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Liberation Day - a doc on Laibach in North Korea?!!

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Tuesday and Wednesday 3pm, 9pm

Dir. Ugis Olte & Morten Traavik - 2017 - 98m - Latvia, Norway & Slovenia - in English

ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA. George Orwell ...AND ALL PROPAGANDA IS ART. Laibach

SPECIAL THANKS TO NSK STATE NEW MEXICO!

The most bizarre true tale of North Korea yet – which is saying a lot: Slovenian industrial/art rock band Laibach is invited to be the first rock group to perform in the fortress state. The occasion for this jaw-dropping gig is the 70th anniversary of “Liberation Day,” marking the end of Japanese rule of Korea.

Norwegian impresario Morten Traavik successfully proposed the band, whose militaristic, vaguely fascistic personae seems to suit (or satirize?) the host country. What follows is a flurry of cultural clashes and censorship demands before the group performs in front of an audience who has never seen a live rock act. A concert film like no other.

"Extraordinary.... the strangest North Korean Tale Yet" - The Guardian UK

"Funny, thoughtful & knowingly absurd" - Variety

“North Korea seems like a terrifying place to visit, but if it is really true that that guy [Laibach’s lead singer] is going to be singing The Sound of Music, I kind of want to go there!” – John Oliver, Last Week Tonight. 

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Tokyo Idols

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm, 7pm

Dir. Kyoko Miyake - 2017 - 88m - UK / Canada - in Japanese with English subtitles

SPECIAL THANKS TO KIREI COSPLAY CAFE , PRINCE OF SOCKS TO INTRODUCE THE SCREENINGS!

“IDOLS” has fast become a phenomenon in Japan as girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. TOKYO IDOLS - an eye-opening film gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity.

This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on her journey toward fame. Now meet her “brothers”: a group of adult middle aged male super fans (ages 35 - 50) who devote their lives to following her—in the virtual world and in real life. Once considered to be on the fringes of society, the "brothers" who gave up salaried jobs to pursue an interest in female idol culture have since blown up and have now become mainstream via the internet, illuminating the growing disconnect between men and women in hypermodern societies.

With her provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake confronts the nature of gender power dynamics at work. As the female idols become younger and younger, Miyake offers a critique on the veil of internet fame and the new terms of engagement that are now playing out IRL around the globe.

"Tokyo Idols is a fascinating look behind the curtain of the idol phenomenon in Japan." - Ty Cooper, HeyUGuys.com

"It’s not a movie so much about idol culture as for it,

with Miyake trying to knock idol culture back into reality. " - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

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Story Time With Grumbles and Friends

Oct 26
Thursday 4pm ONLY!

Dir. R. Ayrton Chapman - 2017 - 75m total - Free but seating is limited!

ALSO PLAYING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4 AT  1PM !

A multi-faceted experiment in variety, education, art, music and amusement.  Presenting live events as well as online media, Story Time works to create thought provoking family friendly content.  STWG asks the viewer to become a part of the artwork by immersing themselves through costume, role playing, chances to submit their own work, engage in imagined economies and actually be one of Grumbles’ Friends.  

Join us at the Guild Cinema for a special screening of films shot at Coddiwomple in April and beyond! 

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TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui

Oct 26
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Kyung Lee - 2014 - 58m

NOTE:  The AIA movie nights are free with a ticket!  Tickets are distributed at our box office on a "First come, First served" basis beginning at 5:00.  Doors open around 6:30pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, an anti-establishment architect finds unexpected allies in the small town where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia.

“TELOS” chronicles the unorthodox life and revolutionary work of Eugene Tssui, an eccentric visionary and a maverick architect. He questions traditional building standards and put nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs long before “green” and “eco-friendly” became buzzwords.

The film composes a portrait of Tssui as a “Renaissance man”: an athlete, designer, and singular visual artist, as well as architect. The role of creativity in socially and environmentally-minded design is championed by documenting the range of influences from his childhood to his formal education, including three expulsions from architecture school, his relationship with his mentor the “organic” architect Bruce Goff, and the “Not-In-My-Backyard” controversy surrounding the unconventional dwelling built for his parents in Berkeley, California.

While his sustainable building principles have become a trend and a necessity, his aesthetics have yet to receive mainstream approval. Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, Tssui finds unexpected allies in the small mountain town where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia.

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Flesh For Frankenstein - as part of our ANDY WARHOL Halloween!

Oct 27
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Paul Morrissey - 1973 - 95m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

Paul Morrisey's 1973 trash-art classic is a beautifully filmed and elegantly turned out psychodrama that is in equal parts, horror film and satire.  This re-evaluating horror tale of the mad Baron Frankenstein and his perverse creative urges stars the inimitable Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro and Monique Van Vooren.

“A riot. Even its closing tableau is socially transcendent and transgressive.” - Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com

“Disgusting? Yes. Obscene? Oh, certainly. Likely to deprave and corrupt? Paul Morrissey absolutely hopes so. And above all else, wildly funny.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“The film's gross-out climax has the mad-scientist Baron (Udo Kier) screwing his undead Bride on a gurney, then ravaging Marlon Brando with a spot-on parody of Last Tango.” - Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

"To say that the film is for specialized tastes understates the case. It's simply a gloriously decadent, degenerate joke that you either get, or you don’t.” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Freaks - the 1932 Tod Browning Cult Classic!

Oct 27 to Oct 29
Friday to Sunday 7:00, 8:45

Dir. Tod Browning - 1932 - 64m - No Matinees

FOR THE HALLOWEEN SEASON WE PRESENT THE ONE & ONLY INFAMOUS SHOWSTOPPER OF CINEMA!!

BONUS!!  OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS KELLY'S BREW PUB IS OFFERING A SPECIAL $40 DEAL OF 5 BEERS, 5 COURSE MEAL PLUS A TICKET TO SEE THIS GREAT ONE ON SUNDAY OCT. 29 NIGHT!  PURCHASE THIS DEAL BY CLICKING HERE!

This pre code movie, shocking for it's time, still pushes the edge of filmmaking with its riveting tale of love and betrayal between a normal circus performer and the wealthy carnival midget whom she marries for money and then betrays.

“One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

“[Boasts] some of the most terrifying scenes ever consigned to film.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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Blood for Dracula - as part of our ANDY WARHOL Halloween!

Oct 28
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Paul Morrissey - 1974 - 90m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

The 1974 trash art classic!  Starring once again Joe Dallesandro & Udo Kier, it's Paul Morrissey's brash mixture of humor, horror and sex is a bitingly funny satire of modern values--and a revelation to fans of the horror film. In "Blood for Dracula," the infamous count searches Italy for "pure" blood.

“One of the two schlocky horror comedies Paul Morrissey made in Italy in 1974... Blood for Dracula is the sexier and funnier.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Often startlingly beautiful to look at.” - Time Out

“Stylishly directed, atmospheric, funny, and intense enough to please gorehounds--especially at the climax.” - TV Guide

“Outrageous, hilarious and shocking, this is trash art at its very best.” - Ben Cobb, Film4

“Desperate for virgin blood, [Udo] Kier's wan, fussy vampire strategically heads to Catholic Italy, but the food sucks ("They put so much oil here on everything!" - Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Kedi - Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul!

Oct 28
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ceyda Torun - 2016 - 80m - US/Turkey - In Turkish with English subtitles - No Matinees

A BOOFY'S BEST FOR PETS SPECIAL!

A National Feral Cat Day event benefiting Street Cat Hub!  Please bring donations (cash, gift cards, canned cat food, dry cat food, old towels, etc.) to help the street cats of Albuquerque.  Stick around for a post-show discussion about the work being done by Street Cat Hub in our community.

KEDi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. KEDi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.

“Splendidly graceful and quietly magical … Trust me: “Kedi” will make you a believer.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

“More than just another example of cute kittens on camera, Kedi bubbles over with charm and insight that millions of YouTube videos can't match.” - Sarah Ward, Screen International

“Yes, Kedi is an unashamed love letter to the compelling creatures at its centre, but, peppered with wisdom and warmth, it's also more than just the ultimate cat video. - Sarah Ward, ArtsHub

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Born To Be Rewild

Oct 29
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ed George and Bryan Reinhart - 2017 - 56m - Suggested Donation of $5

To be followed by a brief panel discussion. Guest speakers include John Davis (Wildlands Network), Dave Foreman (The Rewilding Institute), and Judy Calman (New Mexico Wilderness Alliance), moderated by Jan-Willem Jansens (Ecotone Landscape Planning)!

A Wildlands Network presentation!  Sponsored by New Mexico Wildways!

Hosted and co-sponsored by Albuquerque Wildlife Federation, BirdsEye View GIS, Defenders of Wildlife, Ecotone Landscape Planning, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Pathways/Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico, The Rewilding Institute, and Santa Fe Conservation Trust

Follow John Davis as he treks 5000 miles in 8 months from Mexico to Canada to bring awareness to the importance of connected wildlife corridors in the Western Wildway, along the spine of the continent. If we connect our best wild places, we will give wildlife enough room to survive and do what comes naturally -- keeping our landscapes and communities healthy. Taking the route of grizzlies, wolves, cougars and jaguars, John experienced their greatest challenges in getting where they need to go. This alone, however, would accomplish little. He went the extra mile, meeting conservation heroes and learning about amazing projects that are key to connecting western wild places.  

"The film is beautifully conceived ~ an intimate and personalized narrative framed by spectacular photography of the diverse landscape and vistas from Sahuaripa in Sonora, Mexico through the Sierra Madre, past the Colorado Plateau and Glacier National Park and beyond the U.S./Canadian border to British Columbia. This is National Geographic on steroids ~ but with a heart and soul."

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Little Shop of Horrors (1960) double featured with Night Of the Living Dead

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Monday and Tuesday 5:15, 9pm

Dir. Roger Corman, Mel Welles & Charles B. Griffith - 1960 - 72m - No Matinees

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  TO BE SCREENED ON ACTUAL FILM!!

This timeless cult favorite is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-people with Jack Nicholson in one of his first film roles. Seymour's exotic plant has an insatiable appetite only for blood and flesh. As the ruthless plant grows larger with each feeding, so does Seymour's affections for shop girl, Audrey. The madness culminates with Seymour and his bloodthirsty plant in a feeding frenzy of epic proportions. 

“A campy Corman classic. Drink some beers and have fun with it!” - Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum

“There is no doubt that The Little Shop of Horrors has earned its small place in cult movie history.” - Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique

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Night of the Living Dead - the original George Romero Cult Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Monday & Tuesday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. George Romero - 1968 - 90m - No Matinees

Long Live George Romero!!  To be Screened on actual film!  

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE 1960 CULT CLASSIC THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!   And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The original & the best that started the Zombie Apocalypse!!  A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

“Over its short, furious course, the picture violates so many strong taboos -- cannibalism, incest, necrophilia -- that it leaves audiences giddy and hysterical.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"The granddaddy of modern flesh-eating zombies" - Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle

“I felt real terror in that neighborhood theater last Saturday afternoon. I saw kids who had no resources they could draw upon to protect themselves from the dread and fear they felt.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Eric Schwartz Mero Mero Guero Tour!

Nov 1
Wednesday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Eric Schwartz - 2017 - 120m approx.

WITH BILLY GALEWOOD!

General Admission: $15 presale, $18 at the door / VIP: $25 (includes pre-show meet and greet from 7 to 7:30 p.m.)

FOR ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE!  

As seen on Tonight Show, Showtime, Comics Unleashed, BET and his one-hour comedy special, Surrender to the Blender, multi-dimensional comedian Eric Schwartz comes to our cinema for one night only. Eric mixes stand-up with music and multimedia for a show that has been called "everything there is to love about entertainment" (First Order Historians)."

"Five international comedians you must catch." - GQ India

"A minor industry in pop music parodies." - Forbes

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19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows!

Nov 2
Thursday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m

ALSO PLAYING NOVEMBER 14 & 15 AT 4:30, 6:30 AND 8:30pm PLUS DECEMBER 7 AT 4:30 AND 6:30!!

Featuring 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S., the program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical My Burden from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, which won the grand-prize Cristal Award at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly's visually stunning Everything, based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts,  and the 1964 classic Hangman, by Paul Julian and Les Goldman which was recently restored by the Animation Show of Shows as part of its film preservation program. As a special treat, the Show of Shows will also be presenting Next Door, a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter.

 • Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux (France)

• Tiny Big - Lia Bertels (Belgium)

• Next Door - Pete Docter (U.S.)

• The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch (Great Britain)

• Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard (Canada)

• Hangman - Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)

• The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)

• Gokurosama - Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini(France)

• Dear Basketball - Glen Keane (U.S.)

• Island - Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)

• Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio (France)

• The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

• Les Abeilles Domestiques - Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)

• Our Wonderful Nature - The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed (Germany)

• Casino - Steven Woloshen (Canada)

• Everything - David OReilly (U.S.)

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Brimstone & Glory

Nov 3 to Nov 6
Friday to Monday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Viktor Jakovleski - 2017 - 67m - U.S / Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

A MOVIE HARRY DEAN STANTON WOULD'VE LOVED!!

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than- life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, BRIMSTONE & GLORY honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself.

Edited by Affonso Gonçalves and scored by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

“Eye candy that’s a nutritious, full meal, BRIMSTONE & GLORY trains its ecstatic camera on Tultepec, a town in south-central Mexico famed for its manufacture of fireworks — and an annual National Pyrotechnics Festival so giddily cinematic that the medium itself practically seems to roll over and wag tail in approval.” — Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“Presents its grand, pyrotechnical displays in such a way as to invite rumination, asking questions of ephemerality, beauty and danger.” — Alex Ransom, VOX Magazine

"I can’t recall a movie that better demonstrated the thin line between danger and euphoria." — Tim Grierson, Paste Magazine

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Lucky

Nov 3 to Nov 6
Friday to Monday 4:30, 8:15pm

Dir. John Carroll Lynch - 2017 - 88m

HARRY DEAN STANTON'S SWAN SONG!!  LONG LIVE HARRY DEAN!!

The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, "Lucky", is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.  

“THE PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME. EVERYTHING HARRY DEAN STANTON HAS DONE IN HIS CAREER, AND HIS LIFE, HAS BROUGHT HIM TO HIS MOMENT OF TRIUMPH IN LUCKY.” – JOE LEYDON, VARIETY

“A WISE AND WISTFUL LOVE LETTER—BOTH FUN AND FULL OF LIFE. FEW PEOPLE HAVE EVER DONE IT BETTER THAN HARRY DEAN STANTON.” – DAVID ERLICH, INDIEWIRE

“IT’S FILM THAT YOU WON’T SOON FORGET.” – THE FILM STAGE

“HARRY DEAN STANTON’S PERFORMANCE IS INFINITELY SUBLIME.”

“A GLORIOUS, OSCAR WORTHY FAREWELL FOR HARRY DEAN STANTON.” – METRO

“HARRY DEAN STANTON SHINES THROUGHOUT. A POIGNANT AND FITTING SENDOFF.” – ASSOCIATED PRESS

“NO ONE WHO CARES ABOUT MOVIES AND THOSE RARE ACTORS WHO CAN ELEVATE THEM INTO SOMETHING UNFORGETTABLE WOULD DREAM OF MISSING THIS SCRAPPY, LOVING TRIBUTE TO A VIRTUOSO.”

“IF YOU WATCH ONE MOVIE THIS COMING WEEKEND, MAKE IT ‘LUCKY’, BECAUSE IT IS THE PERFECT FILM.” – HUFFINGTON POST

“HARRY DEAN STANTON DELIVERS AN EMOTIONAL WALLOP.” – NEW YORK OBSERVER

“A MEDITATIVE AND PIERCING LOOK AT SPIRITUALITY, MORALITY AND THE NEED TO FIND PEACE AND CLARITY.” – THE PLAYLIST

“A RARE LEADING ROLE THAT HARRY DEAN STANTON FULLY OWNS WITH BONE-DEEP AUTHENTICITY.” – TIME OUT NEW YORK

“HARRY DEAN STANTON GIVES A BEAUTIFUL FINAL STAR TURN.” – JUSTIN CHANG, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR A MORE POIGNANT SWAN SONG FROM A MORE SINGULAR ARTIST.” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“FANTASTIC. STANTON IS PHENOMENAL. ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMANCES OF 2017.” – BRIAN TALLERICO, ROGEREBERT.COM

“A GRACEFUL POEM TO PERHAPS THE GREATEST CHARACTER ACTOR WHO EVER LIVED.” – JACOB KNIGHT, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH.

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Story Time With Grumbles and Friends - FINAL SCREENING!

Nov 4
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. R. Ayrton Chapman - 2017 - 75m total - Free but seating is limited!

A multi-faceted experiment in variety, education, art, music and amusement.  Presenting live events as well as online media, Story Time works to create thought provoking family friendly content.  STWG asks the viewer to become a part of the artwork by immersing themselves through costume, role playing, chances to submit their own work, engage in imagined economies and actually be one of Grumbles’ Friends.  

Join us at the Guild Cinema for a special screening of films shot at Coddiwomple in April and beyond!

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The Neon Dystopia Micro Festival - The International Retro 80's Sci Fi Festival!

Nov 4
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. various - Now & then - 90m approx - No Matinees!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

The Neon Dystopia Micro Festival is a single day event that gathers retro 80's style science fiction short films, animation, music videos, and video games from all over the world.  Included in this event: 

Soft War - USA

Genesis - Spain

Zauvek - Serbia

Narita Boy- Spain

Hardwired - Poland

Night Vision - USA

Attack of the Cyber Octopuses - Estonia

Crimeware - Ireland

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Accidental Anarchist

Nov 5
Sunday 1pm

Dir. John Archer & Clara Glynn - 2017 - 87m - No Matinees!

ALSO PLAYING NOVEMBER 18 & 19th AT 1PM !

Ex-diplomat Carne Ross: the case for anarchism!  How a high-flying diplomat and Middle East adviser lost his faith in western democracy – but put his trust in people power!

Carne Ross was a government highflyer. A career diplomat who believed Western Democracy could save us all. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers. This film traces his journey across the globe as he tries to find an answer to the question so many people today are asking themselves – isn’t there a better way? For Carne there is. Anarchism offers a solution to the brutalities of Capitalism and the dishonesties of Democracy. It offers a world where people have control over their own lives. From the protesters of Occupy Wall Street, to an anarchist collective in Spain, to Noam Chomsky, the grand old man of anarchism himself, Carne finds people who are putting the theory into practice. His journey eventually takes him to one of the most dangerous places on earth – Syria, eight kilometers from the front line with Isis, where a remarkable anarchist state has risen phoenix like from the flames. A powerful film about one man’s epic journey from government insider to anarchist.

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I Dream In Another Language

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Tuesday to Thursday 4pm, 8:30

Dir. Ernesto Contreras - 2017 - 100m - Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

An indigenous language is in peril as its last two speakers (Evaristo and Isauro) had a quarrel in the past and haven't spoken to each other in over 50 years. Martín, a young linguist, will undertake the challenge to bring the old friends back together and convince them to once again talk to each other so he can obtain a recorded registration of the language and study it. However, hidden in the past, in the heart of the jungle, lies a secret concealed by the language that makes it difficult to believe that the heart of Zikril will beat once again. 

“Poetic Mexican film raises philosophical questions about what is lost when a language - and by extension, our elders' memory - is allowed to fade away unpreserved.” - Peter Debruge, Variety

“It's delectably watchable.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“It's thrilling to see such an original, mature story seek to fill its big heart with poetry.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

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The Departure

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Tuesday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lana Wilson - 2017 - 97m - No Matinees

An exquisite Tribeca and Hot Docs entry about the rebellious former punk rocker-turned-Buddhist priest Ittetsu Nemoto, who is famous in Japan for saving the lives of countless suicidal men and women, may be the best reviewed docs out of Tribeca ever!

"Immensely moving. Lyrical and deeply meditative…digs deep into major questions without being afraid of the answers." – IndieWire

“…as much about embracing life as it is about facing death.” - Tricycle Magazine

"One of the major discoveries of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Lana Wilson's The Departure is a beautiful, wise, and deeply empathetic immersion into one fascinating character's unique approach to suicide prevention. A quietly impressive work whose images, characters, and ruminations linger on long after the lights come up." – Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

"Stunning. The movie probes this man’s fascinating life with a graceful ennui." – Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

"An intimate, deeply felt engagement with profound matters of life and death." – Allan Hunter, Screen International

"A portrait of unbelievable humanity." – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

"A poetic meditation on what it means to be human and what it means to be alive." – Helen Kaplow, Indie NYC

“A lyrical statement on the meaning of life...The Departure is a moving, philosophical exercise on understanding and cherishing life by confronting the finiteness of it." – Tomris Laffly, Film School Rejects

"A cinematic spiritual quest. A trip to the mountain top that will leave you moved, teary eyed, and utterly vibrating with the sense of feeling alive.  A small quiet film that is thunderous in its effect.” – Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

"Highly empathetic. A tale of an iconoclast that is unexpectedly profound." – Phil Guie, Film-Forward

"a deeply moving and intimate movie.” - Reel News Daily

"One of the most moving films at this year's festival...gorgeous and contemplative. The Departure is a powerful work of documentary, cinema, advocacy, and art." – Toronto Film Scene

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Blade of the Immortal - Takashi Miike's incredible 100th feature!

Nov 10 to Nov 11
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Takashi Miike - 2017 - 140m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 general / $6 students

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...

“The 100th feature by genre master Takashi Miike transcends conventions of Japanese swordplay films with both fantasy and graphic violence.” - Maggie Lee, Variety

“One of Takashi Miike's most lethal works.” - indieWire

“Further proof that of all the genres he dabbles in, samurai cinema is the one that brings out the grandest entertainer in Miike. Here's to 100 more.” - A.A. Dowd, AV Club

“It's gruelling, yet strangely refreshing.” - Adam Sweeting, The Arts Desk

“A NON-STOP SYMPHONY OF MURDER AND STEEL FILLED WITH UNBELIEVABLE WEAPONS, GRUESOME AMPUTATIONS, RIVERS OF BLOOD, AND CHARISMATIC WARRIORS.” - I09

“PURE SAMURAI VIOLENCE AT ITS FINEST.” - DREAD CENTRAL

“ONE OF THE FINEST ACTION FILMS OF THE DECADE.” - CINAPSE

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Dolores - the story of Farm workers activist Dolores Huerta!

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

Dir. Peter Bratt - 2017 - 95m - No Matinees

Co-sponsored by Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Committee!

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

“exuberantly inspiring… makes you want to march and dance.” — David Talbot, San Francisco Chronicle

“a documentary of exceptional storytelling power.” — Joanne Butcher, CineSource

“energetic, engaging” — Dennis Harvey, Variety

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The Divine Order

Nov 10 to Nov 13
Friday to Monday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Petra Volpe - 2017 - 96m - Switzerland - In Swiss German with English subtitles

SWITZERLAND’S SUBMISSION FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE - TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FICTION FILM - TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike...and makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely.

“Inspired and inspiring... A model for the kind of political struggle that’s now needed more than ever.” – Amy Taubin, FILM COMMENT

“An unexp ected delight.”– Ren Jender, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“A mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.” – Nick Schager, VARIETY

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The Fairy - from the team of LOST IN PARIS!

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

Dir. Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel and Bruno Romy - 2011 - 94m - France - In French with English Subtitles - All Seats Just $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

Dom works as a night clerk at a small hotel in the industrial port city of Le Havre. One night, a strangely dressed woman named Fiona arrives and claims she is a fairy. She grants Dom three wishes, and makes his first two wishes come true before mysteriously vanishing. By now, Dom has fallen in love with Fiona, and he proceeds to embark on a search for his elusive fairy. The third feature film by the gifted trio of physical comedians Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, and Bruno Romy, THE FAIRY presents a series of slapstick set pieces which hark back to the work of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Jacques Tati.

Filled with a colorful cast of supporting characters and a number of gracefully executed dance sequences, THE FAIRY is a whimsical tale about the happiness that can be squeezed out of even the most mundane of lives.

"Deliriously droll...a steady stream of laughs." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"Funny and sweet!" - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times 

"Effervescent, delirious and delightful...thoroughly recommended! - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Official Selection: Cannes International Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight) 

The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award - Hamptons International Film Festival 2011

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19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows!

Nov 14 to Nov 15
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m approx

ALSO PLAYING DECEMBER 7 AT 4:30 AND 6:30!!

Featuring 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S., the program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical My Burden from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, which won the grand-prize Cristal Award at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly's visually stunning Everything, based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts,  and the 1964 classic Hangman, by Paul Julian and Les Goldman which was recently restored by the Animation Show of Shows as part of its film preservation program. As a special treat, the Show of Shows will also be presenting Next Door, a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter.

 • Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux (France)

• Tiny Big - Lia Bertels (Belgium)

• Next Door - Pete Docter (U.S.)

• The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch (Great Britain)

• Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard (Canada)

• Hangman - Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)

• The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)

• Gokurosama - Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini(France)

• Dear Basketball - Glen Keane (U.S.)

• Island - Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)

• Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio (France)

• The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

• Les Abeilles Domestiques - Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)

• Our Wonderful Nature - The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed (Germany)

• Casino - Steven Woloshen (Canada)

• Everything - David OReilly (U.S.)

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Una Nueva Tierra - a new doc on The Pajarito Mesa!

Nov 16
Thursday 5pm, 7pm

Dir. Jackie Munro & Jesse Fisher - 2017 - 86m - ALL SEATS JUST $5

AN ACLU-NM PRESENTATION, CO-SPONSORED BY NEW MEXICO SAFE!

SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION AT THE 7PM SCREENING WITH THE FILMMAKERS PLUS ENRICO GRADI (Planning & Development Services Director, Bernalillo County) AND SOME OF THE FEATURED PROTAGONISTS! 

The Pajarito Mesa is a breathtakingly beautiful but perpetually trash-ridden swath of desert overlooking Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is also home to over 250 families living without access to basic services. Making something out of nothing, residents of Pajarito build their lives from the scraps that others have thrown away. They hope that through their hard work, they will see change in their lives and their community. Una Nueva Tierra traces the struggles of three families as they recycle what others have cast off while they themselves are cast to society’s margins, unable to make even the most basic progress due to their poverty.

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Dealt

Nov 17 to Nov 20
Friday to Monday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Luke Korem - 2017 - 86m

One of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner astounds audiences around the world with his legendary sleight of hand. What they may not even realize—and what makes his achievements all the more amazing—is that he is completely blind. Charting Turner’s colorful life from his tumultuous childhood to the present, Dealt reveals how through determination and force of will, he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to rise to the top of his profession. It’s both a tantalizing, up-close look at the secretive world of magic and a candid, awe-inspiring portrait of a man who lives beyond his limitations.

“A polished portrait that should play very well to those with eye disease and to those who support them.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“A fascinating portrait of a blind card mechanic.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

“Richard Turner's story is inspirational and makes you think about your life and shortcomings. This is the type of documentary that will make you feel alive while reminding the viewer to always live each day to the fullest.” - Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

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Spettacolo

Nov 17 to Nov 20
Friday to Monday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen - 2017 - 91m - In Italian with English Subtitles - No Matinees

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th–anniversary performance just might be its last. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.

"Lovely and elegiac." — The Hollywood Reporter

“Gorgeous. One would like to spread the golden sunlight that suffuses Malmberg’s photography on a piece of bread, with prosciutto, and have it for lunch.” — Variety

"So poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call Spettacolo charming, even if the movie is often delightful." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Fascinating." — Nick Schager, Esquire

"Theater lovers and Italophiles alike should savor Spettacolo... An engaging and wistful look at the tiny Tuscan village of Monticchielo and its longtime tradition of producing 'autodramas.'" — Gary Goldstein, LA Times

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Accidental Anarchist

Nov 18 to Nov 19
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. John Archer & Clara Glynn - 2017 - 87m - No Matinees

Ex-diplomat Carne Ross: the case for anarchism!  How a high-flying diplomat and Middle East adviser lost his faith in western democracy – but put his trust in people power!

Carne Ross was a government highflyer. A career diplomat who believed Western Democracy could save us all. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers. This film traces his journey across the globe as he tries to find an answer to the question so many people today are asking themselves – isn’t there a better way? For Carne there is. Anarchism offers a solution to the brutalities of Capitalism and the dishonesties of Democracy. It offers a world where people have control over their own lives. From the protesters of Occupy Wall Street, to an anarchist collective in Spain, to Noam Chomsky, the grand old man of anarchism himself, Carne finds people who are putting the theory into practice. His journey eventually takes him to one of the most dangerous places on earth – Syria, eight kilometers from the front line with Isis, where a remarkable anarchist state has risen phoenix like from the flames. A

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Visions from the Lunatic Fringe: Eric Saks

Nov 21
Tuesday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Eric Saks - 1983-2016 - 90m approx - All Seats $8 - Eric Saks in person to present his amazing work!

Eric Saks’ documentary projects have investigated contemporary issues including gun control, teen violence, electronic privacy, surveillance, hazardous waste, culture jamming, fringe culture, corporate sabotage, robotics, artificial intelligence, the process of movie making, time capsules, and eccentric personalities. Saks has always been concerned with individuals defining the mythic American. He has received John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts grant, and a Annenberg Foundation grant as well as many regional media grants.

WORKS TO BE SCREENED

Suddenly I Burst Into Another: The Life of Henry Tanner

Rarely seen and seen here on 16 film. 1983 28 Minutes. 16mm color

The life of an enigmatic folk artist is documented in intimate and searching detail, and then culminates with a car accident and an arresting rescue during a blizzard. Is this film portrait real, though? “Henry Tanner” is a faux-documentary that explores the ambiguous and ethical relationship between filmmaker and subject. Henry Tanner captures the “real” even though it is “fake.” The film and filmmaker asks whether the “real” is found only in the “eye of the beholder.” As the filmmaker, Saks, is infamous as a hoax and prank maker in his later works that presages “Fake News” and mockumentaries; this is a rare chance to see his 80s film that  explores representing “truth” in a more sweet, lyrical, and sublime modus operandi.

Eidolon Part 1

2016, Digital video 20 Mins

An experimental documentary about photographer and filmmaker Bill Daniel as he works in the sweltering California desert to make apocalyptic photographs with a large format camera.  Eidolon mixes pseudo-narrative with a vérité observational form to arrive at a lyrical and aleatoric portrait of Bill Daniel. Trigger Warning: There is a little pornographic graffiti in here. Just close your eyes for a few minutes.

Creosote

1997, 42 minutes, NTSC video

Creosote combines two analogous stories into a unique vision of individuality, and modern spirituality. The true story of a young boy who was lost on a Boy Scout camping trip and never found, is embroidered with the life story of St. Francis, also known as the “hippie saint”. The visual style is arresting, and creates a liminal world wherein figurative representations fall away into hallucinatory abstraction. Creosote is executed through stop frame animation and puppetry techniques, reminiscent of graphic religious pamphlets.

“Los Angeles-based media artist Eric Saks has been at the forefront of digital media culture for over a decade, fashioning an eclectic film- and videography that combines live action, animation, and digital manipulation; creating a series of large-scale media installations; working at cutting edge companies such as Voyager, Criterion, Belief, and Rebreaker; curating shows and DVD compilations of video art and experimental film. With a keen eye for the roiling anxieties disrupting contemporary America’s relationship to all forms of technology, from the seemingly innocuous telephone to the more insidious surveillance devices dotting urban street corners, Saks has built a body of work that deftly limns the contours of an evolving technoculture.” - Bio extract by Holly Willis from a Creative Capital Foundation Brochure 2003

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Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

Nov 22 to Nov 25
Wednesday to Saturday 3:30, 5:30

Dir. Michael Roberts - 2017 - 89m - UK

The in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world’s most famous luxury shoemaker, revered by celebrities, stylists, and industry icons for generations.

Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family’s garden. After opening his first store in London in 1973 and coming of age in fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, Manolo now has shops and department store concessions in over 20 countries and retains full control of the business, still creating every shoe, even hand-carving the wooden forms himself.  

Director and longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Talley.

“...unconventional and enchanting!” - Vogue

“The movie is extraordinary for its access to [Manolo] Blahnik, who is arch and funny and sweet beyond words.” - Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic

“The playful use of archive, animation and dramatised snippets of Blahnik's hard-partying past give the film a fun, fizzy feel.” - Kate Stables, Total Film

“You may not be able to afford the shoes, but Michael Roberts' documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards may bring you almost as much delight.” - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine

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The Square

Nov 22 to Nov 25
Wednesday to Saturday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ruben Ostlund - 2017 - 142m - Sweden | Germany | France | Denmark - In Swedish & Danish with English subtitles - No Matinees

THE NEWEST FROM THE DIRECTOR OF FORCE MAJEURE!

"This is high wire cinema.  It sets out to make your jaw drop.  And it succeeds." - The Guardian

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

“This is a brilliant comedy, that challenges while it entertains.” - COMINGSOON.net

“A strikingly influential film of our time.” - Washington Square News

“A potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways.” - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“As thought-provoking as it is hilarious.” - Britt Hayes, ScreenCrush

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Fate/ stay night [Heaven's Feel]

Nov 24 to Nov 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Tomonori Sudo - 2017 - 120m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - ALL SEATS $15

“IF I BECAME A BAD PERSON, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO FORGIVE ME?”

This is the story of an omnipotent container able to grant the wish of anyone who claims it—the Holy Grail.  The third route of the visual novel game, Fate/stay night, Heaven’s Feel, also known as the Sakura Route, will be brought to the big screen at last.  Seen through the eyes of Sakura Matou, who’s in love with the hero, Shirou, this tale will close in on the truth about the Holy Grail War.  It is the saga following Fate (a.k.a. the Saber Route), depicting the wish of Saber, the Servant summoned by Shirou, and Unlimited Blade Works (a.k.a. the Rin Route), which, through the battles fought by the magus Rin Tohsaka, depicted the path taken by the hero, Shirou Emiya.

The boy wished to protect the girl. That was his thought.  10 years after the Holy Grail War—a battle waged by Masters and Servants over the wish-granting container, the Holy Grail—another war breaks out in Fuyuki City. Shirou Emi —the adopted son of Kiritsugu Emiya, a participant of the previous Holy Grail War—resolves to fight, carrying out Kiritsugu’s dying wish.  

There’s a young girl by Shirou’s side who’s in love with him—Sakura Matou. Every morning, she goes to Shirou’s house to make breakfast and dinner for him, bringing kindness into the life of a boy utterly alone in the world.

But once the Holy Grail War starts, there’s a change in the air in Fuyuki City.  Murders abound across the city, and the atmosphere grows ominous.

Shirou decides to shelter Sakura in his home.  Along with Saber, the Servant he summons, Shirou allies himself with the magus Rin Tohsaka and takes part in the Holy Grail War.

But the battle starts to go awry as secret maneuvers by unseen forces are put into play.

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The Smudging

Nov 25
Saturday 1pm only!

Dir. Mike J. Marin - 2016 - 95m - All Seats $10 - SOME OF THE CAST & CREW IN PERSON!

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Oakland born and raised Native American writer/director/actor Mike J. Marin brings his directoral debut The Smudging to Albuquerque, NM! Come find out what happens when five paranormal researchers investigate the Chicago Native American Cultural Center. Nominated "Best Feature" at LA's renowned RIP Horror Fest 2016!

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Neither Wolf Nor Dog - ENCORES!

Nov 26 to Nov 28
Sunday to Tuesday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Steven Lewis Simpson - 2017 - 110m - No Matinees

Adapted from the acclaimed novel Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn the storyfollows a white author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakota's by a 95 year old Lakota elder and his side-kick.

“By the time the end credits arrive, the characters of this modest, crowdfunded feature are practically unforgettable.” - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is often moving, and some of the performances have a depth and naturalness.” - Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic

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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World - ENCORES!

Nov 26 to Nov 28
Sunday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:15

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

**Includes a segment about Albuquerque native Randy Castillo, who was Ozzy Osbourne's drummer plus a visit to Taos Pueblo by John Trudell and Stevie Salas, in honor of Randy!!  (Thanks Mike English!) 

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

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

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

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

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

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Human Flow

Nov 29 to Dec 2
Wednesday to Saturday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ai Weiwei - 2017 - 140m - Germany - In English - No Matinees

World-Renowned artist & activist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. This new experimental documentary examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

“Ai simply bears witness in a film that, like many of his sculptural pieces, establishes a creative tension between its giant scale and its individual pieces.” - Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

“This is angry, thoughtful, straightforward activist journalism: blunt, simple and impossible to ignore.” - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Engrossing, visually stunning documentary” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“With its epic scale and global reach, Human Flow is a powerful testament to a shameful crime against humanity.” - John Bleasdale, CineVue

“Ai Weiwei's camera shows us the enormity of the problem - now it's our turn to do something.” - Jordan Hoffman, Guardian

“As DeMillean in scope as it is radical in its call to compassion, it's basically The Ten Commandments of dissident art.” - Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Films rarely fit their titles as snugly as Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's ambitious, timely documentary survey of the worldwide refugee crisis.” - Lee Marshall, Screen International

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Walk With Me: A Journey with Thich Nhat Hanh

Nov 29 to Dec 2
Wednesday to Saturday 3:30, 5:30

Dir. Max Pugh and Marc J Francis - 2016 - 88m - UK - In English, Vietnamese & French with English subtitles

“A MOVING AND WONDERFUL FILM” - Oscar winning director ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU

NARRATED BY BENEDICT CUMBERPATCH

"Slow down and breathe. This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch’s composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis’ (Black Gold, LFF2006) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things – a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil." - Laure Bonville

“A unique documentary spectacle, especially as it explores the power of silence and clarity.” - rogerebert.com

“It's possible that the 94 minutes spent watching Walk With Me may be a suspension of life and its wonders, but Pugh and Francis have made a documentary which is fascinating enough to be worth the risk.” - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis turned three years of footage into a ruminative poem as lyrically shot and edited as its subject’s own writing….. You may not come out of [Francis' and Pugh's] documentary wishing to join Plum Village, but the filmmakers leave you desperately wanting more time with it.” - AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“What Walk With Me offers first and foremost is the chance to spend time at Plum Village, the monastic community that Nhat Hanh established in 1982 in southwestern France. The vérité film, which distills the directors’ three years of access into a scrapbook of moments at the monastery and during stateside tours, provides no background on the monk and activist, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. The focus, as it should be in keeping with the practice of mindfulness, is on the here and now.” - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Ichi The Killer - the Takashi Miike notorious 2003 stunner!

Dec 1 to Dec 2
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Takashi Miike - 2003 - 129m - Japan - In Japanese & Cantonese with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 general / $6 students

Known as an auteur of the extreme, Miike took the ultra-violent gangster film to new heights with the visceral, bloody, and often hilarious Ichi the Killer, which has since endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades. Based on the manga Ichin the Killer by Hideo Yamamoto, the film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ohmori).

“Hurts so bad, but feels so good.”Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“A film of considerable depth, intelligence and accomplishment that marks a new high point of maturity and consistency in its author's work.” - Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film

Let's start with the fact that we were handed out Ichi barf bags before the film started. Always a good sign.” - Jason Gorber, Film Scouts

“For those with an appreciation for weirdness, this is an extremist on form.” - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

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Birthright: A War Story

Dec 2
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Civia Tamarkin - 2017 - 105m - Free but seating is limited, get here early!

A Respect New Mexico Women Event!!

A feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

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The Hippopotamus

Dec 3 to Dec 5
Sunday to Tuesday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Jencks - 2017 - 89m - UK - No Matinees

Based on the Seminal Novel by Stephen Fry starring Roger Allam (“Pirates of the Caribbean”, “V for Vendetta”), Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things”), and Fiona Shaw (“Harry Potter”)

Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Logan?s country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, fifteen year old David Logan, whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods, the Logans are set on sharing their son?s ?gift? with the world. With a poet?s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

“A pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry's rich wordplay like fingers of scotch.” - Mike McCahill, Guardian

“An old-fashioned romp through the eccentricities of the upper classes, it's a fun mystery with a nicely filthy mind.” - Emma Johnston, Total Film

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The Teacher

Dec 3 to Dec 5
Sunday to Tuesday 4:15, 8:30pm

Dir. Jan Hrebejk - 2016 - 103m - Slovakia, Czech Republic In Slovak w/ English subtitles

From Oscar-nominated director Jan Hrebejk (DIVIDED WE FALL, KAWASAKI’S ROSE) and loosely inspired by true events, comes this new pitch-black comedy. In a middle school classroom in 1980s Bratislava, maniacal school teacher Comrade Drazdechova  (played hilariously to the hilt by  Zuzana Mauréry, Best Actress Winner at Karlovy Vary) uses her Communist party connections to manipulate her student's parents for her own gain. Comrade Drazdechova's mounting abuses results in a PTA meeting from hell. in which parents and the school administrators face off against each other – and themselves. 

“Caustically Clever” - The Village Voice

"[An] intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser..." – Alissa Simon, Variety

“Beautifully observed, paced, and resolved with a nifty twist” - Georgia Straight

"**** Hrebejk and Jarchovsy deftly employ humour as a way of mocking and undercutting their anti-heroine while preventing their overall point about power and corruption from becoming preachy." – Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

"Effectively transposing ? Angry Men" into the most intense PTA meeting of all time, Jan Hrebejk's "The Teacher" is a sardonic, richly seriocomic morality play..." – David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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Heathers - the 1988 jet black teen comedy classic!

Dec 6
Wednesday 6pm, 8:30 only!

Dir. Michael Lehmann - 1988 - 102m - No Matinees

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

A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with poignant suicide notes posted near their bodies.

“Heathers locates the emotional totalitarianism lurking in a prom queen's heart.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

“A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents.” - Variety Staff

“Decades later, Heathers is so on the money, with its vague but unmistakable parallels to several school shootings, that it could never be made today.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents.” - Todd McCarthy, Variety

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19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows!

Dec 7
Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m

Featuring 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S., the program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical My Burden from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, which won the grand-prize Cristal Award at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly's visually stunning Everything, based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts,  and the 1964 classic Hangman, by Paul Julian and Les Goldman which was recently restored by the Animation Show of Shows as part of its film preservation program. As a special treat, the Show of Shows will also be presenting Next Door, a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter.

 • Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux (France)

 • Tiny Big - Lia Bertels (Belgium)

 • Next Door - Pete Docter (U.S.)

 • The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch (Great Britain)

 • Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard (Canada)

 • Hangman - Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)

 • The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)

 • Gokurosama - Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini(France)

 • Dear Basketball - Glen Keane (U.S.)

 • Island - Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)

 • Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio (France)

 • The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

 • Les Abeilles Domestiques - Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)

 • Our Wonderful Nature - The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed (Germany)

 • Casino - Steven Woloshen (Canada)

 • Everything - David OReilly (U.S.)

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Shadowman - Before Banksy, there was Richard Hambleton

Dec 7 to Dec 10
Thursday to Sunday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Oren Jacoby - 2017 - 81m - No Matinees

A new documentary from Academy Award nominated director Oren Jacoby delves into the heady and vibrant 1980s Lower East Side art scene to examine one of its woefully overlooked creators - street artist Richard Hambleton. Featuring music from Blondie, The Talking Heads and The Ramones, and featuring with downtown luminaries like Richard Hell and Penny Arcade - SHADOWMAN sheds light on one of the era's essential figures. 

In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance…but will he take it? SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world.

“INTENSE AND INVOLVING" -- Screen Daily 

“A CAPTIVATING PORTRAIT OF THE MODERN ART WORLD” -- Flavorwire 

“GROTESQUELY MORBID YET BEAUTIFUL”-- The Young Ones

“Achieves its goal of shining a spotlight on its subject while delivering a fascinating true-life tale.” - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“Equal parts disturbing and engrossing; it's a film grotesquely morbid yet beautiful, satisfying yet frustrating.” - Nathanael Hood, The Young Folks

“Jacoby delivers an adroit portrait of the artist at work in a technical package which wraps itself smoothly around this intense, surprising story.” -  Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

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The Other Side of Hope

Dec 8 to Dec 10
Friday to Sunday 4pm, 6:15

Dir. Aki Kaurismaki - 2017 - 98m - Finland - In Finnish with English subtitles

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

“While Kaurismaki's deadpan sense of humor remains, his humanist side feels more prominent than ever before.” - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“A deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one.” - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland's maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy.” - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“A comically dark look at countries handling and views of Syrian Refugees.” - 

Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry

“A marvellously understated take on Europe's migrant crisis, with two men searching for safe harbours in their lives.” - Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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Man With A Movie Camera

Dec 9 to Dec 10
Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm

Dir. Dziga Vertov - 1929 - 68m

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!  TO BE SCREENED ON ACTUAL FILM!!

"I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only the machine can see it." - Dziga Vertov ("Kino-Eye")

An amazing & radical, freewheeling Russian documentary depicting the city of Moscow from sunrise to sunset through various self-reflexive camera play.  We get the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film.  Even the editing of the film is documented.  We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting! 

The still innovative  silent was both praised and reviled upon its initial release!

“Cinema in its purest form: movement, sensation, action and visual trickery.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

“A truly radical and liberating work.” - Peter Watts, Time Out

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The Cameraman double featured with Man With A Movie Camera

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

Dir. Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgwick - 1928 - 78m - ALL SEATS JUST $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

Oscar-honoree Buster Keaton ("The General") stars in this silent comedy about a photographer who takes up newsreel shooting to impress a beautiful office worker, played by Marceline Day ("The Telegraph Trail"). After several attempts to impress the movie queen, Keaton's character finds himself in the middle of a major news story. Remade in 1951 as "Watch the Birdie," starring Red Skelton. 

“Keaton's last great comedy.” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

“The Cameraman gave Buster one of his best roles and he filled it with one of his most touching and fleshed-out performances, using mostly his intense eyes.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

“One of Keaton's most impressively self-reflective films and an ode to the unexpected and elusive lightening-in-a-bottle nature of filmmaking.” - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

“…the old Keaton magic could not be entirely dampened by the studio's dictums, and The Cameraman includes a number of very funny bits.” - John J. Puccio

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Big Sonia

Dec 11 to Dec 14
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday - 2017 - 93m - No Matinees

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

“Engaging and thoughtful” - The Hollywood Reporter

“The filmmakers, like Sonia herself, acknowledge the ongoing struggle that's essential to surviving such trauma. And as survivors' numbers dwindle, there's urgency when she insists on remembering.” - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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Faces Places

Dec 11 to Dec 14
Monday to Thursday 4pm, 8pm

Dir. Agnes Varda - 2017 - 90m - France - In French with English subtitles

"Magnificently moving, funny and altogetherful wonderful!" - IndieWire

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

“… a testament to Varda's own talent and a truly special piece of filmmaking.” - David Sims, The Atlantic

“Turns out to be a road movie in more than a merely literal sense. It is at once a roving journey into environments we rarely see in cinema and an incomplete but invaluable map of Varda's memories.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“What a joy it is to have a movie like this in our broken lives right now.” - Andrew Lapin, NPR

“Sheer perfection. French New Wave veteran Agnes Varda and the young photographer JR leap fearlessly into the art of making art in the year's best and most beguiling doc.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“I don't need a thesaurus to describe my reaction to Faces Places. I can sum it up in two words: pure pleasure.” - Leonard Maltin, leonardmaltin.com

“The film is a simple endeavor yet a monumental undertaking, a casual riff on some of the faces and places encountered by the artists and a thoughtful meditation on the past and the future of people and their French homeland.” - Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

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Better Watch Out

Dec 15 to Dec 16
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Chris Peckover - 2017 - 85m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 general / $6 students

This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.

“A silly-to-serious film that's sure to enter the canon of Christmas movies for people who prefer a bit of arsenic laced into Santa's cookies.” - April Wolfe, L.A. Weekly

“If you want to gift yourself a holiday film that decks the halls with blood, this is one to put under the tree.” - Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

“A consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller, which says pertinent things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity.” - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“It's scary and fun, if your idea of fun involves occasional gore and torture, things like that. Plus: Christmas decorations!” - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Dec 15 to Dec 19
Friday to Tuesday 3:45, 8pm

Dir. Alexandra Dean - 2017 - 90m

Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science. 

-Tribeca Film Festival

“A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“[An] engaging profile.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.” - Kristy Puchko, Nerdist

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The Paris Opera

Dec 15 to Dec 19
Friday to Tuesday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Jean-Stephane Bron - 2017 - 110m - France & Switzerland - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director.  Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season with Schönberg's Moses and Aaron.  But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting rolecomplicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time.  As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner's six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar

Dec 16
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Beeban Kidron - 1995 - 109m - No Matinees

A SOUTHWEST CARE CENTER SPECIAL!!

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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Head - Seasons Greeting with the Monkees classic!

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bob Rafaelson - 1968 - 85m - No Matinees

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees . . . being catapulted through one of American cinema’s most surreal sixties odysseys. The brainchild of Bob Rafelson, making his directorial debut; his producing partner and Monkees cocreator Bert Schneider; and Jack Nicholson, a coscreenwriter on the project, Head was the fanciful beginning and ignominious end of the TV-bred supergroup’s big-screen career. In it, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that’s movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once. A constantly looping, self-referential spoof that was ahead of its time, Head dodged commercial success on its release but has since been reclaimed as one of the great cult objects of its era.

“Still remarkably vital and entertaining.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“In which The Monkees get stoned, commit career suicide, and end up accidentally making one of the best movies of the 1960s.” - David Cornelius, Popcornworld

“If the Beatles were housebroken Marx Brothers, the Monkees here are gutty Bowery Boys.” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

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The Florida Project

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Wednesday to Saturday 4pm, 8:30

Dir. Sean Baker - 2017 - 115m

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. 

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.  

“This movie accomplishes something almost miraculous — two things, actually. It casts a spell and tells the truth.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“This is a story told with authenticity and power, helped along by its cast of newcomers.” -  David Sims, The Atlantic

“Alexis Zabe's rapturous cinematography reminds us that magic is where you find it. You don't need a golden ticket to Mickey's kingdom, although you can see it from here.” - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

The sun-washed reality of The Florida Project, which concludes with a touch of poetry that might break you in two. It's not a happy ending, but it is, like the rest of the film, pretty much perfect.” - Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News

“Dafoe delivers his finest performance in recent memory, bringing to levelheaded, unsanctimonious life a character who offers a glimmer of hope and caring within a world markedly short on both.” - Ann Hornaday,Washington Post

“Dafoe has never had a role this warm and sweet, and he plays it for low-keyed honesty. The kids and the adults, some non-professionals, all become part of a bright purple beehive.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“The performances by the children, especially (Brooklyn) Prince, are magical and unforgettable. You will think of them long after you leave the theater.” - Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

“The fluid visuals are a perfect match for the curiosity and exuberance of the kids, who prowl the motel grounds and beyond on the hunt for mischief.” - 

Emma Simmonds, The List

“Baker never succumbs to the sirens of miserabilism. Instead, he prefers the fanciful fantasy of the children who, in their flight forward, can glean moments of happiness for themselves from the simple light of a blue sky.” -Jordan Ruimy, World of Reel

“A three-dimensional microcosm of the millions of families denied their share of the American dream by a corrupt system that tends to only reward the rich.” - Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger

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Amelie

Dec 27 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Saturday 3:30, 8pm

Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet - 2001 - 122m - France - In French with English Subtitles

The City of Lights sparkles in this “delightful and original” (Boston Globe) quirky comedy that garnered 5 Academy Award® nominations. At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amelie accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a Cupid, guardian angel and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story? Audrey Tatou (The Da Vinci Code) shines in this “lighthearted fantasy” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) that stole the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.

“It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.” - 

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

“It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

Dec 27 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Saturday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Alan Govenar - 2017 - 84m - No Matinees

A music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America. At a time when the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts has never been more threatened, Alan Govenar's documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs: the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually since 1982.

Featuring a breathtaking array of men and women who have been awarded the fellowship, including musicians, dancers, quilters, woodcarvers and more, the film demonstrates the importance of the folk and traditional arts in shaping the fabric of America. From Bill Monroe and B.B. King to Passamaquoddy basket weavers and Peking Opera singers; from Appalachia and the mountains of New Mexico to the inner city neighborhoods of New York, the suburbs of Dallas, and the isolated Native American reservations of Northern California - each of the artists share exceptional talent, ingenuity, and perseverance.

"Enjoyable and enticing! Govenar's knowledge and affection are contagious...he makes his case for the NEA by asking the simple question: What do we value? In his expansive view of American culture, that includes preserving native languages, recognizing the profundity of the blues, and honoring where we came from and what we’ve made in equal measure." - Serena Donadoni, The Village Voice

"A celebration of art, survival, and the riches of human experience. This exuberant film makes each art sampled, from oud playing to basket weaving to bobbin lace making, feel indispensable." - Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post

"As part of a decades-spanning project, the filmmaker and arts advocate Alan Govenar profiles winners of the National Heritage Fellowship." - The New York Times

"'Extraordinary Ordinary People' includes footage of some of the most significant artists of the past century, from bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe to bluesman B.B. King. With budgets for the arts in peril, it couldn't come at a more opportune time." - Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International

"A must-see documentary! There were so many great artists/craftsmen featured in this film...I found myself mesmerized by their stories. I was so touched by this film that I found myself in tears by the end and wanting to hear more." -Tara Low, Guitar Girl Magazine

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Jailhouse Rock - double featured with Viva Las Vegas!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sunday and Monday 2pm, 6:15

Dir. Richard Thorpe - 1957 - 96m - No Matinees

AN ELVIS NEW YEARS!!

One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler (the former Princess Summerfall Winterspring on Howdy Doody, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film), Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis' vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts--but this time, he's a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler.  Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end!!

“The characterizations are solid, and the music is some of Elvis's best.” - John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

“Elvis delivered his definitive screen appearance in this budget-minded black and white production, a dark reflection of the Loving You rise to fame.” -  Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

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Viva Las Vegas - double featured with Jailhouse Rock!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sunday and Monday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. George Sidney - 1964 - 85m - No Matinees

AN ELVIS NEW YEARS!!

Let's get gone, real gone!!

Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix - once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough but mislays it when the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both race and girl, problems made more difficult by rivalry from Elmo Mancini, fellow racer and womaniser. Perhaps some singing will help!!

“One of Elvis Presley's best films, Viva Las Vegas benefits from the exuberant direction of MGM vet George Sidney, the young and sexy Ann-Margret as romantic interest, and over 12 melodic songs that take up half of the running time (only 85 minutes).” - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

“It's all color and glamor and sexy fun.” - Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

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