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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Friday September 22, 2017 at 9:24 am Listings are for Friday 9/22 through Thursday 9/28

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2-Headed Shark Attack

Further proof that movie theaters are transforming into video stores comes from the fact that The Asylum, the direct-to-video crap factory responsible for hundreds of lo-budget "mockbusters," has teamed up with Cinemark Theaters for "Thursday Night at the Asylum." This weekly showcase will highlight films from The Asylum's infamous catalogue normally reserved for Sunday afternoons on the Syfy Channel. We start with this self-explanatory title from 2012 starring Carmen Electra and Brooke Hogan. 88 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/28)
Century Rio

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

Legendary documentarian Errol Morris (Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) exposes the life and work of photographer Elsa Dorfman, who just happens to be Morris' Boston neighbor. This modest character sketch introduces us to Dorfman, who specialized in large-sized Polaroid portraits. Dorfman--virtually the only person on camera--talks about her friendships with Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and her lasting images of everyone from writers (W.H. Auden, Anaïs Nin) to musicians (Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan). 76 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/22)
Guild Cinema

Back to the Future

The '80s were epitomized in this glossy sci-fi comedy in which a young Michael J. Fox travels back in time and meets his high school-aged parents. It still holds up as a solid piece of popcorn entertainment. 116 minutes PG. (Thursday 9/28)
Flix Brewhouse

Beach Rats

A teenager growing up in not-so-hip Brooklyn struggles with his sexuality while hanging out on the beaches of Staten Island. Filmmaker Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love) shoots this Moonlight-esque indie coming-of-age tale in grainy, low-lit 16mm--giving it a dreamy docudrama feel. The cast of young unknowns also adds to the raw energy of it all. 95 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/22)
High Ridge

Brad's Status

Mike White (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, Nacho Libre, School of Rock, Year of the Dog, Beatriz at Dinner) writes and directs this regret-filled comedy about an anxious father (Ben Stiller) who takes his teenage son on a tour of New England colleges. Despite having an attractive wife, an intelligent son and a good job, our protagonist can't help but obsess over the humblebragging social media posts of his own, spectacularly successful former college buddies (Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement and Mike White among them). Like White's best indie work, there's an uncomfortable sense of humor at work--but this poignant tale of stumbling parenthood and misplaced envy is also one of his most sympathetic and accessible films. 101 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/21)
Century 14 Downtown
High Ridge

Friend Request

It's cheap teenage horror movie time as a bunch of college students find themselves picked off, one by one, by a demonic presence after accepting a mysterious "friend request" online. Alycia Debnam-Carey ("Fear the Walking Dead"), William Moseley ("The Royals") and Connor Paolo ("Gossip Girl") top the young, TV-famous cast. 92 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/21)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Jeepers Creepers 3

Victor Salva's kinda popular, but not really all that clever monster/slasher series returns for a third outing--and a one-night-only theatrical screening. Seems the demonic Creeper is back, driving around and killing random teenagers. Jonathan Breck returns as The Creeper, and Gina Phillips is on board as his forever "final girl" Trish Jenner. R. (Opens Tuesday 9/26)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn's 2014 superspy spoof (based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) proved itself one of the most gonzo-crazy action movies in modern history right about the time Colin Firth brutally slaughtered an entire church full of mind-controlled Jesus-worshippers. This sequel continues the full-tilt bonkers tone with young spy boy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) heading to America after his secret crime-fighting agency is destroyed. There, he teams up with cowboy spy Channing Tatum to defeat an evil Martha Stewart-esque villain (Julianne Moore) who's holding the world hostage. Pack plenty of Red Bull for this ADD epic. 141 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/21)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Kingsman: The Golden Circle--an IMAX Experience

AMC Albuquerque 12
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel/Disney proved it could make a wildly entertaining crowdpleaser out of their most obscure properties. With this animated follow-up to The LEGO Batman Movie, LEGO/Warner Bros. does exactly the same thing. This toy-based feature is much funnier and more inventive than you're thinking. Dave Franco voices Lloyd, a haplessly unpopular high schooler--mostly because his absentee father is Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux, obviously having a ball), a monstrous warlord who spends every single day trying to conquer and/or destroy peaceful Ninjago City. Luckily, Lloyd is a member of a "Power Rangers"-esque team of superpowered teens who defend the city with their giant robots. But can Lloyd find the strength to defeat his own dad? 101 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 9/22)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The LEGO Ninjago Movie 3D

AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The Midwife

Two of French cinema's biggest stars (Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot) star in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between a talented but tightly wound midwife and the estranged, free-spirited mistress of her late father. Martin Provost (Séraphine) directs. In French with English subtitles, 117 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/22)
Guild Cinema

Mulan

In this animated, 1998 outing from Disney, a young Chinese maiden secretly takes her father's place on the battle lines and becomes one of her country's greatest heroines in the process. Eddie Murphy plays a wisecracking dragon. 88 minutes G. (Opens Friday 9/22)
AMC Albuquerque 12

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Here's another fantasy-filled masterpiece from Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo). The titular Nausicaä is a post-apocalyptic warrior princess struggling to unite two warring factions before they destroy themselves and their dying planet. Based on the epic manga by Miyazaki himself, this 1984 feature is frequently named one of the greatest animated films of all time 117 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 9/24)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The New York Dog Film Festival

This canine-centric anthology collects short films from the philanthropic New York Dog Film Festival. Program One features seven documentaries, comedies and dramas from the first year. Program Two features 10 more selections from year two. Unrated. (Opens Saturday 9/23)
Guild Cinema

The Salesman

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) helms this neorealist drama about a young couple who are forced to move to a new apartment in Tehran after their previous one is damaged. Unfortunately, an incident linked to the mysterious previous tenant dramatically affects their lives. Also, they're starring in an amateur production of Death of a Salesman. Filled with an extremely slow-burning form of tension, this one creeps its way into Hitchcock territory. In Persian with English subtitles. 125 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 9/21)
SUB Theater

Stronger

Stronger

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany (from "Orphan Black") star in this real-life drama based on the brutally honest memoir by Jeff Bauman. Bauman lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and soon found himself an unwitting symbol of "Boston Strong." What could easily have been a jingoistic feel-good melodrama, is instead a grounded look at human beings in the wake of tragedy. While Jeff struggles quietly with PTSD, his on-again off-again girlfriend tries to cope with the fact that he only came to the marathon to cheer her on. Director David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls, Prince Avalanche) ignores the sensational headlines of the day in favor of a tough emotional ground game. FULL REVIEW: Unvarnished memoir of the Boston bombings trades exploitation for emotion by Devin D. O’Leary (9/21/2017). 116 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/22)
High Ridge

To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this breezy, 1955 Alfred Hitchcock classic. Grant is a reformed cat burglar suspected of returning to his former occupation, who must ferret out the real culprit on the French Riviera in order to prove his innocence. 106 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 9/24)
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque

Wall Street

Michael Douglas and the non-crazy version of Charlie Sheen star in this 1987 hit for Oliver Stone. Sheen is a young and impatient stock broker who falls under the spell of charismatic corporate raider Gordon Gecko (Douglas) and learns that "greed is good"--at least until somebody turns the wiretaps over to the SEC. 126 minutes R. (Opens Sunday 9/24)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio