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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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Elektro Moskva: The Secret History of Soviet Space-Age Electronic Music!

Sep 1 to Sep 3
Tuesday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer - 2014 - 89m - Austria - In Russian with English subtitles - No Matinees

Welcome to the weird and wired world of avant-­garde rock musicians, DIY circuit benders, vodka-­swilling dealers and urban archaeologists/collectors, all fascinated with obsolete Soviet-era electronic synthesizers. This strange universe of "cosmic chill-­out tunes," Space Age dance music and electronic chirps & tweets has been rescued by directors Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer in this fascinating & cheeky documentary incorporating rare archival footage, including the last 1993 interview with famed inventor Leon Theremin. In a bizarre twist, many of these instruments were a by-­product of the Soviet military and KGB, created in the off-hours by scientist/inventors cobbling together spare transistors and wires to make their own synthesizers - including Theremin's Rube Goldberg­-esque "Rhythmicon" from 1932, the world's first rhythm machine, described by a museum curator as "space wreckage." A new generation of Russian avant­-garde musicians has embraced the unpredictability and chaos of these instruments: as "Benzo" (aka Richardas Norvila) admiringly says, "On a Western device, you push a button and get a result... On a Soviet instrument, you push a button and get something." Rooting through discarded storage units for cracked and yellowing keyboards, pulling apart cheap toys and re-­wiring their inanely cheerful voice boards, these guerrilla circuit benders are creating new cosmic sounds from these forgotten "instruments with expanded abilities." 

"[A] droll and infectiously lively tribute to pioneers of futuristic sounds." - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"ELEKTRO MOSKVA is a movie which all fans of electronic music and synths will not want to miss." -­ Trevor Pinch, author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer 

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FILMAGE: The Story Of The Descendents/All

Sep 1 to Sep 3
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 8:30

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

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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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Jiz Is Coming! (To Pornotopia, in November): A Fundraiser!

Sep 4
Friday 10:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Jiz Lee - 2015 - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10

A SELF SERVE TOYS/PORNOTOPIA SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

Genderqueer porn phenom Jiz Lee is confirmed as a special guest of Pornotopia 2015, and the planning committee wants you to know why they are So. Freaking. Excited to have them here! Come and whet your appetite for the festival in November as the Pornoptopia organizers showcase Jiz's extraordinary ability to give and receive pleasure.

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Sep 4 to Sep 7
Friday to Monday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Brett Morgen - 2015 - 138m - No Matinees

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 5:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Alex Gibney - 2015 - 127m - No Matinees

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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Shamanistic Theater

Sep 5
Saturday 10:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Shaman Q - 2015 - 136m - All Seats $8

"The immortals hold the world together..." 

Shamanistic Theater brings hidden Nagual teachings from the last members of the Quetzalcoatl lineage.

Art is a vehicle of awareness. What would this world look like if the energy holders - the perceptual shifters - shifted your mind, your thoughts, your fears? In this theater of ritual, ceremony, and magic be transported into worlds beyond this world. This is a portal to the ancient holders of time, daring to be humanly existent on our earth again by surpassing the boundaries of the fashion of the times. 

What does the world look like once you have walked through the Gate of Fear?

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Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

Sep 6
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sebastian Dehnhardt - 2015 - 105m - All Seats $7

Thirteen time All-Star, League MVP, Finals MVP, NBA Superstar Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest and most famous athletes of all time as the first non-American to lead his team to a NBA victory. NOWITZKI. THE PERFECT SHOT was produced by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Leopold Hoesch and features exclusive NBA footage and interviews with NBA legends such as Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Kidd, Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban, David Stern, Don Nelson and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt covering the incredible success story of Dirk Nowitzki, from second league German basketball to one of the top athletes of the NBA. It’s the story of the fascinating relationship between Dirk Nowitzki and his personal coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner. Holger, the German basketball legend and scientist recognized Nowitzki’s talent early on and helped Nowitzki invent a perfect jump shot: German engineering meets NBA basketball. It is also a film about Dirk Nowitzki and billionaire Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks and how they became who they top team they are today. NOWITZKI: THE PERFECT SHOT is ultimately a film about friendship, what it really takes to fulfill your dreams and the indestructible desire to win. 

“A worthy profile of the defining Dallas sports star of this generation.” – Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

“**** A fascinating march through his career and will leave you liking a man that was already about as well-liked as a pro athlete can be. Just about everything you could want to know about Dirk Nowitzki is here.” – Mac Engel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

“A great story of family, hard work and triumph” - Chuck Cooperstein, ESPN Radio

“An absolute must for any sports fan.” - Ben Rogers, 105.3 The Fan

“A fascinating tale” - Mike Rhyner, Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

“If you know Dirk like we do in Dallas, it’s mesmerizing.” - Corby Davidson, Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

“Any Mavs fan will come away satisfied.” – Peter Simek, D Magazine

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The Mend

Sep 8 to Sep 11
Tuesday to Friday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. John Magary - 2015 - 109m - No Matinees

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 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Crystal Moselle - 2015 - 89m

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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DARK MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL!!

Sep 12 to Sep 13
Saturday and Sunday

Dir. Many folks! - 2015 - varies

$50 FULL FESTIVAL PASS / $35  FOUR-MOVIE PUNCH CARD / $10 GENERAL / $8 STUDENTS & MILITARY I.D. 

Dark Matters Film Festival is the first genre-specific film festival in New Mexico, specializing entirely in horror, science-fiction, dark fantasy and black comedy. This two-day nightmare will expose audiences to dozens of shorts, features and even documentaries from around the world.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!  CHECK BACK HERE SHORTLY FOR THE LATEST OR SEE THEIR WEBSITE!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12

3PM  - THE SUBJECTS

5PM - DROP DEAD SERIOUS:  HORROR SHORTS "Courage The Cowardly Dog"

7PM - HUMAN RESOURCES

9PM - END OF DAYS, INC.

11PM - BLOODY KNUCKLES

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13

3PM - FUTURE SHOCK:  SCI-FI SHORTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

5PM - CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT a.k.a. LIMBO

7PM - DEATHGASM

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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 subtitles - ALL SEATS JUST $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

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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Last Tango In Paris

Sep 14 to Sep 18
Monday to Friday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci - 1972 - 129m - No Matinees - must be 17 years or older!

Penetrate the moody, sensual world of Last Tango in Paris, and prepare yourself for "the most controversial film of its era" (Leonard Maltin). Nominated for two Academy Awards® Director (Bernardo Bertolucci) and Actor (Marlon Brando) and exuding a sexual energy unlike any film before or after, this is the scintillating classic that shocked a nation... and "altered the face of an art form" (Pauline Kael). He (Brando) is a 45-year old American living in Paris, haunted by his wife's suicide. She (Maria Schneider, Jane Eyre) is a 20-year-old Parisian beauty engaged to a young filmmaker. Though nameless to each other, these tortured souls come together to satisfy their sexual cravings in an apartment as bare as their dark, tragic lives. Caught up in the frenzied beat of a carnal dance they cannot seem to stop, these unlikely lovers take their passion to erotic heights and depths beyond anything they could ever have imagined.

Also featuring a great soundtrack by Gato Barbieri!  

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Listen To Me, Marlon: A New Documentary on Marlon Brando!

Sep 14 to Sep 18
Monday to Friday 3:30, 8:30

Dir. Stevan Riley - 2015 - 102m

Stevan Riley’s acclaimed LISTEN TO ME MARLON is the definitive Marlon Brando documentary. On the heels of its celebrated premieres at Sundance Film Festival, New Directors, Film Forum (NY) and The Landmark (LA), LISTEN TO ME MARLON will open in theaters across the US. Described as “Revelatory” by the Los Angeles Times, “A masterpiece” by the Village Voice and “Unmissable” by GQ, LISTEN TO ME MARLON was created using Brando’s vast archive of personal audio archive, allowing him to tell the story in his own words.

Produced by John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, The Tillman Story, The Imposter) and R.J. Cutler (The War Room, The September Issue), LISTEN TO ME MARLON is a journey into the mind of one of the most captivating and influential actors of all time. For the first time, Brando’s personal audio recordings come to life, charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen. The film reveals the complexities and contradictions that were Marlon Brando, guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory and through the story of his life.

"It’s a blast to hear Marlon Brando talking about his life in "Listen to Me Marlon," which is almost entirely narrated by the actor, largely through snippets of audio recordings he made over decades." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Sure to hold surprises for even those obsessives whove absorbed every Brando performance and factoid." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Although movies about celebrities are often fatuous and superfluous, that’s anything but the case with Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"The man himself is endlessly fascinating, so it’s hard to fault a movie that ditches anything extraneous (especially talking-head testimonials) in order to let him tell his own story in his own words." -  Mike D'Angelo, A.V. Club

"It’s as if Marlon Brando knew someday someone would go through the tape archive to try to discover what made him tick." - Jordan Hoffman·New York Daily News

"Whether you’re a veteran Brando-phile or a newcomer, this film is a totally fascinating glimpse into the making (and unmaking, and remaking) of a legend." - Sara Stewart, New York Post

"Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon is the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film, and it’s no coincidence that it’s about film’s greatest and most searching actor." - David Edelstein, Vulture

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!CINE MAGNIFICO! FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 19
Saturday ONLY!

2015 - In Spanish with English subtitles

Cine Magnífico! is a New Mexico organized film festival presenting the voice and vision of Latino cinema throughout the world. The festival exhibits contemporary documentaries, short films, and feature films about Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and Latinos in the U.S. In doing so it promotes intercultural awareness and celebrates the diversity of Ibero-American cultures throughout the world. More info to come, check back here soon or visit their website.

The festival will be held at the Guild Cinema on Saturday September 12, as a collaboration of the Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque and UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute.

 

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Best of Enemies

Sep 20 to Sep 24
Sunday to Thursday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville - 2015 - 87m - No Matinees

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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Searching for Nepal: A Fundraiser

Sep 20
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Phil Deutschle & Robyn Hutman - 2014 - 90m - $10 Suggested Donation

Join UNM 4 Nepal for a showing of Searching for Nepal.  The documentary explores the emotional and cultural journey of a former Peace Corps Volunteer seeking his adopted family in Nepal following Nepal's Maoist civil war.

All proceeds will support UNM 4 Nepal's long-term mission to help rebuild schools, clinics and community centers in Nepal.  For more information about UNM 4 Nepal, see http://unm4nepal.weebly.com.

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Stray Dog: The New Doc on Ron Hall

Sep 20 to Sep 24
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Debra Granik - 2015 - 105m

From the director of WINTER'S BONE!

Ron “Stray Dog” Hall lives in Southern Missouri where he owns and operates the At Ease RV Park.  After seven years of living with four small dogs as his only companions, he is adjusting to life with his wife, Alicia, who is newly arrived from Mexico.  Anchored by his small dogs and big bikes, Stray Dog seeks to strike a balance between his commitment to his family, neighbors, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans.  As part of the legacy of fighting in the Vietnam War, he wrestles with the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness.

With Stray Dog as our guide, we experience the restlessness of ex-warriors as he tries to make peace with what he can't change and weathers the incomprehension of those who have never been to war.  Every year, Stray Dog joins thousands of bikers on a cross-country ride to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC for a series of veteran rituals.  He hurtles down America’s highways, staving off specters of post-traumatic stress and haunting memories while forging deep bonds along the way.  From the back of his bike, Alicia tries to decipher a totally unfamiliar biker culture.  Their intimacy is pushed to new limits as Alicia and Stray Dog share the pleasures and tensions of life on the road.

Back at home, Stray Dog navigates the pressures of everyday life including the economic survival of his grandchildren and the increasing poverty of his community.  The arrival of Alicia’s twin sons from Mexico throws into harsh relief the current state of opportunity that newcomers seek and that America can or cannot offer.  Stray Dog continues to tally the cost of war, bearing witness to the soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan: both the dead and the living.  The two families become more entwined and find lyrical ways of coexisting.  The questions of contemporary American life loom larger and thornier, leaving us to wonder what is next for Stray Dog and his blended, multi-ethnic family.

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Call Me Lucky

Sep 25 to Sep 28
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8pm

Dir. Bobcat Goldthwait - 2015 - 105m

Bobcat Goldthwait’s award-winning documentary Call Me Lucky has had the film festival circuit buzzing with audiences and critics up on their feet in applause for the film and the unlikely comedy hero at its centre, Barry Crimmins.

Call Me Lucky is the inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures: Barry Crimmins. The beer-swilling, politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena.

Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, Call Me Lucky bravely tells Crimmins’ incredible story of transformation from a rage-fueled funnyman into an acclaimed proponent of justice who personified the healing power of comedy.

Interviews in the documentary include Barry Crimmins, Marc Maron, David Cross, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Tom Kenny, Kevin Meaney, Lenny Clarke, Steven Wright, Billy Bragg, and Cindy Sheehan. Also featured are family members of Barry Crimmins, including Barry’s mother Margaret Hooe and sister Mary Johanna Smith.

Call Me Lucky has won several awards already and received wide critical acclaim.

"Angry, quixotic, tragic, heroic - Crimmins' life is stunning. Catch this portrait and you can definitely call yourself lucky." - Katharine Pushkar, New York Daily News

"… its toughness does not at all diminish its worth. It remains an essential viewing experience." - Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie

Sep 25 to Sep 26
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Takahiko Kyogoku - 2015 - 99m + 5m bonus - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS PRESENTATION - ALL SEATS $15

Idols at school! The high school drama with 9 girls is finally coming to the big screen!  Special  giveaways too!  More info to follow, check back here soon!  Meanwhile visit the movie's homepage!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT LOBO ANIME AND COMICS STARTING FRIDAY AUGUST 14!

Although μ’s, the defending champions of the school idol tournament, plans to dissolve their group after the graduation of their senior members, they receive news that leads them to holding a concert event! The 9 girls continue to learn and grow in this new and unfamiliar world. What is the last thing that these girls can do as school idols?

With the clock ticking, what kind of meaning will the μ’s members find in performing the most exciting live performance?

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The Look of Silence

Sep 25 to Sep 28
Friday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer - 2015 - 103m - No matinees

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer follows 'The Act of Killing' with another powerful, hauntingly beautiful documentary about Indonesia's brutal past

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered – and the identity of the men who murdered him.

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

"'The Look of Silence' is Oppenheimer's staggering follow-up. It was made roughly in tandem with 'The Act of Killing' (and sourced from the same research) and is the film for those who feel the director didn't go far enough. A superior work of confrontational boldness, it might be the movie Oppenheimer wanted to make in the first place." - Joshua Rothkkopf, TIME OUT LONDON

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The Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015 - FANTASTIC JOURNEYS: LIVE ACTION SHORTS!

Sep 26 to Sep 27
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

2015 - 62m - Only $5

The kids in this collection of award-winning films aren’t afraid to strike out on their own, in journeys small and grand. These girls and boys find their own ways through woods and run-down cities, bustling markets and the canals of Venice. Take a walk with them and feel a spark of inspiration as you see the world anew.  For ages 7 + .  

Sounds of Nature  (Simon Weber, Switzerland, 7:45 min) Nonverbal.

A boy who likes to play video games discovers that the forest can be just as thrilling. Winner of the CFFS Prize for Most Popular Short Film of the Festival.

Balloons  (Sitora Takanaev, USA, 5:02 min) In English.

A girl is feeling sad when she finds a new way to bring happiness to herself and others: balloons!  View a trailer.

The Dive (Delphine Le Courtois, France, 9:51 min)  Mostly nonverbal, some French with English subtitles.  View a trailer.

A boy stands on a high dive, about to step into the unknown. Is he ready to fly?

The Girl and the Gondola (Abbe Robinson, Italy/UK, 11:42 min) In Italian with English subtitles.

Ten-year-old Carla dreams of following in her father’s footsteps, but 900 years of Venetian tradition is standing her way. Winner of the CFFS Seattle Children's Hospital Jury Prize for Best Live Action Film.

100 Miles (Tamas Tatai, UK, 7:15 min) Nonverbal.

A boy who likes model trains goes on a trip to bring a special gift to his favorite person, someone who loves trains as much as he does.  View a trailer at https://vimeo.com/89022066

Sprout (Ga-eun Yoon, South Korea, 20 min) In Korean with English subtitles.

A family is preparing for their grandfather’s ancestral offering but they’ve forgotten sprouts. Young Bory goes out to buy some. This is her first time alone in the city. Winner of the BAMmie Prize for Live Action Short (BAMkids Film Festival 2015).  View a trailer.

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Breathe

Sep 29 to Oct 3
Tuesday to Saturday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Melanie Laurent - 2014 - 91m - France - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

A nuanced story of the depths and escalating passions in female friendships, Breathe is Melanie Laurent’s (Inglorious Basterds, Beginnings) assured adaptation of the sensational French young-adult novel of the same name. Charlie is seventeen and bored – her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay too much attention to her. School, where she has been friends with the same crew for years, holds no surprises. Enter Sarah, the hip, new transfer student who brings with her an air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection: Sarah is the jolt of life Charlie so desperately seeks, and Charlie is a stable, virginal influence on wild-child Sarah. Through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways, their relationship deepens to unspoken intimacy. But with intimacy comes jealousy and unrealistic expectations, and the teens soon find themselves on a trajectory toward an inevitable and extraordinary collapse, one so jarring neither could have seen it coming.

"OUTSTANDING... phenomenal performances." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Mélanie Laurent is best known as an actress, but Breathe, her assured, potent second feature as a director, gives us good reason to pay attention to what she's doing behind the camera." – Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice

 "An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances." – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Breathe offers ample evidence of the growing confidence and skill of  Mélanie Laurent as a director. Her second feature is an assured, carefully calibrated adaptation of the bestselling novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme." – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

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The Second Mother

Sep 29 to Oct 3
Tuesday to Saturday 3:30, 6:00

Dir. Anna Muylaert - 2015 - 114m

An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

"What makes The Second Mother particularly compelling is that the Muylaert doesn't particularly judge or take sides with her characters, even as she criticizes the social construct within which she places them." - Kim Voynar, Movie City News

"A fierce class conscious comedy symbolically celebrating a bold rebel youth rejecting the reactionary traditions thwarting generations preceding them. And perhaps a new day for Brazil and a long oppressed and recently reinvigorated Latin America as well." - Prairie Miller, Critical Women

"[The film] dissects with both chilling precision and humor such matters as class differences, real mothers vs. caretakers and whether privilege and one's own station are things that can be questioned or changed." - Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"This is the sort of savvy, socially conscious crowdpleaser that occupies a rare middle ground between genteel and intellectual world cinema." - Geoff Berkshire, Variety

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Dawn of the Dead - the 1978 Original!

Oct 2 to Oct 3
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. George Romero - 1978 - 127m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! ALL SEATS $8

IN CONJUNCTION WITH ZOMBIE KRAWL!  

In 1968, director George A. Romero brought us "Night of the Living Dead." It became the definitive horror film of its time. Eleven years later, he would unleash the most shocking motion picture experience for all times. As modern society is consumed by zombie carnage, four desperate survivors barricade themselves inside a shopping mall to battle the flesh-eating hordes of the undead. This is the ferocious horror classic, featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, that remains one of the most important – and most controversial – horror films in history. When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth: The original "Dawn of the Dead" is back!

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My Man Godfrey

Oct 3 to Oct 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Gregory La Cava - 1936 - 96m - ALL SEATS JUST $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-SPONSORED EVENT!

A 100% CRITICS RATING ON ROTTEN TOMATOES!

A landmark screwball comedy from Hollywood's golden age, My Man Godfrey follows the madcap antics of a ditzy debutante (Carole Lombard) who stumbles upon a "forgotten man" (William Powell) at the city dump. Determined to help Godfrey out, she offers him work in her household and he soon becomes the perfect butler for her eccentric family. As the family's antics grow increasingly more absurd, it is only a matter of time before Godfrey's secret past is revealed. Featuring brilliant comedic performances by Carole Lombard and William Powell along with Mischa Auer and Alice Brady, this timeless comedy classic was the first film ever to receive Academy Award nominations in all four acting categories.

"My Man Godfrey emerges with that evasive quality that is not skillful playing, writing or direction, but something that mysteriously adds itself to these things, and makes a tip-top picture." - TIME Magazine

"[A] screwball masterpiece." - Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, Village Voice

"God, but this film is beautiful." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during the Depression." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

" William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy." - Variety

"The film has lost some of its allure over the years, but it's still streets and streets ahead of the addled whimsy favoured by latter-day Hollywood." - Time Out

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The Winding Stream - The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music

Oct 4 to Oct 8
Sunday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Beth Harrington - 2015 - 90m

There is a stream that courses through American roots music. Its source is in the Appalachian foothills in a place called Maces Springs, Virginia. It was there that A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and his sister-in-law Maybelle began their careers as three of the earliest stars of country music. From their earliest days as Victor recording artists to their international success via the phenomenon of Border Radio, the Original Carter Family made their mark on the history of American recorded music.

"Quite simply, the greatest documentary about musicians I have ever seen. Informed historically and sociologically, it is also the ultimate hootenanny." - Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews

"Wonderful …" - Jeff Baker, Oregonian

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The 13th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Oct 9 to Oct 18
Friday to the following Sunday

2015 - A Closet Cinema Production! CASH OR CHECK ONLY! NO CREDIT CARDS!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT SELF SERVE TOYS!

TICKET ADMISSION - $10 General Admission / $8 SWGLFF members / $35 four movie punch card / $65 eight movie punch card / $100 full movie festival pass for all screenings.  For more info click here

The only event of its kind in New Mexico! Since its founding in 2003 and celebrating its 13th solid year, SWGLFF has presented more than 400 films and has grown to be one of the state's largest festivals, highlighting a rich diversity of gay, lesbian and transgender culture.

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

CHECK BACK HERE SOON FOR MORE DETAILS OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE!

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200 Motels - Frank Zappa's cult classic in the spirit of the NATIONAL LAMPOON documentary!

Oct 19 to Oct 21
Monday to Wednesday 5:30, 9:45

Dir. Frank Zappa - 1971 - 98m

Outrageous, psychedelic precursor to modern rock videos -- legendary avant rock musician Frank Zappa's hilarious response to the burning question of what to do with road-wrecked musicians. Should they rip off the motel's towels and ashtrays or merely quit the group? Dare they rebel against the tyranny of the merciless Zappa?  Surreal to say the very least!  

The Mothers of Invention make up the cast, notably Jimmy Carl Black, who repeatedly remarks how he just wants to quit the band and go play real music, have a beer, and get laid. The character of Jeff, played by Martin Lickert, was written for bassist Jeff Simmons, who actually did quit the band just prior to shooting. Other cast members include real-life groupies appearing in some bizarre nudity sequences, along with the Who's drummer Keith Moon as the Hot Nun who overdoses on drugs. Ringo Starr appears as Larry the Dwarf and lends some humorous narration. Performances include the songs "Lonesome Cowboy Burt," "Magic Fingers," and "Strictly Genteel."

"The film is a marvelous whirl of color and visual effects, with some fine animation and Zappa's delicious wit present throughout the entire production." - TV Guide's Movie Guide

"It assaults the mind with everything on hand." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The incidents are often outrageously irreverent. The comedy is fast and furious, both sophisticated and sophomoric." - Variety

"Zappa's most ambitious compositions (performed by the London Philharmonic) share screen time with nostalgic freak humor." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the NATIONAL LAMPOON!!

Oct 19 to Oct 21
Monday to Wednesday 3:30, 7:45

Dir. Douglas Tirola - 2015 - 95m

ALSO PLAYING FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 25!

Amid the seismic cultural shift of the 1970s, American comedy got a sharper edge when a newly minted magazine named National Lampoon stuck its middle finger up at the establishment. Spawned at an Ivy League school by the wonderfully warped minds of Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, National Lampoon rose from a counterculture rag to a revered comic institution. Bound by a passion for the absurd and a mistrust of authority, Lampoon's irreverence spanked nearly every available social taboo from weak-kneed politics to heated racial tensions. This unique cocktail of high satire and gallows humor exploded onto America's cultural consciousness attracting visionary talents such as Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase, whose comedic force helped expand the magazine's spirit to stage and film. Director Douglas Tirola unearths never-before-seen archival footage and brilliantly weaves it together with the magazine's beautiful and often shocking art, reliving National Lampoon's meteoric rise from go-to magazine of the counterculture to a brand synonymous with Hollywood's biggest comedies. Energetic, revolutionary, gently perverted, and often hilarious, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD elevates nostalgia to a roof-raising experience.

"Punch-drunk and very much alive…a real crowdpleaser.” - Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

“A hell of a ride.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“You're about to meet the unsung heroes of American funny business.” - Rolling Stone

“An endless parade of some of the funniest writing and creativity you’ll likely ever be exposed to, and if you don’t spend most of the time watching it laughing your backside off, you’re probably allergic to smiling.” - Capone, Ain’t it Cool News 

“ A must-watch for anyone interested in the history of pop culture.” - Germain Lusser, Slash Film

“ A glorious celebration of the lunatic fringe.” - Simon Foster, Screen Space 

“ Thoroughly enlightening.” - Eric D. Snider, Geek Nation

“ A fitting ode to one of comedy’s vital institutions.” - Zachary Shevich, Way Too Indie

“A rib-tickling ride of a story that demands your laughter, your curiosity, and your tears.” - Michael Roffman, Consequence of Sound

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Animal House - in celebration of the NATIONAL LAMPOON documentary!

Oct 23 to Oct 25
Friday to Sunday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Landis - 1978 - 109m - No Matinees

One of the most popular movie comedies of all time is also the film that made John Belushi a star. This raunchy, screwball comedy directed with madcap zest by John Landis offers a relentless spoof of 1960s college life by following the hilarious adventures of the Delta fraternity. In addition to Belushi as Bluto Blutarsky, the outstanding cast includes Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Stephen "Flounder" Furst, Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, Peter Riegert, and Kevin Bacon, along with Otis Day and the Knights with their show-stopping performance of "Shout."

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Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the NATIONAL LAMPOON!!

Oct 23 to Oct 25
Friday to Sunday 3:30, 7:45

Dir. Douglas Tirola - 2015 - 95m

Amid the seismic cultural shift of the 1970s, American comedy got a sharper edge when a newly minted magazine named National Lampoon stuck its middle finger up at the establishment. Spawned at an Ivy League school by the wonderfully warped minds of Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, National Lampoon rose from a counterculture rag to a revered comic institution. Bound by a passion for the absurd and a mistrust of authority, Lampoon's irreverence spanked nearly every available social taboo from weak-kneed politics to heated racial tensions. This unique cocktail of high satire and gallows humor exploded onto America's cultural consciousness attracting visionary talents such as Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase, whose comedic force helped expand the magazine's spirit to stage and film. Director Douglas Tirola unearths never-before-seen archival footage and brilliantly weaves it together with the magazine's beautiful and often shocking art, reliving National Lampoon's meteoric rise from go-to magazine of the counterculture to a brand synonymous with Hollywood's biggest comedies. Energetic, revolutionary, gently perverted, and often hilarious, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD elevates nostalgia to a roof-raising experience.

"Punch-drunk and very much alive…a real crowdpleaser.” - Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

“A hell of a ride.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“You're about to meet the unsung heroes of American funny business.” - Rolling Stone

“An endless parade of some of the funniest writing and creativity you’ll likely ever be exposed to, and if you don’t spend most of the time watching it laughing your backside off, you’re probably allergic to smiling.” - Capone, Ain’t it Cool News 

“ A must-watch for anyone interested in the history of pop culture.” - Germain Lusser, Slash Film

“ A glorious celebration of the lunatic fringe.” - Simon Foster, Screen Space 

“ Thoroughly enlightening.” - Eric D. Snider, Geek Nation

“ A fitting ode to one of comedy’s vital institutions.” - Zachary Shevich, Way Too Indie

“A rib-tickling ride of a story that demands your laughter, your curiosity, and your tears.” - Michael Roffman, Consequence of Sound

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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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Beetlejuice

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Tim Burton - 1988 - 92m - MOM'S MATINEE FOR THE HALLOWEEN SEASON! ALL SEATS JUST $5

What's a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife's freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family – and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for! Tim Burton guides this PG-rated comedy monsterpiece whose stars include Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. And Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice, the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone. Ghoul love it!

"Some of the most surprisingly enjoyable viewing in years." - Time Out

"One of [Burton's] flat-out funniest films, with Michael Keaton giving a performance for the ages." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Crumbs

Oct 26 to Oct 29
Monday to Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Miguel Llanso - 2015 - 68m - Ethiopia - In Amharic and Afrikaanswith English subtitles - No Matinees

Ethiopian first post-apocalyptic surreal sci-fi feature length film!

Tired of picking up the crumbs of gone-by civilizations, Candy dreams his life away when not living in a state of perpetual fear.  When the spaceship in the sky begins to turn on after a series of freak incidents, our figurine sized supermen hero embarks on an epic surreal journey that will take him across the Ethiopian post apocalyptic landscape in search of a way to get on the hovering spacecraft that for years has become a landmark in the skies.

"An odd Afrofuturist odyssey that rebuilds the family of tomorrow from the discarded crumbs of today." - Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

"Short proves sweet in Spanish writer-director Miguel Llanso's bizarro mid-lengther Crumbs, an outlandish and imaginative sci-fi miniature-employing film from Ethiopia whose $225,000 budget probably matches Jupiter Ascending's prosthetic-ear bill. Making potent use of spectacularly extraterrestrial locations in the country's sunbaked far north around the ghost town of Dallol, the film takes an exotic and sometimes surreal approach to what's essentially a simple, touching love story." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

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Extraordinary Tales

Oct 26 to Oct 29
Monday to Thursday 5:15, 8:45

Dir. Raul Garcia - 2015 - 70m

An animated film anthology of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories with introductions by Roger Corman and Guillermo Del Toro.  Also, featuring the voices of Sir Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and Guillermo Del Toro!

"Award-winning Spanish animator Raul Garcia (The Missing Lynx, The Lady and the Reaper) revisits five of Poe’s most famous stories in different styles and moods, effectively capturing the uber-horror for newbies, particularly the young adult audiences the film is aimed at. The Luxembourg-Belgium-Spain-US coproduction is a lovingly crafted class act and a fine intro for the graphic novel crowd. The film won the Youth Jury Prize on its bow at the Luxembourg City Film Festival in early March.

Completed between 2004 and 2014 as animated shorts (of which The Tell-Tale Heart was short-listed for the Oscars in 2005 and The Fall of the House of Usher in 2013), the creepy quintet make a diversified but satisfying 73-minute feature.  They are framed by a conversation held in a graveyard between Lady Death (elegantly voiced by German children’s author Cornelia Funke) and Poe (Stephen Hughes) who appears in the form of a fiery-eyed raven raging against the dying of the light. The two swap macabre stories while she coaxes him to let go of life, and forces him to face his obsession with death and his fear of dying alone and forgotten. It’s a nice way to bring in a bit of biography and psychoanalysis of the writer who inspired so much of contemporary horror lit." - The Hollywood Reporter

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F.W. Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu - featuring a live INVINCIBLE CZARS score!

Oct 30
Friday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. F.W. Murnau - 1922 - 85m approx. - Silent with English inter titles - ALL SEATS $8

The infamous 1922 ultra spook blood sucking classic gets a royal soundtrackin' treatment courtesy of THE INVINCIBLE CZARS!  

ABOUT NOSFERATU (1922) - "To watch F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922) is to seethe vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires.

Max Schreck, who plays the vampire, avoids most of the theatrical touches that would distract from all the later performances, from Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee to Frank Langella to Gary Oldman. The vampire should come across not like a flamboyant actor but like a man suffering from a dread curse. Schreck plays the count more like an animal than a human being; the art direction by Murnau's collaborator, Albin Grau, gives him bat ears, clawlike nails and fangs that are in the middle of his mouth like a rodent’s, instead of on the sides like on a Halloween mask.

Murnau's silent film was based on the Bram Stoker novel, but the title and character names were changed because Stoker's widow charged, not unreasonably, that her husband's estate was being ripped off. Ironically, in the long run Murnau was the making of Stoker, because “Nosferatu” inspired dozens of other Dracula films, none of them as artistic or unforgettable." - Roger Ebert, 1997

ABOUT THOSE INVINCIBLE CZARS - they've become known and lauded for their sprawling catalog of original material and for arrangements of classical works such as Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and 1812 Overture. They are currently documenting their silent film works in a new CD-R series, rehearsing a re-working of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to be performed as a double-band with Austin avant jazz-rockers Bee vs. Moth and developing more original material.

The group's original songs and instrumental pieces are highly composed "mini-symphonies" chock full of memorable melodies, meticulous arrangements, dynamics, and humor. They fuse riff rock, classical music, loungey grooves, spacey klezmer, country shuffles, and circusy polka. They draw from a myriad of disparate influences from Prokofiev to Primus, Louis Armstrong to Van Halen, and Bach to Zappa. The band applies the DIY attitude of post-punk groups like NoMeansNo and Fugazi to their musical explorations, resulting in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The group's annual dance-it-yourself Nutcracker Kids' Show has become an annual tradition and other seasonal events like the Olde Fashioned Independence Day Indoor Picnic set them apart from their peers. They even co-present an unofficial showcase during South by Southwest each year called the Bizarrebecue, presenting the best of international art rock in Austin during SxSW.  

The Invincible Czars are known by many for their original new scores for silent movies which they perform live at indoor and outdoor theaters.  In their eleven years of existence, the band has performed at private events, nightclubs, parks, theaters, museums, radio stations, community centers, museums, grocery stores, restaurants, television stations, sky scraper plazas, bedrooms and radio studios from San Francisco to New Orleans.

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Tales of Halloween

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Neil Marshall, Darren Bousman, Joe Begos, Axelle C - 2015 - 92m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

Tales of Halloween brings you Halloween night like you've never seen it before. Ghouls, imps, aliens, axe murderers and more appear in one neighborhood on Halloween to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

Eleven directors, renowned for their contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. Ten short films have been woven together by a shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

"A cinematic trick-or-treat bag full of goodies, an anthology feature showcasing a group of independent horror directors in fine form and, in a couple of cases, doing some of their best-ever work." -  Michael Gingold, Fangoria 

"Fans of Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow will find more than enough to enjoy here." - Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein - the kick off for our Halloween Homage to Actor & Icon Bela Lugosi

Oct 31 to Nov 1
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Charles Barton - 1948 - 83m - ALL SEATS JUST $5 - A great start for the kids Halloween fun!

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-SPONSORED EVENT!  

"Comedy meets horror when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter Universal’s classic monsters in the frightfully funny Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and Frankenstein escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur get mixed up in an evil plot to switch Wilbur’s brain with Frankenstein’s and are aided by Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who turns into The Wolf Man when the moon is full! Featuring a perfect blend of laughs and thrills, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is one the “all-time great horror comedies.” - Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide

"The best of Abbott and Costello's zany films, this time with Lugosi and Chaney playing their monsters seriously, which makes A&C's reactions hilarious." - Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan

"This is the best of the boys' efforts, allowing them to go for the nyuks yet never diminishing the standing of the classic Universal Studios monsters that figure in its plot." - Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing

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Three "Lost" Films of Bela Lugosi: A Halloween Homage to Actor & Icon Bela Lugosi

Oct 31 to Nov 1
Saturday and Sunday

$7 FOR ONE OR $7 FOR ALL SO DO THE TRIPLE FEATURE!!

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-SPONSORED EVENT!  AN AUNTIE JO' SPROCKETLADY SPECIAL PRODUCTION!

What more appropriate way to celebrate Halloween than a Bela Lugosi festival of his films?!!  AND ON ACTUAL 16mm & 35mm CELLULOID FILM TOO!  

To many film fans, Bela Lugosi is remembered either for his star-making Universal horror movies of the 1930's ("Dracula", "The Black Cat", "The Raven", etc.), or the pathetic Ed Wood fiascos of his final, drug-ravaged decline.  But there is much more to his legacy, and the range of his acting talent, as can be seen in these rarely screened examples!

ALSO, HEY, CHECK OUT ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEETS FRANKENSTEIN AT 1PM ON OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 1 FOR ONLY A $5 SEPARATE ADMISSION!!

5:45pm  Phantom Ship: aka The Mystery of The Marie Celeste (Dir. Denison Clift, 62 minutes, 1936)  The fourth in an eventual series of 250 films made by the legendary Hammer Film Studio. Bela shows his great acting chops in his most sympathetic role as a one-armed member of a ship's crew that mysteriously disappeared from the vessel in mid-voyage.  Based on a true story!

7:15pm  White Zombie (Dir. Victor Halperin, 69 minutes, 1932) Starring Bela Lugosi in the first zombie film, long thought to have been a lost pre-code classic, until it was unearthed and restored in the 1960's. Look for some terrifically atmospheric photography, and reused sets from some of Universal's great silent pictures! Zombies, Voodoo, and Bela too, as the totally evil slave master of a Haitian sugar plantation. Can you hear the drums? Dare to watch a trailer!!

8:45pm  The Ape Man (Dir. William Beaudine, 64 minutes, 1943) Bela Lugosi gives his all as the mad scientist-turned-into-Ape in this Poverty Row Saturday Matinee programmer. Only Lugosi could pull off this characterization!  Observe a trailer!! LIKELY ONE OF THE ONLY SURVIVING 35mm PRINTS ON SAFETY STOCK ON THIS ENTIRE PLANET!  THANK YOU AUNTIE JO'!!

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Far Too Far

Nov 2 to Nov 5
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY

Dir. Justin Hunt - 2015 - 106m

Linda is an attractive, intelligent single mother of a nine year old daughter, whom she affectionately calls 'Bug'. After being convinced by a friend to join her for a house party, Linda makes one bad decision that sends her life down the deep, dark downward spiral of Meth abuse. 

As her usage continues, more and more unsavory characters enter her life, including Luci, a tall, dark handsome stranger who encourages her continued use. The more she uses, the less she has time for Bug. That is, until she's forced into a nauseating situation by Luci where she has to choose: the drug or her daughter. 

On the outskirts of the story is Jim Burgess, a social worker for Child Protective Services who is tormented by bad dreams, yet provides the hope of a better future for victims of such ugly acts of humanity. All the while he continues to mentor his young co-worker, Samantha, who seems set on playing judge and jury to anyone who harms a child. 

When the stories of these five characters collide, the outcome has a shocking twist, the collateral damage is devastating and we learn that the only thing stronger than love...is desperation

"This is the best movie, bar none, I've ever seen with such a small budget..." - K.J. Doughton, Film Threat Magazine

"(Hunt's) new film is a reminder that there still are some good, cautionary screen tales of the drawbacks and consequences of hard drugs." - Megan Bianco, Durango Herald

"This is one of those movies you never forget watching, one of those movies you tell everyone they need to watch.  This is a movie that will forever change something inside of you." - IMDb Review

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Boruto: Naruto The Movie

Nov 6 to Nov 7
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Hiroyuki Yamashita - 2015 - 100m - Japan - In Japanese with English Subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS PRESENTATION - ALL SEATS $15

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT LOBO ANIME AND COMICS STARTING FRIDAY AUGUST 14!  GET READY FOR SOME SPECIAL SURPRISE GIVEAWAYS TOO AT THE SCREENINGS!

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke's daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto's son who shows great potential, but despises his father.

Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed.  Shrouded with an evil aura,  Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to assassinate Naruto with the Rinnegan.  Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto. 

An inconceivable foe lies in wait as Sasuke, the Five Kage and Boruto with a determination of steel, charge into another dimension!

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No Impact Man

Nov 7 to Nov 8
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein - 2009 - 93m - AS PART OF 516 ARTS' CITY-WIDE "HABITAT" PROGRAM - All Seats $7

What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile–and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.

"This poignant, provocative documentary reduces the green movement to human scale -- and magnifies the size of mountain it's trying to climb." - Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A strange yet riveting portrait of a marriage enduring a year spent making as little environmental impact as possible." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

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Decline of Western Civilization

Nov 20 to Nov 21
Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Penelope Spheeris - 1981 - 100m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!

HEADS UP!  PART 2 WILL PLAY NOVEMBER 27 & 28 AND PART 3 WILL PLAY DECEMBER 4 & 5!

Their message is brutally clear: Destroy the old and make way for the new. This is the punk's violent revolution; Their lawless world. This is THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A Riveting, unflinching account of the punk rock phenomenon and its alienated, reactionary subculture. This fierce, bleak portrait documents L.A.'s infamous punk bands as they perform on stage and discuss their lives, music and philosophy off stage. Through interviews with punk fans, music critics and club owners, it is a crucial, compelling statement of the most significant and influential youth movementand musical transformation of the past 3 decades.

Penelope Spheeris' THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION was perceived as shocking and outrageous at the time of its original release in 1981 and its two follow-up films were no less extraordinary and revealing. Today, museums and educational institutions around the world present them as a historically significant works of art. Featuring some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time – Germs, Black Flag, X, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne, these riveting, unflinching and hard-core films adeptly captured the spirit of a major cultural phenomenon.

"A bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the L.A. punk scene." – Variety

"CINEMATIC ADRENALINE." – Village Voice

"FOUR STARS POWERFUL, AWESOME, FRIGHTENING." – San Francisco Examiner

"A MUST SEE." – New York Post

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The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard - A New Documentary

Nov 20 to Nov 22
Friday to Sunday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Neil Norman - 2015 - 110m - All Seats $8 - Director in person at some of the screenings - more info t.b.a.

See punk rock pioneers The Seeds’ odyssey from rags to riches to rags again and their discovery by new generations of garage rock fans, in vintage TV and concert performances, rare photos and recent interviews with the group’s members, fans and fellow artists.

Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and fresh interviews with band members and associates as well as notable fans and observers, Pushin’ Too Hard relates the bizarre rage-to-riches-to-rags tale of the rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-60s.

The Seeds – keyboard player Daryl Hooper, guitarist Jan Savage, drummer Rick Andridge and charismatic singer Sky Saxon – were all emigres to early 1960s Hollywood. After building a crack reputation in underground clubs such as Bido Litos, the group bust out in late 1966 with the classic anthem “Pushin’ Too Hard,” which went Top 40 nationally in early 1967.

"A must see film, a quintessential rock tale." - New Times

"This may have been the best live act of the entire garage-punk era.  Now you can hear why." - Shindig

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Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid - for Billy's 156th Birthday!

Nov 23 to Nov 24
Monday and Tuesday 5pm, 7:45

Dir. Sam Peckinpah - 1973 - 115m

A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION BY NEW MEXICO FILM JOURNALIST & HISTORIAN JEFF BERG!  PLUS A SURPRISE VISIT BY ... YOU'LL HAVE TO SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Perhaps most beautiful and ambitious film that Sam Peckinpah ever made!  The time is 1881. Powerful interests want New Mexico tamed for their brand of progress, and Sheriff Pat Garrett (James Coburn) is commissioned to rid the territory of his old gunfighting comrades. He serves fair notice to William Bonney--Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson)--and his Fort Sumter cronies, but it's not in their nature, or his, to go quietly. Peckinpah's theme, more than ever, is the closing of the frontier and the nature of the loss that that entails. But this time his vision takes him beyond genre convention, beyond history and legend, to the bleeding heart of myth--and just maybe of himself.

"A richer, more rewarding experience." - Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter

"One of the best westerns of the 70s, if not all time." - Clint Morris, Moviehole

"It's one of the great tragic true stories of the old wild West, the story of two outlaw friends ending up enemies as one turns over and becomes a lawman - expressly for the purpose of hunting down his friend." - Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

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Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years

Nov 27 to Nov 28
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Penelope Spheeris - 1988 - 93m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!

HEADS UP!  PART 3 WILL PLAY DECEMBER 4 & 5 AT 10:30PM!

From the Director of DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION and SUBURBIA comes the ultimate film about the world of heavy metal, THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART Il: THE METAL YEARS. Interviews with some of the music industry's hardest rockers, like Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Performances by Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, Odin and Megadeth.

In the mid 80's a new scene took over the Los Angeles nightlife--Heavy Metal. Loud, rude, sexy, sexist and anti-authoritarian. Penelope Spheeris' THE METAL YEARS  takes an in-depth look at rabid fans, desperate groupies, wanna-be rock stars that go so far as to threaten suicide if they don't "make it." The film also portrays the harsh reality of the music business, where everyone's dream to become a star can't possibly come true.  It's a real life "Spinal Tap" that makes us look back and ask, "What the hell were we doing?"

"Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway." - Time Out

"Fascinating." - Film4

"This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects." - TV Guide's Movie Guide

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Decline of Western Civilization III

Dec 4 to Dec 5
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Penelope Spheeris - 1998 - 86m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!

An unflinching look into the lives of the hardcore fans of punk rock in Los Angeles, 20 years later. Filmed over the course of 13 months , this 90 minute piece stands as the director's strongest work to date.

Whereas the first installment of the trilogy concerned itself with the birth of a new music genre, PART III focuses on the lifestyles and backgrounds of the fans. Many of them are homeless or occupy squats (abandoned buildings) as their living quarters. They simultaneously evoke emotions of deep empathy and severe distain, as they present a subculture that is impossible to ignore. DECLINE III delves into the underside of this subculture to indicate that Johnny Rotten’s “No Future” reference has taken on a new meaning.

The film is a strange coupling of comedy and tragedy, combining interviews with faithful fans, thought provoking  accounts from those who have an intimate knowledge of the scene and live performances by underground bands: Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression, and The Resistance. Keith Morris (Circle Jerks), Rick Wilder (Mau Maus), and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) compare the original late Seventies movement to present day punk rock. Unforgettable characters such as Why-Me?, Hamburger, Troll, Eyeball and Squid paint a seldom seen picture of life and death on the back streets of Hollywood.

"Undoubtedly Spheeris' most penetrating film to date." - Emily Bobrow, Film Journal International

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Life In G-Chord: The Hisao Shinagawa Documentary - A SCREENING & PERFORMANCE!

Dec 12
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Peter I. Chang - 2008 - 66m - All Seats $8 - HISAO SHINAGAWA IN PERSON!!

INCLUDES A POST-SCREENING LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE MAN HIMSELF - HISAO SHINAGAWA!!

THIS SPECIAL EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE MIGHTY ROLLER SKATIN' HARMONY CLASH!

A documentary about the street musician Hisao Shinagawa a Japanese singer/songwriter who has refused to give up on his elusive dream of success and stardom regardless of personal cost and the solitary reality of his life. For 42 years he has cast himself as the Japanese Bob Dylan. Moving from Tokyo to America in 1974 following in the footsteps of his hero Woody Guthrie he befriended Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt after hitchhiking to Nashville. Now at 60 he plays his music on the streets of Los Angeles while living in near poverty still hoping to find an audience in a manner that is admirable bittersweet and ultimately heartbreaking. The Atomic Music of Shinagawa!

"The story of this self-proclaimed 'Japanese Bob Dylan' is an engaging exploration of one man's desire to make peace with his past while struggling to cope with his uncertain future." - The New Mexican

"An interesting portrait of an outsider artist who has lead an amazing life. Hisao Shinagawa is strange, passionate, and one of those people who lives life on his own offbeat terms." — John Wallis, DVD Talk

"With the skillful use of archival footage, collage, and Hisao's own music to address concerns of mortality, memory, and loss, this touching examination of an aging man taking stock of his past is handled deftly as Hisao's life moves from the atomic cityscape of post-World War II Hiroshima to the modern streets of Los Angeles." — Barnes & Noble, Editorial Staff Review

"One of the most intimate and interesting documentaries I have seen in a long time." — Robert L. Hughes, Well-Executed Buffet

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The Red Shoes

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

Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger - 1948 - 133m - ALL SEATS $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-SPONSORED EVENT!

The singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.

"The greatest film about ballet ever made." - Melissa Anderson, L.A. Weekly

"No wonder Britain, still rationed in color, food, and feeling in the wake of an exhausting war, could not cope with what the movie proposed. Catch it here now, and you will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored." - Anthony Lane, New Yorker

"It's marvelously acted, superbly written, and features outstanding choreography , unforgettable characters and hauntingly beautiful cinematography. It's a cinematic treat for movie lovers! Bon appetite!" - Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central

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