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The Irregular at Magic High School the Movie - The Girl Who Summons the Stars

Jul 28 to Jul 29
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Risako Yoshida - 2017 - 90m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! Japan - in Japanese with English Subtitles

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The long-awaited theatrical release is here! A brand-new saga unfolds with an all-new story written by the original creator, Tsutomu Sato. And Tatsuya Shiba becomes a legend.... Set in a world where magic is established as a skill set, the enormously popular light novels, The Irregular at Magic High School, by Tsutomu Sato with illustrations by Kana Ishida) tells the tale of a pair of siblings and their friends - students attending a school known as “Magic High School” - and various incidents that they encounter.  With cumulative sales surpassing 7.5 million copies, the light novels have been adapted into TV anime, comic books, video games, and other media platforms. And now, the long-awaited theatrical film has been green-lit!  Keep your eyes glued to the big screen, in which heroics of Tatsuya Shiba, the most powerful of all, are brought to life…

Seasons have passed, and their second spring season is almost upon them…The “irregular” elder brother and his younger sister, who is an academic star.  Their first year at Magic High School is about to draw to a close.  Tatsuya, Miyuki and the others have decided to spend their spring break at a certain private villa on Ogasawara Island.  Tatsuya and the others are making the most of their brief vacation.  That is until a young girl named Kokoa appears before them.  She has escaped from the naval base, and tells Tatsuya her one wish…

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My Life as a Zucchini

Jul 29 to Jul 30
Saturday & Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Claude Barras - 2016 - 70m - France - All Seats Just $5 - Mom's Matinee Returns!

NOTE:  Saturday's screening will be in English.  Sunday's screening will be in French with English subtitles.

This new English language version stars voice work by Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris, and had its world premiere at Sundance 2017.

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has now been nominated for both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

“ZUCCHINI WILL FLOOR YOU!  This is animation as an art form, inspiring and indelible.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE!” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

“MAGICAL! WENT STRAIGHT TO MY HEART!” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“AN UNEQUIVOCAL DELIGHT!” - Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

“A TRIUMPH!  As delightful as it is affecting!” - Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily 

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Band Aid

Jul 31 to Aug 3
Monday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Zoe Lister-Jones - 2017 - 94m

The refreshingly raw, real, and hilarious feature debut from Zoe Lister-Jones, is the story of a couple, Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen), they start a band. A story of love, loss, and rock and roll, Band Aid is a witty and perceptive view of modern love, with some seriously catchy pop hooks to boot.

“Rare among romantic comedies, this modest but stimulating indie, the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, delivers not romcom formula, but genuine emotion.” - Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner

“Lister-Jones makes us believe in this couple, keeps us interested in their lives and keeps us thinking about other people like them.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Their career ruts, their marital disputes and their underlying mutual love all rings true, making what could have been merely a wacky high-concept premise into a relationship's genuine and deeply felt cry for help.” - Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

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SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment

Jul 31 to Aug 3
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Neil Edwards - 2015 - 101m - No Matinees

"If you're interested in new-age cults of the 1960s and 1970s, look no further" - Dirge Magazine

SPECIAL BONUS:  Author & former Process Church member Timothy Wyllie will be at the screenings for talk/Q&A plus possible book signings!

Google ‘The Process Church of the Final Judgment’ and you will discover a long list of lurid conspiracy theories. The cult has been accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson's 'crimes of the century', influencing the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and being the root of the notorious Son of Sam serial killings.

Formed in 1960s England, many of its members were drawn from wealthy families and aristocracy. Newspapers branded them the 'Mindbenders in Mayfair' and 'The Devil's Disciples'. Ever since, members of The Process have adopted a secretive stance.

Only now, have former members of the inner circle agreed to reveal the truth behind the conspiracy theories, and open up about their beliefs, rituals, and the closely guarded secret of the real power behind it all.

The film gets behind the veils of the cult and tracks their journey from their formation in London’s prestigious Mayfair district, through wilderness experiences in Mexico, flirtations with pop royalty, and their spread state-side that resulted in them being ‘christened’ ‘One of the most dangerous satanic cults in America’.

With contributions from leading former members of the cult, and insights from filmmaker John Waters (who encountered the cult whilst living in New Orleans) George Clinton (who included Process writings on his Funkadelic albums). Plus artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and renowned authors Gary Lachman, Robert Irwin, Gaia Servadio (who infiltrated the group in 1966), and Manson biographer Simon Wells.

Featuring the music of Funkadelic and electronic sounds by Nicholas Bullen.

"Funny and warm as well as endlessly fascinating" - Diabolique Magazine

"Wild and wonderful" - LeCool London

"The feel-good cult story of the year" - Audiences Everywhere

"Insightful and thoroughly entertaining" - Dangerous Minds

"Wonderful firsthand storytelling" - The Guardian

"Fascinating stuff" - FilmInk

ABOUT TIMOTHY WYLLIE -  a graphic artist and writer who specializes in exploring non-human intelligences. After leaving The Process (the subject of Neil's doco) he's written a series of books examining the unrecognized impact non-human intelligences are having on a transforming world. These include Dolphins ETs & Angels (1984); Dolphins Telepathy & Underwater Birthing (1992) republished as Adventures among Spiritual Intelligences in 2002; The Return of the Rebel Angels (2003). I co-authored Ask Your Angels with Alma Daniel and Andrew Ramer in 1993. Timothy has also written and illustrated The Helianx Proposition; The Return of the Plumed Serpent (2011).   Additionally he's written and co-edited with Adam Parfrey of Feral House "Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgement" (2009).   And over the last few years, there's been writing collaboration with Georgia, a discarnate rebel angel, a series of books under the collective title The Confessions of a Rebel Angel, five of which are already published and the sixth is on its way later this year. 

Timothy Wyllie by avocation is a graphic artist who illustrates his own books--see The Helianx Proposition.

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Endless Poetry: The Newest from Alejandro Jodorowsky!

Aug 4 to Aug 7
Friday to Monday 3:00, 7:45

Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky - 2016 - 129m - Chile & France - In French and Spanish with English subtitles

Through renowned father of the midnight movies Alejandro Jodorowsky’s intensely personal lens, Endless Poetry tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940’s.

Against the wishes of his authoritarian father, the 20 year old Jodorowsky leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago where he meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra, all unknown at the time, but who would later become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature.

Living with these inspirational artists, Jodorowsky’s exploration of his inner feelings takes him on a journey of sensual experimentation leading him to realize his innermost desires and passions.

Continuing the autobiographical story he began in The Dance of Reality, Endless Poetry is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness, told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.

“The most accessible movie he has ever made, and it may also be the best. It's Felliniesque and moving. More than any previous Jodorowsky opus, it’s a work of disciplined and touching emotional resonance. It could be his first movie to truly hook the art-house audience.” - Variety Magazine

“There is gusto and energy, a need to excite, shock, bewilder. You can sense here something you rarely experience, even in the very best films: how much the director is simply enjoying himself.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“This film from a director in his late 80s feels more joyously and recklessly alive than the work of many film-makers half his age.” - Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)

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Kill Baby ... Kill ! - The Restored Mario Bava 1966 Masterpiece

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

Dir. Mario Bava - 1966 - 83m - Italy - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 general / $6 students

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 49!

NEW 50th Anniversary Restoration! Considered by many to be one of Italian horror maestro Mario Bava's best, this occult murder mystery skillfully interweaves elements of the 'giallo' thriller formula with a creepy Gothic ghost story. Set in modern day Transylvania, an evil curse has fallen on the village which has been plagued by a series of bizarre murders, in which female victims keep turning up with gold coins embedded in their hearts. In order to free the village from this evil curse, the local sorceress (Fabienne Dali) must find and destroy the vengeful Baroness Graps (Gianni Vivaldi), who along with the ghost of her murdered daughter, seek to claim the villagers' souls in retribution (with pretty Erica Blanc next on the list).

"In director Mario Bava lies one of Italy's most important film talents.  Kill, Baby...Kill! is a small masterpiece of its kind, comparing favorably with the late Val Lewton's horror programmers of the '40s. [It's] handled so skillfully as to revitalize the genre." - Variety

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The Sunshine Makers: The Story of 60s Acid!

Aug 4 to Aug 7
Friday to Monday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Cosmo Feilding Mellen - 2016 - 101m - No matinees

A real-life ‘Breaking Bad’ for the psychedelic set, this blast of a documentary reveals the fascinating, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counter-culture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, ‘Orange Sunshine,’ all while staying one step ahead of the Feds.

“RIVETING” –  The Daily Beast

“THIS STORY WILL BLOW YOUR MIND” – The Hollywood Reporter

“FASCINATING” – Vice

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66 Mile Radius Three New Mexico Artists at Tamarind Institute

Aug 5
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Melinda Frame - 2017 - 90m total - FREE - SEATING IS LIMITED!

Additional Videography and Editing by Noor-un-nisa Touchon, UNM Cinematic Arts

Produced by Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts, The University of New Mexico

This project supported by The University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies

This documentary provides a unique glimpse into the stories and practice of New Mexico artists Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Nina Elder, and Tom Miller. Each segment explores a range of political and cultural themes, with footage of their collaborations with Tamarind printers in the workshop. The three artists all live and work with a 66-mile radius of Tamarind Institute, and are relatively new to collaborative printmaking. The filmmakers and participating artists will be present for a brief Q & A following the film.

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Sacred

Aug 8 to Aug 10
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Thomas Lennon - 2017 - 86m - In English, Burmese, Japanese, Amharic, Malagasy, Arabic, French, Pashtu, Marathi, Hebrew, Krio, Tagalog, Nepalese, Punjabi, Polish, Haitian Creole, Spanish with English subtitles when necessary

ALSO PLAYING SATURDAY AUGUST 19 & SUNDAY AUGUST 20 AT 1PM ! 

Directed by Academy Award® winner Thomas Lennon and shot around the globe by 40 filmmaking teams, Sacred immerses the viewer in an exploration of spirituality across cultures and religions. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film, sweeping in global reach and yet intensely intimate, explores faith as primary human experience: how it is used to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. 

"intimate...kaleidoscopic...we see personal notes of grace and meaning.." - NEW YORK TIMES

"a reminder that for millions of people of faith all over the world, religion is about small but significant moments of hope, affirmation and reflection." - NEW YORK TIMES - Sunday Arts & Leisure

"Moving...deeply personal....the film articulates a concept of universal humanity." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A feast for the eyes." - VICE

"A fascinating tapestry of human belief." - SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE

"A cinematic leap of faith." - FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

"Purely observational, kinetic cinema and, some might say, even a kind of prayer." - AMERICA THE JESUIT REVIEW

"A surprising new take on filmmaking." - MONTCLAIR LOCAL

"Celebrates humans' search for meaning." - HUFFINGTON POST

"This is very much a timely and topical film, one that will encourage debate and discussion." - YES WEEKLY

"A visually breathtaking documentary." - TRIBECA SHORTLIST

"...a swirling whirlwind of customs, traditions, joy, agony..." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY_

"..exquisite cinematography with vibrant light and shadow, striking use of color, and intimate portraits. It takes us into the very experience of the moment" - SIGNIS

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Nasser M. Khan, One-man Show - I am the Way: The Poetic Life & Crimes of Nasser M. Khan

Aug 11
Friday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Nasser M. Khan, of course! - NOW! - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $15/2 FOR $20/Convicted Felon Discount:20% off - Must be 18 years or older

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW BY CLICKING HERE!  ADVANCE TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE SOON AT OUR GOOD NEIGHORS MASKS Y MAS LOCATED AT 3106 CENTRAL SE !

PRISON ART WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND FOR SALE TOO !

This is a raw blend of comedy, poetry & storytelling that chronicles the abstract journey of introspection and perspective through the lens of incarceration.  Nasser M. Khan's nuanced take on the prison industrial complex as one of America's greatest absurdities will definitely make you think!  With his material born in the belly of the beast, he brings the performance from the cage to the stage. Witness a true tale of transformation from tragedy to triumph, as he shares his experience with crime, time and rhyme.

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One Mind

Aug 11 to Aug 14
Friday to Monday 3:15, 8:00

Dir. Edward A. Burger - 2017 - 81m - China - In Chinese with English subtitles

“Incredible footage. To be any closer, you’d have to shave your head.” - Bill Porter (Red Pine) on ONE MIND

A rare cinematic portrait of life inside one of China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, a group of cloistered meditators sit in silence for 8 hours every day. Suggesting a Zen version of the critically acclaimed film Into Great Silence, ONE MIND offers an intimate glimpse into a thriving Buddhist monastery in modern China.

Director Edward A. Burger (Amongst White Clouds) has lived and studied with Buddhist communities in China for over 15 years, and is the first Western filmmaker to be granted such unprecedented access to the daily rituals and traditions practiced in this remote mountain monastery. 

But more than a portrait of life within this monastic community, ONE MIND is an experiment in Buddhist filmmaking. A markedly quiet and contemplative film, Burger has set forth to craft a documentary that is not ‘about’ Buddhism, but rather a ‘Buddhist film’. Taking inspiration from traditional Zen stories and lessons told to him by elder monks and teachers at Zhenru monastery, each chapter of the film explores the trials and challenges we all must face when we set forth to become wiser, kinder human beings. In ONE MIND we learn that this journey begins when we turn our gaze inward. That no matter how far we have traveled and how many mountains and valleys we have crossed, the true adventure awaits us within the landscapes of our own mind.

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Soul On A String

Aug 11 to Aug 14
Friday to Monday 5pm ONLY!

Dir. Yang Zhang - 2017 - 142m - China / Tibet - Tibetan with English subtitles - No Matinees

“Stunningly shot Tibetan western has a nicely laconic magical-realist flavor.” – Sino-Cinema

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a solitary Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission: to bring it back to the holy Mountain of Buddha's Handprint. Pursued by black market traders who seek the priceless artifact for themselves, as well as two brothers seeking vengeance for the long-ago death of their father, Taibei's journey will be a long and difficult one - even before it is thrown off course by strange, mystical events.

"This panoramic film...is visually stunning. It share a high elevation and the spirit of revenge with The Revenant..." – David D'Arcy, Screen Daily

"A slow-simmering, Western-style action drama of blood feud, misfired machismo, and spiritual quest spread across Tibet's rolling steppes and scorching deserts..." – Maggie Lee, Variety

"In this panoramic masterpiece, Director Zhang Yang weaves a tale of revenge and destiny across the diverse lands of Tibet, creating a Buddhist Western of epic proportions..." – Walker MacMurdo, Willamette Week

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Animal Crackers - THE MARX BROTHERS!

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

Dir. Victor Heerman - 1930 - 98m - Admission only $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

Like The Cocoanuts before this outrageous comedy is an all-but-literal translation to film of a smash-hit Marx Brothers Broadway musical. The aristocratic Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) holds a weekend party at her Long Island Estate. Her guest of honor is famed (but likely fraudulent) African explorer Geoffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx). Also showing up are renegade musician Signor Emmanuel Ravelli (Chico Marx), the mute, girl-chasing "Professor" (Harpo Marx) and Spaulding's faithful secretary Horatio Jamison (Zeppo Marx). The film, revolving around a stolen painting, finds Groucho lecturing on his most recent safari ("One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know"), Harpo and Chico unabashedly cheating at bridge, Groucho dictating a wildly nonsequitur letter to the firm of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger and McCormick, and Groucho and Chico drawing up plans to build a house.

“The first Marx Brothers movie that really captures their unique approach to comedy.” - Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online

“Damn, these guys were funny.” - Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum

“Prime wackiness from the Brothers.” - James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette

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Pulling Push Doors

Aug 12
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Aaron Hendren - 2017 - 83m - All Seats $8 - DIRECTOR PLUS SOME OF THE CAST & CREW IN PERSON !!

Local filmmaker Aaron Hendren directs this story of a woman named Bubblegum (Katy Houska) who moves to Albuquerque after losing her parents. Bubblegum is aware that her life is a movie and spends her time in a ghost world, rejecting the love around her in hopes that her movie won't have a tragic ending. 

Stars Katy Houska and Jason Witter.

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How Sweet the Sound - The Blind Boys of Alabama

Aug 15
Tuesday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Leslie McCleave - 2015 - 89m

SPECIAL LIMITED ADVANCE SCREENINGS!

Featuring Clarence Fountain, George Scott, Jimmy Carter, Bishop Billy Bowers, Ben Moore, Eric ‘Ricky’ McKinnie, Caleb ‘Bobby’ Butler, Tracy Pierce, Joey Williams, Johnny Fields and Roscoe Robinson

Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound is the first film to tell the story of this legendary gospel quartet. The Blind Boys of Alabama met as children in the 1930's at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets, traversing the famed "gospel highway" and beyond. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, frank view of life on and off the road with these renowned performers, now in their 70s and 80s. 

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Pretty In Pink - as part of the Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies book tour!

Aug 16
Wednesday 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 only!

Dir. Howard Deutch - 1986 - 96m

SPECIAL TOURING GUEST AUTHOR KEVIN SMOKLER WITH HIS BOOK "BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies and the Places They Happened" WILL BE IN PERSON ALONG WITH JAMES HUGHES (JOHN'S SON !) TO PRESENT THE 6pm & 8:30pm SCREENINGS!

FOR ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE!

John Hughes crafts an exemplary '80s Brat Pack romance out of the standard Cinderella story in Pretty in Pink. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) develops a fascination with her, they go out on a date together. Visiting the home bases of each social clique, they are basically ridiculed for their audacity to date one another. When Blaine eventually asks the delighted Andie to the prom, he is threatened by his rich friend Steff (James Spader). The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom.

“As irresistibly sweet as cotton candy.” - Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News

“First-Timer Howard Deutch is a nice surprise too. His precise, unexploitative direction is sympathetic to the awkward pauses in teen talk, to the mopery of first love, to the suicidal bravado of words spoken in heat.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

“These kids have a bumpy ride, but this is one film that identifies with their passions instead of indulging them, giving us a perfect back-seat view of kids out cruising, not for kicks but for a hard-earned sense of pride.” - Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“When Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts are onscreen together, the movie is aglow. See Pretty In Pink or, years from now, you may suffer side effects from missing it.” - Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

ABOUT BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies and the Places They Happened: From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the “Goondocks” in Astoria and the “time of your life” dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. Like few other eras in movie history, the '80s teen movies has endured and gotten better with time. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why these locations are so important to these movies.

Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and a Trapper Keeper full of interesting facts about your favorite '80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan of The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future, of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and Dead Poets Society. Smokler went to Goonies Day in Astoria, OR, took a Lost Boys tour of Santa Cruz, CA, and in the present visited retro arcades, movie theaters and record stores. His exploration of highways and main streets of Brat Pack America remind us why we loved the teen movies of the '80s so much and, three decades later, still do.

ABOUT KEVIN SMOKLER:  the author of the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School (2013), which the Atlantic Wire called “truly enjoyable,” and the editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, the San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and on NPR. In 2013, he was BookRiot's first ever Writer-in-Residence.

He can be found on twitter at @weegee. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, cat, and most of MTV's first year on vinyl.

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Swim Team

Aug 17
Thursday 3:45, 6pm, 8:15 ONLY!

Dir. Lara Stolman - 2017 - 100m

PLEASE NOTE:  This special event will be "Sensory Friendly Screenings".  The lights will be dimmed but stay on during the screening. The volume will be lowered and viewers can freely move about. This is being allowed for guests and families living with autism or other special needs

Check out a great piece on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on SWIM TEAM here!

A feature documentary chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of SWIM TEAM is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and underserved in autism intervention and education. The film follows three of the team's star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, SWIM TEAM captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

"Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring." - Hollywood Reporter

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Airplane!

Aug 18
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker - 1980 - 88m - All Seats $8

In honor of National Aviation Day, New Mexico Entertainment is presenting this special screening of the 1980 laugh riot that’ll keep you bowled over in gut busting hahas!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of parody films, the original Airplane! still holds up as one of the brightest comedic gems of the '80s, not to mention of cinema itself (it ranked in the top 5 of Entertainment Weekly's list of the 100 funniest movies ever made).  The jokes keep coming at a rapid-fire clip and its targets--primarily the lesser lights of '70s cinema, from disco films to star-studded disaster epics--are more than worthy for send-up. If you've seen even one of the overblown Airport movies then you know the plot: the crew of a filled-to-capacity jetliner is wiped out and it's up to a plucky stewardess and a shell-shocked fighter pilot to land the plane. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty are the heroes who have a history that includes a meet-cute à la Saturday Night Fever, a surf scene right out of From Here to Eternity, a Peace Corps trip to Africa to teach the natives the benefits of Tupperware and basketball, a war-ravaged recovery room with a G.I. who thinks he's Ethel Merman (a hilarious cameo)--and those are just the flashbacks! The jokes gleefully skirt the boundaries of bad taste (pilot Peter Graves to a juvenile cockpit visitor: "Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?"), with the high (low?) point being Hagerty's intimate involvement with the blow-up automatic pilot doll, but they'll have you rolling on the floor. The film launched the careers of collaborators Jim Abrahams (Big Business), David Zucker (Ruthless People), and Jerry Zucker (Ghost), as well as revitalized such B-movie actors as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen, who built a second career on films like this.

“From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.” - Variety

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From the Land of the Moon

Aug 18 to Aug 24
Friday to Sunday 5:30pm / Monday to Thursday 1pm

Dir. Nicole Garcia - 2017 - 116m - France/Belgium/Canada - In French, German & Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

Based on the international best-selling novel and starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, From the Land of the Moon is the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for passionate dreams of true love against all odds. Gabrielle (Cotillard) comes from a small village in the South of France at a a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Her parents marry her to José (Àlex Brendemühl), an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her. Despite José’s devotion to her, Gabrielle vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post World War II society until the day she is sent away to a hospital in the Alps to heal  her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and André seems to share her desire. Will anyone dare rob her of her right to follow her dreams?

“A surprisingly intriguing and affecting movie.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Sincere performances and beautiful photography save the film from descending into cheap romantic fiction and eventually you discover there is more going on than first meets the eye.” - Allan Hunter, Daily Express (UK)

“This smoothly told tale is more of a character study than a romance, yet should still draw fans of romance fiction who will particularly appreciate Louis Garrel in the role of the dashing lieutenant Andre Sauvage.” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“An intense, profound and intimate character study that takes a candid exploration into the fragile mind of our protagonist.” - Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys

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Pop Aye

Aug 18 to Aug 20
Friday to Sunday 3:15, 8:00

Dir. Kirsten Tan - 2017 - 102m - Thailand, Singapore - In Thai with English subtitles

A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.

"Unforgettable. Every character and relationship is imbued with a fascinating complexity." — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

"A quietly eloquent, crowdpleasing film." — Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

"An engaging and charming road trip." — Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist

"A joy. Warm yet unsentimental." — Maggie Lee, Variety

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Sacred - Final Encore Screenings!

Aug 19 to Aug 20
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Thomas Lennon - 2017 - 86m - In English, Burmese, Japanese, Amharic, Malagasy, Arabic, French, Pashtu, Marathi, Hebrew, Krio, Tagalog, Nepalese, Punjabi, Polish, Haitian Creole, Spanish with English subtitles when necessary - No Matinees

Directed by Academy Award® winner Thomas Lennon and shot around the globe by 40 filmmaking teams, Sacred immerses the viewer in an exploration of spirituality across cultures and religions. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film, sweeping in global reach and yet intensely intimate, explores faith as primary human experience: how it is used to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. 

"intimate...kaleidoscopic...we see personal notes of grace and meaning.." - NEW YORK TIMES

"a reminder that for millions of people of faith all over the world, religion is about small but significant moments of hope, affirmation and reflection." - NEW YORK TIMES - Sunday Arts & Leisure

"Moving...deeply personal....the film articulates a concept of universal humanity." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A feast for the eyes." - VICE

"A fascinating tapestry of human belief." - SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE

"A cinematic leap of faith." - FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

"Purely observational, kinetic cinema and, some might say, even a kind of prayer." - AMERICA THE JESUIT REVIEW

"A surprising new take on filmmaking." - MONTCLAIR LOCAL

"Celebrates humans' search for meaning." - HUFFINGTON POST

"This is very much a timely and topical film, one that will encourage debate and discussion." - YES WEEKLY

"A visually breathtaking documentary." - TRIBECA SHORTLIST

"...a swirling whirlwind of customs, traditions, joy, agony..." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY_

"..exquisite cinematography with vibrant light and shadow, striking use of color, and intimate portraits. It takes us into the very experience of the moment" - SIGNIS

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I Am The Blues

Aug 21 to Aug 24
Monday to Thursday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Daniel Cross - 2017 - 116m - No Matinees

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil' Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

"I Am the Blues is a lovely film, made with a light, respectful touch." – Marc Glassman, Point of View Magazine

"Heartache never sounded so good." – Chris Knight, National Post

"Director Daniel cross goes deep into the Deep South blues scene with this terrific documentary. One of the most striking aspects of the film is how beautifully shot it often is." – Robert Whitehead, VultureHound

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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Aug 21 to Aug 24
Monday to Thursday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana - 2017 - 102m

Audience Award – Hot Docs Film Festival 2017 / Best Canadian Documentary – Hot Docs Film Festival 2017 / Special Jury Prize for Masterful Storytelling – Sundance Film Festival 2017 / Best Music Documentary – Boulder Film Festival 2017

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Winner of the Audience Award and Best Canadian Documentary at the 2017 HotDocs Film Festival, RUMBLE features interviews with musicians, historians, and experts including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Pat Vegas (Redbone).

"Revelatory in almost every sense. Astoundingly rich and resonant." — Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

"Eye-opening. Irresistible for popular music lovers." — Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

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2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour!

Aug 25 to Aug 28
Friday to Monday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Various - 2017 - 95m

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2017 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.

Come Swim - Written and directed by Kristen Stewart. 2017, U.S.A., 17 minutes.

This is a diptych of one man's day, half impressionist and half realist portraits.

Lucia, Before and After - Written and directed by Anu Valia. 2016, U.S.A., 14 minutes.

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction - After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.

Night Shift - Written and directed by Marshall Tyler. 2017, U.S.A., 15 minutes.

Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Pussy - Written and directed by Renata Gasiorowska. 2016, Poland, 9 minutes.

Alone at home one evening, a young girl decides to have a solo pleasure session—but not everything goes according to plan.

Ten Meter Tower - Directed by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson. 2016, Sweden, 16 minutes. In Swedish with English subtitles.  

People who have never been up a 10-meter diving tower must choose whether to jump or climb down in this entertaining study of people in a vulnerable position.

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It Stains the Sands Red

Aug 25 to Aug 26
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Colin Minihan - 2017 - 92m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 general / $6 students

“A remarkable work for film fans in general, as well as being one of the greatest zombie movies ever made.” - Daniel Goodwin, Heyuguys 

“The best zombie film since Shaun of the Dead.” - Kieran Fisher, Scream Magazine

 "The most original zombie movie since 28 DAYS LATER" - Alan Jones, Horror Channel FrightFest

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, A troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past, finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous Zombie on her tail.

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The Little Hours - A Wicked Nun Comedy!

Aug 25 to Aug 28
Friday to Monday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jeff Baena - 2017 - 90m - No Matinees - NOT FOR THE KIDS!

“A winning ensemble brings present-day attitude to Boccaccio's irreverent sex comedy.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

“A beautiful hilarious orgy of Nun's behaving badly, exploring lesbian impulses, drinking, doing drugs, Alessandra (Alison Brie) having sex or Fernanda (Plaza) attempting sex with Massetto (Dave Franco), and occasionally practising witchcraft…” - Blake Howard, Graffiti With Punctuation

“Nunsploitation is a sub-genre of film that I had not been privy to until last week, and I feel all-the-better for having been subjected to it.” - Laura Birnbaum, Film Inquiry

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Empire of The Sun

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

Dir. Steven Spielberg - 1987 - 153m - All Seats just $5 - Mom's Matinee brings back a Spielberg 80s historical epic!

Internationally renowned director Steven Spielberg captures the powerful story of a sheltered young boy separated from his parents and forced to endure the ravages of war. Based on the autobiographical best seller by J.G. Ballard, this epic drama chronicles Ballard's remarkable struggle to survive a childhood filled with betrayal, death and disappointment trapped in Shanghai during the World War II Japanese occupation.

“Spielberg has dreamed of flying before, and this time he earns his wings.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

“A breathtaking movie in its scope and energy.” - Cathy Burke, United Press International

“The best mix in his directorial career between typical Spielbergian flourishes of audience-friendly spectacle and seriousness of intent.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

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Agnes Martin Before the Grid

Aug 29 to Aug 31
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman - 2016 - 56m

Agnes Martin is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Before she died in 2004 at the age of ninety-two her paintings sold for millions of dollars and were displayed in the world's greatest museums. Martin was respected and achieved the art world’s highest awards. She painted for twenty-three years, until she reached a style she was happy with in 1964. Her time in New York in the early sixties saw her create what are now called her grid paintings. Despite many interviews, very little was known about her life, particularly her life before 1958, the year of her first solo show in New York.

A documentary film, by Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman, captures little known stories as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew her well and give insight into Martin's personality and development of her creative process.

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Besides Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Aug 29 to Aug 31
Tuesday to Thursday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Jon Brewer - 2017 - 104m - No Matinees

“… Of all the early seventies guitar players Mick was probably one of the most influential and profound.”- David Bowie

Narrated by David Bowie, this highly anticipated feature documentary release directed and produced by Jon Brewer (B.B. King: The Life of Riley, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark), highlights the man behind the mega-stars who was so pivotal in the composition and production of countless hits for which he was the uncelebrated shadow: Mick Ronson.

Despite his contributions and work with Morrissey, Lou Reed, Ian Hunter, Mott the Hoople, Bob Dylan and most notably David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars, it was really Mick Ronson’s dynamic support, contribution, and co-creation of this era in music as well as to the expansive and multi-faceted career of David Bowie that this film explores, and at times, exposes. Featuring exclusive access to archives never seen before.

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To The Ends Of The Earth

Sep 3
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lavallee - 2016 - 82m - $5 suggested donation!

A LOS ALAMOS STUDY GROUP SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

This documentary follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.

The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this global crossroads unfold. For example, the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals that the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who goes on a journey to areas that produce energy for the tar sands of Alberta — he learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource — and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would disturb its headwaters.

"To the Ends of the Earth" brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.

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