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2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts

Aug 29 to Sep 4
Friday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Various - 2014 - 94m

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival, which over the course of its 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.

Afronauts - It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.  Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.

The Cut - Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction - The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.  Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.

Dawn - A quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.  Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.

I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked - Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction - A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.  Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.

I'm a Mitzvah - A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.  Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.

Love. Love. Love. - Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction - Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.  Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.

MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” - George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.  Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.

Verbatim - A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.

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Frank

Aug 29 to Sep 4
Friday to Thursday 8:30pm only!

Dir. Lenny Abrahamson - 2014 - 95m - UK/Ireland

A NEW FILM STARRING MICHAEL FASSBENDER SHOT IN & AROUND ALBUQUERQUE!

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

"Frank is a sweet, funny and deeply weird comedy with a winning performance from Domhnall Gleeson as a naive innocent negotiating the eccentric wonderland of rock and roll notoriety." - Allan Hunter, Daily Express

"Weird and wonderful musical comedy" - Peter Debruge, Variety

"Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird: an anti-Dumas fable about a man who never removes a fake head." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Road to Ninja - Naruto the Movie

Aug 29 to Aug 30
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Hayato Date - 2014 - 110m - Japan - In English - All seats $12 - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! -

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Long ago, a mysterious masked shinobi unleashed the Nine-Tailed Fox onto the Village Hidden in the Leaves to spread chaos and destruction. But the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, and his wife Kushina Uzumaki sealed the Tailed Beast into their newborn son Naruto to save the village, foiling the shinobi’s plan.     

Years later, Naruto and his friends succeed in driving away the infamous Akatsuki, who have mysteriously returned from the dead. Upon returning to the village, the young shinobi are praised by their families for completing a dangerous mission. Reminded of how alone he is, Naruto begins to wonder what it’s like to have parents, when a strange masked figure appears before him – the same masked shinobi responsible for the death of his parents!

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Shane - as part of our WEEKEND WESTERNS series

Aug 30 to Aug 31
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

Dir. George Stevens - 1953 - 118m - As part of our WEEKEND WESTERN series! All Seats $5

A timeless western in which an enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer). Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker's plan.  Also starring a great villianous Jack Palance!

"Wyoming's scenic splendors against which the story is filmed are breathtaking. Sunlight, the shadow of rain storms and the eerie lights of night play a realistic part in making the picture a visual treat." - William Brogdon, Variety

"For Shane contains something more than beauty and the grandeur of the mountains and plains, drenched by the brilliant Western sunshine and the violent, torrential, black-browed rains…" - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

"SHANE isn't just one of the best movies of its genre or decade -- it's one of the finest films ever made." - Richard Luck, Film4

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The One I Love

Sep 5 to Sep 10
Friday to Wednesday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Charlie McDowell - 2014 - 91m

"Throughout its brisk 90-minute running time, “The One I Love” reinvigorates the romantic-comedy genre with an infusion of sci-fi/fantasy elements and sharp scripting. It’s no coincidence the film features onscreen references to both “The Twilight Zone” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” - Geoff Berkshire, Variety

Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are a married couple on the brink of separation when, at the urging of their therapist (Ted Danson), they decide to salvage their relationship by escaping to a beautiful vacation house for the weekend.  What starts off as a relaxing and tranquil retreat soon spirals into a dizzying and unusual experience that forces the troubled couple to really look at themselves and reflect on the complexities of their relationship.  Over the course of a few days, Ethan and Sophie struggle to pursue their better selves as they watch everything they once thought to be real merge with the surreal.

READ SLATE MAGAZINE AISHA HARRIS' ARTICLE ON THE WELCOME REBIRTH OF THE ROM-COM HERE! 

"A bump into the realm of Charlie Kaufmann and Spike Jonze" - Hollywood Reporter 

"An intriguiing premise that we can't really discuss here" - Indiewire

"Brisk, funny, smart and artful" - Film.com

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The Pleasures of Being Out Of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

Sep 5 to Sep 10
Friday to Wednesday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David L. Lewis - 2013 - 86m - No Matinees

Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of 'alternative' journalism in America.  This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.

At the core of the film are three extraordinary, intimate conversations with Hentoff.  Commentary and perspective are offered through additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern. Interwoven through it all is the sublime music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Bob Dylan, along with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage of these artists and other cultural figures at the height of their powers. 

"Brisk and engaging. Hentoff comes off as an amused, amusing, endlessly fascinating man, one with more stories to tell than he could have fit into his almost three dozen books or his half-century of columns. He's a great pleasure to watch, to listen to, and to read, even when you couldn't disagree with him more." - Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

"This succinct, documentary sticks smoothly to its beat. (Hentoff) established himself as master critic of a uniquely American art...and an indefatigable advocate for civil liberties. As thoughtfully edited by the frequent Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard, the film alternates between these two professional pursuits. (It) also pays tribute to a faded era of alternative journalism and to a model for cultural bonds across racial lines. And it's one documentary about 'popular culture' that gets at the potential in that devalued term for true-blue American ideals." - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

"A sharp-looking and enjoyable doc that celebrates the writer's legacy." - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins. It is the vivid testimony of the artists he championed and hung out with that galvanizes the film." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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Sign Painters

Sep 6
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Faythe Levine and Sam Macon - 2014 - 80m - $5 AIGA Members / $10 General

AN AIGA NM PRESENTATION!

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

“Through the individual stories, a larger narrative surfaces about this art form and its fate over time... It is a cautionary tale about the head-long rush into a technology-driven time and a meditation on what’s lost along the way. It is a reminder to look around and recognize the physical history in our presence every day.” —Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Sep 7
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. James Erskine - 96m - No Matinees

In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man versus mountain, athlete versus addiction, Marco Pantani versus himself.

"Filmmaker James Erskine gives even the most profoundly uninitiated viewer (such as me) plenty of opportunities to understand, cheer for, and mourn the man…" - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher

"James Erskine crafts an empathetic portrait of the athlete, who came from nothing to gain everything and then lose it all." -  Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian

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AIA MOVIE NIGHT! - 16 Acres & How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr. Foster?

Sep 11
Thursday 6:30pm

2010 & 2012 - 173m total - An AIA presentation! Architects in Film Series - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

NOTE:  TICKETS FOR BOTH OF THE SCREENINGS TO BE GIVEN OUT AT 5:30pm, DOORS OPEN AT 6pm. 

16 ACRES (6:30pm) - The rebuilding of ground zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion.  [Dir. Richard Hankin - 2012 - 95m]  View a trailer.

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH MR. FOSTER? (8:15pm) - A portrait of one of the world's premier architects, this documentary follows Norman Foster's unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. By investigating his origins to how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the world's largest building to its tallest bridge, Foster offers some striking solutions to humanity's increasing demand on urban centers.  [Dir. Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado - 2010 - 78m]  View a trailer.

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Rich Hill

Sep 12 to Sep 14
Friday to Sunday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo - 2014 - 91m - No Matinees

"12 Must See Sundance Successes" - Rolling Stone Magazine

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that hard work will be rewarded and even they can live the American dream. Spending a year with these boys and their families, homegrown Missouri filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo craft a tale that is cinematically rich and exquisitely intimate, and put a human face on rural poverty in a respectful and artistic way. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.

"Often heartbreaking, Rich Hill presents real-life as few filmgoers know it." - The Hollywood Reporter

"The type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." - The Playlist

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Witching and Bitching

Sep 12 to Sep 13
Friday and Saturday 10pm ONLY!

Dir. Álex de la Iglesia - 2014 - 115m - Spain/France - In Spanish with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!

When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife, and the situation spirals further out of control, heading towards a jaw-dropping climax.  From its opening moments involving a shootout between a series of street performers in costume (including Minnie Mouse, the Invisible Man and Jesus), it’s clear that director Alex de la Iglesia is in top form here. Capturing all the wit of his previous films, but employing a much more streamlined energy, he serves up the laughs, action and thrills in spades. Creative effects and frenetic, tongue-in-cheek jokes make for a visual inventive comedy with plenty of scares and surprises along the way. So grab your iron dentures and sharpened utensils. Dinner is served.

"A swift, dark and nasty horror comedy that occasionally dances into territory deemed taboo by American filmmakers."  - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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Made on Route 66 - A new Jeff Berg movie clip compilation!

Sep 13
Saturday 4pm ONLY!

1930s to now! - 100m approx - ALL SEATS $7

Load the family into the VW bus; hop into your jalopy; rev up your Thunderbird: New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg presents a motion picture road trip along Route 66!  

MADE ON ROUTE 66 is a new compilation series showcasing movies made along the Mother Road; it will play exclusively in independent theaters situated along Old Route 66, beginning with a screening at THE GUILD on Sept 13 at 4 pm  

The show will screen clips from beloved movies (‘The Grapes of Wrath’, ‘Rain Man') and buried treasures, such as 'Damnation Alley' and 'Starman' and of course some New Mexico made films as well. Berg provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes along with tongue-in-cheek and critical insight along the way AND audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

Event coordinator Brennan Foster of the Dark Matters Film Festival conceived the presentation  as a means to raise funds and awareness for independently owned and operated movie theaters along Route 66 — many of which recently converted to costly digital projection systems.  Future shows will take place in Winslow, Holbrook, and Sedona, Arizona. 

Clips to be included from the following movies - Grapes of Wrath (1940), Ace in the Hole (1951), Route 66 (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), Easy Rider (1969), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Damnation Alley, Escape from NY (1981) Missouri, Starman (1984), Roadhouse 66 (1985), Bagdad Café (1987), Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987), Rain Man (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Cars (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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Sidewalks of London

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

Dir. Tim Whelan - 1938 - 80m - UK - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB event! $5 general / $2 AFC members!

After befriending talented dancer and pickpocket Libby (a delightful fiesty Vivien Leigh), street performer Charles (superbly played by Charles Laughton) strikes up a partnership with the gifted young performer and invites Libby to join his act. With Libby's graceful moves steadily drawing an audience to Charles' dramatic act, the performers soon catch the eye of theater magnate Harley (Rex Harrison), who is so mesmerized by the performance that he invites Libby and her fellow performers to a post-play party. When Libby arrives at the party alone, her career rapidly ascends, as Charles and the rest of the performers remain behind to toil amongst the famished masses.

"Top entertainment" - Leonard Maltin

 

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Rushmore

Sep 16 to Sep 18
Tuesday to Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Wes Anderson - 1998 - 93m - No matinees

As part of our BOOKS & BONGS:  THE SOPHOMORE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON & RICHARD LINKLATER series!  Second times a charm!

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

"Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's." - Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable." - Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

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The Congress

Sep 16 to Sep 18
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 9:00

Dir. Ari Folman - 2014 - 122m

NOTE:  THIS ALSO PLAYS NEXT TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 TO THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25 AT 4:15 AND 6:30PM!

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WALTZ WITH BASHIR! More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

"An extraordinary and very touching film that exists somewhere in the twilight zone between the existential brainteasers of Charlie Kaufman and the psychedelic wonders of Hayao Miyazaki" - Empire Magazine

"Lyrical and mysterious, contemplating age-old sci-fi questions (of artificial intelligence, of perception versus reality) while grafting them onto a commentary about the changing nature of movies." - RogerEbert.com

"There's something exhilarating -- mesmerizing, even -- about "The Congress"'s most ludicrous flourishes." - HitFix

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BRAZIL - the original 1986 director's cut

Sep 19 to Sep 20
Friday and Saturday 10:15 pm

Dir. Terry Gilliam - 1986 - 131m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47!

On 35mm Film!

In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzler.

"Terry Gilliam's ferociously creative black comedy is filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention -- every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Letter To Momo

Sep 19 to Sep 22
Friday to Monday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Hiroyuki Okiura - 2012 - 120m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama.  The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.  A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the climactic finale – a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years.

"Stunning!  As gorgeous as 'Momo' is to behold, the film's sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief proves its most compelling element." - Variety

"One of the best animated films of the year!  A milestone in traditional handmade animation... this wonderful craftsmanship shines on screen, the result being a film truly beautiful to watch." - Twitch

"Four stars!  Has a freshness and urgency that moved this reviewer to tears!  Hiroyuki Okiura, who also wrote the script, manages the transition from light to serious with the craft and assurance of a true storyteller, while firmly grounding his human and nonhuman characters in their Seto Inland Sea setting, from the narrow portside streets to the gloriously expansive view from the island's highest point. All such scenes are painstakingly hand-drawn with an attention to detail befitting the best of Japanese animation." - Japan Times

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The Zero Theorem

Sep 19 to Sep 22
Friday to Monday 8:00 pm ONLY!

Dir. Terry Gilliam - 2014 - 107m - No matinees

The mind of Terry Gilliam has brought us Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Now, he turns his eye not to the future, but the present, in this madcap sci-fi epic starring two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon, and David Thewlis in a tale of man tasked to either find the meaning of life, or prove once and for all that life is meaningless.  

“A perfect, complete masterpiece… under no circumstances should anyone ever experience Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem in anything other than a pristine theatrical experience.” –Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

“[A] visually splendid nightmare of totalitarian glitz… a spectacle that demands to be cherished.” –TIME Magazine

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Microbirth

Sep 20
Saturday 3:00 Only!

Dir. Toni Harman & Alex Wakeford - 2014 - 70m - A Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center Presentation - $10 admission

Advance tickets available at the Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center at 7708 4th St NW Los Ranchos, NM 87107 OR call our clinic at (505) 924-BABY(2229)  and talk to Tracy (ext 0)

Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, “Microbirth” examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life. Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean Section have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases with gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or coeliac disease. These conditions are all linked to the immune system. “Microbirth” explores several possible explanations. If a baby is born by Caesarean Section, scientists hypothesise this could alter the “seeding” of the baby’s microbiome, the critical transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby’s immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby’s immune regulation and metabolism. Dr Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says, “Over the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen dramatic increases in childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, childhood obesity. We’ve also seen increases in Caesarean delivery. Does Caesarean cause these conditions? No. What Caesarean does is not allow the baby to be seeded with the microbes. The immune system doesn’t mature. And the metabolism changes. It’s the immune dysfunction and the changes in metabolism that we now know contribute to those diseases and conditions.” Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London says, ”We are increasingly seeing a world out there with what is really a public health time-bomb waiting to go off. And the research we are doing suggests it is only going to get worse, generation on generation. So tomorrow’s generation really is on the edge of the precipice unless we can begin to do something about it.”

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Vaudeville Goes to the Movies: Laughter, Song and Dance!

Sep 21
Sunday 1 p.m.

1910s to 1930s - 100m approx - $5 minimum suggested donation!

A SPECIAL SCREENING OF TOP VAUDEVILLE ACTS IN THE MOVIES WITH AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE CO-FOUNDER FRANK CULLEN!

Most of the stars and featured performers in movie musicals and comedies began in vaudeville. Even dramatic actors like James Cagney, Joan Blondell and Cary Grant.

Eleanor Powell, ballet-trained, began as a child in a vaudeville. A quick-study, she mastered tap and went onto star on Broadway and in a series of lavish, brilliantly choreographed MGM musicals. Powell was one of the few women that male tappers regarded as an equal.

W. C. Fields spent years travelling all over the world with his juggling act, adding more and more comedy. By the time he starred in Ziegfeld Follies and movies, the comedy element overshadowed his juggling.  This clip is the only visual record of his juggling act.

Oliver Hardy was a minstrel tenor and vaudeville before he entered films in 1914. Stan Laurel learned the ropes in British music hall and American vaudeville before trying his luck in movies in 1915. For both me, success came when they were teamed in 1926. Suited as well to talkies as silents, they became the most beloved comedy in the world. 

Lupe Velez, convent-bred, started as a shimmy-shaker dancer in Mexican vaudeville and segued into American vaudeville and then the Ziegfeld Follies before her film career began at age 19 in 1927. Dubbed the Mexican Spitfire and she succeeded in both comedies and dramas.

The Berry Brothers (real brothers like the Nicholas Brothers) together with the Four Step Brothers and The Nicholas boys were one the three great acrobatic dance acts of the 1930s & 1940s. Nyas, James & Walter Berry played vaudeville, nightclubs and movies until the early deaths of James and Walter.

Bert Lahr, a burlesque and vaudeville alumnus, is best remembered as the Cowardly Lion in the movie Wizard of Oz, won most of his success in Broadway musical comedies and revues for more than 35 years. He was the original Estragon in Becket’s Waiting for Godot.

The Wiere Brothers, may have been the most versatile act in show business. Trained in voice, dance, a variety of musical instruments, acrobatics, juggling and comedy, the were a whimsical European act until they had to feel Hitler to the USA, Language was a barrier to starring in movies.

Buck & Bubbles were an African American song-&- that began in vaudeville and moved into film.  Buck, a jazz pianist, did a bit of eccentric dancing, Bubble sang and was an early (and great) example of jazz –tap. George Gershwin created the stage role of Sportin’ Life for John ‘Bubbles’ Sublett.

Flournoy Miller wrote sketches before he teamed with comic Aubrey Lyles. Together with musicians Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake, Miller & Lyles created the first jazz-era musical comedies, Shuffle Along and Running Wild. Miller later teamed with both Mantan Moreland and Johnny Lee was a popular comedian who appeared black vaudeville and TV’s Amos ‘n’ Andy.

Harry Richman was king of the speakeasies—a Frank Sinatra of the 1920s & 1930s. Among his early vaudeville jobs was pianist for both Mae West and Nora Bayes. His bravado singing style was based on an excellent, voice, breath and range. He also was a pioneer aviator who set records.

Herb Williams was a ‘nut comic’ whose cranky, besieged character was sabotaged by ill-functioning props, musicians and stage hands.

Your host, Frank Cullen, is the co-founder of the American Vaudeville Museum, co-founder of the ABQ Film Club, and author of Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America (Routledge, 2007) and four Porridge Sisters Mysteries. In 2011, the NYC Theatre Museum honored Frank for his Excellence in the Preservation of Theatre History.

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Dazed and Confused

Sep 23 to Sep 25
Tuesday to Thursday 8:45 ONLY!

Dir. Richard Linklater - 1993 - 102m - No Matinees

As part of our BOOKS & BONGS:  THE SOPHOMORE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON & RICHARD LINKLATER series!  Second times a charm!

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting . . . for something to happen.

"Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at." - Time Out, Top Critic

"Hysterically Funny and ultimately enriching, "Dazed and Confused" takes some pretty genuine themes - rebelling, the thought of growing up too fast, and life after school - and spices it with a nice blend of wired humor." - Clint Morris, Film Threat

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The Congress

Sep 23 to Sep 25
Tuesday to Thursday 4:15, 6:30

Dir. Ari Folman - 2014 - 122m

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WALTZ WITH BASHIR!  More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

"An extraordinary and very touching film that exists somewhere in the twilight zone between the existential brainteasers of Charlie Kaufman and the psychedelic wonders of Hayao Miyazaki" - Empire Magazine

"Lyrical and mysterious, contemplating age-old sci-fi questions (of artificial intelligence, of perception versus reality) while grafting them onto a commentary about the changing nature of movies." - RogerEbert.com

"There's something exhilarating -- mesmerizing, even -- about "The Congress"'s most ludicrous flourishes." - HitFix

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Closed Curtain

Sep 26 to Sep 29
Friday to Monday 6:00 ONLY!

Dir. Jafar Panahi - 2013 - 106m - Iran - In Farsi with English Subtitles

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again, and stunningly, he has created a masterpiece that not only lives up to his earlier, pre- ban work but surpasses it in many ways.

In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.

DIRECTORS’ STATEMENTS

I wrote the screenplay while undergoing a depression that led me to explore an irrational world far from logical conventions. However, because I suddenly had recovered during the shoot, I had to try very hard to not let reason take over what my melancholic state had helped me to achieve. Melancholy haunts this story, where each character reflects another and the line between fiction and reality is blurred.

CLOSED CURTAIN uses shifting genres and stories within stories to highlight why filmmaking is a necessity in a filmmaker’s life: it is the imperative need to show the reality of the world we live in.

-Jafar Panahi

"Panahi's stylistic gifts remain on abundant, elegant display, in willful, suspended fury." -  Ray Pride, Newcity

"Closed Curtain" is richly allegorical, but the film succeeds even more as an exiled artist's reassurance that the law can't stamp out art." - Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) - featuring a live score by the touring INVINCIBLE CZARS

Sep 26
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John S. Robertson - 1920 - 73m - ALL SEATS $8

ABOUT THE INVINCIBLE CZARS SCORE - this particular soundtrack performed live incorporates voice loops and is still the most understated effort by the band to date.  That band used themes from Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes 1, 3 and 5 as well as a complete arrangement of Debussy’s Footsteps in the Snow.  It was also one of the most collaborative efforts by the band featuring cues written by new bass player Hen3ry Q Vines, violinist Phil Davidson and voice/winds mistress Leila Henley.

Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story (though greatly influenced by T.R. Sullivan's popular stage treatment), recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self. 

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Fifi Howls from Happiness

Sep 26 to Sep 29
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Mitra Farahani - 2014 - 96m - Iran - In Farsi with English Subtitles

Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime.  Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy.

While the new Iranian government destroyed many of his works, Mohassess himself obliterated even more-- in rage at man’s inhumanity to man, environmental destruction, and the futility of idealism.  Ranging from tender to playful to haunting to grotesque, these unforgettable pieces were as mercurial as the man himself, a chain-smoking recluse with the mouth of a sailor and the soul of a poet, touched by a mischievous spark and as likely to lapse into a political rant as a burst of eccentric laughter.  

Determined to interview Mohassess, fine artist/filmmaker Farahani discovers him living alone in a hotel room in Rome and begins to craft the perfect final biography, in his own words and on his terms.  Along the way, the inimitable spirit of the man behind the image is laid bare—both painfully sensitive and crudely comical, “condemned to paint,” but unable to compel himself to leave anything behind as a legacy.  When a pair of artist brothers and ardent fans of Mohassess commission him for an ambitious project, the elderly man is inspired with a renewed sense of purpose and returns to painting after decades of dormancy.  A lasting tribute to an elusive artistic genius, Fifi Howls from Happiness affirms the power of creative freedom, the right of the artist to create and to destroy, and above all, to have no regrets.

“A fascinating portrait.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety

"The most startlingly unexpected Iranian triumph at Telluride was Mitra Farahani's FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS, an unconventional documentary about forgotten Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess. Mohassess, who died in 2010, was a fantastic character, a viciously witty gay guy who cut a stylish swath through Europe and makes wicked fun of his dim-bulb oppressors. In the film, Farahani, gorgeous and stylishly feminine, spars skillfully with the artist, deftly penetrating his defenses through sheer intelligence and knowledge of his work, like Truffaut interviewing Hitchcock." - Tim Appelo, The Hollywood Reporter

“A joyous celebration of freedom to create, to destroy, to live without regret." - Lincoln Film Center

“When a film about an artist becomes itself a transcendent work of art.” - Peter Sellars

“Exceptionally clever. The final sequence makes for unforgettable cinema.” - Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

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God Help The Girl

Sep 27
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Stuart Murdoch - 2014 - 111m - ALL SEATS $8

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The directorial film debut from the lead singer and songwriter of celebrated indie band Belle & Sebastian!

Eve is a catastrophe-low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group. In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance. While a treat for the eyes, thanks to the candy-colored cinematography, as well as the ears, thanks to Murdoch's undeniable gift for crafting fantastic pop songs, it's the top-notch cast that delivers the film. Star turns from Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty, Sucker Punch), Olly Alexander (Le Week-End, Bright Star) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins) elevate what might have been an exercise in twee to an emotional, heartfelt film that will resonate with audiences of all ages.

"Polished, poised and endearingly confident, driven by editing and performances every bit as precise as the wordplay in Murdoch's lyrics." - Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman

"Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen." - David Fear, Esquire Magazine

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Winchester 73 - as part of our WEEKEND WESTERN SERIES

Sep 27 to Sep 28
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Anthony Mann - 1950 - 92m - All Seats $5

It's the legendary James Stewart at his leading-man finest in this timeless western that set the standard for all that followed. Frontiersman Lin McAdam (Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester '73, as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters, including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea), an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire), a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam's own murderous brother (Stephen McNally). Featuring Shelley Winters as the rifle's only rival for McAdam's interest and Tony Curtis in one of his first screen performances, the gripping tale of the men (and gun) who toughed it out in the 19th century West is one of Stewart's most memorable films and one of the genre's most enduring classics.

"Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal." - Variety

"The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Down By Law - double featured with Stranger Than Paradise

Sep 30 to Oct 2
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00, 9:15

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1986 - 107m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH DOWN BY LAW

As part of our SIMPLE FRAMES:  THE EARLY CINEMA OF JIM JARMUSCH DOUBLE FEATURE!

Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.

The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel." -  Vincent Canby, New York Times

"A true original that kind of grows on you." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Stranger Than Paradise - double featured with Down By Law!

Sep 30 to Oct 2
Tuesday to Thursday 7:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1984 - 89m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH DOWN BY LAW!

As part of our SIMPLE FRAMES:  THE EARLY CINEMA OF JIM JARMUSCH DOUBLE FEATURE!

WINNER OF THE CAMERA D'OR, CANNES 1984

"One of the most deadpan comedies ever committed to film, Stranger than Paradise suggests a Buster Keaton film written by Samuel Beckett and Jack Kerouac and directed by Andy Warhol." - Mark Deming, Rovi

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema.

"It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Honeymoon

Oct 3 to Oct 4
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Leigh Janiak - 2014 - 88m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

Treadaway (CONTROL) and Leslie (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES) give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.

“VERY, VERY SCARY. It plunges the audience face first into the realm of terror” – Ryland Aldrich, Twitch 

“CLASSIC AND CLEVER. Wonderfully confident, truly unsettling.” Ryan Turek, Shock Till You Drop

“CREEPY AS HELL. The great joy of the film is watching how it blossoms from a tale of a somewhat difficult relationship into something altogether… otherworldly.” – Drew Taylor, The Playlist

“CHILLING” – Sam Zimmerman, Fangoria 

“Told with efficiency and a level of intimacy that’s genuinely unsettling at times.” Drew Tinnin, Dread Central

“Entrenched in exquisite paranoia.” – William Bibbiani, Crave Online

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Song of the New Earth

Oct 3 to Oct 9
Friday to Thursday 6pm

Dir. Ward Serrill - 2014 - 87m - No Matinees

Song of the New Earth features the transformative life journey of renowned sound healer, psychotherapist and modern day mystic Tom Kenyon from a young aspiring Nashville musician to an internationally revered sound alchemist. From giant caves in the south of France, to the golden-chandeliered symphony halls of Vienna to the snowy mountain peaks of Tibet, we join Kenyon's quest to integrate modern science's advances in sound research with the ancient mystic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga, mystical Christianity, Shamanism, Egyptian alchemy and more. A visual and aural feast, Song of a New Earth provides viewers with a distinctive and intimate portrait of one man's mission to not only heal ourselves but ultimately our precious planet earth. A transcendent, original and healing experience this unique film transports viewers through Kenyon's rare, divine gift.

"The film is lulling, in a good way; like meditation or swinging in a hammock ... Oddly compelling and relaxing, Song of the New Earth is not a typical summer film, but it is a comforting one to idle away a dog-hot day and linger on thoughts about your own gifts and life." - Sara Wiltermood, Rogue Valley Messenger

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The Trip To Italy

Oct 3 to Oct 9
Friday to Thursday 3:45, 8:00

Dir. Michael Winterbottom - 2014 - 108m - UK

Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.

Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.

"At its heart, The Trip to Italy is more than just a travelogue about food. It's about friendship and the appetite for experience we all share." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"British comedians and dueling partners Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back in this witty and incisive follow-up to "The Trip."" - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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The Man Who Laughs

Oct 4 to Oct 5
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Paul Leni - 1928 - 110m - $5 General / $2 AFC Members

In an effort to top the critical and financial success of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, studio head Carl Laemmle recruited two influential artists of the German Expressionist school: actor Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and director Paul Leni (Waxworks). The shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, the demonically misshapen "hero" made The Man Who Laughs something entirely new to American cinema-the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built. Veidt stars as Gwynplaine, a nobleman's son who is kidnapped by a political enemy, and then is mutilated by a gypsy "surgeon" who carves a monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a traveling freakshow, he falls in love with a blind girl (The Phantom Of the Opera's Mary Philbin), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As years pass, the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of political intrigue. He becomes the plaything of a jaded duchess (Freaks' Olga Baclanova), and his enemies renew their efforts to control him.

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The Twelfth Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Oct 10 to Oct 19
Friday to the following Sunday

2014 - A Closet Cinema Production! CASH OR CHECK ONLY! NO CREDIT CARDS!

The only event of its kind in New Mexico! Since its founding in 2003 and celebrating its 12th solid year, SWGLFF has presented more than 400 films and has grown to be one of the state's largest festivals, highlighting a rich diversity of gay, lesbian and transgender culture.

CLOSET CINEMA is an Albuquerque based nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing queer cinema in an attempt to highlight the richness of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. They serve our diverse communities by producing the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and other events.

MORE INFO TO BE AVAILABLE SOON!  MEANWHILE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE!

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Memphis

Oct 20 to Oct 23
Monday to Thursday 6:45

Dir. Tim Sutton - 2014 - 82m

“In Tim Sutton’s second feature, “Memphis,” the musician Willis Earl Beal plays a blues singer of the same name, who is facing a devastating artistic crisis—a composing and performing block. His desperate efforts at self-healing take him on a spiritual journey through the city of the title as he encounters friends, confidants, and religious counsellors dispensing hard-earned wisdom. Memphis itself plays a leading role in the film, by way of richly textured, sunlight-imbued images of streets and houses, churches and roads. With his loamy mosaic of drifting moods and troubled memories, Sutton offers a pictorial translation of the blues, a vision of an American classicism sheltered by the urban landscape’s mystical embrace.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Midnight Cowboy

Oct 20 to Oct 23
Monday to Thursday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. John Schlesinger - 1969 - 113m

Daring. Provocative. Shocking. Compelling. Nearly thirty years after its original release, "Midnight Cowboy is still heartbreakingand timeless" (The New York Observer). This Academy Award winner* for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay also boasts Oscar-nominated** performances by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, neither of whom have "ever been better on screen than they are here" (Chicago Tribune)! When Joe Buck (Voight), a good-looking,naively charming Texas "cowboy" makes his way to the Big Apple to seek his fortune, the only wealthhe finds is in the friendship of Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman), a scrounging, sleazy, small-time con man with big dreams. Living on the tattered fringe of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond one that transcends their broken dreams and get-rich-quick schemes and makes Midnight Cowboy "that rarest of things: [a film] every bit as moving now as it was when it was [first] released" (Premiere).

"I cannot recall a more marvelous pair of acting performances in any one film." - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

"Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic." - Adam Smith, Empire Magazine

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1000 Times Goodnight

Oct 24 to Oct 29
Friday to Wednesday 3:00, 7:30

Dir. Erik Poppe - 2014 - 111m - Norway

Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of world's top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she's also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca's resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray.

"An affecting drama. Deeply compelling....[Binoche's] transformation is as unsettling as the violence she's chronicling." – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"[A] gripping, emotionally resonant drama...starring French luminary Juliette Binoche."

– Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Elegant and aesthetically pleasing! Binoche is particularly terrific." – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

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Alive Inside

Oct 24 to Oct 29
Friday to Wednesday 5:30pm

Dir. Michael Rossato-Bennett - 2014 - 78m - No Matinees

A joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. 

"One of the most important documentaries of the year" - Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist

"Absolutely joyous" - Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

“An inspiration and a revelation” - Curtis Ellis, Huffington Post

Village Voice Critics' Pick!

"Incredibly moving" - Leland Montgomery, Paste Magazine

“It's as transformative as the music itself.” - Sam Fragoso, RogerEbert.com

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $20, includes a prop bag

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE, CLICK HERE.

Another chance to re-live a classic!  NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A full cast and props will be provided to make your Rocky experience something truly amazing. Costumes are always encouraged and make sure you yell out as audience participation is always encouraged.

It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Susan Sarandon) encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp', Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Oct 25 to Oct 26
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman - 2014 - 84m - All Seats $7

An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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A VOICE IN THE DARK - Svengali (1931) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Thursday and Friday only!

A DOUBLE FEATURE - No matinees!

A happy, harrowing Halloween DOUBLE FEATURE (that's 2 movies for one price!) in old school style!  Two famous horror classics projected from rare film prints!

6PM - Svengali (1931) Directed by Archie Mayo, approx. 78m

George DuMaurier’s supernatural tale of the mysterious Parisian artist who uses his hypnotic powers to transform his untalented model, Trilby, into the singing sensation of Europe, but cannot command her love was the basis for this Pre-Code classic.  And who better to play the title role than the one and only John Barrymore? His performance is supported tremendously by the stunning visual effects and overall expressionist look of the film, courtesy of Art Director Anton Grot and Cinematographer Barney McGill, both of whom were Oscar-nominated for their work. Watch ‘Svengali’ and be amazed!  Approx. 78m  View a clip

8PM - The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) Directed by Rupert Julian, approx. 78m

Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, with its crowd-pleasing blend of suspense, romance, and gothic horror, has been filmed numerous times. Yet, for all the subsequent remakes, this original silent gem, starring the great Lon Chaney, Sr., remains the definitive version.

Tony Rayns of “Time Out” put it perfectly: “…Chaney’s best ever phantom, his face scarred to hell by acid, unmasked at the organ by the timorous heroine; the phantom stopping a costume ball when he appears as the Red Death; the phantom shrouded in the most romantic cape ever seen, perched on top of the statue of Apollo to eavesdrop on the lovers. And the sustained crescendo of the end is still unrivalled.”

Presented with a synchronized score of –what else?- organ music!  View a trailer.

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Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead

Oct 31 to Nov 1
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm

Dir. Tommy Wirkola - 2014 - 100m - Norway/Iceland - in Norwegian and English with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47

If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

Picking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Director Tommy Wirkola returns to the helm with a vengeance, coming up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than you ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic is sure to shock the weak-of-heart and delight even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre. Colonel Herzog is back, and he is not to be f&*ked with.

"Bigger, brasher, bloodier, and with more bowels, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead is a blast." - Brian Tallerico, Film Threat

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Bjork: Biophilia Live

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Friday to Sunday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland - 2014 - 97m - Advance tickets will be available starting in early October! Check back here soon!

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS NOB HILL MUSIC STARTING OCTOBER 1

A concert film that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. Recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia.'

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"A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment . . . Heavenly constellations billow across dark sections of screen above the stage, sometimes engulfing Björk like she is some kind of gargantuan space goddess. . . . there are some gorgeous emotional depths here too, especially when the swooping harmonies of [the accompanying all-female Icelandic chorus] are given full rein." - The Hollywood Reporter

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

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