Coming Soon

Court

Jul 31 to Aug 4
Friday to Tuesday 3:00, 5:30

Dir. Chaitanya Tamhane - 2015 - 116m - India - Marathi, Hindi, English & Gujarati in English subtitles

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane’s brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction. —New Directors/New Films

 “What starts as an absurdist comedy soon blooms into a searing evisceration of India’s legal system.” –  TIME OUT NEW YORK

 “Biting and devastating, Court is one of the real standouts of this year's New Directors/New Films.” – Dustin Chang, TWITCH

 “ENGROSSING... There are courtroom dramas, and then there’s COURT, Chaitanya Tamhane’s impressive debut, which flays alive India’s justice system while commenting on class, education and access to power. Managing to be both extremely rational and extremely humane, the film works so well thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script and a feel for naturalism that extends beyond mere performance.” – Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

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Stand Up Comedy with Smitty, Caitlin, Eddie and Matt!

Jul 31
Friday 10:30pm

Dir. Those comic people - NOW! - till they leave - Only $8 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER

"Stand Up Comedy Night returns to the Guild Cinema! Come see some of NM's funniest!!" its a Friday night and ONLY $8 so no excuse ABQ!

Stephen Smith aka Smitty is an up-and-coming comic in the Albuquerque comedy landscape. An United States Air Force veteran, he stepped on the scene 5 years ago and hasn't looked back, crushing venues and crowds with his unflinching outlook on life and the funny within. He's won multiple comedy contest throughout New Mexico, and has performed in Houston, San Antonio, Denver, and his hometown of Atlanta. Get ready for non-stop laughter and excitement!

Caitlin Minton has been charming comedy audiences throughout the southwest one lady dick joke at a time. Since beginning her stand-up career at Denver’s famous Lion’s Lair open mic, she has performed at Loonees Comedy Corner and the Speakeasy Comedy Lounge, and has opened for Vinny Oshana, Johnny Pemberton and Josh Fadem. She started performing improv three years ago and she co-hosts the Midnight Corn Podcast, which can be heard on Soundcloud. Caitlin won the Comedian Power Hour and the Third Thursday Comedy Contest at Tractor Brewery.

Eddie Stephens is the most interesting thing to come out of the UK since mad cow disease. Blending aggressive vulgarity with meaningful observations, Eddie has quickly risen to become one of the most recognized and enjoyed comics in the Southwest. With acclaimed performances in such venues as the Denver Comedy Works under his belt, it is surely just a matter of time before Eddie’s original brand of Anglo-American humor is confusing and upsetting audiences nationwide.

MATT PETERSON is a comedian from Albuquerque whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh! His quick wit and fun demeanor make him an audience favorite! He's performed in comedy clubs, theaters and various casinos across the southwest!

Matt has opened for Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Dave Ross, Alex Ortiz, Troy Baxley and Steven Michael Quezada! Matt was voted twice as one of the best comedians in the city in the Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014 'Best of Burque' issue and featured in the "Comedy issue" of ABQ the Magazine in 2009.

In 2011, he was cast as a lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. In 2014 Matt co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"! He has had roles on In Plain Sight, Longmire and Killer Women! He was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

Jul 31 to Aug 4
Friday to Tuesday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez - 2015 - 122m - No Matinees

What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment. Featuring an extraordinary cast of rising young actors, including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann.

"Kyle Patrick Alvarez manages to create a mood so disturbing, intense, and believable that it's easy to forget we're watching a movie in spite of all the familiar faces." - Justin Gerber, Consequence of Sound

"Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script." - Jordan Hoffman, Guardian

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The Mama Sherpas

Aug 1
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Brigid Maher - 2015 - 76m - All Seats $8

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From executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born), this topical new documentary, directed by Brigid Maher, examines a growing shift in the birthing industry: the rise of Caesarean sections. With C-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work within and better the hospital system, redefining how the US looks at the birthing process.

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Manglehorn - encore screenings!

Aug 5 to Aug 8
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Gordon Green - 2015 - 98m - No Matinees

Academy Award winner Al Pacino gives a wondrous performance as a lonely locksmith whose life is transformed by a new romance in this magical love story from acclaimed director David Gordon Green (Joe, All the Real Girls). A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) is a reclusive Texas key-maker who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his work and lamenting a long lost love. Enter kind-hearted bank teller Dawn (Holly Hunter) whose interest in the eccentric Manglehorn may just be able to draw him out of his shell. Chris Messina co-stars in this remarkably rich and humorous tale of second chances, which boasts “the finest performance Pacino has delivered in years” (The Guardian).

"For a character study, David Gordon Green can hardly do better than Manglehorn. It's a rustic film that capitalizes on the tokens of the past in a style that's less nostalgic and more endearing." - Michael Roffman, Consequence of Sound

"The finest performance Pacino has delivered in years." - Xan Brooks, Guardian

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The Little Death

Aug 5 to Aug 8
Wednesday to Saturday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Josh Lawson - 2015 - 97m

THE LITTLE DEATH, which marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson's searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Featuring an ensemble of breakthrough talent, the film was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder; and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.

“SMART AND WILDLY FUNNY. Sure to spark debate and already has us talking.” – Louisa De Kievit, Harpers Bazaar

“HILARIOUS AND SWOONINGLY ROMANTIC. As genuinely sweet as it is borderline offensive, and funny throughout. Both its funny bone and heart are in the right place.” – Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

“The magically inspired final episode is raucously funny, sweetly touching and genuinely romantic.” – Justin Chang, Variety

“Wildly amusing, it smuggles in bits of truth amidst a sea of well-conceived and executed comic set-ups.” – Stephen Saito, The Moveable Feast

“Plenty of laughs” – Frank Hatherley, Screen Daily

“Filled with amazing chemistry, hilarious moments and clever exchanges. It is well worth your time.” – Kwenton Bellette, Twitch

“EXTREMELY FUNNY, ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC. A must see.” – Liam Dunn, We Got This Covered

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The Craft - the 19th Anniversary!

Aug 7 to Aug 8
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Andrew Fleming - 1996 - 101m - AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS PRESENTATION - $6 Students / $8 General

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47 AND LOBO ANIME AND COMICS!!

MEAN GIRLS GOES ALL WITCHES! 

Four high school girls discover the secret of witchcraft and band together to form a coven in this teen-oriented horror film. The girls' spells prove successful, but things go too far when they invoke an extremely powerful spirit that begins a cycle of destruction, ultimately turning the coven against itself.

"The smartest and most satisfying horror thriller to come out in a while." - Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle

"Supernatural fun with attitude." - Kevin A. Ranson, MovieCrypt.com

"Imagine "The Lost Boys," only they're girls instead of boys ... and they're witches instead of vampires." - Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com

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A Poem Is A Naked Person: The Leon Russell Documentary - finally released!

Aug 9 to Aug 13
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Les Blank - 1974 - 89m

CO-SPONSORED BY AMP CONCERTS!

Originally a work for hire by Leon Russell, A Poem Is A Naked Person was filmed by Les Blank (Burden of Dreams, Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers) during 1972-74, while living at the Russell/Shelter records recording studio compound on Grand Lake Of The Cherokees in NE Oklahoma. It is feature-length, with appearances by Willie Nelson, George Jones and some amazing characters in Oklahoma, where much of it was shot. At least two major critics have declared it the best film ever made on Rock and Roll.

This film was never released, and has rarely been shown in public except at non profit institutions with Blank in attendance. After Les Blank’s death in 2013, his son Harrod Blank came to terms with Leon Russell to re-master and release the film.

"An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is A Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 & 1974. Blank's camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in NE Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status; now after more than forty years it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty." - SXSW 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

"Those familiar with Les Blank's malleable approach to documentary production will recognize that energy in its nascent form." - Carson Lund, Slant Magazine

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The Wrecking Crew - a new doc on the West Coast Sound! ENCORE SCREENINGS!

Aug 9 to Aug 13
Sunday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Denny Tedesco - 2014 - 101m - No Matinees

CO-SPONSORED BY AMP CONCERTS!

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.

"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ‘60s pop classics. A well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

“A sing-along, joyful doc. A must to see and listen to” - Indiewire

"A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.” - Elvis Costello

"It was incredible! It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn’t expect.” - Peter Frampton

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Felt

Aug 14 to Aug 16
Friday to Sunday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jason Banker - 2015 - 80m - No Matinees

In this tense psychological thriller, a young woman attempts to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society by creating grotesquely-costumed alter egos that threaten to lash out in explosive violence.

We see many movies here at Amplify, but few strike us with such power as FELT has. It’s one of those films that reminds us that the medium can go beyond entertainment to impact social dialogue, brazenly throwing the important topic of rape culture into the spotlight.

Coupled with the immense talent of director/cinematographer/co-writer Jason Banker (Toad Road) and co-writer and lead Amy Everson (Best Actress winner at Fantastic Fest), this is a film that blurs the line between narrative and documentary and engages audiences on a visceral level throughout.

After packed screenings at this year's Fantastic Fest and AFI Fest, FELT has been met with nothing less than rave reviews - AMPLIFY RELEASING

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"Amazing... One of the very best and most involving films I've seen this year." - Ain't It Cool News

"An extraordinary movie anchored by an astonishing performance...

"A beautiful film from one of the most exciting new directors working today." - Bad A** Digest

"It's an experience. It's an unvarnished, unpretentious, and seemingly unassuming portrait of what it's like to be a woman and feel the world crushing your throat under its heel...

Felt is a pair of scissors thrust into the gut... It's unshakable, as it should be." - Movie Mezzanine 

"A rare gem... A film that demands to be felt...

A story that resonates skin deep no matter what gender." - Sound on Sight 

"A non-judgemental, shame free look into a story ripe with judgements and shame." - Twitch

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Stand Up Comedy Live with Aarona Lopez!

Aug 14
Friday 10:30pm ONLY

2015 - 90 approx. - $10 in advance / $15 at the door

MORE INFO ON ADVANCE TICKETS TO BE ANNOUNCED!  CHECK BACK HERE SHORTLY!

OPENING ACTS INCLUDE BLACK MIKE, AJ MARTINEZ, SMITTY and KEITH BRECKENRIDGE!

Aarona Lopez was born and raised in Chicago. She is the creator/host of Velvet Circus - a live comedy show that fuses stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Aarona is working her way to become America's favorite funny-girl with her storytelling, observational humor and musical comedy talent.

Aarona started comedy in 2006. She perfected her improv skills at Second City-Chicago, The Annoyance Theater and iO West in Los Angeles, CA. Less than six months after she began stand-up comedy, she became a working comic and was selected as a "New Face" in Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, Aarona performed stand-up in the United Kingdom at The Drum Centre (Birmingham), Jonguleurs (Birmingham) and The Bernie Arts Centre (London). She also appeared in Season 5 of Martin Lawrence's First Amendment Stand-up (2010), the film, Lord All Men Can't Be Dogs (2011). She also was a punch-up writer for MTV2's Hip-Hop Squares (2012) and the NEWEST cast member of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N Out on MTV2 (2015).

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The Tribe

Aug 14 to Aug 16
Friday to Sunday 3:30, 6:00

Dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy - 2015 - 130m - Ukraine

Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.

Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang's leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey's new-found clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery and prostitution. At first assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate—and one of the gang's escorts—triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events.

The Tribe is truly singular cinematic experience that should be seen on the big screen whenever possible. In support of this achievement, Drafthouse Films is releasing the film only in theaters throughout 2015 as part of a nationwide tour of exclusive theatrical playdates. Keep watching this space––additional cities will be added.

In addition to our theatrical playdates, there will be an opportunity to catch a sneak preview of The Tribe in the following select cities in June with a number of appearences by director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and star Yana Novikova in attendance for Q&As following the screenings. Ticket links and additional cities and information to be added shortly.

“The Tribe” feels like something unmistakably, radically new." - Variety

"Bold, innovative...one of those rare films that you can’t quite believe really exist." - Film Comment

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The Nightmare - A Documentary/Horror Film on Sleep Paralysis

Aug 15
Saturday 1pm, 10:30pm

Dir. Rodney Asher - 2015 - 94m

You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It's late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That's when the shadow men come...

Following his exploration on the deep effects of cinema in his feature Room 237, director Rodney Ascher now investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. In this documentary-horror film, we experience the terror that a surprisingly large number of people suffer when they find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds every night. What should be explained by science gets complicated as sufferers from random backgrounds have very similar visions. The Nightmare enhances the stories with eerie dramatizations of what (and who) the subjects see. Ascher, who has also experienced the condition, treats the subject with respect, combining a primal horror movie with an existential terror in the lines between reality and the imagination.

"The scariest movie of the decade … and it's a documentary!" - Devin Faraci, Birth. Movies. Death

"Ascher’s blend of staged recreations, voiceover and artful composition has secured himself a position as one of the most unique documentarians working today. Moreover, with The Nightmare he’s made a nonfiction film more frightening (yet strangely entertaining) than most of today’s narrative horror films." - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

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La Sapienza

Aug 17 to Aug 20
Monday to Thursday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Eugene Green - 2014 - 100m - Italy - In French and Italian with English Subtitles - No Matinees

A HUGE THANKS TO THE ITALIAN FESTIVALS OF NEW MEXICO!

At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing his draft - interrupted years earlier - of a book on Borromini. He is accompanied by his wife Alienor who feels her relationship with her husband gradually slipping away along with the passion it used to inspire. Having reached Stresa they happen to meet Goffredo and Lavinia, a pair of siblings who live there: the former is about to embark in architectural studies, the second is suffering from a nervous disorder. 

Reviving a maternal instinct that has lain dormant within her for so many years, Alienor feels the need to stay by Lavinia's side to help her overcome her anxiety and suggests that her husband continue on his travels with Goffredo. 

This separation will be the start of an inner journey for both Alexandre and Alienor. With his young friend, Alexandre heads for Turin and Rome, and draws fresh inspiration from the beauty of our country and Goffredo's enthusiasm. He will thus rediscover his joy of life and his original passion for his work, while Alienor will now have the chance to consider her real needs now that her husband has found himself once more. 

The film tells of a love story that develops in parallel amid architecture, artistic inspiration and of course emotions. The title of the film refers to one of the most extraordinary projects completed by Francesco Borromini: the Church of St. Yves at La Sapienza in Rome.

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The World Of Apu - the final chapter in the APU trilogy - restored!

Aug 17 to Aug 20
Monday to Thursday 3:00, 8:00

Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1959 - 105m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles

“NEVER HAVING SEEN A SATYAJIT RAY FILM IS LIKE NEVER HAVING SEEN THE SUN OR THE MOON.”  —AKIRA KUROSAWA

By the time Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu) was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece The Music Room, and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood. Featuring soon to be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and demonstrating Ray’s ever-more-impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a breathtaking conclusion to this monumental trilogy.

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

"THE MOST IMPORTANT REVIVAL OF THE YEAR! Go to worship the near-religious restoration and lose yourself in three very different masterpieces." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"ALL THE EXPLOSIONS OF A BLOCKBUSTER, BUT THEY DETONATE IN THE HEART. If you've never seen an Indian film, clear out your schedule pronto. Wonderstruck and attuned to the smallest details.... Ray's trilogy is quiet and concentrated. THESE FILMS WILL LIFT YOU UP." – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"THE BEST BINGE-VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR! Ray's Apu Trilogy remains singular and unique – one of the great achievements of film history." – Shelley Farmer, Indiewire

"A gift to movie lovers.... In the scrupulous restoration, the ravishing beauty of Ray's vision shines through." – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"What makes it almost unparalleled in cinema is its fusion of poignancy, humor and poetry.... It concerns a poor boy growing up in India nearly a century ago – and yet, miraculously, it concerns us all." – Andrew Robinson, New York Times

"MOVIES DON'T GET ANY MORE SOUL-STIRRING THAN THE FILMS IN THE APU TRILOGY." – Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"RAVISHING! ... Ray makes us feel the magic of feathery reeds in the sunlight, the terrible beauty of a monsoon deluge hitting dirty stone streets, the exultation of love, and the inescapability of loss." – John Powers, Vogue

"THE GREATEST EXTENDED ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE HISTORY." – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS A SUMMIT OF WORLD CINEMA." – James Quandt, ArtForum

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Redeemer

Aug 21 to Aug 22
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ernesto Diaz Espinoza - 2014 - 88m - Chile - in Spanish with English subtitles - All Seats $8

After years in isolation, Pardo (martial arts legend Marko Zaror), a vigilante desperate for redemption and earning it by offering criminals the chance to ask forgiveness for their crimes or pay the ultimate price, returns to the streets to mete out his unique form of justice. When his bloody path crosses that of would-be drug lord Braddock (Noah Segan, Looper, Deadgirl) he must fight an entire criminal organization while also protecting the woman he loves. 

Director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (The ABCs of Death, Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman) and Zaror team up once again to provide a jaw-dropping action spectacle with genre-savvy humor that offers an impossibly violent, often humorous and thrilling take on the action film.

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The Wanted 18

Aug 21 to Aug 24
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali - 2014 - 75m - Canada, France, Palestine - In Arabic, English, Hebrew with English subtitles - No Matinees

Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 cows and produce their own milk as a co-operative. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark, and the cows local celebrities- until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the farm is an illegal security threat. Consequently, the dairy is forced to go underground, the cows continuing to produce their "Intifada milk" with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit. Recreating the story of the "wanted 18" from the perspectives of the Beit Sahour activists, Israeli military officials, and the cows, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali and veteran Canadian director Paul Cowan create an enchanting, inspirational tribute to the ingenuity and power of grassroots activism.

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White Lies

Aug 21 to Aug 24
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Dana Rotberg - 2014 - 96m - New Zealand - English and Maori with English subtitles

Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2013.

Based on a novel by “Whale Rider” writer Witi Ihimaera, White Lies – New Zealand’s entry in the 2014 Oscar competition for best foreign-language film – is an intense drama that explores with great humanity and sensitivity such difficult topics as race relations, bleaching and abortion.  Paraiti is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life. But new laws in force are prohibiting unlicensed healers, making the practice of much Maori medicine illegal. She gets approached by Maraea, the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca, who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. This compelling story tackles moral dilemmas, exploring the nature of identity, societal attitudes to the roles of women and the tension between Western and traditional Maori medicine. 

"[Whirimako] Black is a towering screen presence who honours not only Rotberg's and Ihimaera's creation but also the centuries-old dignity and customs of her people." - Simon Foster, Screen-Space

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The Blob - the original as part of our "Invasion" double feature!

Aug 22 to Aug 23
Saturday and Sunday 2pm ONLY!

Dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. - 1958 - 82m - ALL SEATS $7

WELCOME BACK COLLEGE STUDENTS!  NOW PREPARE FOR THE INVASION!  A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH THE ORIGINAL THE THING (1951)!!

A BUBONICON 47 SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION!

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.

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The Thing From Another World (1951) - the original as part of our

Aug 22 to Aug 23
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby - 1951 - 87m - ALL SEATS $7

WELCOME BACK COLLEGE STUDENTS!  NOW PREPARE FOR THE INVASION!  A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH THE ORIGINAL THE BLOB (1958)!!

A BUBONICON 47 SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION!

One of the screen's finest science-fiction films!  

The scene is a distant Arctic research station, where a UFO has crashed. The investigating scientists discover that the circular craft has melted its way into the ice, which has frozen up again. While attempting to recover the ship, Captain Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) accidentally explodes the vessel, but the pilot -- at least, what seems to be the pilot -- remains frozen in a block of ice. The body is taken to base headquarters, where it is inadvertently thawed out by an electric blanket. The alien attacks the soldier guarding him and escapes into the snowy wastes. An attack dog rips off the alien's arm, whereupon Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) discerns that "The Thing" (played by future Gunsmoke star James Arness!) is not animal but a member of the carrot family, subsisting on blood. While the misguided Carrington attempts to spawn baby "Things" with the severed arm, the parent creature wreaks murderous havoc all over the base. 

Starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan and Robert Cornwaithe. Former editor Christian Nyby received his first directorial credit for the film, although he readily admitted in interviews that Hawks -- for whom Nyby worked as editor on RED RIVER (1948) -- was the film's "guiding hand". Though James Arness played the title creature, it was stuntman Tom Steele who doubled for him in the film's memorable fire scene.  

A superior blend of science fiction, horror, naturalistic dialogue, and flesh-and-blood characterizations, The Thing is a model of its kind!

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Gemma Bovery

Aug 25 to Aug 27
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 8:30

Dir. Anne Fontaine - 2014 - 99m - France - In French with English Subtitles

In this vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert's literary classic Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move into a charming farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier. Their welcoming neighbor, local baker and Flaubert expert Martin (Fabrice Luchini), becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide and mentor. When Gemma catches the eye of a handsome young playboy, Martin begins seeing troubling parallels between her and Flaubert's tragic heroine. Director Anne Fontaine's clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds? graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.

“An ideal romantic film!” - Elle.com

“A breezy and enjoyable update of the classic novel.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“An engagingly lush Gallic romantic-drama.” - Mark Adams, Screen International

“Rich with observational and satirical contemporary details.” - Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Aug 25 to Aug 27
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Felix Herngren - 2013 - 114m - Sweden - In English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Russian with English Subtitles - No Matinees

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.

“An absurdist comic fable about an ordinary man who keeps stumbling into extraordinary circumstances.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“The humor of this film is delivered with such deadpan panache that it’s irresistible. Has a good eye for the madcap, and maintains a constant breezy mood.” — Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

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Gueros

Aug 28 to Aug 31
Friday to Monday 3:45, 8:00

Dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios - 2014 - 102m - Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

WINNER OF 5 MEXICAN ARIEL "ACADEMY AWARDS" INCLUDING BEST PICTURE AND BEST DIRECTOR!

SPECIAL THANKS TO CINE MAGNIFICO - ALBUQUERQUE'S LATINO FILM FESTIVAL!

Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomas, Sombra's kid brother. Unable to fit in amongst these older slackers, Tomas discovers that unsung Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city. Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos they must track him down in order to pay their final respects on his deathbed. But what they thought would be a simple trip to find their childhood idol, soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City's invisible frontiers.

"Whimsical, mysterious and subtly tragic …" - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

"Like a flip-book history lesson, one that evokes the pain and comedy - the pop, the politics, the tedium and the momentousness - of a particular moment in the endless, cyclical chronicles of youth and disillusionment." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

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Tu dors Nicole

Aug 28 to Aug 31
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Stephane Lafleur - 2014 - 93m - France - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

Nicole (Julianne Cote) is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end summer job in her small Quebec hometown and spending evenings with her best pal, Veronique. When her older brother Remi unexpectedly returns with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls' half-baked summer, it becomes clear to Nicole that something must and will change. Shot in luminous black and white and infused with a sultry melancholy, Tu dors Nicole brilliantly captures that liminal stage where the fading yet familiar attachments of childhood still seem far more appealing, precious, and real than the sterility of the grown-up world.

"Tu Dors Nicole is an especially wispy, French-Canadian addition to an irresistible genre: the last-summer-of-adolescence movie" - A. A. Dowd, AV Club 

"Tu dors Nicole is a wistful Quebec summer tale" - Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

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Turbo Kid

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

Dir. Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whiss - 2015 - 95m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

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Fuelled by offbeat humour with lashings of action and gore Turbo Kid stars the iconic MICHAEL IRONSIDE (Starship Troopers, Scanners) as Zeus, MUNRO CHAMBERS (Degrassi - The Next Generation, Cracked) as The Kid, LAURENCE LEBOEUF (19-2, Trauma) as Apple, AARON JEFFERY (X-Men Origins) as Frederic, EDWIN WRIGHT (Top of the Lake) as Skeletron and ROMANO ORZARI (Omertà) as Bagu.

In a post-apocalyptic parallel future of 1997, an orphaned teenager called The Kid scavenges the Wasteland searching for relics from a better time (the 80s). During one of his expeditions he meets Apple, a mysterious girl with a rather large secret. As their relationship deepens, they accidentally run afoul of Zeus, the self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland. Zeus, a sadistically droll maniac who murdered The Kid's parents, now controls the Wasteland's most precious commodity: fresh water. When Zeus' gang kidnaps Apple, The Kid joins forces with Frederick, the laconic leader of the legendary Arm-Wrestling Clan. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbo-charged weapon, The Kid must fulfill his ultimate destiny: destroy Zeus, avenge his parents' death and get the girl of his dreams.

"A pitch-perfect pastiche that never mocks its inspirations, the picture is silly fun to warm the hearts of aging fanboys and delight hipsters who weren't yet born the first time Mel Gibson donned Max's leathers." - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"Perhaps the most colorful film ever made with a postapocalyptic setting, Turbo Kid is a loud, energetic homage to Eighties kitsch." - Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine

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Fantastic Journey: Animated Shorts - Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015

Aug 29 to Aug 30
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

2015 - 65m - MOM'S MATINEE brings an Albuquerque premiere of quality kid's shorts! - ALL SEATS JUST $5

Zip around the world with our dazzling selection of high-energy, high-imagination shorts. Join a space-alien potato on his zany adventures, witness the creation of the alphabet, sing along with a brave little octopus, and grow up along with a rebellious daughter made of frosting, in this vibrant celebration of creativity.   

Zebra - (Julia Ocker, Germany, 2:45 min) Nonverbal - See how a zebra changes his stripes!

Wombo - (Daniel Acht, Germany, 8:02 min) Mostly nonverbal - An alien lands on earth and is chased by a dog, ends up in a vegetable basket, and nearly gets cooked for dinner! Why? Because he just happens to look like a potato! 

The Numberlys - (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA, 11:23 min) In English - Friends 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 set out to create each letter of the alphabet and bring color, creativity, and jellybeans to their world. Winner of the CFFS Seattle Children's Hospital Jury Prize for Best Animated Film.  View a trailer.

Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant - (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 5:51 min) In English - An octopus sings about overfishing and inspires Papa Cloudy to make sustainable dishes with love. Winner of the CFFS Children's Jury Prize for Best Animated Short. View a trailer.

Anatole’s Little Saucepan - (Eric Montchaud, France, 5:47 min) In English - Little Anatole is always dragging his saucepan behind him. It fell on him one day and nobody knows why.

Visitor - (Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, 4:08 min) Nonverbal - A stuffed tiger from a faraway world drops in on a snowy day to play with dogs.  View a trailer.

The Magic Time - (Kine Aune, Norway, 9:16 min) Nonverbal - Adapted from Sami legends, this is the story of a reindeer-calf and his journey to become a grown white buck.  View a trailer.

The New Species - (Katerina Karhánková, Czech Republic, 6:18 min) Nonverbal - Some children come across an old bone and try to imagine what kind of animal it might have belonged to.

Trampoline - (Maarten Koopman, Netherlands, 2:29 min) Nonverbal - Imagine that the movie screen is a big trampoline. Can you see a family of ducks walking across it? How about people? Or a cow?

Decorations - (Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 7 min) Nonverbal. - Growing up is literally the icing on the cake for a mother and daughter. View a trailer.

Traditional Healing - (Raymond Caplin, Canada, 2:24 min) Nonverbal - A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle occurs. 

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FILMAGE: The Story Of The Descendants/All

Sep 1 to Sep 3
Tuesday to Thursday

Dir. Matt Riggle and Deedle LaCour - 2014 - 91m

Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come.

FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes himself and a rotating door of band-mates to “achieve ALL,” his relentless philosophy of “going for greatness, the utmost possible” despite any and all setbacks.

Shortly after proving themselves to the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore scene, guitarist Frank Navetta sets fire to his gear and disappears, bassist Tony Lombardo rejects life on the road in favor of a suburban home, and iconic nerd frontman Milo Aukerman goes to college to become a scientist. Stevenson, however, remains. Unfazed and hellbent on his quest, he charges ahead three decades, dragging along a new crop of tireless cohorts to zigzag the globe and serve up countless caffeinated love songs against impossible—and life threatening—odds.

Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and many more reveal the untold tale of one of the most overachieving and influential bands in punk, serving as a reminder to always “go for greatness," because sometimes you're gonna get it.

"Exhilarating and curiously moving …" - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Sep 4 to Sep 7
Friday to Monday

Dir. Brett Morgen - 2015 - 138m

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK invites you to experience Kurt’s life, art, and mind through his own unique lens, bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get. This first-ever fully authorized documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), written word, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes. Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, Wash., through the height of his fame, it creates an intense and powerful cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame. Those of Kurt’s generation will learn things about him they never knew. Those who’ve discovered the man and his music more recently will understand what makes Kurt the lasting icon that he is. Just like the legendary frontman of Nirvana himself, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is authentic, visceral, and unflinching. It will get into your head and stay there long after the end credits roll.

"Perhaps the greatest biographical film ever made about an artist" - Entertainment

"The most intimate rock doc ever" - Rolling Stone

"Pulsates with vitality and rage" - New York Times 

"Masterful ... the result is nothing short of epic" - The Huffington Post

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Sep 4 to Sep 7
Friday to Monday

Dir. Alex Gibney - 2015 - 120m

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) pulls no punches in his portrait of Apple founder Steve Jobs and his legacy. This probing and unflinching look at the life and aftermath of the bold, brilliant and at times ruthless iconoclast explores what accounted for the grief of so many when he died. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.

“Engrossing” - Justin Chang, Variety

"Gibney is convincing on every front.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter 

“Riveting and important” - Alex Needham, The Guardian

“Insightful” - Joe O’Connell, Austin Chronicle 

“Like he did with Scientology in Going Clear, Gibney peels back the complex layers surrounding the man. A film worth seeing and talking about.” – Michael Rose, Huffington Post

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The Mend

Sep 8 to Sep 11
Tuesday to Friday

Dir. John Magary - 2015 - 109m

Presented by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls, Eastbound & Down)

For anyone who's ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure, The Mend is the wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer / director John Magary. Shot through with the wicked humor and anarchy of Bruce Robinson's Withnail & I and Mike Leigh's Naked, The Mend follows a mismatched yin-yang pair of NYC brothers, loose cannon Mat (Josh Lucas in a career-best performance) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly towards some understanding of love, women, masculinity and what it truly means to be a brother. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko & Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (Obvious Child), the film unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. With superb supporting performances by Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) and Lucy Owen as the brothers' sharp-tongued girlfriends.

"A career best performance from Josh Lucas" - Jim Brunzell III, Twin Cities Daily Planet 

"Alternates between the restlessness and acutely observed masculine behavior of Cassavetes' Husbands and the wit and energy of a Cukor comedy" - Violet Lucca, Film Comment 

"Bizarre and beautiful and organic" - David Gordon Green

"Profanely hilarious"- Glenn Kenny, Some Came Running 

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The Wolfpack

Sep 8 to Sep 11
Tuesday to Friday

Dir. Crystal Moselle - 2015 - 80m

The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed The Wolfpack, they're all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home. All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For years this has served as a productive creative outlet and a way to stave off loneliness - but after one of the brothers escapes the apartment (wearing a Michael Meyers mask for protection), the power dynamics in the house are transformed, and all the boys begin to dream of venturing out. Armed with unprecedented access into the subjects' world and vast archive of home movies, first-time director Crystal Moselle crafts a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary family, capturing the thrill of the Wolfpack's discoveries without skirting the darker questions of abuse and confinement that weigh upon all of them. THE WOLFPACK charts a fascinating coming of age story and becomes a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives.

“THRILLING, HEARTBREAKING, CONFOUNDING. It raises questions we’ll be trying to answer for as long as there is art. A TRANSCENDENT WORK OF ART.” – David Edelstein, New York

“ASTONISHING. Sometimes all you need is a great subject to make a great documentary. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine a more sensitive director for this story than Crystal Moselle.” – Manohla Dargis, NY Times

“IT’S DOUBTFUL YOU’LL SEE A BETTER DOCUMENTARY THIS YEAR THAN THIS SENSATIONAL FILM.” – Dennis Dermody, Paper

“MESMERIZING. EVERYTHING ABOUT ‘THE WOLFPACK’ IS EXTRAORDINARY.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Time

“GRIPPING. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PULL YOUR EYES OFF THE SCREEN. Once you've met these kids, you won't forget them — or the film that puts a hypnotic and haunting spin on movie love.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A fascinating film about a fascinating family, and it’s very hard to shake.” - New York Magazine

“NOT UNTIL THE END DO YOU REALIZE WHAT AN EPIC AND INTIMATE STORY HAS BEEN TOLD.” – Amy Taubin, Artforum

“A BOMBSHELL DOCUMENTARY.” – Kyle Smith, The New York Post

“FASCINATING. What’s maybe more astounding than the story of one family isolated in a city of eight million is how beautiful this documentary is, and how life-affirming.” – Robert Sullivan, Vogue

“HAUNTING AND UTTERLY UNIQUE” – Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed

“AN OUT-OF-NOWHERE WALLOP.” – Amy Nicholson, The Village Voice

“MESMERIZING.” – Logan Hill, Esquire

“FASCINATING” – Julie Bramowitz, Vogue

“ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE DOCS I’VE SEEN ANYWHERE. Has to be seen to be believed.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“5 OUT OF 5 STARS. ALTOGETHER FASCINATING. It has been a while since I’ve seen something that demands to be talked about with such urgency.” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

“INTOXICATING. The whole movie feels dreamed.” – Wesley Morris, Grantland

“Unlike any documentary you've ever seen. It marks the arrival of a major new talent.” – Nigel Smith, Indiewire

“AMAZING. A great American documentary.” – Brian Raftery, Yahoo Movies

“CAPTIVATING. Endlessly fascinating.” – Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

“Absolutely fascinating and one of a kind. One of the strongest reminders of the indomitable power of film I have seen.” – Jake Howell, Movie City News

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Grave of the Fireflies

Sep 12 to Sep 13
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Isao Takahata - 1988 - 91m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitlesALL SEATS JUST $5

An achingly sad anti-war film, Grave of the Fireflies is one of Studio Ghibli's most profoundly beautiful, haunting works - an animated film telling the story of two children from the port city of Kobe, made homeless by the bombs. Seita is a young teenager, and his sister Setsuko is about 5. Their father is serving in the Japanese navy, and their mother is a bomb victim.

"An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation ... it belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made." - Roger Ebert

"Isao Takahata's masterpiece is one of the most profound anti-war statements ever brought to cinema" - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

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Best of Enemies

Sep 21 to Sep 25
Monday to Friday

Dir. Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville - 2015 - 87m

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

“WICKEDLY ENTERTAINING. The directors avoid picking sides and instead enjoy the show.” – Kyle Smith, New York Post

“The best doc at Sundance. It rivetingly retraces how one heated rivalry sparked an entire culture of punditry.” – David Ehrlich, Time Out New York

“A RIVETING GABFEST. It might have been the most entertaining film of this year’s Sundance.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

“A MADCAP INTELLECTUAL ROMP. Lively and fascinating.” - Avishay Artsy, KCRW

“RIVETING. A delicious spectacle.” – Nina Burleigh, Newsweek

“Media history geeks, Christmas is about to come early. Makes a compelling case that modern TV news — i.e. the victory of volume and rage over civilized discourse — starts here.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

“HILARIOUS AND THRILLING. Chock-full of one-liners and bon mots that would make any stand-up comedian green with envy.” – Kristin McCrakcken, The Huffington Post

“If you like witty repartee among intellectuals, it’s hard to see how you could have more fun than watching this movie. Highly entertaining.” – Jordan Crucchiola, Wired

“JUICY AND THRILLING. The directors have unearthed outstanding footage and interviewed many of today’s best thinkers.” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

“WICKEDLY ENTERTAINING. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely.” – Steve Pond, The Wrap

“FASCINATING. Thoroughly engrossing and surprisingly entertaining.” – Joe Leydon, Variety

“TREMENDOUSLY ENTERTAINING. It’s rare that we get to see a specific moment in time that could be the origin of much of our current reality.” Russ Fischer, Slash Film

“A fascinating tale that's exhilarating and engaging, an entirely fitting and vital showcase for the film's iconoclastic subjects.” – Jason Gorber, Twitch

“A fast-paced, welcome nostalgia trip.” – Sean Means, SLC Tribune

“Colorful and entertaining, wonderfully effective.” – Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 23 to Oct 24
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $20, ($15 for your ticket, $5 for a prop bag)

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE, CLICK HERE.

Another chance to re-live a classic!  PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its fifth year. 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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