AWESOME!
Thanks to YOU The Guild Cinema went digital in August
(and we still have our 16mm & 35mm projectors for special screenings)

An enormous thank you to all who gave so generously
to our DCP fundraising drive. Because of you The Guild Cinema
will continue delivering the best eclectic cinema in Albuquerque
for years to come. We feel the love!

Sincerely and with great affection,
Keif & Don

Now Playing

Chinese Portrait

Feb 25 to Feb 27
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Wang Xiaoshuai - 2019 - 79m - China - no matinees

From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last.

Pedestrians shuffle across a bustling Beijing street, steelworkers linger outside a deserted factory, tourists laugh and scamper across a crowded beach, worshippers kneel to pray in a remote village. With a painterly eye for composition, Wang captures China as he sees it, calling a temporary halt a land in a constant state of change.

"A stunning trip through modern China, a vast country with a diverse population and landscapes." -Alissa Wilkinson, VOX

"A spellbinding snapshot of a time and place, both of which are rapidly disappearing." -Patrick Gamble, Kinoscope

"More than just chronicling a country in transformation, Chinese Portrait signals seismic shifts in cinema as well." -Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

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Confucian Dream

Feb 25 to Feb 27
Tuesday to Thursday 4pm, 8pm

Dir. Mijie Li - 2019 - 82m - China - Mandarin w/ English subtitles

Filmmaker Mijie Li's first feature (she co-produced Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's American Factory), Confucian Dream is an observational documentary about a Chinese woman's embrace of the ancient philosophy of Confucianism and how it affects her family.

Chaoyan, a young wife and mother, believes the ancient teachings of Confucianism will restore balance, respect and morality to her home. She involves her four-year-old son in the rigorous routine of chanting daily mantras. Little Chen may not yet understand the recitations' meanings, but mom is confident she's planting a seed for the future.

Chaoyan's husband finds the daily practice excessive, and indeed many Chinese people today criticize it as feudalistic, conservative, and counter-revolutionary. While Confucianism's primary purpose is to instill peace and harmony, the opposite occurs between Chaoyan and her husband as their beliefs clash and their arguments escalate, bringing forth a gripping portrait of marital and parental crisis.

"With great sensitivity, Confucian Dream presents the viewer with the specific outcome of a woman's conversion, but at its heart, it explores universal truths about relationships." - Chelsea Phillips-Carr, POV Magazine

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Alibi Midnight Madness Presents

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Guns Akimbo

Mar 6 to Mar 7
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jason Lei Howden - 2020 - 95m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - $8 general / $6 students

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Ned Dennehy and Rhys Darby 

A young man’s mundane existence is turned upside-down when he finds himself enrolled on a dark net website that forces complete strangers to fight in a city-wide game of death with their gladiatorial battles live-streamed worldwide to a fanatical audience. After being pitted against a seemingly unstoppable killing machine, he at first manages to avoid conflict but when his ex-girlfriend is kidnapped he must overcome his fears and stop running.

"Evidence of filmmakers who not only know how to make good movies; they also wear all of their insane, colorful, and playfully nasty influences right on their sleeves - and in this case that's just a whole lot of fun to watch." - Scott Weinberg, Crooked Marquee

"This film is a clear and tangible example that allows us to explain what some of us mean when we defend the big screen and label the cinema as a collective experience." - Víctor López G., Espinof

"It's like a Saturday morning cartoon for the criminally insane, and I mean that with love." - Matt Donato, Atom Insider

"To put simply, "Guns Akimbo" is a hot mess, but in the best neon-drenched and rock 'n roll way." - Kate Sánchez, But Why Tho? A Geek Community

"I loved the frenetic, intense energy Guns Akimbo overflows with." - Scott Wampler, Birth.Movies.Death.

"A spectacularly fun and exciting time whenever the needle drops and Weaving owns her badass, gun-wielding image." - Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

"It is the spiritual sequel to The Truman Show that we deserve. Our culture now craves a fanboy loser who somehow becomes a character in a John Woo movie." - Alan Zilberman, Brightest Young Things

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