Coming Soon

Video Games

Jul 26 to Jul 27
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

Dir. Jeremy Snead - 2014 - 100m - All Seats $7

From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.

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Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Jul 28 to Jul 31
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Brian Knappenberger - 2014 - 105m

This new documentary follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

"A spellbinding portrait of the Internet whiz kid's life and political convictions, which were cut short by his suicide in early 2013." - Geoff Berkshire, Variety

"[Knappenberger] present [the factual complexities of Swartz's case] in sterling clarity, and without condescending to a less informed audience." -  Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine

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Life Itself - A Documentary on Roger Ebert

Jul 28 to Jul 31
Monday to Thursday 3:30, 6:00

Dir. Steve James - 2014 - 116m

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

“A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated, Falstaffian figure. A big-hearted, absorbing documentary. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A GREAT DOCUMENTARY. It's the achievement of Steve James' wonderful, heartbreaking film to give us the whole man in all his personas, some graceful, some not-so-nice.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“DEEPLY ENTRALLING. Documentary master Steve James has put the pieces of Ebert’s life together with extraordinary fascination and vision.” – Owen Gleiberman, EW

“4 STARS. Unusually moving. It gains its universal impact in smaller, earthier revelations.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

“It isn’t surprising how enjoyable Life Itself is – but it’s also sharp and smart and honest.” – James Rocchi, Film.com

“Richly satisfying. Engrossing, unflinching, moving and comprehensive. An astute and sensitive account of a fully realized man and a life overflowing with abundance and achievement. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other” – Scott Foundas, Variety

“Profoundly moving. James tells this unapologetic story with little sympathy, as per Ebert’s wishes, and a lot of passion—he wants the audience to really know who Roger Ebert was, and understand the importance of his work. Roger Ebert was a movie lover, and this is the kind of movie he would have loved.” – Chase Whale, Playlist

“A moving film that is poetic, funny, and vivid – a film Ebert would have adored.” – Neha Aziz, Austin Chronicle

“A whole portrait, the good and the bad, of a man who loved movies and life in equal measure. Roger would have loved this movie.” – Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune

“A moving tribute, a celebration of celebrating movies and, at its heart, a salute to any life lived fully. It's never depressing for a second.” – Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Aug 1 to Aug 7
Friday to Thursday 6:00 Only

Dir. Nicholas Wrathall - 2014 - 89m

No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.

Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens—blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time.

Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century. Featuring candid vérité footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between. His overview of the current state of the Republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive.

This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.

"Highly entertaining…a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers." - Variety

"Gore was ‘an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur….the film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, should enjoy healthy specialized theatrical bookings before a long life in ancillary." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A terrific documentary…writer/director Nicholas Wrathall does a heroic job of packing Vidal’s eventful life into the film’s 89 minutes." - Bloomberg News

"For sheer entertainment value, few docs can equal Gore Vidal the United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, a portrait of the novelist, playwright, polemicist, public intellectual." - Huffington Post

"Nicholas Wrathall’s treasure-trove documentary does a terrific job of summing up the late political writer’s life and work." - Time Out NY

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K Missing Kings

Aug 1 to Aug 2
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm

Dir. Shingo Suzuki - 2014 - 73m - Japan - Japanese with English Subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! ALL SEATS $15 - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT LOBO ANIME AND COMICS !!

Based on the hit anime K, K MISSING KINGS picks up where the series left off. Featuring the same director and scriptwriter as the series, this movie brings the characters that you’ve grown to love in the same spirit of action, honor, and loyalty. K MISSING KINGS also sees the return of popular voice actors such as Daisuke Namikawa, Daisuke Ono, and Tomokazu Sugita, reprising their roles for the first time on the big screen.

The story starts some time after the Island Academy Incident, in which four of the seven great Kings crossed paths. Since this time, silver clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Yashiro Isana, the Silver King. Their search having turned up fruitless, the two begin to give up hope, until they encounter Anna Kushina and Rikio Kamamoto, two members of the red clan HOMRA being chased by someone.

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Venus in Fur

Aug 1 to Aug 7
Friday to Thursday 3:45, 8:00

Dir. Roman Polanski - 2014 - 96m - France - In French with English subtitles

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy.

At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.

"Venus in Fur" finds Roman Polanski transferring a New York stage hit to the screen with maximum fidelity and facility, and a minimum of fuss." -Scott Foundas, Variety

"Roman Polanski is in playfully perverse form with this nimble pas de deux adapted from David Ives' stage hit." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"By expertly embellishing the theatrical, Polanski has made Venus in Fur thrillingly cinematic." - Emma Simmonds, The List

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Typeface

Aug 2
Saturday at 1 p.m. ONLY!

Dir. Justine Nagan - 2009 - 63m - $5 AIGA NM members / $10 General

AN AIGA NM PRESENTATION!

In rural Wisconsin, a lone employee waits in a cavernous old museum for visitors to come. A few individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, presses print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artisans drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the nation's top design talent descend on the sleepy enclave.

In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. But the Museum¹s days may be numbered. What is the responsibility of artists and historians to preserve a dying craft? How can rural towns survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king?

"Typeface touches on notions about globalization and the nature of authenticity, turning a seemingly quaint subject into a meditation on the pressing issues of the day." - Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix

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Hellion

Aug 8 to Aug 11
Friday to Monday 3:45, 8:30

Dir. Kat Candler - 2014 - 98m

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul stars in this riveting drama about a family under siege. Hard-drinking Texas single dad Hollis (Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious teenager Jacob (first-time actor Josh Wiggins in a stunning breakthrough performance). Seething with anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross—but his increasingly reckless behavior threatens to spin out of control. Academy Award nominee Juliette Lewis co-stars in this thrilling saga of fathers and sons that builds towards a heart-stopping climax, all set to an electrifying heavy metal soundtrack.

"Newcomer Josh Wiggins steals the show. A stunning breakthrough performance." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"EXPLOSIVE. 'Hellion' is heavy metal lyrical." - Lindsey Bahr, Entertainment Weekly

"A gem. Kat Candler’s clearly a director to watch." - Chris Bumbray, JoBlo.com

"A raw, honest, special film. Aaron Paul is spectacular." - Brian Tallerico, Film Threat

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The Last Sentence

Aug 8 to Aug 11
Friday to Monday 6:00

Dir. Jan Troell - 2014 - 126m - Sweden - In Swedish with English subtitles

Winner! World Film Festival Montreal 2012 - Best Director / Winner! Chicago Film Festival - Silver Hugo Award, Best Actress

Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell, one of Sweden’s most acclaimed filmmakers, directs the biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler.

With Sweden caught between Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia, the country’s elites chose a policy of neutrality and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them.  Among those who did, nobody was as loud and as uncompromising as Segerstedt (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, Melancholia), one of the most prominent Swedish journalists of the 20th century.  In the eyes of many of his countrymen, his pen was far more dangerous than the Nazi sword.  Amidst the political turmoil of the era, Segerstedt’s own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with Maja Forssman, the Jewish wife of his close friend, the newspaper’s publisher. Maja Forssman is played by Pernilla August, winner of the Cannes Best Actress Award for Bille August’s Best Intentions.

Jan Troell is best known to US audiences for his critically acclaimed film Everlasting Moments  (also starring Jesper Christensen), as well as The New Land and The Emigrants (1972), starring Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman, which received 5 Oscars nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. Beautifully filmed in black-and-white, The Last Sentence is a gripping tale of a man who risked his life for his beliefs and refused to be silenced.

"[Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives." - David Thomson, The New Republic

"It's a testament to Christensen's excellent work as Torgny that he's able to make such a difficult, inscrutable character so watchable throughout." - Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz

"I was riveted, thanks to Christensen's fearlessly etched performance and Troell's spare story-telling style." - Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine

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Speedy plus Buster Keaton's THE GOAT with live film score!

Aug 9 to Aug 10
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ted Wilde - 1928 - 85m - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB event! $5 general / $2 AFC members!

BONUS!  Local acoustic alternative alt-country banjo jazz tuba duo BaBa to perform a live music score to Buster Keaton's silent short THE GOAT! 

Silent icon Harold Lloyd epitomizes Gotham’s scrappy go-getters as Harold “Speedy” Swift, who fights to save the city’s last horsecar from merger-happy street rail men. Lloyd’s laffer also boasts thrilling on-location tours of a bygone New York—particularly when the multihyphenate takes Babe Ruth on a high-octane taxi ride to the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium.

At the time of this picture's release, Lloyd was a top box-office draw, a bigger moneymaker than Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton!

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The Painting - AS PART OF OUR ANIMATION AUGUST MIDWEEKS!

Aug 12 to Aug 14
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 5:45, 7:30

Dir. Jean-Francois Laguionie - 2012 - 78m - French/Japan

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ABQ FRENCH MEETUP GROUP AND ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FOR HELPING PROMOTE THESE SCREENINGS!

NOTE:  the 4:00 screenings will be in English, the remaining screenings at 5:45 and 7:30 will be in French with English subtitles

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations. 

“A Wonder! Rapturous!  Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise!  Laguionie brings the viewer gently up to the edge of some very large ideas and then, in a final scene that has the power to lift the hairs on your head, brings Lola the seeker to a moment of revelation and light. And then he has the imagination to go beyond that!" - The Boston Globe

"Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages!  A constant feast for the eyes!" - Variety

"A Wondrous Discovery!"- Premiere

"Gorgeous! A True Objet d'Art" - The New York Times

"A Joy!" - Village Voice

"Magnificent!" - L'Express

"So refreshing, so satisfying, that it shows traditional animation is far from exhausted!" - Le Monde

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Mood Indigo

Aug 15 to Aug 18
Friday to Monday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. Michel Gondry - 2014 - 94m - France - In French with English subtitles

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ABQ FRENCH MEETUP GROUP AND ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FOR HELPING PROMOTE THESE SCREENINGS!

Eminently inventive auteur Michel Gondry finds inspiration from french novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped).

Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy, The Untouchables, X-Men: Days Of The Future Past). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh, The Valet), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers.

Mood Indigo was Nominated for three 2014 César Awards: Étienne Charry (Best Original Music), Florence Fontaine (Best Costume) and Stéphane Rozenbaum (Best Production Design) and also stars Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent, To Reach the Clouds) and Aïssa Maiga.

"Mood Indigo" perfectly balances Gondry's ornamental creativity and the verité storytelling of his more recent work, combining refined style and raw emotion into one devastating, beautiful package." - Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap

"Wild, Gorgeous" - Jay Stone, Canada.com

"Filled with visually arresting invention in virtually every frame, the film draws us into its bizarre, surreal world with humour and zest." - Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

"Director Michel Gondry's impressive technical skill and flair proves to be a beautiful match for this tragedy-tinged love story." - Andrew Moraitis, FILMINK

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The Crow - 20th Anniversary!

Aug 15 to Aug 16
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Alex Proyas - 1994 - 102m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY

Before Sin City and The Dark Knight rose, there was The Crow - the 'dark, lurid revenge fantasy' (The New York Times) from director Alex Proyas (Dark City) that entranced audiences and critics alike. Featuring Brandon Lee in his final, tragic performance, The Crow is the tale of young musician Eric Draven (Lee) who, along with his fianc‚e, is murdered on the eve of their Halloween wedding. Exactly one year after their deaths, Eric is risen from the grave by a mysterious crow to seek out his killers and force them to answer for their crimes.

"It's a pleasure to welcome The Crow -- a bird of a very different feather." - Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Like one long fright night. Even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud." - Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times

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We Are The Best

Aug 15 to Aug 18
Friday to Monday 6:15 only!

Dir. Lukas Moodysson - 2014 - 102m - Sweden, Denmark - In Swedish with English Subtitles

From Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion.

“A BLISSFULLY FUNNY FILM. Director Moodysson is masterly and there’s a magical sense of life caught on the fly. WHEN MEASURED BY THE PLEASURE IT CONFERS, "WE ARE THE BEST!" IS A BIG DEAL THAT WILL BE WINNING HEARTS—AND EVEN GROWNUP MINDS—FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“IF EVER A MOVIE EARNED THE EXCLAMATION POINT IN ITS TITLE, IT’S ‘WE ARE THE BEST!’. It feels practically revolutionary in its joy.” – Sheri Linden, LA Times

“AN EXHILARATING BLAST OF A MOVIE. TOTALLY IRRESISTIBLE. Director Moodysson sets fire to clichés and the three young stars are radically fierce and funny. PREPARE TO BE WOWED.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“There is hardly a shortage of movies about rock ‘n’ roll, BUT THERE ARE FEW AS PERFECT AS ‘WE ARE THE BEST’.” – A.O. Scott, NY Times

“A JOYOUS, HEART-SWELLING STORY OF YOUTHFUL REBELLION. A delightful return to form for Lukas Moodysson.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“ONE OF THE BEST ROCK AND ROLL CULT MOVIES IN YEARS. A glorious, hilarious teenage wasteland.” – Eric Hynes, Rolling Stone

“****. NO FILM I’VE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR HAS PROVIDED THE SHEER MOVIEGOING PLEASURE OF “WE ARE THE BEST!’’ – Lou Lumenick, NY Post

“A JOYOUS TIME CAPSULE. It's impossible to think of another film that captures the DIY empowerment of punk rock, the bond of female friendships, and parodies the era's scenester stances all in one blissful swoop.” David Fear, Village Voice

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Homesick

Aug 16
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Susan Abod - 2014 - 56m - All Seats $5 - DIRECTOR IN PERSON FOR INTRODUCTION AND POST-SCREENING Q&A

Imagine your house is making you dangerously sick. Common products like paint, carpeting, new building materials and insecticides are now your worst enemies. Your bones ache, you're feverish, you suffer from extreme headaches, disabling fatigue, mental confusion, asthma and nausea. The longer you stay in your house, the sicker you get but you can't imagine how or where you're going to find a safe home. You are one of the millions suffering from the silent epidemic of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).

In Homesick, Susan Abod hits the road to learn whether other people with MCS are finding safe housing. On her journey to the Southwestern United States, Susan meets people from all walks of life. Their living quarters range from a house on stilts to tents and a teepee.

"A fascinating collection of interviews with people with MCS and tours of their homes…validating and informative” - Barbara Morrison, Canary Times

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Welcome to the Space Show - AS PART OUR AUGUST ANIMATION MID WEEKS!

Aug 19 to Aug 21
Tuesday to Thursday 2:00, 4:45, 7:30

Dir. Koji Masunari - 2010 - 136m - Japan - In English

"A big pile of awesome!"  "Evocative of Ghost in the Shell by way of Yellow Submarine. Colors explode and the action is eclectic… Whether you're watching steampunk machinery, huge organic living spaceships, utopian paradises, apocalyptic dormant gods or evil circuses, this galactic tour is engrossing!" - Twitch

"A gorgeous spectacle of a movie!" - Anime News Network

"A sheer abundance of visual invention!"  "An endless succession of strange and wondrous alien creatures...some resemble the creations of Hayao Miyazaki, while others bring to mind the wild cartoonish figures of Satoshi Kon's Paprika." - The New York Times

With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design – in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien life forms ever portrayed in cinema. 

It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. Lolling about the Japanese countryside, the days are blithe and boundless. But boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to the cabin – only to discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant called Zughaan (better known to Earthlings as wasabi root). Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot where we experience a non-stop parade of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and – if that weren’t enough – a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle. (Really? Yes, really.) The plot twists come fast and furious, and with such a glorious barrage of color and invention washing across the screen, you just want to hit pause and gawk at the wonder of what you are seeing. 

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Brasslands!

Aug 22 to Aug 25
Friday to Monday 6:00 Only!

Dir. Alison Brockhouse, Bryan Chang & others! - 2013 - 88m

A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guca, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.

“A fascinating look at this infectious and addictive form of music, so filled with life from a country that has seen its fair share of death, sadness and war.” - IndieWIRE, Katie Walsh

“There is sure to be dancing in the aisles” - New York Times, Anne Mancuso!

"As an introduction to the music, it’s fascinating…The documentary is beautifully filmed, funny and insightful” - New York Music Daily, Alan Young!

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Finding Fela

Aug 22 to Aug 25
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Alex Gibney - 2014 - 119

The story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela's music and message in their struggle for freedom.

 

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Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds

Aug 24
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sean Kaminsky - 2014 - 70m - All Seats $7

BONUS!  Q&A with seed stewards Isaura Andaluz and Michael Reed of Cuatro Puerto (one of the plaintiffs in the OSGATA vs Monsanto lawsuit!) 

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One of the world's most precious resources is at risk. This film will help others learn what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. While the price of gold and oil skyrockets the fate of our most priceless commodity is ignored. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. They are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink... but given far less attention. Over the past one hundred years, seeds have steadily shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property. This film tells the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs of some of their most tireless stewards and advocates.

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Patema Inverted - AS PART OUR AUGUST ANIMATION MID WEEKS!

Aug 26 to Aug 28
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 6:15, 8:30

Dir. Yasuhiro Yoshiura - 2014 - 99m - Japan

NOTE:  the 4:00 screenings will be in English, the remaining shows at 6:15 and 8:30 will be in Japanese with English subtitled.

Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void – and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would “fall up” into the sky and be lost forever.

Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the “sinners who fell into the sky.” When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together their weights cancel each other out, and once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade the leaders of Age’s world and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart.

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts

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

Dir. Various - 2014 - 94m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Road to Ninja - Naruto the Movie

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

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

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING MONDAY JULY 28 AT LOBO ANIME AND COMICS !!

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

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

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Shane

Aug 30 to Aug 31
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

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

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

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

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

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

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Sign Painters

Sep 6
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

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

AN AIGA NM PRESENTATION!

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

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

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