Special Events

Alice's Restaurant - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov 27 to Nov 28
Thursday and Friday - 5:00, 7:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1969 - 119m

"It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie" (Time Magazine) than this critically acclaimed chronicle of hippie life during the late 1960s, which garnered the acclaimed director of Bonnie and Clyde his second Oscar(r) nomination*. Based on the song by folk music troubadour Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary "Dust Bowl" balladeer Woody Guthrie, this tribute film to "the lost generation" features memorable scenes with other folk artists like Pete Seeger, who join Arlo in song to make a profound statement about war, protest and change. In the late '60s, a changing social and political climate inspired a new generation to create a lifestyle outside of the mainstream. Twenty-two year-old Arlo's journey to find a place for himself and his music includes a visit to his dying father in the hospital, gigs in New York and romps with his friends Alice and Ray, who run a small restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. And when an incident at Alice's Restaurant plays a pivotal role inArlo's avoidance of the draft, it sends him down a road that he will consider a small price to pay to keep his freedom and his beliefs.  Directed by Arthur Penn(Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, Night Moves) 

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Christmas with the Dead - A Partial Benefit for the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation

Nov 28 to Nov 29
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terrill Lee Lankford - 2011 - 96m - A BUBONICON 47 PRESENTATION! All seats $8

SPECIAL DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47 & STRANGER FACTORY!

Part of the proceeds will benefit the ABQ Public Library Foundation

Follow the merry madness of Joe R. Lansdale's CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD movie from start to finish to sharing it with your family this holiday!

In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever. If only it weren't June, and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn't returned from the dead as flesh-eating snappers in search of hot human lunches, he'd be in pretty good shape. 

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calvin teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It's Christmas in June. And snappers be damned... The lights and decorations are going up.

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Forbidden Planet - double featured with THIS ISLAND EARTH

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox - 1956 - 98m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PALS OVER AT BUBONICON 47 !!

Film in CinemaScope and Metrocolor!

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.

"An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

"Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category." - Variety Staff

"MGM's full color, 'Scope production looks amazing, and Robby the Robot steals the show." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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This Island Earth - double featured with FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 2:00, 6:00

Dir. Joseph M. Newman - 1955 - 86m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PALS OVER AT BUBONICON 47 !!

In a ‘close encounter,’  two Earthling scientists (Rex Reason and Faith Domergue) are “recruited” by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to aid them in a desperate effort to defend their world from a ruthless, all-out attack by alien invaders, the Zagons.

Well-directed and photographed, “This Island Earth” is “…done with a grandiose solemnity that makes it worthy of the name of space opera. The settings, in particular, are brilliantly imaginative, with superb use of color in conjuring the almost surrealistic landscape of Metaluna, a cratered wasteland concealing the labyrinthine underground city soon to be overrun by a hideous race of insect-like mutants with exposed brains and dead eyes, originally bred by the Metalunians for menial work.”-Tom Milne, “Time Out”

"Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color." - Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television

"Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic." - Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan

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CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER IN PERSON - "It Is Fine! Everything is Fine" plus BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 2 and BOOK SIGNING!

Dec 5
Friday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Crispin Hellion Glover - 2007 to now! - Approx. 3 hours - ALL SEATS $20 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER

NOTE:  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS STRANGER FACTORY !  CASH OR CHECK PREFERRED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF OUT OF TOWN PHONE ORDERS.  NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED.  NO ADMIT ONE PASSES/GIFT CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED ON THIS SPECIAL EVENT!

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER'S BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 2 (7PM) - a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. 

IT IS FINE!  EVERYTHING IS FINE:  A FEATURE FILM ON 35MM (8PM) - 

"Wildly impassioned and macabrely fascinating." - Laura Kern, New York Times

"Four stars!  As surprising for its visual boldness —as it is for its sincerity." - Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out

Winner! Special Jury Mention New Visions Award 2007, Sitges International Film Festival

“Although Paul's speech is unintelligible to us, each of the women he meets understands exactly what he says; they often find him wildly attractive. This is Paul's fantasy, of course, and what he is saying within it is painful, honest, awful and makes "It Is Fine!" as much a psychological horror film as it is an exercise in midnight movie madness… The statement Stewart makes in his script -- that handicapped people can not only be as sensitive as everyone else, but just as horrible -- is made eloquent, if bizarre, via Glover and Brothers' otherworldy vision, rendered via elegant cinematography and a pronounced sense of the strange.” - JOHN ANDERSON, Variety Magazine

“Glover's co-director- David Brothers' art direction create streets and apartment interiors of hallucinatory luridness. That, mixed with the thunderous soundtrack of Beethoven, Smetana and Tchaikovsky give the movie a relentless nightmare quality. What Diane Arbus was to photography, Crispin Hellion Glover is swiftly achieving as a filmmaker. Training his sardonic eyes on the strange and afflicted he achieves a mad dark poetry on celluloid.” - Dennis Dermody, PAPER magazine

“Glover and Brothers force you to see this crippled person as a suave leading man. To say the film is weird would be cliché, it's way beyond that the film drew laughs and gasps from the audience. The odd thing about it all - it works. It's actually refreshing to see someone who actually has cerebral palsy in a film rather than some actor playing someone with cerebral palsy…" - Chris Gore, Film Threat

"Glover's aim is to show that people with less-than-perfect bodies are as human as anyone else. It's a worthy and so-far successful crusade." - V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Q&A (9:15PM)

BOOK SIGNING (10pm)

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CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER IN PERSON - "What Is It?" plus BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 1 and BOOK SIGNING!

Dec 6
Saturday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Crispin Hellion Glover - 2005 to now! - Approx. 3 hours - ALL SEATS $20 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER

NOTE:  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS STRANGER FACTORY !  CASH OR CHECK PREFERRED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF OUT OF TOWN PHONE ORDERS.  NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED.  NO ADMIT ONE PASSES/GIFT CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED ON THIS SPECIAL EVENT!

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER'S BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 2 (7PM) - a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. 

WHAT IS IT?:  A FEATURE FILM ON 35MM (8PM) - view a trailer.

“Crispin Hellion Glover, auteur, is a force to be reckoned with.” - Laura Kern, The New York Times

"Glover...puts impenetrably odd and tender poetry on the screen." - Bill Stamets, The Chicago Sun-Times

"It's unlike anything I've ever seen before...the unrestrained id of an artist at full frenzy, unafraid to mount onscreen what others would judiciously edit out. Glover's film is like that of the fever dream of a crazy person. "- Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine

"Scenes with naked women in elephant masks, Shirley Temple, Glover being lowered deus-ex-machina style into a Maxfield Parrish scene...It's like Fellini on psychedelics -- wildly creative but completely twisted." - Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Examiner

“ABSOLUTELY the most uncompromising and original thing I've seen. People try to compare it to the likes of surrealist hero Luis Buñuel and trailblazer Werner Herzog, but I say Glover has transcended even them." - Kelly O, The Seattle Stranger Weekly

Q&A (9:15PM) 

BOOK SIGNING (10pm)

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER IN PERSON -

Tokyo Story

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

Dir. Yasujiro Ozu - 1953 - 137m - Japan - In Japanese with English Subtitles - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT! $5 General / $2 AFC Members

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

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The Babadook

Dec 14 to Dec 15
Sunday & Monday 10pm

Dir. Jennifer Kent - 2014 - 94m - Australia - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYS FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 & SATURDAY DECEMBER 20 AT 2PM AND 10:30PM!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.??When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.??But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

"An expertingly unsettling horror film!" - Time Out, New York

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished." - Scott Foundas, Variety

"What's been delivered here is a potent brew of psychological terror mixed with a genuinely spooky story, making The Babadook easily the best horror movie of recent years." - George Byrne, Irish Independent

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The Babadook

Dec 19 to Dec 20
Friday & Saturday 2pm, 10:30pm

Dir. Jennifer Kent - 2014 - 94m - Australia

AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS & DARK MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL CO-PRESENTATION!  DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF LOBO COMICS AND ANIME AT THE 10:30PM SCREENINGS!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.  When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.  But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

"An expertingly unsettling horror film!" - Time Out, New York

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished." - Scott Foundas, Variety

"What's been delivered here is a potent brew of psychological terror mixed with a genuinely spooky story, making The Babadook easily the best horror movie of recent years." - George Byrne, Irish Independent

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Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites! An Annual Event of Short Movies!

Dec 20
Saturday times t.b.a.

2014 - Co-presented by Stranger Factory - $7 general / $5 students per block of movies - $15 all day pass

The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013.  That means this Saturday is just about the darkest day of the year. Dark Matters Film Festival is celebrating this dark day by presenting another annual installment of Horror Bites! This all-day collection of short films features a shadowy selection of hand-picked horror, science fiction and dark fantasy from around the globe. Shorts are organized into several themed programming blocks, so you can choose your favorite form of darkness. 

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

Dec 21
Sunday 1 pm ONLY!

Dir. Steven Zaillian - 1993 - 109m - A LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY PRESENTATION & BENEFIT! All Seats $8

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY STARTING THURSDAY OCTOBER 9 !  

An all-star cast shines in this heartwarming story of one family's journey of understanding. Joe Mantegna stars as Fred Waitzkin, a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh (Max Pomeranc), will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother (Joan Allen), Josh displays more than talent - he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher (Oscar r winner Ben Kingsley). But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prices more than winning: his family's love. Costarring Laura Linney and William H. Macy.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie "not only to enjoy but to cherish"  - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

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Monty Python and The Holy Grail - double featured with LIFE OF BRIAN!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - 1975 - 92m - UK

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  GOING OUT WITH LAUGHTER, COMING IN WITH GUFFAWS, KNEE SLAPPERS & GIGGLES ALA MONTY PYTHON MADNESS!

BONUS!   An additional 12 minutes of never-before seen animation!

From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors.

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