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Studio 54

Oct 22 to Oct 24
Monday to Wednesday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Matt Tyrnauer - 2018 - 98m - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY OCTOBER 28 & MONDAY OCTOBER 29 !

For 33 months, from 1978 to 1980, the nightclub Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamor, Studio was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the outgoing party-boy who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the quiet, behind-the-scenes workhorse who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise. With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare foo! tage, director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City) constructs a vivid, glorious portrait of a disco-era phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through an incredible series of highs and lows.

“THRILLING AND DEFINITIVE!  Studio 54 was like a slice of ancient Rome on W. 54th St., so bedazzled by its delirium that it now looks almost innocent.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Studio 54 shows what it is like to capture lightning in a bottle, as well as what it means to get burned. The archival footage is fabulous, and this film is a rollicking good time.” - Gary M. Kramer, San Francisco Bay Times

“Studio 54 only lasted 33 months but would become the stuff of legend, and Matt Tyraneur's documentary tells the club's story wonderfully well.” - Paul Whitington, Irish Independent

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The Public Image Is Rotten: The new doc on Johnny Rotten!

Oct 22 to Oct 24
Monday to Wednesday 4pm, 6:15

Dir. Tabbert Fiiller - 2018 - 105m

ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY OCTOBER 28 & MONDAY OCTOBER 29 !

After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL)– his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality.

Former and current bandmates, as well as fellow icons like John Waters, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), add testimony to electrifying archival footage (including stills and audio from the infamous Ritz Show). With his trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candor, Lydon offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of music’s most influential and controversial careers. 

“Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation.” - J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“Rises to the top of rock documentary filmmaking with a refreshing sense of candid storytelling only made possible by the genuine frankness of its subjects.” - Chuck Foster, Den of Geek

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AIA Film Challenge: A Blueprint for Better with Discussion

Oct 25
Thursday 7pm

Dir. various - 2018 - 120m total

NOTE:  The AIA movie nights are free with a ticket!  Tickets are distributed at our box office on a "First come, First served" basis beginning at 5:00.  Doors open around 6:30pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

The 2018 AIA Film Challenge invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects, civic leaders, and their communities working together toward positive community impact, creating a Blueprint for Better. Participants produced, shot, and edited 3 to 5 minute documentary-style short films showcasing their story to win prizes, distribution at film festivals, and exposure, as well as partner film and architecture organizations.  AIA Albuquerque will view groups of submitted clips and ask the audience to participate in a lively moderated conversation.

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Over The Edge - as part of the EDGE double feature!

Oct 26 to Oct 27
Friday and Saturday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonathan Kaplan - 1979 - 95m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THAT OTHER "EDGE" CLASSIC - RIVER'S EDGE !

BONUS!  WRITER TIM HUNTER TO SPEAK AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT SCREENINGS WITH AUTHOR KEVIN SMOKLER OF BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A LOVE LETTER TO 80S TEEN MOVIES!

Return to the pre-Internet days of 1979, when teens had KISS on their T-shirts and Led Zeppelin on their walls (wait, other than the high-waisted pants, that could be today). Richie (Matt Dillon in an electrifying debut) and Carl (Michael Kramer) are two such teens stuck in the planned community of New Granada (rural Colorado). Richie is a two-bit hood in Jackie Earle Haley (Bad News Bears) mode. Carl, his partner in mischief (breaking curfew, setting off firecrackers), comes from a more stable environment. Once a gun enters the picture, petty crime leads to tragedy and then apocalyptic revenge. Over the Edge gets the details right: the kids, the era, and their frustration with an uncomprehending adult world. The period-perfect soundtrack ups the ante with potent tracks from Cheap Trick, the Ramones, and the Cars.

“A sensitive and deceptively shocking portrait of middle-class decadence and alienation set against an impersonal, dehumanized, futuristic Sunbelt society.” - Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

“Script, photography and performances (including Dillon before he decided to become a teenage Stallone) are all top notch, while Kaplan directs with pace, imagination, and a fine ear for dialogue and music.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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River's Edge - as part of the EDGE double feature!

Oct 26 to Oct 27
Friday and Saturday 4:45, 9:30

Dir. Tim Hunter - 1987 - 99m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THAT OTHER "EDGE" CLASSIC - OVER THE EDGE !

BONUS!  DIRECTOR TIM HUNTER TO SPEAK AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT SCREENINGS WITH AUTHOR KEVIN SMOKLER OF BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A LOVE LETTER TO 80S TEEN MOVIES!

Based on the horrifying real-life murder of a young California girl, this powerful portrait of deadly, disaffected teens stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), lone Skye (Say Anything…), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive) and Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet). On the bank of a river lies the naked body of a brutally murdered young girl. At the nearby high school, Samson (Roebuck) brags to Matt (Reeves) and his friends about how he killed her. Drunk and stoned, the doubting teens trudge to the river and discover that he isn't lying. And oddly, they decide to protect Samson behind a loyal wall of secrecy. Tormented with guilt, Matt questions their silence... and suddenly finds himself in a troubling position: should he do what he thinks is right, or should he keep quiet and live with this demon for the rest of his life? Cult director Tim Hunter (The Saint of Fort Washington) helmed this haunting and chilling tale about disillusioned youth. 

“Disturbing, overlooked, excellent film.” - Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum

“One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future.” - TV Guide

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Corpse Bride - HAPPY HALLOWEEN SEASON!

Oct 27 to Oct 28
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Tim Burton - 2005 - 78m - ALL SEATS $8 - A NM ENTERTAMENT MAGAZINE SPECIAL!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW BY CLICKING HERE

New Mexico Entertainment brings you a special Halloween screening of Tim Burton's rightfully beloved Corpse Bride featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Helen Bonham Carter & many others!   Victor and Victoria's families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he's in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs to Emily, who was murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor. Victor must get back aboveground before Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern.

“A brilliantly animated, deliciously macabre and strangely touching triumph.” - Jon Fortgang, Film4

“Based on a Russian folk tale, Corpse Bride makes for breathtaking viewing.” - Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post

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Studio 54

Oct 28 to Oct 29
Sunday and Monday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Matt Tyrnauer - 2018 - 98m - No Matinees

For 33 months, from 1978 to 1980, the nightclub Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamor, Studio was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the outgoing party-boy who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the quiet, behind-the-scenes workhorse who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise. With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare foo! tage, director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City) constructs a vivid, glorious portrait of a disco-era phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through an incredible series of highs and lows.

“THRILLING AND DEFINITIVE!  Studio 54 was like a slice of ancient Rome on W. 54th St., so bedazzled by its delirium that it now looks almost innocent.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Studio 54 shows what it is like to capture lightning in a bottle, as well as what it means to get burned. The archival footage is fabulous, and this film is a rollicking good time.” - Gary M. Kramer, San Francisco Bay Times

“Studio 54 only lasted 33 months but would become the stuff of legend, and Matt Tyraneur's documentary tells the club's story wonderfully well.” - Paul Whitington, Irish Independent

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The Public Image Is Rotten: The new doc on Johnny Rotten!

Oct 28 to Oct 29
Sunday and Monday 4pm, 6:15

Dir. Tabbert Fiiller - 2018 - 105m

After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL)– his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality.

Former and current bandmates, as well as fellow icons like John Waters, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), add testimony to electrifying archival footage (including stills and audio from the infamous Ritz Show). With his trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candor, Lydon offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of music’s most influential and controversial careers. 

“Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation.” - J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“Rises to the top of rock documentary filmmaking with a refreshing sense of candid storytelling only made possible by the genuine frankness of its subjects.” - Chuck Foster, Den of Geek

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Blood Feast - the original Herschel Gordon Lewis 1963 Splatter Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Tuesday 9pm / Wednesday 7pm

Dir. Herschel Gordon Lewis - 1963 - 67m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - Only $5 to check this insanity out & in!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The filmography of late movie maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis brims with the mad, macabre, and just downright bizarre. But perhaps the most unhinged of all his directorial efforts, and certainly the most influential, must surely be his original gore-fest Blood Feast the first ever splatter movie.

Dorothy Fremont is looking to throw a party unlike any other, and she gets just that when she hires the decidedly sinister Fuad Ramses to cater the event. Promising to provide her guests with an authentic Egyptian feast, Ramses promptly sets about acquiring the necessary ingredients the body parts of nubile young women!

Featuring a host of stomach-churning gore gags including the infamous tongue sequence and much more nastiness besides, Herschell Gordon Lewis Blood Feast more than lives up to its name and remains essential viewing for any self-respecting splatter fan.

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Two Thousand Maniacs! - the original Herschel Gordon Lewis 1964 Depraved Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Tuesday 7pm / Wednesday 9pm

Dir. Herschel Gordon Lewis - 1964 - 83m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - Only $5 to check this insanity out & in!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

After shocking and outraging the world with his genre-defining 1963 gore-fest Blood Feast, exploitation pioneer H.G. Lewis would seek (and positively succeed!) to outdo himself with the deliciously depraved Two Thousand Maniacs!

When a group of Yankee tourists take a detour and wind up in the small Southern town of Pleasant Valley which has magically rematerialized 100 years after its destruction during the Civil War they find themselves welcomed by the eager townsfolk as guests of honour at their centennial celebrations. Little do the Northerners know that the festivities are set to include torture, death and dismemberment...

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Living While Dying - as part of BEFORE I DIE NM FEST!

Nov 1
Thursday 5pm. 6:30, 8pm only!

Dir. Cathy Zheutlin - 2018 - 45m - No Matinees

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CONSCIOUS DYING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK - an intimate personal documentary

In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, this 45-minute documentary presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance.

"As a baby boomer, I became curious about death, and decided to pick up my camera and film four friends with terminal illnesses who chose to live out their days in hospice-care at home. Along the way, I sought the advice of an aboriginal elder and a deathwalker in Australia, witnessed a mass cremation in Bali, and asked my 90-year old mother to sit in a coffin while we discussed her EOL wishes.

Are we, without noticing, reinventing death? Don, my tango partner, says “Cathy, dying doesn’t have to be sad,” and then takes medication from Oregon Death with Dignity.  I bounce between fears, awareness, and denial.  Yet death is ever-present.  Though random, it’s certain, and soon my parents will die.  I don’t want to lose them. Death will take them differently.  My dad ,90, a medical doctor will use every medical means within reason to stay alive (I think…I don’t know because he doesn't like to talk about it.)  while my mom, also 90, is so comfortable she discusses death as if planning a picnic. How do we prepare? Is it possible to die well?” - director Cathy Zheutlin

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Levi Anderson & Jordan Comedy Show!

Nov 2
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Levi & Jordan of course! - Now - 75m approx - All Seats $10 - Voice interpreter provided

Local deaf comedian Levi Anderson & Jordan have come up with a new show that will have you laughing your ass off! It's about life and all the crazy stuff that may or may not be true!  You be the judge - DON'T MISS iT!

Questions - contact Levi at soreheal@gmail.com, (505)615-7181 (TEXT ONLY)

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Tea With Dames

Nov 2 to Nov 5
Friday to Monday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. Roger Michell - 2018 - 81m

What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, Tea With The Dames is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats—up close and unfiltered.

“Each of these dames of the realm gets to play the choicest of roles: herself.” - Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

“A conversational feast with four acting Dames-Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright-who are not above profane fun and confessions that make them human. Don't miss the chance to bask in the pleasure of their company.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The assembled dames are so smart, witty and strong-willed, it's a wrench to have to part company from them at the end of the film.” - Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

“Call it a gabfest. Label it a talkathon. But Tea with the Dames, directed by Roger Michell, is so much more.” - Rex Reed, Observer

“A consistently hilarious 90-minute chat that could have gone on for twice as long (or, ideally, a weekly television series) without ever feeling like too much of a good thing.” - Dave White, TheWrap

“It plays like the jazzy riff of a seasoned quartet, complete with buoyant solos that may not connect to much else but are still a joy to witness all the same.” - Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

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The Great Buster - THE NEW BUSTER KEATON DOC!

Nov 2 to Nov 5
Friday to Monday 6pm only!

Dir. Peter Bogdanovich - 2018 - 102m - No Matinees

A celebration of the life and career of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, Buster Keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era created his legacy as a true cinematic visionary. Filled with stunningly restored archival Keaton films from the Cohen Film Classics library, THE GREAT BUSTER is directed by Peter Bogdanovich, a filmmaker and cinema historian whose landmark writings and films on such renowned directors as John Ford and Orson Welles have become the standard by which all other studies are measured. 

Keaton’s beginnings on the vaudeville circuit are chronicled in THE GREAT BUSTER, as is the development of his trademark physical comedy and deadpan expression that earned him the lifelong moniker of “The Great Stone Face”, all of which led to his career-high years as the director, writer, producer and star of his own short films and features. Interspersed throughout are interviews with nearly two-dozen collaborators, filmmakers, performers and friends, including Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville, who discuss Keaton’s influence on modern comedy and, indeed, cinema itself. The loss of artistic independence and career decline that marked his later years are also covered by Bogdanovich, before he casts a close eye on Keaton’s extraordinary output from 1923 to 1929, which yielded 10 remarkable feature films (including 1926’s The General and 1928’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.) that immortalized him as one of the greatest actor-filmmakers in the history of cinema.

“The film presents a compact, tactful biography and also a valuable explication of the Keatonesque in its most sublime varieties.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“A wonderful appreciation of a great American comic and filmmaker.” - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

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Bill Nye's Global Meltdown

Nov 3
Saturday 11 a.m.

Dir. Christopher Cassel - 2015 - 45m approx - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

A MARCH FOR SCIENCE ALBUQUERQUE SPECIAL!

Bill Nye is feeling down. He’s visiting his therapist, Dr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, wondering why he doesn’t feel like himself lately. Arnold listens sympathetically and diagnoses the cause Bill is suffering from grief: climate change grief. Thus begins the most unorthodox hour ever devoted to the subject of climate change. 

Scientist Bill Nye examines the earth's warming temperatures through the prism of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Ultimately Dr. Schwarzenegger encourages Bill to find solutions in science, and Bill heads to Silicon Valley to explore the ways technology companies like Google and Tesla are taking the lead in mapping out a clean energy future that can save the planet.

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Defending Your Life - as part of the BEFORE I DIE NM FEST!

Nov 3 to Nov 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Albert Brooks - 2018 - 111m - No Matinees

Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. When advertising executive Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) finds himself in a fatal car crash minutes after taking delivery on a new BMW, he's whisked away to Judgment City, where the recently dead are put on a sort of trial to decide their fate. If in your time on Earth you were able to face your fears and learn from your mistakes, you get to move on to a life in a better world. However, if you didn't, you have to go back to Earth and try again. As he spends the next several days watching various episodes from his life, Daniel gets the impression he doesn't stand much of a chance of moving on -- and his representative, Bob Diamond (Rip Torn), seems to have little confidence in his case. In the meantime, he frequents Judgment City's many restaurants (where the food is delicious and you can eat all you want without gaining an ounce), pays a visit to the Past Life Pavilion, and meets Julia (Meryl Streep), who seems so kind, sweet, and noble that her advancement is practically assured. Daniel and Julia fall in love, but what's going to happen if they don't end up in the same place? Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep make a witty and engaging romantic team in Defending Your Life, and Shirley MacLaine appears in a highly appropriate cameo.

“This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it.” - Desson Thomson, Washington Post

“The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Albert Brooks doesn't make many films, but those he does make are always welcome.” -  Baltimore Sun

“Albert Brooks' best movie…” - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

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20th Annual Animation Show of Shows!

Nov 6 to Nov 10
Tuesday to Saturday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. various - 2018 - 98m

Returning to theaters across North America this fall, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world - four of which have qualified for Academy Award consideration!  In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.  

“Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “And this year’s program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.”

The Green Bird * - Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois,  Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France - The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission in this mordantly funny computer animation, in which the eponymous character suffers an unfortunate series of setbacks when she finds herself a mother-to-be. Harking back to the classic cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, “The Green Bird” features the great timing and superior slapstick that defined the mini-epics of the past and never gets old.

One Small Step * - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas, U.S. - A young Chinese-American girl yearns to be an astronaut in this touching story about the importance of pursuing your dreams and never giving up. Featuring a bold formal design and sharp visual style, “One Small Step” is a universal tale that reminds us that all dreams begin with a single step. 

Grands Canons -  Alain Biet, France - Composed of thousands of drawings of familiar objects painstakingly created by the filmmaker, this extraordinary, compulsively watchable film is a symphonic celebration of materiality in its innumerable forms. Deriving its power from motion, rhythm and sheer abundance, “Grand Canons” defies easy description, joining the ranks of those animated shorts that must be experienced to be understood.

Barry - Anchi Shen, U.S. - How many of us have passionately dedicated ourselves to achieving a particular career goal, only to have our dreams shattered simply because we were a quadruped? Probably not many, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relate to the underlying universality of this wry and touching moral tale of an aspiring doctor who triumphs over the prejudices of his critics through talent and tenacity. 

Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, U.S. - One of a series of short animations based on the writing of a group of preschoolers, “Supergirl” is an exuberant and gleeful exploration of the yearnings and imaginings of one irrepressible four-year-old poet. With a visual style that perfectly matches the free-flowing musings of the text, this whimsical film captures the magic and effortless creativity of childhood.

Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany - This tour de force of claymation explores the ever-changing roles we play and shapes we assume in our continual efforts to impress others and be accepted by them. Conceived as a sequence of dances, “Love Me, Fear Me” displays a virtuosic command of form as it delves into the deeply emotional territory of interpersonal relations and expectations.

Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil - Based on a short story by Brazilian writer Rafael Sperling, this very funny animation may confirm your worst fears about business meetings, as well as possibly lead you to doubt the sanity of the short’s creators. The minimalist hand-drawn animation is perfectly suited to the dubious subject matter, which begs the question, “#+-4$#2?”

Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, Netherlands - A case of mistaken identity has seriously unpleasant consequences in this unsettling arboreal tale that might or might not be a parable of our times. When a special flower unaccountably goes missing, an ever-growing group of animals sets off in pursuit of the purloined bloom, but, as is often the case, the best intentions lead only to unforeseen catastrophe.

Bullets - Nancy Kangas, U.S. - This short animated film was made for the The Preschool Poets: An Animated Film Series.  The Preschool Poets is a series consists of eight short films and feature a poem composed and read by its preschool-aged author. The poems were composed during poetry residencies sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, and selected from hundreds written over the course of seven years.  Each film was made by one of eight animators from all over the world and curated by co-directors Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun.

A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Argentina - "A Table Game” was partially produced during an exchange program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, supervised by the internationally known animator and director Priit Pärn, and inspired by the absurdity and black humor that characterizes Estonian animation. The film can be seen as an exercise in patience, not only for the spectators in the film, but for the film’s audience, who must sit through its monotone events in order to be rewarded in the end with an unexpected outcome. 

Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany - Prosopagnosia is a rare neurological disorder in which individuals are unable to recognize faces, including their own. This poignant and beautifully stylized animation is based on the first-person account of a woman who suffers from this ailment, offering an intimate look at the difficulties she encounters in her life and, ultimately, the salvation she finds through art.

Age of Sail * - John Kahrs, U.S. - Set on the open ocean in 1900, this hair-raising and poignant tale chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard from a passing steamship. With a distinctive visual design inspired by the American illustrator Bernie Fuchs, “Age of Sail” is an inspiring paean to hope, and a timely reminder that redemption often arrives at the darkest times.

Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, U.S. - Any film that opens with a polar bear hugging a penguin has potential, and in fact the sweetness of that image carries through the rest of this wistful and very touching film about a young bear setting out on her own for the first time. With the simplest of storylines and an understated, almost childlike, visual design, “Polaris” is an evocative celebration of the deepest bonds that persist throughout one’s life. 

My Moon - Eusong Lee, U.S. - This charming and ethereal short depicts the interplay among the moon, earth and sun in terms of human relationships – a celestial love triangle replete with jealousy, recriminations, hurt feelings and, ultimately, forgiveness. Featuring a panoply of heavenly colors and beautifully stylized design, “My Moon” is a modern fairy tale, at once thoroughly contemporary and as ancient as the cosmos. 

Weekends * - Trevor Jimenez, Canada - In this beautifully designed, hand-animated film set in 1980s Toronto, a young boy shuttles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Mixing all-too-realistic details of a domestic breakup with surreal, dream-like moments, “Weekends” is a model of sophisticated storytelling that is both deeply affecting and admirably philosophical in its depiction of a painful period in a child’s life. 

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Support the Girls

Nov 6 to Nov 9
Tuesday to Friday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Andrew Bujalski - 2018 - 91m - No Matinees

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF COMPUTER CHESS !  Starring: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Shayna McHayle, James LeGros, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka, Brooklyn Decker, Jana Kramer, John Elvis and Lea DeLaria!

Lisa Conroy is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side 'sports bar with curves',— but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely--but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction...Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?

“A Winning, Rambunctious Comedy About Work in America.” - Danny King, The Village Voice

“Regina Hall shines.” - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

“Remarkable. Easily one of the best films of the year." - John Anderson, The Wall Street Journal

“A thrilling whirl of vital and spirited performances.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“In ‘Support the Girls,’ Sisterhood Is Funny, Essential and Sweet.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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Soufra

Nov 10
Saturday 1pm only!

Dir. Thomas Morgan - 2017 - 73m - A HYDRO STUDIOS CO-PRESENTATION - All Seats $10

HOSTED BY DRESS FOR SUCCESS ALBUQUERQUE

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.

Soufra will shine a new and revealing light on people inside of the largest refugee crisis in human history, but ultimately this film is about hope, grit, passion and the common bonds created by bringing people together around food as a bridge to overcome all barriers. Though Mariam is officially considered “stateless” she is a beacon of hope and home for thousands upon thousands of women in the most unlikely of places. Mariam and her team will be just that for thousands more once her story is told through Soufra.

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Bunny O'Hare - a Modern Albuquerque special!

Nov 11
Sunday 3:30, 5:45, 8pm

Dir. Gerd Oswald - 1971 - 91m

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1970 Albuquerque is the setting for this forgotten madcap comedy distributed by American International Pictures. Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine star as bank robbers taking revenge on the Bank of New Mexico after Bette's title character Bunny O'Hare loses her home to them. While their on-screen chemistry is convincing, the real stars here are the vintage filming locations which include the Winrock Mall, Princess Jeanne Bank, and others. Former New Mexico Governor David Cargo makes a cameo as a state trooper.

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Kusama: Infinity - The Life & Art of Yayoi Kusama - ENCORES!

Nov 12 to Nov 15
Monday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Heather Lenz - 2018 - 76m - No Matinees

Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.

“Fascinating and inspiring. A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it.” - Robert Abele, the Los Angeles Times

“A deeply human understanding of the untidy inner life of one of international culture’s biggest stars.” - LA Weekly

“An entertaining account of one of modern art's most unlikely success stories.” - John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Stunning” - Indiewire

““Kusama — Infinity” provides ample, illuminating access to an artist’s way of thinking and working.” - Ben Kenigsberg, NY Times

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Love, Gilda - The New Gilda Radner Documentary! - ENCORES!

Nov 12 to Nov 15
Monday to Thursday 4:30, 8:15

Dir. Lisa D'Apolito - 2018 - 86m

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Gilda Radner puts a smile on the faces of people who remember watching her as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, where she created and portrayed such now-classic comic characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. She quickly rose to meteoric fame in television, movies and on Broadway, and was declared ‘one of America’s sweethearts.’ LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, is a true autobiography, told in Gilda’s words and in her own voice. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggle with cancer. This never-before-seen footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story-- through the laughter and sometimes the tears. Incredibly, she was able to find humor in even the darkest of times. Gilda’s spirit lives on in comedy as a female trailblazer who continues to inspire many present day comedic performers, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong. Also interviewed are SNL original cast members-- Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman and Paul Shaffer-- as well as, Lorne Michaels (SNL creator and producer), Alan Zweibel (SNL writer), Stephen Schwartz (Broadway composer); Andrew Alexander (CEO of Second City) and long-time friend Martin Short. LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

“Most crucially, D'Apolito allows her subject to guide the story from start to finish. Radner's gentle spirit and wise observations connect each chapter, bringing us into her life with an unusual intimacy.” - Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap

“Love, Gilda is a touching reminder of an iridescent star who shined brightly but for far too short a time. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll leave the theater wanting to dive down the YouTube rabbit hole of Gilda Radner.” - Brandon Katz, New York Observer

“God bless Gilda Radner for having the foresight to know that people wanted to know her.” - Kate Erbland, indieWire

“Forty years later, her comedy looks more sublime than ever. As you watch "Love, Gilda," though, it becomes clear that what made Gilda Radner special - and uproarious - was her spirit: open, smiling, generous, euphoric.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“A fond and funny, if brief, biography.”- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“To D'Apolito's credit, her film doesn't dwell on the sadness. Rather, it's a celebration of a performer who revolutionized comedy and inspired future generations.” - Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger

“Masterfully assembling the various elements into a ... profoundly entertaining whole, the director delivers the tribute that Radner deserves, however long it took to get here.” -Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

“In the case of Love, Gilda, it's all there. Gilda Radner never knew Lisa D'Apolito, but Radner left the filmmaker one heck of a gift. And watching Gilda Radner perform is still a gift, and now she left us all one more.” - Mike Ryan, Uproxx

“Director Lisa D'Apolito does a fine job of coordinating the material and letting Radner speak for herself, confronting her body and health issues respectfully but not delicately.” - Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

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Beetlejuice

Nov 16
Friday 10:30pm Only!

Dir. Tim Burton - 1988 - 92m

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What's a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife's freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family – and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for! Tim Burton guides this PG-rated comedy monsterpiece whose stars include Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. And Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice, the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone. Ghoul love it!

"Some of the most surprisingly enjoyable viewing in years." - Time Out

"One of [Burton's] flat-out funniest films, with Michael Keaton giving a performance for the ages." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

Nov 16 to Nov 21
Friday to Wednesday 6:30pm only!

Dir. Sasha Waters Freyer - 2018 - 90m - No Matinees

With music by U2, R.E.M., Luna, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood and Bob Seger!

Described as a “poet,” an “athlete,” or a “philosopher” of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s and ‘70s. His Leica M4 snapped spontaneous images of everyday people, from the Mad Men era of New York to the early years of the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural upheaval, political disillusionment, intimacy and alienation. Once derided by the critics, Winogrand’s “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making. Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand’s work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of film still undeveloped upon his unexpected death in 1984. Interviews with Tod Papageorge, Matthew Weiner and more attest to Winogrand’s indisputable influence, both as artist and chronicler of culture, while archived conversations with Jay Maisel highlight the gruff, streetwise perspective of “a city hick from the Bronx.” In the tradition of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand’s candid, psychological style transports us to a bygone world, one where image lacked the editing and control possible today.

“A balanced and deeply satisfying documentary assessment of his work…” - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

“Both a fine introduction for those who don't know the work and a thoughtful examination of the issues surrounding him for those who do.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is an elegant, tender ode to Winogrand, but it's no hagiography.” - Sam Weisberg, L.A. Weekly

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Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Nov 16 to Nov 21
Friday to Wednesday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. John Anderson - 2018 - 95m

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“Paul was an incredible creative spirit and always kept stretching. As deep as he would go into the roots, he was always pushing the envelope of what blues can be.” - Bonnie Raitt

Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.

The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The band’s first LP, released in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.

Through his music and words, along with first?hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest blues harmonica player of all time.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.  Paul Butterfield is one of a handful of musicians inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame, alongside other legendary artists including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Billie Holiday and Eric Clapton.

“A fine documentary. It follows Paul Butterfield's career in a compelling and caring way, enough so that you don't need to know the music to appreciate the story.” - Tom Bedford, Film Inquiry

“This is a must-see for music fans. Others who are too young to remember Butterfield ought to check it out, too. It's not every day you get to see a truly American phenomenon in action.” - Paul Parcellin, Film Threat

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A Feast Of Man

Nov 17
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Caroline Golum - 2018 - 82m - No Matinees

When a wealthy New York playboy dies unexpectedly, his five closest friends are summoned to his country home for a viewing of his video will. Each one will become a millionaire overnight, if they can unanimously agree to consume his dead body.

Starring: Frank Mosley as Ted Hughes, Jesse Rudoy as Richard "Dickie" Hamilton, Chris Shields as Wolf Zabar, Jr., Marleigh Dunlap as Arletty, Laurence Bond as Gallagher, Zachary Fleming as James, the Butler, Lloyd Kaufman as Wolf Zabar, Sr., Jennifer Golum as "Ranger" Sue

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Furry Burque Film Festival - a benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue

Nov 17
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Various - NOW - 100m approx. - All Seats $8

A BOOFY'S BEST FOR PETS SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

Boofy's Best for Pets proudly presents the inaugural Furry Burque Film Festival, showcasing short films about our furry friends! The festival is a fundraising benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc., New Mexico, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping displaced animals have a second chance at happiness.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Submissions of pet-related short films are being accepted online via FilmFreeway.com through October 15, 2018. Amateurs, students, and professionals are all welcome to submit their films and videos, and New Mexico filmmakers in particular are encouraged to participate. The submission fee is $10 (nonrefundable). Accepted selections will be notified by October 31, 2018.

Films should have a positive pet- or animal-related theme and may be narrative, documentary, or animated in nature. Preferred length is between 5 minutes and 20 minutes, with a planned total festival running time of 70 to 100 minutes.

Certificates and nominal prizes will be awarded to 1st ($100 Visa gift card), 2nd ($75 Visa gift card), and 3rd ($50 Visa gift card) place films as decided by audience vote. However, everyone who enters is a winner for supporting animal rescue!

Online submission link: https://filmfreeway.com/FurryBurqueFilmFestival

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CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY

Nov 22
Thursday

Happy day & night to you & your friends, families, co-horts & so on!

Back in action Friday November 23 with the  Argentinian crime drama EL ANGEL and the South Korean thriller BURNING (BEONING) 

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Burning (Beoning)

Nov 23 to Nov 26
Friday to Monday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Chang-dong Lee - 2018 - 148m - South Korea - In Korean with English subtitles - No Matinees

The searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun, THE WALKING DEAD, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with.  When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.

“As it dips into murder-mystery territory, then something more quiet and philosophical, Chang-dong writes a story both expected and surprising.” - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

“A movie that makes you reconsider all the other times you called movies haunting because this one gets under your skin in completely unexpected ways.” - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“A character study that morphs, with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Lee Chang-dong's dexterity with the telling minutiae of human interactions ensures that Burning makes for an emotionally gripping film.” - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“Keeps twisting back on itself, charting the path of a man waking up to the world, only to find that it won't stop messing with him.” - Eric Kohn, indieWire

“This slow burn cooks.” - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

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El Angel

Nov 23 to Nov 26
Friday to Monday 5pm ONLY!

Dir. Luis Ortega - 2018 - 119 - Argentina - In Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees

CO-PRODUCED BY PEDRO ALMODOVAR!

Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth. As a young boy, he coveted other people's things, but it wasn't until his early adolescence that his true calling -- to be a thief -- manifested itself. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him. Together they will embark on a journey of discoveries, love and crime.

“Ortega's unapologetic punk attitude translates in the film's highly entertaining and seductive style ... consistently dazzles.” - Manuela Lazic, Cinema Scope

“A stylish period piece boasting solid performances, colorful visuals and a terrific vintage soundtrack.” - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

“With its charismatic leads, sexual ambiguity, and chooglin' soundtrack of early '70s Argentinian rock, it's as entertaining as crime dramas get.” - Pat Padua, Washington City Paper

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My Name Is Nobody - SPAGHETTI WESTERNS SERIES BEGINS!

Nov 24 to Nov 25
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Tonino Valerii - 1973 - 114m - Italy - No Matinees

PARTIALLY SHOT IN NEW MEXICO!  SPECIAL INTRO BY LOCAL FILM HISTORIAN/JOURNALIST JEFF BERG AT THE SUNDAY SHOW!

SPECIAL THANKS TO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVALS OF NM!

Produced by western legend Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) this is one rollicking shoot-`em-up! Young, ambitious gunman Nobody (They Call Me Trinity's Terence Hill) sets his eye on his idol, gunslinger Jack Beauregard (Once Upon a Time in the West's Henry Fonda), who's intent on sailing off into retirement. Deciding his hero should go out with guns blazing, Nobody sets him up for a showdown with a pack of the deadliest bad guys in the West, triggering an unforgettable finale that's become an action comedy legend.

“A classic film with a stunning soundtrack and a pretty magnetic and elegiac personality.” -  Alberto Abuín, Espinof

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Life and Nothing More

Nov 27 to Nov 30
Tuesday to Friday 6pm only!

Dir. Antonio Mendez Esparza - 2018 - 114m - No Matinees

CO-SPONSORED BY THE NM BLACK HISTORY ORGANIZING COMMITTEE!

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD WINNER | BEST FEMALE LEAD NOMINATION - FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS / FIPRESCI Prize and SIGNIS Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2017 / Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, 2017 Special Award, Feroz Awards, 2018

In his remarkable second feature, Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Mendez Esparza follows-up his debut drama Aquí y allá with another sensitive portrait of a struggling family. Stressed by her job in a diner, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) is raising her two children in northern Florida. When her 14-year-old son Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) has another brush with the law, she worries he’ll wind up in prison like his father. Méndez Esparza employs documentary-style realism in this snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America.

“A powerfully executed, richly human study of the challenges facing a black working-class family.” – Jonathan Romney, ScreenDaily

“A heartbreaking performance by Regina Williams… a first-timer and an utter revelation in one of the most compelling performances of the year.” – Nick James, Sight and Sound

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Of Fathers & Sons

Nov 27 to Nov 30
Tuesday to Friday 3:45, 8:30

Dir. Talal Derki - 2018 - 99m - In Arabic with English subtitles

Grand Jury Prize, World Documentary – Sundance Film Festival

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born.

"An admirably audacious feat of documentarian access... a glimpse into the gradual radicalization of young males and the deep community ties which underpin the process." – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"A chilling look at extremism on its home front. A vital addition to the cultural picture of the Syrian conflict." – Daniel Schindel, The Film Stage

"Clear, vivid and unshakeable. An intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki... adeptly blending sensationalism with domestic intimacy, and sincerely eye-opening in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor." – Guy Lodge, Variety

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'The Love That Would Not Die' and 'The Love That Would Not Die 2 - Synthesize Me'

Nov 30
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Devon Hawkes Ludlow - 2018 - 75m approx. - Director in person! All seats $10 for this double feature!

Double feature! 

‘The Love That Would Not Die 1’ 

“Shot with an iPhone, some clip lights, this puppet powered post apocalyptic musical introduces Stan, the sole survivor of the zombie apocalypse, his loyal Sock Dog, his ex-girlfriend turned zombie Lydia, and a time-traveling Kid who holds the secret to ending the zombie plague - a Kid whose very blood can transform zombies into singing dancing rock stars.”  view a trailer here

‘The Love That Would Not Die 2 - Synthesize Me’ 

' Old friends, catchy tunes, better lighting.'  

Prepare to be amazed as award-winning cult madness of this punk rock puppet musical series continues in The Love That Would Not Die part 2 of 1, ‘Synthesize Me’. Picking up from the cliffhanger of the last episode, ‘Synthesize Me’ follows Stan and Sock Dog as they try to rescue the Kid, get Stan back to gather with his ex, save the world from a pharmaceutical zombie apocalypse and banal club music, all while keeping a positive attitude; to do so they’ll need supernatural help in the form of underground music legend Space Lady (as herself). But will it be enough to counter the terrifying new dangers of deranged scientist Jartek and glam punk rock diva Lydia?  View a trailer at here

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