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Audition - 20th anniversary screenings of the ultimate J-Horror!!

Dec 13 to Dec 14
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Takashi Miike - 1999 - 115m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - $8 gen./ $6 stu.

One of the most well-crafted, impactful and infamous J-horror films ever made returns to the big screen after far too long a break.

AUDITION was the turn-of-the-millenium flash point signaling the talent of Takashi Miike: a film artist twice as prolific as Fassbinder, a provocateur as multifaceted as Von Trier and a genre-bender as bent as David Lynch. Shocking arthouses worldwide with its white-knuckle finale and ingeniously Sirkian slow-burn leadup, AUDITION trailblazed a fresh Asian horror wave across American screens for which we’re eternally grateful.

Recent widower Shigeharu is advised by his son to find a new wife. On the advice of a film company colleague, they stage “auditions” for a new girlfriend that masquerade as an acting job. Shigeharu becomes enchanted with Asami: a spooky twentysomething responsive to his charms. But this is no ordinary FATAL ATTRACTION-style thriller, for it carefully pulls the audience through a wrenching exploration of deep male fears and the stereotype of submissive Japanese women.

“Along with PSYCHO, AUDITION is one of the great gearshift movies, starting out as one thing and then transitioning on a dime into something else entirely.” -- Scott Tobais, AV Club

“To the majority of the West, AUDITION was their first introduction to director Takashi Miike. After winning various festival prizes, it allegedly made more money on its NYC theatrical run than its entire Japanese release, and gathered almost universal critical acclaim around the world.” -- Tom Mes, Midnight Eye

“A lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie...the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory.” – Dennis Lim, Village Voice

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In Fabric

Dec 13 to Dec 16
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8pm

Dir. Peter Strickland - 2019 - 118m - UK

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.

From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory gaillo-homage Berberian Sound Studio) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

"In this oneiric oddity, consumerism is everything, ultimately devouring even the consumer - while the real horror is the exploitative means of production, carefully kept underground beyond the sight of bourgeois shoppers above." -Anton Bitel, Little White Lies

"Strickland's real terror concerns our addiction to buying things, and In Fabric goes way beyond zombies in a mall." - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

"A raucous, full-tilt descent into bishop-sleeved madness." - Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies

"The director brushes on the macabre like an artist choosing the right colors, shapes and textures for a Salvador Dali painting. Tasteful. Sick. Weird. More like an art film gone askew. Not at all like a tacky B-movie." - 

Dwight Brown, National Newspaper Publishers Association

"Peter Strickland elevates garden-variety consumer satire into a rarefied air of exquisite laughter & explosive shock value. The most horrifying thing in a film about a killer dress? Just how lonely the indignities of everyday life can feel." - Nick Rogers, Midwest Film Journal

"('In Fabric') is original. It also is creepy, stylish, maddening and funny. It has something to say, and Strickland teases you by having you try to figure out what that is." - Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

"In Fabric" plays by its own rules. Peter Strickland takes an item you rarely think of as horror fodder and not just goes for unsettling terror, but laughs along the way." - Joey Magidson, AwardsCircuit.com

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Light From Light

Dec 13 to Dec 16
Friday to Monday 6pm

Dir. Paul Harrill - 2019 - 82m - No Matinees

Featuring original music by Adam Granduciel and Jon Natchez of The War on Drugs.

Gifted with sometimes-prophetic dreams and a lifelong interest in the paranormal, Sheila (Marin Ireland) is asked to investigate a potential haunting at a Tennessee farmhouse. It’s there she meets Richard (Jim Gaffigan), a recent widower who believes his wife may still be with him. The investigation that ensues — which eventually pulls in Shelia’s son, Owen and his classmate Lucy — forces them to confront the mysteries of their own lives. 

"A gem. Boasts a rare, quiet honesty, and a lead performance from Marin Ireland that’ll haunt you for days." — Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap

"A movie of great intimacy and mystery, Light From Light is a remarkable achievement." — C. Mason Wells, Film Comment

"An unconventional ghost story… made all the more transfixing by its defining delicacy and understatement." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“One of the best movies from Sundance 2019. An intimate gem. Ireland and Gaffigan are excellent.” — Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

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GUILD CINEMA'S ANNUAL MOVIE POSTER AUCTION SALE!!

Dec 14
Saturday 12pm to 3pm

Free to get a bidder card - lotsa stuff likely to go for cheap!

Time once again because we still have hundreds of movie posters left stretching from last week to around 8 years ago!  And a lot of it will go real cheap, like a dollar or two!  

STAY TUNED, MORE INFO TO FOLLOW SHORTLY!

DOORS OPEN AT 11:45 a.m.!  We'll wrap around 3pm.

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21st Animation Show of Shows!

Dec 17 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Thursday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. various - 2019 - 89m

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS THURSDAY DECEMEBER 26 TO DECEMBER 30 !

Featuring 10 films from seven countries, the 2019 edition of the program offers an array of highly imaginative, thought-provoking, and moving works that reflect the filmmakers’ unique perspectives and their relationship to the world.

“Animation is an incredibly versatile medium that allows artists to explore situations and ideas that you won’t see anywhere else,” says ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS founder and curator Ron Diamond. “From political and philosophical concerns, to the complexities of individual identity and personal relationships, animated short films are uniquely able to capture the many facets of human experience.”

With a run time of 89 minutes, this year's show is kid friendly, life-affirming, funny, inspirational, purposeful and memorable. 

THE 21ST ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS includes 10 films, three of which have qualified for Academy Award consideration! 

The complete lineup is:

Kids - Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach, Switzerland 

Rubicon - Gil Alkabetz, Germany

Portrait of Gil Alkabetz (Rubicon) - Marta Trela Germany

Five Minutes to Sea - Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia

Récit de soi (Self-Narrative) - Géraldine Charpentier, Belgium

Le jour extraordinaire (Flowing through Wonder) - Joanna Lurie, France

Hounds - Amit Cohen, Ido Shapira, Israel

Portrait of Amit Cohen and Ido Shapira (Hounds) - Shlomi Yosef

The Fox and the Bird (Le renard et l’oisille) - Sam & Fred Guillaume, Switzerland

Daughter - Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic

**During its first 20 years, 40 of the films showcased in the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar!**

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Susan Sontag's Duet for Cannibals - 50th Anniversary restoration!

Dec 17 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Susan Sontag - 1969 - 105m - Sweden - In Swedish with English Subtitles - No Matinees

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and all-around intellectual dynamo Sontag made her directorial debut with this definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy, the result of a Swedish studio’s invitation to her to make a film in Stockholm. The result, revolving around the quadrangular relationship between an arrogant ex-revolutionist German intellectual exile, his elegant wife, their Swedish student secretary, and the earnest secretary’s bride-to-be, is a roundelay of partner-swapping that gradually drifts towards uncharted territory, gamesmanship that broaches the surreal and violent. Defying literal-minded interpretation, Duet for Cannibals is both an illustrative companion to Sontag’s criticism, and introduction of a startlingly original filmmaker. 2K restoration.

"Susan Sontag's debut film serves as an intriguing cinematic extension of her more well-known written work." - Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine

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Edie

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Friday to Monday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Simon Hunter - 2017 - 102m - UK - No Matinees

Following the death of her husband, Edie (Sheila Hancock) breaks free from years of his control and rebels against her daughter’s wish for her to move into assisted living by embarking on an adventure she and her father had always longed for: a trip to the Scottish Highlands to climb the world famous Mt. Suilven. Along the way, she hires young camping shop owner Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to be her guide. Despite the generational differences, Jonny encourages Edie to fulfill her dream.

"A good heart and a strong central performance by Hancock" - IAN FREER, TIME OUT LONDON

"Hancock is brilliant as always" - PAUL BYRNES, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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To Be Of Service

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Friday to Monday 3:30, 7:45

Dir. Josh Aronson - 2019 - 88m

A feature-length documentary directed by Academy Award nominated Josh Aronson about veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are paired with a service dog to help them regain their lives. Returning home for these vets is often wrought with depression and a painful disconnect from the world they once knew. Family, old friends and jobs seem foreign, and newly returned warriors struggle to function and return to a normal civilian life. “To Be Of Service" follows these warriors after they get their dog to see how a deeply bonded friendship restores independence and love for the men and women who have been so traumatized by war. The film features an original song, "Unbroken," written and performed by Jon Bon Jovi.

"Hope runs throughout much of 'To Be of Service,' and its overriding point is well made: These dogs are saving the lives of those who've sacrificed so much. Every person profiled here deserves an immense amount of respect. Every animal, too."  - Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

"Josh Aronson's moving documentary takes an intimate, respectful look at the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. A stirring portrait of war, duty, sacrifice and the love of a good dog." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"An emotional look at the remarkable life changes resulting from the introduction of trained service dogs into the lives of military veterans suffering from PTSD." - Jim Amos, Forbes

"Powerful. Infuriating. Inspiring. Also, incredibly important." - Neil Turitz, Six Word Reviews

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Parole

Dec 21
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Kolin Dayish & Siblings - 2019 - 55m - ALL SEATS $5 - CAST & CREW IN PERSON!

ALSO INCLUDING THE SHORT SILENT MEDICINE !

Starring James Junes, Kody Dayish, and Billy Crawley II, and featuring an ALL-NAVAJO cast & crew, Parole is a film about the hardships of a young married couple dealing with their loved ones' sobriety and recovery after he is released from jail.

BONUS!  T-Shirts, caps & other merch for sale!

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21st Animation Show of Shows!

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Thursday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Various - 2019 - 89m - No Matinees

Featuring 10 films from seven countries, the 2019 edition of the program offers an array of highly imaginative, thought-provoking, and moving works that reflect the filmmakers’ unique perspectives and their relationship to the world.

“Animation is an incredibly versatile medium that allows artists to explore situations and ideas that you won’t see anywhere else,” says ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS founder and curator Ron Diamond. “From political and philosophical concerns, to the complexities of individual identity and personal relationships, animated short films are uniquely able to capture the many facets of human experience.”

With a run time of 89 minutes, this year's show is kid friendly, life-affirming, funny, inspirational, purposeful and memorable. 

THE 21ST ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS includes 10 films, three of which have qualified for Academy Award consideration! 

The complete lineup is:

Kids - Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach, Switzerland 

Rubicon - Gil Alkabetz, Germany

Portrait of Gil Alkabetz (Rubicon) - Marta Trela Germany

Five Minutes to Sea - Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia

Récit de soi (Self-Narrative) - Géraldine Charpentier, Belgium

Le jour extraordinaire (Flowing through Wonder) - Joanna Lurie, France

Hounds - Amit Cohen, Ido Shapira, Israel

Portrait of Amit Cohen and Ido Shapira (Hounds) - Shlomi Yosef

The Fox and the Bird (Le renard et l’oisille) - Sam & Fred Guillaume, Switzerland

Daughter - Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic

**During its first 20 years, 40 of the films showcased in the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar!**

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Botero

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Thursday to Monday 4pm, 8pm

Dir. Don Millar - 2018 - 84m

A poetic documentary of one of the world's most prolific living artists, Fernando Botero. Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1932, the worldly Botero had experienced a violent and tumultuous political landscape in his youth during the Colombian civil war which had a profound impact on his art and humanitarian inclinations. Featuring unprecedented access, the film is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of the 86-year-old master artist whom the art world has compared to Picasso.

"An enjoyable experience that presents an appealing overview of the artist's life and works and will no doubt please his many fans." - Paul Parcellin,mFilm Threat

"After seeing Botero, your eyes will see the artist's paintings in different light." - Laura Hiros, Diario La Estrella (Fort Worth, TX)

This documentary filled in a lot of the blanks affording me the opportunity to see his work and learn about him." - Carey-Ann Pawsey, Orca Sound

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Knives and Skin

Dec 27 to Dec 28
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jennifer Reeder - 2019 - 112m - No Matinees

An investigation of a young girl’s disappearance is detailed in this stylized version of a rural Midwest town that hovers just above reality, led by an inexperienced local sheriff. Unusual coping techniques develop among the traumatized small-town residents with each new secret revealed. The ripple of fear and suspicion destroys some relationships and strengthens others. The backdrop of trauma colors quintessential rituals—classrooms, dances, courtship, football games—in which the teenagers experience an accelerated loss of innocence while their parents are forced to confront adulthood failures. This mystical teen noir presents coming of age as a lifelong process and examines the profound impact of grief.

"[A] forward-thinking feminist bent on the Riverdale school of neon Twin Peaks fetishism." - Katie Rife, AV Club

"An agreeably offbeat coming-of-age thriller steeped in macabre humour and queer feminist attitude." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"A wildly ambitious film that works not because of the art it cribs from, but almost in spite of it." - Leigh Monson, Birth.Movies.Death.

"[T]his is a distinctly, and very defiantly, female movie through and through." - Joey Keogh, Wicked Horror

KNIVES AND SKIN bends genre to its will and brings up emotions that were subtly held deep inside us all, to the goosebumps that cover our arms." - Bill Arceneaux, Cinema isN'T Dead

"At times fraught with anxiety, haunting in quiet horror, blackly comedic, and aching with with sorrow and love, Knives and Skin is many things and also defies easy categorization, as it puts forth a perspective that is multiple and complicated." - Shelagh Rowan-Legg, ScreenAnarchy

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The Whistle

Dec 28
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. StormMiguel Florez - 2019 - 57m - Free But Seating is Limited!

A TRANSGENDER RESOURCE CENTER SPECIAL WITH DIRECTOR IN PERSON!

A 45 year old Latinx trans man, director StormMiguel Florez returns to his birthplace - Albuquerque, New Mexico - in search of the origin of a secret lesbian code he learned when he identified as a teenage lesbian in the 80s.

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Sherlock Jr. - as part of our Buster Keaton New Year's double feature!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30, 8:15

Dir. Buster Keaton - 1924 - 45m - No Matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO FRANK & DONALD WITH THE ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB!

DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR ONLY ONE PRICE!) WITH BUSTER KEATON'S THE NAVIGATOR!  HAPPY NEW  YEAR!

Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries.

"Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Keaton's third feature under his own steam is an incredible technical accomplishment, but also an almost Pirandellian exploration of the nature of cinematic reality." - Tom Milne, Time Out

"A master of movement and stillness, Keaton developed a comedy style that was as intellectual as it was physical, and this small gem shows us why he's as purely American a film genius as the motion pictures have produced." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"The unexpected, fantastic dream situations lend themselves to some remarkable trick effects, including one in which Buster walks right out of an audience and into a picture on the screen." - TIME Magazine

"Notable for a series of scintillating, near-inexplicable stunts, Keaton's characteristically dexterous and deadpan performance, as well as for its fat-free rattling-good storytelling and witty intertitles." - Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies

"There is an extremely good comedy which will give you plenty of amusement, so long as you permit Mr. Keaton to glide into his work with his usual deliberation." - Mordaunt Hall, New York Times

"Stone-faced director/producer Buster Keaton's marvelously inventive, short silent film era, comic fantasy - his third and shortest feature film. It was filled with the comedian's trademark physical gags..." - Tim Dirks, AMC Filmsite

Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the greatest silent-era comedies-a clockwork marvel of visual invention and meta-cinematic reflection." - James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

"Fans of The General will disagree, but this absolutely dazzling comedy is perhaps the best of all Keaton features." - 

Matt Brunson, Film Frenzy

Sherlock Jr. is a remarkable film, which captures the medium of cinema in unique and passionate ways, while maintaining a truth in its characters." - Amanda Mazzillo, Film Inquiry

"Keaton's signature statement, and mind-warping flight of fancy on the dreamlike nature of films and the fluid nature of our ontological existence." - Dan Jardine, Cinemania

"One of Buster Keaton's finest comedies, certainly his most inventive and technically audacious." - Adrian Turner, Radio Times

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The Navigator - as part of our Buster Keaton New Year's double feature!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm, 6:45

Dir. Buster Keaton - 1924 - 65m - No Matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO FRANK & DONALD WITH THE ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB!

DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR ONLY ONE PRICE!) WITH BUSTER KEATON'S SHERLOCK JR. !  HAPPY NEW  YEAR!

Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board!

"Keaton's master coup is in seizing Murnau's haunted ship as a gargantuan comic prop for a pair of stranded nitwits, who don't know what to do with it." - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

"One of Buster Keaton's best, which is to say comedy classic." - Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com

"One of the great slapstick comedies from silent comic Buster Keaton." - Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews

"A text-book example on how to execute slapstick and sight gags. I would say that this film, even more so than THE GENERAL, is a perfect introduction to the films of Buster Keaton." - Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central

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