Coming Soon

Krisha

May 4 to May 7
Wednesday to Saturday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Trey Edward Shults - 2016 - 83m

Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South-by-Southwest Film Festival, and official selection of Critics’ Week at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Krisha is the story of a woman’s return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving. 

When Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air, one which only grows in force as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time by catching up with her various relatives, chief among them her nephew, Trey. As Krisha’s attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning. A potent combination of innovative cinematic storytelling and timeless themes of love, family, and forgiveness, Krisha took the independent film community by storm upon its SXSW premiere, and it hasn’t slowed down since. Marked by complex tonal shifts (the film moves from dark humor to deep pathos to almost horror movie-like intensity), virtuosic camerawork reminiscent of Terrence Malick (with whom Shults worked on multiple projects), and a propulsive score by Brian McOmber, Krisha proves definitively that Shults is the real deal. He is one of the most exciting and unique storytellers to emerge in a long time, and is remarkable in the way he embraces successful traditional techniques while managing to innovate new ones. 

Additionally, with a cast of largely nonprofessionals, many of whom were friends and family (his aunt Krisha plays the lead, and has received universal accolades for her performance) a 9 day shoot in his parents home, and a budget less than a studio film’s catering bill, Shults is a shining example of how personal, homegrown filmmaking can lead to an accomplished breakout feature.

"A Stunner of a directorial debut" - Charlie Schmidlin, THE PLAYLIST

"Trey Edward Shults should recognized as a brilliant new filmmaker" - Mark Saldana, True View Reviews

"Extraordinary" - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

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Purple Rain - SOLD OUT!!

May 4
Wednesday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Albert Magnoli - 1984 - 112m - All Seats $8 - A NM ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

SOLD OUT!!  Be on the look out for other Prince commemorations around ABQ be it live shows and misc. honorings of that supremely talented musician!

Prince’s 1984 cult hit movie debut!  

Set against the subculture of the thriving Minneapolis music scene, a young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise!  

“Mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama … Prince magnetizes the camera with The Stare — a rivetingly narcissistic, come-hither gaze that’s equal parts genetics, attitude, and eyeliner.” - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me

May 4 to May 7
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Chloe Zhao - 2016 - 94m - No Matinees

Winner, Best Director, American Indian Film Festival

The setting is the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; most of the key players are young Lakota Native Americans who attend Little Wound High School. Johnny and his preteen sister, Jashaun, spend time on horseback when they're not selling illegal liquor or tattoo-designed apparel. Director Chloe Zhao captures the subtleties of a marginalized existence in which the historic culture of a people can't compete on a level playing field with the modern problems of poverty, alcoholism, and violence. Amazingly, she embroiders her tale with moments of breathtaking natural beauty that offset the despair her characters struggle against. SONGS is an auspicious debut feature from a director whose superb eye is informed by the sophisticated and nuanced compassion she brings to her story.

“The film is exceptionally rich -- by turns raw, dreamy, harsh, sensuous, touching, intimate, garrulous, and elliptical.” - Stuart Klawans, The Nation

“The cast, composed almost entirely of first-time performers, shows that the most delightful talents don't always belong to lifelong actors.” - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Track of the Moon Beast

May 6
Friday 10:30pm

Dir. Richard Ashe - 1976 - 81m

ALL SEATS $10 OR $5 IF YOU DONATE TO CITY ON THE EDGE!

CITY ON THE EDGE PODCAST PRESENTS A MADE IN NEW MEXICO 70s DRIVE IN HORROR FLICK!  GUEST SPEAKERS NM FILM SCHOLAR JEFF BERG, WEEKLY ALIBI EDITOR DEVIN O'LEARY, NEWSCASTER FEATURED IN THE MOVIE GARY KANIN PLUS THE GREAT LOCAL MUSICIANESS MAURO WOODY A.K.A. LADY URANIUM  MAYBE A LIVE INTRO BAND TOO!  STAY TUNED!

After a meteorite shower, a man transforms into a rampaging lizard monster, intent on death and destruction in this very low-budget feature with (ahem) amateurish effects and make-up by today's standards!   Bad movie club fans unite!  This is some serious hilarity!

 “Hyper-schlock at its most brilliantly painful. Idiot dialogue, petrified ‘acting’, and 70s ambiance combine to form a triad of perfect absurdity! Watch for the awesome ‘camper-dismemberment’ sequence!” - Bindy Sue Fronkunschtein

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Jeff Berg's MADE IN BOO! MEXICO: Sci-fi, Horror & Fantasy!

May 7
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

1951 - 2011 - ALL SEATS $ 7

A gently historic overview of some of the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies that have been filmed in NM, since the first one was released in 1951.  Included are clips from NM's first vampire film, a viewing of NM's only known movie monster, rising from Santa Cruz Lake, and Jamie Farr, 'Klinger' in M*A*S*H being subtly attacked by a man with a snake for an arm. Other delights ensue.

An all new show!

Unknown World- 1951 …

Journey to the Center of the Earth - 1959

The Devil’s Mistress - 1966…. . First NM horror film.

Brotherhood of Satan - 1972 

Gargoyles  - 1972 TV- Carlsbad   

Track of the Moon Beast 1976— (ABQ)

Superman -  1978

Monster-It Came from the Lake -  1979 

Nightwing - 1979

Curse II – The Bite- 1989

Tank Girl - 1995

Vampires- 1998  

Astronaut Farmer - 2006

Cowboys and Aliens - 2011 

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The Man Who Would Be Fred

May 7
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bill Kelman - 1996 - 90m - All Seats $8

DIRECTOR PLUS SOME OF THE CAST IN PERSON!!  DONUTS BY LOCAL EATERY GREATS REBEL DONUTS!

See the Donut....Not the Hole

See the Donut....Not the Hole

See the Donut....Not the Hole

Yep, a rare indie that's a slap stick comedy!  A 20 year old film that is still funny and relevant today featuring performers from SECOND CITY and it's even executive produced by a collaborator of Stanley Kubrick projects !   This hilarious (soon to be midnight movie 90s cult hit) comedy shot in Venice, CA stars long time Venice resident Jeff Michalski, who is the seminal comedy improviser/educator highly praised by Stephen Colbert. Two brothers, down on their luck and in need of cash, cook up a scheme to create their own new religion. Their motto, See the Donut....Not the Hole, catches on beyond their wildest dreams.and more.  

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Serial Mom - A John Waters' Mothers Day Special!!

May 8 to May 9
Sunday and Monday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Dir. John Waters - 1994 - 95m

“Kathleen Turner should win an Oscar for her demented Mom role…” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

BONUS!  THE OPENING SUNDAY 4PM & 6PM SHOWS TO BE INTRODUCED BY TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD!

Writer/director John Waters offers an outrageous satire of suburban life--and the American fame industry for merchandizing mass murderers--with this hilarious black comedy about a Baltimore woman who's the ideal wife and mother, except for her habit of killing people who annoy her!

“An uproariously funny, marvellously malicious performance from Turner.” -Derek Adams, Time Out

“A loose remake of Female Trouble with Polyester's subversively accessible polish, Serial Mom is the strongest film of the post-midnight-movie chapter of John Waters's career.” - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

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They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile

May 10 to May 12
3:00, 5:15, 7:30

Dir. Johanna Schwartz - 2016 - 105m - Mali & UK - In English, Songhai, Bambara, French & Tamashek with English Subtitles

A sold out hit and critics pick from last year’s SXSW festival!

"Flat-out mesmerizing.. one of the most vibrantly shot and masterfully edited documentaries of this or any other SXSW year.", Austin Chronicle

An ultimately uplifting story about the power of music over violence and censorship. Timbuktu was one the great music centers in Africa, but when Islamic jihadists invaded in 2012, they banned music, burned instruments, destroyed radio stations and musicians fled for their lives. The musicians fight back and use their music as a weapon. Director Johanna Schwartz follows two disparate groups of  musicians forced into exile: four young men form a band called SONGHOY BLUES and are picked up by famed singer/ producer Brian Eno for a record deal and world tour, and a several well known women musicians who work to bring music back to Timbuktu, if only for a day. It a beautiful and moving film (just read the reviews linked below) that is both entertaining and topical.

“SXSW was rife with music documentaries this year, and this was one of the more timely and bracing.” Indiewire (Playlist)

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Above And Below

May 13 to May 16
Friday to Monday 5:15 Only!

Dir. Nicolas Steiner - 2016 - 120m - No Matinees

This not-quite-documentary takes place far away and out of sight, on the margins and off the grid of American society. It tells the stories of April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and a man who calls himself ‘the Godfather.’ From a couple scraping by in the depths of the flood channels located beneath Sin City, to a man living in a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty California desert, and beyond even the stratosphere, to a place where Mars and Earth have become one and the same place, this motley crew of individuals have been flung into periling circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world whose inhabitants are revealed to be souls not unlike our very own.

“A fascinating, cinematic exploration of strange new worlds right here on Earth." - Adam A. Donaldson, WE GOT THIS COVERED

"A visionary and otherworldly portrait of outliers in underground tunnels and spacesuits." - Anthony Kaufman, INDIEWIRE

"This documentary by director Nicolas Steiner focuses on five individuals who encapsulate the spirit of American Exceptionalism at its most intense." - Luke Shaw, EYE FOR FILM

"A spellbinding documentary which raises profound unuttered questions about the nature of isolation, disenfranchisement and love." - Rob Aldam, BACKSEAT MAFIA 

“A beautifully poetic portrait of survival in extremis." - Anton Bitel, SIGHT & SOUND

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High Rise

May 13 to May 16
Friday to Monday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Ben Wheatley - 2016 - 112m - No Matinees

Based on J.G. Ballard’s brilliant novel of Utopian gone awry modernist living starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Elisabeth Moss & Luke Evans! 

Starring Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

“Lord Of The Flies meets The Towering Inferno in a chilling, thought-provoking work” - Allan Hunter, Daily Express

“Get in quickly and see it -- it has cult classic written all over it.” - Chris Newbould, The National (UAE)

“An engaging and stunning watch.” - Aine O'Connor, Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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Mad Tiger

May 13 to May 14
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein - 2015 - 82m - U.S., Japan - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS PRESENTATION! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

MAD TIGER follows bandmates Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners for fifteen years as the primary creative forces behind Peelander-Z. Based in New York City and described as a "Japanese Action Comic Punk Band," Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, which push the boundaries of madcap acrobatic stage antics. As part of the band, each member must adopt a different, anime-like "Crayola rock" persona and fully embrace this assigned identity in every aspect of life. Seeking his own personal fulfillment, Red announces that he will do one final tour with Peelander-Z before quitting the band. In stark contrast to his character's super-positive facade, Yellow tries his best to keep it together, while dealing with emotions of shock, betrayal and abandonment. Channeling universal stories of friendship and pursuit of happiness, MAD TIGER builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo, appropriately befitting of Peelander-Z's cacophonous melody-making.

"Fantastic portrait of a band and its leader that works on so many different levels. What I love about the film is that what starts out with a look at a band changes into a look at what it takes to be in a band and how the relationships outside of the band are forced to change because of the dynamics of the band." – Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

"10 Must-See Documentaries at DOC NYC." – Indiewire

"The members of Peelander-Z unmask themselves for revealing new doc MAD TIGER... For close to two decades fans have known the band with their personas held firmly in place, their colorful costumes seldom removed, but the opportunity to meet Peelander-Z has finally arrived, and the line between artist and person is blurring." – Silvas Valentino, Village Voice

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Dinner at Eight

May 14 to May 15
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. George Cukor - 1932 - 111m - All Seats $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

A masterfully-directed, poignant melodramatic comedy by director George Cukor and producer David O. Selznick, Dinner at Eight (1933) was filled with a tremendous cast of stars (inspired by the previous year's Grand Hotel (1932)—who are all invited to a Manhattan formal dinner party during the height of the Depression. Many of the stars in the film first became known in silent cinema, including John and Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler.

The MGM film was based on the popular, dialogue-rich Broadway hit by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, that was originally produced on the stage by Sam H. Harris. The witty romantic comedy is filled with choice lines of dialogue, and revolves around various relationships between the characters. Suicide, financial ruin, love, infidelity, economic pressures, class conflict, the dawn of the talkies, divorce, aging and fading careers, and alcoholism affect their interactions.

The screenplay for the film was written by Herman Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, and Donald Ogden Stewart.

The 1932 film received no Academy Award nominations.

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors featuring a live HAWK & A HACKSAW score!

May 17
Tuesday 5:45, 8:15

Dir. Sergei Paradjanov - 1964 - 92m - Russia - with English subtitles - All Seats $8

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a boldly conceived and astonishingly photographed blend of enchanting mythology, hypnotic religious iconography, and pagan magic. And although its unsentimental depiction of the harsh realities of Russian regional history forced visionary director Sergei Pararadjanov (The Color of Pomegranates) into direct conflict with bureaucrats then controlling the Soviet film industry, the film became an international sensation when it was released in 1964.

"There is no devil in church, only among men." Deep in the Carpathian Mountains of 19th-century Ukraine, love, hate, life, and death among the Hutsul people are as they've been since time began. While young Ivan's mother mourns her husband's brutal murder, Ivan is drawn to Marichka, the beautiful young daughter of the man who killed his father. But fate tragically decrees that the two lovers will remain apart. Unhappily married to another woman and cursed by a sorcerer in this life, Ivan's obsession with his lost love lures him ever closer to a reunion with Marichka in death.

ABOUT HAWK AND A HACKSAW - Originally started by former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes, A Hawk and a Hacksaw released its self-titled debut, on which Barnes played all the instruments and which explored 20th century American music, in 2004 on Leaf Records. The next year, after enlisting help from tuba player Mark Weaver, trumpeter Dan Clucas, and violinist Heather Trost, Barnes and the band issued Darkness at Noon, which was recorded in the U.K. and in Barnes' native Albuquerque, NM, and delved into both Eastern European and American folk music. Ever the traveler, Barnes went to Romania for the group's (which was by this time just him and Trost) third album, where he recorded songs for it with the Gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia. The Way the Wind Blows, which continued A Hawk and a Hacksaw's tradition of mainly instrumental fare, was then released in 2006. That same year, Trost and Barnes moved to Budapest, Hungary where they fully immersed themselves in the Eastern European musical tradition by playing and recording with the local Hun Hangár Ensemble, resulting in 2007's critically acclaimed EP A Hawk and a Hacksaw & the Hun Hangar Ensemble and its' 2009 sibling Deliverance. 

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Jane B. Par Agnes V. - As Part of our Agnes Varda tribute!

May 18
Wednesday 4:00, 8:30 ONLY!

Dir. Anges Varda - 1987 - 97m - France - In French with English Subtitles

Finally released in the U.S. and Beautifully Restored!

“I’ll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap,” whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda’s ear at the start of JANE B. PAR AGNES V. The director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and VAGABOND once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a marvelously Expressionistic way. “It’s like an imaginary bio-pic,” says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer (“Je t’aime … Moi non plus”), actress (BLOW UP), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. As Varda implies, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences.

In each, Jane inhabits a new character, playing a cat & mouse game with Varda as they explore the role of the Muse and the Artist, all the while showcasing the multifaceted nature of Birkin’s talent. “I’d like to be filmed as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone else,” says Birkin. But her wish to be a “famous nobody” is impossible to achieve; Birkin is simply too magnificent, too mesmerizing. Here, Varda’s signature mix of aesthetic innovation and generosity of emotion results in a surreal and captivating essay on Art, Fame, Love, Children and Staircases. For its first-ever U.S. theatrical release the film has been newly-restored from the original 35mm camera negative, overseen by director Varda herself.

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L'Inhumaine - the 1925 Avant Garde Classic Restored!

May 18 to May 19
Wednesday and Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Marcel L'Herbier - 1925 - 122m - No Matinees

RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THIS MARVEL ON THE BIG SCREEN!

“On leaving the theatre one has the impression of having witnessed the birth of a new art.” - Adolf Loos

FEATURING AN ALLOY ORCHESTRA SCORE!  SPECIAL THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL FLICKER ALLEY!  IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE SPECIAL LIMITED SCREENINGS BUY THE BLU-RAY FROM THEM!

Released to intense controversy in 1924 for its cinematic and technical innovations, L’Inhumaine (The Inhuman Woman) is a visual tour-de-force; a fantastical, science-fiction melodrama; and a momentous collaboration of legendary figures from the avant-garde movement. Directed by Marcel L’Herbier (L’Argent, Feu Mathias Pascal) and starring the famous French opera singer Georgette Leblanc – who helped produce the film along with L’Herbier’s company, Cinégraphic – L’Inhumaine is most notable for the style of filmmaking. In L’Herbier’s words, it represents a “miscellany of modern art,” bringing together some of the greatest artists from the time period, including painter Fernand Léger, architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, glassmaker René Lalique, fashion designer Paul Poiret, and directors Alberto Cavalcanti and Claude Autant-Lara, among others, to create a collaborative cinematic experience.

Leblanc plays the “Inhuman Woman” of the title, Claire Lescot, who lives on the outskirts of Paris, where she draws important men to her like moths to a flame. At her luxurious parties, she basks in the amorous attentions of her many admirers while always remaining aloof. When it appears she is the reason for a young devotee’s suicide, however, her fans desert her. The filming of the concert where she’s raucously booed is a renowned piece of cinema history: L’Herbier invited more than 2,000 people from the arts and fashionable society to attend the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and play the part of the unruly audience. Among the attendees were Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Erik Satie, René Clair, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound (although none are actually visible).

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Kung-Fu Master - As Part of Our Agnes Varda Tribute

May 19
Thursday 4:00, 8:30 ONLY!

Dir. Anges Varda - 1987 - 80m - France - In French with English Subtitles

FINALLY RESTORED & RE-RELEASED!

A lovely, bittersweet companion to JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. from director Agnes Varda and star/muse Jane Birkin, KUNG-FU MASTER has nothing to do with martial arts – the film’s title comes from an arcade video game played obsessively in the film by a teenaged boy, Julien. Birkin delivers one of her finest performances as a lonely 40-year old woman who finds herself shattering taboos by falling in love with the 14-year old Julien – but is it romance, or a desperate attempt to turn back time in the face of middle age?

KUNG-FU MASTER is truly a family affair: Varda’s son with the late director Jacques Demy, Mathieu Demy, plays Julien – and Birkin appears here with her two real-life daughters: Charlotte Gainsbourg (from Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA) and Lou Doillon, her child with well-known filmmaker Jacques Doillon. Briefly released in the late 1980s in the U.S. and long unavailable here, KUNG-FU MASTER has been beautifully restored from the original 35mm camera negative. “It’s a film in which all the younger actors are the children of the director and lead actress” says Varda. “It was like a picnic, you know?”

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Carry On Screaming! - A Benefit for THE DOLLS!

May 20
Friday 11pm ONLY!

Dir. Gerald Thomas - 1966 - 92m - All Seats $10

A FUNDRAISER FOR THE DOLLS UPCOMING LIVE PRODUCTION OF "PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT" - A REGIONAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE!

The legendary local drag troupe The Dolls are hosting "Carry On Screaming", one of the most uproarious and funny films of all time.  The "Carry On" films were immensely popular from 1958 - 1992 and were known for their hilarious and searing parodies.  "Carry On Screaming" parodies the Hammer Horror films of the 50's and 60's.  So if you are a fan of horror films or comedy, you will not want to miss this outrageous film!  The Dolls will do a short skit prior to film!!! 

“An impeccable send-up of Hammer and Universal horror films by the Carry On gang.” - Film4

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Eva Hesse

May 20 to May 26
Friday to Thursday 3:00, 8:00

Dir. Marcie Begleiter - 2016 - 108m - Germany - In German with English Subtitles

DIRECTOR IN PERSON FOR TALK & DISCUSSION ON THE OPENING FRIDAY NIGHT 8PM SCREENNG!   

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists.  Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: “full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.  −Karen Cooper, Film Forum

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Vita Activa - The Spirit Of Hannah Arendt

May 20 to May 26
Friday to Thursday 5:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Ada Ushpiz - 2016 - 132m - Israel/Canada - In German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles - NO MATINEES

A brand new documentary about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century!

WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY - SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL

The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of Evil" when referring to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which she covered for the New Yorker magazine. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her early love affair with the renowned German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt's life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times. Through her books, which are still widely read and the recent release of Margarethe von Trotta's biopic Hannah Arendt (also a Zeitgeist Films release) there is renewed interest in Arendt throughout the world, especially among young people who find her insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees, more relevant than ever.

 “CRITIC’S PICK. A vigorous and thoughtful new documentary… a broad and rich portrait of an intellectual... VITA ACTIVA, while it will surely satisfy and provoke students of 20th century intellectual history, feels more urgent than most documentaries of its kind… (and) includes some especially chilling implications for the current state of American politics.” – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 “Impressively researched. Succeeds in putting the most PROVOCATIVE, SALIENT, and DAMNING aspects of Arendt’s work into a lucid context.” – Michelle Orange, THE VILLAGE VOICE

 “OUTSTANDING. Wonderfully well done. Fluid and rich. This is heady stuff.” – Isa Freeling, HUFFINGTON POST

 “An EXCEPTIONALLY RICH, PROVOCATIVE, AND CLARIFYING documentary. FASCINATING AND COMPLEX. Filmmaker Ada Ushpiz does a WONDROUS job.” – Doris Toumarkine, FILM JOURNAL

 “A MASTERPIECE of documentary filmmaking that delves deep.” – , HA’ARETZ

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No Mas Bebes

May 21
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Renee Tajima-Pena - 2015 - 80m - Only $4

A YOUNG WOMEN UNITED SPECIAL PRESENTATION WITH GUEST SPEAKERS T.B.A. !

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.  This is the story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.

“Outrage may be America's leading source of energy right now, and it seems endlessly renewable. No Más Bebés adds to the supply but in an understated, melancholy way that leaves you more sad than angry.” - Mike Hale, New York Times

“As the struggle for reproductive rights continues in the 21st century, we might look back on such history in order to understand the consequences of denying women sovereignty over their own bodies.” - Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

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Fireworks Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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The Idol

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

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

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PARADISE NOW & OMAR!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

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

Dir. Roger Allers - 2015 - 85m - Mom's Matinee brings back a great one! In English - No Matinees

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

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

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Making A Killing: Guns, Greed and NRA

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

Dir. Robert Greenwald - 2016 - 100m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cemetery of Splendor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sweet Bean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dream On!

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

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

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

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Morning Toons with New Mexico Entertainment Magazine!!

Jun 4
Saturday 8 a.m.

varies - 100m approx - All Seats $10

PLAYING EVERY SATURDAY MORNING IN JUNE STARTING AT 8 a.m.!

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

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

Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event!

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Men & Chicken

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

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

ALSO PLAYING NEXT TUESDAY JUNE 14 THROUGH THURSDAY JUNE 16!

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

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

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

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

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

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Weiner: The Documentary on Anthony Weiner

Jun 7 to Jun 9
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm

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

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

Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize!

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

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

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

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

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

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Francofonia

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

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

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

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

"Visually arresting cinema!" - The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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Hockney

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

Dir. Randall Wright - 2014 - 112m - UK

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

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

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

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The Birdcage - In Celebration of Pride Month

Jun 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

 

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Comic Geniuses When They Were Young!!

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

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

A BENEFIT FOR THE ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB!

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

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

"THE IMMIGRANT" starring Charlie Chapline

"NEVER WEAKEN" starring Harold Lloyd

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

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

AND another Keystone Cop Comedy short!

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Morning Toons with New Mexico Entertainment Magazine!!

Jun 11
Saturday 8 a.m.

varies - 100m approx - All Seats $10

PLAYING EVERY SATURDAY MORNING IN JUNE STARTING AT 8 a.m.!

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

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

Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event!

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Men & Chicken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weiner: The Documentary on Anthony Weiner

Jun 14 to Jun 16
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm

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

Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize!

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

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

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

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

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

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Belladonna of Sadness (KANASHIMI NO BERADONA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dheepan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Morning Toons with New Mexico Entertainment Magazine!!

Jun 18
Saturday 8 a.m.

Dir. varies - 100m approx.

PLAYING EVERY SATURDAY MORNING IN JUNE STARTING AT 8 a.m.!

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

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

Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event!

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Argentina

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

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

FROM CARLOS SAURA THE LEGENDARY DIRECTOR OF CARMEN AND FLAMENCO!

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

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

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Our Last Tango

Jun 24 to Jun 27
Friday to Monday 6:00

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

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

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

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Boy And The World

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

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

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

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

“Dazzling!  Boldly imaginative!” - Variety 

“A vibrant animated vision!” - Hollywood Reporter 

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

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Morning Toons With New Mexico Entertainment Magazine

Jun 25
Saturday 8 a.m.

varies - 100m approx - All Seats $10

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

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

Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No Home Movie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 8 to Jul 11
Friday to Monday

Dir. Morgan Neville - 2016 - 96m

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

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

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

 

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

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

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A Night In Casablanca

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

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

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

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

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

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

Dir. Hal Ashby - 1976 - 147m

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

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

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Lucha Mexico

Jul 15 to Jul 18
Friday to Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 27
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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