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EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - The Vintage Beatles Concert Film! ENCORES!

Feb 27 to Mar 2
Monday to Thursday 3pm, 7:45

Dir. Ron Howard - 2016 - 137m

A new compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966!

BONUS!  Featuring over 25 minutes of footage not included in the home streaming releases!!  Plus we've got it in full sound so come see it where it lives best amongst friends & strangers in the dark on the big screen!!

Director Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) takes a look back at the years when the Beatles were still a touring band, from their early performances in Europe in 1963 to their decision in 1966 to quit playing publicly in order to focus on their work in the studio. This documentary features archival footage of the Beatles' legendary concerts, as well as interviews with surviving band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and famous fans such as Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver, and Elvis Costello.

“Hugely enjoyable with some remastered live performances that were previously drowned out by screaming girl fans.” - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

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Kedi - Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul!

Feb 27 to Mar 5
Monday to Sunday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Ceyda Torun - 2016 - 80m - US/Turkey - In Turkish with English subtitles - No Matinees -

LISTEN TO A POST-VIEWING GUILD CINEMA'S PODCAST WITH NEXT GENACADEMY STUDENT ELIAS GLICKMAN HERE!

KEDi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. KEDi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.

“Splendidly graceful and quietly magical … Trust me: “Kedi” will make you a believer.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

“More than just another example of cute kittens on camera, Kedi bubbles over with charm and insight that millions of YouTube videos can't match.” - Sarah Ward, Screen International

“Yes, Kedi is an unashamed love letter to the compelling creatures at its centre, but, peppered with wisdom and warmth, it's also more than just the ultimate cat video. - Sarah Ward, ArtsHub

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I Am Not Your Negro

Mar 3 to Mar 5
Friday to Sunday 3:45, 8:00

Dir. Raoul Peck - 2016 - 95m

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY MARCH 21 to THURSDAY MARCH 23 AT 5:45PM !

"One of the best movies you are likely to see this year" - Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

BONUS!  UNM Professor Dr. Finnie Coleman will introduce the 3:45 Saturday screening & lead a talk after the screening!  Special thanks to the NEW MEXICO BLACK HISTORY ORGANIZING COMMITTEE!

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.  With the voice of Samuel L. Jackson!

“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“This Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin uses the author's words to bridge the civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present. It's unmissable and unforgettable.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.” – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine

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The Lure

Mar 3 to Mar 4
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska - 2015 - 92m - Poland - In Polish with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS - $8 general / $6 students with i.d.s

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF THE MIGHTY BUBONICON 49!

In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate '80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.

“The freshest  lm I saw at Sundance this year . . . Nothing short of a stunning feature debut.” — LAURA KERN, FILM COMMENT

“Never less than arresting. There’s nothing else like it in the sea.” — GUY LODGE, VARIETY

“Imagine if Gaspar Noé and (the late) Andrzej ?u?awski collaborated on a remake of The Little Mermaid. Wholly original and ominously enchanting.” — DAVID EHRLICH, INDIEWIRE

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Pan's Labyrinth

Mar 4 to Mar 5
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Guillermo del Toro - 2006 - 119m - All Seats just $5 - Spain/Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-presentation!

FOUR STAR REVIEW “One of the greatest of all fantasy films” - Roger Ebert

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. 

“Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years.” - David Germain, Associated Press

“This is a fantasy realm so fully and elegantly realized, it might be the adaptation of a classic novel. Yet the source is Del Toro's own capacious imagination.” - Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine

“So breathtaking in its artistic ambition, so technically accomplished, so morally expansive, so fully realized that it defies the usual critical blather. See it, and celebrate that rare occasion when a director has the audacity to commit cinema.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Mar 6 to Mar 9
Monday to Thursday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack - 2016 - 114m - No Matinees

This is the first film to be made about the incomparable Maya Angelou. The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with remarkable unmatched access. This intimate and personal portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou's life is a touching and moving tribute to her legacy. Distinctly referred to as "a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture," Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou's was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

“It's hard not to be inspired by a life this well lived.” - Ken Jaworowski, New York Times

“Powerful accomplishment, capturing in under two hours a comprehensive sense of the work the poet, author and activist made, and the life she lived fully in her eighty-six years.” - Ray Pride, Newcity

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The Freedom To Marry

Mar 6 to Mar 9
Monday to Thursday 3:30, 8:00

Dir. Eddie Rosenstein - 2016 - 86m

The epic, nail-biting, untold story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. THE FREEDOM TO MARRY follows Evan Wolfson, the architect the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto and their key colleagues on this decades long battle, culminating in a dramatic fight at the United States Supreme Court. More than the saga of one movement's history, this is an inspiring tale of regular people can actually win - and how activists can effectively change the minds and laws of the nation.

“Surprisingly suspenseful and thoroughly moving and inspiring.” – Peter Keough for the Boston Globe

“The Freedom to Marry” breathes immediacy into marriage equality. The film is a definitive history of the course gay marriage took in the United States… nothing short of chilling.” – Courtney Linder for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The Freedom to Marry is a MUST SEE.” – Joe Sudbay

“In the story about last year’s Supreme Court victory for the marriage equality movement, Wolfson emerges as both its hero and its heart … Despite the fact that viewers of the film will know how it ends, there is still a palpable feeling of suspense that takes hold as the final Supreme Court decision approaches.” – Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast

“The Freedom to Marry is this summer’s hot documentary.” – Curve Magazine

“The Freedom to Marry is every festival programmer’s dream.  North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival audiences didn’t merely fall in love with this amazing new documentary; they took it to the altar and tied the knot. The Freedom to Marry became one of the must-see events of the fest.” – Jim Carl, Director of the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

“The Freedom to Marry may very well become not only a testament to the will of a group of people for their equal rights but serve as a manual for other groups anywhere who may need to do the same. [The film] should be used by any group struggling to achieve equal rights. It will stand as the record of the LGBT community’s struggle for marriage equality.” – Gary Carnivele, We The People

“As the country gets ready to celebrate the first anniversary of the biggest gay rights ruling ever in American history, you can see how the unbelievable journey went down with the world premiere of The Freedom to Marry … A war room style feature documentary about the same-sex marriage movement, from the final frenetic months of the legal and grassroots campaign.” – Muri Assuncao, Towleroad

“The new intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary The Freedom to Marry traces the marriage equality movement’s historic progress and delves into the masterminds behind one of the greatest civil rights movements of this generation.” – Vikram Murthi, IndieWire

“This doc celebrates that momentous day – and with fascinating depth, profiles the LGBT heroes that worked tirelessly for decades to make the dream of marriage equality a reality.” – Ray Bradford, GLAAD

“Truly captures the riveting story of how we won. … Award-winning filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein gives an emotional, behind-the-scenes view of the campaign and strategy that ended marriage discrimination nationwide.” – Love, Inc

“We all know the road to same-sex marriage in the U.S. was a long one and one that involved many people. But if you had to credit one woman whose decades’ worth of work most made this reality possible, it has got to be Mary Bonauto … Mary’s work, along with that of same-sex marriage architect Evan Wolfson, is at the center of the new documentary The Freedom to Marry” – Daniela Costa, After Ellen

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Ma

Mar 10 to Mar 13
Friday to Monday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall - 2017 - 81m

In this modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage, a woman crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest, to give birth to our savior in Las Vegas. Reinvented and told entirely through movement, the film deconstructs the role of this woman, who encounters a world full of bold, archetypal characters that are alternately terrifying and sublime. MA is a journey into the visceral and the surreal, interweaving ritual, performance, and the body as sculpture. Role reversal and gender bending leads us to imagine a new ending to this familiar journey, as this virgin mother must not only give birth to our savior, but in the end is challenged to save herself.

“One of the years most original debuts. The cinematic medium has seldom felt as free as it does in Rowlson-Hall’s hands” - Peter Debruge, Variety

“A silent film that is anything but quiet. MA is a spellbinding and fiercely original cinematic experience" - Katie Walsh, The Playlist

"It marks the arrival of one of the most unique new voice's in American Cinema." - James Kaelan, Bright Ideas

"Rowlson-Hall’s talent and gumption are utterly undeniable." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

“Astonishing, and easily one of the most brazen and beautiful independent films I’ve seen in years.”  - Susanna Locascio, Hammer To Nail 

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The Big Lebowski

Mar 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Joel Coen - 1998 - 119m - A NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE SPECIAL EVENT!! $11 IN ADVANCE, $10 AT THE DOOR!

ADVANCE AVAILABLE ONLINE, CLICK HERE!

The Coen brothers' irreverent cult hit! This hilariously twisted comedy-thriller stars (of course!) Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians. Enter the visually unique and entertaining world from the creative minds of the Coen brothers and remember: the Dude abides.

“The result is a lot of laughs and a feeling of awe toward the craftsmanship involved. I doubt that there'll be anything else like it the rest of this year.” - Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

“Far from being shallow pastiche, it's actually about something: what it means to be a man, to be a friend, and to be a 'hero' for a particular time and place.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“[The Coens] rummaged through political and personal history for the underpinnings of this Los Angeles caper, from 1998, sending up, with rueful astonishment, the American way of war.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker

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The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Mar 10 to Mar 13
Friday to Monday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe & others - 2016 - 90m - No Matinees

Courtesy of a great independent cinema distributor ICARUS FILMS!

Prolific artist, philosopher, writer, storyteller and "radical humanist" John Berger is the focus of this vivid four-part cinematic portrait. In 1973, he moved from urban London to the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER examines different aspects of Berger's life in this remote village in the Alps. In four seasonal chapters, the film combines ideas and motifs from his work with the texture and history of his mountain home.

"Ways of Listening" (Directed by Colin MacCabe, 26 minutes)

Tilda Swinton, a longtime friend and collaborator, joins Berger for a frank and revealing conversation.

"Spring" (Directed by Christopher Roth, 19 minutes)

Berger's seminal writing on animals is illuminated by local farming practice and set alongside other philosophical approaches to animal consciousness. Directed by Christopher Roth.

"A Song for Politics" (Directed by Bartek Dziadosz and Colin MacCabe, 20 minutes)

Berger is joined by writers Ben Lerner and Akshi Singh along with Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth for a lively political discussion of our present moment and its relationship to the past.

"Harvest" (Directed by Tilda Swinton, 25 minutes)

Berger's son and Swinton's children join their parents for a visually rich journey to Quincy from the Scottish highlands, seeing the countryside anew.

United by their central vision and an original score by Simon Fisher Turner, the four short works that comprise THE SEASONS IN QUINCY beautifully combine to make a feature film.

"An impressively high-minded documentary about writer John Berger ... As a collection, THE SEASONS OF QUINCY is an absolutely inspired way of approaching its subject." —The Guardian

"Critic's Pick! Delightful viewing... Swinton is magnetic! Their interactions light up the film." —The New York Times

"Intimate and revealing: a portrait of its subject in which we get closer to him as a personality than a more conventional film could ever take us." —The Independent

"Instructs us that conversation, whether spoken or sung, is always liberating." —Slant

"A beautiful yet uncommon approach to a subject—one that is happily out of step with the frenetic, info-tech lifestyles we’ve adopted. But more importantly, the film is a reflection on creation as a metaphor for human existence." —The Observer

"One of the most moving moments of the [Berlinale Film] Festival." —Cinemag

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Comedian Ian Harris Live - The EXTRAORDINARY Tour!!

Mar 11
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

2017 - 75m approx. - Tickets $12 in advance (location t.b.a.), $15 at the door

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Comedian Ian Harris comes to Albuquerque for one night only, on tour promoting his second hour long television special "ExtraOrdinary". A fascinating and funny mix of spot-on impressions and clever, cutting-edge comedy, Ian Harris' act has landed him coveted appearances on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, COMEDY CENTRAL, as well as his first hour TV special "CRITICAL & THINKING"" which AXS TVcalled "A truly masterful hour of wit, humor and derisive jabbing." His keen grasp of science, evidenced by his satirical, skeptical take on everything from religion to global warming-deniers and beyond, has also earned him comparisons to favorite thinking-man's comics like Lenny Bruce, Bill Maher and George Carlin. With a unique point of view and an impressive array of comedian talents, Ian delivers a thought provoking style of stand-up all his own. 

Featuring for Ian will be Albuquerque's own Maurice Northup, who was part of The Evolution of Comedy Tour!

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Three Tours

Mar 12
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Betty Yu - 2016 - 50m - All Seats $8

An ALBUQUERQUE CENTER FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE & ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER VETERANS FOR PEACE special presentation!

Screening of the film will be followed by a special panel discussion moderated by ACPJ board member Samia Assed with its director Bettty Yu plus featured activist Ramon Mejia and Veterans for Peace member Monique Salhab! 

A 50 minute long documentary film that captures the lives of three U.S. military veterans, Nicole Goodwin, Ramon Mejia & Ryan Holleran, as they work to heal their wounds and battle with PTSD resulting from their deployments in Iraq. The film follows their transformation from U.S. military trained soldiers to agents of change advocating for proper mental health treatment of veterans and an end to unjust wars.

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Looking For Infinity: El Camino

Mar 14 to Mar 16
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Aaron C. Leaman - 2017 - 64m

An emotionally driven chronicle of a group of people all at turning points in their lives, relatable to anyone searching for their own path.Their physical journeys are accompanied by a completely original musical soundscape from Richard Melkonian, an award winning London based composer*.  for the hundreds of thousands of people who walk the camino route annually, it offers the chance to share some of the essence of their experience with loved ones. Enabling pilgrims an alternative perspective of their experiences, the film will be a memorable item that can always be referred to in times of nostalgia. For all of those who are curious but haven’t yet lived it, it offers an insight into what might otherwise seem an insurmountable challenge, and perhaps the inspiration to embark on the journey themselves.

“Leaman's work is distinguished from some other documentaries on the Camino de Santiago more focused on portraying their natural landscapes, places, habits or exercise simply travel diary, to focus fully on the spiritual influence of the trip in people. Especially in a Western civilization like ours in which we live continually gripped by fears and see us outside of our comfort zone victims of what we can not control, the documentary tells us through the voice of many pilgrims (enough number of testimonies) how the Camino has the power to lift us above the trees to get to see the forest.” - Fernando Borjas, Vive El Camino

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Catfight

Mar 17 to Mar 20
Friday to Monday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Onur Tukel - 2017 - 96m - No Matinees

"DELICIOUSLY FUNNY!" - BRANDON HARRIS, VICE

Wealthy wine lover Veronica Salt (Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy, Sideways) and struggling outsider artist Ashley Chambers (Anne Heche, Hung, Psycho, Six Days Seven Nights) were close in college, but haven't seen each other since. When they find themselves attending the same glitzy birthday party, verbal barbs lead to fisticuffs and an all-out brawl that will keep these two locked in combat for years to come. Outrageous, hilarious, and action-packed, writer-director Onur Tukel's (Applesauce, Summer of Blood, Richard's Wedding) CATFIGHT is a jet-black comedy about two bitter rivals whose grudge match spans a lifetime.

“The absurdist use of fisticuffs in Onur Tukel's extremely independent Catfight is unnerving, strangely hilarious -- and, whether you accept it or not, meaningful.” - Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair

“Our expectations are forced into conjuring hope for a wild, frenzied ride. Onur Tukel doesn't disappoint with this broad satire of American politics and wealth disparity.” - Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

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Sword Art Online The Movie -ORDINAL SCALE-

Mar 17 to Mar 18
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Tomohiko Ito - 2017 - 120m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! - ALL SEATS $15

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Based on the mega-hit light novel/TV anime series!!

Experience an all new adventure with Kirito, Asuna, and their party members as they explore the world of "Ordinal Scale," a new hit game utilizing augmented reality technology. Players are about to find the line between the virtual world and reality beginning to blur and their worst nightmares coming true... As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again - can Kirito save his friends, or is this going to be game over for him...?

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Tower

Mar 17 to Mar 20
Friday to Monday 4:00 6:00

Dir. Keith Maitland - 2016 - 82m

"ONE OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL FILMS OF THE YEAR" - BRIAN TALLERICO, ROGEREBERT.COM

August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

New York Times Critics' Pick "Ingenious. The animation gives Mr. Maitland a lot of creative freedom, allowing him to take Expressionistic leaps." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A piece about adrenaline, bravery, grief and memory that stands as one of the year's crowning achievements in emotional, illuminative storytelling." - Robert Abele, The Wrap

"Boldly imaginative ...  'Tower' plays like a historical Hitchcock film about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances." -Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"Tower is explanatory journalism and history, but also personally expressive, and the two impulses never cancel each other out." -Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

"Words can't do justice to the singular power of Keith Maitland’s documentary Tower, a you-are-there reconstruction of the harrowing 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin...You might not see a more emotionally shattering film this year." - Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

"A tense, reflective and uniquely cinematic reconstruction of the 1966 sniper shootings that rocked a Texas university campus." - Variety 

"A gripping combination of oral history and stylized reenactment." - The Hollywood Reporter 

"Tower is a fascinating blend of suspense and journalistic inquiry." - Indiewire 

"Revolutionary documentary on the 1966 UT Tower shootings." - Austin Chronicle

"[A] true-crime thriller that’s enriched by a rare depth of inner experience. The effect is as much intellectual as emotional..." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Greening the Revolution

Mar 18 to Mar 19
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Katie Curran - 2016 - 80m - $5 Students / $10 General

Winner of Best Female Filmmaker at Oaxaca International Film Festival, Best Documentary at Fort Lauderdale IFF and Environmental Series Premiere at the Newport Beach IFF

These special screenings are fundraisers for Anartist Films and its new feature, currently in production, and are supported by Food and Water Watch and the UNM Food Justice Initiative

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE!

An independent documentary about food justice filmed in Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Kenya, Zambia, India, Brazil and across the United States. This feature film focuses on the unjust politics and economics behind a corrupt food system, while also showing examples of inspiring resistance and the creation of sustainable alternatives by small farmers.

For more info on the film, contact: info@greeningtherevolution.org

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I Am Not Your Negro - ENCORES!

Mar 21 to Mar 23
Tuesday to Thursday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Raoul Peck - 2016 - 95m - No Matinees

"One of the best movies you are likely to see this year" - Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.  With the voice of Samuel L. Jackson!

“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“This Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin uses the author's words to bridge the civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present. It's unmissable and unforgettable.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.” – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine

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Sweet Charity - Bob Fosse 1969 Directorial Debut!

Mar 21 to Mar 23
Tuesday to Thursday 2pm, 8pm

Dir. Bob Fosse - 1969 - 148m

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MUSICALS SPECIAL!

It's the film version of Neil Simon's Broadway musical with a great Shirley MacLaine about a dancehall hostess in search of true love that was Bob Fosse's directorial debut!

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Five Academy Award nominations - Best Art Direction, Best Set Decoration, Best Costume Design; and Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation).

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Chasing The Light

Mar 24 to Mar 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Blackhorse Lowe - 2016 - 80m - No Matinees

Shot in black and white the film won Best Photography at Présence Autochtone in Montreal, Quebec.  DIRECTOR & SOME OF THE CAST & CREW IN PERSON!!

If Wong Kar-Wai and Tarantino decided to make a stoner comedy for Natives back in 1995 (and set to a drone soundtrack), it probably would've been something like Blackhorse Lowe's CHASING THE LIGHT.  The film follows Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who begrudgingly goes with his drug-dealing friend, Many Goats, on a run that goes terribly wrong.  A series of misadventures follows: bar fights, house parties, feuding couples and even a trip on the drug DMT.  But none of these calamities can distract a dejected Riggs from his thoughts of his ex-girlfriend.

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Ghostland: The View of the Ju'Hoansi

Mar 24 to Mar 27
Friday to Monday 4:00, 6:00

Dir. Simon Stadler M.A. - 2016 - 84m

*2016 SXSW Audience Award Winner

Ever since de Tocqueville travelled through the US in the 19th century and described it with fresh eyes, we’ve assumed outsiders will have the boldest insights – and the Bushmen do not disappoint. These ancient nomads, living in Namibia’s vast Kalahari desert, were hunter-gatherers until killing animals became illegal in 1990. Still living in huts with thatch roofs, they now survive by entertaining Western tourists and selling them trinkets. When a German anthropologist shows up and offers to accompany a small group to Europe, the tables are turned in fascinating ways. They are immediately struck by the impersonal nature of great cities, the shock of poverty among so much affluence, the abundance of both food and water, and the fact that “the Germans are so big and loud.” For the most part, they remain non-judgmental, even sympathetic to what they see as Western people’s failings: “Sometimes the white people are crazy. They want too much and work too much, and it seems they never sleep.” Simon Stadler’s GHOSTLAND says both funny and sad things about the West. But most of all, it speaks to those characteristics of human nature that defy geography, time, and culture.

“The many interactions that follow, whether accidental or planned, offer an unusually positive window on the adaptability of human beings, and what we still have to learn from each other, despite our best efforts not to.” - Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

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Staying Vertical

Mar 24 to Mar 27
Friday to Monday 8:00

Dir. Alain Guiraudie - 2016 - 100m - France - In French with English subtitles - No Matinees

Filmmaker Leo is searching for the wolf in the south of France. During a scouting excursion he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. Nine months later she gives birth to their child. Suffering from post-natal depression and with no faith in Leo, who comes and goes without warning, Marie abandons both of them. Leo finds himself alone, with a baby to care for. It’s not easy, but deep down, he loves it. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing.

“[A] delightfully queer oddity!” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A rough gravity that holds your attention and sticks in your mind.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“An intriguing variant on the usual tale of writer's block.” - Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

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Babe: Pig In The City

Mar 25 to Mar 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon Only!

Dir. George Miller - 1998 - 90m - All Seats just $5 - A MOM'S MATINEE special bringing back a beloved 90s classic!

“More magical than the original! - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In this sequel to the Academy Award -winning hit, everyone's favorite hero, Babe, sets off on a journey that takes him to a far away storybook city where he encounters an incredible assortment of animal friends and learns how a kind and steady heart can heal a sorry world.

“Brilliant!” - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“It's George Miller's masterpiece, maybe even the best commercial film of 1998.” - Pat Graham, Chicago Reader

“Even more fun than the original! - Bob Fenster, Arizona Republic

“A brilliant, grotesquely underrated family film criticised at the time of its release for being too dark for young audiences.” - Luke Buckmaster, Crikey

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American Fable

Mar 28 to Mar 30
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Anne Hamilton - 2016 - 97m - No Matinees

A dark, dreamlike mystery plays out amidst the expansive farmlands of the American Midwest in this wondrous, storybook thriller. With her family’s livelihood imperiled by the farm crisis of the 1980s, eleven-year-old Gitty (Peyton Kennedy) loses herself in a world of fantasy and make believe. But she stumbles into her own fairytale when she makes a startling discovery: a well-dressed mystery man (Richard Schiff) being held captive in her family’s silo. It’s the beginning of a labyrinthine journey that will turn Gitty’s world upside down and force her to question her loyalty to her own family. The feature debut from director Anne Hamilton unleashes a torrent of gorgeous, stunningly surreal images as it immerses viewers in a child’s imagination.

“Gorgeously shot, and helmed with a sense of daring and verve that belies Hamilton's greenness to feature filmmaking, this is a debut of obvious promise” - Andrew Barker, Variety

“Hamilton crosses farmer's-revenge melodrama with coming-of-age reverie and found-a-genie fairy tale, balancing expressive location photography with her cast's low-key naturalism.” - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

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Anatahan

Mar 28 to Mar 30
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Josef von Sternberg - 1953 - 91m - Japan - In Japanese & English with English subtitles

NEW RESTORATION!  Inspired by an actual event during WWII, Josef von Sternberg's Anatahan, tells the story of a dozen Japanese sailors who are stranded on the remote island of Anatahan during the waning days of the war. The war ends, unbeknownst to the men, and they engage in their own private war for dominance of their island domain and possession of the sole woman in their midst, Keiko (Akemi Negishi), the so-called "Queen Bee" of Anatahan.

“There are…sequences…that immediately evoke some of the best work ever done by this great motion-picture stylist.” - The New York Times

"[Anatahan] could be his masterpiece.  [T]he feelings that emerge are incredibly pure and immediate: Sternberg seems to be photographing the absolute essence of human emotion." - Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader

"If the material is fascinating, the treatment is just amazing.  Sequences of dream-like abstraction and images of staggering beauty are recognizably the work of the man who created the image of Marlene Dietrich, but here they go way beyond Hollywood evasions and compromises.  [T]he film works subversively by implicating its audience in the patterns of desire and violence, discipline and surrender.  It's brilliant.  When was the last time you felt stark naked after a movie?" - Time Out

“Masterpiece... Long celebrated but too often difficult to see, Anatahan, Josef von Sternberg's final film, reemerges in a new 2K restoration from Kino Lorber—and what a strange and still-radical swan song it remains.” - Kenji Fujishima, Village Voice

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Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival

Mar 31 to Apr 1
Friday 7:30pm / Saturday 7:30 and 9:30pm

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m approx - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!!

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TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $20 / ADVANCE TICKETS ARE $18 PLUS SERVICE FEES

FOR A FULL LINEUP WITH DESCRIPTIONS, CLICK HERE AND SCROLL DOWN!

The HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005. The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn.

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Greatest of Fools - An ABQ FILM CLUB benefit compilation show!

Apr 1
Saturday 1:00, 3:00

Dir. various - varies - 70m approx per - All Seats Just $5 per show!

Some of the funniest SOUND comedy films were shorts.  We team up with the mighty ABQ Film Club to celebrate April Fool's Day with a superior selection of sound shorts of Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, Trixie Friganza, Leon Errol, Clark & McCullough plus Shaw & Lee.  Each program (the 1pm & 3pm) will feature different shorts and both shows will include a different Buster Keaton two-reeler!

 

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1984 - double featured with V FOR VENDETTA

Apr 2 to Apr 4
Sunday to Tuesday 3:30, 6pm

Dir. Michael Radford - 1984 - 111m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH V FOR VENDETTA!

Richard Burton's final film that also features the late great John Hurt!  A fine and stunning screen adaptation of George Orwell's prophetic 1948 novel about a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs. 

As part of the National Event Day Screening of “1984” Hosted by Arthouse Theaters Around the Country In Response to The Current Political Climate 

On April 4, 2017, over 90 art house movie theatres across the country in 81 cities and in 35 states, plus one in Canada, will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80’s movie “1984” (www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803) starring John Hurt, who sadly died last month.  This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.  These theaters owners also strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment.  This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.

In a joint statement on behalf of all of the theater chains involved in this event: “Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, national theater chain owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best - showing a movie - the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack.  Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”

Participating theaters that charge admission will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations, or using the proceeds for the purposes of underwriting future educational and community-related programming.

Dylan Skolnick of the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, and Adam Birnbaum of Nova Theater Circuit, based in Stamford, CT, are spearheading efforts to enlist other theaters to join them.  They can be reached for further statement at UnitedStateOfCinema@gmail.com. 

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Nob Hill Oral History Project - Encore!

Apr 2
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Gary Eyster - 2016 - 60m - Only 25 cents!

15 people who were part of Nob Hill in its early days relate their impressions, introductory comments by the film makers!  NEW:  Final three shorts to be screened as well - “Nob Hill Celebrates the Mid-20th Century”, “Nob Hill Celebrates its Renaissance” & “Nob Hill Celebrates its People”

Videography by Joel Derek Ortiz.

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V for Vendetta - double featured with 1984

Apr 2 to Apr 4
Sunday to Tuesday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. James McTeigue - 2006 - 133m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH 1984!

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it.

“The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.” - Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Whether you're mindless or Mensa, you'll find stuff here to challenge and trouble you, the way a good piece of speculative fiction should.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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My Scientology Movie

Apr 5 to Apr 8
Wednesday to Saturday 3:45, 8pm

Dir. John Dower - 2017 - 99m

'I find that the most inexplicable behavior is motivated by very relatable human impulses,’ comments Louis Theroux as he heads to Los Angeles for his feature documentary, in collaboration with director John Dower and double Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn, exploring the Church of Scientology. Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.

"Riotously funny" - Variety

“You'll be beside yourself with a mix of laughter and incredulity.” - Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz

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The Last Laugh

Apr 5 to Apr 8
Wednesday to Saturday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Ferne Pearlstein - 2016 - 85m - No Matinees

Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, director Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy’s ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Zweibel, Harry Shearer, Jeff Ross, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, Jake Ehrenreich, and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves.

These interviews are woven together with a vast array of material ranging from “The Producers” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” to clips of comics such as Louis CK, Joan Rivers, and Chris Rock, to newly discovered footage of Jerry Lewis’ never-released film Holocaust comedy “The Day the Clown Cried,” to rare footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps themselves. In so doing, THE LAST LAUGH offers fresh insights into the Holocaust, our own psyches, and what else—9/11, AIDS, racism—is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech.

THE LAST LAUGH also disproves the idea that there is nothing left to say about the Holocaust and opens a fresh avenue for approaching this epochal tragedy. Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, THE LAST LAUGH dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave you both laughing and appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of events that make you want to cry. 

Created by the award-winning team of Ferne Pearlstein (“Sumo East and West” and "Imelda"), Amy Hobby (Academy Award nominee for “What Happened, Miss Simone?”), Anne Hubbell (“Gayby”), Robert Edwards (“One More Time” aka “When I Live My Life Over Again”) and Jan Warner (“Poetry of Resilience”).

“Entertaining, thought-provoking…Pearlstein’s very deft assembly manages to raise all these ideas and others for viewer consideration while underlining that there are few, if any, definitive responses to them.” — DENNIS HARVEY, VARIETY

“Director Ferne Pearlstein [explores] not only the limits of humor and free speech today, but how Shoah victims and survivors used humor as a salve, defense mechanism and weapon despite their powerlessness.” — ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL, JEWISH TELEGAPHIC AGENCY

“…entertaining and wrenching…The Last Laugh received a standing ovation at its star-studded Tribeca premiere on Monday.” — THELMA ADAMS, NEW YORK OBSERVER

“Funny and sobering at the same time.” — FRANK SCHECK, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Pearlstein’s film doesn't only examine the issue from those with a microphone, but through Holocaust survivors who add a deeper dimension to the film: humor as a necessary survival tool.…By seeking humor in the darkest dark, The Last Laugh gets at the intrinsic nature of comedy.” — JAKE COYLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

“The best part about the documentary is getting to listen to these funny people talk about all of these issues.…That alone is worth the price of admission.” — SHEILA O'MALLEY, ROGEREBERT.COM

“Reveals…the intensely personal nature of what people find funny.…It doesn’t downplay the tragedy behind the comedy.” — ALEX NEEDHAM, THE GUARDIAN

“Is the Holocaust funny? This Tribeca documentary tackles the question of whether a great Jewish tragedy can equal comedy.” — GABRIELA GESELOWITZ, JEWCY

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Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

Apr 7 to Apr 8
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Tatsuya Oishi - 2017 - 83m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - All Seats $15

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With help from Meme Oshino, the apparition specialist, Koyomi defeats the three powerful vampire hunters:  Dramaturgy, Episode and Guillotinecutter.  Koyomi takes back all the limbs of Kiss-Shot-Acerola-Orion-Heart-Underblade in order to become a human again.   But, when he returns to Kiss-Shot, she reveals to him the cold truth of what it means to be a vampire - a creature of the night.  Unable to take back what he has done, Koyomi feels nothing but regret and can only deny his dreadful fate.    While Koyomi is struggling to face reality, his  “friend” Tsubasa Hanekawa comes to him with a certain plan...

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Call Her Applebroog

Apr 9 to Apr 12
Sunday to Wednesday 6:15pm

Dir. Beth B. - 2016 - 70m - No Matinees

This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B (Exposed). Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work. –MoMA Doc Fortnight

“CRITICS' PICK! 'Call Her Applebroog,' a brief feature about the inventive, provocative artist Ida Applebroog, is less a documentary than a love letter... Beth B is not out to deliver a comprehensive biography. Instead, she achieves a vivid snapshot of a still-vital artist late in a still-purposeful life.” – Glenn Kenny, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 “REVEALING...The director has the sort of access to her subject, both logistically and emotionally, that gives the film a unique tension.” – Frank Scheck, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 “The possibilities and limitations of art as a route to self-knowledge are on display in Beth B’s...gently incisive portrait of her mother, Ida Applebroog.” – Elise Nakhnikian, SLANT MAGAZINE

 “The documentary reveals a woman as layered, wry and dark as the artwork that’s won her Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, amid plenty of other recognition.... Applebroog’s art is intimate and political, confessional and sometimes exhibitionist.” – Julia Felsenthal, VOGUE

 “Thoroughly engaging and intimate.” – , NYC MOVIE GURU

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Innsaei: The Power of Intuition

Apr 9 to Apr 12
Sunday to Wednesday 4:30, 8:00

Dir. Kristin Olafsdottir and Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir - 2016 - 78m - Iceland | UK | Denmark | India | USA

The ancient Icelandic word for intuition is “innsæi,” but in Iceland it has multiple meanings. It can mean “the sea within” which is the borderless nature of our inner world, a constantly moving world of vision, feelings and imagination beyond words. It can mean “to see within” which means to know yourself, and to know yourself well enough to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And it can mean “to see from the inside out” which is to have a strong inner compass to navigate your way in our ever-changing world.

In the inspiring and thought-provoking InnSæi – the Power of Intuition, Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristín Ólafsdóttir go on a soul-searching, global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today’s world of distraction, disconnection and stress. They meet with world-renowned scientists like Marti Spiegelman, an expert in neuroscience and indigenous consciousness who believes that we are only using a fraction of our capacity as human beings, with devastating consequences for the planet; artists like Marina Abramovic, the “grandmother of performance art” who teaches that “in order to create something new human beings need to go into the unknown”; and spiritual leaders like the captivating Malidoma Patrice Somé, a West African elder and author who reasons that “intuition binds us together. Without it we lose our sense of purpose and belonging.”  They also meet an extraordinary group of British schoolchildren who are learning how to better cope in today’s world by unlocking the power of nature and mindfulness.

Illustrated with gorgeous animation and stunning imagery, InnSæi is a film like no other, and one that offers radical insights into how we think and sense the world today.

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I Look Up Film Series - An AIA free movie night special!

Apr 13
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2015-2016 - 90m approx - Free with limited seating!

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 6:3pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

The I Look Up Challenge calls upon filmmakers to share their vision with a 2-3 minute video exploring the power of architecture to create solutions and uplift communities. Take on the competition. Take the challenge!  And many did so here are the results!  

A selection of the 2015/16 submissions!

Rural Studio - The AIA presents a short documentary film on Rural Studio, Auburn University’s community-oriented, design-build program dedicated to improving the western Alabama region with good design. The Rural Studio film launched the 2016 Film Challenge, inviting filmmakers and architects to tell stories of how architecture is solving a problem facing us today in communities, big or small. 

ARCH 335: Rebuilding Medcamps - This short film showcases the blossoming partnership between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Their projects create one of the most engaging and meaningful learning experiences of these design student's academic careers and the partnership is not only directly benefiting a diverse and underserved user group, but is also allowing the power of public interest design to shape the next generation of architects.  Directed by Brad Deal of Ruston, LA.

20x10 - 20x10 shares the vision for a radical new community for the chronically homeless in Austin, TX. Key architects involved in the project discuss the intention behind their designs, and their efforts to build community through unique 20x10 "micro" homes.  Directed by Patrick Higgins of Austin, Tx.

Build Back Better - In June 2008 a destructive flood swept through Cedar Rapids. Hundreds of homes and businesses were lost including 300 city owned buildings and some of the city’s most prominent public structures. OPN’s own studio was flooded as well. Following the flood, the City of Cedar Rapids a faced an almost overwhelming road to recovery. Civic leaders turned to OPN Architects to help with the analysis of the flooded spaces and to conduct a city-wide public participation process. Truly, architecture has been a solution to our community’s flood recovery. Eight years later, we wanted to tell the story of the role we played in charting a course out of the devastation.  Directed by Carly Weber of Cedar Rapids, IA.

A Home - East Harlem has historically suffered from many issues, including having the highest rates of unemployment, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, homelessness, and violent crime in New York City. In 2015 Harlem RBI opened a multi-purpose building that includes Harlem RBI's offices, DREAM Charter School, a new community center, 89 affordable housing units, and a beautiful public park. "A HOME" tells the story of how this ambitious architecture project has transformed the lives of the residents of East Harlem giving them a place that is fun, hopeful and that creates community.  Directed by Raul Paz Pastrana of New York, NY.

Albizia - A prolific invasive tree specimen in the state of Hawai'i that causes damage to the both the built and natural environment. It is currently an underutilized natural resource that through research and engineering, is being used as a construction material to aid the rising housing crisis. Joey Valenti is spearheading an architectural project to convert this waste material into a solution for socio-economical issues of the community.  Directed by Graham Hart of Honolulu, HI.

Catalyzing Community Revitalization through Architecture - This video focuses on how architecture can provide a solution to a community problem. Augusta Rd at I85 was once a flourishing community in Greenville, South Carolina, but is now abandoned and forgotten. When a local high school buys property in this neglected area, a group of students explores ways in which the future architecture of this property can revitalize the community.  Directed by Emily Gandy of Greenville, SC. 

Celebration - "Celebration" explores the story of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation as they begin to restore and maintain the David Wright House, one of the most unique and architecturally significant designs by American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In the process, an Easter celebration emerges as a signature event for the community and foundation in celebrating the artistic and cultural legacy of Mr. Wright. Directed by Steven Yazzie of Phoenix, AZ.

Claim (Y)our Space - SCADpad micro housing community built in Atlanta.  Directed by Gregory Beck of Savannah, GA.

ELL - "As a young architect living and working in San Francisco, - one of the nation's most condensed and highly competitive markets - Jason Campbell has observed a real need for a new kind of creative exhibition space.  This is the story of ELL - a cross-disciplinary gallery that draws from different facets of the local art, architecture and design communities in an effort to make art more engaging and accessible." Directed by Corey Leavitt.

Envision Ada - When new auto-centric developments threaten the urban core of a community, Ada Village forms a plan to bring back civic spaces. With heavy community involvement, architects and city planners work together to build their home in the walkable, multi-functional way that they envision.  Directed by Alexander Mitchell Striker of Shelby Township, MI.

Experiments in Town Building - In a secluded area of Panama, a group of Americans (mostly from Atlanta area) are working to build a town from the ground up. This short film highlights Kalu Yala Institute, a civic institute, and it's iterative human-centered process as it builds, under mentorship of accomplished architects in the USA, a new way to live.  Directed by Esteban Gast of Chicago, IL.

Precipitating Change - Architect, David Hertz, has integrated an air to water technology called 'Skysource' producing up to 300 gallons of water per day. The water is offered to the the public of Venice for free as well as to a local NGO, Community Healing Gardens.  Directed by David Hertz.

Bathrooms by Size - this short piece suggests that dividing bathrooms by gender does not work for anyone. As an architect Esther Sperber believes it is our duty to find new design solutions that function better for everyone including the spectrum of gender identities that do not fit into the male/female binary.  Directed by Esther Sperber of New York, NY. 

The Beast - Deep Ellum is a beloved historic neighborhood in Dallas in a current state of urban renewal, with a rich character and culture shaped by the creative community at its heart. Home to local artists, music venues, bars, and eclectic restaurants, the neighborhood thrives with visitor activity, yet lacks a safe public gathering space – like the rest of Dallas, it is dominated by cars. In February 2016, Design Future Dallas – a nonprofit collective of creative thinkers passionate about urban development – hosted an international design competition that challenged designers to transform Crowdus Street into a street for people. This is a story of the coalescence of the community with dedicated organizations to turn this vision into a reality.  Directed by Ryan Conway of Dallas, Tx.

The Conchs - In beach towns, architecture determines the fate of several key factors in the local environment. 'The Conchs' is the story of two houses made out of refurbished shipping containers in Carolina Beach, NC and their goal to achieve a more sustainable community.  Directed by Camille Bourne of Wilmington, NC.  

The Guard - An Architect and a Surfer discuss how an innovative Lifeguard Tower can protect the beach in a beautiful way.  Directed by Carolyn Adams of Kirkland, WA.  Directed by Jeff Durkin of San Diego, CA.

Trailhead Center - The launching point for high risk, high adventure, outdoor activities at Kansas City’s Prairie Schooner Girl Scout Camp. This lively and innovative building was a product of a long relationship between the architect and the Girl Scouts. The center is particularly appreciated by new scouts who are intimidated by the outdoors. It becomes a safe place to begin their adventures and lose their fear.  Directed by Carolyn Adams of Kirkland, WA.

An Architect's Story: Chris Downey - The American Institute of Architects presents a short documentary about Chris Downey, an inspiring architect in San Francisco who is pioneering design for the blind.

Mixed Plate Hawaii - The winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2015 Look Up Film Challenge: “Mixed Plate Hawaii” and trio team Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao, the film  captures the dramatic landscape of Hawaii and how it ties together the multi­cultural architecture of the island. The “Mixed Plate Hawaii” team also won the Third Place award and the Diversity and Inclusion recognition award.

My City Listens - Shot in just 16 days, the winner of the 2015 I Look Up Film Challenge Presenting the winner of the AIA film challenge.  Directed by Soha Momeni of Los Angeles, CA

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After The Storm

Apr 14 to Apr 17
Friday to Monday 3:15, 8pm

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda - 2016 - 117m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

“A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu.” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“Japanese master Kore-eda Hirokazu delivers one of his most satisfying efforts to date with his tender look at a disintegrating family and what truly remains of the love that was once there in abundance.” - Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

“This is Kore-eda at his very best, facing up to the hardest truths with honesty and a nervous laugh - uncomfortable, invigorating, and ultimately cleansing, like the cinema's equivalent of a cold shower.” - Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage

"**** [E]ven long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life." – Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph

"**** The performances are brilliant throughout the ensemble and the script is full of great one-liners. After the Storm is undoubtedly one of Kore-eda's best." – John Bleasdale, Cine-vue.com

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Apprentice

Apr 14 to Apr 17
Friday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Boo Junfeng - 2016 - 96m - Singapore - In Malay & English with English subtitles - No Matinees

Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

When ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country's highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim. Aiman's desire to become the hangman's apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him. Far from being a conventional prison movie, this slow-burning psychological thriller is a "stunning" (Film School Rejects) and "tightly focused and ambitious" (Screen Daily) look at all the lives affected by capital punishment.

"An extremely well researched, very detailed, absorbing trip into a very bleak, untrodden world that impresses all of the way through with its clever story structure, and if you pardon the pun, excellent execution. Highly recommended." – Paul Heath, The Hollywood News

"[T]here's no question that this Un Certain Regard premiere's directorial flair and thematic complexity...should help further consolidate Boo's own reputation as one of the region's names to watch." – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Tightly focused and ambitious in its multiple themes..." – Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

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The Blues Brothers - the original 1980 classic!

Apr 14
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Landis - 1980 - 148m - All Seats $8

A NM ENTERTAINMENT MOVIE NIGHT SPECIAL!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE!

Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren't swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film's legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg!

“The Blues Brothers is, by any objective standard, a messy wreck... That this is so does not in anyway change that it is an absolutely wonderful movie.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi's easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences.” - Tom Huddlestone, Time Out

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Experiments in Cinema v12.3 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 18 to Apr 23
Tuesday to Sunday

2017 - ONLY $8 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

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Pink Floyd's THE WALL

Apr 24 to Apr 26
Monday to Wednesday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Alan Parker - 1982 - 95m - No Matinees

“Visually stunning and disturbing, an essential midnight movie.” - Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The Memories. The Madness. The Music... The Movie.

In a surreal, psychotic blending of memory and animation, a rock megastar comes to grips with the psychological defenses he has built around himself, a mental structure constructed over a lifetime of pain that has become his prison in Pink Floyd the Wall.

Based on the seminal rock 'n' album The Wall by Pink Floyd.

“Parker's visual synthesis with the music, much aided by Scarfe's rip-roaring visions of doom and destruction which turn light into darkness at the flick of a pen rather than a switch, is almost perfect.” - Derek Malcolm, Guardian

“Nothing is put together for you, but all the pieces of the puzzle are there for you to create what you want. It's refreshing to see a movie that is completely out of the box, and doesn't follow any present forumla. THE WALL is a great rock opera.” - Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine

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Who's Crazy - a lost & found anarchic 60s classic restored!

Apr 24 to Apr 26
Monday to Wednesday 4:45, 6:30

Dir. Thomas White - 1966 - 73m - Belgium/U.S.

Accompanied by a frenetic original soundtrack by the great Ornette Coleman, insane asylum inmates escape their confinement and hole up in a deserted Belgian farmhouse, where they cook large quantities of eggs and condemn one of their own in an impromptu court. The actors don’t have much need for words when they can dance around, light things on fire, and drip hot wax on each other instead. Ornette Coleman and the other members of his trio – David Izenzon and Charles Moffett – recorded their score for WHO’S CRAZY? in one go while the film was projected for them, and the result feels like a bizarre silent film with the greatest possible accompaniment. The soundtrack also features a young Marianne Faithfull singing what are probably her most experimental riffs – written for her especially by Ornette – as she asks, “Is God man? Is man God?” in an original track titled “Sadness.”WHO’S CRAZY? was long thought to be lost by jazz-on-film scholars and the Library of Congress. In early 2015, the only surviving copy of the film, a 35mm print struck for the film’s debut at Cannes in 1966, was salvaged from director Thomas White’s garage after sitting on a shelf there for decades. Ornette’s soundtrack exists as a hard-to-find LP, but audiences have never before had the opportunity to see what Ornette saw when he composed it. The cast consists of actors from New York’s experimental theater troupe, the Living Theatre, who also performed in Shirley Clarke’s THE CONNECTION; and speaking of connections, Clarke would later direct the fantastic ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (1984).

A big thanks to John Klacsmann, archivist at Anthology Film Archives for repairing the source material for this release!

"It's almost Dali." - Salvador Dali

“A cinematic thrill that deserves an honored place in the history books.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“An anarchic rave with a wacky new-wave flavor.” - J. Hoberman, The New York Times

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Dead Man - double featured with Powwow Highway!

Apr 27 to Apr 30
Thursday to Sunday 3:30, 8:00

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1995 - 121m - No Matinees

William Blake has just lost his parents. Nothing left to lose he makes his way from Cleveland to Machine, a small town far in the west where the railroad ends. In his pockets are just some dollars and a letter promising a job as an accountant. When William arrives in Machin he must realize that he is one month too late. Dickinsons steel-works already have a new accountant. There really could be no other man more wrong in place in the wild west than William. What to do? Surprisingly William seems to make his career as a real westerner. As he shoots a man in self-defense, he needs to flee into the wilderness: westward.

“Jim Jarmusch's most stunning achievement.” - Zach Campbell, Slant Magazine

“A low-key classic of strangely poetic beauty - a western for sleepwalkers and dreamers.” - Anton Bitel, Eye for Film

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Powwow Highway - double featured with Dead Man

Apr 27 to Apr 30
Thursday to Sunday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonathan Wacks - 1989 - 87m - No Matinees

The spare American deserts become the site of an unforgettable story for two very different men on one incredible journey. Among the Lame Deer tribe in Montana, mystically driven Philbert Bono (CSI’s Gary Farmer) and big, plain-spoken activist Buddy Red Bow (The Score’s A Martinez) are sent on road trip in a dilapidated 1964 Buick named "Protector" when Buddy’s sister winds up in hot water with the law in Santa Fe. Along the way they encounter life-changing experiences that range from hilarious to heartbreaking before they reach their final destiny and a deeper understanding of each other. Also starring Wes Studi (Avatar), Graham Greene (Twilight: New Moon), and Amanda Wyss (Silverado), this electrifying, critically-acclaimed independent hit portrays modern Native Americans with basic human differences and common threads working to build a future together in the heart of a country filled with surprises.

“One of the reasons we go to movies is to meet people we have not met before. It will be a long time before I forget Farmer, who disappears into the Philbert role so completely we almost think he is this simple, openhearted man - until we learn he's an actor and teacher from near Toronto. It's one of the most wholly convincing performances I've seen.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A little zinger of a comedy with a rare backbone of intelligence; unsurprising when you learn that the debuting director is "Repo Man" co-producer, Jonathan Wacks.” - Sheila Benson, LA Times

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The Devil's Candy

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

Dir. Sean Byrne - 2015 - 80m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS - $8 General / $6 Students with i.d.s

A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and a thunderous original score by doom rock legends Sunn O))).

“The Devil's Candy offers a lean and slick homage to occult films, but with a knowing edge that suggests director Sean Byrne is aiming for the critical rafters.” - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

“It is a lean, mean, tight (under 80 minutes) thriller that draws from other films like it without feeling derivative.” - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“Byrne's artful use of image and sound takes the narrative to a whole new level. Heavy metal music dominates the soundtrack, as well as the characters' lives, providing an ideal conduit for the demonic forces lurking beneath the story's surface.” - Eric Kohn, indieWire

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School of Rock

Apr 29 to Apr 30
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Richard Linklater - 2003 - 109m - All Seat just $5 - Mom's Matinee jams out with a 2003 smash hit!

The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their "embarrassing" lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to make the rent somehow, and after intercepting a call for his substitute-teacher roomie Ned (Mike White), the pot-bellied slacker finds himself in front of a class of elite elementary school students. At a loss for a lesson plan, Dewey takes offense at the pre-teen prodigies' staid musical regimen and makes it his goal to preach them the gospel of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC -- with the ulterior motive of getting them to compete against his former band for a cash prize. But no matter how willing his pupils, Dewey runs up against the consternation of the school's stern headmistress Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack), the battle-of-the-bands' promoter (Frank Whaley), and not least, his identity-deprived roomie Ned.

“School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.” - David Ansen, Newsweek

“A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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