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The 2016 New Mexico Italian Film Festival

This ninth annual fillm fest--which helps benefit UNM's Children's Hosptial--runs Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 21. On Tuesday catch Ti Recordi Di Mi? (Remember Me?), a 2014 romance between a kleptomaniac and a narcoleptic. On Wednesday the fest continues with La Mia Classe (My Class), a simple drama from 2013 about a sympathetic veteran teacher giving Italian lessons to a diverse class of immigrants. On Thursday it's La Scoperta Dell'Alba (Discovery at Dawn), a mysterious 2012 drama in which an unhappy librarian inexplicably finds himself in contact with his 12-year-old self. For more info go to italianfilmfest.org. (Opens Tuesday 2/16)
Guild Cinema

Basement Films Analogue Spectacular

Local cine-arts organization Basement Films presents an evening of 16mm film and "other analogue celluloid delights exhumed from the Basement Film archive." Unrated. (Opens Thursday 2/18)
SUB Theater

Deadpool

Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds single-handedly tries to rescue his cult superhero for the horribly botched 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of most comic book fans. In this self-mocking parody, he stars as a brain-addled mercenary who gains incredible healing powers but loses his good looks thanks to a little mad science. Boil it down and the film is your basic "get revenge on the bad guy and rescue the girlfriend" plot. But the third-wall-breaking humor, raunchy sex and over-the-top violence make this a shockingly fun "adult" action comedy. FULL REVIEW: Comic books get comic in R-rated superhero parody by Devin D. O’Leary (2/11/2016). 108 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 2/11)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
High Ridge
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Deadpool: The IMAX Experience

Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Fitoor

In this modern-day drama, a young Kashmiri artist (Aditya Roy Kapoor) pursues his elusive muse (Katrina Kaif) while building his fortune. Believe it or not, this is an Indian remake of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. In Hindu and Urdu with English subtitles. 131 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/12)
Century 14 Downtown

Freeheld

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in this earnest biopic about New Jersey police Lieutenant Laurel Hester, whose domestic partner battled to secure pension benefits after Hester was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The message is timely and well-meaning, but the execution is formulaic, leaving this well-staffed drama just a peg or two above your average Lifetime movie. 103 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 11/6)
SUB Theater

How to Be Single

Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Damon Wayans Jr. are among the cast of this semi-raunchy ensemble rom-com about a bunch of New York lonely hearts looking for love and learning to do without. Based on the book by Liz Tuccillo. 110 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 2/11)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha

A small-town man (Nani) falls in love with a girl (Mehr Pirzada) and gets involved with some dangerous men. Since it's Indian there's plenty of singing, dancing, romance and gunplay. In Telugu with English subtitles. Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/12)
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Movies West

Nostalgic Junk

Basement Films and Guild Cinema co-present this evening of multimedia performances by Jenette Isaacson, Michelle Mellor, Chris Woodworth, Beth Hansen and sleepdepth. Audiences are invited to "come be the apparatus of projected thought and light where the boundaries of memory are unclear and messy." 69 minutes Unrated. (Opens Monday 2/15)
Guild Cinema

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 (Live Action)

This is one of your last chances to pack in some major Oscar nominee viewing before the Academy Awards. Here, you get the opportunity to catch five short films, all of them nominated in this year's Best Live Action Short category. The films come to us from Palestine/France/Germany, Kosovo/UK, Germany/Austria, UK/Ireland and the US. 103 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/12)
Guild Cinema

Pretty In Pink

John Hughes, king of the '80s teen comedy, was on a roll when he penned this 1986 classic. Molly Ringwald is cute personified as the poor everygirl who just wants to go to prom with rich but sensitive playboy Blane (Andrew McCarthy). But what about nerdy childhood pal/secret stalker Duckie (Jon Cryer)? Don't worry, he'll get a sitcom with Charlie Sheen when he grows up. Join Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events for a special 30th anniversary screening. 96 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 2/14)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Sid & Nancy

It's the 30th anniversary of Alex Cox' "Love Kills" biopic about Sex Pistols musician Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) and the poor sod's doomed affair with junkie groupie Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb). The perfect film for Valentine's Day. 113 minutes R. (Opens Friday 2/12)
Guild Cinema

Where to Invade Next

Documentarian/rabble-rouser Michael Moore tries a different approach for his newest film. Here, he cheekily suggests we stop invading crumbling dictatorships and start "invading" successful countries. By traveling the world and talking to various political and social leaders, he comes up with a whole lot of great ideas that we here in America should probably steal in order to fix many of the economic, educational and structural problems in our country. The film is thought-provoking and sincere and the filmmaker actually sounds optimistic for a change. 119 minutes R. (Opens Friday 2/12)
Century Rio
High Ridge

Zoolander 2

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as dimwitted supermodels Derek and Hansel--who are lured back into the modeling game when a rival company (run by evil Will Ferrell) tries to take out the most beautiful people in the world (including cameo guest stars Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Kim Kardashian). 102 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 2/11)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

U.S. military-loving movie dude Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Transformers) just goes ahead and makes a recruitment film centering around conservative screeching point Benghazi. James Badge Dale ("Rubicon") and Jon Krasinski ("The Office") leads a bunch of monosyllabically named CIA security contractors (Brit, Oz, Bub, Rone, Boon, Tig) on a mission to rescue the American ambassador during an attack on a US compound in Libya. 155 minutes R.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

45 Years

45 Years

A long-married British couple (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay) are preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. That is until hubby receives a mysterious note from Switzerland about the discovery of a dead body, lost on a glacier for 50 years. The film (based on a short story by Lancashire poet David Constantine) is incredibly small and quiet--but like an earthquake, everything happens under the surface. Rampling and Courtenay five career-best performances, subtlety navigating their way through long-buried secrets, jealousies and truths. FULL REVIEW: Domestic drama about love and marriage keeps its tension deep under the surface by Devin D. O’Leary (2/4/2016). 95 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
High Ridge

The 5th Wave

Unable to decide on a single disaster on which to end the world, this teen-lit-inspired sci-fi flick finds a plucky teenage girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) facing down apocalyptic electromagnetic pulses, tidal waves, zombie plagues and alien invasions. Naturally, since this is aimed at today's young adults, our heroine must not only save the Earth but decide between two cute boys (Nick Robinson, Alex Roe). Don't hold your breath for a sequel. 112 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

The Big Short

Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Karen Gillan and Melissa Leo star in this cynical comedy-drama about four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s and set out to expose the greed and shortsightedness of the big banks. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) writes and directs, based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis. 130 minutes R.
Century Rio
High Ridge
UNM Midweek Movies

The Boy

In this eerie horror thriller, an American nanny (Lauren Cohan--Maggie from "The Walking Dead") is hired to look after an English family's unusual child. Instead of flesh-and-blood offspring, she finds a life-sized doll, fashioned to look like the couple's long-dead son. Nonetheless, the care of this inanimate child comes with a long list of "rules" that must not be violated or else ... well, as you can probably guess, bad things will happen. 97 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The Choice

It's Valentine's Day weekend, surely somebody's got another sap-tacular Nicholas Sparks book we can throw up on the big screen for a couple of days. ... Ah, here we go. Travis (Benjamin Walker from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Gabby (Teresa Palmer from that Point Break remake) meet as neighbors in some picturesque, seaside North Carolina community. (It ain't Nicholas Sparks without rowboats.) Naturally, they fall in love. Naturally, there are roadblocks. Namely, the coma Gabby winds up in. No points will be awarded for guessing the outcome. 111 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
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Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Daddy's Home

Will Ferrell is a mild-mannered radio executive trying his best to connect with his two stepchildren. The task becomes harder when the kids' kick-ass biological father (Mark Wahlberg) comes home for a visit. If you loved Ferrell and Wahlberg in The Other Guys ... then your taste is questionable. 96 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX

Dirty Grandpa

Robert De Niro goes the way of various bad Santas, bad teachers, bad neighbors and the like as a perverted senior citizen who tricks his uptight grandson (Zac Efron) into going to Florida for spring break. From the maker of Borat, Brüno and The Dictator--which should tell you what you're in for. 102 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Fifty Shades of Black

King of the knock-off parody, Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie, Dance Flick, A Haunted House, Dungeons & Dragons ... no, wait, they were serious about that last one) writes and stars in this "who asked for it?" parody of the S&M drama Fifty Shades of Grey. 92 minutes R.
Century Rio

The Finest Hours

This sentimental but occasionally stirring disaster drama takes us to the high seas where, in 1952, the U.S. Coast Guard struggled to save an oil tanker foundering off the coast of Cape Cod. Chris Pine--in square-jawed, whitebread, Captain America mode--stars as the heroic mariner torn between a hand-wringing fiancée (Holiday Granger) and the men he needs to rescue. There are a few thrills to be had, but--special effects aside--the film reads like a 1950s studio melodrama. 119 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

The Finest Hours 3D

Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Hail, Caesar!

The Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country For Old Men) take us back to 1950s Hollywood where a studio "fixer" (Josh Brolin) enlists a bunch of goofy actors (Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton) to help locate a famous movie star (George Clooney) who has been kidnapped and held for ransom. 106 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
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Cottonwood Stadium 16
High Ridge
High Ridge
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Like father, like son

Kung Fu Panda 3

There's a surprising amount of life and laughter left in this lovable series. Jack Black is back as the roly-poly panda with the mad martial arts skills. This time around he's stuck between his adoptive father (James Hong as a gruff but loving goose) and his biological dad (Bryan Cranston, in fuzzy panda mode). Can he figure out who he is in time to defeat an evil yak turning kung fu masters into stone-faced slaves? FULL REVIEW: Family feud grounds martial arts fantasy in unexpected emotional reality by Devin D. O’Leary (1/28/2016). 95 minutes PG.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Kung Fu Panda 3 3D

Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Misconduct

Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman and Julia Stiles star in this convoluted thriller about an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, only to get tangled up in blackmail and corruption. 106 minutes R.
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Seth Grahame-Smith's groundbreaking (and nonetheless silly) mash-up novel finally gets the big screen treatment. Grahame-Smith's version was nothing more than the text of Jane Austen's original novel with the word "zombie" occasionally inserted. This at least adds some grody special effects to the romantic Victorian tale of five sisters on the hunt for suitable husbands. Lily James ("Downton Abbey"), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) are among the stars. 108 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The Revenant

After a brief flirtation with humor in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu returns to the painfully grim style of his early films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful). Leonardo DiCaprio plays a frontiersman leading a fur-trapping expedition in 1820 who is abandoned and betrayed by the men who hired him. What follows is an extremely brutal tale of survival and (ultimately) revenge. It's extravagantly visual and hard to look away from--but rather punishing. 156 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
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Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
High Ridge
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Ride Along 2

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart continue to do their best to remake 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys, Rush Hour--basically every buddy cop comedy since 1982. Here cop Cube and annoying future brother-in-law Hart head to Miami to bust an evil drug dealer because ... premise. 101 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Room

Room

A young mother (Brie Larson, last seen in Trainwreck) and her 5-year-old son live in a 10-by-10-foot room, completely cut off from the outside word. Mom attempts to raise young Jack (incredible newcomer Jacob Tremblay) in the best way she can. But when things begin to change in Room, she concocts a plan for Jack to escape. What follows is a fascinating existential drama in which Jack's perception of the universe is suddenly and violently expanded beyond the four tiny walls he's known for his entire life. Director Lenny Abrahamson (who gave us the wonderfully weird musical drama Frank) infuses this claustrophobic drama about growth and change with a palpable tension. He's helped immensely by his two stars, who share a thoroughly believable mother-and-son chemistry. FULL REVIEW: Claustrophobic, mother-and-son drama traps the world between four walls by Devin D. O’Leary (11/19/2015). 118 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
High Ridge

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It's been 30 years since the Empire was crushed in Return of the Jedi. But something evil has risen from the ashes, forcing a new generation of heroes (John Boyega and Daisy Ridley among them) to team up with legendary freedom fighters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, returning for another go-around). J.J. Abrams ( "Lost," Star Trek Into Darkness) directs this first new Star Wars film in 10 years. It's littered (both literally and figuratively) with references to the original film. By mirroring the Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope story almost beat-for-beat, the film lacks a level of narrative surprise. But it's smartly nostalgic and a hell of a lot of fun to watch--which is something Episodes I, II and III completely forgot. 140 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Computer-animated rodents/pop stars the Chipmunks mistakenly decide that their adoptive human father/band manager (yeah, I really don't understand any of this concept) is getting married. So they drive to Miami to stop the wedding. Jason Lee and Bella Thorne are the unfortunate humans in this fourth outing. 86 minutes PG.
Movies 8
Movies West

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, in full history-nerd mode (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Lincoln, Amistad, Munich), deftly dramatizes the notorious 1960 U-2 spy plane incident. Tom Hanks (looking, these days, like a sad pencil eraser from the neck up--but remaining America's best "everyman" actor) stars as an upstanding Constitutional lawyer who volunteers to defend a Russian spy (esteemed stage actor Mark Rylance). Years later, he's called upon to help "trade" the spy for downed American pilot Francis Gary Powers. Surprisingly--given the low-key script from Joel and Ethan Coen--this well-spoken drama about jurisprudence and diplomacy maintains a beautiful tension. 142 minutes PG-13.
Movies West

Arlo Apatosaurus

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar and Disney imagine a world in which a rogue asteroid didn't wipe out the dinosaurs, allowing them to live hand-in-hand (so to speak) with humans. Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott provide some of the voices for this tale of a gentle Apatosaurus who makes an unlikely human friend while traveling through a mysterious primeval landscape. The backgrounds are gorgeous, but the characters are dull as dirt. FULL REVIEW: Pixar stumbles following after a (dinosaur) boy and his (human) dog by Devin D. O’Leary (11/26/2015). 100 minutes PG.
Movies 8
Movies West

The Good Dinosaur 3D

Movies 8
Movies West

Goosebumps

Author R.L. Stine's iconic kiddy horror series Goosebumps gets a winkingly self-referential movie adaptation. Jack Black plays Stine, who teams up with his young daughter and a teenage boy after his imaginary monsters come to life in a tiny Maryland town. All your childhood favorites--from Slappy the Dummy to the Abominable Snowman of Pasadena--stop by for cameos. 103 minutes PG.
Movies West

Hotel Transylvania 2

Genndy Tartakovsky ("Dexter's Laboratory," "Samurai Jack") returns to helm this cartoon sequel in which Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) tries to bring out the monster in his half-human. half-vampire grandson in order to keep his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) from leaving his now famous hotel. 89 minutes PG.
Movies 8

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

Jennifer Lawrence finally gets around to overthrowing the evil futuristic government in this, the fourth film of the Hunger Games trilogy. This surprisingly dark outing takes its time getting to the epic final seige. But fans will eat it up anyway. 137 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West

Joy

Writer-director David O. Russell rejoins a lot of his cast from Silver Linings Playbook for this chaotic comedy-drama about the life of real-life inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who created the Miracle Mop. The film--featuring the wonderful Jennifer Lawrence in the title role--is mostly an oddball American success story about the ins and outs of running a family business. Like all of Russell's films, the tone is off-kilter throughout. 124 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West

Krampus

A boy who has had a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a traditional European Christmas demon (named Krampus, of course) to his family home. Adam Scott ( "Parks and Recreation"), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and Allison Tolman ("Fargo") are among the cast of this seasonal horror comedy. 98 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

The Martian

Matt Damon is an astronaut who gets left for dead on Mars after a manned mission goes horribly awry. Stuck on the red planet with only minimal supplies and his scientific mind, our hero must figure out a way to survive based on ingenuity, wit and spirit. Ridley Scott (Alien) directs. It's based, of course, on the best-selling book by Andy Weir. 141 minutes PG-13.
Movies West

The Night Before

The makers of This Is the End and Neighbors turn their raunchy senses of humor toward the yuletide season. A man who's about to become a father for the first time (Seth Rogen) spends Christmas Eve with his two lifelong pals (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie) searching New York City for a legendary party. Booze, drugs, pervasive sexual content and general hijinks ensue. 101 minutes R.
Movies 8
Movies West

Point Break

A mostly unknown cast (Édgar Ramirez? Luke Bracey?) takes over for Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in this dudebro remake of the 1991 surfing bank robber cult classic. This time around, the filmmakers throw in a bunch more "extreme" sports to jack up the adrenaline levels to distract from the fact that the story is still silly as hell. 113 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West

Point Break 3D

Movies 8

Spectre

A "cryptic message from his past" sends superspy James Bond (Daniel Craig) on the trail of the sinister organization secretly responsible for so many of his greatest battles. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) in on bad guy and "explaining stuff" duty. The action is extremely Bond-like. And this is a tidy (perhaps too tidy) wrap-up of Craig's run as 007. If you haven't memorized the last three films, however, this one's overly intricate script will lose you in minutiae. 148 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
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