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2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action)

Seven live-action shorts from America, the UK, Australia and Germany are featured in this roundup of 2018's Academy Award nominees. Subjects include terrorism attacks in Kenya, the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and a 911 call during a school shooting. There is a comedy about a psychiatrist and his delusional patient to lighten the mood. 99 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/16)
Guild Cinema
High Ridge

The Birdcage

Mike Nichols 1996 Americanization of the camp classic La Cage Aux Folles has its fair share of laughs. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as the gay owners of a Miami nightclub forced to play it straight when Williams' son invites his prospective—and highly conservative—in-laws to dinner. Hijinks ensue. 117 minutes R. (Opens Monday 2/19)
Flix Brewhouse

Black Panther

Prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to the high-tech African nation of Wakanda to ascend its throne in the wake of his father's death (as seen in Captain America: Civil War). But a usurper to the throne (Michael B. Jordan) and a bad guy with a sonic claw (Andy Serkis) stand in his way. Good thing our hero's got a vibranium-powered suit of armor to fall back on. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) directs this magnificently designed, Shakespearian-style superhero epic. 134 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 2/15)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Black Panther 3D

AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Black Panther: An IMAX 3D Experience

AMC Albuquerque 12

Desolation

A small-town girl (Dominik García-Lorido) is whisked off to Hollywood by a heartthrob actor (Brock Kelly). But he soon lands a movie role and ditches her at his posh apartment. That's when the scary, strange stuff starts to happen. Hooded figures appear in the hallway outside. Her friends back home vanish. There's a home invasion. And ominous portents of suicide. What's going on? Actually, it's not very hard to figure out where this low budget psycho-thriller is headed. Screenplay writer Craig Walendziak will be at the theater for a post-film Q&A. 90 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 2/22)
Guild Cinema

Double Lover

107 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 2/16)
High Ridge

Early Man

From Aardman Animation (makers of Wallace & Gromit) comes this stop-motion-animated tale set at the dawn of man. In it an atypical prehistoric teen named Dug (Eddie Redmayne) unites his primitive caveman tribe in order to fight off the threat of an evil, Bronze Age king (Tom Hiddleston). Weirdly, it all leads to a winner-take-all soccer match. But the daffy British charm of Aardman is hard to ignore. 89 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 2/15)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Easy Rider

Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper star in this 1969 counter-culture classic about to bikers traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans on a quest to discover America. 95 minutes R. (Opens Wednesday 2/21)
Flix Brewhouse

The Great Buddha+

Writer-director Huang Hsin-Yao's ambling, pitch black comedy follows a couple of luckless losers named Belly Button ("Bamboo" Chen) and Pickle (Cres Chuang). Belly Button is an aimless trash collector and Pickle is a lazy night watchman, friends united in their shared failure and stupidity. Their only joy is gawking at the footage of couples in love hotels captured on the dashcam video of Pickle's boss' car. Unfortunately, they soon witness Pickle's boss (a local politician) doing something very bad. The resulting action is something like Alfred Hitchcock directing Beckett. Huang himself narrates the film with maximum irony and shoots the whole thing in seedy black-and-white. In Taiwanese with English subtitles. 104 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 2/20)
Guild Cinema

Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day

Underground Chinese animator Liu Jian contributes this arty cross between Quentin Tarantino and Adult Swim. In an industrial wasteland in southern China, a broke taxi driver steals a million yuan (about $150,000) from a local crime lord. He immediately loses the cash, but is pursued by a series of colorful characters, all looking to get their hands on the loot. The film's languid, deadpan comic pace is closer in tone to the ensemble cast films of Jim Jarmusch (Down By Law, Mystery Train), but there's a lot of cutting commentary about China's greed-driven economic climate. Liu's fastidious, ligne claire animation style imparts a gorgeously grubby reality to it all. In Mandarin with English subtitles. FULL REVIEW: Handcrafted crime film looks up at China from the animated gutter by Devin D. O’Leary (2/15/2018). 77 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 2/20)
Guild Cinema

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2018 (Animated)

The five short animated films nominated for Oscars this year hale from France, the UK, South Africa and America. They include one film ("Dear Basketball") co-directed by Kobe Bryant and one ("Revolting Rhymes") based on the wonderfully twisted poetry of Roald Dahl. Three additional acclaimed cartoons from around the globe are included for your viewing pleasure. Unrated. (Opens Saturday 2/10)
High Ridge

The Philadelphia Story

For my money, this the best romantic comedy ever made. You can't beat the cast (Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart), the director (prolific George Cukor) or the magnificently witty, wonderfully mature script. Hepburn is the spoiled rich girl about to get remarried. Grant is the ex-hubby who understands her better than anyone. Love is always better the second time around, and this 1940 film proves it by getting better every time you watch it. 112 minutes Unrated. (Sunday 2/18)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Samson

If you've got to sit through a religious movie, it might as well be a Biblical epic—that way, at least you might see a sword fight or two. Here, the makers of God's Not Dead, God's Not Dead 2 and the upcoming God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness retells the story of the beefy Hewbrew (Taylor James, who played "Atlantean Military Messenger (Uncredited)" in Justice League) who knocks down some columns and gets a hair cut. Billy Zane (at his Billy Zaniest) is here too, playing the bad guy. 110 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 2/16)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Some Kind of Wonderful

This 1987 teen favorite was written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch. Eric Stoltz plays a teenage mechanic who dreams of hooking up with the rich, popular gal (Lea Thompson). He's aided in his quest by the sincere advice of his best friend, a tomboy drummer (Mary Stuart Masterson) who harbors a secret crush on him. Special guests Kevin Smokler (author of Brat Pack America) and James Hughes (son of John Hughes) will be on hand for a post-film discussion! 95 minutes PG-13. (Opens Monday 2/19)
Guild Cinema

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Dorothy (Judy Garland) heads over the rainbow, commits involuntary manslaughter, steals some shoes, hooks up with three weird strangers and gets hired on as an assassin. Spoiler alert: In the end it's all a dream. Or is it? 125 minutes G. (Opens Sunday 2/19)
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque