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Fireworks Wednesday

May 27 to May 31
Friday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Asghar Farhadi - 2006 - 104m - Iran - In Farsi with English Subtitles

From Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of A SEPARATION and ABOUT ELLY: “a beautifully paced drama about marital infidelity” (Deborah Young, Variety). Fireworks Wednesday (aka Red Wednesday, this year March 16) is a joyous holiday celebrating the Persian New Year with bonfires, firecrackers, and dancing in the streets. Farhadi counterpoints the festivities with a simmering domestic intrigue observed by Rouhi, a young maid (Taraneh Alidoosti, Elly of ABOUT ELLY), who cleans for a married couple. When the wife accuses her husband of having an affair with a divorced neighbor, Rouhi, once buoyant about her own upcoming wedding, starts having second thoughts. Employing intricate plotting and shifting perspectives as he did in A SEPARATION, Farhadi creates “a thoroughly engrossing and densely textured drama, showing (his) cool skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

“This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned; wisely, Farhadi never serves judgement on them in their troubled pursuit of truth, love and happiness. Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York

A thoroughly engrossing and densely textured drama, showing Farhadi’s cool skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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The Idol

May 27 to May 31
Friday to Tuesday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Hany Abu-Assad - 2016 - 95m - Palestine - In Arabic with English subtitles

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PARADISE NOW & OMAR!

SEE A GREAT L.A. TIMES ARTICLE HERE!

Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It’s where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera Hall will do. It might take them a lifetime to get there but, as Mohammed will find out, some dreams are worth living for.

Along the way, Mohammed will experience tragedy and loss. The world around him will shatter. Through it all, however, he will somehow retain the hope that his voice will somehow deliver him from the pain that surrounds him and bring joy to others. He sings at weddings, he drives a taxi to pay for his university studies. Even as the siege around Gaza intensifies, the prison around them ever more forbidding, Mohammed knows he has a rare gift. To make people smile and forget their troubles.

And so, in front of him on TV one evening lies an impossible dream: the auditions for Arab Idol, the most popular show in the Arab world, are taking place in Cairo. The borders are closed. There is no way out. Somehow, he finds a way and makes it in front of the judges in Egypt. From there, destiny awaits, a chance to change his life and give a voiceless people the greatest feeling of all: the freedom to love, live and feel free.

“A refreshing reminder that no matter where you're from, everyone can relate to the dream of becoming a rock star who makes his or her people smile.” - Lauren Terry, Willamette Week

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Trailer War - An Alamo Drafthouse special cinematic assembled cocktail !!

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

Dir. Various - 2012 - 113m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation

You may want to have a cornea donor standing by... THIS IS GOING TO BURN!

Unleashed from the vaults of the Alamo Drafthouse, a meticulous selection of the best, strangest and most amazing coming attraction trailers in the world! Most have never been available in any home format, and all are presented for the first time in high definition. From the high flying, explosive metal mayhem of STUNT ROCK to THUNDER COPS' disembodied flying head chaos, each 3 minute masterpiece is like a beckoning portal to another, more exciting dimension. It's a crippling overdose of towering flames, mechanized destruction, lurking fear, poor sexual choices and spiritual devastation on an apocalyptic scale. 

"Who the f&*k let these a$%holes outta their cages?!!  - Donald Trump in between meals

"Makes me wanna bum a smoke!" - Bernie Sanders in an elavator

"I felt like I was on drugs!!" - Hillary Clinton standing in a median

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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

May 28 to May 29
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Roger Allers - 2015 - 85m - Mom's Matinee brings back a great one! In English - ONLY $5 too!

The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.

This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Making A Killing: Guns, Greed and NRA

Jun 1 to Jun 2
Wednesday and Thursday 3:45, 6:00, 8:15

Dir. Robert Greenwald - 2016 - 100m

The stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims' families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit - and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking - and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Through this film and campaign, the film’s distributorBrave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit.  

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Blue Velvet - the 30th Anniversary of the David Lynch Classic!!

Jun 3 to Jun 4
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1986 - 121m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 General / $6 students with valid i.d.s

"It's a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out!"

A sensual mystery thriller about strange happenings in a small all-American town. A college student stumbles across a bizarre mystery and wants to know more, perhaps too much more. The oblique world he's found lurking beneath his hometown's picture-postcard veneer is about to become violently stranger.

“Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate.” - Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

“[A] powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience`s attention.” - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

“The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch's humor keeps breaking through, too.” - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

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Cemetery of Splendor

Jun 3 to Jun 6
Friday to Monday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul - 2016 - 122m - Thailand / UK - in Thai with English subtitles - NO MATINEES

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF UNCLE BOONME, NOMINATED FOR THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD!

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.

“An enchanting interpretation of where our sleeping and waking minds wander.” - Julia Cooper, Globe and Mail

“The latest gently hypnotic cinematic enigma from the Thai writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.” – Variety

“If you haven't seen a Weerasethakul film yet, here's a good opportunity, but leave your expectations at the door. There's no one like him.” - G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle 

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Sweet Bean

Jun 3 to Jun 6
Friday to Monday 3:00, 8:00

Dir. Naomi Kawase - 2015 - 113m - Japan, France, Germany - in Japanese with English subtitles

Sweet bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue's new home cooked sweet bean paste recipe, Sentaro's business begins to flourish, but Tokue is afflicted with an illness that, once revealed, drives her into isolation once again.

“Sweet Bean is a respite from special-effect sodden blockbusters and cookie-cutter dramas and a delightful reminder about life's modest joys.” - J.A. Kordosh, Under the Radar

"[An] ode to the simple joys of life" - Hollywood Reporter

“The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

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Dream On!

Jun 4 to Jun 5
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Roger Weisberg - 2016 - 98m - All Seats Just $4

In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman's footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. DREAM ON explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."

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Strays Crossing

Jun 4
Saturday 11 a.m. ONLY!

Dir. Kel Cruz & Jordan Turpen - 2016 - 40m approx

STARRING JESSICA HARING AND WESLEY SWEDENBURG

What if you didn't know who you were exactly? What if you didn't remember your past? Meet Bobby, a tall, bearded, wandering, young man who sees the world though a different lens. He doesn't remember much. Luckily life gets interesting when he crosses paths with Jenny, a run away youth dealing with her own problems from the past. Follow them on a journey through Albuquerque as they try to make sense of the world while they search for Bobby's missing family.

Filmed by a student group from the IFDM department at UNM, this film takes you on journey that reveals how ones search for identity and place can often lead to some interesting encounters. The project includes musical works from local artists such as CHLRCHSR and REIGHNBEAU X BK Beats. Come and experience a story that lets you see our city from a unique perspective!

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Men & Chicken

Jun 7 to Jun 9
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen - 2016 - 104m - Denmark - In Danish with English subtitles

ALSO PLAYING NEXT TUESDAY JUNE 14 THROUGH THURSDAY JUNE 16!

“A hybrid of The Three Stooges comedy and the lunacy of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau.’” - RogerEbert.com

A darkly hilarious slapstick comedy starring Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal,” ingeniously cast against type) about a pair of socially-challenged siblings who discover they are adopted half-brothers in their late father's videotaped will. Their journey in search of their true father takes them to the small, insular Danish island of Ork, where they stumble upon  three additional half-brothers—each also sporting hereditary harelips and lunatic tendencies—living in a dilapidated mansion overrun by barn animals. Initially unwelcome by their newfound kin, the two visitors stubbornly wear them down until they’re reluctantly invited to stay. As the misfit bunch get to know each other, they unwittingly uncover a deep family secret that ultimately binds them together.

This inventively bizarre and outlandish comedy is directed by acclaimed, Oscar®-winning director Anders Thomas Jensen and also stars David Dencik (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.)

“Denmark's most twisted family tree since 'Hamlet.’” - Variety

“A joyously eccentric, darkly comic fairytale.” - Screen International

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Weiner: The Documentary on Anthony Weiner

Jun 7 to Jun 9
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm

Dir. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg - 2016 - 100m - NO MATINEES

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 14 TO THURSDAY JUNE 16 AT 6PM!

Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize!

Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds. It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner—still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier—is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage. Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. 

“MESMERIZING. The best documentary about a political campaign ever made.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"HILARIOUS. One of the best documentaries ever made about a political scandal" — David Ehrlich, Rolling Stone

“FIVE STARS. A gift that keeps on giving. A compelling, deep dive into a scandal.” — Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

“Invigorating, thoroughly involving, and captivating. The level of access here makes the film hard to turn away from.” — John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

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DEAF COMEDY RETURNS with Levi & Kyle!

Jun 9
Thursday 10:15pm

Dir. These guys - Now - 75m approx - All Seats $10 - Voice interpreter provided!

Kyle and Levi have come up with a show that will have you laughing your ass off!  It's about road trips, bathrooms and all the crazy stories that may or may not be true!  You be the judge - DON'T MISS iT!

Questions - contact Levi at soreheal@gmail.com, (505)615-7181 (TEXT ONLY)

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Francofonia

Jun 10 to Jun 13
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Alexander Sokurov - 2015 - 87m - France, Germany, Netherlands - In French, German, Russian with English Subtitles

Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men - enemies then collaborators - share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, FRANCOFONIA is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history.

Throughout his vast filmography – documentary, fiction and others somewhere in between – Alexander Sokurov has demonstrated that a museum is much more than a place to preserve art. Museums are the veritable DNA of a civilization, the living organ of the city where the heart of a nation beats. With FRANCOFONIA, he explores a historical chapter that we might know, but whose description does not take into account all the lines that run through it. Sokurov’s body of work includes his “Men of Power” tetralogy (Faust, The Sun [Emperor Hirohito], Taurus [Vladimir Lenin] and Moloch [Adolph Hitler]), Russian Ark (set entirely in St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum), Mother and Son and Father and Son.

"Visually arresting cinema!" - The New York Times

"Sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing. FRANCOFONIA is bold and confident." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Whimsically intelligent...gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"It’s a truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

"Sokurov's fascinating and supple exploration of the Paris Louvre museum." -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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Hockney

Jun 10 to Jun 13
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8:00

Dir. Randall Wright - 2014 - 112m - UK

Hockney weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney's career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has struggled with his art, relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS, making his optimism and sense of adventure truly uplifting. Hockney is funny, inspiring, bold and visionary.

"A wealth of intimate home-movie footage and an affinity for his subject invigorate randall wrights unashamedly affectionate portrait of a british icon." – Mark Kermode, The Guardian

"An intimate and insightful delve into the life of a charismatic man whose passion for art is still intense and whose wry sense of humor still shines through..." – Mark Adams, Screen Daily

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The Birdcage - In Celebration of Pride Month

Jun 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Mike Nichols - 1996 - 117m - ALL SEATS $10

A PRIDE AND EQUALITY MAGAZINE SPECIAL EVENT!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE!

Whether you're celebrating Pride or if you're a fan, join PRIDE & Equality for this special screening of this beloved comedy starring the late, great Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. With a performance from Oriah Lee and giveaways through the evening. This is an all-ages event!

The great improvisational comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May reunited to (respectively) direct and write this update of the French comedy La Cage Aux Folles. Robin Williams stars as a gay Miami nightclub owner who is forced to play it straight and ask his drag-queen partner (Nathan Lane) to hide out when Williams's son invites his prospective--and highly conservative--in-laws and fiancée to a meet-and-greet dinner party. Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest play the straight-laced senator and his wife, and Calista Flockhart (from television's Ally McBeal) plays their daughter in a culture-clash with outrageous consequences. May's witty screenplay incorporates some pointed observations about the political landscape of the 1990s and takes a sensitive approach to the comedy's underlying drama. Topping off the action is Hank Azaria in a scene-stealing role as Williams's and Lane's flamboyant housekeeper, "Agador Spartacus."

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Comic Geniuses When They Were Young!!

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

Dir. Various - 1910s to 1920s - 90m approx - All Seats Just $5

A BENEFIT FOR THE ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB!

Laff Movie Matinees!  Chaplin!  Keaton!  Lloyd! Plus Arbuckle and the Keystone Cops!

The Guild Cinema presents this benefit by screening top-notch-two-reelers made by filmland's comic geniuses in the amazing youth!

"THE IMMIGRANT" starring Charlie Chaplin

"NEVER WEAKEN" starring Harold Lloyd

"BACKSTAGE" starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Al St. John 

"“THE GUSHER” starring Mabel Normand in a Keystone Cop comedy!

AND another Keystone Cop Comedy short!

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Men & Chicken

Jun 14 to Jun 16
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen - 2016 - 104m - Denmark - In Danish with English subtitles

“A hybrid of The Three Stooges comedy and the lunacy of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau.’” - RogerEbert.com

A darkly hilarious slapstick comedy starring Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal,” ingeniously cast against type) about a pair of socially-challenged siblings who discover they are adopted half-brothers in their late father's videotaped will. Their journey in search of their true father takes them to the small, insular Danish island of Ork, where they stumble upon  three additional half-brothers—each also sporting hereditary harelips and lunatic tendencies—living in a dilapidated mansion overrun by barn animals. Initially unwelcome by their newfound kin, the two visitors stubbornly wear them down until they’re reluctantly invited to stay. As the misfit bunch get to know each other, they unwittingly uncover a deep family secret that ultimately binds them together.

This inventively bizarre and outlandish comedy is directed by acclaimed, Oscar®-winning director Anders Thomas Jensen and also stars David Dencik (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.)

“Denmark's most twisted family tree since 'Hamlet.’” - Variety

“A joyously eccentric, darkly comic fairytale.” - Screen International

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Weiner: The Documentary on Anthony Weiner

Jun 14 to Jun 16
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm

Dir. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg - 2016 - 100m - NO MATINEES

Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize!

Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds. It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner—still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier—is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage. Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. 

“MESMERIZING. The best documentary about a political campaign ever made.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"HILARIOUS. One of the best documentaries ever made about a political scandal" — David Ehrlich, Rolling Stone

“FIVE STARS. A gift that keeps on giving. A compelling, deep dive into a scandal.” — Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

“Invigorating, thoroughly involving, and captivating. The level of access here makes the film hard to turn away from.” — John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

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Belladonna of Sadness (KANASHIMI NO BERADONA)

Jun 17 to Jun 23
Friday to Thursday 9:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto - 1973 - 86m - Japan- In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

Presented by fantasically great Cinelicious Pics, SpectreVision and The Cinefamily!!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto ("ASTRO BOY" and "KIMBA THE WHITE LION"), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa's RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, BELLADONNA is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements - and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux's FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi's WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell.

“The many unique elements that make the film stand out from its peers, including the art on screen, combined with the Emaki-mono presentation, make Belladonna of Sadness a must-see for fans of Japanese animation.” - Alex Fitch, Electric Sheep

“The gift that keeps on giving.” - Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

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Dheepan

Jun 17 to Jun 23
Friday to Thursday 4:30, 7pm

Dir. Jacques Audiard - 2016 - 100m - France - In French & Tamil with English subtitles

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life—only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

“A sympathetic, inquisitive portrait of the immigrant experience in Europe.” - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Certainly, many movies feature climactic scenes of barbarity, but the best ones prepare viewers for what's to come, whether obviously or subtly.” - Piers Marchant, PopMatters

“A compelling and timely story.” - Allan Hunter, Daily Express

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Burning Bodhi

Jun 18
Saturday 2pm ONLY!

Dir. Matthew McDuffie - 2016 - 94m - No Matinees

Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory"), Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars", Inherent Vice), Cody Horn (Magic Mike, End of Watch), Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways, A Prairie Home Companion), Landon Liboiron ("Degrassi: The Next Generation", "Hemlock Grove", "Terra Nova") and Andy Buckley ("The Office", Jurassic World)

Lifelong friends stumble back home after high school when word goes out on Facebook that the most popular among them has died. Old girlfriends, boyfriends, new lovers, parents… The reunion stirs up feelings of love, longing and regret, intertwined with the novelty of forgiveness, mortality and gratitude. A “Big Chill” for a new generation. 

"HONEST AND EMOTIONALLY RESONANT. KALEY CUOCO DELIVERS A CAREER BEST PERFORMANCE"- MATT CONWAY, THE YOUNG FOLKS

"VARIATION ON 'THE BIG CHILL' GIVING THAT BELOVED REUNION CLASSIC A RUN FOR ITS MONEY." - KAM WILLIAMS, BARET NEWS SYNDICATE

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Morning Toons with New Mexico Entertainment Magazine!!

Jun 18
Saturday 9 a.m.

Dir. varies - 100m approx.

ALSO PLAYING SATURDAY JUNE 25 STARTING AT 9 a.m.!  A WHOLE DIFFERENT SHOW TOO!

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

Grab your pajamas, your blanket and take part in these Saturday morning events with your family and friends. New Mexico Entertainment brings you cartoons from your childhood on the big screen at The Guild Cinema. Kick back, have some breakfast, and enjoy the toons!

Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event!

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Argentina

Jun 24 to Jun 27
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Carlos Saura - 2016 - 85m - Argentina, France, Spain - In Spanish with English Subtitles

FROM CARLOS SAURA THE LEGENDARY DIRECTOR OF CARMEN AND FLAMENCO!

Poetic, riveting and moving, Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage – from traditional styles such as the Zamba of “La Felipe Varela” through to modern dance – as choreographed by critically-acclaimed Carlos Saura.

"Carlos Saura [is] the major figure of the Nuevo Cine Espanol."  - Variety

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Our Last Tango

Jun 24 to Jun 27
Friday to Monday 6:00

Dir. German Kral - 2016 - 85m - Argentina - In Spanish with English Subtitles - NO MATINEES

Executive produced by Wim Wenders, Our Last Tango tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart. Relaying their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, their story of love, hatred and passion is transformed into unforgettable tango-choreographies.

“This is an entertaining, hot-blooded look at personal and artistic independence.” – Now Toronto

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Boy And The World

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

Dir. Ale Abreu - 2015 - 80m - Brazil - In Portuguese with English subtitles - No Matinees

Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night. The story depicts a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.

“Unequivocally the best animated film of the year!” - IndieWire 

“Dazzling!  Boldly imaginative!” - Variety 

“A vibrant animated vision!” - Hollywood Reporter 

“A film of beauty, wonder, sadness, and joy.” - Twitch Film 

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Morning Toons With New Mexico Entertainment Magazine

Jun 25
Saturday 9 a.m.

varies - 100m approx - All Seats $10

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

Grab your pajamas, your blanket and take part in these Saturday morning events with your family and friends. New Mexico Entertainment brings you cartoons from your childhood on the big screen at The Guild Cinema. Kick back, have some breakfast, and enjoy the toons!

Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event!

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I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema Of Chantal Akerman

Jun 28 to Jun 30
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Chantal Akerman - 2015 - 67m - French, Belgium - In French with English Subtitles

I DON'T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN explores some of the Belgian filmmaker's 40 plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations.

An experimental filmmaker, a nomad, Chantal Akerman shared with Marianne Lambert her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. And with her editor and long-time collaborator, Claire Atherton, she examines the origins of her film language, and aesthetic stance.

I DON'T BELONG ANYWHERE includes excerpts from many films made throughout Akerman's career, including JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), NEWS FROM HOME (1976), THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF ANNA, JE, TU, IL, ELLE (1974), SOUTH (1998), FROM THE EAST (1993), FROM THE OTHER SIDE (2002), LÀ-BAS (2006), and, what would be Chantal Akerman's last film, NO HOME MOVIE (2015).

"A career-spanning documentary [that] provides valuable insights" —Variety

"Offers an overview of Akerman's career while showcasing the behind-the-scenes process of her work." —IndieWire

"The least sentimental love letter you'll ever come across." —Vogue

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No Home Movie

Jun 28 to Jun 30
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Chantal Akerman - 2015 - 115m - France - In French with English Subtitles - NO MATINEES

In her essential final feature, Chantal Akerman documents her relationship with her mother, a Holocaust-survivor.

"At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother's life and their own intense connection to each other. No Home Movie is a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles." —New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center

"It is as if Chantal Akerman, perhaps for the first time in her career, has revealed the core of her work and her wounds in the most naked of ways." —Cinema Scope

"[No Home Movie] was heartbreaking when I saw it last week and it is devastating now." —J. Hoberman, The New York Times

"Akerman brings us into her world, and through her challenging form allows us to understand her fragmented understanding of home." —Indiewire

"If Chantal Akerman's politics and aesthetics are devoted to a "historiography and theory of women in the home," as Jayne Loader says in a 1977 Jump Cut piece on Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, then No Home Movie, Akerman's stridently unsentimental love letter to Natalia, her recently deceased mother, necessarily unfolds as the culmination of those efforts." —Slant Magazine

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L'Attesa

Jul 1 to Jul 4
Friday to Monday 3:00, 8:15

Dir. Piero Messina - 2016 - 110m - Italy/France - In French and Italian with english subtitles

Stunningly shot and deeply resonant, L’ATTESA heralds the arrival of a talented new voice. With Sicily as his backdrop, Piero Messina (assistant director on Paolo Sorrentino’s THE GREAT BEAUTY) navigates a range of emotions in telling the strange, irresistible story of the relationship between two women from different generations. Academy Award®-winner Juliette Binoche stars as Anna, who is meeting her son Giuseppe’s French girlfriend, Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), in the lead up to Easter festivities. Young and enchanting, Jeanne arrived with excitement before Giuseppe, whose continued delays and lack of presence cast a dark, mysterious shadow over the household. Why is Giuseppe not here and when will he appear? As Anna and Jeanne wait, they grow closer than either imagined they would, despite the secrets they’re harboring from one another.

"Beautifully composed." - Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

"[A] cinematically dazzling debut." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"Impeccably performed." - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

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Sunset Song

Jul 1 to Jul 4
Friday to Monday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terence Davies - 2016 - 135m - Scotland/UK - No Matinees

Sunset Song is Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur. The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. Sunset Song is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies’ unflinching poetic realism.

“SUPERB. SENSUAL AND GLOWINGLY LYRICAL. A grand-scale melodrama compressed into the quietly burning point of a single soul.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A LUMINOUS PERFORMANCE by Agyness Deyn” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“FOUR STARS. STIRRING AND GORGEOUS. The sheer visual grandeur sweeps you along.” – Tom Huddleston, Time Out

“VISUALLY STUNNING, EMOTIONALLY ENGROSSING.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A TOUR DE FORCE.” – David D’Arcy, Screen Daily

“FIVE STARS. IT’S MAGICAL.” – Nigel Andrews, The Financial Times

“Beautifully made and deeply felt.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Filled with lovely moments. It’s impossible to take your eyes off the earthy-while ethereal Deyn.” – Tom Long, The Detroit News

“Deyn gives a vivid performance—whenever she steps out into the wider world, the movie soars.” – J.R. Jones, The Chicago Reader

“Davies’s long-delayed passion project finally reaches our screens. It has been worth the wait.” – Mark Kermode, The Observer

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Tickled

Jul 5 to Jul 6
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:45pm ONLY!

Dir. David Farrier & Dylan Reeve - 2016 - 92m - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JULY 19 TO THURSDAY JULY 21! 

After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.

Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.” – Logan Hill, Esquire

“CAPTIVATING AND JAW-DROPPING. A fascinating, stranger-than-fiction exposé.” - Sheri Linden. The Hollywood Reporter

“A humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to engrossing conspiracy-thriller” – Justin Chang, Variety

“A surprisingly tense and increasingly weird detective story. Compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“A must-see documentary. Tickled is not at all what it seems. A secret world full of villains and victims, power and deceit, and shocks and surprises—you just can’t make this stuff up.” – Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Movies

“A terrific bit of investigative filmmaking — Errol Morris filtered through ‘Too Many Cooks’” – Tommy Cook, Collider

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Yarn

Jul 5 to Jul 6
Tuesday and Wednesday 5:15, 7:00

Dir. Una Lorenzen - 2016 - 76m - Iceland - In many languages with English subtitles

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JULY 19 TO THURSDAY JULY 21!

The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

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Gurukulam

Jul 8 to Jul 11
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Jillian Elizabeth and Neil Dalal - 2016 - 108m - U.S./ Canada - In English, Tamil, Sanskrit with English Subtitles - No Matinees

An evolution in the sensory experiential movement of verite filmmaking (SWEETGRASS, FOREIGN PARTS, LEVIATHAN), GURUKULAM creates a vivid and sensual film experience – immersing the viewer in an otherworldly but immediate atmosphere of spiritual contemplation.  The film follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. Daily rituals are woven together connecting the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelation and comic contradiction. Deeply observational and experiential, GURUKULAM evokes the presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred. The richly layered soundscape and the intimate imagery reveal a place of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. GURUKULAM is a rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India.

“There is seriousness of purpose, but the members of this community feel and convey a constant sense of joy that is as important a lesson for us as the commentary on the nature of reality.” - Nell Minow, Beliefnet

“GURUKULAM is a rich and engrossing documentary about a way of life that is rooted in ancient texts and wisdom. Listen to the stories and short teachings... you can apply the lessons to live a more fulfilling life whether you reside in a major metropolitan bustling city in the West or a tranquil village in the Himalayan foothills.” - Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, Best Selling Author & Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

“….an intense and rich experience. GURUKULAM provides a strong antidote to western reflexes that separate the practice of yoga from its erudite intellectual context. It is not merely a documentary, but also a means of teaching philosophy, of teaching about Vedanta and, more broadly, about an important aspect of Indian civilization.” - Andrew Gow, Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies, University of Alberta

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The Music Of Strangers - Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble!

Jul 8 to Jul 11
Friday to Monday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Morgan Neville - 2016 - 96m

"Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) profiles celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together master musicians from around the world to teach, collaborate, and perform.

What is the role of music? That question is at the heart of the Silk Road Ensemble, a group of master musicians from around the world brought together by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform, teach, and brainstorm. In The Music of Strangers, Academy Award- winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Keith Richards: Under the Influence, also screening at this year's Festival) takes us on a global journey with Ma and the Ensemble that will open your eyes and attune your ears.

"I never committed to being a musician," says Ma, "I just fell into it." Steered by his parents into playing the cello, Ma was hailed as a child prodigy. By the time he reached middle age, he had travelled the world and achieved a level of popularity rare for a classical musician, but he still didn't know what he wanted to do. In 2000, he began channelling his restless energy into the Silk Road Ensemble, and the project took on greater meaning after September 11, 2001 as a way to foster dialogue across cultures.

Silk Road's aspiration to "create unexpected connections" is the kind of goal that's easier said than done, but in this film we witness the tangible results of the Ensemble's eclectic collaborations. Among the musicians we meet are Iran's Kayhan Kalhor, a master of the kamancheh fiddle; China's Wu Man, a virtuoso on the lute-like pipa; and Galicia's Cristina Pato, known as the Jimi Hendrix of gaita bagpipes. Despite their divergent backgrounds, they share with Ma a passion for passing traditions to new generations.

Full of transcendent music — including Ma's performance of a solo Bach piece in the Toronto Music Garden, a space that he co-created — The Music of Strangers will leave you with a new-found appreciation for the stunning variety of our world's musical traditions, and an appetite to hear more."  - THOM POWERS, TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

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A Night In Casablanca

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

Dir. Archie Mayo - 1946 - 85m - All Seats $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

After a five-year absence, the Marx Brothers returned to the screen in the independently-produced effort A Night in Casablanca. Originally conceived as a parody of Casablanca (with character names like "Humphrey Bogus" and "Lowen Behold"), the film emerged as a spoof of wartime melodramas in general. Someone has been methodically murdering the managers of the Hotel Casablanca, and that someone is escaped Nazi war criminal Heinrich Stubel (Sig Ruman). Disguised as a Count Pfefferman, Stubel intends to reclaim the stolen art treasures that he's hidden in a secret room somewhere in the hotel, and the only way he can do this undetected is by bumping off the managers and taking over the hotel himself. The newest manager of Hotel Casablanca is former motel proprietor Ronald Kornblow (Groucho Marx), who, blissfully unaware that he's been hired only because no one else will take the job, immediately takes charge in his own inimitably inept fashion. Corbacchio (Chico Marx), owner of the Yellow Camel company, appoints himself as Kornblow's bodyguard, aided and abetted by Stubel's mute valet Rusty (Harpo Marx). In his efforts to kill Kornblow, Stubel dispatches femme fatale Beatrice Reiner (Lisette Verea) to romance the lecherous manager, leading to a hilarious recreation of a key comedy sequence in the Marxes' earlier A Day at the Races.  Some of the best visual gags were conceived by an uncredited Frank Tashlin, including Harpo's legendary "holding up the building" bit!

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Bound For Glory - In Honor of Woody Guthrie's Birthday

Jul 12 to Jul 14
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 7:30

Dir. Hal Ashby - 1976 - 147m

Director Hal Ashby's meticulously detailed bio-pic of the politically engaged singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie!

By strumming his guitar with words of inspiration, Woody Guthrie instilled hope in the hearts of downtrodden Americans everywhere during the 1930s Depression. Now, the extraordinary life of this legendary balladeer and poet is captured in this "elegantly crafted, hugely beautiful and interesting film, which reveals loving integrity in every frame" (Los Angeles Times)! Winner* of two OscarsÂ(r) and starring David Carradine, Bound for Glory features "magnificent cinematography" (New York) and an amazing score adaptation. It's 1936, and the Great Depression is forcing droves of people from the dust bowls of Texas to the alluring green fields of California...and unemployed sign-painter Woody Guthrie is among them. Determined to find a better life out west, Guthrie hitchhikes, hops freight trains and sings his way across America, uplifting the spirits of the poor with his homespun wisdom and fiercely fighting for a better life for all. Featuring classic Guthrie tunes including "This Land Is Your Land," this "moving, inspiring" (The Hollywood Reporter) portrait of an American icon is "one of [the] year's most admirable and triumphant surprises" (Los Angeles Times)! *1976: Cinematography, Music (Adaptation Score)

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Lucha Mexico

Jul 15 to Jul 18
Friday to Monday

Dir. Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz - 2015 - 105m - U.S. - In Spanish with English subtitles

In Mexico, the war between good and evil has been waged each week for decades, thrilling generations of fans with the spectacle of Lucha Libre. Real-life superheroes and villains, these masked wrestlers work tirelessly to entertain their legions of fans. Gaining unprecedented access to the largest Lucha federations, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz offer an entertaining, no-holds-barred look at some of the sport’s top performers, from the “1000% Guapo” Shocker, the little person mascot KeMonito, the Luchador heir Blue Demon Jr, hardcore wrestler El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, and American bodybuilder Jon “Strongman” Andersen.

Captures the nostalgic spectacle of this Mexican sport with vibrant glee. It offers up an infectious energy and a behind-the-ropes look at its legendary heroes. It’s quite a party!” – Elias Savada, Film International

“Few films I’ve had the pleasure of seeing from this year’s DOC NYC lineup are as breathlessly enjoyable as this film. A delightful, and shockingly powerful, look at a world most people aren’t familiar with. Delightfully energetic and a must-watch for wrestling fanatics, this is a universally engaging documentary that’s as high speed as it is genuinely moving and intellectually engaging.” – Joshua Brunstig, Criterion Cast

 “An exciting film… One of the fest's most generous in terms of breadth — there are revelations about the sport, its performers, and its fans every few moments, and the screen bursts with color and wild motion.” – Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

 “A headlong dive into the world of masked superheroes and villains.” – David Edelstein, New York

 “Lucha Mexico made me want to jump into the metaphorical ring, as it were. There’s the comedy and zaniness that you’d expect from a documentary about men in masks wailing on each other in front of a roaring crowd. But there’s also a lot of insight into the lives of these men, who when they’re not dressed up in spandex can be seen signing autographs. There’s also a surprising amount of emotion.” –  Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal   

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Wiener-Dog

Jul 15 to Jul 18
Friday to Monday

Dir. Todd Solondz - 2016 - 90m

Welcome to the doghouse: the latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener—whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet, Wiener-Dog is a tragically funny, wondrously warped look at the absurdity of life (and death) from one of contemporary cinema’s most fearless and unique voices.

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Tickled

Jul 19 to Jul 21
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:45pm ONLY!

Dir. David Farrier & Dylan Reeve - 2016 - 92m

After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.

Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.” – Logan Hill, Esquire

“CAPTIVATING AND JAW-DROPPING. A fascinating, stranger-than-fiction exposé.” - Sheri Linden. The Hollywood Reporter

“A humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to engrossing conspiracy-thriller” – Justin Chang, Variety

“A surprisingly tense and increasingly weird detective story. Compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“A must-see documentary. Tickled is not at all what it seems. A secret world full of villains and victims, power and deceit, and shocks and surprises—you just can’t make this stuff up.” – Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Movies

“A terrific bit of investigative filmmaking — Errol Morris filtered through ‘Too Many Cooks’” – Tommy Cook, Collider

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Yarn

Jul 19 to Jul 21
Tuesday to Thursday 5:15, 7:00

Dir. Una Lorenzen - 2016 - 76m - Iceland - In many languages with English subtitles

The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

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The Vision Of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert - A Free AIA Movie Night Special

Oct 27
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Lisa Scafuro - 2013 - 88m - An AIA Albuquerque movie night! Free but seating is limited so you must pick up a ticket first!

FREE Tickets are available at our box office beginning at 6pm the day of - Seating is limited - TWO TICKETS PER PERSON, PLEASE 

A biographical documentary on the architect and environmentalist Paolo Soleri. Born in Torino, Italy in 1919, Soleri came to America in 1946 to mentor under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, Arizona. A biographical documentary on the architect and environmentalist Paolo Soleri. It is the story of an unprecedented artistic quest.

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