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2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS

Jul 3 to Jul 6
Friday to Monday 5:00, 7:00

2015 - 85m

CHECK OUT THE NY TIMES' RAVE REVIEW!

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 83-minute theatrical program of six short films that won awards at this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the distinct 2015 program traverses vibrant styles from wild comedy to quiet poetry. Each breaks through its limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after it ends.

World of Tomorrow - Short Film Jury Award (Best of Fest) - Written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt. U.S.A., 17 minutes.

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.

SMILF - Short Film Jury Prize: US Fiction - Written and directed by Frankie Shaw. USA, 9 minutes.

A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.

Oh Lucy! - Short Film Jury Prize: International Fiction - Written and directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. Japan/Singapore/U.S.A, 22 minutes.

Setsuko, a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young, unconventional English-language teacher. "Lucy" awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul - Short Film Jury Prize: Non-Fiction - Written and directed by Kitty Green. Russian and Ukrainian, 7 minutes. 

Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.

Storm hits jacket - Short Film Jury Prize: Animation - Written and directed by Paul Cabon. 2014, France, 13 minutes.

A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, and two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.

Object - Short Film Special Jury Prize for Poetic Vision - Written and directed by Paulina Skibi?ska. Poland, 15 minutes. 

A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds—ice desert and under water—told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

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Caddyshack - as part of our Bill Murray Independence Day Weekend Double Feature Special!

Jul 3 to Jul 4
Friday and Saturday 1:00, 9pm

Dir. Harold Ramis - 1980 - 99m - All Seats $8 - double featured with MEATBALLS !

EVENING SHOWS ARE AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS PRESENTATION!

ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY JULY 5 !!

Greenskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) is about to start World War III – against a gopher. Pompous Judge Smalls (Ted Knight) plays to win but his nubile niece Lacey Underall wants to score her own way. Playboy Ty Webb shoots perfect golf by becoming the ball. And country club loudmouth Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack. Chevy Chase rounds out the great cast for a tee off of side-splitting fairway foolishness that does for golf what National Lampoon’s Animal House did for fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement. With Harold Ramis (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This) directing, the virtuoso skills of all four blend into a riotous hole-in-one for comedy fans. 

"Given the short shelf life of many rude 'n' crude Hollywood comedies, it's amazing how well Caddyshack stands up after all these years." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Meatballs - as part of our Bill Murray Independence Day Weekend Double Feature Special!

Jul 3 to Jul 4
Friday and Saturday 3:00, 11pm

Dir. Ivan Reitman - 1979 - 91m - All Seats $8 - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH CADDYSHACK!

The evening shows are an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!

ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY JULY 5 !!

You dig WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER?!  Get ready for this 1979 summer camp Bill Murray hit that inspired it!

Set at a low-end summer camp this light screwball comedy features a hilarious Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them -- for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx -- usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target -- lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory. With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy. Meatballs was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre.

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Caddyshack - as part of our Bill Murray Independence Day Weekend Double Feature Special!

Jul 5
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Harold Ramis - 1980 - 99m - ALL SEATS $8 - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH MEATBALLS!

Greenskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) is about to start World War III – against a gopher. Pompous Judge Smalls (Ted Knight) plays to win but his nubile niece Lacey Underall wants to score her own way. Playboy Ty Webb shoots perfect golf by becoming the ball. And country club loudmouth Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack. Chevy Chase rounds out the great cast for a tee off of side-splitting fairway foolishness that does for golf what National Lampoon’s Animal House did for fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement. With Harold Ramis (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This) directing, the virtuoso skills of all four blend into a riotous hole-in-one for comedy fans. 

"Given the short shelf life of many rude 'n' crude Hollywood comedies, it's amazing how well Caddyshack stands up after all these years." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Meatballs - as part of our Bill Murray Independence Day Weekend Double Feature Special!

Jul 5
Sunday 3pm ONLY!

Dir. Ivan Reitman - 1979 - 91m - ALL SEATS $8

You dig WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER?!  Get ready for this 1979 summer camp Bill Murray hit that inspired it!

Set at a low-end summer camp this light screwball comedy features a hilarious Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them -- for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx -- usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target -- lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory. With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy. Meatballs was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre.

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Good Kill

Jul 7 to Jul 10
Tuesday to Friday 3:45, 6:00

Dir. Andrew Niccol - 2015 - 103m

From the writer & star team of GATTACA!

In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game–only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke)  yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan's nerves—and his relationship with his wife (Mad Men's January Jones)—begin to unravel. Revealing the psychological toll drone pilots endure as they are forced to witness the aftermath of their fight against insurgents, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) directs this riveting insider’s view of 21st-century warfare, in which operatives target enemies from half a world away.

"Excels as a character study with Niccol's screenplay making Egan a fascinatingly conflicted and flawed individual and Ethan Hawke giving one of his best recent performances bringing the man to life." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"One of the most insightful films about the War on Terror since 9/11." - Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Thoughtful and immensely gripping …" - Soren Anderson, Seattle Times

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Manglehorn

Jul 7 to Jul 10
Tuesday to Friday 8:15

Dir. David Gordon Green - 2015 - 98m

ALSO - ENCORE SCREENINGS AUGUST 6th TO 8th AT 6:30pm NIGHTLY!

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 Nightmare - A Documentary/Horror Film on Sleep Paralysis

Jul 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY

Dir. Rodney Asher - 2015 - 94m - All Seats $8 - ALSO PLAYING SATURDAY AUGUST 8

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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A Parisian Trio! TRIP TO THE MOON / MENILMONTANT / THE RED BALLOON

Jul 11 to Jul 12
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

approx. 86m - ALL SEATS $5 - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

TRIP TO THE MOON (1903) - The first film classic !! Georges Melies’ sci-fi fantasy film gloriously restored in the original hand-tinted colors.  Great fun!

MENILMONTANT (1926) - Film critic Pauline Kael claimed her favorite movie was this grim surrealist drama written and directed by Dmitri Kirsanoff.

THE RED BALLOON (1956) - A boy and his balloon explore the byways of Paris’ Menilmontant in Albert Lamorisse’s ever popular and endearing Oscar-winning fantasy.

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NEW MEXICO WOMEN IN FILM 10TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL!

Jul 11
Saturday 5pm to 11pm

2015 - $15 for one block of shorts or all of them!

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of New Mexico Women in Film, the statewide organization of filmmakers has planned a tricity Film Fiesta! in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, July 1012, 2015. Seventeen of the best films by NMWIF members will be screened in each city to celebrate and showcase the creativity, vision and artistry of the filmmakers. The Film Fiesta! will be presented at the Fountain Theater in Las Cruces, Friday, July 10; Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, Saturday July 11 and Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, Sunday July 12. NMWIF Film Fiesta! screens from 5 to 11pm each day. All Access Tickets for each location are $15. Tickets and more information available at NMWIF.com. New Mexico Women in Film is a branch of Women in Film & Television International, which has over 40 chapters worldwide. By creating a professional alliance with the international force, New Mexico members make a statement of professionalism and intent as filmmakers and film workers.  VIEW A TRAILER 

Films to be screened at the Film Fiesta!

Narrative: 

#nightslikethes , Hannah Macpherson 

Maribella , Julia Romero Older Ladies , Christine McHugh

A Piece of Pie , Janet Davidson Lost Angeles Rain , Lara Dale

Debt to Society , Bradd Hopkins

Leverage , Vivian Nesbitt 

Documentary:

The Young Ancestors , Aimee Barry Broustra Experimental:

A Thousand Voices , Lisa Lucas Steam Machines , Melissa Edmon

Pie Lady of Pie Town , Jane Rosemont

A Tale of Two Poets , Jean Stevens Animation:

Poison Wind , Jenny Pond The Astronomer's Sun , Peter Kershaw

Peggy's Story , JoAnne Tucker

Music Video:

Heart of Steel , Brandy N. Rodke

Older Ladies , Christine McHugh

Lost Angeles Rain , Lara Dale

Commercial:

Ysabel LeMay/Portrait , Genevieve Russell

Experimental:

Steam Machines , Melissa Edmon

Animation:

The Astronomer's Sun , Peter Kershaw

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I Am Big Bird

Jul 12 to Jul 16
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 6:00

Dir. Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker - 2014 - 90m

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

"The seemingly effortless persona of Big Bird is revealed to be an extraordinary feat of strength, skill, and empathy—one that Spinney pulled off by himself for 30 years." - Vicky Gan, The Village Voice

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Yes Men Are Revolting!

Jul 12 to Jul 16
Sunday to Thursday 8:00pm ONLY!

Dir. Laura Nix - 2015 - 91m - No Matinees

For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change. More than the first two films, The Yes Men Are Revolting is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.

“A much more intimate take on the two heroic activists…the film’s a fascinating look at average guys struggling to strike the right balance between relationships, kids – and, yes, Survivaballs.” – FilmMaker Magazine

“Prepare to sit on the edge of your seat.” – Huffington Post

“…Experts at impersonating corporate shills and government bureaucrats in bogus, sometimes hilarious news conferences that undermine the agendas of the institutions they pretend to represent.” – New York Times

“Entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography.” – Variety

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Our Twelfth Annual Festival of Film Noir !!

Jul 17 to Jul 26
Friday to the following Sunday!

1940s to 1990s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers!

It's 12 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host a most exciting film noir program that spans 50 years of choice tales on being sly, lowdown and not quite on the level! 

BONUS!  LOCAL FILM WRITER/JOURNALIST HISTORIAN JEFF BERG WILL INTRODUCE THE OPENING NIGHT 6PM & 8:15PM WITH SOME GREAT INTERESTING INFO ON THE MOVIES!

Fri & Sat July 17 & 18:  NEW MEXICO NOIR!

RIDE THE PINK HORSE  (3:45, 8:15)

Hollywood actor turned idiosyncratic auteur Robert Montgomery directs and stars in this striking crime drama based on a novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. He plays a tough-talking former GI who comes to a small New Mexico town to shake down a gangster who killed his best friend; things quickly turn nasty. Ride the Pink Horse features standout supporting performances by Fred Clark, Wanda Hendrix, and especially Thomas Gomez, who became the first Hispanic actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role here. With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir. Directed by Robert Montgomery. In B&W. 101 mins. 1947.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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ACE IN THE HOLE  (6pm)

Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. Directed by Billy Wilder. In B&W. 111 mins. 1951.  VIEW A TRAILER.

 

Sun & Mon July 19 & 20:  JAPANESE NOIR!!

STRAY DOG  (3:30, 8:15)

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal’s lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami’s own dark side. Starring Toshiro Mifune, as the rookie cop, and Takashi Shimura, as the seasoned detective who keeps him on the right side of the law, Stray Dog (Nora Inu) goes beyond a crime thriller, probing the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. In B&W. 122 mins.  1949.  Japan.  In Japanese with English subtitles.

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DRAGNET GIRL (6pm)

This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko. With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. In B&W. 100 mins. 1933. VIEW A CLIP.


Tues & Wed July 21 & 22:  THE LIGHTER SIDE OF NOIR!!

DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (4pm, 8pm)

This is one of the best parodies of the '40s hardboiled detective genre, with a very clever conceit: weaving the plot and production design around memorable movie clips (The Killers, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, White Heat, This Gun for Hire, Sorry, Wrong Number, Notorious). Steve Martin plays the cool Rigby Reardon, who tries solving an incomprehensible mystery with the assistance of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Burt Lancaster, Fred MacMurray, Ingrid Bergman, and Ray Milland, among others. It's all silly hokum with Rachel Ward as the pretty moll and director-cowriter Carl Reiner as the nefarious villain. Miklos Rozsa takes us back to yesteryear with his lush score, and, fittingly, Edith Head handles the period costumes in her final production. Directed by Carl Reiner. In B&W and some color. 88 mins. 1982. VIEW A TRAILER.

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PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM  (6pm)

Woody Allen's play makes a successful leap to the big screen in this hilarious romp, directed by Herbert Ross (THE SUNSHINE BOYS, STEEL MAGNOLIAS). Allen has never been better as Allan Felix, a neurotic New York film critic who has just broken up with his wife, Nancy (Susan Anspach). This devastating event has caused him to spiral into a deep depression and look for solace in the classic movies that he loves, particularly the romantic saga CASABLANCA. Allan begins to have conversations with the fantasy ghost of his film idol, Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy), who gives him advice on romance and masculinity. Worried about their insecure friend, Linda and Dick (Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts) spark Allan into action, which leads to a series of disastrously funny blind dates in which Allan tries, but fails, to be as cool as Bogie. Allan's love life is clearly going nowhere, until his quest for romance unexpectedly leads him into the arms of Linda. Directed by Herbert Ross. 85 mins. 1972.  VIEW A TRAILER

 

Thurs & Fri July 23 & 24:  DESERT NOIR WITH IDA LUPINO!!

THE HITCH HIKER (4:15, 8:00)

A tense film directed by the great Ida Lupino that never lets up for a minute. Clocking in at only 71 minutes, the film is about three men. A crazy killer on the lam (a terrifically menancing William Talman) and the two men (D.O.A. star Edmund O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) he's taken along for the ride.  Directed by Ida Lupino. In B&W. 71 mins. 1953. VIEW A TEASER CLIP.

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HIGH SIERRA  (6pm)

An early heist noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston from the novel by Burnett. The movie features Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart and was directed by Raoul Walsh on location at Whitney Portal, halfway up Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada of California.   Bogart and Lupino star in this tragic study of an American gangster whose hard-boiled persona finds itself at war with his compassionate side--a side that will ultimately be his downfall. Directed by Raoul Walsh. In B&W. 100 mins. 1950. VIEW A TRAILER.  

 

Sat & Sun July 25 & 26:  JIM THOMPSON NOIR

THE GRIFTERS  (3:30, 8:15)

Beautifully adapted by Donald E. Westlake from a novel by Jim Thompson is a superlative, psychological drama and one of the finest film noir of the decade. In contemporary Los Angeles, Roy Dillon (John Cusack), a cynical con artist makes his living by small-time hustling. His trampy, deceptively empty-headed girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening) has bigger plans for him. These plans are foiled when Roy is badly hurt by a bartender he is attempting to cheat and is desperately in need of medical attention. He is aided by his estranged mother, Lily (Angelica Huston), an experienced professional con-artist who works for the mob. Directed by Stephen Frears. 114 mins. 1998.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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AFTER DARK MY SWEET (6pm) **to be shown on 35mm!!

One heck of a tale concerning a one-time boxer (an excellent Jason Patric) turned drifter being sucked into a kidnapping plot, thanks to his involvement with a sultry but troubled widow played by Rachel Ward. The scheme goes horribly awry, and the drifter and his cohorts are forced to resort to desperate measures in this existential film noir based on a Jim Thompson novel. Directed by James Foley.  114 mins. 1990.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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We Are Still Here

Jul 17 to Jul 18
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Ted Geoghegan - 2015 - 84m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47 !!

From the producers of The House Of The Devil and Cheap Thrills, WE ARE STILL HERE is a tense, frightening, and thoroughly haunting ghost story with amazing effects and creatures.  After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne move to the New England countryside to try to start a new life. But the grieving couple unknowingly becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Now they must find a way to overcome their sorrow and fight back against both the living and dead as the malicious ghosts threaten to pull their souls – and the soul of their lost son – into hell with them.

"More than a mere homage, "We Are Still Here" is the kind of movie you wish you could take back in time with you and project in your favorite 42nd Street grindhouse." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

"The movie never wants for scares. It might actually be the single most terrifying movie of 2015." - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

"Think of it as an "unmake": an effort to make the new old again." - Charles Bramesco, Movie Mezzanine

"Tautly paced, beautifully acted, and insanely unsettling." - Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat

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Deli Man

Jul 18
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Erik Greenberg Anjou - 2015 - 91m - ALL SEATS $7

For  some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience. A tender, crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices. A full-bodied garlic dill pickle. Spicy brown mustard with grain. A blintz that melts in your mouth like a creamsicle on a summer’s day. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania that flowed into late 19th and early 20th century America and soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular – Deli.

Deli Man is a documentary film produced and directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou; the third work in his trilogy about Jewish culture. The celebrated preceding films are “A Cantor’s Tale” and “The Klezmatics - On Holy Ground,” which have to date screened at more than two hundred international film festivals and have been broadcast in the U.S., Israel, Canada and Poland. The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston. Kenny and Ziggy’s has been touted in press reviews ranging from “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” to the L.A. Daily News.

“Texas?” you ask.   Shalom, y’all. Because the story of the American deli is the story of Jews – their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. New York may always be the most populous, celebrated and redolent Jewish node. But substantial and influential Jewish tides also flowed from Chicago to Detroit, San Francisco to L.A., and Galveston to Houston and Dallas. How this burgeoning tribe moved and thrived from city to suburb and from suburb to strip mall, and in the process created a legacy and new generations of wealth, is the sunny topside of the Jewish-American journey. The shadowy understory is how that very success engendered the deterioration of the old, traditional urban block and neighborhood – the epic synagogues, Mom and Pop storefronts, and nucleus of Jewish cultural life at which deli was the succulent heart.

“A Fascinating and Charming Film.” - Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan

“A Crowd Pleaser! Full of laughs and kitchen kitsch. Deli Man wraps itself around your heart and holds tight.” - The Huffington Post

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Jul 19
Sunday 1pm

Dir. Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn - 2014 - 90m - A WILDEARTH GUARDIANS PRESENTATION! ALL SEATS $5

Admission includes snacks and Q&A with guest speakers after the film. All proceeds go to Santuario de Karuna and Animal Protection of New Mexico (apnm.org).

Special guest speakers: Rae Sikora and JC Corcoran of plantpeacedaily.org and Bryan Bird from Wild Earth Guardians

A groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet."

"Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet" - Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of "The Cove"

"A documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement." - Darren Aronofsky, Director of "Noah"

"(Andersen) pulls no punches and makes no apologies: 'The future of our planet is being destroyed by this industry.' Hard to argue with the data." - The Huffington Post

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7 Minutes

Jul 24 to Jul 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jay Martin - 2015 - 84m - ALL SEATS $8

After becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery.What begins as a simple plan - 'in and out in seven minutes' - quickly escalates into a dangerous game of life-or-death. As each minute of the heist ticks by, true motives are revealed and unexpected twists ratchet up the stakes to a thrilling crescendo. The feature film debut from celebrated music video director Jay Martin, this stylish and fast-paced crime thriller stars Luke Mitchell (TV's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D), Jason Ritter (TV's GIRLS), Leven Rambin (TV's TRUE DETECTIVE), Kris Kristofferson (BLADE FRANCHISE, WATCHMEN), Zane Holtz (TV's FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), and Joel Murray (GOD BLESS AMERICA).

"Veteran music video director Jay Martin makes a highly impressive feature debut with his engrossing crime drama about a trio of desperate young men committing an ill-fated robbery. Featuring intricate, non-linear storytelling and an uncommon emotional pungency, 7 Minutes is a taut, tightly controlled exercise that should spell bigger and better things for its tyro director/screenwriter.” - Hollywood Reporter

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A Town Called Panic

Jul 25 to Jul 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar - 2009 - 75m - MOM'S MATINEE returns with something really ZANY & FUN !! France - In French with English subtitles - ALL SEATS JUST $5

Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was released by Wallace & Gromit’s Aardman Studios), Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events.

Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced—and animated—as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour—flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar)—ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey on acid, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y!

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Satyajit Ray's debut Pather Panchali - the first in the APU Trilogy!

Jul 27 to Jul 30
Monday to Thursday 3:00, 8:00

Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1955 - 125m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles

RESTORED & NEWLY RE-RELEASED!

The release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband often away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,“ Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, the Cannes-awarded Pather Panchali is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

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

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.

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Satyajit Ray's second in the APU Trilogy - Aparajito

Jul 27 to Jul 30
Monday to Thursday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1956 - 109m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles - No Matinees

RESTORED & NEWLY RE-RELEASED!

Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s international success, he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. Aparajito picks up where the first film leaves off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi (then known as Benares). As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.

AWARDS:  Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / FIPRESCI Prize, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / New Cinema Award, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / Best director, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1958

"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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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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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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BABA and Buster! - Live Soundtrackin' to Buster Keaton Silent Shorts!

Aug 5
Wednesday 8pm ONLY!

100m approx - ALL SEATS JUST $5 - WHAT A DEAL!

CO-SPONSORED BY AMP CONCERTS!

Banjo and tuba duo Baba (www.planetbaba.com) perform original live soundtracks to screenings of three Buster Keaton shorts from the 1920s — "The Goat," "The Scarecrow" and "The Boat” — interspersed with a handful of songs from the band's repertoire. BaBa performed their soundtrack to “The Goat” in 2014 at the Guild. Their accompaniment to the other two films are new to the theater. (In fact, this show will be the world premiere of BaBa’s live soundtrack to “The Boat”.) You won’t want to miss this evening of laughter and eccentricity combining the golden age of silent cinema with one of Albuquerque’s most inventive musical acts.

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Manglehorn

Aug 6 to Aug 8
Thursday 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 6 to Aug 8
Thursday 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 PLUS THE OPENING ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!  CHECK BACK HERE SHORTLY!

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

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

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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