Coming Soon

Better Watch Out

Dec 15 to Dec 16
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Chris Peckover - 2017 - 85m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 general / $6 students

This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.

“A silly-to-serious film that's sure to enter the canon of Christmas movies for people who prefer a bit of arsenic laced into Santa's cookies.” - April Wolfe, L.A. Weekly

“If you want to gift yourself a holiday film that decks the halls with blood, this is one to put under the tree.” - Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

“A consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller, which says pertinent things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity.” - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“It's scary and fun, if your idea of fun involves occasional gore and torture, things like that. Plus: Christmas decorations!” - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Dec 15 to Dec 19
Friday to Tuesday 3:45, 8pm

Dir. Alexandra Dean - 2017 - 90m

See a great FILM STAGE article on BOMBSHELL by clicking here

Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science. 

-Tribeca Film Festival

“A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“[An] engaging profile.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.” - Kristy Puchko, Nerdist

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The Paris Opera

Dec 15 to Dec 19
Friday to Tuesday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Jean-Stephane Bron - 2017 - 110m - France & Switzerland - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director.  Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season with Schönberg's Moses and Aaron.  But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting rolecomplicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time.  As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner's six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.

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Dolores - the story of Farm workers activist Dolores Huerta! ENCORE!

Dec 16
Saturday 1pm only!

Dir. Peter Bratt - 2017 - 95m - No Matinees

Special thanks to Recuerda a Cesar Chavez CommitteeHispanic Heritage Committee New Mexico Immigrant Law Center!

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

“exuberantly inspiring… makes you want to march and dance.” — David Talbot, San Francisco Chronicle

“a documentary of exceptional storytelling power.” — Joanne Butcher, CineSource

“energetic, engaging” — Dennis Harvey, Variety

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GUILD CINEMA'S ANNUAL MOVIE POSTER AUCTION SALE!!

Dec 17
Sunday 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!  

To mention but a few -  THE SUNSHINE MAKERS, BAND AID, BAD BATCH, MY LIFE AS ZUCCHINI, ICAROS:  A VISION, CEZANNE ET MOI, DEVIL'S CANDY, THE LURE, 68 KILL, DAVE MADE A MAZE, KILL BABY KILL, THE LITTLE HOURS!

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

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Head - Seasons Greetings with the Monkees classic!

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bob Rafaelson - 1968 - 85m - No Matinees

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees . . . being catapulted through one of American cinema’s most surreal sixties odysseys. The brainchild of Bob Rafelson, making his directorial debut; his producing partner and Monkees cocreator Bert Schneider; and Jack Nicholson, a coscreenwriter on the project, Head was the fanciful beginning and ignominious end of the TV-bred supergroup’s big-screen career. In it, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that’s movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once. A constantly looping, self-referential spoof that was ahead of its time, Head dodged commercial success on its release but has since been reclaimed as one of the great cult objects of its era.

“Still remarkably vital and entertaining.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“In which The Monkees get stoned, commit career suicide, and end up accidentally making one of the best movies of the 1960s.” - David Cornelius, Popcornworld

“If the Beatles were housebroken Marx Brothers, the Monkees here are gutty Bowery Boys.” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

HEAD © 1968, 2000 and 2010 Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

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The Florida Project

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Wednesday to Saturday 4pm, 8:30

Dir. Sean Baker - 2017 - 115m

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. 

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.  

“This movie accomplishes something almost miraculous — two things, actually. It casts a spell and tells the truth.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“This is a story told with authenticity and power, helped along by its cast of newcomers.” -  David Sims, The Atlantic

“Alexis Zabe's rapturous cinematography reminds us that magic is where you find it. You don't need a golden ticket to Mickey's kingdom, although you can see it from here.” - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

The sun-washed reality of The Florida Project, which concludes with a touch of poetry that might break you in two. It's not a happy ending, but it is, like the rest of the film, pretty much perfect.” - Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News

“Dafoe delivers his finest performance in recent memory, bringing to levelheaded, unsanctimonious life a character who offers a glimmer of hope and caring within a world markedly short on both.” - Ann Hornaday,Washington Post

“Dafoe has never had a role this warm and sweet, and he plays it for low-keyed honesty. The kids and the adults, some non-professionals, all become part of a bright purple beehive.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“The performances by the children, especially (Brooklyn) Prince, are magical and unforgettable. You will think of them long after you leave the theater.” - Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

“The fluid visuals are a perfect match for the curiosity and exuberance of the kids, who prowl the motel grounds and beyond on the hunt for mischief.” - 

Emma Simmonds, The List

“Baker never succumbs to the sirens of miserabilism. Instead, he prefers the fanciful fantasy of the children who, in their flight forward, can glean moments of happiness for themselves from the simple light of a blue sky.” -Jordan Ruimy, World of Reel

“A three-dimensional microcosm of the millions of families denied their share of the American dream by a corrupt system that tends to only reward the rich.” - Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger

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Bad Grandmas

Dec 22
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Srikant Chellappa - 2017 - 92m - No Matinees

Starring Pam Grier, Florence Henderson (in her final role!) and Judge Reinhold!

Four grandmothers accidentally kill a conman and, to cover it up, they get rid of the body. When the conman's partner shows up, things go south.

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Amelie

Dec 27 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Saturday 3:30, 8pm

Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet - 2001 - 122m - France - In French with English Subtitles

The City of Lights sparkles in this “delightful and original” (Boston Globe) quirky comedy that garnered 5 Academy Award® nominations. At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amelie accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a Cupid, guardian angel and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story? Audrey Tatou (The Da Vinci Code) shines in this “lighthearted fantasy” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) that stole the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.

“It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.” - 

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

“It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

Dec 27 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Saturday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Alan Govenar - 2017 - 84m - No Matinees

A music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America. At a time when the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts has never been more threatened, Alan Govenar's documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs: the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually since 1982.

Featuring a breathtaking array of men and women who have been awarded the fellowship, including musicians, dancers, quilters, woodcarvers and more, the film demonstrates the importance of the folk and traditional arts in shaping the fabric of America. From Bill Monroe and B.B. King to Passamaquoddy basket weavers and Peking Opera singers; from Appalachia and the mountains of New Mexico to the inner city neighborhoods of New York, the suburbs of Dallas, and the isolated Native American reservations of Northern California - each of the artists share exceptional talent, ingenuity, and perseverance.

"Enjoyable and enticing! Govenar's knowledge and affection are contagious...he makes his case for the NEA by asking the simple question: What do we value? In his expansive view of American culture, that includes preserving native languages, recognizing the profundity of the blues, and honoring where we came from and what we’ve made in equal measure." - Serena Donadoni, The Village Voice

"A celebration of art, survival, and the riches of human experience. This exuberant film makes each art sampled, from oud playing to basket weaving to bobbin lace making, feel indispensable." - Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post

"As part of a decades-spanning project, the filmmaker and arts advocate Alan Govenar profiles winners of the National Heritage Fellowship." - The New York Times

"'Extraordinary Ordinary People' includes footage of some of the most significant artists of the past century, from bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe to bluesman B.B. King. With budgets for the arts in peril, it couldn't come at a more opportune time." - Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International

"A must-see documentary! There were so many great artists/craftsmen featured in this film...I found myself mesmerized by their stories. I was so touched by this film that I found myself in tears by the end and wanting to hear more." -Tara Low, Guitar Girl Magazine

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Jailhouse Rock - double featured with Viva Las Vegas!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sunday and Monday 2pm, 6:15

Dir. Richard Thorpe - 1957 - 96m - No Matinees

AN ELVIS NEW YEARS!!

One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler (the former Princess Summerfall Winterspring on Howdy Doody, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film), Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis' vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts--but this time, he's a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler.  Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end!!

“The characterizations are solid, and the music is some of Elvis's best.” - John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

“Elvis delivered his definitive screen appearance in this budget-minded black and white production, a dark reflection of the Loving You rise to fame.” -  Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

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Viva Las Vegas - double featured with Jailhouse Rock!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sunday and Monday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. George Sidney - 1964 - 85m - No Matinees

AN ELVIS NEW YEARS!!

Let's get gone, real gone!!

Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix - once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough but mislays it when the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both race and girl, problems made more difficult by rivalry from Elmo Mancini, fellow racer and womaniser. Perhaps some singing will help!!

“One of Elvis Presley's best films, Viva Las Vegas benefits from the exuberant direction of MGM vet George Sidney, the young and sexy Ann-Margret as romantic interest, and over 12 melodic songs that take up half of the running time (only 85 minutes).” - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

“It's all color and glamor and sexy fun.” - Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

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Permanent

Jan 2 to Jan 6
Tuesday to Saturday

Dir. Colette Burson - 2017 - 93m

Bad hair day? Nope!  More like a bad hair life!

Set in 1982 in small town Virginia, PERMANENT centers around 13-year-old Aurelie Dickson (Kira McLean) and her parents, Jeanne and Jim (Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson).  In this hilariously awkward and unique telling full of wit and wisdom of a hairstyle gone wrong, the Dicksons are struggling through major life changes together all the while trying desperately to emerge intact on the other side.

For the Dicksons family, just getting through the day is a win.

“Quirky and often spot-on spoof of the hell of having bad hair in high school” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

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Young Lakota

Jan 6
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt - 2012 - 83m - All Seats $7

AN INDIGENOUS WOMEN RISING SPECIAL!  Proceeds will go to the Indigenous Women Rising Abortion Fund

The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their 

tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. 

This is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of bright young people finding their way, as the film follows the surprising highs and lows of the statewide referendum on abortion and a divisive tribal election. Young Lakota tells the tale of the diverging paths Brandon and Sunny begin to take. Ultimately it is the complex interplay of personal choice, cultural, economic and political circumstance that defines who they are and what kind of adults they are becoming. Beyond the divisiveness and turmoil, the stark disappointments and heady triumphs, Sunny’s courage and 

Cecelia Fire Thunder’s wisdom gives Young Lakota a sense of enduring possibility and of life being lived deeply that will resonate with any audience.

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Drilling Mora County

Jan 7
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David Luis Leal Cortez - 2017 - 54m - A FUNDRAISER - ALL SEATS $15

DIRECTOR IN PERSON PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS SPEAKER T.B.A. !

The documentary covers the Mora County, NM fracking ban, the first county in the United States to do so. Interviews with attorneys, activists, and elected officials. Attorneys like Jeffery Haas, and Thomas Linzey, along with elected officials like John Olivas, activists like Kathleen Dudley and Anita Laran tell the story of what happened there.

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Indivisible

Jan 7 to Jan 10
Sunday to Wednesday

Dir. Edoardo de Angelis - 2017 - 100m - Italy - In Italian with English Subtitles

"This offbeat but highly distinctive work from director Edoardo de Angelis ventures into territory rarely seen in the cinema, and does so with understanding and sensitivity. Grounded in modern-day Italy, but also evoking a whimsical nostalgia reminiscent of Federico Fellini's universe, Indivisible is a deeply moving portrait of conjoined twin sisters.

Connected at the hip, 18-year-olds Daisy and Viola are gifted with beautiful voices and often sing at local weddings, family functions, and communions. Their father, a rather seedy small-time businessman, has turned them into an entertainment act in order to support the family and, ultimately, fill his own pockets. The two girls barely have a moment to breathe as they are run from engagement to engagement, until a chance meeting with a doctor reveals that, because they share no vital organs, they can be safely separated. The ensuing melodrama is twofold. The twins each have somewhat different views on what this radical step could mean. Their father, meanwhile, is apoplectic when confronted with the possibility of no longer being able to cash in on his daughters.

Set in Caserta, just north of Naples, and delivered largely in Neapolitan dialect, Indivisible employs moments of pure visual lyricism to create a stylized world where dream and reality collide.

As the twins set out on their trip to confront new choices in their lives, de Angelis explores what it means to separate oneself from the past, in this case literally as well as metaphorically. The young women's habitual orbit is troubled by the new world they begin to navigate, one that is rich with possibilities but rife with challenges." - TIFF

“Shot with a dreamy fabulism that merges the gorgeous and the grotesque, "Indivisible," the third feature from Edoardo De Angelis, draws on a rich vein of Italian cinematic history to deliver an adventurous ode to freedom and sisterhood.” - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“A mood piece humming with energy and marked by wondrous moments …” - Michael Nordine, Village Voice

“The Fontana sisters, appearing in their first movie, are a real find. Their charm and natural acting skills shine through the pedestrian scenes of Daisy and Viola arguing with their father, and their singing voices are quite beautiful.” - Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

“Peers and probes, offering a sensitive, insightful and sometimes even dream-like rumination on the cost of seeking and subverting normality.” - Sarah Ward, Screen International

Although their surroundings are bleak, Indivisible is punctuated with humor, curiosity and hope.” - Crystal Contreras, Willamette Week

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On the Beach at Night Alone

Jan 7 to Jan 10
Sunday to Wednesday

Dir. Hong Sangsoo - 2017 - 101 - Korea - In Korean, English and German with English subtitles

Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo. Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin—plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married film director. Younghee visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, increasingly startling confessions emerge. 

No stranger to mining his own experience for his films, Hong, whose real-life affair with Kim stirred up a media frenzy in Korea, here confronts his personal life with a newfound emotional directness. With an incredibly raw and vulnerable performance from Kim at its center, On the Beach at Night Alone is one of the most dynamic collaborations between director and performer in contemporary cinema.

"Poignant and witty... a fascinating sublimation of autobiography into Hong’s precise creative terms." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire 

"As gut-wrenching, funny, and formally freewheeling as anything in recent cinema." - Dan Sullivan, Film Comment 

"An equality between performer and director which I haven’t experienced before in a film...I think it's Hong Sangsoo's best." - Neil Bahadur, MUBI Notebook 

"Touchingly direct...The beauty of Hong’s latest lies in how piercingly affecting it feels even if one isn’t aware of the personal circumstances surrounding it." - Kenji Fujishima, Slant 

"Hong’s most compelling character to date, which is appropriate, as he knows her best of all." - Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope 

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Bird boy: The Forgotten Children

Jan 11 to Jan 14
Thursday to Sunday

Dir. Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero - 2017 - 76m - Spain

There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.

Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-director Alberto Vázquez and winner of the Goya Award for Best Animated Feature (where Vázquez won Best Animated Short Film in the same year), Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin.

“What's so striking about this are the ways in which the filmmakers contextualize societal breakdowns, drug addiction, adolescence, pollution, abuse, greed and psychosis.” - Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction

“Fascinating in its oddball complexity” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

“An animated film completely different from what the genre has accustomed us to: kindness, color, music and humor.” - Francisco Marinero, El Mundo (Spain)

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Felicite

Jan 11 to Jan 14
Thursday to Sunday

Dir. Alain Gomis - 2017 - 123m - France / Belgium / Senegal / Germany / Lebanon - In Lingala and French with English Subtitles

Grand Jury Prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, FÉLICITÉ is also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, and will be this year’s official entry for Senegal for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.

Felicite is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in the Congo’s capital Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year-old son gets into a terrible car accident. To raise the money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa – a world of music and dreams.

“Mr. Gomis's cinematic style is spectacularly multifaceted. The camerawork and cutting often have the fleetness of a documentary, but there's nothing sloppy about them.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“Rapturous” – Variety

“The film's tonal range is formidable enough to suggest that this director may be a major talent who's now emerging from relative obscurity.” - Mike D'Angelo, AV Club

“This heady trip into downtown Kinshasa is as magnetic, and enigmatic, as its forceful central character.” - Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)

“A heroic, award-winning central performance from the Congolese actress Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu is reason alone to see this often gripping, occasionally infuriating French-language melodrama.” - Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

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The Fifth Element

Jan 12
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Luc Besson - 1997 - 126m - A NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE SPECIAL! All Seats $8

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE!

In conjunction with Albuquerque Comic Con in January, New Mexico Entertainment is excited to present the sci-fi action film The Fifth Element starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman. In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

NME Movie Night is a LIMITED seat event!

“The most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“A dazzling, funny, and exciting sci-fi actioner that features unforgettable characters and a thrilling story, making this one of the most underrated science-fiction classics around.” - Jeff Beck, The Blu Spot

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The Lady Eve

Jan 13 to Jan 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Preston Sturges - 1941 - 93m - No Matinees

IN HONOR & MEMORY OF OUR BUDDY CHRIS DENOON!

A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune—a wealthy but naïve snake enthusiast—and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table. Their plan is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when the heir gets wise to her gold-digging ways, she must plot to re-conquer his heart. One of Sturges’s most clever and beloved romantic comedies, The Lady Eve balances broad slapstick and sophisticated sexiness with perfect grace.

“One of the funniest movies ever made, and that is that.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“One of those movies whose battle-of-the-sexes themes are still relevant more than 50 years on.” - Film4

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Jane

Jan 15 to Jan 18
Monday to Thursday

Dir. Brett Morgen - 2017 - 90m

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

“One of the best documentaries of 2017. An astonishing accomplishment. Morgen is setting the bar for profile documentaries and changing the rules for his field.” - BRIAN TALLERICO, ROGEREBERT.COM

“Few films this year offer up such lush and formal components. Morgen has made a film of deep emotional beauty. Required viewing for anyone seeking a classic in the making.” - KATE ERBLAND, INDIEWIRE

“Transcends the boundaries of both nature films and biographies. Its epic elements of adventure, romance, and spiritual connection possess a sweep equal to any narrative film. A wondrous, moving, and truly stirring portrait that puts us right there with Goodall to share in her discoveries, propelled by the majestic sounds of Philip Glass. This is a truly stirring legacy portrait.” - DAVID ROONEY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Song of Granite

Jan 15 to Jan 18
Monday to Thursday

Dir. Pat Collins - 2017 - 104m - Ireland / Canada

Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean nós singers Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, SONG OF GRANITE is a distinct portrait of Heaney’s life and a marvelous exploration of music and song.

“More than the story of an individual, the film is a stirring tribute to endangered folk traditions.” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“If Andrei Tarkovsky had grown up in rural Ireland, he might have made a biographical cine-memoir as luminously beautiful as Song of Granite.” - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

“This patient and luminous life-of-the-artist film freshens everything stale about its genre.” - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“The film's monochromatic images are so beautiful they're almost as soul-nourishing as the transporting vocals and otherworldly reels the soundtrack envelopes us in.” - Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

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Freak Show

Jan 19 to Jan 22
Friday to Monday

Dir. Trudie Styler - 2017 - 91m

Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther, The Imitation Game) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only his by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Larry Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen. This proudly offbeat comedy is an irresistible ode to outsiders and nonconformists of all stripes. With Laverne Cox.

“At the heart of this tale, and the film's paramount appeal, is the staggeringly impressive turn by Lawther, who manages to be so overtly confident in the role, and yet internally so vulnerable.” - Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys

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Killing for Love

Jan 19 to Jan 22
Friday to Monday

Dir. Marcus Vetter & Karin Steinberger - 2017 - 124m

March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The subsequent arrest and conviction of the couple’s daughter Elizabeth, a wealthy scholarship student at the University of Virginia, and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the brilliant son of a German diplomat, set off a media frenzy, becoming the first trial of its kind to be nationally televised. But what if the justice system got it all wrong? This gripping true crime tale untangles the web of romantic obsession and betrayal that may have led an innocent man to make the ultimate sacrifice for love: take the fall for a murder he didn’t commit. Featuring the voices of Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots.

“Compelling murder-mystery … Gruesome, but utterly gripping“ - The Times

“A thrilling courtroom drama“ - Culturmag.de

“Real drama in Shakespearean dimensions“ - Saxon Newspaper

“A film like a grenade" - Stern TV

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Mystery in Morocco - Live Performances plus meet & greet!

Jan 20
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ranee Lovato & others! - 2017 - 75m approx - ALL SEATS $10

A REINA RAKS PRODUCTION!

Come meet the cast for the upcoming 2019 production of Mystery in Morocco, an orginal tale by Ranee A Lovato. Performances by top choreographers Sadie Adair, Lauren Martínez-Burr, Eric Salazar, Kristine Domino, Sara Dances, Dani Gutierrez Eric Koenig and more! Dance workshops and more information will be available for those wishing to audition for the 2019 full production.

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"Wonder Girls" Release, Book-signing, Lecture and Photo Exhibition

Jan 24
Wednesday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Creativity for Peace - 2017 - 75m approx - All Seats $10 for this special event!

2018 is shaping up to be the "Year of the Girl.” As each news headline trumpets an unstable atmosphere for countries the world over, girls are leading the way in education, environmental action, and social justice.

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit, celebrates the stabilizing role that young women play in our communities with the upcoming exhibition of photographs, January 24-31, 2018, from the just-released book, "WONDER GIRLS, Changing Our World" by Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster.

Gianturco and Sangster's book journey began with a pivotal chapter about the work of CREATIVITY FOR PEACE with teen girls from Israel and Palestine developing skills in peacemaking and a passion for "the other’s experience" in war-torn communities. 

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE will host an exhibition of 20 of Gianturco's images in the CCA lobby gallery, opening January 24, and running through January 31, 2018.  Proceeds will benefit the work of CREATIVITY FOR PEACE.  

Author/photographer Paola Gianturco joins us in Albuquerque with slide/talks and book-signings!

**ADDITIONAL EXHIBITS & SHOWS - Santa Fe, January 25, at 7pm, CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, tickets $15.  VIP tickets (including a signed book and pre-reception) are $125

Django - a new biopic on Django Reinhardt!

Jan 25 to Jan 28
Thursday to Sunday

Dir. Etienne Comar - 2017 - 115m - France - In French with English subtitles

From Etienne Comar, writer/producer of Of God and Men (Cannes Grand Prix 2010), comes a powerful wartime biopic focusing on the life of legendary, world-famous jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. 

Starring Reda Kateb (Zero Dark Thirty, A Prophet) and Cécile de France (Hereafter).

The opening film of the 2017 Berlinale, Django will immerse viewers in a tumultuous chapter in the life of one of the greatest musical geniuses of the 20th century.

Reinhardt, elegantly interpreted by Reda Kateb,  is a phenomenon in 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming admirers, including his muse, played by Cécile de France. But even as the rise of Nazism forces Reinhardt to make a daring escape from Paris - his music being considered degenerate under the Third Reich - he refuses to be silenced, and his music becomes a form of protest. Kateb’s impressive performance is sure to please all fans of the renowned jazz musician and keep audiences on their tapping toes. 

"One of the best scores" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Played to perfection" - Indiewire

“There's an urgent impetus at the heart of this film, far beyond the realm of either flat period biopic or mere history lesson.” - Christina Newland, Sight and Sound

“A much-deserved spotlight role for French actor Reda Kateb.” - Peter Debruge, Variety

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The Final Year

Jan 25 to Jan 28
Thursday to Sunday

Dir. Greg Barker - 2017 - 89m

A unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, THE FINAL YEAR offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.

“RIVETING” – DAVID MORGAN, CBS NEWS

THE INSIDE, AND BARKER SPENDS PLENTY OF TIME BEHIND THE GUARDED WALLS.” – STEVE ZEITCHIK, LA TIMES

“IMMENSE AND INTIMATE. THIS MOVIE CAN ONLY INSPIRE. ESSENTIAL IN ITS DEPICTION OF HUMANE, RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP.” ELIZABETH WEITZMAN, THE WRAP

“AN URGENT IDEALOGICAL REBUTTAL. ONE RARELY GETS TO GLIMPSE THE WHITE HOUSE FROM THE INSIDE, AND BARKER SPENDS PLENTY OF TIME BEHIND THE GUARDED WALLS.” – STEVE ZEITCHIK, LA TIMES

“COMPELLING…IRRESISTIBLE…DEEPLY MOVING. LIKE A REAL-LIFE VERSION OF THE WEST WING.” – FRANK SCHECK, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Mom & Dad

Jan 26 to Jan 27
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Brian Taylor - 2017 - 83m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

A teenage girl and her younger brother must survive a wild 24 hours when a virus of unknown origins causes parents to turn on their own kids!

“A tale as old as Greek mythology, told with verve, panache and lots of fake blood…The kind of rip-snorting, relatively cheap and cheerful black comedy the industry doesn’t make enough of anymore, Mom & Dad is a deliciously lurid throwback to cult fare like Parents, Heathers, Serial Mom, early Gregg Araki movies and other to-the-bone horror-driven skewerings of suburban pieties.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“…this giddy exercise transcends mere bad-taste humor to become one of the great jet-black comedies about suburbia, destined for the same cult-classic status accorded The Stepford Wives, Parents and Heathers.” - Variety

A twisted remake of Home Alone on bath salts.” - Screen Crush

“Nicolas Cage in full -on nutzoid mode.” - Indiewire

“A demented blast.” -JoBlo

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42 Grams: The Evolution of a Chef

Jan 27
Saturday 1pm

Dir. Jack C. Newell - 2017 - 82m - No Matinees

After working at some of the world’s best restaurants, Jake’s aggressive personality kept him from finding a kitchen to call home. A chef without a restaurant, Jake began cooking fifteen-course menus out of his apartment. Alongside his dedicated wife Alexa, their “underground” restaurant becomes a foodie hot spot. The experience is unique: they present refined flavors while dirty dishes soak in their bedroom. A year later, they take out a lease on an abandoned chicken joint to open a real restaurant, 42 Grams. The film follows them developing menus, hiring and firing staff, shows Jake’s temper, the strains on their marriage, and what they risk in their pursuit of the American Dream.

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In The Fade

Jan 29 to Feb 1
Monday to Thursday

Dir. Fatih Akin - 2017 - 105m - German / France - In German with English subtitles

THE NEWEST FROM THE GREAT TURKISH/GERMAN DIRECTOR FATIH AKIN (HEAD-ON, THE EDGE OF HEAVEN, SOUL KITCHEN) !

Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.

“A solidly well made, straight-down-the-line drama.” - Ben Croll, TheWrap

“Kruger's powerhouse performance in her first German-language production goes a long way toward compensating for the narrative's dip into overly crystalline waters …” - Jay Weissberg, Variety

“A thriller made riveting by an emotional performance from Diane Kruger.” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“It might actually be one of Akin's best.” - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

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The Road Movie

Jan 29 to Feb 1
Monday to Thursday

Dir. Dmitrii Kalashnikov - 2017 - 70m - Russia - In Russian with English subtitles

Somewhere between "Jackass" and "Faces of Death" - Dennis Harvey, Variety

A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s THE ROAD MOVIE is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have- to-see- it-to- believe-it documentary, THE ROAD MOVIE captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers.

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