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The Battle of Algiers - a May Day double feature special with THE OFFICIAL STORY!

May 1 to May 2
Monday and Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo - 1966 - 121m - Italy/Algeria - In French & Arabic with English subtitles - No Matinees

THE 1966 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL WINNER FOR BEST FILM!  TO BE SCREENED ON ACTUAL VINTAGE CELLULOID FILM!

Paratrooper commander Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), a former French Resistance fighter during World War II, is sent to 1950s Algeria to reinforce efforts to squelch the uprisings of the Algerian War. There he faces Ali la Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), a former petty criminal who, as the leader of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, directs terror strategies against the colonial French government occupation. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable.

“Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made.” - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“The film is not just a relentlessly gripping entertainment but also a cinematic Rorschach blot, a moral miasma that tosses our sympathies this way and that.” -Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Essential viewing.” - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

“Fifty years after its first run, The Battle of Algiers is still a cinematic stick of dynamite.” - Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

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The Official Story - a May Day special double feature with THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS!

May 1 to May 2
Monday and Tuesday 3:30, 8:30

Dir. Luis Puenzo - 1985 - 112m - Argentina - In Spanish with English subtitles - No matinees

1985 OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!  TO BE SCREENED ON 35mm FILM!  

This Argentine drama focuses on Alicia (Norma Aleandro in a tremendous performance!), a high school history teacher who is leading a comfortable life with her husband, Roberto (Héctor Alterio), a businessman with ties to the military, and their adopted daughter. When Alicia begins to wonder about the identity of the little girl's birth parents, a shocking truth unfolds that ripples through Argentina's history in the 1980s.

“A rare film, which makes a powerful political statement while telling a touching personal story. In his feature debut, Puenzo shows commitment to human rights without imposing explicit political doctrine.” - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

“An almost textbook example of how to use a personal story to tell and illuminate a much larger one (are you listening, Oliver Stone?).” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Alive & Kicking

May 3 to May 4
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Susan Glatzer - 2017 - 84m

NOTE:  ALSO PLAYS MAY 9 TO MAY 11 AT SAME SHOWTIMES!

HAPPINESS IS JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY!

Alive & Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. No matter what troubles they are facing in their lives, swing dancers are filled with joy, exhilaration, and even giddiness while they dance. Boiled down to its core, swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness. Most people think of happiness as a passive emotion: if something good happens, I will be happy. But we all have the ability to feel joy despite the worst of circumstances once we realize that happiness exists inside of us.

“The music, the interviews, the interleavening of stock footage, the way the various modern narratives and backgrounding histories are fitted together: All of this works toward a successful expression of what means a thing because it does have that swing.” - Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle

“Glatzer captures the love and support of an intergenerational community, one in which nonagenarians cut the rug alongside up-and-comers.” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Glatzer captures the visceral charge of moving wildly in tandem with another person, often in improvised bouts that forge strong bonds between partners, if only for a few minutes.” - Christopher Kompanek, Washington Post

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The Transfiguration

May 3 to May 4
Wednesday and Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Michael O' Shea - 2017 - 91m - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY MAY 9 TO THURSDAY MAY 11 AT THE SAME SHOW TIMES!

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.

“Engaging!” – Variety

“A quiet bite, but one that leaves its mark” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“An impressively confident directorial debut… a vampire movie that looks, feels, walks and talks like a gritty US indie flick” – Charles Gant, ScreenDaily

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Creepy

May 5 to May 8
Friday to Monday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 2017 - 130m - Japan - in Japanese w/Eng. subtitles - No Matinees

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics Cure and Bright Future, gets back to his roots by putting the thumbscrews to the audience with his latest, Creepy. A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa).  His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door, in this insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock.

“A spine-tingler about love and death, and the allure of mystery and its perils.” - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“As with Kurosawa’s brilliant “Cure,” “Pulse” and “Seance,” “Creepy” uses

silence as a tool of terror, following its characters through long, tense scenes where everything’s a little too quiet, and where each creak sounds like a scream.” - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"What's the opposite of a jump scare? Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has mastered it in the superb Creepy, revealing the upsetting details with such slow-build subtlety that you don’t notice your skin crawling until it’s halfway out the door.”  - Rob Staeger, Village Voice

“Creepy is as sublime as any prior Kiyoshi Kurosawa film.” - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

"It’s terrifying. The psychological tension builds up minute by minute.” - Jeffrey Edalatpour, San Francisco Weekly

"Ostensibly a character study of skin-crawling weirdness, the film finds the Nipponese chiller-maestro exploring his favorite themes of familial discord and communication breakdown." - Variety

"It doesn’t get much eerier than this." - Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"In Creepy…Kurosawa is a masterful filmmaker.” - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Masterful...grows a sense of unease throughout. I was completely enthralled.” - Mike Hanson, Horrorbuzz.com

"...Not only amply merits its name, but would make Norman Bates scratch his head at the sheer weirdness of what goes on here behind closed doors." — Jonathan Romney, Screen International

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The Death of Louis XIV

May 5 to May 8
Friday to Monday 3:00, 5:30pm

Dir. Albert Serra - 2017 - 115m - France - in French with English subtitles

Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV - magisterially interpreted by New Wave icon and honorary Palme d’Or recipient (Jean-Pierre Léaud) - feels pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed. 

Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors. 

"A mesmerizing elegy." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The most beautiful film at Cannes 2016." – Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound

"An instant classic." – Filmmaker Magazine

"Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece as reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira." – Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

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Working Classroom Student Showcase: Social Issue Short Films

May 6
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2017 - 75m - In English and Spanish - most of the Spanish with English subtitles

Working Classroom and South Valley Academy Seniors have partnered with local non-profit organizations to create short films about issues impacting their communities.

Topics include: youth homelessness, racial and language discrimination in healthcare, environmental racism, dress code policy sexism, Domestic violence, stories from people with Down Syndrome, female homelessness, anxiety and mental illness, standardized testing, Santolina Development, stories from immigrants, immigrant rights, and educational opportunities for children in families experiencing homelessness."

Community Organizations include: 

New Day, Enlace Comunitario, CLN Kids, Albuquerque Center Peace and Justice League, Parents Reaching Out, the Barrett House, and Juntos: Our Air, Our Water

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Alive & Kicking

May 9 to May 11
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Susan Glatzer - 2017 - 84m

HAPPINESS IS JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY!

Alive & Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. No matter what troubles they are facing in their lives, swing dancers are filled with joy, exhilaration, and even giddiness while they dance. Boiled down to its core, swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness. Most people think of happiness as a passive emotion: if something good happens, I will be happy. But we all have the ability to feel joy despite the worst of circumstances once we realize that happiness exists inside of us.

“The music, the interviews, the interleavening of stock footage, the way the various modern narratives and backgrounding histories are fitted together: All of this works toward a successful expression of what means a thing because it does have that swing.” - Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle

“Glatzer captures the love and support of an intergenerational community, one in which nonagenarians cut the rug alongside up-and-comers.” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Glatzer captures the visceral charge of moving wildly in tandem with another person, often in improvised bouts that forge strong bonds between partners, if only for a few minutes.” - Christopher Kompanek, Washington Post

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The Transfiguration

May 9 to May 11
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm

Dir. Michael O'Shea - 2017 - 91m - No Matinees

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.

“Engaging!” – Variety

“A quiet bite, but one that leaves its mark” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“An impressively confident directorial debut… a vampire movie that looks, feels, walks and talks like a gritty US indie flick” – Charles Gant, ScreenDaily

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Burden

May 12 to May 15
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan - 2017 - 90m

Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, locked up in a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own, to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In BURDEN, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends, fellows students and colleagues, critics' comments and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.

“At first, no one would ever connect this placid, agreeable work with the madman who did Shoot, but it's a testament to Marrinan and Dewey that this film gets us there.” - Jordan Hoffman, Guardian

“Directors Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey approach his work with precisely the right mixture of skepticism and reverence.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“The filmmakers keep things simple and straightforward, focusing on Burden's work and leaving it to you to see his relevance and influence today, from Jackass stunts to the nauseating "social experiments" by YouTubers like Coby Persin.” - Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto

“EXCELLENT—A must for filmgoers seeking to understand contemporary art” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“A great artist doc.” – Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

“A fitting appreciation. Complex, mysterious, but ultimately quite winning.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety 

“**** Even skeptical audiences may find themselves ‘getting it’” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

“A compelling portrait of the artist as young masochist.” – Jay Horton, Willamette Week

“You’ll walk out with a whole new respect for one of contemporary art’s true shit disturbers.” – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

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Cezanne et Moi

May 12 to May 15
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Daniele Thompson - 2017 - 113m - France In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

Cézanne et Moi traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola. The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cézanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment.

“Cinematographer jean-marie dreujou magnificently manages to engage every sense – not just sight but also sound, touch, scent and taste – as his camera absorbs the familiar aix-de-provence subjects of cezanne’s canvases." - Susan Wloszczyna , rogerebert.com

"Guillaume gallienne gives an electrifying portrait of Cézanne ... there is an abundance of gorgeous outdoor scenes " - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"This beautiful film was shot in many of the locations cézanne painted and its canvas is rich with the natural beauty he immortalized." - Huffington Post

"As richly textured as a magnificent painting, cézanne et moi is a naturalistic plein air portrait of these pioneers of nouvelle technique, done with great verve & panache, memorably brought to life with the greatest artistry." - Bill Handelsman, KPFK 90.7 fm

"Beautifully produced." - Village Voice

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Machete - A Cinco De Mayo Special!

May 12
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Robert Rodriguez & Ethan Maniquis - 2010 - 105m - ALL SEATS $8

TO BE SCREENED ON ACTUAL 35mm FILM!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

New Mexico Entertainment Magazine is excited to present a special screening of Official Machete in honor of Cinco De Mayo - 7 days later. After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

“This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer.” - Nigel Floyd, Time Out

"Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff." - Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

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It's In The Bag!

May 13 to May 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Richard Wallace - 1945 - 87m - Only $5 Admission!

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION SPECIAL!

Packed with wisecracks, strange cameos, and nothing-sacred, anything-goes digressions!  Radio personality Fred Allen plays a flea-circus operator who discovers that he's inherited $12 million from a granduncle. He also learns that the money is missing. (Most of it is stuffed in a chair.) The movie revolves around Allen's frantic search for his inheritance. Allen meets Jack Benny who lampoons his own stingy radio character. William Bendix plays a racketeer who can't abide guns being fired and runs a gang inherited from his mother. A small but lively comedy. Screenwriter Alma Reville was the wife of Alfred Hitchcock and cooperated with him on many of his early pictures including THE 39 STEPS and THE LADY VANISHES.

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20 Feet From Stardom

May 16 to May 18
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Morgan Neville - 2013 - 90m - No Matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE GREAT OUTPOST PERFORMANCE SPACE!  CHECK OUT FEATURED SUBJECT LISA FISCHER LIVE AT THE OUTPOST ON MAY 26!

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.   

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.    Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. 

"A film that may be the happiest time you'll have at the movies all summer." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"I have rarely seen a movie that better expressed the revivifying nature of music." - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"This film festival favorite is a genuine crowd pleaser, meant to right a few wrongs in the music industry, offer a window into the lives of some hard-charging entertainers, and above all make audiences leave the theater humming a song." - Peter Harlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

"This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

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Chasing Trane - The John Coltrane Documentary!

May 16 to May 18
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 8:00

Dir. John Scheinfeld - 2017 - 99m

The definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places.

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, CHASING TRANE brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.

“A music titan gets his cinematic due in Chasing Trane, a comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful account of the life of John Coltrane, the tenor sax player and composer most aficionados would agree deserves a spot on the jazz equivalent of Mount Rushmore… Smartly shaped and vigorously told…A stellar cast of witnesses and commentators.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter 

“…documentarian John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) digs in deep to get the stories behind the stories, unearthing rare footage of the Love Supreme innovator in action and getting everyone from Wayne Shorter and  Sonny Rollins to Cornel West to weigh in on the man behind the horn.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

“What Scheinfeld does especially right in his film is to play Coltrane’s music through virtually every frame.  Scheinfeld relies on Denzel Washington to voice him, mostly by reading short, austere snippets of a written memoir. This might be some of Washington’s best work.” - Michael Cieply, Deadline.com   

“Coltrane’s musician friends, children, and biographers tell his story, while eloquent commentary from former U.S. President Bill Clinton and academic and philosopher Dr. Cornel West communicate a deep understanding of his cultural and historical significance. Coltrane, who grew up in the segregated South, rarely talked politics, but the stories behind his most notable compositions (“Alabama”) and albums (“A Love Supreme”) resonate in the here and now.” - Jennie Punter, VARIETY 

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Colossal

May 19 to May 20
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Nacho Vigalondo - 2017 - 110m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHTMOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 General / $6 students

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 49

Gloria (Anne Hathaway in a great performance) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

“It's a brilliant concept, executed by writer-director Vigalondo with a perfect balance of pop-culture irony and sincere storytelling.” - Rafer Guzman, Newsday

“From its weird little prologue to a nearly perfect ending, Colossal is a trip in multiple meanings of that word.” - Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

“In this observant, entertaining, wildly imaginative movie, just about everything has more than one meaning.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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Slack Bay

May 19 to May 21
Friday to Sunday 3:30, 8:00

Dir. Bruno Dumont - 2017 - 122m - France - In French with English subtitles

The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family—among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi—have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing (and serving full-on Keystone Kops). As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It’s no wonder director Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915) cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce.

“A work of madcap inspiration." — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

"Completely off the wall." — Andrea Picard, Cinema Scope

"Sublimely deranged." — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

"Suggests Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by way of Godard’s Weekend... Dumont's most polished work." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Everyone seems to have drunk their bodyweight in absinthe." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Yarn

May 19 to May 21
Friday to Sunday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Una Lorenzen - 2016 - 76m - Iceland - In many languages with English subtitles - No Matinees

IN CELEBRATION OF FIBER FIESTA AND THE ALBUQUERQUE FIBER ARTS COUNCIL!  A BIG THANKS ALSO TO THE YARN STORE AT NOB HILL!

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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Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

May 20
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Jules Hart - 2011 - 64m - All Seats $8

A Special Presentation by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests!

A riveting new documentary about the controversial movement of women ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church !

Q & A AFTER THE SCREENING WITH JULES HART, THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER, Fr. ROY BOURGEOIS, ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN PRIESTS, DONNA ROUGEUX, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND CAROL GIANNINI, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST.

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY EMAILING DONNA ROUGEUX AT Donna(dot)arcwp(at symbol)gmail(dot)com

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican chronicles the difficult journey of women ordained as Catholic priests beginning with the early history of the church, to the seven women ordained on the Danube River in 2002, and provides a glimpse into the ministries of the courageous women ordained in Europe and North America over the last eight years.

The film has already won "Best Female Filmmaker" and "Best Faith-based Film" at the Action on Film International Film Festival and Best Documentary in the Santa Fe International Film Festival.

"Nearly 100 women have been ordained or are in training to be ordained through the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement, vividly documented in Jules Hart's award-winning film, "Pink Smoke Over the Vatican." Angela Bonavoglia, Huffington Post

"Scenes from the... ordinations... provide a visual richness... The personal stories and observations of the women priests are moving... [The film] captures the reason all these women choose ordination as women priests but do not leave the Church." Marjorie Reiley Maguire, National Catholic Reporter

"One of the most thrilling moments of the first national Association for the Study of Women and Theology conference was the world premiere of the documentary... At the end of the showing, the audience rose to its feet in a surge of loud approval." Patricia Monaghan, Ph.D., ASWT

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Jeff Berg's MADE IN ALBUQUERQUE compilation series!

May 21
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

1930s to Now! - 90m approx - No Matinees

Local film historian, journalist and author of New Mexico Filmmaking (now in its 2nd printing!), Jeff Berg returns to the Guild with a new installment of his patented “Made in New Mexico” film screenings/lectures, taking viewers on a trip back in time to learn the history of filmmaking in ABQ. 

Although most people may think of ABQ's film history in terms of 'Breaking Bad', the city has been hosting filmmakers since the earliest days of statehood, 1912. The early 70's saw a number of films made in Duke City including great works as The Man Who Fell to Earth, with David Bowie and Convoy, directed by the immortal Sam Peckinpah, but there were a lot of lesser known movies that at least briefly called Albuquerque 'home', such as the O.J. Simpson epic, 'Detour to Terror', Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine's not-quite-masterpiece, 'Bunny O'Hare', and who could forget (or remember) 'Animal Behavior', which was shot on the UNM campus. 

This 90-minute cinematic event will feature the silent short film “The Tourists,” shot in and around Albuquerque in 1912  Berg will include clips from many other films lensed in the Duke City—including 1943’s Kirtland base-shot war drama Bombardier, a 1940 fashion show documentary called “Fashion Horizons” and the superb 'Lonely are the Brave'.  Audience participation is highly encouraged for this screening! 

Berg will also discuss his research on the 1933 feature Air Hostess, which may have been filmed in part at the old Albuquerque Airport. 

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DR. JEKYLL & MR HYDE (1920) - featuring a live score by the touring INVINCIBLE CZARS

May 22
Monday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. John S. Robertson - 1920 - 73m approx. - All Seats $8

ABOUT THE INVINCIBLE CZARS SCORE - this particular soundtrack performed live incorporates voice loops and is still the most understated effort by the band to date.  That band used themes from Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes 1, 3 and 5 as well as a complete arrangement of Debussy’s Footsteps in the Snow.  It was also one of the most collaborative efforts by the band featuring cues written by new bass player Hen3ry Q Vines, violinist Phil Davidson and voice/winds mistress Leila Henley.

Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story (though greatly influenced by T.R. Sullivan's popular stage treatment), recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self. 

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David Lynch: The Art Life

May 23 to May 25
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 6:00

Dir. Jon Nguyen - 2016 - 93m

A fascinating look at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.

“There's old home-movie footage too, lots of it previously unseen, and it all feeds into that image of Lynch as the twisted by-product of middle America, an apple-cheeked Eagle Scout who somehow got drawn into the dark side.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

“A fond portrait of how one man nurtured his artistic temperament and risked being misunderstood - sometimes by his own family.” - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

May 23 to May 25
Tuesday to Thursday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1992 - 134m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

"Get me Agent Chester Desmond in Fargo, North Dakota".  And away we go!  Meet Laura Palmer...In a town where nothing is as it seems...And everyone has something to hide.  This prequel to the television drama series "Twin Peaks," which chronicles the seven days leading up to the brutal murder of Laura Palmer in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest, is written and directed by David Lynch and stars Kyle MacLachlan, Heather Graham, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Harry Dean Stanton, Kiefer Sutherland and more.

“In its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch's masterpiece.” - Calum Marsh, Village Voice

“One of Lynch's darkest, most disturbing films precisely because it is able to delve into the places that the show simply wasn't allowed to explore on national television.” - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

“A fascinating tightrope-walk: Lynch's ultra-cool unconventional storytelling techniques are modified just enough to allow the movie to reach a broad audience.” - Dan Jardine Cinemania

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Eraserhead - the ultimate cult movie on the big screen!

May 26 to May 27
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1977 - 89m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 General / $6 Students

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 49

ALSO PLAYING SATURDAY JUNE 3 AT 10:30PM

A dream of dark and troubling things . . . 

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

“What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” - Nathan Lee, Village Voice

“It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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In Search of Israeli Cuisine

May 26 to May 29
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Roger Sherman - 2017 - 94m - No Matinees

A portrait of the Israeli people told through food. It puts a literal face on the culture of Israel. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze a rich, complex and human story emerges.

Through scenes that are mostly cinema verité— interviews, farms, markets, restaurants, kitchens, landscapes, and history—audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine has developed only in the last 30 years. In that short time, Israel went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most advanced. Its sophistication mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food: secular, outward looking and innovative.

The chef/guide of In Search of Israeli Cuisine is Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award winning chef/owner of Zahav and a number of other restaurants in Philadelphia. His book Zahav: A World of Israeli Cuisine was recently released and is on the NYTimes bestseller list. Mike was born in Israel and grew up in the States. He’s smart, funny, self-deprecating, and very knowledgeable about the traditions and foods of Israel. Mike enters peoples’ lives, and their kitchens, and discusses their roots, inspirations, what their grandmothers cooked, how they’re preserving traditions and updating recipes with global influences.

“Sherman and Solomonov buoyantly capture the art and joy of preparing and savoring Israel's raft of gastronomic choices, largely drawn from localized ingredients with a concentration on lemon, olive oil, vegetables, lamb and fish.” - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“The film is at its best when tackling the often uncomfortable discussion of what Israelis have learned, borrowed, and absorbed from the Arab cuisines that existed there before creation of the state.” - Craig LaBan, Philadelphia Inquirer

“You don't have to be a foodie to find Roger Sherman's documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine unexpectedly interesting.” - Simi Horwitz, Film Journal International

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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

May 26 to May 29
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Lydia Tenaglia - 2017 - 103m

The life of Tower, who became one of America’s first celebrity chefs, and features Bourdain, Mario Batali, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl. Tower gained fame as a pioneer in the California cuisine movement at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, during  the 1970s and founded San Francisco’s  Stars restaurant in the mid 1980s. The original bad-boy chef, Tower was known for his Studio 54 lifestyle, over-the-top brash personality, and his public feud with Alice Waters.

“As engrossing as a finely-wrought suspense drama.” - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

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Political Animals

May 27
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares - 2017 - 87m - All Seats $8

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER CAROLE MIGDEN (A FEATURED SUBJECT IN THE DOCUMENTARY) AT THE SATURDAY SCREENING!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE, CLICK HERE!

The story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement - through the eyes of four elected women - a group often left out of gay histories until now. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows four ground- breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government.

Fierce, determined, focused and passionate, these women had the courage and foresight to start the work of legal rights of the LGBT community, ultimately paving the way for other states across the nation. Bills they authored included the first domestic partnership registry enacted by a legislature, the first anti-bullying bill protecting gay students and many more. It was a hard fight – filled with surprisingly heated debates and hateful insults hurled by opponents. This film shows how their legislation brought about change in laws and societal acceptance, the strategies behind this incremental change, and what tough bargains had to be made to get us to where we are today. While legislators often follow the will of the people, these visionary women were brave pioneers in creating lasting and significant social change.

“Engrossing doc charts four lesbian California State Assembly members' pioneering legislative activism ... Briskly paced (kudos to editor Michael Hofacre) and packed with hot-button moments of Assembly debate (notably as one legislator after another piously disregards any “separation of church and state” awareness) that overall it avoids feeling like a PBS-ready clock-punch in stylistic terms.” - Dennis Harvey , Variety

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Lost Highway - double featured with WILD AT HEART

May 30 to Jun 1
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1997 - 135m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highway. The successful jazz musician whose marriage is on the rocks… The man in black who threatens to expose him… The young mechanic with links to a powerful mobster… The mobster's moll, who knows what she wants and the people who can get it for her. These are the riders on the Lost Highway, trapped in their worlds of desire, destiny, and unknown destination, where the truth is always just a short way further down the road. Featuring a star-studded soundtrack and an incredible cast including Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Patricia Arquette (Medium), Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake and Robert Loggia, Lost Highway is a powerful, sensual and extraordinary movie experience from the director that you know from Blue Velvet & Twin Peaks.

“Beyond subversive and downright ahead of its time.” - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

“It's one of the downright spookiest films I've ever seen, and it gives me chills just to recall it.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

“Its demented darkness actually coallesces into a strange kind of giddy joy - not unlike the rush of adrenaline one feels after a brush with danger.” - Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter

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Wild At Heart - double featured with LOST HIGHWAY

May 30 to Jun 1
Tuesday to Thursday 3:30, 6:00

Dir. David Lynch - 1990 - 125m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

WINNER OF THE 1990 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PALME D'OR - Mr. Lynch delivers a stunning piece of work with this flamboyantly violent and erotic tale of love on the run. Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival, Wild At Heart is a twisted rollercoaster ride to redemption through an American gothic heart of darkness. If Lula (Laura Dern, Blue Velvet) knows on thing in this world, it's that she's destined to be with her ex-con boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) - no matter how many times her mama (Diane Ladd, Rumbling Rose) tries to kill him. But when she and Sailor finally hit the road in a desperate bid to find happiness, their journey plunges them into a disturbing underworld filled with sexual secrets and dangerous desires that form a terrifying tapestry of human extremity. The amazing supporting cast includes Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rossellini and Crispin Glover, just to name a few.

“Joltingly violent, wickedly funny and rivetingly erotic.” - Variety Staff

“Funny, scary and brilliantly cinematic.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Lynch's kinky fairy tale is a triumph of startling images and comic invention.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Obit

Jun 2 to Jun 5
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY

Dir. Vanessa Gould - 2017 - 95m - No Matinees

It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. 

Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

"Inspirational, uplifting and often hilarious. Gould has crafted the perfect documentary."— William Garre, The Upcoming

"One of the few great films I've seen about writing."— Erik Luers, Filmmaker Magazine

"Engaging and lively. Those writers make for fun company."— John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Marvelous… dazzling breadth."— Michael Nazarewycz, Way Too Indie

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar

Jun 2
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Beeban Kidron - 1995 - 109m - All Seats $8

A PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE MOVIE SPECIAL!  ADVANCE TICKETS ONLINE AVAILABLE, CLICK HERE!

Whether you're celebrating Pride or if you're a fan, join PRIDE & Equality for a special screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar at The Guild Cinema in Nob Hill starring the late Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo. With live drag performances and giveaways through the evening. THIS IS AN ALL-AGES EVENT!

Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo star as three "girls" who just wanna have fun in a hilarious comedy about repairing broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails. En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema (Snipes), Vida (Swayze) and Chi Chi (Leguizamo) are forced to take an unwelcome detour when their 1967 Cadillac convertible breaks down. Stranded in the tiny midwestern town of Snydersville, the three try to make the best of their unfortunate circumstance. And when their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend. Also starring Stockard Channing and Blyth Danner, this marvelous mix of flamboyant fun and unrefined simpleness erupts into plenty of laughs!

“A great deal of fun and a small step forward in Hollywood's depiction of homosexuals.” - Rita Kempley, Washington Post

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Whisky Galore

Jun 2 to Jun 5
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Gillies MacKinnon - 2017 - 98m - UK

Starring Eddie Izzard - The inhabitants of a Scottish island try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a nearby stranded ship. A remake of the beloved black and white original film directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios, which was based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, which itself was based on the real events of 1941 when the S.S. Politician was shipwrecked in the Outer Hebrides leading to an hilarious battle as the wily islanders on nearby Eriskay tried to salvage the huge cargo of whisky on board, enraging the British authorities.

"Four stars! “What makes the film so pleasurable is the humour and lyricism with which it tells its rousing story of whisky-loving small timers coming together together to keep officialdom at bay ... A very enjoyable affair.” - Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK)

"Four stars! As with Bill Forsyth's best work, the film's bonhomie might just have universal appeal ... Offers a taste of Scotland that's well worth acquiring." - The List

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Eraserhead - the ultimate cult movie on the big screen!

Jun 3
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1977 - 89m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

A dream of dark and troubling things . . . 

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

“What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” - Nathan Lee, Village Voice

“It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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The Elephant Man

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

Dir. David Lynch - 1980 - 123m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

From the acclaimed director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, it’s the bizarre but true story of courage and human dignity. John Hurt gives the performance of a lifetime as John Merrick, the worst "freak" known to Victorian medical science, a man whose body is hideously distorted into a grotesque parody of an elephant. Rescued from a travelling freak show by Sir Frederick Treves, Merrick gradually reveals himself to be a strangely sweet and gentle man, remarkably unembittered by the degradation and torment he suffered at the circus. Beautifully shot by Freddie Francis and with an excellent supporting cast including Sir John Gielgud, Anne Bancroft and Dame Wendy Hiller, The Elephant Man is a compelling, moving and enchanting story. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

“Lynch's powerful depiction of Merrick (played by John Hurt) moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness. That's the very movement of the story itself.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.” - Variety Staff

“A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.” - Tom Milne, Time Out

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Hounds of Love

Jun 6 to Jun 7
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30

Dir. Ben Young - 2017 - 108m - Australia - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 27 TO THURSDAY JUNE 29 !

“Australian director Ben Young's debut offers a bold new spin on the serial-killer genre.” - Eddie Cockrell, Variety

In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

“Benefits from impressive control of visuals to build suspense and from the spiky performances of its fearless cast, flagging Young as a talent to watch.” - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“That rarest of cinematic beasts: a directorial debut that's not only tonally flawless but also manages to radically reimagine an entire genre.” - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

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Titcut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

Jun 6 to Jun 7
Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Frederick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 27 TO THURSDAY JUNE 29 !

Iconic documentarian Fredrick Wiseman’s stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

“A documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in TITICUT FOLLIES forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

“After a showing of TITICUT FOLLIES the mind does not dwell on the hospital’s ancient and even laughable physical plant, or its pitiable social atmosphere. What sticks, what really hurts is the sight of human life made cheap and betrayed. We see men needlessly stripped bare, insulted, herded about callously, mocked, taunted. We see them ignored or locked interminably in cells. We hear the craziness in the air, the sudden outbursts, the quieter but stronger undertow of irrational noise that any doctor who has worked under such circumstances can only take for so long. But much more significantly, we see the ‘professionals’, the doctors and workers who hold the fort in the Bridgewaters of this nation, and they are all over…TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…” – Robert Coles, The New Republic

“A great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition.” – Ray Greene, Village View

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USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story - A 50th Anniversary Special

Jun 8
Thursday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Dir. Patrick King - 1989 - 60m

A VETERANS FOR PEACE (ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER) SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story describes the USS Liberty incident through eyewitness accounts of the survivors. It is the only video account free from the Orwellian doublespeak that has obscured the event since June 8, 1967, when Israeli jet aircraft and motor torpedo boats brutally attacked the USS Liberty in international waters. The attack lasted more than two hours, killing 54 Americans and wounding 171 others -- and it inflicted over 800 rocket and torpedo holes in the ship. When the USS Liberty refused to sink, Israeli forces machine-gunned her life rafts and sent in troop-carrying helicopters to finish the job. Details of the attack were hushed up in both countries. Israel claimed that her forces mistook the USS Liberty for an Egyptian ship; America quietly accepted that excuse despite evidence to the contrary. The facts have been covered up, and have never been told on video -- until now. Now learn the truth from the men who lived through it!

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Dune

Jun 9 to Jun 10
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. David Lynch - 1984 - 137m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GOOD BUDDIES WITH BUBONICON 49 !

The controversial film version of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction epic, Dune, explodes on the screen with dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances. The saga of intergalactic warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) and his messianic rise to leadership features an all-star cast, including Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Oscar-winner Linda Hunt and rock legend, Sting. This monumental Dino DeLaurentiis presentation is directed by David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Eraserhead), with photography by Academy Award-winner Freddie Francis, music by Grammy-winner Toto, and incredible monster creation by E.T.'s Carlo Rambaldi. Visit an unbelievable world beyond and space, and experience the ultimate adventure that goes beyond the imagination!

“Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.” - Time Out

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Icaros: The Vision

Jun 9 to Jun 12
Friday to Monday 8:30pm

Dir. Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi - 2017 - 91m - U.S. / Peru - In English and Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

Filmmakers Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi draw the narrative from their own experiences, allowing for a stirring film that touches on the notions of friendship, familial bonds, and the fear of the unknown. Visually hypnotic in nature, Icaros: A Vision takes a meditative look at a little-seen world, punctuated by trippy depictions of shamanic rituals.

Looking for a miracle, Angelina lands at a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Her perceptions altered by the ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca, she bonds with Arturo, a young indigenous shaman who is losing his eyesight. In their hallucinogenic journeys together they attain a different sense of their destinies. She learns to accept her fears while Arturo, in turn, realizes that he will be able to see in the dark and sing his ceremonial healing songs, the icaros.

“Never less than transfixing. A literal and psychological Heart of Darkness.”— Nick Shager, Variety

“Directors Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi capture the medicinally induced hallucinations with a visual imagination of rare specificity and fury.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A strong and strange new film that combines the unknown with the very relatable search to actually know anything.”—Kate Erbland, IndieWire

“A very personal film made with a meditative and observant resolve.”—Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

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Manifesto

Jun 9 to Jun 12
Friday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Julian Rosefeld - 2017 - 130m - No Matinees

From acclaimed visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, MANIFESTO features two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett in 13 distinct, must-see vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements. From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before. Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this stunning and contemporary call to action.

“Pure genius.” –  Rolling Stone

“Compulsively watchable.” – Variety

“13 Blanchetts for the price of one.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A bold, awe-inspiring work…Rosefeldt’s film is itself a manifesto, at a moment when we desperately need one.” – Flavorwire

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Topsy-Turvy

Jun 10 to Jun 11
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Mike Leigh - 1999 - 160m - All seats just $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.

“The sense of a work of art coming to life has rarely been more beautifully or excitingly portrayed. This is a film not to be missed.” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

“[A] beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world.” - Deborah Young, Variety

“Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.” - Trevor Johnston, Time Out

“The film is a delight and a surprise, all the more so since Leigh is associated with gritty working-class stories.” - Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

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David Huntsberger Comedy - The Nothingness Tour!

Jun 13
Tuesday 9:30pm ONLY

Dir. David, of course! - NOW! - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - Must be 18 years or older

It's stand-up comedy that usually covers aliens, God, death, robots, artificial intelligence, beliefs and thing of that nature and is probably for you if you like DOUGLAS ADAMS, HG WELLS, TOM ROBBINS, RAY BRADBURY, KURT VONNEGUT and have a general curiousity about why we are here.

And, hey, the opener is our very own MATT PETERSON!

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El Mariachi - the 1993 indie classic!

Jun 13 to Jun 15
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 5:30, 7:30

Dir. Roberto Rodriguez - 1993 - 82m - U.S. / Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

IN CELEBRATION OF THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL CHISPA CONCERTS!

All he wants is to be a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically acclaimed film debut from writer/director Robert Rodriguez!

“Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.” - Todd McCarthy, Variety

“Juicy, adroit, and likable.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as playful as it is knowing of genre conventions. The director's light touch is all his own; and this unpretentious offering delivers in all departments.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepared for a big future of his own.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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I, Daniel Blake

Jun 16 to Jun 22
Friday to Thursday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Ken Loach - 2017 - 100m - UK

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY and KES) is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.

“One of Loach's finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Incredibly well researched, written, directed and performed, I, Daniel Blake refuses to be ignored and spoken down to.” - Alex Doenau, Trespass

“Dave Johns gives impeccable timing to his character's exasperation but real heart to the movie's emotional core.” Stuart Klawans, THE NATION

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The Pit - the 1981 bizarro shocker restored & re-released

Jun 16 to Jun 17
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lew Lehman - 1981 - 96m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 General / $6 students

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 49

Twelve-year old Jamie is an outcast in his small town—he is bullied, he shows signs of being a sexual deviant, and he has no friends aside from his demonic teddy bear, Teddy. Influenced by commands he hears from Teddy, Jamie lures his unsuspecting tormentors one by one to a forest pit that he has discovered on the outskirts of town, so that they can be devoured by the man-eating troglodytes that dwell at the bottom of THE PIT! 

“A totally psychotic horror film that totally catches you off guard … so baffling it leaves you questioning the reality of what you’ve just seen.” – Oh, the Horror

“A truly original film, and one not easily forgotten.” – Not Coming to a Theater Near You

“A unique concoction of Canadian horror movie and After-School Special gone terribly, terribly wrong.” – Canuxploitation!

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Wakefield

Jun 16 to Jun 22
Friday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Robin Swicord - 2017 - 106m - No Matinees

In Robin Swicord's adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.

“It would have been asking a lot from any actor to carry this film, and Cranston has done the heavy lifting and more.” - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“Bryan Cranston is fantastic.” - Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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Monterey Pop - Special 50th Anniversary Screenings!

Jun 17 to Jun 18
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. D.A Pennebaker - 1968 - 78m - No Matinees

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

“It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical -- using some of the talent and energy of what is still the most lively contemporary medium -- may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary.” - Renata Adler, New York Times

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Moka

Jun 23 to Jun 26
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Frederic Mermoud - 2017 - 89m - France - In French with English subtitles

Based on the best-seller by Tatiana de Rosnay (Kristin Scott Thomas hit “Sarah’s Key”, “A Secret Kept”) - Following in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol, Moka is a mournful, slow-burning psychological thriller in the vein of celebrated story-teller Patricia Highsmith, starring legendary actresses Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel).

After being released from a sanatorium, Diane (Devos) is still shattered from the death of her son in a hit and run accident. Diane's search for the driver leads her to the stunning spa town of Évian. After meeting Marlene (Baye), a glamorous beautician, Diane is convinced she has found the culprit...

"The reliably interesting Emmanuelle Devos brings complexity to this sleek, Chabrol-like story of a mother's revenge mission." – Guy Lodge, Variety

"A mother's haunting grief propels her on an obsessive quest for answers and possible revenge in Moka, a mournful, slow-burning psychological thriller adapted from the 2006 novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Frederic Mermoud's return to feature films...has a strong affinity with the writing of Patricia Highsmith and the films of Claude Chabrol and should appeal to an audience seeking moral complexity in their thrillers..." – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

"A classy and classical psychological thriller." – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

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Nise: The Heart of Madness

Jun 23 to Jun 26
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Roberto Berliner - 2017 - 109m - Brazil - In Portuguese with English subtitles - No Matinees

In 1940s Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Nise da Silveira - Brazilian actress Gloria Pires In a bravura performance - is one of the first women in the country to ever study medicine. She starts work in a psychiatric hospital where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock treatments for schizophrenics. Ridiculed by other doctors, she is exiled to the nearly abandoned occupational therapy unit, where Instead she starts a revolution through paints, dogs and love. Based on a true story, Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) vividly shows the pioneering work that led to the liberation of patients given the freedom to express themselves, and their paintings that become art world sensations. The great Carl Jung in real life became an admirer of Nise, and said she had turned her hospital into a place that was inhabited by people who "weren't afraid of the unconscious."

"Elegantly combining a triumph-over-adversity yarn with a sensitive exploration of the redemptive power of artistic creation." - The Hollywood Reporter

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Hounds of Love - ENCORES

Jun 27 to Jun 29
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ben Young - 2017 - 108m - Australia

“Australian director Ben Young's debut offers a bold new spin on the serial-killer genre.” - Eddie Cockrell, Variety

In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

“Benefits from impressive control of visuals to build suspense and from the spiky performances of its fearless cast, flagging Young as a talent to watch.” - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“That rarest of cinematic beasts: a directorial debut that's not only tonally flawless but also manages to radically reimagine an entire genre.” - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

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Titcut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

Jun 27 to Jun 29
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Fredrick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

Iconic documentarian Fredrick Wiseman’s stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

“A documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in TITICUT FOLLIES forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

“After a showing of TITICUT FOLLIES the mind does not dwell on the hospital’s ancient and even laughable physical plant, or its pitiable social atmosphere. What sticks, what really hurts is the sight of human life made cheap and betrayed. We see men needlessly stripped bare, insulted, herded about callously, mocked, taunted. We see them ignored or locked interminably in cells. We hear the craziness in the air, the sudden outbursts, the quieter but stronger undertow of irrational noise that any doctor who has worked under such circumstances can only take for so long. But much more significantly, we see the ‘professionals’, the doctors and workers who hold the fort in the Bridgewaters of this nation, and they are all over…TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…” – Robert Coles, The New Republic

“A great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition.” – Ray Greene, Village View

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Donnie Darko - the original theatrical cut!

Jun 30 to Jul 1
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Richard Kelly - 2001 - 113m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 general / $6 students

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Fifteen years before Stranger Things, Richard Kelly set the template and the high-water mark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.

Described by its director as ''The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick'', Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and ER star Noah Wyle and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran.

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