Apr 29 to May 2
4:30, 8:30 Wednesday to Saturday
Dir. Lance Edmonds - 2015 - 91m
An exploration of the interconnectedness of a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. When Lesley, the local school bus driver, (Tony nominee Amy Morton) becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences. Stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt, Lesley’s fragility is further tested by her husband (John Slattery)—a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill—and the boy’s mother Marla Krause), a disaffected young woman looking to take advantage of a delicate situation. Shot on location in the stark, frozen Maine hills, BLUEBIRD fosters a profound sense of place—chillingly capturing the setting’s lonely yet beautiful tone—thanks to the masterwork of cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, TINY FURNITURE).
"A heart-breaking American indie with a top-notch cast." - Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post
"Arresting and emotional." - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"Atmospheric and deeply emotional." - Hillary Weston, BlackBook
"A remarkable achievement." - Jordan Hoffman, Film.com
"A quietly affecting indie drama." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 29 to May 2
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Kathleen Collins - 1982 - 86m - No Matinees
A rediscovered indie gem from a little-known black woman filmmaker becomes the must-see film in NYC, gets front-page coverage (above the fold) in the Times on opening day, packs in crowds, earns great grosses, and then has its run extended… and extended again!
The story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.
Celebrating a recent museum sale, Victor decides to rent a country house where he can return to more realism after years working as an abstract expressionist. Away from the city, the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. When one of her students casts Sara as the woman scorned in a film version of the song “Frankie and Johnny,” she experiences a painful emotional awakening. While dealing with strong individuals and feelings, the film is also charming--Collins described it as a comedy about a young woman who takes herself too seriously.
One of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art.
“Partly because those images have remained unseen for so long, and partly because Ms. Collins, who died in 1988, was such a bold and idiosyncratic filmmaker, “Losing Ground” also feels like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality.”- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“The movie is a nearly lost masterwork.... Had it screened widely in its time, it would have marked film history. Collins has made, in effect, a musical with no fantasy but plenty of imagination. “Losing Ground” plays like the record of a life revealed in real time.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
May 1 to May 2
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm
Dir. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski - 1993 - 76m - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids
IN CELEBRATION OF FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!
Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in Batman: Mask of Phantasm, "one of the most imaginative films of the past year" (Chuck Rich, Westwood One). Only here will you discover all-new revelations about Batman's past, his archrival the Joker and the most grueling battle of Batman's life - the choice between his love of a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of Phantasm is a "mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving" (Cincinnati Enquirer) and a film no fan should be without! Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his name?
New Futures School Student Film Festival
Saturday 2:30pm ONLY!
2015 - 65m - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!
Martians have landed? Why is Lenny crying? Who stole Zuleyma's baby? How is Ray feeling today? Come to the first annual New Futures School Student Film Festival to find out. Through a generous grant from the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation, students had the opportunity to collaborate to tell the stories of their choice. Come and show support for Albuquerque's up and coming film talent.
Zoey and John attempt to start a family in their large mansion. Little do they know, a ghost plots relentlessly to steal their first child for her own...
Ben tries to endure another day of high school with his friends, but he didn't count on aliens landing and falling in love when he woke up this morning.
Students create a backstory for Albuquerque's infamous abandoned insane asylum, Lenchworth Village, and hilarity ensues.
Reinaldo Torres and Gerardo Amparan choose to retell John Steinbeck's ageless classic, Of Mice and Men.
The NeuroFilm Festival
Sunday 1pm ONLY!
2015 - 100m - $5 Adults / Free for anyone under 16 years of age!
The NeuroFilm Festival features short films rooted in brain and behavior science. The project is a collaboration of the Brain Hackers Association, a program focused on introducing youth to brain science, and the Media Arts Charter School. Films will explore a variety of topics ranging from curious phenomena to artistic illustrations of principles from brain science.
May 3 to May 5
Sunday to Tuesday 3:45, 6:00, 8:15
Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako - 2015 - 97m - France & Mauritania - In French, Arabic, Bambara, English & Songhay with English Subtitles
2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film! Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Timbuktu is Mauritania's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
“Breathtakingly Beautiful” - The New York Times, Stephen Holden
“An Extraordinary Film” - The New Yorker, Richard Brody
“Powerful. Stunning. Sissako is a master.” - Variety, Jay Weissberg
“Not just a timely movie, a great one...Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential.” - The New York Times, A.O. Scott
Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work of Orson Welles - In Celebration of Orson Welles 100th Birthday!
May 6 to May 8
Wednesday to Friday 4:00, 8:00
Dir. Chuck Workman - 2014 - 95m
A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH WELLES' CLASSIC THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI!
A look at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker.
“Fascinating. A bouquet to cinematic history.” - Variety
“A lively and fresh retelling of the protean artist’s eventful life.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“A lively…energetic, fast-moving portrait. Workman provides a strong visual sense of the world in which Welles lived and worked.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“This valuable documentary is the easiest, and in some cases only, way to appreciate the work of one of the medium's most accomplished artists.” - Film Journal
The Lady From Shanghai - In Celebration of Orson Welles 100th Birthday!
May 6 to May 8
Wednesday to Friday 6:00pm ONLY!
Dir. Orson Welles - 1948 - 88m
A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH THE NEW DOCUMENTARY MAGICIAN: THE LIFE AND ASTONISHING WORK OF ORSON WELLES!
A beguiling film noir from Welles, starring a brogue-spouting Welles alongside his ex-wife Rita Hayworth. It's a complex, puzzle-within-a-puzzle mystery story with a deceptively simple outline: a seaman, Michael O'Hara (Welles), is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy Banister (Welles regular Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Hayworth) has met O'Hara earlier, when he saved her from a mugging. What ensues is a complicated and bizarre pattern of deception, fraud and murder, with O'Hara finding himself implicated in a murder, despite his innocence. The film is best remembered for its final sequence when the plot comes to a literally smashing climax in the famous "hall of mirrors" sequence, a shootout set amidst walls of shattering glass. Based as it was upon an unremarkable novel, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI was a perfect example of Welles' talent for making a silk purse from a sow's ear.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - LONG LIVE LEONARD NIMOY!
May 8 to May 9
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Leonard Nimoy - 1986 - 118m - ALL SEATS $8
Special Limited-Edition Poster by Jon Sanchez too for sale!
Admiral James T. Kirk is prepared to take the consequences for rescuing Spock and losing the starship Enterprise, but a new danger has put Earth itself in jeopardy. Kirk and his crew must travel back in time in an old Klingon Bird-of-Prey to right an ancient wrong, in the hopes of saving Earth – and the Federation – from certain doom!
Mommie Dearest - A Mother's Day Weekend Joan Crawford Special!
May 9 to May 10
Saturday and Sunday 2:45, 8pm
Dir. Frank Perry - 1981 - 129m
AS PART OF OUR JOAN CRAWFORD MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND DOUBLE FEATURE WITH WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?!
BONUS! THE LOCAL DRAG TROUPE THE DOLLS TO MC THE SUNDAY SCREENINGS WITH POSSIBLY SOME OTHER SURPRISES TOO!
Based on the book about Joan Crawford, one of the great Hollywood actresses of our time, written by her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. Joan decides to adopt children of her own to fill a void in her life. Yet, her problems with alcohol, men, and the pressures of show business get in the way of her personal life, turning her into a mentally abusive wreck seen through the eyes of Christina and her brother Christopher, who unwillingly bore the burden of life that was unseen behind the closed doors of "The Most Beautiful House in Brentwood." Outrageous and controversial to say the least!
“I don’t think [Mommie Dearest] is campy. I don’t think it’s so bad, it’s good: I think it’s so good, it’s great, except for a few lines that go over-the-top.” - John Waters, director of PINK FLAMINGOES, HAIRSPRAY
The Strong Man
May 9 to May 10
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Frank Capra - 1926 - 74m - An Albuquerque Film Club co-presentation! All seats just $5
After a tour of duty in World War I, Paul, a witless young Belgian, comes to America and seeks out the dedicated pen pal (Priscilla Bonner) whose letters lifted his spirits during the heat of battle. But to Paul, the land of opportunity turns out to be a world of confusion, as his quest for Mary Brown leads him from mishap to comic disaster. This was Langdon's second and finest film; it's bracingly ambitious in both scope and story, and marked director Frank Capra's feature-film debut.
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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - A Mother's Day Weekend Joan Crawford Special!
May 9 to May 10
Saturday and Sunday 5:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Robert Aldrich - 1962 - 134m - No Matinees
AS PART OF OUR JOAN CRAWFORD MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND DOUBLE FEATURE WITH MOMMIE DEAREST!
BONUS! THE LOCAL DRAG TROUPE THE DOLLS TO MC THE SUNDAY SCREENINGS WITH POSSIBLY SOME OTHER SURPRISES TOO!
A great psychological thriller, black comedy, and over-the-top camp classic! It features the bizarre (and sole) pairing of two legendary -- and rival -- screen legends in a gothic, macabre, Grand Guignol horror film, directed by Robert Aldrich (known earlier for the great nihilistic film noir Kiss Me Deadly (1955)). The screenplay, by Lukas Heller, was based on Henry Farrell's novel Baby Jane (who also authored the novel Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte). One of the film's posters asked the question: "Sister, sister, oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair?"
A former child star torments her crippled sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Insanity ensues!
Tough Being Loved By Jerks - The Charlie Hebdo Documentary!
May 11 to May 14
Monday to Thursday 4:00, 6:15, 8:30
Dir. Daniel Leconte - 2008 - 102m - France - In French with English Subtitles
Because he had published the twelve Danish cartoons that had triggered the wrath of Muslims worldwide, Philippe Val, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, was cited to court by the Great Mosque of Paris, the World Muslim League and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France.
Daniel Leconte has been covering this extraordinary trial in real time, aiming at deciphering the international political, ideological and media-related stakes with the key participants. The film features lawyers, witnesses, the media, editorial conferences, demonstrations of support... as well as the stances of intellectuals and politicians, the reactions of the prosecutors and of Muslim countries...
A reflection on Islam, on the press, on the state of the public opinion in French society, but also an endeavor to answer the challenges that fundamentalism poses to all democracies.
"The briskest, most hilarious ... most inspiring movie so far at Cannes!" - The Hollywood Reporter
May 15 to May 18
Friday to Monday 8:00pm ONLY!
Dir. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead - 2014 - 109m - No Matinees
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two — however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.
"A beautiful, fluid genre-bender from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Spring is an unforgettable romance of mythical proportions ...Phenomenal…a hybrid of Richard Linklater and H.P. Lovecraft." -RogerEbert.com
"Beautiful, enigmatic...filled with intrigue, wonder and unexpected depth." - IGN
"Immensely satisfying...entwining elements of budding romance [&] mounting dread." - Variety
"Something truly magical and touching and beautiful." - Ain't It Cool News
"Intimate and unfathomable...Spring creates something fresh." - Twitch
"Unpredictable and unclassifiable...the sweetest body horror movie imaginable." - Complex
The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
May 15 to May 18
Friday to Monday 4:00, 6:00
Dir. Guillaume Nicloux - 2014 - 96m - France - In French with English subtitles
Michel Houellebecq, possibly the most widely read living French writer, was believed kidnapped on September 16, 2011. But was he really? After a flurry of media reports of his abduction, the story goes cold and Houellebecq, famously reclusive, refuses to set the record straight. Now he goes one step further by starring as himself in a film that purports to tell the tale.
"With a nod to O. Henry's short story, The Ransom of Red Chief, the film explores the dramatic territory where the personae of criminal and victim are remade in unexpected and surprisingly amusing ways." -Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum
“An inspired comic thriller... [The film captures] some of his signature tone of sour, absurd, deadpan humor... Soon he is charming his kidnappers, who respect his intellectual reputation even when he barrages them with diva-ish demands for fine wines and the services of a local prostitute... Houellebecq plays himself convincingly – indeed he appears genuinely drunk in some scenes.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Michael J. Cramer - 2014 - 96m
A PRC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTATION!
Shot primarily in Silver City, NM - In a response to the days following 9/11, a covert government agency funds a black book project to develop a live virus, Nano-Technology based truth serum. Veritas PVH 13 is developed, although it produces psychological anomalies in some subjects, overall it's successfully, as it permanently removes a subjects ability to deceive. Large scale testing on GITMO Detainees in a secure, off the grid research facility initial exceeds all expectation, but this time the virus mutates, indiscriminately killing both prisoners and researchers alike.
Ten years later a group of college students, lead by their history professor, while searching the New Mexico mountains, stumble upon the facility and break in... in doing, they open the door to Pandora's box and unleash a plague that will threaten the very existence of all mankind.
“A psychological thriller, where the psyche itself is the subject of interest.” ~ Morgan R. Lewis, Morgan on Media
“The moody, atmospheric visual style is both evocative and redolent of classic horror films.” ~ Rodney Twelvetree, Fernby Films, Australia
“[The film’s] use of story, location and overall look and feel make the experience all the more impressive.” ~ Terence Faulkner, The Focused Filmmaker
Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Katheryne Ktee Thomas - 2015 - 98m - No Matinees
Likely to become one of the most controversial films of our time!
Conventional wisdom dictates that the idea of Earth being at the center of the universe is a ridiculous holdover from an ancient, superstitious age. Modern science has long maintained that the human species is nothing special in the context of the cosmos.
We inhabit, in Carl Sagan’s words, “…. an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” His words reflect the Copernican Principle; the foundational assumption underlying the modern scientific world view.
Prepare to re-examine that assumption.
“The Principle”, brings to light new scientific observations challenging the Copernican Principle. The film brings before the public eye astonishing results from recent large-scale surveys of our Universe which disclose surprising evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, aligned with our supposedly insignificant Earth. The film explores from all sides the question of Earth’s station in the universe and whether it could, in fact, have a unique importance.”
“The Principle” features narration by Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek Voyager”, “Orange Is The New Black”, and “Ryan’s Hope”), stunning animations by BUF Compagnie Paris (“Life of Pi”, “Thor”), and commentary from the most prominent scientists of our time, including George Ellis, Michio Kaku, Julian Barbour, Lawrence Krauss, and Max Tegmark.
Interviews with leading cosmologists are interspersed with the views of dissidents and mavericks, bringing into sharp focus the implications of an alternative explanation for our place in the universe.
These shocking new discoveries of Earth-oriented alignments in our visible cosmos bring us face-to-face with the challenging question … what does this mean for the soul and the future of humankind?
"...A LIVELY, COLORFULLY ILLUSTRATED PRIMER — A BRIEF HISTORY OF COSMOLOGY FROM PTOLEMY TO EINSTEIN..." - Los Angeles Times Movie Review
"BE PREPARED TO RECONSIDER EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT WAS FACT, AND BE READY TO RECONSIDER WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE ARE HERE." - Before It's News
Revenge of the Mekons
May 19 to May 21
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 8:30
Dir. Joe Angio - 2014 - 96m - AS PART OF OUR PUNK ROCK MID WEEK!
The unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). Revenge of the Mekons reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.
“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ’n’ roll.” - Lester Bangs, legendary music critic
“An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band” - Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
“A buoyant exploration of the musicians’ devotion to their art and each other” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band." - Andrew Schenker, Slant
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
May 19 to May 21
Tuesday to Thursday 6:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Scott Crawford - 2014 - 102m - All Seats $7 - AS PART OF OUR PUNK ROCK MID WEEK !
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A documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.
“…takes a stem-to-stern look at the evolution of the punk scene in our nation’s capitol” –Rolling Stone
“A sharp exploration into what made D.C. punk tick, and how it continues to inspire.” –MTV News
“…provides a solid, borderline exhaustive survey of the Washington, D.C., hardcore punk scene of the 1980s — possibly the nation’s most influential such milieu” –Variety
“Looks to be making a late bid to be the year’s best music doc.” –The Guardian UK
Time Out Magazine’s list of “10 Nonfiction Knockouts” to see at this year’s DOC NYC Film Festival.
“Fascinating insight into the influential Washington DC hardcore punk scene.” –TeamRock
Washingtonian Magazine declared the film “a must-see.”
“Salad Days is a sweat-drenched, scream-sung ode to D.I.Y empowerment…” –Mass Appeal
NME named it one of “12 Music Documentaries To Get Excited About In 2015.”
May 22 to May 25
Friday to Monday 6:00pm ONLY!
Dir. Sophie Hyde - 2014 - 114m - Australia - No Matinees
Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award & Berlinale Crystal Bear Winner!
16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week (only on Tuesdays) these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility and transformation.
"Grippingly plotted and exquisitely thoughtful, 52 Tuesdays is a poignant reminder that neither confusion nor crisis is doomed to be calamitous." -Inkoo Kang, Village Voice
"Warmly intimate portrait of an evolving bond that frays but doesn't sever." - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The movie stands out for all of the right reasons. It's a breath of fresh air, especially within the Australian industry, and not just because of its unique approach to shooting." - Jess Lomas, Quickflix
Matt Shepard is A Friend Of Mine
May 22 to May 25
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Michele Josue - 2015 - 89m
An exploration of the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Framed through the personal lens of friends and family, it’s a story of loss, love, and courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
"Long-in-coming doc offers an intensely personal look behind the headlines." - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Filmmaker Michele Josue, who knew Matthew, does a fine job of reconstructing the crime and the reaction it provoked across the U.S. and beyond." - Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
ABOUT THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION - founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.
Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion & Acceptance" through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew's story.
The Foundation focuses on three primary areas: Erasing Hate in our society, putting GLBT Youth First and ensuring Equality for all GLBT Americans.
May 22 to May 23
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Ekachai Uekrongtham - 2015 - 96m - Thailand/Canada - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had mistakenly killed Dragovic's son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home. But as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to determine who his true allies are.
Crafting A Nation
Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Thomas Kolicko - 2013 - 96m - Director & Producer in Person! All Seats $8
A feature length documentary and new media project about how the American craft brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time.
Despite the economic downturn currently in America, a new exciting industry is on the rise. The American Craft Brewers are truly rebuilding the economy from the ground up. They are creating great beer while also creating jobs, tax revenue, and a drive that cannot be stopped for creating a better tomorrow.
This documentary follows several of the key players in the industry as well as many breweries that are only known within their communities. The characters that we follow in this film all display a common thread of creating a product that stands for something while maintaining true to their local roots.
This principal photography was shot nationwide. We have selected different states that represent different sections of the United States: California, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Carolina. Each state was selected for a particular purpose. We could not go to all 50 states.
Crafting A Nation features breweries, small businesses, and individuals that are growing because of the rise in the American craft beer movement. The characters that have been selected for this film are all picked for their passion, and dedication. Our characters are striving to not only create unique and American-made but they are also committed to the improvement of the quality of life despite the odds faced by the economic downturn.
Roar - a re release of one of the most insane family films ever!
May 26 to May 28
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00
Dir. Noel Marshall - 1981 - 94m
No animals were harmed in the making of this movie ... but 70 members of the cast and crew were! The infamously challenging production stories of APOCALYPSE NOW and ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU pale in comparison to the danger and chaos that was overcome on the set of ROAR. For a great back story and further details into just how absolutely "wtf" the whole thing is, check out Alamo Drafthouse mastermind Tim League's post about it here.
AND YEAH, THIS IS RATED "G" !!!
An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, ROAR follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.
May 29 to Jun 3
Friday to Wednesday 4:00, 8:30
Dir. Jean-Pierre Ameris - 2013 - 94m - France - In French with English Subtitles
Winner of the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno Film Festival & the World Cinema Audience Favorite at the Mill Valley Film Festival!
Years before Helen Keller, Marie Heurtin was born in France, deaf and blind, in 1885. This moving film, based on true events, finds her when she is 14 years old, unable to communicate with parents who can't bring themselves to commit her to an asylum, as doctors advise them to.
In desperation, they send her to an institution in the country where nuns take care of deaf girls and, despite the Mother Superior's skepticism, a young nun (played by Isabelle Carre) devotes herself to looking after the "little wild animal." Sister Marguerite soon makes it her mission to use her faith and determination to help Marie emerge from the darkness into which she was born.
"An assured, emotionally satisfying French offering. Carré...plays her determined character with moving obstinacy and grace." – Peter Debruge, Variety
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
May 29 to Jun 3
Friday to Wednesday 6:00pm ONLY!
Dir. Felix Herngren - 2013 - 114m - Sweden - In English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Russian with English Subtitles
Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, blockbuster comedy The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who?s young at heart. Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on a best-selling novel and also the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.
Song of the Sea
May 30 to May 31
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Tomm Moore - 2014 - 93m - MOM'S MATINEE brings back a total enchanter - Ireland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France/Denmark - All Seats $5
From the filmaker of THE SECRET OF KELLS! Oscar nominated for Best Animation Feature too!
The story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.
Song of the Sea was produced by Cartoon Saloon in co-production with European partners Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), The Big Farm (Belgium), Nørlum (Denmark) and Superprod (France), with the support of The Irish Film Board, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, TG4, Section 481, Eurimages, Luxembourg Film Fund, Wallimages, Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Danish Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund and Danish Radio.
Stand Up Comedy With Chris Thayer!
Monday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Chris Thayer & friends! - 2015 - ONLY $5
Chris Thayer is a stand-up comic living in Los Angeles. He started doing stand-up in San Francisco, was a regular member of The Business SF (named “Best Cheap Night of Comedy - 2012“ by SF Weekly), performed frequently at Hemlock Tavern’s “Club Chuckles,” created and hosted “NERVES” and “Warm Regards” stand-up series, co-created the comedy variety show “Funny Party,“ and co-founded The Business LA .
He has appeared in SF Sketchfest (2011, ‘12, & ‘13), Riot LA (2012), Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2011), High Plains (2014), and at such venues as Punchline Comedy Club, Cobb’s Comedy Club, The Purple Onion (SF/R.I.P.), Comedy Underground (Seattle), Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), Meltdown Comics (L.A.), Largo (L.A.), Hollywood Improv, and The Creek & The Cave (NYC)
DJ Real (Nick Stargu) is a musician, comedian, and writer who is best known for his musical comedy act, DJ REAL, which has been featured in the San Francisco Sketch Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Comedy Competition, and more. And he’s opened for Devo! DJ REAL’s show has all original songs, complete with costume changes, bad dance moves, and interactive multimedia. Nick also performs as Imaginary Radio with comedy partner, Drennon Davis. They have performed at SXSW, SF Sketchfest and the Funny or Die Oddball Festival. Nick is currently working on the release of his fifth DJ REAL studio album, “They’ll Say Yes!”.
Genevieve Mueller - is a writer and comedian living in Albuquerque. Genevieve has a bimonthly column called Comedy Matters in the Weekly Alibi and performs all over the country. Bob Odenkirk said “Thank you for quoting me perfectly” and then gave her a high?five. She was on RISK! (Episode 610) and recently opened for Doug Stanhope and Marc Maron. She co-hosts Dead Things Podcast with Will Bolt.
Hosted by Sarah Mowrey - a comedian and writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her first chance at the spotlight came when she was 10 years old, and a magician pulled her up onstage. Standing Ovation. Sure, it could have been for the incredible bird-based magic but, young Sarah Mowrey couldn’t help but want more. Present day, she runs Comedy?, which is one of only two weekly improv shows in Albuquerque. She’s opened for Dave Ross, Rachel Lark and the Upright Citizens Brigade. This year, Mowrey started weekly YouTube series ,“Boozy Feminism” which many white men call “not the worst thing.” And, oh yeah, the WEEKLY ALIBI's Best of Burque's 2015 best comedian winner!
Everything Is Terrible! Legends
Thursday 8pm ONLY!
Dir. Some people, Somewhere! - ALL TIME - Nano Second to - All Seats $10
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THE VIDEO VHS MYSTICS RETURN! PREPARE! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
Once a millenium, something emerges from the darkest corner of the universe and enlightens us to the true meaning of being. Something so mystickal, so magickal, and so mind-splitting that all concepts before its existence sounds stupid and boring. Of course, we are talking about Everything Is Terrible! The Legends show is a culmination of the first seven (of 777) years of work from the video alchemists at EIT! These mindfreaks have taken thousands of forgotten VHS tapes, chewed them up, and spit them back to their young via daily website postings, six movies, and world tours. In that time, they’ve exposed us to wonders such as massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane. Nobody could have predicted the cultural, psychological, and illuminating impact EIT! would have on our consciousness, but seeing all their greatest works chronicled in one place reminds us that in the right hands, garbage can be turned into gold! It is time pack up your copies of Jerry Maguire and accept the fact that your life up until this moment has been pointless.
Jun 5 to Jun 8
Friday to Monday 3:00 5:30, 8:00
Dir. Asghar Farhadi - 2009 - 119m - Iran - In Persian & German with English Subtitles
From the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat.
With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.
"Outstanding. A subtle psychological thriller." - Philip French, The Guardian
"A masterpiece. The less you know in advance, the better." - David Bordwell, Observations on Film Art
"This is clearly the work of a master in the making, an artist on the cusp of greatness. Farhadi may be fixated on fibbers, but there's almost no one working today who makes films so emotionally honest." - A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"This superb, suspenseful film ... opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties." - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Human Centipede III (The Final Sequence)
Jun 5 to Jun 6
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Tom Six - 2014 - 100m - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids
NO ONE UNDER 17 ADMITTED! 100% POLITICALLY INCORRECT!
Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.
A trailer will be forthcoming ... check back here shortly.
Es el Chapo
Saturday 1pm ONLY
Dir. Charlie Minn - 2014 - 82m - No Matinees
On February 22, 2014, Mexican marines arrested Chapo Guzman in Mazatlan, MX... But did they?
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman led the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel and supposedly was linked to thousands of deaths before his arrest in February. This new documentary film speculates that Guzman would not have surrendered so easily — without the security blanket of hundreds of armed guards or without any kind of a fight when cornered. Perhaps the Mexican authorities either apprehended an imposteor negotiated Guzman’s surrender?
Nightmare in Las Cruces Part 2
Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Charlie Minn - 2015 - 80m - No Matinees
A newly finished & updated documentary marking the 25 year memorial on the unsolved tragic mass murders
On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to put their heads down. After stealing thousands of dollars from the safe, the killers shot all seven multiple times at close range, execution-style. The shooters then started a fire on the desk and fled. Dead at the scene were Amy Houser, Steven Teran, and his step-daughter Paula. Steven's daughter Valerie died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Incredibly, Melissia Repass, Stephanie C. Senac, and Ida Holguin survived the brutal attack. Repass, just twelve at the time, made the heroic 911 call despite being shot in the head, which saved three lives. Four out of the seven shot were children, including a two and six year old. For almost twenty years, the two remaining survivors (Senac died in 1999), family members, and friends have had to live with this unspeakable event. The case is unsolved after twenty years and the Las Cruces Police Dept., the FBI, and Crimestoppers plead for your help.
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
Jun 9 to Jun 13
Tuesday to Saturday 6:00pm ONLY!
Dir. John Pirozzi - 2014 - 106m - No matinees
CO-SPONSORED BY AMP CONCERTS!
During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.
Cambodian musicians crafted this sound from the various rock music styles sweeping, America, England and France, adding the unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms of their traditional music. The beautiful singing of their renowned female vocalists became the final touch that made this mix so enticing.
But as Cambodian society - young creative musicians in particular - embraced western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war. On the left, Prince Sihanouk joined forces with the Khmer Rouge and rallied the rural population to take up arms against the government that deposed him. On the right, the Cambodian military, with American military support, waged a war that involved a massive aerial bombing campaign on the countryside. In the end, after winning the civil war, the Khmer Rouge turned their deadly focus to the culture of Cambodia.
After taking over the country on April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge began wiping out all traces of modernity and Western influence. Intellectuals, artists and musicians were specifically and systematically targeted and eliminated. Thus began one of the most brutal genocides in history, killing an estimated two million people – a quarter of the Cambodian population.
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide.
The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.
"As expressionistic as it is journalistic, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten triumphs as both an objective record and a poetic lament: It’s a film that’s every bit as entrancing and haunting as the lost music it celebrates." - A.V. CLUB (rating: A-)
Iris - Albert Maysles final movie!
Jun 9 to Jun 13
Tuesday to Saturday 4:00, 8:30
Dir. Albert Maysles - 2014 - 83m
IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
"Albert Maysles has delivered a gem." - Graham Fuller, Screen International
"An exuberant portrait" - Manohla Dargis, NY Times
"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, "Iris" also offers proof of Albert Maysles' continued vitality as a documentarian." - Ronnie Schieb, Variety
"A captivating salute." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
GUILD CINEMA'S ANNUAL MOVIE POSTER AUCTION SALE!!
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 7 years ago! To mention but a few - KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER, HITS, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, SONG OF THE SEA, SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY, MAGICAL UNIVERSE, THE BABADOOK, AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA, ROCKS IN MY POCKET, LISTEN UP PHILIP, ART & CRAFT, BUZZARD, AN HONEST LIAR, WINTER SLEEP, BELOVED SISTERS and a whole lot more!
DOORS OPEN AT 11:45 a.m.! We'll wrap around 3pm.
Heaven Adores You: A Documentary on Elliot Smith
Jun 14 to Jun 16
Sunday to Tuesday 6:00pm ONLY!
Dir. Nickolas Rossi - 2015 - 104m - No Matinees
An intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.
What kind of person was Elliott Smith? Since his death in 2003, many media-makers have attempted to tell the story of his creative “sad-sack” genius, often through the lens of struggle, heartache and addiction. Director Nickolas Rossi employs a different lens, placing music center-stage, creating a framework for Elliott to narrate the story of his life himself, through the filter of recorded conversations and interviews, with support from friends along the way. With great care, Rossi expertly weaves together 30+ interviews to create an intimate and personal history like never seen before.
"A fond remembrance of a talented musician by those who knew and loved him most. We should all be so lucky to score a tribute like this when we're gone." - Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
Jun 14 to Jun 16
Sunday to Tuesday 3:45, 8:15
Dir. Andrew Bujalski - 2015 - 105m
Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.
Writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, 2013) returns with a fun, intimate fable that's utterly grounded in real life. As wrinkles turn into complications, then blow up into full-fledged issues, the talented ensemble keeps the pensive tone light and the complex plot breezy. The end result is a charming shaggy-dog tale that's been hitting the gym: taut, limber, and powerful.
“ENCHANTING - WONDERFULLY ALIVE AND UNPREDICTABLE. Plus it’s funny as hell. Results manages to reinvent the rom-com.” – Bilge Ebari, New York Magazine
“A GREAT NEW COMEDY. When Results was over, my eyes were wet - they were tears of severe happiness.” – Wesley Morris, Grantland
“Funny and oddly touching. I was won over by its strong acting and kooky, mellow rhythms.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“A wry relationship comedy that gives off a warmly inviting glow.” – Scott Foundas, Variety
“ROMANTIC, HILARIOUS, INTELLIGENT - it has the kind of genuine emotion that is so desperately absent from the rom-com genre.” – Sarah Salovaara, Filmmaker Magazine
“One of the best rom-coms of the last few years. One of the most enjoyable comedies of Sundance 2015.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
“A CLEVER DELIGHT – funny and well observed. Smulders is fantastic, Corrigan is hilarious.” – Rodrigo Perez – The Playlist
“A yukfest – funny and unusual.” – A.A. Dowd, AV Club
“Funny and appealing.” – Matt Pais, RedEye
The Wild One - As Part of B Movie Biker Bash Nights!
Wednesday 6:00, 8:00 ONLY!
Dir. Laslo Benedek - 1953 - 79m - ALL SEATS $7
A BIG SIDT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTATION! THE ULTIMATE BIKER CLASSIC!
Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?...Whadda you got?
An angry young Marlon Brando scorches the screen in this powerful '50s cult classic. Brando plays Johnny, the leader of a vicious biker gang which invades a small, sleepy California town. What's Johnny rebelling against? What have you got? - he sneers. The leather-jacketed young biker seems hell-bent for destruction until he falls for Kathie (Mary Murphy), a good girl whose father (Robert Keith) happens to be a cop. Unfortunately for Johnny, his one shot at redemption is threatened by a psychotic rival, Chino (Lee Marvin), plus the hostility and prejudice of the townspeople. All their smoldering passions explode in an electrifying climax!
Rockers - as part of Reggae Movie Nights!
Thursday 2:30, 5:30, 8:30
Dir. Theodorus Bafaloukos - 1978 - 99m - All Seats $10
A RASTAFARI WORKS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION!! SURPRISE CDs & T-SHIRTS TO BE RAFFLED, PLUS OTHER TO BE ANNOUNCED SPECIALS!!
**THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY JUNE 25 WILL BE COOL RUNNINGS: A REGGAE MOVIE FROM 1983!
A riotous burst of energy and color, almost documentary in style, Rockers is a cameo-packed gutsy thriller of the dread-locked, ganja-smoking drummer Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace's attempts to succeed in the cut-throat Jamaican music biz which provides much insight, amusement and education. The cast reads like the ultimate Reggae Hall Of Fame, featuring some of the leading musicians and producers of the day: Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry, Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller and Inner Circle, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Big Youth, The Heptones, Kiddus I, Robbie Shakespeare, Leroy Smart, Dillinger and the fantastic Burning Spear. The film captures Reggae at its musical apex with a vibrant and magnificent soundtrack now digitally re-mastered from the original 35mm film made in 1979. Witty and unpretentious
"An excellent soundtrack, and an endearingly witty script which digresses through explanations of the Rasta faith and countless idiosyncratic solidarity rituals, make for a delightful piece of whimsy." - Time Out
Jun 19 to Jun 23
Friday to Tuesday 3:00, 5:30, 8:00
Dir. Rolf de Heer - 2014 - 108m - Australia
From the director of TEN CANOES and one of the first & only movies primarily spoken in Yolngu-language!
Written by Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil as a collaborative project, Charlie's Country stars Gulpilil as blackfella Charlie, who is getting older, and is out of sorts. The government’s intervention is making life more difficult in his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't generally make much sense, and Charlie's kin seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.
"One of the best films of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival" - Variety
"A delicate but powerful film...an affecting portrait of the disenfranchised" - Hollywood Reporter
"A work of humane and tender genius" - The Guardian
Kung Fu Killer
Jun 19 to Jun 20
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Teddy Chen - 2014 - 100m - China/Hong Kong - In Cantonese with English Subtitles - AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS PRESENTATION - $6 Students / $8 General
Starring Donnie Yen (the Ip Man series), Wang Baoquiang (Touch of Sin, Lost in Thailand)!
A vicious serial killer is targeting martial arts masters, and convicted criminal Donnie Yen is the only one with the skills to stop him. Released from jail and into police custody, he soon finds himself handling the case alone, leading to a final action-packed battle that you have to see to believe in this action-packed, kung fu crime thriller.
"Shows just how much fun there is to be had from a film that features some of the best martial arts performers around." - Screen Daily
The Black Rider
Wednesday 8pm ONLY!
Dir. Wolf Rilla - 1954 - 63m - All Seats $7
A BIG SIDT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTATION! DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE PACE THAT THRILLS!
A stylish 50s Brit biker flick! It seems that Brockham Castle, on the hilltop overlooking the small English town of Brockham, is haunted by a monk wearing a hooded black robe and riding a motorbike that spews fire from its mouth every time the moon is full. Jerry Marsh, played by Jimmy Hanley, a rookie reporter for the little newspaper, is on the search for the spooky monk with the help of his girlfriend Mary, and his new motorcycle. Soon, he discovers crooks hiding out in a ruined castle with atomic sabotage on their minds!!
The Pace That Thrills! As Part of B Movie Biker Bash Double Feature!
Wednesday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Leon Barsha - 1952 - 63m - All Seats $7
A BIG SIDT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTATION! DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE BLACK RIDER!
A lady reporter is in the middle of a love triangle with two motorcycle racing buddies and the big race will decide who wins. "Chills and spills in the fast-paced world of motorcycle racing." A Howard Hughes' production. Fun film jam-packed with awesome vintage cycles! Howard Hughes' taste in "busty" gals is made very obvious with women placed at strategic camera angles that fully accentuate anatomic curves.
Lots of footage at real-life racing events featuring crashes, rescues and more!
Cool Runnings: A Reggae Movie - As Part of Reggae Movie Nights
Thursday 2:30, 5:30, 8:30
Dir. Robert Mugge - 1983 - 105m - All Seats $10
A RASTAFARI WORKS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION!! SURPRISE CDs & T-SHIRTS TO BE RAFFLED, PLUS OTHER TO BE ANNOUNCED SPECIALS!!
Reggae legends jam to the Jamaican beat in this classic film of the 1983 Reggae Sunsplash. Held in Montego Bay, the festival showcases the finest in reggae, dub and ska. This particular concert features Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers at a crucial time in the band's career, plus the island stylings of reggae greats Gil Scott-Heron, Alton Ellis, the Skatalites, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Bankie Banx, Third World and Musical Youth.
Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World
Jun 26 to Jun 29
Friday to Monday 5:00, 7:00
Dir. Belinda Sallin - 2015 - 95m - Switzerland - In German & Swiss with English subtitles
SPECIAL THANKS TO BUBONICON 47 FOR HELPING PUBLICIZE THESE SCREENINGS!
Surrealist, dark fantastical artist H. R. Giger (1940–2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's ALIEN. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.
Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary DARK STAR: H. R. GIGER'S WORLD shares the intimate last years of the artist's life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.
Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, DARK STAR brings viewers into Giger's mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the ALIEN set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger's one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work.
The film also addresses Giger's complex relationship to the art world, where he defied traditional categories and embraced commercial projects for musicians including Debbie Harry, Korn, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the Dead Kennedys. Fittingly enshrined in a museum dedicated to his work, Giger's output includes sculpture, painting, drawing, film and architecture, integrating meticulous technique with a instantly-recognizable sensibility that has inspired generations of nightmares.
"His machine-like humans, or 'biomechanoids' , have had a profound influence on science fiction." —Penthouse Magazine
"Giger's work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time span...It shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we are going." —Timothy Leary
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay
Jun 26 to Jun 29
Friday to Monday 9:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Amelie Ravalec & Travis Collins - 2015 - 52m - No Matinees
The first film to trace the origins of Industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America's thriving avant-garde scene.
Featuring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, Re/Search - V Vale, Z'EV, Click Click, Sordide Sentimental, Hula, The Klinik, Ant Zen, Orphx, In The Nursery
"A new film on the history of industrial music and its surrounding subculture." - Pitchfork
"Ten killer music docs to watch out for in 2015. Shot beautifully, the trailer intermingles interviews with footage of factory work and noise." - Noisey Music By Vice
"10 Essential Films For 2015: Members of Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Cabaret Voltaire and more discuss the origins of industrial music." - UNCUT
Ernest & Celestine
Jun 27 to Jun 28
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stephan Aubier - 2012 - 80m - MOM'S MATINEE brings back a great one! - France - In English - All Seats $5
OSCAR NOMINATED FOR BEST ANIMATION FEATURE 2014! Featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright!
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bug Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart grow.
Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine won France's César Award for Best Animated Feature, and has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.
"Extraordinary! To call it one of the most beautiful animated films in recent years is not enough. It is enchanting!" - Le Monde
"A Wonder! From start to end the film overflows with humor, poetry, music and tenderness." - Le Figaro
"Just about perfect! Loaded with charm and adventure and without a speck of smarm, this elegantly paced, sometimes dark and frequently funny animated treat should be embraced worldwide." - Screen International
Human Highway - As Part of a Neil Young double feature!
Jun 30 to Jul 2
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30
Dir. Bernard Shakey and Dean Stockwell - 1982 - 80m - All Seats $8
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH RUST NEVER SLEEPS! NEWLY RESTORED & FINALLY RE-RELEASED!
Starring Neil Young, Devo, Dennis Hopper, and Russ Tamblyn! Glowing red flies, an owl, radioactive garbagemen, Booji Boy, a dream sequence, a singing waitress, sausage disputes and more figure into a tale about a group of small-town oddballs in Linear Valley who work at a gas station/diner not far from a nuclear power plant. The one-day adventure is surreal, absurd, slapstick, musical and cryptically ominous.
Now, 32 years after Human Highways' first screening, Bernard Shakey is ready to share it once again!
Welcome to Linear Valley.
Rust Never Sleep - As Part of a Neil Young double feature!
Jun 30 to Jul 2
Tuesday to Thursday 8:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Neil Young - 1979 - 113m - All Seats $8
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH HUMAN HIGHWAY! NEWLY RESTORED & FINALLY RE-RELEASED!
“Instead of being a straight concert documentary, RUST NEVER SLEEPS calls itself a ‘concert fantasy.’ As he was during last fall’s tour at which this was filmed, Mr. Young is discovered ‘asleep’ on top of one of the loudspeaker banks, which has been disguised as an oversized pirate chest, and ‘wakes up’ to begin the concert.
“The ‘roadies’ who move equipment about have been dressed as ‘roadeyes,’ the little scavengers with brown robes and beady pinpoint eyes from Star Wars. The idea, reinforced by playing tapes of crowd-control announcements from the Woodstock Festival, is to comment on rock’s aging, on the discrepancies between veteran rock performers and their teenage audiences, and on rock’s allegiance to youthful rebellion and innocence…
“Mr. Young is, in the opinion of some of us, the leading creative figure in present-day rock-and-roll, and this film has stirring, even triumphant passages. He writes songs of unsurpassed metaphoric richness with deceptively simple, melodic tunes. He sings with haunting evocativeness and plays guitar with more personality and stark individuality than almost anyone else.
“RUST NEVER SLEEPS offers some of his strongest songs, both new and old, in performances as fine or finer than those on his recent, partly live record album of the same title. The effect here is rougher than the record, less polished with overdubbing; at one point, Mr. Young even mangles the words of one of his own best songs. But the intensity of the singing and the playing of Crazy Horse, Mr. Young’s longtime partners for electric-rock projects, is as moving as rock can offer.” – The New York Times