Coming Soon

Beuys

Feb 26 to Mar 1
Monday to Thursday 4:00, 6:15

Dir. Andres Veiel - 2018 - 107m - Germany - In German with English subtitles

Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media — from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art — Beuys’ expanded concept of the role of the artist places him in the middle of socially relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism. Using previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andreas Veiel has created a one-of-a-kind chronicle: Beuys is not a portrait in the traditional sense, but an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the way they have impacted the world.

“The most extensive revisiting of Beuys’ art and life for a general public.” – David D’Arcy, The Art Newspaper

"Fascinating. Most art world insiders would rate Beuys as the most significant artist of the post-war period.” — Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“Seeing [Beuys’ installations] as they were created, or with the artist in the room, makes them come alive.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

“A major pioneer. Widely understood to be the most important German artist of the post–World War II period. His influence is comparable to that of the American artist Andy Warhol.” – The Museum of Modern Art

“One of the most extraordinarily influential and transgressive figures in the art of the second half of the 20th century.” – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

“Radical. Eccentric. You can hardly dispute his prominence.” – Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times

“Groundbreaking German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys... was no shrinking violet.” – Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

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Like Me

Feb 26 to Mar 1
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Robert Mockler - 2018 - 80m - No Matinees

A reckless loner (Addison Timlin, Little Sister) sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. After releasing a video of herself robbing a convenience store, she amasses a huge following. While traveling along the coast, she encounters a drifter, an Internet troll, and a paint huffing outsider who are all pulled into her circle of chaos, junk food, and drugs. Robert Mockler’s visually arresting debut feature, produced by indie horror veteran Larry Fessenden, takes the viewer into a world of fabricated personalities and offers a thought-provoking portrait of isolation in our increasingly digital world.

"Wonderfully twisted. An edgy vision of millennial lunacy." – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Wildly unpredictable. The most exciting debut you’ll see this year. Or maybe any." – Patrick Phillips, Cut Print Film

"Brilliantly realized. A wild visual feast." – Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

"A neon-soaked fever dream. The most unpredictably wonderful movie-going experience." – Heather Wixson, Daily Dead

"A gonzo thriller for the Coachella generation." – Ryan Larson, Diabolique

"It's f*cking great." – Todd Brown, Screen Anarchy

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Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters!

Mar 2
Friday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Mike Capozzola - NOW! - 90m approx - All Seats just $10 for this special event!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE

Comedian & cartoonist Mike Capozzola's multimedia comedy show about superheroes, action movies, sci-fi, monsters and secret agents. If you're a fan of Stark Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Batman, Spiderman, Game of Thrones and time travel: teleport, fly, or beam down to this show! These things are irreverently celebrated and dissected by a pro. Mike's done the show at various theatres, comic cons, museums, comedy clubs & comedy festivals in the U.S. and the U.K.

Mike Capozzola is a London based Stand Up Comedian & published cartoonist (MAD Magazine, Ted Talks, WIRED, Best of McSweeney's).

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Good People, Bad Language: A Memorial of a Homie

Mar 2
Friday only!

Dir. Alonzo Tyson & Friends! - 2018

All day passes $ 17

Package 1 : $ 10 = END GAME THEORY and Memorial, Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Package 2 : $ 12 = JULLIEA AND JULIETTE, music & more, begins at 3:15pm

"8 hour memorial Event featuring local Films Music,Art and more!"

Brought to you by R.evolution I.nfamous P.roductions

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They Remain

Mar 2 to Mar 3
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Philip Gelatt - 2017 - 90m - No Matinees

Best Feature Film - 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 

DOOR PRIZES BY THE GREAT BUBONICON 50 !  PLUS SPECIAL SIGNED POSTER BY CAST & CREW TO BE RAFFLED OFF!

ALSO PLAYING MARCH 6 to 8 AT 6PM!

An adaptation of Laird Barron's short story "-30-", directed by the screen writer of Europa Report; two scientists are sent to investigate strange occurrences on a remote piece of land once occupied by a cult.

THEY REMAIN defies categorization and journeys into the shadowy realm where nature, science, and the supernatural co-exist in horrific symbiosis. William Harper Jackson (“True Story” and "The Good Place") and Rebecca Henderson (“Mistress America”) star as two scientists investigating the root of environmental changes and strange animal behavior at a remote site where a Manson Family-style cult committed atrocities. The isolated location, the unraveling of their relationship, and the biome itself begin to lead them down a path of doom where primeval forces threaten to consume them.

“It’s a slow burn that demands your attention every step of the way and rewards it with an expectation defying film that’s among the year’s best.” - beneaththeunderground.com

“THEY REMAIN draws from Lovecraftian ideas and themes to inform both its mythology and its approach to slow-burn sci-fi suspense.” - The Movie Sleuth

“The acting is impressive but restrained; the stillness is everything. In time a breath, a glance out of place, becomes shocking.” - Eye For Film

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A Ciambra

Mar 3 to Mar 5
Saturday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonas Carpignano - 2017 - 119m - Italy - In Italian with English subtitles - No Matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO NM ITALIAN FILM & CULTURE FESTIVAL 2018!

ALSO PLAYING MARCH 13 to MARCH 15 AT 5:45PM!  

Executive producer Martin Scorsese presents the electrifying sophomore feature from rising director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea). 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato) wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way—including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his sprawling Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is. Steeped in the complex social fabric of Southern Italy—where Italians, Romani, and African migrants coexist in uneasy tension—A Ciambra is a bracing plunge into a world in which growing up fast is a matter of survival.

“[Jonas Caprignano] captures the life of a boisterous Romani family in Southern Calabria with remarkable authenticity.” - Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

“Through Tim Curtin's kinetic handheld camerawork, Carpignano immerses the viewer in Pio's experience.” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Viewers interested in a rarely-documented side of life will get caught up in this frank portrayal of a boy who's not sure how to be a man.” - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

“Its vigor and authenticity deliver a sort of joy.” - Mark Jenkins, NPR

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Loving Vincent - Oscar Nominee for Best Animation Feature!

Mar 3 to Mar 5
Saturday to Monday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman - 2017 - 95m

THE WORLD'S FIRST FULLY PAINTED FEATURE FILM!

On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers.

The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly.  This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world.  His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Loving Vincent tells that story.

"An animated masterpiece! An absolutely stunning film that not only does justice to the art of Van Gogh,

but also to the art of movies. I have never seen anything on screen like it before. You will be amazed and lifted by this extraordinary film." - Pete Hammond, Deadline

"A one-of-a-kind work of art." - Variety

"Hypnotic and beguiling." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Remarkable. You will marvel at the art in this labor-intensive labor-of-love.” - Bob Mondello, NPR All Things Considered

“A new film that tears up the rule book of animation...I’ve not experienced anything like it before.” - Florence Waters, The Telegraph

"A jaw-droppingly beautiful film." - Tomris Laffly, Film Journal International

"Never has there been a film that spoke to the heart of an artist like “Loving Vincent”. Animation and fine art painting come together in this loving tribute to the work and life of a master artist." - Tony Bancroft, SIFF Animation Jury

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New Mexicans Who Made Movies, Part Deux: A Jeff Berg Presentation!

Mar 4
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Jeff Berg - 1897 to Present - 90m approx - No Matinees

The motion picture business in New Mexico is booming. Almost every week articles in newspapers or reports on radio and T.V. boast of the new movies that are in production in the Land of Enchantment. Today seems to be a “golden age” for the New Mexico film industry. 

But, is it? 

Certainly film production in the state is doing well. But perhaps a look-back at the earlier years of New Mexico’s participation in filmmaking would be informative. Perhaps the actors and producers and film crews of only a few years back can show us the foundations of today’s successes. On March 4 at 1:00 p.m., film historian and author (New Mexico Filmmaking, Arcadia Press, 2015, 'Historic Movie Theatres of New Mexico, 2018) Jeff Berg will return to the Guild with another in his series “Movies Made in New Mexico", except this show is an all new one, featuring 'New Mexicans Who Made Movies, Part Deux'. 

In past presentations he has discussed the variety of dramas, westerns, and comedies produced in the state since 1897.  In his most recent production, Jeff will introduce his audience not only to several New Mexico films, but to the history of stars and producers such as Val Kilmer, Shirley MacLaine, producer Hal Wallis, Glen Campbell, Dan Blocker and actress Martha Hyer. 

"With a deep knowledge and appreciation for his subject, Mr. Berg will demonstrate how Hollywood personalities over the years have laid the foundation for today’s New Mexico film industry." - Bob Gajkowski

Audience participation is strongly encouraged!

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Before We Vanish - Kiyoshi Kurosawa's newest!

Mar 6 to Mar 9
Tuesday to Thursday 3:15, 8pm / Friday 1pm only!

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 2018 - 130m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

ALSO PLAYING MARCH 24 & 27

In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. 

Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.

“Mr. Kurosawa, a prolific and skilled genre master, spins this parable with a light, nimble touch, punctuating heavy passages of exposition with punchy, modest action sequences and snatches of incongruously bouncy music.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“It's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.” - Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

“Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Yes, it's the peculiarly heartwarming tale of a man who becomes a better partner thanks to an alien invasion, but it also has an enormous body count and a dimly optimistic view of humanity. Still, you won't see anything else quite like it this year.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

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They Remain

Mar 6 to Mar 8
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Philip Gelatt - 2017 - 90m - No matinees

Best Feature Film - 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

An adaptation of Laird Barron's short story "-30-", directed by the screen writer of Europa Report; two scientists are sent to investigate strange occurrences on a remote piece of land once occupied by a cult.

THEY REMAIN defies categorization and journeys into the shadowy realm where nature, science, and the supernatural co-exist in horrific symbiosis. William Harper Jackson (“True Story” and "The Good Place") and Rebecca Henderson (“Mistress America”) star as two scientists investigating the root of environmental changes and strange animal behavior at a remote site where a Manson Family-style cult committed atrocities. The isolated location, the unraveling of their relationship, and the biome itself begin to lead them down a path of doom where primeval forces threaten to consume them.

“It’s a slow burn that demands your attention every step of the way and rewards it with an expectation defying film that’s among the year’s best.” - beneaththeunderground.com

“THEY REMAIN draws from Lovecraftian ideas and themes to inform both its mythology and its approach to slow-burn sci-fi suspense.” - The Movie Sleuth

“The acting is impressive but restrained; the stillness is everything. In time a breath, a glance out of place, becomes shocking.” - Eye For Film

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FLASH GORDON (1980)

Mar 9
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Mike Hodges - 1980 - 111m - ALL SEATS $8

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!  DOOR PRIZES BY THE GREAT BUBONICON 50 PLUS ARTIST POSTER FOR SALE BY LOCAL JON SANCHEZ!

New Mexico Entertainment is excited to present the sci-fi action film (with a fabulous QUEEN soundtrack!) starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, and Max von Sydow. A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth!  You know you can't resist the 80s ultra camp cheese fest!  What a blast!

“There's plenty of colourful fun and an awful lot of men in tights. Don't listen to its pofaced detractors -- for sheer cinema fun, Flash Gordon can't be beaten.” - Film4

“This is like a drug-induced sexy fever dream of what the 80s had turned into for much of science fiction cinema.” - Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures

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Tehran Taboo

Mar 9 to Mar 12
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Ali Soozandeh - 2017 - 96m - Germany, Austria - Farsi with English Subtitles

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.

“A beautifully rotoscoped drama with intertwining stories set against the cognitively dissonant clash of Iran’s strict, theocratic society and the every-day realities of sex, drugs and corruption.” – Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times

“A spellbinding animated journey into the underbelly of Iranian society.” – E. Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post

“Visually striking. This wily account of 20-something Iranians negotiating an assault course of laws and prohibitions to get their kicks fizzes with energy and bad behaviour.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International

“An audacious debut. Explore[s] the highly charged theme of sexual and personal freedom in Iran without salaciousness.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A transgressive explosion. Delivers a stunning penetration into the very disturbed hidden face of daily life in the Iranian capital.” – Fabien Lamercier, Cineuropa

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The Insult - Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film!

Mar 9 to Mar 12
Friday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Ziad Doueiri - 2017 - 112m - Lebanon / Belgium - In Arabic with English subtitles - No Matinees

In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs.

“Director Ziad Doueiri's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nominee from Lebanon is a crackling legal thriller that boils down centuries of Middle Eastern conflict into one reckless insult - and lets the sparks fly.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Drives the point home while offering insight into the Middle East conflict (it's at least part history lesson) by way of a riveting courtroom drama enhanced by terrific performances.” - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

"The Insult" doesn't offer a tidy resolution or easy answers - just a lot of questions worth pondering.” - Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

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A Ciambra

Mar 13 to Mar 15
Tuesday to Thursday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonas Carpignano - 2017 - 119m - No Matinees

Executive producer Martin Scorsese presents the electrifying sophomore feature from rising director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea). 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato) wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way—including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his sprawling Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is. Steeped in the complex social fabric of Southern Italy—where Italians, Romani, and African migrants coexist in uneasy tension—A Ciambra is a bracing plunge into a world in which growing up fast is a matter of survival.

“[Jonas Caprignano] captures the life of a boisterous Romani family in Southern Calabria with remarkable authenticity.” - Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

“Through Tim Curtin's kinetic handheld camerawork, Carpignano immerses the viewer in Pio's experience.” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Viewers interested in a rarely-documented side of life will get caught up in this frank portrayal of a boy who's not sure how to be a man.” - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

“Its vigor and authenticity deliver a sort of joy.” - Mark Jenkins, NPR

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Hannah

Mar 13 to Mar 16
Tuesday to Friday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Andrea Pallaoro - 2017 - 95m - Italy/France/Belgium - In French & English with English subtitles

ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY MARCH 18 AT 7PM !

The intimate portrait of a woman's loss of identity as she teeters between denial and reality. Left alone grappling with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment, Hannah begins to unravel. Through the exploration of her fractured sense of identity and loss of self-control, the film investigates modern day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures.

This is an impressively rigorous exercise, in which the director's sober formalism finds a kindred spirit in his leading lady's studied, secretive restraint.” - Guy Lodge, Variety

“Quite good.” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

“Pallaoro plays the slow-cinema game with slick, calculating skill, but now flashes of serious substance can be glimpsed beneath the exquisitely steely style.” - Neil Young, Sight and Sound

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Mind Game

Mar 16 to Mar 17
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Masaaki Yuasa - 2004 - 103m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS SPECIAL - $8 Gen. / $6 Stu.

Never before released theatrically in the U.S., Mind Game, the landmark debut from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa!! 

The film's title says it all — this is a head trip like no other. Combining a wide array of techniques from traditional hand-drawn animation to rotoscoping to collage, Yuasa creates a genre-bending adventure that cannot be described, only experienced.

Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult classic Mind Game is an explosion of unconstrained expression – gloriously colorful mages ricochet in rapid fire associations,like Masaaki Yuasa’s brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Audiences will begin to grasp what they are in for early on as loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in  the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light.  But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest.

"A virtuoso narrative loop-the-loop that travels through a phantasmagoric catalog of animation styles, Mind Game is not just one of the most fantastically experimental anime features seen stateside. It’s a superflat cousin to the grown-up cartoon head trips of the ’60s and ’70s like Yellow Submarine, Fritz the Cat, or Fantastic Planet, replete with grand metaphysical themes, gloriously extended avant-psychedelic sequences, and Japanified bits of Bakshian bawdiness." — Ed Halter, Village Voice

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Rogers Park

Mar 16 to Mar 18
Friday 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 4:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kyle Henry - 2017 - 90m - No Matinees

BONUS!  DIRECTOR AT THE FRIDAY & SATURDAY SCREENING!

Two Chicago couples struggle to keep their love alive as secrets and long-simmering resentments rise to the surface.  In Rogers Park, four intertwined lives begin to buckle under midlife pressures.

Zeke and his wife Grace navigate parenthood and a financial reversal of fortune. Grace’s brother Chris, a writer battling depression, and his partner Deena face a personal crisis that threatens to tear them apart. Meanwhile, Grace and Chris each struggle to confront a shared family trauma.

Rogers Park is a drama that explores the ties that bind and the midlife forces that shatter relationships over the course of one tumultuous year.

"Director Kyle Henry gives his four lead actors little room to hide in this bracing picture... not once are their performances anything less than utterly authentic...an uncommonly insightful movie." - Indie Outlook

"The sympathetic performances, understated direction, and thematic emphasis on lower-middle-class unhappiness all reminded me of British filmmaker Mike Leigh, and like him, Henry and Treviño know how to develop narrative momentum through a steady stream of subtle psychological revelation." - Chicago Reader

"[An] affecting drama...It probes the idea of closeness—whether between brother and sister, father and daughter, or friends—and the performance of happiness versus the real thing...well-acted." - The Moving World

"[A] wise screenplay...keenly observed...rich performances...vivid lensing...Henry achieves a vibrance that is rare among domestic dramas of this ilk” - Moveable Feast

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Levi Anderson's ST. PATRICK: KISS ME I AM ___ Live Show

Mar 17
Saturday 6:30, 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Levi Anderson, Jidapa Anderson & Jordan Ramser - Now - 60m approx - ALL SEATS $10

A St. Patrick's Day Live Comedy Show!

Special guest Jidapa Anderson for the family show at 6:30pm.

Also, Jordan Ramser will perform at the adult show at 8pm.

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Hannah - FINAL SCREENING!

Mar 18
Sunday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Andrea Pallaoro - 2017 - 95m - Italy/France/Belgium - In French & English with English subtitles - No Matinees

The intimate portrait of a woman's loss of identity as she teeters between denial and reality. Left alone grappling with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment, Hannah begins to unravel. Through the exploration of her fractured sense of identity and loss of self-control, the film investigates modern day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures.

"This is an impressively rigorous exercise, in which the director's sober formalism finds a kindred spirit in his leading lady's studied, secretive restraint.” - Guy Lodge, Variety

“Quite good.” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

“Pallaoro plays the slow-cinema game with slick, calculating skill, but now flashes of serious substance can be glimpsed beneath the exquisitely steely style.” - Neil Young, Sight and Sound

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Human Flow - Special Encore!

Mar 18
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

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

As part of the MIGRATIONS show at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory Gallery!

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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24 Frames - Abbas Kiarostami's Last Movie!

Mar 19 to Mar 22
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Abbas Kiarostami - 2017 - 114m - Iran - No Matinees

“Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema.” —Martin Scorsese

For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images—most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife—and digitally animated them into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.

“The chief pleasure of 24 Frames is how it attunes you to appreciate any movement, whether it's snow falling, waves crashing, or birds pecking the earth.” - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“24 Frames immediately communicates the power of the theater experience, in the way that so many of Kiarostami's movies can.” - David Sims, The Atlantic

“In the seconds and minutes around the taking of a photograph, Kiarostami reminds us, the world changes, but mostly in increments.” - Scott Tobias, NPR

“How fitting that this lovely final film is one that could be enjoyed by fourth-graders as easily as the most knowledgeable of Kiarostami's admirers.” - Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

“Kiarostami remained a tireless innovator right up to the end, and it's fitting that he leaves us with a work so singular as to be almost unclassifiable.” - Mike D'Angelo, AV Club

There's an overwhelming consistency of imagery, process, and mood in 24 Frames, which makes the film feel very much like the considered work of a single artist.” - Stuart Klawans,The Nation

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Western

Mar 19 to Mar 22
Monday to Thursday 3:30, 8:30

Dir. Valeska Grisebach - 2017 - 120m - Germany - In German, Bulgarian & English with English subtitles

An intense, slow-burning thriller, Western follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but tensions mount when, Meinhard, the strong, silent and newcomer to the group, starts mixing with the local villagers. The two sides speak different languages and share a troubled history. Can they learn to trust each other — or is the stage being set for a showdown? 

"There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it." - Guy Lodge, Variety 

"A story that can feel as familiar as a John Ford movie, if one attuned to dislocation and discontent in contemporary Europe. Ms. Grisebach has a feel for mood, place and real, lived-in faces." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times 

"A stunning existential study of masculinity." - Sight and Sound 

"Recognizes the western as a template for eternal conflicts." -Dennis Lim, Film Comment 

"A powerful, deeply human and intricately political drama... reminiscent of Claire Denis' Foreign Legion cine-poem, Beau Travail." - Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook 

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EIT LIVE! The Great Satan!

Mar 23
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. The EIT Crew! - NOW - 90m approx. - All Seats $12

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

Since the dawn of time, man has searched for answers... and failed. But the fog of existence has finally cleared thanks to the eternal fruits of your favorite found footage collective, Everything Is Terrible! Over the last 10 years, EIT! has reinterpreted our shared memory into 3,000+ daily web videos, collected 15,000 Jerry Maguire VHS tapes, and forever altered the collective consciousness. Now, with their longtime collaborator Lucifer, Everything Is Terrible! has ingested over 2,000 satanic panic, religious kook, and D-horror VHS tapes. They have recontextualized them and created a narrative feature that reminds us all who we are, why we are here, and what we should be doing with our paltry time on this dumb planet. And now they invite you to be an initiate of the psychedelic devotion of EIT! As you take your blood oath, your journey will brim with evangelical ducks, goopy ghouls, and sad white men who believe that Dungeons & Dragons summon actual horned demons. Join your bedazzled Dadgods for an all-new live show, featuring never before seen puppets and costumes, as EIT! presents their newest feature, T H E G R E A T S A T A N. But be warned… If you really want to see your mind, you’ve got to be ready to rip your skull open…

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Before We Vanish - Kiyoshi Kurosawa's newest!

Mar 24
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 2018 - 130m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

ALSO PLAYING MARCH 27

In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. 

Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.

“Mr. Kurosawa, a prolific and skilled genre master, spins this parable with a light, nimble touch, punctuating heavy passages of exposition with punchy, modest action sequences and snatches of incongruously bouncy music.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“It's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.” - Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

“Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Yes, it's the peculiarly heartwarming tale of a man who becomes a better partner thanks to an alien invasion, but it also has an enormous body count and a dimly optimistic view of humanity. Still, you won't see anything else quite like it this year.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

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Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions

Mar 24
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre - 2003 - 42m - All Seats $10

BONUS!  Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow, producers of the NPR radio show Afropop Worldwide will be here for Q&A/discussion!

AN AMPS CONCERTS CO-PRESENTATION!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

A remarkable time piece. Made by Sean and Banning in collaboration with LinkTV in 2003, it captures a hopeful moment in the north of Mali, a moment when it seemed that the unrest and violence that region had known for many years was at last over. The festival was a joyous coming together of Malians, mostly Tuareg who arrived by camel, deep in the desert outside Timbuktu. Among the small cadre of Westerners there was Robert Plant and his band, who played a set for an audience who hardly knew his work with Led Zeppelin. More importantly, it was the first time many people and musicians from the Malian capital Bamako had felt safe traveling this far north.

All of this is captured in the film, which includes main stage performances and interviews with Plant, Ali Farka Touré and others, and features informal sessions in the tents around the festival site. The film has to be contextualized because the events of 2012 and since have rendered this region close to a no-go area, and the festival has been driven into exile. It is a glimpse of what might have been and what may someday come again, but alas, no time soon.

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The Cured

Mar 26
Monday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Freyne - 2018 - 96m - France / Ireland - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 & THURSDAY MARCH 29 AT 8:30PM!

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.

“Thought-provoking and sometimes wrenching twist on the zombie genre.” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“This rehabilitation of walking-dead tropes comes with unusual resonances.” - Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

“The Cured may owe much to viral shockers like 28 Days Later, but its political and personal insight elevates it alongside the best of contemporary European realism.” - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

“It's a clever concept that's fairly well executed ... with tension that slowly boils to the surface as the zombies inevitably come back for a bite.” - Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

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The Square - ENCORES!

Mar 26
Monday 2:30, 5:30pm ONLY!

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

2018 OSCAR NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!

ALSO PLAYING WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 & THURSDAY MARCH 29 AT 2:30 & 5:30PM !

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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Before We Vanish - Kiyoshi Kurosawa's newest!

Mar 27
Tuesday 4pm, 9:15pm

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 2018 - 130m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

FINAL SCREENINGS!

In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. 

Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.

“Mr. Kurosawa, a prolific and skilled genre master, spins this parable with a light, nimble touch, punctuating heavy passages of exposition with punchy, modest action sequences and snatches of incongruously bouncy music.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“It's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.” - Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

“Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Yes, it's the peculiarly heartwarming tale of a man who becomes a better partner thanks to an alien invasion, but it also has an enormous body count and a dimly optimistic view of humanity. Still, you won't see anything else quite like it this year.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

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Thollem's Live A/V show!

Mar 27
Thursday 7pm only!

Dir. Thollem & - NOW! - 90m approx - All Seats $8

Thollem's Technicolor Grey Zone 

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Thollem's Technicolor Grey Zone is a multimedia experience pairing Thollem's live musical scoring to films. This year he's focusing on the films of Martha Colburn (U.S./Holland), Tuia Cherici (Italy/France) and ACVilla (U.S.). Thollem has worked with each of these three filmmakers on various projects throughout North America and Europe including Maxxi Museum in Rome, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Museum, SF MOMA, San Diego Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Toledo Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Northwest Film Forum, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and more.

This is an unforgettable show, bringing together the work of these 3 unique filmmakers with Thollem's Prophet and a microphone: jumping from an electric diving board into reality and imagination, landing squarely in the midst of the time of our lives at the center of a world on the edge.

"The kind of fiercely independent artists the world needs more of" - LiveEyeTV

Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness

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With a synthesizer and a microphone, Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness forges elements of Punk Rock, Blue and Psychedelia, among many other influences. Including new songs and solo arrangements of Tsigoti songs, with "fluid keys pulverization" (Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine), Thollem’s work is ”political debauchery and a forward vocal delivery … that comes a-swingin’ right out of the gate" (Chocolate Grinder, Tiny Mix Tapes)

Over the last decade, Thollem's toured non-stop internationally, recording with over a hundred different musicians from a wide variety of genres resulting in more than 60 albums on 22 different vanguard labels. As a vocalist, Thollem's been releasing albums the last 10 years with his Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti (5th album soon), Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes) and Andy Kaufman plus his initial solo album 'Machine in The Ghost'. He's planning on releasing the first HPOH album later this year.

"Unreal linear explosions and extreme imagination"- Greg Burk, LA Weekly

Thollem has performed and recorded with members of Deerhoof, The Minutemen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Wilco, Unwound, Old Time Relijun, Cibo Matto, Jealousy Party, Stars Like Fleas, Tenderizor and more. 

"Thollem might be a musician, or he might be some kind of wizard scientist. The experience might melt your mind.” - The Denver Westword

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The Cured

Mar 28 to Mar 29
Wednesday and Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Freyne - 2018 - 96m - France / Ireland - No Matinees

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.

“Thought-provoking and sometimes wrenching twist on the zombie genre.” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“This rehabilitation of walking-dead tropes comes with unusual resonances.” - Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

“The Cured may owe much to viral shockers like 28 Days Later, but its political and personal insight elevates it alongside the best of contemporary European realism.” - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

“It's a clever concept that's fairly well executed ... with tension that slowly boils to the surface as the zombies inevitably come back for a bite.” - Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

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The Square - ENCORES!

Mar 28 to Mar 29
Wednesday and Thursday 2:30, 5:30

Dir. Ruben Ostlund - 2017 - 142m - Sweden | Germany | France | Denmark - In Swedish & Danish with English subtitles

2018 OSCAR NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!

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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Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Mar 30 to Apr 3
Friday to Tuesday 4pm, 8pm

Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer - 2018 - 93m

ALSO PLAYING APRIL 24 & 25 AT 4PM, 6PM AND 8PM !

Sixteen years after the release of the groundbreaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.

“A nonfiction-focused director and cinematographer frequently attracted to the intersection between artistic expression, nature, and spirituality (however unarticulated), Riedelsheimer is well-matched to Goldsworthy's methods and interests.”  - Dennis Harvey, Variety

“A lovely snapshot of an artist's mind and eye at work.” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

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Masters of the Universe - the Dolph Lundgren 1987 cult hit!

Mar 30 to Mar 31
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Gary Goddard - 1987 - 106m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - $8 general / $6 students

An 80's schlock classic, full on ridiculous, hilarious and yummy bad - ENJOY!

Dolph Lundgren stars in this live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures). Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (a great Frank Langella!) for control of the universe. Skeletor has designs on conquering the planet Eternia, a ravaged utopia ruled over by the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle (Christina Pickles). He-Man is summoned to stop Skeletor's plans. But when the wily dwarf Gwildor (Billy Barty) utilizes his Cosmic Key, He-Man and Skeletor finds themselves transported to California. There, a waitress named Julie (Courteney Cox) and her boyfriend Kevin (Robert Duncan Mitchell) come across the Cosmic Key and become embroiled in the intergalactic battle between He-Man and Skeletor.

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The Green Fog - the newest crazy thang from Guy Maddin & Friends!

Mar 30 to Apr 3
Friday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson - 2018 - 63m - No Matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO LOCALS BASEMENT FILMS AND ITS ANNUAL EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA!

FINAL ENCORE SCREENING SATURDAY APRIL 7 AT 10:30PM !

“This ingenious gizmo will ... delight Maddin fans, or anyone else who enjoys games played with and about old movies.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

Created by filmmaker/cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin with co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, with composer Jacob Garchik and Kronos Quartet, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s spellbinding Vertigo. Inventive and invigorating, this “San Francisco Fantasia” is lauded by the New York Times as “a marvel of film scholarship.” It’s also a lot of fun. Maddin, working with his Forbidden Room collaborators, set himself the challenge to remake Vertigo without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words. Using Bay Area footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to the city of San Francisco.

“First and foremost, "The Green Fog" is a marvel of film scholarship that looks backward and forward from the Hitchcock masterpiece.” - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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The Right To Be Wild - The Mexican Gray Wolf

Mar 31
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Katja Torneman - 2018 - 100m total - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

Defenders of Wildlife special presentation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mexican wolves being released in the wild!  Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque BioPark!  Q&A with the director plus Mexican Wolf experts!

A tale of Hope, Struggle, Survival and Determination.  It is the story of the Mexican Gray Wolf; a wolf that is one of the Most Endangered Mammals in North America and the most endangered subspecies of Gray Wolf in the World. It is also a story about people who work hard and tirelessly trying to save them.

Mexican gray wolves were completely eradicated from the United States by the mid 20th century, and extremely close to extinction in the wild.

In 1976, they were listed under the endangered species act and protecting the species  became the law. Then, after an agreement was made between the U.S. and Mexico, a trapper hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was sent to Mexico to trap the last known Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild. Five wolves were found and captured in northern Mexico. Only one of those was a female. 

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Lives Well Lived

Apr 5 to Apr 9
Thursday to Monday 3:45, 5:30

Dir. Sky Bergman - 2018 - 72m

A celebration of the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100.   Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. These men and women open the vault on their journey into old age through family histories, personal triumph and tragedies, loves and losses – seeing the best and worst of humanity along the way. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

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Oh Lucy

Apr 5 to Apr 9
Thursday to Monday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Atsuko Hirayanagi - 2018 - 95m - USA, Japan - In English and Japanese with English subtitles - No Matinees

The off-beat comedic drama starring former Hollywood heartthrob Josh Hartnett and Japan’s acclaimed Shinobu Terajima combines bittersweet comedy with an unsettling narrative, great acting, and remarkable visual aesthetics.

An aging Japanese office worker embraces her American alter ego and embarks on a comedic odyssey of desire, passion, and betrayal through Southern California. 

Setsuko, a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, is seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo.  At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.”  This new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett).  When John suddenly disappears from class and Setsuko learns that he and her niece were secretly dating, Setsuko enlists the help of her sister, Ayako and flies halfway across the world to the outskirts of Southern California in search of the runaway couple.  In a brave new world of tattoo parlors and seedy motels, family ties and past lives are tested as Setsuko struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.” 

“A CHOCOLATE TRIFLE WITH AN ARSENIC CENTER!”-- Variety 

“Has an idiosyncratic CHARM that pays off in an unexpectedly TOUCHING ENDING.”-- The Hollywood Reporter  

“Seems to play like a standard culture clash comedy but reveals itself to run significantly DEEPER...[it] has moments of GENUINE EMOTIONAL POIGNANCY.”--Screen

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Big Trouble in Little China

Apr 6
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Carpenter - 1986 - 100m - All Seats $8

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

New Mexico Entertainment is excited to present the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, and James Wong. An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

“An upscale send-up.” - Walter Goodman, New York Times

“Works as a stand alone classic that features John Carpenter at his best.” -Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“This is a bizarre, fun, action packed film, filled with wild characters and an adventurous, imaginative and campy spirit.” - Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews

“A film to embody the Eighties, and justify them” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

“A 'B'-movie-style Western meets Eastern, a supernatural 'chopsocky' fantasy with leading man Kurt Russell doing a feature-length impression of a dead movie star. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. “ - Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews

“The high-octane action comedy takes all that was worthwhile from decades of B-flicks and distills it into a maximum-concentration explosion of cinematic TNT.” - Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

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The Green Fog - the newest crazy thang from Guy Maddin & Friends!

Apr 7
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson - 2018 - 63m - No Matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO LOCALS BASEMENT FILMS AND ITS ANNUAL EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA!

“This ingenious gizmo will ... delight Maddin fans, or anyone else who enjoys games played with and about old movies.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

Created by filmmaker/cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin with co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, with composer Jacob Garchik and Kronos Quartet, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s spellbinding Vertigo. Inventive and invigorating, this “San Francisco Fantasia” is lauded by the New York Times as “a marvel of film scholarship.” It’s also a lot of fun. Maddin, working with his Forbidden Room collaborators, set himself the challenge to remake Vertigo without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words. Using Bay Area footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to the city of San Francisco.

“First and foremost, "The Green Fog" is a marvel of film scholarship that looks backward and forward from the Hitchcock masterpiece.” - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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Zydeco Breakfast

Apr 7 to Apr 8
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Thomas Uhl - 2015 - 94m - No Matinees

DIRECTOR IN PERSON!  VISIT THE PRODUCTION TEAM'S HOME PAGE HERE!

The story of one man’s inspiring journey into a world of rich musical culture in Southwestern Louisiana. It begins in a small cafe on the banks of the Bayou Teche and dives deep into the world of Zydeco music; telling the stories of some of this cultures most influential musicians, dancers and innovators.  From its roots to the young emerging local talent of today, Zydeco Breakfast brings you the complex story of Louisiana Americana - a community of people, part of a long tradition, working to preserve the heritage of Southwestern Louisiana.

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Experiments in Cinema v13.6 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 10 to Apr 14
Tuesday to Saturday

2018 - ONLY $10 General admission per day / $8 students per day !!

Each year Experiments in Cinema brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation of homegrown media activists to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. 

In many ways EIC likes to think of itself as a micro-community rather than a festival, in that we are proudly and defiantly non-competitive—no pretentious red carpets, arbitrary prizes or VIP passes at our event. Everyone who participates wins!. EIC is about sharing and nurturing, as we truly believe that the community of media un-dependents are modern day traveling troubadours, sharing their news of the day (from personal, un-embedded perspectives) with colleagues and friends from around the world.  

"Experiments in Cinema serves as a reminder that filmmaking has a responsibility that transcends the pathetically produced popcorn poo-poo that we have come to know as "going to the movies." 

EIC believes in the meat-space of our event and that as useful as Youtube, Vimeo and other interfaces are, there is still nothing that replaces the emotional bandwidth (Gene Yougblood’s phrase) of face-to-face interactions amongst like-minded people inventing and imagining through the power of dialogue.

Each year, in addition to presenting a wide range of international screenings, EIC also hosts live multi-media performances, interactive projects, lectures, discussion groups, hands-on workshops and a program of films produced by New Mexican Middle and High School students.

Our annual celebration of all things un-dependently cinematic is produced by Basement Films. Basement Films is one of the few remaining first wave micro-cinemas left in the United States that has been supporting underrepresented forms of media since 1991." - Bryan Konefsky, EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

MORE INFO TO FOLLOW SHORTLY!  CHECK BACK HERE SOON OR VISIT EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA!

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Backpack Full of Cash

Apr 15
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sarah Mondale - 2018 - 93m

An Albuquerque Teachers Federation Special!

Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, BACKPACK FULL OF CASH takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education -- starved of resources -- hangs in the balance.

"Everyone who values democratic education needs to see this." - Jonathan Kozol, Advocate for children and author of Savage Inequalities

"A heartbreaking account of massive educational theft." - George Abbott White, Massachusetts public school teacher for 42 years

"This film tells a cautionary tale that is real. It's present." - Barbara Silva, Public Education Advocate, Support Our Students Alberta

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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

Apr 15 to Apr 19
Sunday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Travis Wilkerson - 2018 - 90m - No Matinees

Formally audacious and emotionally powerful: a meditation on conscience and responsibility, in the context of a documentary on race in the American South, as well as a highly personal exhumation of family secrets that may include a double murder. Travis Wilkerson begins with a scene from To Kill a Mockingbird, and introduces a “secular saint,” Atticus Finch, but reminds us that Harper Lee’s story was fiction, “whereas mine is true.” He continues: “In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” His movie is a detective story with important roles played by the filmmaker’s aunt (a Southern secessionist), by a 31-year-old local activist named Rosa Parks, by the rap song "Hell You Talmbout" by Janelle Monáe, and by the still-resonant words of a Phil Ochs song that memorializes white activist William Moore.

"An urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"It’s hard to experience Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? and not get shivers up your spine — from fear, from anger, and from the beauty of Wilkerson’s filmmaking." – Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

"In effect, a travelogue of the history of racism — and that history rushes into the present day. An overwhelming experience." –  Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Goldstone

Apr 15 to Apr 19
Sunday to Thursday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. Ivan Sen - 2018 - 109m - Australia

“Neo Western” crossed with “Outback Noir.” It is a drama charged thriller, which moves to the beat of the sacred land it is played out on.

Goldstone is a frontier-mining outpost, where cultural worlds collide, in an epically beautiful desert landscape. Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple investigation, however, opens a web of crime, corruption, trampling of land rights and human trafficking. Jay must pull his life together and bury his personal differences with a young local cop, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone.

"A masterpiece of outback noir that packs a political punch." - The Guardian

“[A] socially conscious, supremely accomplished procedural thriller.” - Eddie Cockrell, Variety

“With its tossed-off subplots involving shonky mining deals, sex trafficking and alcohol smuggling, it resembles a TV season's worth of developments condensed maladroitly into feature length, even as its pace remains languid.” - Ian Barr, Cinema Scope

“A compelling mix of slow-burn mystery and explosive action set against the harsh beauty of the Outback landscape.” - Jason Best, Movie Talk

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Half Baked - a 4/20 Special!

Apr 20
Friday 10:30pm

Dir. Tamra Davis - 1998 - 97m - All Seats $8

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

New Mexico Entertainment is excited to celebrate 4/20 with a special screening of this stoner classic starring Dave Chappelle Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart and Willie Nelson!  When a member of their crew gets arrested for killing a New York City police horse by feeding it junk food, three slackin' stoners are forced to get off their butts and raise bail by selling pot stolen from a pharmaceutical lab. It's a risky plan but, hey, these are stand-up guys who would do anything to help out a friend in need.

“Riotous, even to the sober.” - Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

“The definitive stoner's anthem film. Chapelle is hilarious and charismatic.” - Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com

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Ismael's Ghosts

Apr 20 to Apr 23
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Arnaud Desplechin - 2018 - 110m - France - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

Starring Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mathieu Amalric & Louis Garrel!

Ismael Vuillard makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Along with Bloom, his master and father-in-law, Ismaël still mourns the death of Carlotta, twenty years earlier. Yet he has started his life over again with Sylvia. Sylvia is his light. Then Carlotta returns from the dead. Sylvia runs away. Ismaël rejects Carlotta. Driven mad by these ordeals, he abandons the shoot for his family home in Roubaix. There, he lives as a recluse, besieged by his ghosts.

“The story of Ismael's Ghosts was bewitching, a puzzle of stories and characters that each unlocked the true reality of Ismael's world and life.” - Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry

“Flush with stylistic elegance and brio.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

“A freewheeling gambit, hurtling in multiple directions at once, and it's thrilling to watch Desplechin try juggle them all.” - Eric Kohn, indieWire

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Keep The Change

Apr 20 to Apr 23
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Rachel Israel - 2018 - 93m

Best U.S. Narrative Feature & Best New Narrative Director – Tribeca Film Festival

“Keep the Change does something unusual, casting actors on the autism spectrum to play autistic roles. It’s sweet and honest, funny and poignant. The story is intensely personal and wholly universal.” – Claire Baiz, Bright Lights Film Journal

When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.

“A tart and touching love story.” – Thelma Adams, New York Observer

“Positions itself to join the pantheon of New York rom-coms. Refreshingly uncynical. We’ve seen the Brooklyn Bridge up there on the big screen plenty of times, but rarely have we seen it crossed by characters quite like these.” – Michael Nordine, Indiewire

“Charming, romantic. An ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet.” – Nick Schager, Variety

"An intricate love story, featuring people we rarely get to see on the big screen.” – Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye for Film

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Hippie Hill - an Underground Stoner Comedy!

Apr 21
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kevin Epps - 2018 - 90m

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Just when you think 4/20 is as tired as a Chong bong, award-winning director Kevin Epps reappears with a new cannabis comedy about the weed trade shot at many of our most iconic spaces of scoring.

A underground stoner comedy, a cheesy Halfbaked - this story takes a turn of corny events when Big Chimney loses some rare golden weed seeds that he was delivering from Hippie Hill. In a world full of stoner heads, thugs and hippies everybody will smoke you out!

Starring: James.Wade as Big Chimney, M1 Dead Prez as The Weed Psychic , Phil Jackson as Flako  Amsterdam, Sol Gonzales as Voodoo Town, Shabria Melvins as Yoni, Nick Jonas as cousin Jeffrey, Stack Dough as The Peruvian Llama, Jocelyn June as Mama, Bill Short as The Old Hippie. 

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On The Town - the 1949 Technicolor Musical Masterpiece!

Apr 21 to Apr 22
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen - 1949 - 98m - All Seats Just $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION!

Fun-loving sailors Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra at his musical best!) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) have 24 hours of shore leave in New York City, and they want to make every second count. While Chip hooks up with loudmouth cab driver Brunhilde (Betty Garrett) and Ozzie swoons for prim anthropologist Claire (Ann Miller), Gabey falls in love with an actress he sees in an advertisement, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen). Leonard Bernstein, with lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green, provides the music.

“Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy.” - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

“A fine, freewheeling musical.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“One of the last great movie musicals.” - Film4

“So energetic and vital that the screen barely contains it.” - TV Guide

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Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy - ENCORES!

Apr 24 to Apr 25
Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer - 2018 - 93m

Sixteen years after the release of the groundbreaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.

“A nonfiction-focused director and cinematographer frequently attracted to the intersection between artistic expression, nature, and spirituality (however unarticulated), Riedelsheimer is well-matched to Goldsworthy's methods and interests.”  - Dennis Harvey, Variety

“A lovely snapshot of an artist's mind and eye at work.” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

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Big Time - Danish architect Bjarke Ingels!

Apr 26
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroder - 2017 - 93m - In English and Danish with English subtitles

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!

Known as one of the world’s most inventive and sought-after architects, named to Time’s list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, and called “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by the Wall Street Journal, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is a creative and influential force in modern building design.

BIG TIME follows Bjarke over 5 years as he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke's creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails. And we watch when a health crisis threatens his very success. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius.

“[An] elegant documentary …” - Chris Packham, Village Voice

“The work and mind of an architect come thrillingly to life in this smooth, intelligent doc about a certified modern genius.” - David Noh, Film Journal International

“A film for casual lovers of modern architecture and aficionados, both.” - Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

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Lou Andreas-Salome, The Audacity to be Free

Apr 27 to May 1
Friday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Cordula Kablitz-Post - 2018 - 113m

One of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century, a published novelist, poet, essayist, and the first female psychoanalyst, Lou Andreas-Salomé, recounts her life to a young German scholar. Salolmé‘s ideas on personal freedom and the lifestyle she chose against all conventions spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée, Sigmund Freud and her lover, the poet Rainer Marie Rilke ... 

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Mademoiselle Paradis

Apr 27 to May 1
Friday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Barbara Albert - 2017 - 97m - Austria / Germany - In German & French with English subtitles

The true story of Maria Theresia Paradis, a gifted pianist and friend of Mozart, who lost her eye-sight as a child, but regains it through an innovative medical technique. But this miracle comes at a price, and she is forced to choose between an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in the darkness, as a virtuoso.

"Exquisitely crafted! A superb performance from actress Maria Dragus pulls Maria Paradis from the pages of history." -Screen Daily

“The engrossing result feels entirely modern, despite more spectacular, candy-colored ruffles than you can shake a bustle at.” - Guy Lodge, Variety

“An inquisitive, curious and gorgeously accoutered period piece about science, the senses and the position of women in Mozart-era Austria.” - Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

“Director Barbara Albert fashions a remarkable image of blindness and healing, of cruelty and of compassion.” - Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

“Barbara Albert's Mademoiselle Paradis is a subtle and intelligent film about the historical crisis of female subjectivity and the various men who attempt to control that emerging identity.” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

"Mademoiselle Paradis" is the fifth film from director Barbara Albert, and for both she and star Maria Dragus, it is a stunning success.” - Christopher Schobert, The Playlist

“An exquisitely crafted period drama telling the true story of blind musician Maria Theresia von Paradis and pioneering physician Dr Franz Mesmer.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International

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Vampire Clay

Apr 27 to Apr 28
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Soichi Umezawa - 2018 - 80m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - $8 Gen / $6 Stu. - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

A gory and (intentionally?) hilarious marriage of The Blob, The Thing, and The Evil Dead about a possessed pile of clay terrorizing students at a Japanese art school.

“One of the most gleefully absurd and visually engaging films I've seen this year!” - Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central

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