Coming Soon

Christmas Evil - John Waters' fave Xmas movie newly restored!

Dec 14 to Dec 15
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lewis Jackson - 1980 - 94m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

DOOR PRIZES BY THE MIGHTY BUBONICON 51 !

"THE TAXI DRIVER OF CHRISTMAS MOVIES!" - Jim Knipfel, DEN OF GEEK

When he was a boy, Harry idolized Santa Claus, but one Christmas Eve, he witnessed something horrifying that forever shattered his innocent understanding of Santa. Now an adult, Harry wants to embody the pure Santa Claus that he grew up loving. He works at a toy factory and keeps records of who's been naughty and nice, but the spirit of Christmas isn't what it used to be and he can't take it. So, garbed in his red suit, Harry decides that the only thing he can do is to become Santa himself and make all of the naughty townspeople pay...in blood!

“Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t become one of the movies you traditionally watch each year around the holiday season.” - Todd Martin, Horrornews.net

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Liyana

Dec 14 to Dec 17
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp - 2017 - 77m - Swaziland, Qatar & US - No Matinees

Five Swazi orphaned children turn their past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective fairytale, in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest.

"Gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you've ever seen before." - Entertainment Weekly

"Lyrical.  As bright and captivating as it is poignant." - Hollywood Reporter

"Brilliant.  The World desperately needs to see more stories like this." - Shadow and Play

"True art.  Shot through with equal parts trauma and hope." - Los Angeles Times 

“A spirited testament to the power of creativity - not only as a source of strength and joy, but as a way to access buried emotions.”- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

“Sweetly entertaining despite the horrors it hints at, Liyana is a snapshot of a larger story with plenty of potential for a happy ending.”- Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“A Swazi wonder.” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

The visually innovative documentary is a testament to the healing power of storytelling.” - Sophia Stewart, Nonfics

“An innovative blend of documentary and animation that tells a moving story of resiliency and the power of imagination.” - Loren King, AWFJ Women on Film

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Matangi Maya M.I.A.

Dec 14 to Dec 17
Friday to Monday 4pm, 8pm

Dir. Steve Loveridge - 2018 - 95m - UK/US

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

“An illuminating and enjoyable portrait of one of the most interesting pop musicians of this century who, even after this, remains inscrutable in many of the ways that matter.” - Raju Mudhar, Toronto Star

“It is fascinating to watch M.I.A. develop into middle-age as, inevitably, the sum of her own best efforts.” - Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

“Loveridge celebrates the mashup aesthetic that enabled the artist to find a voice, and reveals that reconciling contradictions... is key to both Arulpragasam's music and the life she's constructed with audacity and wit.” - 

Serena Donadoni, L.A. Weekly

“Inspires deep respect for the fierce and independent artist she is.” - Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

“It is the synthesis of these contradictions, and how they've illuminated M.I.A.'s career path that makes up the spine of Loveridge's fascinating portrait.” - Piotr Orlov, NPR

“We get a searing intimate portrayal of M.I.A./Maya, with the documentary as her heartfelt diary and manifesto.” - Katie Driscoll, CineVue

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21st Century Stone Age - a fundraiser for the tv series!

Dec 15
Saturday - 1pm only!

Dir. Kirk Loy - 2018 - 75m approx - All Seats $10

Includes Q & A with the host plus live music & Door prizes from Mama's Minerals!

The second episode in a planned series that tells a fascinating story of human ingenuity and the rocks that we transform into civilization - with host geologist (and Guild patron!) Steve Maynard.  It's the intimate relationship between humans and their rock world!

Since the beginning of human existence we have been converting rocks into the tools and materials we need to live.  Simple modifications have evolved into complex technologies. Today virtually everything man-made comes from the rock of earth.  

21st Century Stone Age host geologist Steve Maynard leads the viewer on a journey of adventure and discovery.  Each episode is a fascinating story of human ingenuity and the rocks that we transform into civilization.                     

Dimension Stone - Steve Maynard takes us to another dimension of the 21st Century Stone Age:  The Story of Dimension Stone. We’ll visit a quarry from which rock is extracted and examine its geologic origins.  We’ll look at polished stone and its uses in construction, the modern processes of fabrication and their roots in ancient techniques.

**21st Century Stone Age LLC. is a non-profit Albuquerque-based production company. New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) serves as Fiscal Sponsor and provides complete financial management of the 21st Century Stone Age production funding.

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High Desert Screening

Dec 16
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2018 - 140m approx. - Only $5 cash / $8 for credit card purchase

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

High Desert Screening is a collaboration of aspiring New Mexico Film Makers working together to bring a showcase to share their projects for one and other and the public to entertain, educate, and inspire New Mexico's unique theatrical and visual arts scene.

The following films from a diverse group of creators, spanning the genres of retro sci fi, dramatic, suspenseful, comedy and music videos.

Presented by Carmen Dahlman

OPENING:  GITANO Euro-Latino music (10:00)

TRAILERS

Midnight Shanghai (0:51) Directed by Ricky Lee - Wu Chen is on the run from the Chinese railroad work camp. Ela and Gopan friend with Wu Chen brother. Try to save her before the sheriff finds her. The sheriff and Ela share a deep and dark past.

Close your eyes (1:14) Directed by Diana Ippolito - Tells the story of Virginia, a free-spirited photographer, who is fiercely attacked by flock of birds while taking photographs in the woods. Terrified and bloodied, she finds refuge in a secluded cabin owned by Ed, a Native American. His puzzlement and concern is amplified when two hikers, Sarah and Annabel, also seek shelter at the cottage. As the avian onslaught mercilessly continues, the group experiences mounting dread. Are the mysterious heartbeats that begin to torment the quartet a result of the unrelenting anxiety of the bird attacks, or a sign of group madness?

Runaway (1:38) Directed by Anton Kozikowski - Based on the surge in artificial intelligence in the business arena. Runaway explores the idea of a cyborg companion robot designed for personal services who thinks is human.

BIOGRAPHY

Victoria Martinez (3:45) Directed and produced by Anton Kozikowski

MUSIC VIDEOS

Dulce Recuerdo (3:32) Directed by Carmen Dahlman - Multi-Award  winner, singer songwriter and artist Micky Cruz is an international star who has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico and Latin America.

When the sun goes down (3:02) Directed by Anton Kozikowski

Nina (1:52) Directed by Paul J. Lucero - Nina's mother was regarded as the best fighter in the world, holding 16 titles defenses at three different weight classes. However, after her mother is involved in a car crash, Nina runs away from home with her brother, Benjamin. Now broke, homeless and lonely, they struggle to make a living in ABQ. Everything goes wrong, until an old friend Omar, stumbles upon them. Omar quickly realizes Nina can be the greatest fighter , but Nina has to see it in herself first.

MUSIC (20:00) Inter-medium

Miss Chrissy B  (10:00)

Chelsea Kibbee (10:00)

MOVIES

Dinner Guest  (11:37) Directed by Ashley Serrao - Scarlet, a struggling single mom, gets a terrifying visit from a young addict while home alone.

Today (t.b.a.)  Directed by Rebekah Wiggins - A woman learns the meaning of unconditional love by ending her own mother's life.

SIGH (8:35) Directed and produced by Carmen Dahlman

“Relative Strangers – a link that can't be broken”. Two strangers at odds evolve their conflict into a friendship to be tested by trial and tragedy.

Matter of Black  (6:54) Directed by Robert Dugan - Here is a journey of two men coming to a conclusion together, by discussing their personal experiences. In the poem, these men have the power of their words. The film is carried by, and depicts their road-trip back to their city through that same power.

The Keeper (6:34) Directed and produced by Carmen Dahlman - Alice loves to collect things, but her latest acquisition is more than what she bargained for.

Shotgun (16:13) Directed by Colin A Borden - On the night of the biggest show of their life, a struggling jazz band accidentally kills the venue owner and must do whatever it takes to play the gig before they get caught.

Mrs Murphy's Confession (26:00) - Unable to connect with her distant husband and eight grown children, Marjorie Murphy tries helping out at Church. She is given responsibility to prepare a group of teen drop-outs for confirmation. Instead, a confrontation over morality presses Mrs. Murphy to articulate convictions she didn't know she had. This leads to a crisis of faith, and a shamefully exhilarating private moment. A playful and distinctive short film that portrays an awkward journey, and raises taboo questions with no thought of delicacy.

PANEL (10:00)

Founder: Carmen Dahlman

editor and Master of Ceremony : Josh Relic

Tech support: Joe Lonesome

Photographer: Carol Skipwith

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Searching For Ingmar Bergman

Dec 18 to Dec 20
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Margarethe von Trotta - 2018 - 99m - Germany & France - In German, Swedish, French, Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

“Margarethe von Trotta's documentary reminds us of the reasons for Bergman's continued influence on cinema today.” - Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman's life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman's creative achievements.

"Explores and champions Bergman's artistic legacy but also captures a very human portrait of a complex man." - Screen Daily

"A Valentine from one director to another." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“An engaging and accessible look at one of the most important figures in cinema." - Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

“What you're left with is one filmmaker's love affair with another's work, a prism for other beams of light to shine through.” - David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Because Bergman's auteur status is frequently coded as patriarchal, seeing him and his work though the lens of a female filmmaker is salutary.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“It's a piece both thorough and enchanting --  it's a must for Bergman fans.” - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“A well-deserved love letter to master iconoclastic Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.” - Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Wild Strawberries

Dec 18 to Dec 20
Tuesday to Thursday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. Ingmar Bergman - 1957 - 92m - Sweden - in Swedish with English subtitles

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by the veteran filmmaker and actor Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is one of Ingmar Bergman’s most widely acclaimed and influential films.

“An archetypal Ingmar Bergman film, and one of his best.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Wild Strawberries is to my mind a far more complete and interesting film than the much over- praised Seventh Seal, for the simple reason that it says something negative.” - Isabel Quigly, The Spectator

“Gunnar Fischer's photography becomes ever more luminous and Sjöström's performance grows in greatness.” - David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

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Prospect

Dec 21 to Dec 22
Friday and Saturday 11pm ONLY!

Dir. Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell - 2018 - 100m - No Matinees

The SXSW-winning space-western!  BONUS:  Door prizes by BUBONICON 51 opening night!

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.

“The defiantly lo-fi "Prospect" is a smartly entertaining throwback that doesn't need a Marvel movie's worth of CGI to make its point.” - Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle

“The film balances genre thrills with a detailed depiction of prospecting on an alien world, created via a mix of practical locations (shot in a damp Northwestern forest) and some psychedelic digital backdrops.” - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“It's rare to see a sci-fi movie that genuinely has a true grit to it.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“It is a visually dazzling and thrilling adventure of a movie, and one which could be just the beginnings of an elusive career for its directors Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl.” - David Fontana, Film Inquiry

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Sex Madness Revealed!

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Friday to Sunday 3:30, 9:30pm

Dir. Tim Kirk - 2018 - 67m

“Notorious comedian Patton Oswalt and renowned magician Rob Zabrecky star in Tim Kirk’s (Director’s Commentary) latest experiment in how to tell tales of terror. Taking the form of an audio commentary that plays out over the little known 1938 STD propaganda film Sex Madness, the voice of a persnickety film blogger interviews the descendant of the original motion picture’s director who harbors a nefarious secret. 

Director Tim Kirk has taken the 1938 exploitation film—Sex Madness— that warns teens about the dangers of syphilis and added a commentary that tells a horrific and hilarious story of mad doctors, conspiracy theories, and the desperation of a filmmaker with a crooked agenda. Patton Oswalt delivers a memorable vocal performance as a film critic unraveling all the "truths" of the making of the film. This will be one of the most unique experiences you will have at the theater this year or maybe decade.” - Austin Other Worlds Film Festival

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Swimming With Men

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Friday to Sunday 5pm, 7:15

Dir. Oliver Parker - 2018 - 97m - UK

His job is a drag, his wife may be cheating on him, and he’s not getting any younger. Accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie and self-worth through synchronized swimming. Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but they’re determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team. And they’ve set their sights on the ultimate prize: the world championship. Showcasing the sharp wit of The Trip series’ Rob Brydon, Swimming With Men is a big-hearted, delightfully offbeat ode to answering your calling, no matter where you are in life.

“Parker draws perfectly pitched performances from his well-chosen cast.” - Matthew Bond, The Mail on Sunday (UK)

“The film moves quite easily from bittersweet tones to feel-good larkiness.” - Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)

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GUILD CINEMA'S ANNUAL MOVIE POSTER AUCTION SALE!!

Dec 22
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!  

To mention but a few -  STUDIO 54, GRACE JONES:  BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI, RODIN, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:  JOHN LYDON DOC, MARY SHELLEY, KUSAMA:  INFINITY, MINDGAME, EL ANGEL, MUSEO, MADELINE'S MADELINE, PICK OF THE LITTER, LET THE CORPSES TAN, BOOM FOR REAL:  JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT plus so much more!

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

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Roll With Me

Dec 23
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Lisa France - 2018 - 90m - No Matinees

“I roll to inspire people to live up to their potential, to show them they can do anything they set their mind to.” - Gabriel Cordell

Set amidst 3,100 miles of open road and small towns across America, ROLL WITH ME chronicles recovering addict and paraplegic Gabriel Cordell’s momentous journey to become the first person to navigate an unmodified wheelchair across America.  **Lisa and Gabriel actually rolled through Albuquerque, NM on this landmark journey!**  Meaningful and motivating, France’s ROLL WITH ME shares intimate narratives of PTSD, homelessness, family estrangement and sobriety struggles. Commencing as a challenge to push an unmodified wheelchair from California to Gabriel's hometown of West Hempstead, New York. Cordell’s exploration of endurance seeks to establish our common humanity.

Directed by former professional basketball player and stuntwoman turned award winning filmmaker Lisa France (ANNE B. REAL), the documentary bands together a crew of unlikely co-conspirators, each battling their own issues with addiction, PTSD and life. France amazingly captures the triumphs and Cordell's warrior spirit on the expedition while riding a bike on this world record breaking journey. 

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Shiraz - the grand 1928 romantic India epic restored!

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Sunday 4:15, 8:15

Dir. Franz Osten - 1928 - 105m - UK, German, India

Recently rediscovered and beautifully restored by the British Film Institute, SHIRAZ is a feast for the eyes and ears. A lavish Indian-British-German coproduction, it combines legend and history to tell the rousing, romantic tale of a child princess orphaned by a bandit attack and raised by the humble family of the love-struck potter Shiraz. She is then kidnapped and sold as a slave in a Mughal palace, where the growing love between her and the prince saddens the still loyal Shiraz and arouses the jealousy of a general's scheming daughter. Conceived by producer/star Himansu Rai and based on a play by Niranjan Pal, this predominantly Indian production is notable for its respectful treatment of Indian and Muslim culture. Filmed entirely on location in India, the backgrounds, from desert vistas to ornate palaces, are dazzling, and this silent film is greatly enhanced by a gorgeous new orchestral score by renowned composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar.

“The crowd scenes and the location work in this film are a real marvel, and there is great tenderness to its final act.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Sunday 6:30pm

Dir. Arwen Curry - 2018 - 68m - No Matinees

BONUS! Le Guin friend/author Betsy James in person with Organic Books owner & author Steve Brewer opening night!  Special thanks also to BUBONICON 51, they'll be giving out door prizes for the weekend screenings !

Best-known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film. Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic — an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

“What distinguishes the film is the way it explores Le Guin's ideas, and the way she used science-fiction as a vehicle to explore human existence, politics, gender equality, the search for a perfect society and the price of happiness.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International

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Mandy - Is there anything more "midnight movie" than Nic Cage battling with a chainsaw?!

Dec 28 to Dec 29
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Panos Cosmatos - 2018 - 121m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

DOOR PRIZES BY THE MIGHTY BUBONICON 51 !

“A midnight-movie festival onto itself; over two gonzo hours, it combines giallo, Clive Barker, Death Wish, prog rock, heavy metal, Heavy Metal, Guy Maddin, Mad Max, the dueling-chainsaw climax of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Nicolas Roeg, and Nicolas Cage at his most bugging-out unhinged.” - A.A. Down, THE A.V. CLUB

Set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller (Nicholas Cage), a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.  Also starring Andrea Riseborough & Linus Roache.

“It's bloody, it's nasty, and it burns.” - Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic

“Cosmatos' metal-to-the-max revenge thriller is more than just the sum of its deranged set pieces, choice as they are: Its slow-drip blend of hardcore pulp and demonic fantasy has a patience and all-consuming conviction that simply cannot be faked.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“The movie's imagery is consistently unearthly; its pacing has a magisterial weight. Call it pulp Tarkovsky, maybe.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“Every shot is composed with a directorial conviction heavy with hermetic knowledge and occult power.” - Andrew Whalen. Newsweek

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The Big Gundown - OUR SPAGHETTI WESTERN SERIES GALLOPS ON!

Dec 29 to Dec 30
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sergio Sollima - 1966 - 110m - Italy - In Italian with English subtitles - No Matinees

One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite westerns , it's Sergio Sollima's widescreen epic!  The legendary Lee Van Cleef stars as a relentless bounty hunter on the trail of Cuchillo (Euro-film superstar Tomas Milian), a savage Mexican outlaw accused of the rape and murder of a twelve-year-old girl. Written by ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST screenwriter Sergio Donati, THE BIG GUNDOWN features an incredible soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

“The best non-Sergio Leone spaghetti western ... boasting stylish widescreen photography and a great Ennio Morricone score.” - Leonard Maltin 

“It's a wonderful film, rich with style and loaded with surprises, with a fluid storytelling touch that brings substance to a genre that's often concerned solely with appearance.” - Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“A fun and exciting Western thriller…” - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“The U.S. premiere of this surprisingly thoughtful 1960s spaghetti western gives an opportunity to reflect on the genre.” - Eric Monder, Film Journal International

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A Day At The Races - A HAPPY NEW YEARS MARX BROS. DOUBLE FEATURE!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Monday and Tuesday 1pm, 5:45

Dir. Sam Wood - 1937 - 111m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!) WITH "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" AS PART OF OUR MARX BROTHERS NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!

BONUS!  ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB FRANK CULLEN TO INTRODUCE THE 1PM SCREENING ON NEW YEAR'S DAY!

The Marx Brothers at their commercial and popular peak, working with a top Hollywood director (Sam Wood of The Pride of the Yankees), supported with a healthy screen budget paying for such extras as a blue-tinted ballet sequence, love songs from crooner Allan Jones, and decorative sets!  But the brothers are also at the top of their game in terms of their own comic material and timing. The story finds Groucho, Chico, and Harpo helping out at a sanatorium, where their longtime foil in the movies, Margaret Dumont, is the leading patient. The film has some of the trio's funniest and most memorable bits and a dazzling horserace at the climax.

“It places the Marx Brothers clearly among the few fine comedians of our day.”  - Mark Van Doren, The Nation

“Vintage Groucho, Harpo and Chico.” - Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online

“A classic Marx Brothers comedy, often argued as one of their three or four best works.” - Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

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A Night At The Opera - A HAPPY NEW YEARS MARX BROS. DOUBLE FEATURE!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Monday and Tuesday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Sam Wood - 1935 - 96m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!) WITH "A DAY AT THE RACES" AS PART OF OUR MARX BROTHERS NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!

BONUS!  ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB FRANK CULLEN TO INTRODUCE THE 3:30PM SCREENING ON NEW YEAR'S DAY!

Absolutely one of the most hilarious movies ever made, this classic farce featuring the outrageous genius of the Marx Brothers is a chance to see some of their best bits woven together seamlessly in a story of high society, matchmaking, and chaos. In order to bring two young lovers together, brothers Groucho, Chico, and Harpo must sabotage an opera performance even as they try to pass themselves off as stuffed shirts. Featuring the classic sequence where Groucho piles as many people as possible into a ship's stateroom, A Night at the Opera is a deliciously zany romp worth watching again and again! 

“The loudest and funniest screen comedy of the Winter season.” - Andre Sennwald, New York Times

“It is exciting and perfect; a sign that they have at last learned how to use every resource which Hollywood can offer them; and the simplest reason I can find for calling them funny beyond the power of words to spoil the fun.” -  Doren, The Nation

“Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious.” - Nell Minow, Common Sense Media

“Classic, classy Marxist mayhem.” - Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Bali: Beats of Paradise

Jan 2 to Jan 5
Wednesday to Saturday 5:15, 8:30

Dir. Livi Zheng - 2018 - 60m

Starring Judith Hill, Norman Hollyn and Don Hall!

A visionary tale that examines the collective wisdom and talent of Wenten and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Judith Hill (20 Feet from Stardom), as they join forces to reignite gamelan - Bali’s rhythmic style of classical music. After 40 years of teaching and performing gamelan all over the world, Wenten is approaching retirement and aware of the fleeting popularity of his homeland’s beloved musical tradition. At the same time, Hill is looking for a distinctive sound for a new piece of music she’s composing. After meeting, the two agree on collaborating by blending the sounds of classic funk with the beats of Bali. The final result is an epic music video that catapults gamelan into the digital age.

“Encapsulating the brilliant scenery of Indonesia, Director Livi Zheng offers an exclusive glimpse at intimate gamelan street performances while spotlighting the handmade percussion instruments and exquisite Balinese costumes of the multi-timbre ensemble.” - Irish Times

 

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inquiring Nuns - the 1968 delightful doc restored!

Jan 2 to Jan 5
Wednesday to Saturday 3:30, 6:45

Dir. Gordon Quinn & Jerry Temaner - 1968 - 66m

Two young Catholic nuns crisscross Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute to churches on Sunday, and ask random strangers the question, “Are you happy?”

One of the earliest examples of Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner’s exploration into the world of cinéma vérité, Inquiring Nuns captures the attitudes, fears, and dreams of everyday Chicagoans, giving audiences and researchers insight into the political and social climate of 1960’s Chicago. The film’s music is composed by Philip Glass in his first credited film score.

Inquiring Nuns is the second film by Kartemquin Films, the legendary Chicago production collective begun in 1966 that has now produced over 65 documentaries such as Hoop Dreams and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and 2018 hits Minding the Gap and America to Me. 

Operating from a manifesto of “Cinematic Social Inquiry” and inspired by Jean Rouch’s Chronicle of a Summer (1961), the film was shot in 1967 and premiered at the 1968 Chicago International Film Festival, where it was reviewed by a young Roger Ebert. Funded by InterMedia, a Catholic arts-supporting organization that was interested in using cinéma vérité to foster democratic virtues, the project was not intended for a commercial market.

“This picture is a delight.” Glenn Kenny - The New York Times

“A gently profound wonder.” Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune

“A charming time capsule.” Neil Steinberg - Chicago Sun Times

“Quinn and Temper are filmmakers and ‘inquiring reporters’ with great insight, and a lot to tell us about ourselves.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times, 1968

"Inquiring Nuns is the closest thing to a ‘pure’ documentary that I have ever seen.” - William Routt, Film Quarterly 1968

“A lovely, weirdly potent time capsule…a single, polyphonic ode to late ’67 Chicago and what was on the mind of its collective citizenry.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2016

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Generation Wealth

Jan 5
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Lauren Greenfield - 2018 - 106m - No Matinees

AS PART OF 516 ARTS' CURRENCY:  WHAT DO YOU VALUE EXHIBITION SERIES!

Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, workaholic, image-obsessed culture.  Simultaneously autobiographical and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the personal costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed.  

“‘Queen of Versailles’ director Lauren Greenfield offers more tough truths about society’s obsession with money.” - TIME OUT

“Lauren Greenfield is all-round wonder woman … GENERATION WEALTH (is) one of The Best Kick-Ass, Female-Led Films To Watch This Year” - ELLE Magazine

“5/5 Stars – one of the most vulgar, sickening and deeply thought-provoking films you’ll see all year.” - Miro Magazine

“Precise, eye-opening, and absolutely chilling!” - INDIEWIRE

“A Blistering Takedown of Greedy Kardashian Culture” - Daily Beast

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The House That Jack Built - Lars von Trier's controversial serial killer movie!

Jan 5
Saturday 10:30 ONLY!

Dir. Lars von Trier - 2018 - 151m - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING FRIDAY JANUARY 18 AT 4pm & 7pm!

STARRING Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, Sofie Grabol

1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

“Not just a deliciously gory film, it may also be Lars von Trier's funniest film to date.” - Rafael Motamayor, Bloody Disgusting

“Depraved, troubling but always compelling with a career best performance by star Matt Dillon.” - Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium

“I laughed out loud at regular intervals...it was fascinating on screen.” - Lisa Nesselson, France24

“There's no question he (Matt Dillon) delivers an impactful movie monster, with darting eyes and a toothy smile that makes Jack at once seem empathetic and bonkers.” - Eric Kohn, indieWire

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Becoming Astrid

Jan 6 to Jan 10
Sunday to Thursday

Dir. Pernille Fischer Christensen - 2018 - 123m - Sweden, Denmark - In Swedish & Danish with English subtitles

Teenaged Astrid Lindgren (Alba August), who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

“Quite beautiful, and the performances...are pitch-perfect.” - JEANNETTE CATSOULIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Beautifully shot and refreshingly candid, with a sparkling performance from Alba August.” - KATHRYN SHATTUCK, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking.” - ALISSA SIMON, VARIETY

"Absorbing...As Astrid, Alba August is high-spirited, rebellious, and resourceful.” - ANDREA GRONVALL, CHICAGO READER

“This film about an exemplary woman, made by women, is as much a pleasure as it is a lesson.” - GLENN KENNEY, ROGEREBERT.COM

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Eighth Grade

Jan 6 to Jan 10
Sunday to Thursday

Dir. Bo Burnham - 2018 - 94m

Starring Elsie Fisher and Josh Hamilton - Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school. 

“In addition to its queasy verisimilitude, "Eighth Grade" offers acute observations on how social media and the language of self-care have warped teen life.” - Naomi Fry, New Yorker

It's rare to see a movie about middle school years that looks and sounds as right as Eighth Grade, a modest charmer... Burnham avoids most of the Mean Girls-style tropes in favor of a more gently humorous and nuanced approach.” - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

“An achingly honest film about some of the ghastliest years of adolescence. Funny, tender and endearing.” - Rafer Guzman, Newsday

“Fisher's performance is piercingly real--frankly the best performance from a teenager I have ever seen.” - Danielle Del Plato, Floated Alternative Culture Magazine

“A stunning feat of artistic empathy. No film in recent memory has so precisely captured the trifecta of constant anxiousness, horniness, and embarrassment that overwhelms the newly teenaged.” - Andrew Wyatt, The Lens

“Eighth Grade is cinematic in the way every young girl believes her life to be.” - Di Golding, Dear Cast and Crew

“…a cinematic act of love honoring those significant years of identity formation by paying attention ... This film is truly awkward and awkwardly true. In a word, it's lit.” - Joel Mayward, Cinemayward

“An impressive debut film for writer-director Bo Burnham and a breakthrough for Fischer.” - Tim Stevens, Comicsverse

“It's like Burnham had the film tested for authenticity by real eighth graders. ... It ends with my favorite big-screen conversation of the year, a joy in its spontaneity.” - Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer

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The Last Animals

Jan 6
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Kate Brooks - 2017 - 92m - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED

A DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide- the killing of African elephants and rhinos - in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. As the single -digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade and international terrorism and border security. But all is not yet lost- at the same time, Brooks documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals on the verge of extinction in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The result is a potent plea for worldwide attention and action to combat the permanent loss of these majestic creatures.

NOTE:  Following the screening, Sen. Mimi Stewart and Defenders of Wildlife will be discussing efforts at the New Mexico legislature to provide additional protections for imperiled species like elephants and rhinoceros and how you can do your part to help New Mexico stand up for these iconic animals.

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Akira - the 1988 ultra classic anime!

Jan 11 to Jan 12
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Katsuhiro Otomo - 1988 - 124m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MADNESS special - $6 students with ids / $8 general

Not just a movie!  It’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist!

In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment's secrets.

“An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“It continues to show the best of the genre, almost 30 years later. It would be sacrilegious to give a different rating from PERFECT to AKIRA.” - Julio Vélez, Cine Premiere

 

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Shoplifters

Jan 11 to Jan 17
Friday to Thursday

Dir. Kore-eda Hirokazu - 2018 - 121m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

THE 2018 CANNES PALME D'OR WINNER!  FROM THE DIRECTOR OF STILL WALKING, LIKE FATHER LIKE SON AND NOBODY KNOWS!

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold.

At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.

Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them...

“Every one of master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies breaks your heart in a different way.” - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“In a great film, Kore-eda's thesis would be the starting point, not its culmination... But in the end, Kore-eda, for all the cooked-up moments in Shoplifters, knows where the heart of his story is.” - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

“It's in theory the worst family movie of 2018 - and in practice one of the year's best films.” - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he's a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup.” - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“It is complex, subtle, devastating, surprising and totally brilliant.” - Alexa Dalby, Dog and Wolf

“Shoplifters finds Kore-eda at his most human and humane, painting a tender yet unflinching look at the life of a family society has more or less forgotten.” - Joshua Brunsting, The CriterionCast

“Another exemplar of Kore-eda's refulgent humanity, evident skill as a dramatist, and, perhaps most importantly of all, as a deceptively clever visual artist.” - PJ Nabarro, Patrick Nabarro

“It is a carefully and beautifully crafted work that appears to be about one thing (the strong bonds of family life), but is really about something else-the way a city forces us to invent our lives.” - Charles Mudede, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

“Like the rest of Kore-eda's canon, Shoplifters is a gently humorous and poignant work of art.” - Caroline Madden, Fandor

“The performances, particularly by Sakura Andô as Nobuyo, are incredible and the script is something every writer wishes they wrote themselves.” - Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

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Tea With The Dames - Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright! - ENCORES!

Jan 11 to Jan 17
Friday to Thursday

Dir. Roger Michell - 2018 - 81m - UK

What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, Tea With The Dames is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats—up close and unfiltered.

“Each of these dames of the realm gets to play the choicest of roles: herself.” - Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

“A conversational feast with four acting Dames-Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright-who are not above profane fun and confessions that make them human. Don't miss the chance to bask in the pleasure of their company.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The assembled dames are so smart, witty and strong-willed, it's a wrench to have to part company from them at the end of the film.” - Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

“Call it a gabfest. Label it a talkathon. But Tea with the Dames, directed by Roger Michell, is so much more.” - Rex Reed, Observer

“A consistently hilarious 90-minute chat that could have gone on for twice as long (or, ideally, a weekly television series) without ever feeling like too much of a good thing.” - Dave White, TheWrap

“It plays like the jazzy riff of a seasoned quartet, complete with buoyant solos that may not connect to much else but are still a joy to witness all the same.” - Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

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What is Democracy?

Jan 25 to Jan 28
Friday to Monday 3:45, 8:30

Dir. Astra Taylor - 2018 - 107m

From the director of Zizek! and Examined Life!

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted.

Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

“Incisive.” - Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

“It's a fascinating and enlightening treatise.” - Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

“A call to arms, but it is also a powerful and piercing reminder that, as Plato said, "nothing beautiful without struggle." - Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee (British Columbia)

“An extended and good-looking essay, it serves as a sharp reminder to pay attention to politics and to remember that the personal and the local are political.” - Charlie Phillips, Guardian

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