Decline of Western Civilization III
Dec 4 to Dec 5
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Penelope Spheeris - 1998 - 86m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!
An unflinching look into the lives of the hardcore fans of punk rock in Los Angeles, 20 years later. Filmed over the course of 13 months , this 90 minute piece stands as the director's strongest work to date.
Whereas the first installment of the trilogy concerned itself with the birth of a new music genre, PART III focuses on the lifestyles and backgrounds of the fans. Many of them are homeless or occupy squats (abandoned buildings) as their living quarters. They simultaneously evoke emotions of deep empathy and severe distain, as they present a subculture that is impossible to ignore. DECLINE III delves into the underside of this subculture to indicate that Johnny Rotten’s “No Future” reference has taken on a new meaning.
The film is a strange coupling of comedy and tragedy, combining interviews with faithful fans, thought provoking accounts from those who have an intimate knowledge of the scene and live performances by underground bands: Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression, and The Resistance. Keith Morris (Circle Jerks), Rick Wilder (Mau Maus), and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) compare the original late Seventies movement to present day punk rock. Unforgettable characters such as Why-Me?, Hamburger, Troll, Eyeball and Squid paint a seldom seen picture of life and death on the back streets of Hollywood.
"Undoubtedly Spheeris' most penetrating film to date." - Emily Bobrow, Film Journal International
The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead
Dec 4 to Dec 6
Friday to Sunday 5:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Wes Orshoski - 2015 - 110m - No matinees
From "Lemmy" filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. "THE DAMNED: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead" includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns 'N' Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band's complex history and infighting. It captures the band as it celebrated its 35th anniversary with a world tour and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while other former members battled cancer.
"Anarchy unleashed! Excellent doc on overlooked punk pioneers" - UNCUT
"The U.K.'s oldest extant punk band gets a suitably entertaining, fractious documentary tribute." - Dennis Harvey, Variety
The Forbidden Room - Guy Maddin's newest cinematic mindblower!
Dec 4 to Dec 6
Friday to Sunday 3:00, 8:00
Dir. Guy Maddin - 2015 - 120m
Guy Maddin's ultimate epic phantasmagoria! Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Maddin's grand ode to lost cinema. Created with the help of master poet John Ashbery, the film features Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adele Haenel, Amira Casar and Elina Lowensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.
"At a time when everyone is talking about the death of the movies, Guy Maddin proves that we can always bring them back to life." - David Ehrlich, Time Out
"A swirling, mutating apparition conjured from a crazed mind, this fluid and delirious film showcases a wealth of imagination as it drags us down through ever deeper, ever stranger layers of storytelling …" - Emma Simmonds, The List
Bikes Vs. Cars
Dec 5 to Dec 6
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Fredrik Gertten - 2015 - 90m - No Matinees
The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.
Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death amongst the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes.
It’s an uneven fight. Activists and politicians that work for change are facing a multi-billion dollar car, oil and construction industry that use all their means to keep society car dependent. We know that the world needs radical changes to save the climate and the environment, but the car industry is selling more cars than ever. Today there are one billion cars in the world. By 2020, that number will double.
The film will follow the individuals around the world that are fighting to create change. We meet Aline at Sao Paulo’s Ciclofaxia, the weekly Sunday ride where one lane of Paulista Avenue is opened for bikes only. Aline is an inspirational person in the city’s bicycle movement, who tries to focus on the positive aspects of being a cyclist. But that can be difficult in a city where one bicyclist is killed every four days. And in Toronto, where mayor Rob Ford strips away the city’s bike lanes in his battle to win the “war on cars,” we watch as members of the Urban Repair Squad infiltrate the streets at night, using spray paint and stencils to replace them.
From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars will look at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.
Abe Makes A Movie
Dec 7 to Dec 10
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Ryan Turri - 2015 - 102m - No Matinees - Some of the Cast & Crew in person!
From writers Ryan Turri and Matt Peterson (The Bigfoot Election), comes a new feature film comedy, Abe Makes A Movie. Recently dumped, an underachieving want-to-be filmmaker assembles a ragtag crew of offbeat characters to make a movie for a local film festival in an effort to win his ex girlfriend back.
Starring Matt Peterson, Lauren Myers, TIm Maloney, Bruce Wong, Alaina Warren Zachary, Joe Berryman, Megan Pribyl, Drew Wayne, Melissa Heiman, Fernando Fresquez, Julia Harris, Nicholas B. Munoz, Dennis E. Garber, Rodney Nagel, Linda Diane Holley and more...
The Keeping Room
Dec 7 to Dec 10
Monday to Thursday 4:00, 8:15
Dir. Daniel Barber - 2014 - 95m
A feminist Western with grit, The Keeping Room exists midway between Cold Mountain and Straw Dogs!
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, and directed by Academy Award Nominated Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room is a tense and uncompromising tale of survival that also shatters both gender and genre conventions.
"A ruthlessly satisfying thriller, The Keeping Room will linger with the viewer long after the credits roll." - Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
"A cool, satisfying surprise." - Scott Weinberg, Nerdist
Dangerous Men - the Ultimate Drafthouse releasing Brain Bomb!
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. John Rad - 2005 - 80m - No Matinees
AS FEATURED IN THIS YEAR'S FANTASTIC FEST SECRET SCREENING!
Forget Troll 2, forget the collective works of Ed Wood, forget Birdemic. Dangerous Men is THE holiest of all holyf&*kingsh%^s. Trying to describe this film is as far-out as the film itself!
Killers. Perverts. Bikers. DANGEROUS MEN.
In 1989, Iranian filmmaker John S. Rad moved to the U.S. to shoot his dream project, a rampaging gutter epic of crime, revenge, cop sex and raw power. Just 26 years later, he completed an American action film masterpiece that the world is still barely ready for today: DANGEROUS MEN.
After Mina witnesses her fiance's brutal murder by beach thugs, she sets out on a venomous spree to eradicate all human trash from Los Angeles. Armed with a knife, a gun, and an undying rage, she murders her way through the masculine half of the city's populace. A renegade cop is hot on her heels, a trail that also leads him to the subhuman criminal overlord known as Black Pepper.
It's a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, brain-devouring onslaught of '80s thunder, '90s lightning, and pure filmmaking daredevilry from another time and/or dimension. Blades flash, blood flows, bullets fly and synthesizers blare as the morgue overflows with the corpses of DANGEROUS MEN.
Experimenter - The Stanley Milgram Story
Dec 11 to Dec 14
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Michael Almereyda - 2015 - 97m - No matinees
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that remains relevant to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Disregarding his pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects do not stop the experiment, administering what they think are near-fatal electric shocks, simply because they’ve been told to. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s exploration of authority and conformity strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. His wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) anchors him through it all. EXPERIMENTER invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind in this bracing portrait of a brilliant man whose conscience and creative spirit continue to be resonant, poignant, and inspirational.
“Fascinating…’Experimenter’ offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature. – Scott Foundas, Variety
“Michael Almereyda dissects the life and work of controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram in a highly stylized biopic worthy of its subject.” Scott Foundas, Variety
“A conceptually exciting, intellectually searching portrait of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram (a superb Peter Sarsgaard), whose famous 1960s obedience experiments, in which subjects delivered punishing shocks on command, were later condemned.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“Sarsgaard stars in this smart and unsettling exploration of Stanley Milgram’s questionable experiment testing people’s allegiance to malevolent authority, and potentially exposing the dark heart of mankind.” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
“Almereyda’s smartly written script attempts to make up for its lack of traditional dramatic elements with continuous questions about Milgram’s—and everyone’s—ability to make a choice in society.” – Anthony Kaufman, Screen Daily
“Far and away Almereyda’s strongest, most coherent, and moving film.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
“A darker comedy, indeed one that Kubrick might have envied, Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter is a spare, formally ingenious biopic about Stanley Milgram, the Yale social psychology professor who in 1961 concocted an experiment that demonstrated that obedience to authority overruled morality and empathy in a large majority of his subjects.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
“Grounded by strong performances from Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“Intelligently written and well performed, Milgram’s results are chilling to comprehend, and Almereyda’s closing statements are wisely observed concerning the puppets that human beings tend to be, with awareness of our flawed natures the only available solace we can conceive.” – Nicholas Bell Ion Cinema
Heart of A Dog
Dec 11 to Dec 14
Friday to Monday 4:15, 8:15
Dir. Laurie Anderson - 2015 - 75m
"Spellbinding. Smart, Sily, Sad, and relentlessly honest - one of the most moving and provocative film you'll see this year." - Bilge Ebiri, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"Renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson returns with this lyrical and powerfully personal essay film that reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.
Laurie Anderson's eclectic career spans music, drawing, storytelling, performance, and more. She had a surprise hit with her 1981 song "O Superman," was NASA's first artist in residence, and toured internationally with her political performance-art piece Homeland. Her new feature film, Heart of a Dog, combines her multiple talents in a personal film essay.
The dog of the title is her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who passed away in 2011 during a succession of family deaths that also included Anderson's mother, Mary Louise, and husband, Lou Reed. Anderson's close bond with Lolabelle underlies the film's stream of consciousness, which flows through subjects as diverse as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. She lingers particularly over the concept of the bardo, described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead as the forty-nine-day period between death and rebirth. Overlaying the film's tapestry of images — which include Anderson's animation, 8mm home-movie footage, and lots of lovingly photographed dogs — is her melodic narration, full of warmth, humour, and insight.
Anderson's approach has a kinship with that of filmmaker Chris Marker (Sans Soleil), with a similar flair for connecting disparate themes and images. She quotes from other writers and artists, including Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Gordon Matta-Clark, and David Foster Wallace, whose line "every love story is a ghost story" resonates strongly in this work. If those references sound philosophical, so is this film. But it's also dreamy, comic, and intensely emotional. Like Anderson, it defies easy categorization." - Toronto
"An impressionistic meditation on death and its prelude by a thoughtful, free-ranging, highly idiosyncratic artist who enjoyed a very deep relationship with her dog." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Wildly inventive ... Philosophically astute, emotionally charged." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Life In G-Chord: The Hisao Shinagawa Documentary - A SCREENING & PERFORMANCE!
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Peter I. Chang - 2008 - 66m - All Seats $8 - HISAO SHINAGAWA IN PERSON!!
INCLUDES A POST-SCREENING LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE MAN HIMSELF - HISAO SHINAGAWA!!
THIS SPECIAL EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE MIGHTY ROLLER SKATIN' HARMONY CLASH!
A documentary about the street musician Hisao Shinagawa a Japanese singer/songwriter who has refused to give up on his elusive dream of success and stardom regardless of personal cost and the solitary reality of his life. For 42 years he has cast himself as the Japanese Bob Dylan. Moving from Tokyo to America in 1974 following in the footsteps of his hero Woody Guthrie he befriended Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt after hitchhiking to Nashville. Now at 60 he plays his music on the streets of Los Angeles while living in near poverty still hoping to find an audience in a manner that is admirable bittersweet and ultimately heartbreaking. The Atomic Music of Shinagawa!
"The story of this self-proclaimed 'Japanese Bob Dylan' is an engaging exploration of one man's desire to make peace with his past while struggling to cope with his uncertain future." - The New Mexican
"An interesting portrait of an outsider artist who has lead an amazing life. Hisao Shinagawa is strange, passionate, and one of those people who lives life on his own offbeat terms." — John Wallis, DVD Talk
"With the skillful use of archival footage, collage, and Hisao's own music to address concerns of mortality, memory, and loss, this touching examination of an aging man taking stock of his past is handled deftly as Hisao's life moves from the atomic cityscape of post-World War II Hiroshima to the modern streets of Los Angeles." — Barnes & Noble, Editorial Staff Review
"One of the most intimate and interesting documentaries I have seen in a long time." — Robert L. Hughes, Well-Executed Buffet
Topper Returns (1941)
Dec 12 to Dec 13
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Roy Del Ruth - 1941 - 88m - All Seats Just $5
An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-throw! TO BE SHOWN ON ACTUAL CELLULOID COURTESY OF OUR OWN AUNTIE JO' AND HER SIDEKICK FLUFFY!
The third and final entry in Hal Roach's famed "Topper" trilogy may very well be the best of the lot. Returning for their third portrayal of Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo Topper, Roland Young and Billie Burke are consistently upstaged by a sparkling new addition to the "Topper" troupe, Jack Benny's famed manservant, the loveable and irascible Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. This time around there is a "new" ghostly presence in the shapely form of Joan Blondell, who is unceremoniously dispatched by a cloaked knife murderer in a case of mistaken identity. Naturally, Joan floats over to the Topper's quiet abode and nags Cosmo into investigating her death. Back they come to the spooky scene of the crime, where Topper is accused of the murder by a houseful of creeps headed by ghoulmeister George Zucco. And who else should be the lead detective on the case, but the uproarious Donald McBride of "Room Service" fame, thoroughly bungling everything in sight!
"Really funny sequel that outdoes its predecessors." - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Being Evel: The Evel Knievel Story!
Dec 15 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Saturday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Daniel Junge - 2015 - 99m - No Matinees
The Daredevil's Unbelievable Life!
Not just the incredible story behind the myth of 1970s American daredevil icon and pioneer for todays Extreme Sports scene Robert "Evel" Knievel, but also the previously untold and very much darker tale of the man behind the flamboyant cape; a one-time outlaw whose wildly dangerous career spanned 75 ramp-to-ramp motorbike jumps and saw him break every bone in his body.
Featuring interviews with Johnny Knoxville, George Hamilton, Tony Hawk, Mat Hoffman, Sheldon A. Saltman, Frank Gifford & Geraldo Rivera!
"A savvy documentary that gives the granddaddy of extreme sports his due while gauging the national climate that welcomed his shrewdly timed arrival." - Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
"Well-edited, balanced and fascinating." - Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Oscar-winning director Daniel Junge chronicles the man's life and lasting influence through a plethora of hair-raising news footage and the memories of those who knew him, hated him, and still revere him." - Robert W. Butler, Butler's Cinema Scene
Dennis Hopper : The American Dreamer - Easy Rider & Drugs
Dec 15 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Saturday 4:15, 8:15
Dir. Lawrence Schiller & L.M. Kit Carson - 1971 - 81m
REDISOVERED, REMASTERED and set for RERELEASE … to benefit the preservation and restoration of other films at the Walker Arts Center!
AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM & MEDIA EXPERIENCE (AFME) CO-PRESENTATION!
The wild, unexpected success of Easy Rider ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making pathologically rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King of Hollywood for a day. Hopper’s follow-up work, The Last Movie, a deeply personal, but ultimately disastrous meditation on the meaning of cinema found Hopper drifting further and further into eccentricity. Captured by co-directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, The American Dreamer is a multi-faceted portrait of the life and mind of one of the 20th century’s great cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. Shifting between being an insightful document of a complex artist (considered one of the true “enfant terribles” of Hollywood) in the midst of his creative process and a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes. The American Dreamer is a mesmerizing journey into the private world of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic directors/stars. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great 70’s documentary you always wished existed.
“The American Dreamer” is an objective, unsentimental portrait, fascinating in its detail, unrelenting as its subject, Schiller…has created an unusual, illuminating motion picture." - San Francisco Chronicle
Legend (1985) - The 30th Anniversay!
Dec 18 to Dec 19
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Ridley Scott - 1985 - 113m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! Students $6 / General $8 - DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 48
THE DIRECTOR'S CUT!
ALSO SPECIAL INTRODUCTION BY LOCAL AWESOMENESS PRINCESS UNICORN!
A visually striking sword and sorcery saga that mixes ample doses of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Mallory, George Lucas, Joseph Campbell and Dungeons and Dragons! Many years ago, the Earth was an idyllic land of unicorns and bright sunshine. But the forces of light become embroiled are in mortal battle with the forces of darkness --specifically the evil Prince of Darkness (Tim Curry), who lives in dark caverns below the Earth's surface and has nefarious plans to blot out the light of the sun and rule in a perpetual dark shroud of gloom and shadows forever. Into the breach comes peasant hero Jack (Tom Cruise), who sets up to defeat Darkness and let the sun shine through. He meets a young woman named Lili (Mia Sara) and they fall in love. But Lili is lured into the netherworld by a sultry priestess and has become evil herself. Jack sets his sights on the forces of evil and determines to defeat Darkness and save Lili!
"Perhaps ahead of its time … a fascinating film." - James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A remarkable and bleak fantasy thriller for folks that like their fantasy based on thick characterization and less humongous battles." - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Legend is a Gothic fairy tale brought to life." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Dec 19 to Dec 20
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Zeresenay Berhane Mehari - 2015 - 96m - Ethiopia - In Amharic with English subtitles
From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.
"Gripping ... Authentic" - LA TIMES
"A powerful drama based on a true story" - Hollywood Reporter
"A story of conscience and conviction that ought to inspire everyone" - Senator John Kerry
Buena Vista Social Club
Dec 20 to Dec 23
Sunday to Wednesday 3:30, 8:30
Dir. Wim Wenders - 1999 - 105m - In English & Spanish with English subtitles
Guitarist Ry Cooder's celebrated album featuring the recently re-discovered talents of Cuba s foremost folk musicians sold millions of copies and earned a Grammy Award. Now Cooder teams up with acclaimed director Wim Wenders (Paris Texas) to reveal the astonishing life stories vibrant personalities and unforgettable music of the brilliantly talented but long-overlooked performers who collaborated on this now-legendary recording. From the crumbling barrios of their native Havana to their triumphant sold-out concerts in Amsterdam and New York's Carnegie Hall this is an unforgettable, deeply emotional journey into the passion, pride and humanity of the artists whose music sparked a worldwide musical phenomenon!Featuring: Ry Cooder Ibrahim Ferrer Rueben Gonzalez Eliades Ochoa Omara Portuondo and Compay Segundo.
"An affectionate cinematic celebration of that all-but-forgotten music." - Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"One of the best and most impactful docus of the 1990s, Wim Wenders exhilarating feature is at once a trbute to a pre-Castro generation of musicians as well as a largely bygone genre." - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A beautiful, touching, and perfectly tuned documentary into Cuban music." - Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
The Amazing Nina Simone - ENCORE SCREENINGS
Dec 20 to Dec 23
Sunday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Jeff Lieberman - 2015 - 108m - No Matinees
The only documentary film to tell the story of the singer, songwriter, pianist and activist, through over 50 exclusive and intimate interviews with the people who knew Nina best: her friends, family, musicians and fellow activists, including Eric Burdon (The Animals), Sam Waymon (Nina’s Brother & Longtime Band Member), Nikki Giovanni (Poet, Professor & Friend) & Marie Christine Dunham-Pratt (Nina's Lover & Friend).
Much beloved and often misunderstood, the story of America?s most overlooked musical genius is finally brought to light in “The Amazing Nina Simone.” Director Jeff L. Lieberman (”Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria”) brings audiences on Nina’s journey from the segregated South, through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints & international concert halls. Navigating through the twists & turns of the 1960’s fight for racial equality, the film delves deep into Nina's artistry and intentions, answering long-held questions behind Nina's most beloved songs, bold style, controversial statements, and the reason she left America.
"A great documentary that accurately traces the tumultuous trajectory of Nina Simone" - Telerama Magazine
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS! SEASON GREETINGS!
Dec 24 to Dec 25
WE'RE BACK IN ACTION SATURDAY DECEMBER 26TH!
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Dec 26 to Dec 30
Saturday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Roger Allers - 2015 - 85m - In English - No Matinees
The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.
This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.
The Kindergarten Teacher
Dec 26 to Dec 30
Saturday to Wednesday 3:30, 8:00
Dir. Nadav Lapid - 2015 - 119m - Israel - In Hebrew with English subtitles
Nadav Lapid's The Kindergarten Teacher is the story of a teacher who becomes at first enchanted, and then ultimately consumed by the poetic genius of her five-year-old student. As the titular protagonist, Nira, discovers that her young student, Yoav, has an otherworldly talent for language and poetry, she slowly and progressively becomes interested in cultivating the boy's gift. But when fascination morphs into obsession, Nira pushes the boundaries of her relationship with the boy and his family in an attempt to protect his talent before he passes from boyhood to adolescence, and his purity is lost.
Following his critically acclaimed debut Policemen, Lapid demonstrates the aesthetic vision of a true auteur, combining a verite approach with thrilling a cinematic narrative that brings into sharp focus the dangers of both mediocrity and passion.
"A self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid." - A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Nadav Lapid's astonishingly bold film about a gifted child and his effect on his teacher is a rewarding, unsettling and moving experience." - David Noh, Film Journal International
The Jerk - As Part of Our Steve Martin HAPPY NEW YEAR double feature!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Thursday and Friday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Carl Reiner - 1979 - 99m - No Matinees
He was a poor black sharecropper's who never dreamed he was adopted ...
That wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin, makes his film-starring debut in this wacky Carl Reiner comedy! Steve portrays Navin Johnson, adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, whose crazy inventions lead him from rags to riches and right back to rags. Along the way in the grandly lame-brained adventure, he’s smitten with a lady motorcycle racer, survives a series of screwball attacks by a deranged killer and becomes a millionaire by inventing the ‘Opti-grab’ handle for glasses. It’s an outrageous comedy with one laugh after another! Also starring Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King and Richard Ward!
“The Jerk is by turns funny, vulgar and backhandedly clever, never more so than when it aspires to absolute stupidity.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Steve Martin is at the height of his comic powers in this very un-PC comedy." - Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"An oddball odyssey so strange, filled with non-sequiturs so funny, and decorated by a romance so sweet, it was an inevitable star-maker." - Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
The Man With Two Brains - As Part of Our Steve Martin HAPPY NEW YEAR double feature!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Thursday and Friday 4:30, 8:45
Dir. Carl Reiner - 1983 - 90m
Steve Martin and Carl Reiner concoct one of Martin's best comic vehicles with Martin playing the world's top brain surgeon, Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr -- he ought to know, he said so himself! Widowed, world-famous neurosurgeon Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) is trapped in a loveless marriage with Dolores Benedict (Kathleen Turner), who is interested only in Hfuhruhurr's money. On a trip to Vienna to attend a medical conference, Hfuhruhurr falls in love with a bottled brain (voiced by Sissy Spacek), and finds himself in the middle of murders committed by the elevator killer! Also starring a great David Warner!
"This is the most assured and hilarious of the three Martin-Carl Reiner collaborations." - Richard Schickel, Time Magazine
"Hilarious. Underrated Martin." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Pure escapist madness. And a helluvalota fun." - Empire Staff