / Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

IN CELEBRATION OF THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL CHISPA CONCERTS!

All he wants is to be a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically acclaimed film debut from writer/director Robert Rodriguez!

“Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.” - Todd McCarthy, Variety

“Juicy, adroit, and likable.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as playful as it is knowing of genre conventions. The director's light touch is all his own; and this unpretentious offering delivers in all departments.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepared for a big future of his own.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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I, Daniel Blake

Jun 16 to Jun 22
Friday to Thursday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Ken Loach - 2017 - 100m - UK

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY and KES) is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.

“One of Loach's finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Incredibly well researched, written, directed and performed, I, Daniel Blake refuses to be ignored and spoken down to.” - Alex Doenau, Trespass

“Dave Johns gives impeccable timing to his character's exasperation but real heart to the movie's emotional core.” Stuart Klawans, THE NATION

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The Pit - the 1981 bizarro shocker restored & re-released

Jun 16 to Jun 17
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lew Lehman - 1981 - 96m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 General / $6 students

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 49

Twelve-year old Jamie is an outcast in his small town—he is bullied, he shows signs of being a sexual deviant, and he has no friends aside from his demonic teddy bear, Teddy. Influenced by commands he hears from Teddy, Jamie lures his unsuspecting tormentors one by one to a forest pit that he has discovered on the outskirts of town, so that they can be devoured by the man-eating troglodytes that dwell at the bottom of THE PIT! 

“A totally psychotic horror film that totally catches you off guard … so baffling it leaves you questioning the reality of what you’ve just seen.” – Oh, the Horror

“A truly original film, and one not easily forgotten.” – Not Coming to a Theater Near You

“A unique concoction of Canadian horror movie and After-School Special gone terribly, terribly wrong.” – Canuxploitation!

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Wakefield

Jun 16 to Jun 22
Friday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Robin Swicord - 2017 - 106m - No Matinees

In Robin Swicord's adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.

“It would have been asking a lot from any actor to carry this film, and Cranston has done the heavy lifting and more.” - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“Bryan Cranston is fantastic.” - Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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Monterey Pop - Special 50th Anniversary Screenings!

Jun 17 to Jun 18
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. D.A Pennebaker - 1968 - 78m - No Matinees

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

“It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical -- using some of the talent and energy of what is still the most lively contemporary medium -- may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary.” - Renata Adler, New York Times

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Moka

Jun 23 to Jun 26
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Frederic Mermoud - 2017 - 89m - France - In French with English subtitles

Based on the best-seller by Tatiana de Rosnay (Kristin Scott Thomas hit “Sarah’s Key”, “A Secret Kept”) - Following in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol, Moka is a mournful, slow-burning psychological thriller in the vein of celebrated story-teller Patricia Highsmith, starring legendary actresses Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel).

After being released from a sanatorium, Diane (Devos) is still shattered from the death of her son in a hit and run accident. Diane's search for the driver leads her to the stunning spa town of Évian. After meeting Marlene (Baye), a glamorous beautician, Diane is convinced she has found the culprit...

"The reliably interesting Emmanuelle Devos brings complexity to this sleek, Chabrol-like story of a mother's revenge mission." – Guy Lodge, Variety

"A mother's haunting grief propels her on an obsessive quest for answers and possible revenge in Moka, a mournful, slow-burning psychological thriller adapted from the 2006 novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Frederic Mermoud's return to feature films...has a strong affinity with the writing of Patricia Highsmith and the films of Claude Chabrol and should appeal to an audience seeking moral complexity in their thrillers..." – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

"A classy and classical psychological thriller." – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

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Nise: The Heart of Madness

Jun 23 to Jun 26
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Roberto Berliner - 2017 - 109m - Brazil - In Portuguese with English subtitles - No Matinees

In 1940s Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Nise da Silveira - Brazilian actress Gloria Pires In a bravura performance - is one of the first women in the country to ever study medicine. She starts work in a psychiatric hospital where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock treatments for schizophrenics. Ridiculed by other doctors, she is exiled to the nearly abandoned occupational therapy unit, where Instead she starts a revolution through paints, dogs and love. Based on a true story, Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) vividly shows the pioneering work that led to the liberation of patients given the freedom to express themselves, and their paintings that become art world sensations. The great Carl Jung in real life became an admirer of Nise, and said she had turned her hospital into a place that was inhabited by people who "weren't afraid of the unconscious."

"Elegantly combining a triumph-over-adversity yarn with a sensitive exploration of the redemptive power of artistic creation." - The Hollywood Reporter

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Hounds of Love - ENCORES

Jun 27 to Jun 29
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ben Young - 2017 - 108m - Australia

“Australian director Ben Young's debut offers a bold new spin on the serial-killer genre.” - Eddie Cockrell, Variety

In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

“Benefits from impressive control of visuals to build suspense and from the spiky performances of its fearless cast, flagging Young as a talent to watch.” - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“That rarest of cinematic beasts: a directorial debut that's not only tonally flawless but also manages to radically reimagine an entire genre.” - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

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Titicut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

Jun 27 to Jun 29
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Fredrick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

Iconic documentarian Fredrick Wiseman’s stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

“A documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in TITICUT FOLLIES forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

“After a showing of TITICUT FOLLIES the mind does not dwell on the hospital’s ancient and even laughable physical plant, or its pitiable social atmosphere. What sticks, what really hurts is the sight of human life made cheap and betrayed. We see men needlessly stripped bare, insulted, herded about callously, mocked, taunted. We see them ignored or locked interminably in cells. We hear the craziness in the air, the sudden outbursts, the quieter but stronger undertow of irrational noise that any doctor who has worked under such circumstances can only take for so long. But much more significantly, we see the ‘professionals’, the doctors and workers who hold the fort in the Bridgewaters of this nation, and they are all over…TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…” – Robert Coles, The New Republic

“A great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition.” – Ray Greene, Village View

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Donnie Darko - the original theatrical cut!

Jun 30 to Jul 1
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Richard Kelly - 2001 - 113m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 general / $6 students

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Fifteen years before Stranger Things, Richard Kelly set the template and the high-water mark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.

Described by its director as ''The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick'', Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and ER star Noah Wyle and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran.

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