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A man (Zachary Quinto) in therapy for undefined mental problems is troubled when his therapist (Jenny Slate) starts going out with his famous actor of a brother (Jon Hamm). Or is it all in his head? First-time writer-director Brian Shoaf expects his talented cast to elevate his spotty art house script, but the approach to mental illness is gimmicky and ungrounded in reality. 89 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 4/12)
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Back to Burgundy

Back to Burgundy

French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch (When the Cat's Away, L'Auberge Espagnole) delivers another lovely, likable, borderline twee ensemble dramedy. Rebellious hunk Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns to his family's humble, gorgeously shabby French vineyard on the news that his father is dying. Once pop kicks the bucket, he leaves the vineyard—lock, stock and barrels—to Jean, his no-nonsense sister (Ana Giradot) and his emotional brother (François Civil). Jean wants to sell it off and go back to wandering the world. No points will be awarded, however, for guessing there's a change of heart coming. Klapisch concocts precious little in the way of conflict in this lush, faintly romantic comedy-drama, but the picture-perfect setting still makes this a beautiful place to linger. FULL REVIEW: Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly by Devin D. O’Leary (4/12/2018). 113 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 4/13)
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Bharat Ane Nenu

In this serious political drama, Mahesh Babu (Rangathalam, Baahubali, Arjun Reddy) plays a young university graduate who makes good on a promise to his mother, returns to India and gets elected as the reform-minded chief minister of a rural Indian state—only to become disillusioned by the political corruption he encounters. Does he still find time to get into some sort of kung fu fight? Of course he does. In Telugu with English subtitles. 174 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 4/19)
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Big Time

The American Institute of Architects presents a free movie night featuring this 2017 documentary about Danish architect Bjarke Ingles, named in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People. The film follows Bjarke over five years as he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. Admission is free with ticket. Tickets are distributed at the Guild box office on a "first come, first served" basis starting at 5pm. In English and Danish with English subtitles. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 4/26)
Guild Cinema

The Cat Returns

From Japan's famed Studio Ghibli comes this 2002 animated fantasy about a shy young girl who can talk to cats. One day she saves a cat from being hit by a truck. Turns out he's actually the Prince of the Cat Kingdom, and our protagonist is given his hand in marriage in thanks. But does she want to be magically transformed into a feline and live in an anthropomorphic animal kingdom? Part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2018. In English-dubbed and Japanese with English subtitles versions. 85 minutes G. (Opens Sunday 4/19)
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Cottonwood Stadium 16

Charlie vs. Goliath

The ASUNM Film Center presents a free screening of this documentary about Charlie Hardy, a 75-year-old former Catholic priest who—with no political experience—chose to run for US Senate in his home state of Wyoming. Broke but committed to standing against the influence of money in modern politics, he hits the road with a group of young volunteers and a 1970 Crown school bus. 78 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 4/26)
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"Ice cream? ... My treat."

Final Portrait

Actor and sometimes director Stanley Tucci (Big Night) adapts James Lord's autobiographical memoir about posing for Alberto Giacometti in 1964 Paris. Armie Hammer (hot off Call Me By Your Name) is the stiffly stylish Lord and Geoffrey Rush is the grumpy, self-doubting Giacometti. Though the artist promises the work will be done in a couple of hours, the hours stretch to days and the days stretch to weeks. The film is little more than a two-hander play, a brief sketch barely introducing its characters. But in its own lovely, amusing way it captures the essence of artistic temperament: passionately obsessed and violently distracted. FULL REVIEW: Artistic biopic revels in surface details by Devin D. O’Leary (4/19/2018). 90 minutes R. (Opens Friday 4/20)
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Gemini

Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Ricki Lake and Michelle Forbes are among the cast of this savvy film industry thriller about a heinous crime that tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. 93 minutes R. (Opens Friday 4/13)
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Hippie Hill

In this self-described "underground stoner comedy," Big Chimney (James Wade) loses some rare golden weed seeds that he was delivering from Hippie Hill and must navigate a world full of stoner heads, thugs and hippies to recover them. 90 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 4/21)
Guild Cinema

I Feel Pretty

Amy Schumer stars in this romantic comedy about an ordinary, insecure woman who conks her head in spin class and suddenly develops the self-confidence of the most beautiful woman on Earth—even though she's still ordinary looking. It's all about, you know, how appearances don't matter. Multigenerational supermodels Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton are there to drive home the point. 110 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 4/19)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
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Ismael's Ghosts

An all-star French cast (Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg) stars in this puzzlebox melodrama about a self-absorbed filmmaker whose life spirals out of control when his believed-to-be-dead former lover reappears just as he's about to begin work on a new film. That's the simple explanation for this dense, hard-to-encapsulate film, which jumps around in time and place and isn't afraid to include stories within stories within stories. Fans of writer-director Arnaud Desplechin's previous films (La Vie de Morts, Kings & Queens, A Christmas Tale) are the best audience for this self-reflexive, occasionally self-indulgent mound of arthouse ratatouille. In French with English subtitles. 135 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 4/20)
Guild Cinema

Jumanji

Robin Williams stars in this perfectly likable 1995 family flick about two kids who play a magical board game and release a man who has been trapped for decades. 104 minutes PG. (Opens Saturday 4/21)
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Keep the Change

This empathetic, sweet-natured romantic comedy finds a pair of Manhattan-based adults with autism meeting and falling in love in a court-ordered support group. David (Brandon Polkansky, playing a fictionalized shadow of himself) is a high-functioning autistic from a wealthy family who prefers to distance himself with inappropriate jokes and comments. But when he meets innocent, straight-talking Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), his desire for an actual girlfriend starts to outweigh his impulse to separate himself from others with autism. 94 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 4/20)
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On the Town

In this 1949 Technicolor musical, a trio of fun-loving sailors (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin) have a 24 hour shore leave in New York City, and want to make every second count. Naturally, they spend most of their time chasing dames—including cab driver Betty Garret, anthropologist Ann Miller and model Vera-Ellen. You might be familiar with the standout tune "New York, New York." 89 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 4/21)
Guild Cinema

Spaceballs

Mel Brooks' ridiculous 1987 parody of Star Wars returns to theaters. May the Schwartz be with you. 96 minutes PG. (Opens Tuesday 4/24)
Flix Brewhouse

Super Troopers 2

A solid 17 years after its first cult hit, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns with this rude, drug-laced sequel. This time around our gang of undisciplined state troopers are involved in a border dispute between the US and Canada, which finds them patrolling the streets of a formerly peaceable (now antagonistic) Canadian town and occasionally throwing down with Mounties. Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Fred Savage, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso and Lynda Carter (again) are among the guest stars. 100 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/19)
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Century 14 Downtown
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Cottonwood Stadium 16
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Traffik

Paula Patton and Omar Epps star in this throwback exploitation thriller (from Codeblack Films) about an urban couple who head out to the mountains for a romantic weekend and end up accosted by a vicious biker gang. Roger Corman (The Wild Angels, Devil's Angels, Naked Angels, Angels Die Hard) would be proud. 96 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/19)
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Wayne's World

Slackers/rockers Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) go to extreme lengths to promote their cruddy public access show. This 1992 spin-off of "Saturday Night Live" is one of the funnier "SNL" efforts. Be sure to sing along with "Bohemian Rhapsody." 95 minutes PG. (Sunday 4/22)
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You Were Never Really Here

Scottish writer-director Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin) offers up just her fourth feature in 20 years. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a traumatized veteran-cum-hitman who hunts down missing girls for a living. When his latest bloody job spins out of control, he finds himself trapped in a deadly network of sex slavery and institutional corruption. It's based on the novella by Jonathan Ames, and—unsurprisingly—Ramsay has stripped the story bare of its pulpy roots, creating a stark, impressionistic, beautifully ugly mood piece. 95 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/19)
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