Aquarius - ENCORE SCREENINGS!
Dec 9 to Dec 11
Friday to Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Kleber Mendonca Filho - 2016 - 141m - In Portuguese with English subtitles - No Matinees
Clara (Sonia Braga, "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings of its age and character that remains in a rapidly changing seaside Recife neighborhood. Now that the other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, pressures to move on surround Clara from all sides. But she has pledged to leave only upon death, and will engage in a cold war with the developers to keep a home that has been a silent witness to her entire life. The resulting confrontation is mysterious, frightening and nerve-wracking, tingeing even Clara's most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller. But it is her passion for those close to her, for music, for her memories of past loves, and hunger for future ones, that makes the film a tremendous kaleidoscope of life's pleasures and our reasons for defending them, from Brazil's great chronicler of its present moment, Kleber Mendonca Filho.
"It’s a reminder that the history of cinema is also a history of male directors working with superb actresses, a truism borne out in AQUARIUS, from the Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho. Sonia Braga (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) stars as a widow and retired music critic whose fight with some developers (they want to evict her) evolves into a stirring look at the intersection of class, history and memory." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“And at the center of this emotional maelstrom is the 65-year-old Braga, herself a living legend and bridge to the past. In a long film of many turns, her performance — weathered, proud, sensuous, fragile — captivates and brings us into her world… A career-defining performance by the great Sonia Braga.” — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“AQUARIUS is a film that’s at once gentle and angry, sad and sexy. It’s beautifully anchored by Braga’s lively performance, as detailed and textured as the perfect set design, Barry Lyndon poster and all. An engrossing, intimate character study that manages to encompass plenty of universal truths, AQUARIUS is a look at the end of things that is vibrant and bursting with life.” — Richard Lawson, VanityFair.com
“Sonia Braga shines” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
“Sonia Braga stuns in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Quiet Triumph” — Jessica Kiang, theplaylist
“Sonia Braga gives the performance of her long, storied career in AQUARIUS” — Mike D’Angelo, AV Club
Dec 9 to Dec 10
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm
Dir. Shawn Crahan - 2016 - 88m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 General / $6 Students
Adapted from the 2010 graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, OFFICER DOWNE concocts a hyper-real Los Angeles for the story of a savage LA policeman who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to active duty via dark science technology. When a rookie officer named Gable is recruited as back up, he discovers there's much more to the titular super-cop than a mindless law enforcement drone warring against a twisted rouges gallery of over-the-top super-villains.
“If you thought Deadpool was perverse, you ain't seen nothin' yet.” - Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
“When Crahan is on, there's a hardcore griminess to Officer Downe that's sadistically stylized and punishingly powerful.” - Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
Paths of Glory - a Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday tribute
Dec 9 to Dec 11
Friday to Sunday 4:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Stanley Kubrick - 1957 - 88m - No Matinees
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH SPARTACUS!! TWO MOVIES FOR ONE PRICE!
Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.
“Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as the intelligent and courageous Col. Dax.” - Crosby Day, Orlando Sentinel
“This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick's best film.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Spartacus - a Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday tribute
Dec 9 to Dec 11
Friday to Sunday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Stanley Kubrick - 1960 - 196m - No Matinees
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH SPARTACUS!! TWO MOVIES FOR ONE PRICE!
Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends—including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator that led a Roman slave revolt—in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes, and visceral fight sequences won Spartacus four Oscars; the blend of politics and sexual suggestion scandalized audiences. Today Kubrick’s controversial classic, the first film to openly defy Hollywood’s blacklist, remains a landmark of cinematic artistry and history.
“Douglas is terrific as the iron-jawed slave fuelled by righteous fury.” - James Christopher, Times (UK)
“A surprisingly apt companion piece to Paths of Glory in its consideration of the mechanisms of power.” - Derek Adams, Time Out
“This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“There have been other versions of the Spartacus story, including a silent epic and a more recent TV series, but Kubrick's film can't be beaten.” - David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
18th Annual Animation Show of Shows - ENCORES
Dec 12 to Dec 14
Monday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. various - 2016 - 96m - No Matinees
The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns for its second year in theaters with 12 charming family-friendly films. Highlights include “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne. The show also features a late-night bonus of four provocative shorts exclusively for mature audiences.This year’s show includes an expanded selection of fresh student films from leading animation schools in the U.S., Belgium, Canada, Korea and Russia. This is not surprising, since the most interesting and groundbreaking work is being done at these hotbeds of creativity.Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 16 extraordinary films in this program were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the U.K., and the U.S. Their themes range from gay issues and civil rights, to deeply felt personal stories, to the wacky humor that animation does so well. Many have garnered awards from prestigious festivals around the world.
SHORTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING -
STEMS by Ainslie Hendersen • SHIFT by Cecilia Puglesi & Yijun Liu • PEARL by Patrick Osborne • CRIN-CRIN by Iris Alexandre • MIRROR by Chris Ware, John Kuramoto, Ira Glass • LAST SUMMER IN THE GARDEN by bekky O’Neil • WAITING FOR NEW YEAR by Vladimir Leschiov • PIPER by Alan Barillaro • BØYGEN by Kristian Pedersen • AFTERNOON CLASS by Seoro Oh • ABOUT A MOTHER by Dina Velikovskaya • EXPLOOZY by Joshua Gunn, Trevor Piecham, & John McGowan • CORPUS by Marc Héricher • BLUE by Daniela Sherer • MANOMAN by Simon Cartwright • ALL THEIR SHADES by Chloé Alliez
Ixcanul - ENCORE SCREENINGS!
Dec 12 to Dec 14
Monday to Wednesday 4:00, 8:00
Dir. Jayro Bustamante - 2016 - 91m - Guatemala / France - In Spanish with English subtitles
Guatemala's entry for the Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film & Winner Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2015
SPECIAL THANKS TO YANKWIK MEXIKAYOTL!!
The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.
**** (Four stars) "A fascinating blend of modernity and ritual." -The Guardian
"A powerful and highly accomplished debut deserving recognition. Moreover, with its social realist focus on Guatemala’s contemporary Mayan population, it offers a portrait of a largely unseen community refreshingly free of exoticism (the remarkable unprofessional cast helped co-write the script). -Filmmaker Magazine
"Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul was a genuine discovery, as this is not only the director’s first feature, but also the first film made in the Kaqchikel Mayan language..." -Senses of Cinema
"Bustamante’s film is downright Herzogian (far more than Herzog’s own “Queen of the Desert”) in its surfeit of physical detail, observed ritual and looming clash of civilizations." -Variety
Dec 15 to Dec 19
Thursday to Tuesday 5:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand - 2015 - 141m - France - No Matinees
Best Documentary, Beijing International Film Festival
HUMAN is a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Featuring interviews with individuals from around the world, including human rights luminaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, HUMAN takes these everyday and extraordinary experiences to provide a stunning vision of our universal experience.
Featuring renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's famous aerial imagery (well known from his over 40 books, including the classic EARTH FROM ABOVE), HUMAN is a resonant ode to the beauty of the world and the interconnected nature of the human race.
Comparable to such films as SAMSARA, KOYAANISQATSI and WINGED MIGRATION, HUMAN is a theatrical experience like no other.
"Marvelous images and heartfelt human testimonies..." - Variety
“An indelible cinematic experience.” - Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight
“An astonishing film with many voices expressing the best and the worst of humanity.” - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
Dec 15 to Dec 19
Thursday to Monday 3:00, 8:15
Dir. Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud - 2016 - 95m - France - In French with English subtitles
After traveling the world alongside migrating birds and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground, the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when, in a relatively short period of time the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later than man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare. SEASONS, with its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.
“Truly beautiful. Captures the poetry, humor and drama of wildlife.” - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Stunning." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
“Breathtaking.” - Catherine Vincent, Le Monde
Phantasm - the original classic remastered!!
Dec 16 to Dec 17
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Don Coscarelli - 1979 - 96m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation!! $8 General / $6 Students with ids
Since its release in 1979, director Don Coscarelli’s epic tale of The Tall Man, his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres, and group the small town friends who must band together to stop his dimension-hopping schemes has captivated and terrified horror and sci-fi fans around the world. An immediate success, bringing in 40 times its production budget, the film has influenced generations of filmmakers. Thirty-seven years later, PHANTASM has been finally restored to its original glory by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Coscarelli, with a stunning new 4K remaster and 5.1 surround sound mix from the original elements that ensures Phantasm will be around to scare the hell out of generations to come.
“(A) wildly imaginative and legitimately creepy, confronting death and mourning as part of the coming-of-age process while also delivering nutty Jawa-type critters and blood spurting out of peoples' faces.” - Katie Rife, AV Club
“One of the most idiosyncratic movies in the horror canon.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
“Freshly refurbished with better sound and digitally sharpened visuals for this latest rerelease, "Phantasm" remains a pretty effective fright fest.” - Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016 - SEE THE WORLD, FEED YOUR MIND: LIVE ACTION SHORTS
Dec 17 to Dec 18
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon Only!
Dir. various - 2016 - 78m - Mom's Matinee returns with more great Kids' Festivals! All seats Just $5
The characters in this collection of award-winning and audience-pleasing films are a determined bunch, unafraid to find their own way, create their own futures, search for happiness, find a way to save the planet and shoot for the stars. Join these amazing kids as they explore the countryside, cities and small towns of four countries, and look up at the skies to explore the worlds beyond.
Bounce (Rory Lowe and D.C. Barclay, United Kingdom, live action, 2015, 10:19 min) In English.
A little girl will do anything to get her heart’s desire — the bounciest ball in the world.
Mami (Che Espiritu, Philippines, 2014, live action, 18:26 min) In Tagalog with English subtitles.
Best friends Siopao and Araw draw inspiration from random beautiful people in the city, in an attempt to draw the faces of their mothers whom they haven't known at all.
Mo’s Bows — winner, Children’s Jury prize for best short documentary, CFFS 2016!(Jennifer Treuting and Kristen McGregor, USA, live action, 2015, 6:19 min) In English.
Meet Moziah Bridges, and see what it's like to be the bow tie king of Memphis!
Myna & Asterix — winner, audience favorite short live action film, CFFS 2016! (Kenny Basumatary, India, live action, 2015, 20 min) In English.
City kid Myna visits her cousin, who lives in a village. Together, the pair tries to make a magic potion, but they end up learning something much more valuable.
Once Upon a Tree (Marleen van der Werf, The Netherlands, live action, 2014, 14:40 min) In Dutch with English subtitles.
A girl who is awestruck by the beauty of her favorite trees makes a plan to stop the chopping in the forest.
Star Stuff (Ratimir Rakuljic, Croatia, live action and animation, 2015, 9:42 min) In English.
A boy who wonders about the stars in the sky sets off on a voyage of great discovery. A film inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan.
Across The Universe
Dec 20 to Dec 23
Tuesday to Friday 5:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Julie Taymor - 2007 - 131m - No matinees
Taking its inspiration from the songs of The Beatles, Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad. With a cameo by Bono
“The kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album." - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“A marvelous visual experience that works even for non-Beatles fans.” - Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
“Across the Universe isn't beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune.” - Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
Imagine: John Lennon
Dec 20 to Dec 23
Tuesday to Friday 3:15, 8:15
Dir. Andrew Solt - 1988 - 106m
The life of British singer-songwriter and former Beatle John Lennon is the focus of this intimate 1988 documentary, pieced together from archival footage of the Beatles and 240 hours of home movies shot by Lennon and his widow, Yoko Ono. Featuring interviews with David Bowie, producer George Martin, and son Julian Lennon, it recounts the ups and downs of the performer's life and career, concentrating most on his post-Beatles period, and reveals the private man behind the public persona.
“It'll make you miss him all over again.” - Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
“Interesting documentary about an interesting man.” - Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS! SEASON GREETINGS!
Dec 24 to Dec 25
WE'RE BACK IN ACTION MONDAY DECEMBER 26TH!
Blade Runner - 1982 Sci Fi Classic
Dec 26 to Dec 30
Monday to Friday 3:30, 8:30
Dir. Ridley Scott - 1982 - 117m
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN!!
Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott's definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. This incredible version features the definitive Final Cut of Ridley Scott's steampunk/cyber urban classic based on the Phillip K. Dick novel with a mesmerizing Vangelis score!
“The single most immersive and tactile world ever created for the cinema.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
“This remains an astonishing achievement: a Dystopian sci-fi epic that is also one of the best film noirs of recent times.” - Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK)
“Another chance to savour its pure unhurried strangeness, beginning with that bizarre vista of 2019 LA, with four tall buildings mysteriously belching fire-plumes into the night like apocalyptic oil rigs.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
The City of Lost Children
Dec 26 to Dec 30
Monday to Friday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro - 1995 - 112m - France - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH BLADE RUNNER!!
“One of the most fantastic (in the literal sense) films to have emerged from Europe in the past 50 years; a masterpiece of dark invention.” - Film4
One of the most unique and visually stunning films in years, The City of Lost Children concerns a malevolent scientist who attempts to unlock the mystery of dreaming. To this end, he kidnaps young children and studies them as they sleep. From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amelie and Alien: Resurrection, starring Ron Perlman, Briac Barthelemy, Guillaume Billod-Morel, Geneviève Brunet and Marc Caro.
“On visual terms alone, The City of Lost Children is something of a masterpiece, using state-of-the-art physical, optical and digital special effects to stretch cinematic boundaries.” - Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
“Set in a wondrously seedy waterfront world populated with runaway children and grotesque, sinister adults, it glistens with dense fantasies, technological feats that make the catch-phrase "state of the art" seem antique.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - The Vintage Beatles Concert Film!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Saturday and Sunday 1pm
Dir. Ron Howard - 2016 - 137m - No matinees
A new compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966!
Director Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) takes a look back at the years when the Beatles were still a touring band, from their early performances in Europe in 1963 to their decision in 1966 to quit playing publicly in order to focus on their work in the studio. This documentary features archival footage of the Beatles' legendary concerts, as well as interviews with surviving band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and famous fans such as Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver, and Elvis Costello.
“Hugely enjoyable with some remastered live performances that were previously drowned out by screaming girl fans.” - Kate Muir, Times (UK)
The Party - HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH PETER SELLERS, BLAKE EDWARDS & HENRY MANCINI!!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Saturday and Sunday 3:45, 8:30
Dir. Blake Edwards - 1968 - 99m
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH BLAKE EDWARDS / PETER SELLERS' THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER!!
In one of their few non-Clouseau efforts, director Blake Edwards (Victor Victoria) and star Peter Sellers (What s New Pussycat?) preserve the spirit of the French bumbler in the person of Hrundi V. Bakshi, an accident-prone Indian actor. Brought to Hollywood to play the title role in SON OF GUNGA DIN, Bakshi destroys the film's most elaborate set with his bungling and is banned from the set by the film's producer. But because of an error by the producer's secretary, Bakshi's name is added to the guest list of his next party, an A-list affair. Shortly after arriving, Bakshi begins accidentally dismantling the producer s carefully staged event, destroying a flower bed, knocking a servant through a bay window, and triggering the lawn sprinklers, soaking the his pretentious guests. Sellers is typically brilliant in a film abounding in sidesplitting sight gags with a script by Edwards, Frank Waldman (The Pink Panther Strikes Again) and his brother Tom Waldman (Inspector Clouseau).
“The film makes a strong argument for the liberating joys of disorder.” - Sam Adams, The Dissolve
“The precise and relaxed snowballing of silent-comedy idioms becomes, beautifully, a '68 uprising.” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
The Return of the Pink Panther - HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH PETER SELLERS, BLAKE EDWARDS & HENRY MANCINI!!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Saturday and Sunday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Blake Edwards - 1975 - 115m
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE 1968 BLAKE EDWARDS / PETER SELLERS COMEDY THE PARTY!
The comic genius of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers meet again in The Return of the Pink Panther. The "Pink Panther Diamond" is stolen with only one clue left behind - a white glove, the trademark of the world-renowned jewel thief, The Phantom (Christopher Plummer). Believed to be retired, he immediately becomes the chief suspect on Inspector Clouseau's list. Wanting to clear his name, The Phantom sets out to find the real thief and sends Clouseau bumbling along on a false trail. Inspector Clouseau's antics finally push his boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, over the edge and he sets out to murder Clouseau to be rid of him once and for all! It's non-stop laughs in this timeless comedy masterpiece, hailed as the funniest in The Pink Panther series.
“Hilarious Clouseau better in sequel than original.” - Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
“A slap-stick devotee's dream come true” - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World
Dir. Renee Silverman & Peter Miller - 2016 - 40m - All Seats $5 - A Fundraiser!
Presented by the Refugee Youth Mentoring Program at Catholic Charities
A short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.
BONUS! Film to be followed by a discussion panel on the issues facing the refugee community in Albuquerque and an art show featuring the artistic works of the children in the Refugee Youth Mentoring Program. Art work and merchandise will be available for purchase. All proceeds and donations will go towards funding the Mentoring Program and the art projects the Program is collaborating on with other refugee communities around the world.