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American Assassin

Dylan O'Brien (who? ... Checking his IMDB profile. ... He plays Stiles Stilinski on MTV's "Teen Wolf") stars as an assassin who's presumably American in this low-budget action thriller. O'Brien is a young student mentored in the killing/spying arts by a crusty old CIA expert (Michael Keaton) after his girlfriend is killed by terrorists. 91 minutes R.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

American Made

Tom Cruise, still working that winking charisma, stars in this "inspired by a true story" action-comedy about a fundamentally decent airline pilot and family man who goes to work for the CIA during the 1980s as a South American drug runner. The story is slick but rather exhausting under the glib direction of Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow). 115 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Battles of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this mostly breezy biopic about the infamous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) nail the early '70s look and feel. While the film captures the feel of this epic (and epically hyped) spectacle, it's Stone's empathetic performance as the reluctant feminist icon struggling with her sexuality that delivers the most impact. FULL REVIEW: Sporting flashback has a lot to say about gender, sexuality by Devin D. O’Leary (9/28/2017). 121 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
High Ridge
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Blade Runner 2049

Some 35 years after Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick adaptation hit theaters on its way to becoming a cult classic, the official sequel gets underway. This time around a young LAPD replicant hunter (Ryan Gosling) gets caught in a cover-up when he discovers a long-buried secret involving legendary blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for more than three decades. Hampton Fancher, who penned the original, contributes the screenplay. Denis Villeneuve (who gave us last year's spectacular Arrival) takes over for Scott in the director's chair. This gorgeous sci-fi rumination is long, slow and very moody--but it dovetails perfectly with the original. 163 minutes R.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
High Ridge
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Blade Runner 2049 3D

Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Blade Runner: An IMAX Experience

AMC Albuquerque 12
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Brad's Status

Mike White (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, Nacho Libre, School of Rock, Year of the Dog, Beatriz at Dinner) writes and directs this regret-filled comedy about an anxious father (Ben Stiller) who takes his teenage son on a tour of New England colleges. Despite having an attractive wife, an intelligent son and a good job, our protagonist can't help but obsess over the humblebragging social media posts of his own, spectacularly successful former college buddies (Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement and Mike White among them). Like White's best indie work, there's an uncomfortable sense of humor at work--but this poignant tale of stumbling parenthood and misplaced envy is also one of his most sympathetic and accessible films. 101 minutes R.
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California Typewriter

Described as a "meditation on creativity and technology," this documentary looks in on famous people with an abiding love for working on manual typewriters. Among those interviewed: Tom Hanks, John Mayer and Sam Shepard. 103 minutes Unrated.
High Ridge

Despicable Me 3

Poor, misunderstood mad scientist Gru (Steve Carell) tried to go legit in the last Despicable Me movie, but this newest animated outing finds him fired from his job as a superspy. A timely reunion with his long-lost (and incredibly successful) twin brother has him plotting one last villainous heist (with the help of his minions, of course). 90 minutes PG.
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Flatliners

Director Joel Schumacher's original Brat Pack-ish flick from 1990 was a serviceable enough medical/horror thriller. So why not a reboot/sequel? Seems we've got a new generation of hot young actors (Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton) experimenting with near-death experiences, stopping their hearts and seeing what the afterlife is like. Needless to say, this is a bad idea. 108 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The Heart of Man

This faith-based documentary/drama tells the "timeless tale of a father's relentless pursuit of his son" (starring unknowns Robert Fleet and Justin Torrence) interwoven with interviews of "top thought leaders" (various fundamentalist authors and Christian therapists) on the topics of "brokenness, identity and shame." This one's for the converted only. 100 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio

It

Half of Steven King's horror classic (the young kid parts) gets adapted in this feature film reboot. Bill Skarsgard ("Hemlock Grove") takes over from Tim Curry as the demonic clown luring kids into the sewers of a small New England town. Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti (Mama) directs with skill and some old-fashioned scares. If this one does well--unlike The Dark Tower--we'll get the second half. 135 minutes R.
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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn's 2014 superspy spoof (based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) proved itself one of the most gonzo-crazy action movies in modern history right about the time Colin Firth brutally slaughtered an entire church full of mind-controlled Jesus-worshippers. This sequel continues the full-tilt bonkers tone with young spy boy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) heading to America after his secret crime-fighting agency is destroyed. There, he teams up with cowboy spy Channing Tatum to defeat an evil Martha Stewart-esque villain (Julianne Moore) who's holding the world hostage. Pack plenty of Red Bull for this ADD epic. 141 minutes R.
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

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel/Disney proved it could make a wildly entertaining crowdpleaser out of their most obscure properties. With this animated follow-up to The LEGO Batman Movie, LEGO/Warner Bros. does exactly the same thing. This toy-based feature is much funnier and more inventive than you're thinking. Dave Franco voices Lloyd, a haplessly unpopular high schooler--mostly because his absentee father is Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux, obviously having a ball), a monstrous warlord who spends every single day trying to conquer and/or destroy peaceful Ninjago City. Luckily, Lloyd is a member of a "Power Rangers"-esque team of superpowered teens who defend the city with their giant robots. But can Lloyd find the strength to defeat his own dad? 101 minutes PG.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The LEGO Ninjago Movie 3D

Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as mismatched strangers who survive a plane crash and must form a connection to survive an extreme trek over a remote, snow-covered mountain. This mainstream romantic adventure comes to us from Israel-born director Hany Abu-Assad, who previously gave us such foreign hits as Paradise Now, Omar and The Idol. Based on the best-selling novel by Charles Martin. 103 minutes PG-13.
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

My Little Pony: The Movie

A lot of rainbow-loving 7-year-olds and a handful of adult "Bronies" are very excited right now. The cult TV show (itself a remake of the popular '80s toy/cartoon series) comes to the big screen. Seems that dark forces are threatening Ponyville (when are they not?) and it's up to the "Mane Six" (fans know, non-fans don't care) to embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they learn that "friendship is magic." ... Which is pretty much what they learn every episode. 99 minutes PG.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

A Question of Faith

Now that all those expensive summer blockbusters are out of the way, we can really get stuck in with some serious Christian films. Here, Richard T. Jones ("Judging Amy"), Kim Fields ("The Facts of Life"), Renée O'Connor ("Xena: Warrior Princess") and C. Thomas Howell (every direct-to-video drama in the '90s and early 2000s) star in a drama about three families stuck down by an automotive tragedy and the destiny that "forces them on a converging path to discover God's love, grace and mercy." Spoiler alert: They discover it. 104 minutes PG.
Century Rio

Steve McQueen: American Icon

This faith-based documentary purports to show how, in his final days, the tough guy movie actor gave his life over to Jesus Christ. Megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie hits the road in a vintage Mustang to tell McQueen's story. The film doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of McQueen's life, but it's mostly interested in hammering home the "born again" message. Mel Gibson is among those interviewed. 110 minutes PG.
Century Rio

The Stray

In this budget-conscious family adventure, an overworked young father takes his 9-year-old son, the family dog and two of his son's friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado. Everybody gets struck by lightning. The dog saves the day. This harmless, though not particularly good, allegory comes to us from Pure Flix Entertainment--makers of such good, Christian movies as The Case for Christ, God's Not Dead, A Question of Faith and Hilary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. I guess the dog is supposed to be Jesus. 92 minutes PG.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Stronger

Stronger

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany (from "Orphan Black") star in this real-life drama based on the brutally honest memoir by Jeff Bauman. Bauman lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and soon found himself an unwitting symbol of "Boston Strong." What could easily have been a jingoistic feel-good melodrama, is instead a grounded look at human beings in the wake of tragedy. While Jeff struggles quietly with PTSD, his on-again off-again girlfriend tries to cope with the fact that he only came to the marathon to cheer her on. Director David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls, Prince Avalanche) ignores the sensational headlines of the day in favor of a tough emotional ground game. FULL REVIEW: Unvarnished memoir of the Boston bombings trades exploitation for emotion by Devin D. O’Leary (9/21/2017). 116 minutes R.
High Ridge

Victoria & Abdul

Dame Judi Dench headlines this historical biopic for director Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, My Beautiful Laundrette). In the autumn of her years, Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal from Furious 7). This unimposing bit of Anglophilia functions, more or less, as a sequel to John Madden's Mrs. Brown--in which Dench played a slightly younger Queen Victoria. 112 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
High Ridge

Wind River

Taylor Sheridan (screenwriter of Sicario and Hell or High Water) tries his hand at directing with this rough-and-tough mystery thriller set on an isolated Native American reservation in Wyoming. Following the rape and murder of a local girl, an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams up with a game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to hunt down the killer or killers. 107 minutes R.
High Ridge
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX