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Persona

Dec 11 to Dec 13
Tuesday to Thursday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. Ingmar Bergman - 1966 - 83m - Sweden - In Swedish with English subtitles

By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage actor who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women undergo a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference. Performed with astonishing nuance and shot in stark contrast and soft light by Sven Nykvist, the influential Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.

“One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“[A] masterpiece.” - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“Hardcore surrealism is rarely this enjoyable.” - David Jenkins, Little White Lies

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Searching For Ingmar Bergman

Dec 11 to Dec 13
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Margarethe von Trotta - 2018 - 99m - Germany & France - In German, Swedish, French, Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING DECEMBER 18 TO 20!

“Margarethe von Trotta's documentary reminds us of the reasons for Bergman's continued influence on cinema today.” - Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman's life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman's creative achievements.

"Explores and champions Bergman's artistic legacy but also captures a very human portrait of a complex man." - Screen Daily

"A Valentine from one director to another." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“An engaging and accessible look at one of the most important figures in cinema." - Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

“What you're left with is one filmmaker's love affair with another's work, a prism for other beams of light to shine through.” - David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Because Bergman's auteur status is frequently coded as patriarchal, seeing him and his work though the lens of a female filmmaker is salutary.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“It's a piece both thorough and enchanting --  it's a must for Bergman fans.” - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“A well-deserved love letter to master iconoclastic Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.” - Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Christmas Evil - John Waters' fave Xmas movie newly restored!

Dec 14 to Dec 15
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lewis Jackson - 1980 - 94m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

DOOR PRIZES BY THE MIGHTY BUBONICON 51 !

"THE TAXI DRIVER OF CHRISTMAS MOVIES!" - Jim Knipfel, DEN OF GEEK

When he was a boy, Harry idolized Santa Claus, but one Christmas Eve, he witnessed something horrifying that forever shattered his innocent understanding of Santa. Now an adult, Harry wants to embody the pure Santa Claus that he grew up loving. He works at a toy factory and keeps records of who's been naughty and nice, but the spirit of Christmas isn't what it used to be and he can't take it. So, garbed in his red suit, Harry decides that the only thing he can do is to become Santa himself and make all of the naughty townspeople pay...in blood!

“Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t become one of the movies you traditionally watch each year around the holiday season.” - Todd Martin, Horrornews.net

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Liyana

Dec 14 to Dec 17
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp - 2017 - 77m - Swaziland, Qatar & US - No Matinees

Five Swazi orphaned children turn their past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective fairytale, in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest.

"Gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you've ever seen before." - Entertainment Weekly

"Lyrical.  As bright and captivating as it is poignant." - Hollywood Reporter

"Brilliant.  The World desperately needs to see more stories like this." - Shadow and Play

"True art.  Shot through with equal parts trauma and hope." - Los Angeles Times 

“A spirited testament to the power of creativity - not only as a source of strength and joy, but as a way to access buried emotions.”- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

“Sweetly entertaining despite the horrors it hints at, Liyana is a snapshot of a larger story with plenty of potential for a happy ending.”- Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“A Swazi wonder.” - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

The visually innovative documentary is a testament to the healing power of storytelling.” - Sophia Stewart, Nonfics

“An innovative blend of documentary and animation that tells a moving story of resiliency and the power of imagination.” - Loren King, AWFJ Women on Film

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Matangi Maya M.I.A.

Dec 14 to Dec 17
Friday to Monday 4pm, 8pm

Dir. Steve Loveridge - 2018 - 95m - UK/US

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

“An illuminating and enjoyable portrait of one of the most interesting pop musicians of this century who, even after this, remains inscrutable in many of the ways that matter.” - Raju Mudhar, Toronto Star

“It is fascinating to watch M.I.A. develop into middle-age as, inevitably, the sum of her own best efforts.” - Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

“Loveridge celebrates the mashup aesthetic that enabled the artist to find a voice, and reveals that reconciling contradictions... is key to both Arulpragasam's music and the life she's constructed with audacity and wit.” - 

Serena Donadoni, L.A. Weekly

“Inspires deep respect for the fierce and independent artist she is.” - Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

“It is the synthesis of these contradictions, and how they've illuminated M.I.A.'s career path that makes up the spine of Loveridge's fascinating portrait.” - Piotr Orlov, NPR

“We get a searing intimate portrayal of M.I.A./Maya, with the documentary as her heartfelt diary and manifesto.” - Katie Driscoll, CineVue

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21st Century Stone Age - a fundraiser for the tv series!

Dec 15
Saturday - 1pm only!

Dir. Kirk Loy - 2018 - 75m approx - All Seats $10

Includes Q & A with the host plus live music & Door prizes from Mama's Minerals!

The second episode in a planned series that tells a fascinating story of human ingenuity and the rocks that we transform into civilization - with host geologist (and Guild patron!) Steve Maynard.  It's the intimate relationship between humans and their rock world!

Since the beginning of human existence we have been converting rocks into the tools and materials we need to live.  Simple modifications have evolved into complex technologies. Today virtually everything man-made comes from the rock of earth.  

21st Century Stone Age host geologist Steve Maynard leads the viewer on a journey of adventure and discovery.  Each episode is a fascinating story of human ingenuity and the rocks that we transform into civilization.                     

Dimension Stone - Steve Maynard takes us to another dimension of the 21st Century Stone Age:  The Story of Dimension Stone. We’ll visit a quarry from which rock is extracted and examine its geologic origins.  We’ll look at polished stone and its uses in construction, the modern processes of fabrication and their roots in ancient techniques.

**21st Century Stone Age LLC. is a non-profit Albuquerque-based production company. New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) serves as Fiscal Sponsor and provides complete financial management of the 21st Century Stone Age production funding.

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High Desert Screening

Dec 16
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2018 - 140m approx. - Only $5 cash / $8 for credit card purchase

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

High Desert Screening is a collaboration of aspiring New Mexico Film Makers working together to bring a showcase to share their projects for one and other and the public to entertain, educate, and inspire New Mexico's unique theatrical and visual arts scene.

The following films from a diverse group of creators, spanning the genres of retro sci fi, dramatic, suspenseful, comedy and music videos.

Presented by Carmen Dahlman

OPENING:  GITANO Euro-Latino music (10:00)

TRAILERS

Midnight Shanghai (0:51) Directed by Ricky Lee - Wu Chen is on the run from the Chinese railroad work camp. Ela and Gopan friend with Wu Chen brother. Try to save her before the sheriff finds her. The sheriff and Ela share a deep and dark past.

Runaway (1:38) Directed by Anton Kozikowski - Based on the surge in artificial intelligence in the business arena. Runaway explores the idea of a cyborg companion robot designed for personal services who thinks is human.

Close your eyes (1:14) Directed by Diana Ippolito - Tells the story of Virginia, a free-spirited photographer, who is fiercely attacked by flock of birds while taking photographs in the woods. Terrified and bloodied, she finds refuge in a secluded cabin owned by Ed, a Native American. His puzzlement and concern is amplified when two hikers, Sarah and Annabel, also seek shelter at the cottage. As the avian onslaught mercilessly continues, the group experiences mounting dread. Are the mysterious heartbeats that begin to torment the quartet a result of the unrelenting anxiety of the bird attacks, or a sign of group madness?

BIOGRAPHY

Victoria Martinez (3:45) Directed and produced by Anton Kozikowski

MUSIC VIDEOS

Dulce Recuerdo (3:32) Directed by Carmen Dahlman

When the sun goes down (3:02) Directed by Anton Kozikowski

Nina (1:52) Directed by Paul J. Lucero - Nina's mother was regarded as the best fighter in the world, holding 16 titles defenses at three different weight classes. However, after her mother is involved in a car crash, Nina runs away from home with her brother, Benjamin. Now broke, homeless and lonely, they struggle to make a living in ABQ. Everything goes wrong, until an old friend Omar, stumbles upon them. Omar quickly realizes Nina can be the greatest fighter , but Nina has to see it in herself first.

MUSIC (10:00)

Today (t.b.a.)  Directed by Rebekah Wiggins

Matter of Black  (6:54) Directed by Robert Dugan

SIGH (8:35) Directed and produced by Carmen Dahlman

“Relative Strangers – a link that can't be broken”. Two strangers at odds evolve their conflict into a friendship to be tested by trial and tragedy.

Dinner Guest - Scarlet, a struggling single mom, gets a terrifying visit from a young addict while home alone.

Shotgun (16:13)

Mrs Murphy's Confession (26:00) - Unable to connect with her distant husband and eight grown children, Marjorie Murphy tries helping out at Church. She is given responsibility to prepare a group of teen drop-outs for confirmation. Instead, a confrontation over morality presses Mrs. Murphy to articulate convictions she didn't know she had. This leads to a crisis of faith, and a shamefully exhilarating private moment. A playful and distinctive short film that portrays an awkward journey, and raises taboo questions with no thought of delicacy.

The Keeper (6:34) Directed by Carmen Dahlman

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Searching For Ingmar Bergman

Dec 18 to Dec 20
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Margarethe von Trotta - 2018 - 99m - Germany & France - In German, Swedish, French, Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

“Margarethe von Trotta's documentary reminds us of the reasons for Bergman's continued influence on cinema today.” - Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman's life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman's creative achievements.

"Explores and champions Bergman's artistic legacy but also captures a very human portrait of a complex man." - Screen Daily

"A Valentine from one director to another." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“An engaging and accessible look at one of the most important figures in cinema." - Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

“What you're left with is one filmmaker's love affair with another's work, a prism for other beams of light to shine through.” - David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Because Bergman's auteur status is frequently coded as patriarchal, seeing him and his work though the lens of a female filmmaker is salutary.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“It's a piece both thorough and enchanting --  it's a must for Bergman fans.” - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“A well-deserved love letter to master iconoclastic Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.” - Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Wild Strawberries

Dec 18 to Dec 20
Tuesday to Thursday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. Ingmar Bergman - 1957 - 92m - Sweden - in Swedish with English subtitles

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by the veteran filmmaker and actor Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is one of Ingmar Bergman’s most widely acclaimed and influential films.

“An archetypal Ingmar Bergman film, and one of his best.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Wild Strawberries is to my mind a far more complete and interesting film than the much over- praised Seventh Seal, for the simple reason that it says something negative.” - Isabel Quigly, The Spectator

“Gunnar Fischer's photography becomes ever more luminous and Sjöström's performance grows in greatness.” - David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

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Prospect

Dec 21 to Dec 22
Friday and Saturday 11pm ONLY!

Dir. Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell - 2018 - 100m - No Matinees

The SXSW-winning space-western!  BONUS:  Door prizes by BUBONICON 51 opening night!

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.

“The defiantly lo-fi "Prospect" is a smartly entertaining throwback that doesn't need a Marvel movie's worth of CGI to make its point.” - Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle

“The film balances genre thrills with a detailed depiction of prospecting on an alien world, created via a mix of practical locations (shot in a damp Northwestern forest) and some psychedelic digital backdrops.” - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“It's rare to see a sci-fi movie that genuinely has a true grit to it.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“It is a visually dazzling and thrilling adventure of a movie, and one which could be just the beginnings of an elusive career for its directors Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl.” - David Fontana, Film Inquiry

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Sex Madness Revealed!

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Friday to Sunday 3:30, 9:30pm

Dir. Tim Kirk - 2018 - 67m

“Notorious comedian Patton Oswalt and renowned magician Rob Zabrecky star in Tim Kirk’s (Director’s Commentary) latest experiment in how to tell tales of terror. Taking the form of an audio commentary that plays out over the little known 1938 STD propaganda film Sex Madness, the voice of a persnickety film blogger interviews the descendant of the original motion picture’s director who harbors a nefarious secret. 

Director Tim Kirk has taken the 1938 exploitation film—Sex Madness— that warns teens about the dangers of syphilis and added a commentary that tells a horrific and hilarious story of mad doctors, conspiracy theories, and the desperation of a filmmaker with a crooked agenda. Patton Oswalt delivers a memorable vocal performance as a film critic unraveling all the "truths" of the making of the film. This will be one of the most unique experiences you will have at the theater this year or maybe decade.” - Austin Other Worlds Film Festival

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Swimming With Men

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Friday to Sunday 5pm, 7:15

Dir. Oliver Parker - 2018 - 97m - UK

His job is a drag, his wife may be cheating on him, and he’s not getting any younger. Accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie and self-worth through synchronized swimming. Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but they’re determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team. And they’ve set their sights on the ultimate prize: the world championship. Showcasing the sharp wit of The Trip series’ Rob Brydon, Swimming With Men is a big-hearted, delightfully offbeat ode to answering your calling, no matter where you are in life.

“Parker draws perfectly pitched performances from his well-chosen cast.” - Matthew Bond, The Mail on Sunday (UK)

“The film moves quite easily from bittersweet tones to feel-good larkiness.” - Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)

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Roll With Me

Dec 23
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Lisa France - 2018 - 90m - No Matinees

“I roll to inspire people to live up to their potential, to show them they can do anything they set their mind to.” - Gabriel Cordell

Set amidst 3,100 miles of open road and small towns across America, ROLL WITH ME chronicles recovering addict and paraplegic Gabriel Cordell’s momentous journey to become the first person to navigate an unmodified wheelchair across America.  **Lisa and Gabriel actually rolled through Albuquerque, NM on this landmark journey!**  Meaningful and motivating, France’s ROLL WITH ME shares intimate narratives of PTSD, homelessness, family estrangement and sobriety struggles. Commencing as a challenge to push an unmodified wheelchair from California to Gabriel's hometown of West Hempstead, New York. Cordell’s exploration of endurance seeks to establish our common humanity.

Directed by former professional basketball player and stuntwoman turned award winning filmmaker Lisa France (ANNE B. REAL), the documentary bands together a crew of unlikely co-conspirators, each battling their own issues with addiction, PTSD and life. France amazingly captures the triumphs and Cordell's warrior spirit on the expedition while riding a bike on this world record breaking journey. 

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Shiraz - the grand 1928 romantic India epic restored!

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Sunday 4:15, 8:15

Dir. Franz Osten - 1928 - 105m - UK, German, India

Recently rediscovered and beautifully restored by the British Film Institute, SHIRAZ is a feast for the eyes and ears. A lavish Indian-British-German coproduction, it combines legend and history to tell the rousing, romantic tale of a child princess orphaned by a bandit attack and raised by the humble family of the love-struck potter Shiraz. She is then kidnapped and sold as a slave in a Mughal palace, where the growing love between her and the prince saddens the still loyal Shiraz and arouses the jealousy of a general's scheming daughter. Conceived by producer/star Himansu Rai and based on a play by Niranjan Pal, this predominantly Indian production is notable for its respectful treatment of Indian and Muslim culture. Filmed entirely on location in India, the backgrounds, from desert vistas to ornate palaces, are dazzling, and this silent film is greatly enhanced by a gorgeous new orchestral score by renowned composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar.

“The crowd scenes and the location work in this film are a real marvel, and there is great tenderness to its final act.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Wednesday to Sunday 6:30pm

Dir. Arwen Curry - 2018 - 68m - No Matinees

BONUS! Le Guin friend/author Betsy James in person with Organic Books owner & author Steve Brewer opening night!  Special thanks also to BUBONICON 51, they'll be giving out door prizes for the weekend screenings !

Best-known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film. Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic — an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

“What distinguishes the film is the way it explores Le Guin's ideas, and the way she used science-fiction as a vehicle to explore human existence, politics, gender equality, the search for a perfect society and the price of happiness.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International

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Mandy - Is there anything more "midnight movie" than Nic Cage battling with a chainsaw?!

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

Dir. Panos Cosmatos - 2018 - 121m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

DOOR PRIZES BY THE MIGHTY BUBONICON 51 !

“A midnight-movie festival onto itself; over two gonzo hours, it combines giallo, Clive Barker, Death Wish, prog rock, heavy metal, Heavy Metal, Guy Maddin, Mad Max, the dueling-chainsaw climax of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Nicolas Roeg, and Nicolas Cage at his most bugging-out unhinged.” - A.A. Down, THE A.V. CLUB

Set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller (Nicholas Cage), a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.  Also starring Andrea Riseborough & Linus Roache.

“It's bloody, it's nasty, and it burns.” - Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic

“Cosmatos' metal-to-the-max revenge thriller is more than just the sum of its deranged set pieces, choice as they are: Its slow-drip blend of hardcore pulp and demonic fantasy has a patience and all-consuming conviction that simply cannot be faked.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“The movie's imagery is consistently unearthly; its pacing has a magisterial weight. Call it pulp Tarkovsky, maybe.” - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“Every shot is composed with a directorial conviction heavy with hermetic knowledge and occult power.” - Andrew Whalen. Newsweek

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Mandy - Is there anything more

The Big Gundown - OUR SPAGHETTI WESTERN SERIES GALLOPS ON!

Dec 29 to Dec 30
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sergio Sollima - 1966 - 110m - Italy - In Italian with English subtitles - No Matinees

One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite westerns , it's Sergio Sollima's widescreen epic!  The legendary Lee Van Cleef stars as a relentless bounty hunter on the trail of Cuchillo (Euro-film superstar Tomas Milian), a savage Mexican outlaw accused of the rape and murder of a twelve-year-old girl. Written by ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST screenwriter Sergio Donati, THE BIG GUNDOWN features an incredible soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

“The best non-Sergio Leone spaghetti western ... boasting stylish widescreen photography and a great Ennio Morricone score.” - Leonard Maltin 

“It's a wonderful film, rich with style and loaded with surprises, with a fluid storytelling touch that brings substance to a genre that's often concerned solely with appearance.” - Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“A fun and exciting Western thriller…” - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“The U.S. premiere of this surprisingly thoughtful 1960s spaghetti western gives an opportunity to reflect on the genre.” - Eric Monder, Film Journal International

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A Day At The Races - A HAPPY NEW YEARS MARX BROS. DOUBLE FEATURE!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Monday and Tuesday 1pm, 5:45

Dir. Sam Wood - 1937 - 111m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!) WITH "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" AS PART OF OUR MARX BROTHERS NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!

BONUS!  ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB FRANK CULLEN TO INTRODUCE THE 1PM SCREENING ON NEW YEAR'S DAY!

The Marx Brothers at their commercial and popular peak, working with a top Hollywood director (Sam Wood of The Pride of the Yankees), supported with a healthy screen budget paying for such extras as a blue-tinted ballet sequence, love songs from crooner Allan Jones, and decorative sets!  But the brothers are also at the top of their game in terms of their own comic material and timing. The story finds Groucho, Chico, and Harpo helping out at a sanatorium, where their longtime foil in the movies, Margaret Dumont, is the leading patient. The film has some of the trio's funniest and most memorable bits and a dazzling horserace at the climax.

“It places the Marx Brothers clearly among the few fine comedians of our day.”  - Mark Van Doren, The Nation

“Vintage Groucho, Harpo and Chico.” - Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online

“A classic Marx Brothers comedy, often argued as one of their three or four best works.” - Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

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A Night At The Opera - A HAPPY NEW YEARS MARX BROS. DOUBLE FEATURE!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Monday and Tuesday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Sam Wood - 1935 - 96m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!) WITH "A DAY AT THE RACES" AS PART OF OUR MARX BROTHERS NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!

BONUS!  ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB FRANK CULLEN TO INTRODUCE THE 3:30PM SCREENING ON NEW YEAR'S DAY!

Absolutely one of the most hilarious movies ever made, this classic farce featuring the outrageous genius of the Marx Brothers is a chance to see some of their best bits woven together seamlessly in a story of high society, matchmaking, and chaos. In order to bring two young lovers together, brothers Groucho, Chico, and Harpo must sabotage an opera performance even as they try to pass themselves off as stuffed shirts. Featuring the classic sequence where Groucho piles as many people as possible into a ship's stateroom, A Night at the Opera is a deliciously zany romp worth watching again and again! 

“The loudest and funniest screen comedy of the Winter season.” - Andre Sennwald, New York Times

“It is exciting and perfect; a sign that they have at last learned how to use every resource which Hollywood can offer them; and the simplest reason I can find for calling them funny beyond the power of words to spoil the fun.” -  Doren, The Nation

“Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious.” - Nell Minow, Common Sense Media

“Classic, classy Marxist mayhem.” - Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal

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