Special Events

Our Fourteenth Annual Festival of Film Noir !!

Jul 21 to Jul 30
Friday to the following Sunday!

1940s to 1980s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers! - NO MATINEES

It's a blast of 14 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host a most exciting film noir program that spans 40 years of choice tales on being sly, lowdown and not quite on the level! 

Thurs & Fri July 27 & 28: MIND BENDER NOIR!

HIGH WALL (4:30, 8:15)

Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn't really know. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he'll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea.  But truth cannot hide. And Kenet - assisted by a ward doctor (Audrey Totter) - is driven to find that truth. With bravura use of genre trademarks like expressionist shadows and subjective camera, director Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed) builds a High Wall into a film noir psychological thriller that, little noted its day, is ready for an honored place amid the shadowy shrines of noir. Go behind the wall into the inner sanctum of noir and consciousness.  Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. 99 mins. 1947.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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FEAR IN THE NIGHT (6:30pm)

This classy film-noir chiller, starring Star Trek’s DeForest Kelley and based on a Cornell Woolwich’s story, involves a man who is commits murder while under hypnosis. He then seeks a detective's aid after experiencing nightmares that are too real. Their investigation leads them to a strange mansion.  Directed by Maxwell Shane.  72 mins. 1947.  VIEW A CLIP.

Sat & Sun July 29 & 30: 80'S NEON NOIR

MANHUNTER (3:00, 8:00)

A cool procedural thriller based on the pre SILENCE OF THE LAMB novel RED DRAGON that opts for oppressive brightness, empty space and disconcerting splashes of colour  Will Graham (William Petersen) is a burned-out FBI agent who retired after hunting and capturing Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox), a psychopathic but brilliant serial killer. Will reluctantly returns to work to help find a new killer, who specializes in killing entire families. Will uses his empathic understanding of the motivations of the killers to help catch them, despite the psychological toll this takes upon him and his family. Brian Cox, in a great cameo as Hannibal Lektor, gives an interestingly physical and sexually menacing performance in a role which later won an Academy Award for Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Tom Noonan, in an interesting, psychologically complex performance, plays the killer whom he makes surprisingly understandable. Joan Allen is also fine as the blind woman whom the killer falls in love with. Their love scene -- as the killer experiences compassion and normal sexual attraction for the first time -- is outstanding and unforgettable.   Directed by Michael Mann. 120 mins. 1986.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (5:30pm)

William Petersen (Manhunter) and Willem Dafoe (John Wick) face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this "riveting", (The New York Times) action-thriller from the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection. This raw tale of corruption and revenge features one of the most harrowing car chases ever caught on film and a shockingly explosive ending.   Federal agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he’s through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murderous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary.  Directed by William Friedkin.  116 mins. 1985.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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My Life as a Zucchini

Mom’s Matinee

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

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

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

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

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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66 Mile Radius Three New Mexico Artists at Tamarind Institute

Aug 5
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 11
Friday 10:30pm only!

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

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

PRISON ART WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND FOR SALE TOO !

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

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Animal Crackers - THE MARX BROTHERS!

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

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

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

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

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

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

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

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Pulling Push Doors

Aug 12
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

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

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

Stars Katy Houska and Jason Witter.

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How Sweet the Sound - The Blind Boys of Alabama

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

Dir. Leslie McCleave - 2015 - 89m

SPECIAL LIMITED ADVANCE SCREENINGS!

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

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

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

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

Dir. Howard Deutch - 1986 - 96m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swim Team

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

Dir. Lara Stolman - 2017 - 100m

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

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

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

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

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Airplane!

Aug 18
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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Empire of The Sun

Mom’s Matinee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Agnes Martin Before the Grid

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

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

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

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

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To The Ends Of The Earth

Sep 3
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

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

A LOS ALAMOS STUDY GROUP SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

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

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

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

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