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Pear Cider and Cigarettes

2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Animation)

Here's your opportunity to catch all five films nominated in this year's "Best Animated Short" category before the Oscars hit. They run the gamut from Pixar's cute bird short "Piper" to Robert Valley's darkly autobiographical drama "Pear Brandy And Cigarettes." Plus, you get three additional shorts from around the world as a bonus! FULL REVIEW: This year’s short films are long on talent by Devin D. O’Leary (2/9/2017). 82 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/10)
High Ridge Fri-Sat 4:00, 10:00; Sun-Thu 4:00

2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action)

This year's collection of Oscar-nominated shorts closes out with the live-action selections. You've got films from Hungary, Denmark, Spain, France and Switzerland. Stories run the gamut: A childhood is set to music in 1990s post-socialist Budapest; a volunteer at a homeless shelter falls in love with an illegal African immigrant; an interview at a police station devolves into an inquisition. 128 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/17)
Guild Cinema Fri-Sun 4:40, 7:15
High Ridge Fri-Thu 1:00, 7:00

A Cure for Wellness

Straight-laced hitmaker Gore Verbinski (Mousehunt, The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Lone Ranger) directs this curious dystopian thriller about an ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) sent to retrieve his company's CEO of from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" in the remote Swiss Alps. This old-fashioned Gothic experiment wants very much to be a provocative mindbender full of weird imagery. But like a lot of vanity projects, it's a hell of a mess and way too long. 146 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 2/16)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 12:25, 3:45, 7:05, 10:25; Mon-Thu 12:25, 3:45, 7:05
Century Rio Fri 3:25, 7:00, 10:35; Sat-Sun 11:50am, 3:25, 7:00, 10:35; Mon-Thu call for showtimes
Flix Brewhouse Fri-Thu 11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 12:40, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque Fri-Thu 12:05, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:00am, 2:30, 6:05, 9:40
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 10:35, 2:05, 5:30, 9:00; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

Fist Fight

Charlie Day ( "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is a nebbish teacher who runs afoul of a pugnacious fellow teacher (Ice Cube), gets him fired and is challenged to an after-school fight. The bulk of this simple comedy is taken up with our protagonist trying to avoid the titular altercation. 91 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 2/16)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15
Century Rio Fri 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15; Sat-Sun 11:25. 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15; Mon-Thu call for showtimes
Flix Brewhouse Fri-Wed 12:15, 3:00, 5:30, 8:30, 11:00; Thu 11:15am, 1:45, 5:30, 7:45, 11:00
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:25, 4:00, 7:00, 9:25
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque Fri-Thu 11:20am, 1:35, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:05am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

The Great Wall

Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curst of the Golden Flower) directs this effects-heavy period fantasy flick. Matt Damon leads a group of mercenaries into ancient China looking for black powder and gets embroiled in a fight involving the Great Wall. Turns out it was built not to keep out Mongols, but hordes of giant monsters. It's not the director's finest hour, but it's pretty as hell and there's an epic amount lot of action. 103 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 2/16)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:50am, 5;00, 7:35
Century Rio Fri 1:55, 7:45; Sat-Sun 11:00am, 1:55, 7:45; Mon-Thu call for showtimes
Flix Brewhouse Fri-Mon 11:00am, 5:00, 8:00, 9:45; Tue 11:00am, 7:30, 9:45, 10:15; Wed-Thu 11:00am, 5:00, 8:00, 9:45
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 11:30am, 4:40, 7:40
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque Fri-Thu 11:45am, 12:10, 2:10, 2:35, 4:35, 5:05, 7:00, 7:30, 9:25, 9:55
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:05am, 4:45, 10:15
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 11:15am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

The Great Wall 3D

Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 2:25, 10:10; Mon-Thu 2:25
Century Rio Fri-Sun 10:40am, 4:50; Mon-Thu call for showtimes
Flix Brewhouse Fri-Thu 2:30
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 2:05, 10:15
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 1:50, 7:30
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 10:15; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

The Great Wall: An IMAX 3D Experience

Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:35, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 10:45am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

I Am Not Your Negro

Samuel L. Jackson narrates this powerful documentary which relates famed writer James Baldwin's attempt to tell the story of race in modern America via his unfinished novel Remember This House. Six years in the making, this collection of images, interviews and historical clips is a brilliant, galvanizing and frighteningly timely examination of the Civil Rights Era. 95 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 2/16)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50; Mon-Thu 12:10, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25
High Ridge Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:55, 7:15, 10:35; Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:55, 7:15

Julieta

Julieta

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Talk to Her, Volver, The Skin I Live In) contributes this small-scale domestic drama about a 60-year-old Woman (Emma Suárez) who suddenly ditches her fiancé and goes looking for her long-estranged adult daughter. Most of the movie is taken up by a flashback explaining why mother and daughter haven't spoken in 20 years. Despite the pedestrian premise, Almodóver milks some fine mystery from this somber character study. His excellent cast (including Adriana Ugarte as the protagonist in younger days) helps. FULL REVIEW: Spanish provocateur returns with a surprisingly low-key melodrama about familial guilt by Devin D. O’Leary (2/2/2017). 99 minutes R. (Opens Friday 2/10)
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:55, 3:45

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

It's really just a wacky collection of surreal bits featuring the members of Monty Python dressed up in medieval outfits acting out the story of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. But damned if this 1975 comedy isn't a nonstop riot. 90 minutes PG. (Thursday 2/23)
Flix Brewhouse Thu 7:00, 7:30, 8:00

Rebel Without a Cause

This 1955 teen drama, one of a only a handful to star short-lived actor James Dean, remains a classic of the genre. Dean plays a rebellious high schooler with a troubled past who ends up in juvenile detention where he meets latchkey kid Plato (Sal Mineo) and "dirty tramp" Judy (Natalie Wood). It's dated, but remains a cultural touchstone. 111 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 3/23)
SUB Theater Thu 6:00, 8:30

St. Louis Blues

Nat "King" Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson are among the cast of this 1958 musical biopic about W.C. Handy, who defies his preacher father to become a famed blues musician in Memphis, Tenn. Albuquerque Film Film Club founder Frank Cullen and African-American Performing Arts Center board member Tracey Whitney will be on hand to introduce the show in honor of Black History Month. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 2/18)
Guild Cinema Sat-Sun 1:00

Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

A lonely, divorced German music teacher tries to reconnect with his politely estranged daughter, who is working as a high-dollar business consultant in Romania. Dad tries his usual technique of jokes and pranks, but they all fall on deaf ears. Then he has the brilliant (or is it insane?) idea of showing up dressed as his goofy alter ego, life coach "Toni Erdmann." It's a borderline ridiculous set-up, but writer-director Maren Ade (Everyone Else) navigates some tricky tonal territory here--from bittersweet family drama to goofy comedy to biting satire. It's slow-going at more than two and a half hours, but when it hits the right note, this art house one-of-a-kind is a stirring achievement. FULL REVIEW: German comedy-drama finds odd connection between ridiculous father and uptight daughter by Devin D. O’Leary (2/16/2017). 162 minutes R. (Opens Friday 2/17)
High Ridge Fri-Sat 12:15, 3:15, 7:10, 9:50; Sun-Thu 12:15, 3:15, 7:10

The Wizard of Oz Sing Along

MGM invites you to sing along with the classic 1939 musical starring Judy Garland. (Opens Tuesday 2/21)
Flix Brewhouse Tue 7:00
 

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