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Elf

Will Ferrell scored a perennial favorite with this seaonal comedy about a human adopted by Santa's elves who is sent to America to search for his biological roots. Occasionally absurd and often a bit too Hollywood sweet, the film is kept afloat by Ferrell's energetic performance. 95 minutes PG. (Sunday 11/26)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio

Fate/Stay Night [Heaven's Feel]

This animated film out of Japan is based on the popular video game/"visual novel" series. Set 10 years after the Holy Grail War—an epic battle-to-the-death tournament involving superpowered "Masters" and mystical "Servants" to control the wish-granting container—this modern-day fantasy finds a new war breaking out. While Fuyuki City descends into chaos, Saber Master Shirou Emiya tries to protect an abused young girl from the ever-widening death and destruction. In Japanese with English subtitles. 120 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 11/24)
Guild Cinema

Home Alone

Yeah, Macaulay Culkin was cute once. In this childhood fave from 1990, he gets left behind over the Christmas holidays by his horribly negligent parents and must fight off a couple of bumbling burglars with cartoony violence. In real life this story would be way less funny. 103 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 11/26)
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque

Howl's Moving Castle

Hayao Miyazaki adapts Diana Wynne Jones' young adult novel for this 2004 animated masterpiece. This fabulous fairy tale concerns a young girl, cursed to live as an old woman, who takes up residence in the titular dwelling of a handsome wizard in hopes of finding a cure. The story, mixing fantasy and technology, is more intuitive than logical; but fans (both young and old) of otherworldly drama will be duly impressed. Screened in both English-dubbed and English-subtitled versions 119 minutes PG. (Sunday 11/25)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Human Flow

Internationally renowned architect Ai Weiwei directs this epic, bluntly journalistic documentary about today's global refugee crisis. Though it's firmly rooted in today's heavily xenophobic political climate, its stories of marginalized people being forcefully shifted back and forth across borders (Syria, Kenya, Burma, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.) are as timeless as they are heartbreaking. 140 minutes PG-13. (Opens Wednesday 11/29)
Guild Cinema

Lady Bird

Writer/actress Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, Mistress America, Francis Ha) turns director for this witty, well-observed coming-of-age drama. Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Brooklyn) stars a Northern California girl stuck in Catholic school and applying to a bunch of East Coast colleges in hopes of escaping her overbearing, hypercritical mother (Laurie Metcalf, employing her sitcom skills to great effect). 93 minutes R. (Opens Wednesday 11/22)
Century Rio
High Ridge

Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunset, Boyhood) seems like an odd man to write and direct this eligiac, post-military dramedy (based on the novel by Darryl Ponicsan). Steve Carell is a meek, former Navy man who hooks up with two old buddies from Vietnam (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) after his son is killed in the first Gulf War. He wants help burying the kid, but the road trip leads down some odd side roads. There's not a lot to this talk-and-drive, but the humor and chemistry among the leads is infectious. Cranston (a loudmouthed bar owner) and Laurence (a reformed-sinner-turned-reverend) function as the devil and angel on our mourning father's shoulders. Amid the humorous escapades, there's a serious story about what our government asks young men to do, and what it tells parents about their service. 125 minutes R. (Opens Wednesday 11/22)
High Ridge

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Dan Stevens (from "Downton Abbey," The Guest, Beauty and the Beast, "Legion," Marshall and growing overexposure) stars as Charles Dickens. The film relates the "real life" inspirations that caused him to write A Christmas Carol. It's a nice, well-dressed Victorian-era biopic but doesn't really express the lasting historical impact Dickens had on the Christmas holiday. 104 minutes PG. (Opens Wednesday 11/22)
Century Rio
High Ridge

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Based on the nonfiction novel by Kent Nerburn, this tiny indie follows writer Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney) to a Lakota reservation in South Dakota to interview a smiling but inscrutable Native American elder named Dan (Chief Dave Bald Eagle). Dan wants Nerburn to turn his collection of wise ramblings into a book, but the white guy has got a long way to go in order to understand where our 95-year-old Indian is coming from. What follows is a slow and rather simple road trip through modern Indian country. But director Steven Lewis Simpson (A Thunder-Being Nation, Rez Bomb) knows the settings, and our two main characters have a witty back-and-forth—which keeps this talky history lesson from becoming too depressing. FULL REVIEW: Roadtrip through Lakota country is slow but sincere in its message by Devin D. O’Leary (9/7/2017). 110 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 11/26)
Guild Cinema

Novitiate

In the early '60s, during the era of the Second Vatican Council, a young woman enters her training to become a nun. While the Catholic Church struggles to adapt to the modern world, our protagonist grapples with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality. There's a lot of coming-of-age drama and a touch of lesbian sex (enough to tick off the Catholic Legion of Decency), but the mix of introspective drama and religious history never quite gels. On a side note: Melissa Leo (Frozen River, The Fighter) makes for one scary Mother Superior. 123 minutes R. (Opens Friday 11/24)
High Ridge

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg's gorgeous, award-winning children's book comes to life in a computer-animated fantasy directed by Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future). The simple story has a skeptical kid boarding a magical train to the North Pole and meeting Santa Claus. The "photo-realistic" CGI was faintly impressive from a technical perspective back in 2004, but is still flat-out creepy to watch. 100 minutes G. (Saturday 11/25)
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Dan Gilroy follows up his lacerating debut Nightcrawler with this noble, but rather familiar legal drama. Denzel Washington stars as an idealistic (possibly autistic) social justice lawyer trying to keep alive the ideas of 1970s activism (not to mention '70s wardrobe). When his longtime partner suffers a heart attack, our titular protagonist is caught between going to work for a slick corporate law firm and sticking with his ideals. The film is more of a character study than a legal thriller, causing the story to come out in bits and pieces. 129 minutes PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 11/21)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This hard-rockin' documentary digs into the role that Native Americans have played in contemporary musical history. Starting with guitar wrangler Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray, the film heads through decades of influencers like Robbie Robertson of The Band, Stevie Salas (who recorded and toured with Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger) and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. Among the interview subjects are Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy, Stevie Van Zandt, Taj Mahal, Steve Tyler, George Clinton and Jackson Browne. 103 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 11/26)
Guild Cinema

The Smudging

Oakland born and raised Native American writer/actor Mike J. Marin makes his directorial debut with this ultra-low-budget horror flick. Story follows five paranormal researchers investigating supernatural doings at the Chicago Native American Cultural Center. This was nominated for "Best Feature" at LA's renowned RIP Horror Fest. Some of the cast and crew will be on hand for a post-film Q&A. 95 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 11/25)
Guild Cinema

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Martin McDonagh (who gave us the fine In Bruges) writes and directs this brilliant, bitter crime dramedy. Frances McDormand guarantees herself an Oscar nomination as Mildred, a permanently angry divorcée whose teenage daughter was raped and murdered. With no progress on the case in the last seven months, mom purchases three billboards castigating the popular local police chief (Woody Harrelson) for his inaction. This sets off a chain of ugly repercussions in their tiny community. There are bursts of fine character-based humor (particularly from Sam Rockwell as a dimwitted police officer), but the overarching tone is one of ordinary, well-meaning people trying to do the right thing but ending up doing the exact wrong thing. 115 minutes R. (Opens Wednesday 11/22)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
High Ridge