Special Events

School of Rock

Mom’s Matinee

Apr 29 to Apr 30
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Richard Linklater - 2003 - 109m - All Seat just $5 - Mom's Matinee jams out with a 2003 smash hit!

The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their "embarrassing" lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to make the rent somehow, and after intercepting a call for his substitute-teacher roomie Ned (Mike White), the pot-bellied slacker finds himself in front of a class of elite elementary school students. At a loss for a lesson plan, Dewey takes offense at the pre-teen prodigies' staid musical regimen and makes it his goal to preach them the gospel of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC -- with the ulterior motive of getting them to compete against his former band for a cash prize. But no matter how willing his pupils, Dewey runs up against the consternation of the school's stern headmistress Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack), the battle-of-the-bands' promoter (Frank Whaley), and not least, his identity-deprived roomie Ned.

“School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.” - David Ansen, Newsweek

“A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Essential viewing.” - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Working Classroom Student Showcase: Social Issue Short Films

May 6
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

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

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

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

Community Organizations include: 

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

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Machete - A Cinco De Mayo Special!

May 12
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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It's In The Bag!

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

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

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION SPECIAL!

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

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20 Feet From Stardom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yarn

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

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

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

The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

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Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

May 20
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeff Berg's MADE IN ALBUQUERQUE compilation series!

May 21
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 22
Monday 8pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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David Lynch: The Art Life

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

Dir. Jon Nguyen - 2016 - 93m

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

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

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

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Political Animals

May 27
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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Lost Highway - double featured with WILD AT HEART

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wild At Heart - double featured with LOST HIGHWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar

Jun 2
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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Eraserhead - the ultimate cult movie on the big screen!

Jun 3
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

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

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

A dream of dark and troubling things . . . 

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

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

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

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

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The Elephant Man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Titcut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

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

Dir. Frederick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 27 TO THURSDAY JUNE 29 !

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dir. Patrick King - 1989 - 60m

A VETERANS FOR PEACE (ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER) SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

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

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Dune

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

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

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

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GOOD BUDDIES WITH BUBONICON 49 !

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

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

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Topsy-Turvy

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

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

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

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

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

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

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

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

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David Huntsberger Comedy - The Nothingness Tour!

Jun 13
Tuesday 9:30pm ONLY

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

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

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

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El Mariachi - the 1993 indie classic!

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

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

IN CELEBRATION OF THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL CHISPA CONCERTS!

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

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

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

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

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

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Titcut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

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

Dir. Fredrick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

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

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

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

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

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