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Don't Breathe

Writer-director Fede Alvarez (the remake of Evil Dead) isn't the first horror film director to be inspired by Terence Young's 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark (about a blind woman stalked by thugs in her own house). Still, he does a nifty job of flipping the script in this nail-biting entry. Stephen Lang (Avatar) is the blind old man targeted by a group of amateur thieves. Little do they know he's a murderously resourceful vet perfectly capable of trapping them inside his home, cutting off the lights and slaughtering them one by one. It's basically a gimmicky home invasion thriller, but Alvarez keeps the action quick, brutal and relentless. 88 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 8/25)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:20; Mon-Thu 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00
Century Rio Fri-Sat 12:00pm, 1:20, 2:40, 4:00, 5:20, 6:40, 8:00, 9:20, 10:40, 12:01am; Sun-Thu 12:00pm, 1:20, 2:40, 4:00, 5:20, 6:40, 8:00, 9:20, 10:40
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:35am, 2:05, 4:40, 7:25, 10:00
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 7:00, 9:20
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque Fri-Thu 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 8:05, 9:40, 10:15
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 1:05, 3:40, 6:15, 8:50
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 7:45, 9:45, 10:20; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

Don't Think Twice

Don't Think Twice

Comedian Mike Birbiglia writes, directs and costars in this ensemble comedy-drama about the members of a long-struggling NYC improv comedy troupe. When the most popular member of the group (Keegan-Michael Key) gets headhunted for a popular TV sketch comedy show (a thinly disguised "Saturday Night Live"), the other members (including Kate Micucci and Chris Gethard) offer up congratulations and thinly masked jealousy. Hit hardest of all is his girlfriend/fellow performer (played by Gillian Jacobs), who is torn between a longing for success and a genuine love for grassroots comedy. Birbiglia knows the territory well and beautifully balances comedy with the melancholy of middle-aged failure. FULL REVIEW: Tragedy is easy, comedy is hard in Mike Birbiglia’s self-reflexive look at the humor industry by Devin D. O’Leary (8/25/2016). 92 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/26)
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05

Equity

In this low-budget Wall Street thriller, a senior investment banker (Anna Gunn from "Breaking Bad") must untangle a web of corruption after being threatened with financial scandal. We've seen this sort of thing before, but this one has the distinction of being written and directed by women, it features women in lead roles and was financed by actual women on Wall Street. 100 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/26)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50; Mon-Thu 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20
High Ridge Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:30, 7:35, 10:20; Mon-Thu 12:45, 3:30, 7:35

Film

Samuel Beckett, the celebrated author of Waiting for Godot, made exactly one work of cinematic art--this 22-minute, silent collaboration with Buster Keaton from 1965. Surreal and existential, it consists largely of Keaton sitting in a dismal room, trying not to be seen while staring at a parrot and covering mirrors with a black tarp. Newly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with the British Film Institute. Double-featured with the documentary Notfilm. 22 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 8/30)
Guild Cinema Tue-Thu 5:45, 8:45

Hands of Stone

Robert De Niro, now too old to step into the ring (after Raging Bull and Grudge Match), takes on the role of a boxing coach, training the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) for his bout with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond). This solid if conventional biopic is based, of course, on true events. 105 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 8/25)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 11:10am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:10; Mon-Thu 11:10am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:25
Century Rio Fri-Thu 12:35, 3:50, 7:05, 10:05
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 12:10, 3:10, 7:05, 10:10
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque Fri-Thu 11:45am, 12:50, 2:10, 3;15, 4:35, 5:40, 7:00, 9:25
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 10:45am, 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

The King and I

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr star in this classic 1956 muscial about a live-in governess tending to the King of Siam's many children. Feel free to sing along to "Getting to Know You" and "Shall We Dance." 133 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 8/28)
Century 14 Downtown Sun 2:00, 7:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00
Century Rio Sun 2:00, 7:00, Wed 2:00, 7:00
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Sun 2:00, 7:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

The Jim Henson-directed, Terry Jones-written musical fantasy from 1986 returns to the big screen. The late, great David Bowie is the unforgettable Goblin King, who has kidnapped poor Sarah's baby brother and spirited him to another world. Now Sarah (Jennifer Connelly in one of her early roles) must brave the perils and pitfalls of the labyrinth to rescue him. See also: I Like to Watch (Instantly): The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth by Devin D. O’Leary (09/14/2010). 101 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 8/25)
SUB Theater Fri-Sat 6:00, 8:00; Sun 1:00. 3:00

Mechanic: Resurrection

If you think really hard, you might recall that Jason Statham made a Mechanic movie in 2011, in between making Crank, Expendables and Transporter sequels. It was actually a remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson thriller, but you'll be forgiven if the image of it just blurs into those other action flicks. Here Statham is back as an ex-hitman trying to put his violent past behind him until some baddie kidnaps his girlfriend (Jessica Alba, slowly losing all ambition) and forces him to kill some more people. Stuff sure does blow up here, all right. 99 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 8/25)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25; Mon-Thu 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:10am, 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 12:20, 3:20, 7:15, 9:55
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Fri-Thu 7:00, 9:30
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Sun 11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30; Mon-Thu call for showtimes

Notfilm

This cinema-minded documentary takes us back to 1964 when absurdist author Samuel Beckett set out to make an avant-garde film with silent era comedian Buster Keaton. The resulting short, "Film," has been the subject of praise, condemnation and controversy ever since. Filmmaker Ross Lippman sets out to explain the origins and impact of this unusual artistic collaboration. Double-featured with Beckett's "Film." (Opens Tuesday 8/30)
Guild Cinema Tue-Thu 3:30, 6:30

Rustom

In 1959 Bombay, a decorated naval commander is accused of murdering his wife's lover. Akshay Kumar and Ileana D'Cruz star in this based-on-a-true-story crime thriller. In Hindi with English subtitles. 148 minutes (Opens Friday 8/26)
Century Rio Fri 9:00; Sat 6:00; Sun-Thu 12:30

Satanic

A group of college kids (led by Sarah Hyland from "Modern Family") take a supernatural tour of Los Angeles' old "satanic panic" landmarks. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a mysterious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. That's when things get really weird, leading our characters on a one-way trip to Hell. 85 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/26)
Guild Cinema Fri-Sat 10:30

Southside With You

This odd, but undeniably well-crafted romance essentially takes the plot to Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and recasts its first-date meeting in Southside Chicago between young Barack Obama and his wife-to-be Michelle Robinson. The low-key vibe and small-scale scope fit the disarmingly charming nature of this simple walk, talk and flirt film. 84 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 8/25)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30; Mon-Thu 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:15am, 1:50, 4:25, 7:00, 9:35
High Ridge Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:20, 7:20, 10:00; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:20, 7:20

Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon

In this CGI toon, a family of space dogs blasts off for an out-of-this-world adventure to find an astronaut lost on the moon. Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpson and Sam Witwer provide voices. It's actually a sequel to the 2010 Russian cartoon Space Dogs 3D, which I'm assuming you never saw. 85 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 8/27)
Guild Cinema Sat-Sun 12:00pm
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque Fri-Thu 12:15, 2:10, 5:30

Tale of Tales

Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) recruits Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly and Shirley Henderson to act out a collection of bizarro 16th-century European fairy tales. Blackly comic, beautifully wrought and definitely not for kids, this is grotesque fantasy in the most traditional sense of "decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage or similar figures that may distort the natural into absurdity, ugliness or caricature." Think The Company of Wolves, Immoral Tales and Monty Python all smashed into one surreal stew. 133 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/26)
Guild Cinema Fri-Mon 5:45

Therapy For a Vampire

In Vienna, 1930, a bored vampire, unhappily married to his bloodless bride for centuries, goes looking for marital advice from Dr. Sigmund Freud. The good doctor suggests having a portrait commissioned as a gift. Unfortunately, the vampire's wife soon takes a shine to the lusty painter, and the vampire starts to believe the painter's girlfriend is the reincarnation of his one true love. Hijinks (of the bloody and sexual type) ensue. This seductive supernatural comedy won the Audience Choice Award at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 87 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/26)
Guild Cinema Fri-Mon 3:45, 8:30

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