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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm Times and listings are for Friday 12/12 through Thursday 12/18

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20,000 Days on Earth

Cult fave writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000 day on planet Earth by starring in this intimate documentary (for lack of a better word), chronicling a typical 24-hour period in the Australian-born artist's life. He drives around, stops in on friends, cooks dinner, gets psychoanalyzed and sings the occasional song even. Casual, eclectic and "staged" without being "stagey," this unusual portrait of an artist is a must for Cave fanatics. 97 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 12/16)
Guild Cinema Tue-Fri 8:30

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

What's it like to live in Antarctica for a full year? Well, it's cold, for one. But his adventure documentary goes into a bit more detail by concentrating on the highs and lows of the several thousand brave souls who volunteer to work at research stations across the frozen continent. The film is the work of Anthony Powell, who served as a communications director at the McMurdo Station for more than a decade. In his spare time he interviewed coworkers and took digital photographs of the icy environment that he then painstakingly assembled into awe-inspiring, time-lapse footage. Yes, the nature shots are gorgeous, but it's the glimpses into everyday life that will stick with you. 92 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 12/12)
High Ridge Fri-Sun 1:15, 3:50, 7:35, 10:10; Mon-Thu 1:15, 3:50, 7:35

The Babadook

From Australia comes this gripping psychological horror thriller. Worn-out single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) is doing her best to raise her troubled young son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). One day the kid finds an unusual bedtime storybook about a monstrous intruder named the Babadook. Before long Samuel's imagination goes into overdrive, and he's convinced this literary boogeyman is coming for him. As dark coincidences begin to pile up around the house, mom starts to believe as well. The frights are powerful, but writer-director Jennifer Kent puts real-life emotions ahead of seat-grabbing scares. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 12/14)
Guild Cinema Sun-Mon 10:00

Dumb and Dumber

The Farrelly brothers broke out big-time with this 1994 comedy of monumentally stupid proportions. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are a couple of goodhearted but incredibly moronic pals who travel cross country to locate a beautiful heiress (Lauren Holly). Raunchy good fun. 107 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 12/12)
Guild Cinema Fri-Sat 10:30

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) is Moses and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is Ramses in Ridley Scott's action-disaster retelling of the famous Biblical tale. All the basics are there: Moses rising up against the cruel Egyptian pharaoh, bringing down the plagues, setting 600,000 slaves free, parting the Red Sea. But Scott (who gave us Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down and Robin Hood) is more interested in the sword-swinging battle scenes--of which there are plenty. The special effects are appropriately grandiose, but some of the casting is questionable, and the dialogue is frequently ripe. 150 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 12/12)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 1:55, 5:30, 8:55; Mon-Thu 1:55, 5:30
Century Rio Fri-Thu 9:55am, 1:25, 4:55, 8:25, 9:35
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 12:30, 7:30
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 10:35am, 2:00, 5:25, 8:50
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 11:45am, 3:15, 6:45, 10:15

Exodus: Gods and Kings 3D

Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 12:10, 3:40, 7:10, 10:40; Mon-Thu 12:10, 3:40, 7:10
Century Rio Fri-Sat 11:05am, 12:15, 2:35, 3:45, 6:05, 7:15, 10:45, 11:55; Sun-Thu 11:05am, 12:15, 2:35, 3:45, 6:05, 7:15, 10:45
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 12:00, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 10:20, 10:50
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:35am, 3:00, 6:25, 9:50
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 11:15am, 12:15, 2:45, 3:45, 6:15, 7:15, 9:45, 10:45

Force Majeure

A happy Swedish family vacations in an upscale ski resort in the French Alps. Things take a bitter turn when a sudden avalanche threatens to flatten mom, dad and the kids. This scary, snowy disaster peters out before anyone is injured, but dad reveals his true nature (maybe) by ditching the family and running away like a coward. Mom (Lisa Loven Kongsli) is quietly horrified, dad (Johannes Kuhnke) is secretly mortified, and the kids are sullenly terrified. Filmmaker Ruben Östlund uses this simple premise/discussion-starter to perform an ice-cold autopsy on modern marriage, family dynamics and gender roles. In English, Swedish and French with English subtitles. 118 minutes R. (Opens Friday 12/12)
Guild Cinema Fri-Mon 4:30, 7:30

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson wraps up his monumental (perhaps a little too much so) adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Here we finally get to the closing action sequence, a war that pits five armies and a dragon against one another in a battle for the fate of Middle-earth. 144 minutes PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 12/16)
Century 14 Downtown Wed-Thu 12:55, 2:00, 4:10, 5:15, 7:25, 8:30
Century Rio Tue 7:45, 9:30, 11:20; Wed-Thu 12:00, 12:35, 3:30, 5:15, 7:00, 7:35, 8:45, 10:30
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Tue 8:00, 9:00; Wed 10:00am, 1:25, 4:50, 8:15
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Tue 7:15, 7:30, 10:45, 11:00; Wed 12:15, 3:45, 7:30, 11:00; Thu 12:15, 12:45, 3:45, 4:15, 7:30, 8:00, 11:00

The Hobbit: The Battle of the FIve Armies 3D

Century 14 Downtown Tue 7:00
Century Rio Tue 7:00, 8:30, 10:40, 12:01am
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Tue 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:15; Wed 11:30am, 12:30, 3:15, 4:15, 7:00, 8:00, 10:45
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Tue 7:15, 8:00, 8:45, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30; Wed 12:00, 3:45, 7:30
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Tues 7:00, 10:30; Wed 11:00am, 2:25, 5:50, 9:15

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies--An IMAX 3D Experience

Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Tue 7:00, 10:30; Wed-Thu 11:45am, 3:15, 7:00, 10:30

This Ain't No Mouse Music!

Musical detective Chris Strachwitz is profiled in this tune-filled documentary. Since 1960 Strachwitz has been the guiding force behind anti-corporate Arhoolie Records--the legendary indie label responsible for bringing Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas and blues from all over the country. Here, the man himself takes us along on his quest to find the musical soul of America. 92 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 12/16)
Guild Cinema Tue-Fri 4:30, 6:30

Tokyo Story

This 1953 film from master director Yasujiro Ozu is pretty much the Japanese equivalent of an Ingmar Bergman film. In it an elderly couple journey to Tokyo, where their relatives are too busy with their modern lives and treat their elders with indifference and ingratitude. A powerful study in family politics. In Japanese with English subtitles. 136 minutes Unrated. (Saturday 12/13)
Guild Cinema Sat-Sun 1:00

Top Five

Chris Rock writes, directs and stars in this hard-hitting satire about a popular comedian (Chris Rock) trying to make it as a serious actor who gets talked into broadcasting his wedding on TV by his reality star fiancée (Gabrielle Union). Pals Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer all drop by to lend support. 101 minutes R. (Opens Friday 12/12)
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:05am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

White Christmas (60th Anniversary)

The classic 1954 musical starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney returns to theaters in a digitally restored print, complete with bonus "special backstage stories and a White Christmas retrospective." 120 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 12/14)
Century 14 Downtown Sun 2:00, 7:00; Mon 7:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00
Century Rio Sun 2:00, 7:00; Mon 7:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Sun 2:00, 7:00; Mon 7:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00

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