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Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Studios folds together characters from just about every comic book franchise it's got for one giant-sized, free-for-all brawl. When power-mad alien conquerer Thanos (Josh Brolin) tries to unite the six Infinity Gems, The Avengers, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy must join forces to stop him from using them to wipe out half the life in the universe. Anything you can say about this counts as a spoiler. It's certainly not the best entry point for the Marvel Cinematic, relying on 10 years of backstory and setup. But it is a surprising, satisfying and shockingly dark capper to this second phase of the MCU. 149 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

Avengers: Infinity War 3D

AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Black Panther

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. FULL REVIEW: Afrofuturist epic takes superheroics in a fresh direction by Devin D. O’Leary (2/22/2018). 134 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Blockers

Three teenage girls make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night in what is essentially a reworking of every teen sex comedy since Porky's. However, by concentrating on the panicked parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz) scouring the town to prevent their daughters' deflowering, the film finds a fresh outlet for the raunchy outlandishness. There's all the usual sex, drugs and booze on display, but it's aimed sharply at the hypocritical (and mostly misplaced) Puritanism of the adults in the room. 102 minutes R.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Breaking In

For whatever contrived reasons, a mother with two children can't contact the police or get help when violent home invaders break into her "impenetrable" high-tech house and take her kids hostage. So she's got to go all Liam Neeson on their asses. Gabriel Union (Bring it On, Almost Christmas) stars, James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) directs. 88 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci (creator of such biting political satires as In the Loop and "Veep") transplants his trademark style to 1950s Russia in this unexpected black comedy. Terrifying autocratic Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has died, leaving a coterie of greedy, amoral and generally incompetent ministers to squabble like kindergartners over the future of their country. Among the ensemble cast are Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin and Jason Isaacs—none of whom seem remotely Russian. But that's not the point. Iannucci instead revels in the beautifully vulgar dialogues between frenemies and the idea that petty bureaucrats never change—no matter time or place. FULL REVIEW: Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire by Devin D. O’Leary (3/29/2018). 107 minutes R.
Guild Cinema
High Ridge

Disobedience

A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her orthodox Jewish community in London after being shunned for her sexual preferences—but soon finds herself attracted to a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams). Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, A Fantastic Woman) directs his first English language effort with this melancholy romantic drama about faith and sexuality. 114 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
High Ridge

I Can Only Imagine

This drama relates the "inspiring and unknown true story" behind the beloved, chart-topping song that I've totally never heard of. If you're a big listener of Christian rock radio, maybe you have. The "unknown" story behind the 1999 song is that it was written by the band MercyMe's lead vocalist, Bart Millard, after his father died. First time actor J. Michael Finley stars as Bart. Dennis Quaid stars as his dad. Who dies. The film is directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, who gave us previous Jesus-based flicks October Baby, Woodlawn and Moms' Night Out. 110 minutes PG.
Century Rio

I Feel Pretty

Amy Schumer stars in this romantic comedy about an ordinary, insecure woman who conks her head in spin class and suddenly develops the self-confidence of the most beautiful woman on Earth—even though she's still ordinary looking. It's all about, you know, how appearances don't matter. Multigenerational supermodels Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton are there to drive home the point. 110 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Quirky auteur Wes Anderson follows up his stop-motion animated fable Fantastic Mr. Fox with this picture book tale of a near future Far East in which all dogs have been banished to an isolated island trash dump. Mourning the loss of his beloved pet, a determined young boy (Koyu Rankin) travels to the island to find him. He's aided on his quest by a ragtag team of canines (voiced by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray). The design work is meticulous, of course. And there's a surprising amount of heart hidden amid the film's oddball pace and deadpan comedy. But not everyone will appreciate the film's artistic flights of fancy. FULL REVIEW: Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey by Devin D. O’Leary (4/5/2018). 101 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Life of the Party

When her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged wife and mother (Melissa McCarthy) goes all Old School, reenrolling in college to complete her degree. There, her out-of-date hijinks become a source of much embarrassment for her daughter. 105 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

Lives Well Lived

Through their inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, 40 people share their secrets and insights into living a long, meaningful life. Everyone interviewed in this likable documentary is between the ages of 75 and 100—and is damn proud of it. 72 minutes Unrated.
Guild Cinema

Measure of a Man

Jim Loach, son of famed British filmmaker Ken Loach, directs this comedy-drama about an insecure, overweight 14-year-old (Blake Cooper) forced to endure yet another torturous family vacation at Rumson Lake, circa 1976. While his parents (Judy Greer and Luke Wilson) teeter on the edge of divorce and the local kids bully him, our protagonist takes on a summer job tending to the estate of the reclusive Dr. Kahn (Donald Sutherland). 100 minutes Unrated.
High Ridge

Overboard

Anna Faris ("Mom") and Spanglish comedy star Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, How to Be a Latin Lover) star in this gender-flipped remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell rom-com. This time around she's the poor, mistreated contractor and he's the spoiled rich yacht owner suffering from amnesia. That counts as clever in today's Hollywood. 112 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

A Quiet Place

Normally comedic actor John Krasinski ("The Office") directs this emotional, eerily minimalist horror thriller (and stars in it alongside wife Emily Blunt). After the Earth is invaded and nearly decimated by creatures that hunt by sound, a tight-knit family is forced to live on the run (and in total silence). When mom gets pregnant, the terrified parents' (rather justified) overprotectiveness is tested to the limit. 90 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Racer and the Jailbird

Set in the brutal crime world of Brussels, this downbeat romantic drama finds a high-flying gangster (Matthias Schoenaerts, The Danish Girl) falling for an upper-class race car driver (Adele Exarchopoulos). In French and Dutch with English subtitles. 130 minutes R.
High Ridge

Rampage

Rampage, the plotless 1986 arcade game in which a giant lizard, a giant wolf and a giant ape smash up various generic cityscapes, gets the feature film treatment. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (who starred in 2005's videogamer Doom) headlines as a primatologist (sure, why not?) who befriends an extraordinarily intelligent ape who grows to giant size, meets up with some other oversized monsters and destroys stuff. 107 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline's retro-minded sci-fi novel comes to life with no less than Steven Spielberg in the director's chair. In near future America, people spend most of their time living in the virtual reality world of The Oasis. But when the reclusive creator of the game dies, he leaves behind a series of clues. The first player to solve them will gain control of The Oasis. Now it's up to one impoverished teen (Tye Sheradan) and his pals to crack it. This computer-generated Willy Wonka riff was made by nerdy suburban white kids obsessed with '80s films, music and video games for nerdy suburban white kids obsessed with '80s films, music and video games. As such, I'm definitely catching what they're pitching. But even I'm forced to admit this is less a well-reasoned story and more a checklist of groovy pop culture references. 140 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio

Brady Jandreau in The Rider

The Rider

On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, a young horse trainer and wannabe rodeo star suffers a life-threatening, career-ending brain injury. And yet, economic realities and the macho attitude of friends pressure him to get back in the saddle (literally and figuratively). This intimate, brutally honest drama is remarkable for the painful empathy it displays for its characters—and for the fact that star Brady Jandreau is a non-actor playing a role that is at least 60 percent inspired by his own true-life brush with death. See also: An interview with the writer-director and the star of The Rider by Devin D. O’Leary (5/10/2018). 104 minutes R.
High Ridge

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Mexican horror auteur Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) co-writes and directs this loving update of postwar monster movies. Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) stars as a mute cleaning woman working in a top-secret government lab, circa 1962. There, she meets a similarly voiceless amphibian man (played by famed man-in-a-rubber-suit actor Doug Jones). She befriends him, tries to free him and eventually falls in love with him. This adult-oriented, mid-century modern fairy tale about love and xenophobia is gorgeous, timely and filled with humid sexuality. FULL REVIEW: Peculiar romance finds the beating heart below the scaly surface of a misunderstood monster by Devin D. O’Leary (12/21/2017). 123 minutes R.
Movies 8
Movies West

Super Troopers 2

A solid 17 years after its first cult hit, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns with this rude, drug-laced sequel. This time around our gang of undisciplined state troopers are involved in a border dispute between the US and Canada, which finds them patrolling the streets of a formerly peaceable (now antagonistic) Canadian town and occasionally throwing down with Mounties. Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Fred Savage, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso and Lynda Carter (again) are among the guest stars. 100 minutes R.
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Tully

Charlize Theron stars in this comedy-drama for director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody (who teamed up on Juno and Young Adult). Theron is a desperately overworked mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her newly rich brother. Initially, she's hesitant to accept the extravagance, but she soon forms a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and seemingly too good to be true young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis, "Halt and Catch Fire"). 94 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
High Ridge

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle's beloved junior sci-fi novel gets adapted by the fine folks at Disney and director Ava DuVernay (Selma). Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg, a stubborn 13-year-old whose astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) is sucked into a kind of "tesseract" and disappears somewhere into the vast cosmos. With the help of her brainy brother, a new schoolmate and a trio of wise supernatural beings (played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling), our underage heroine embarks on a trippy quest through time and space. It certainly looks shiny, with plenty of glitter and sequins, but the story comes across as pedantic and preachy when it should be filled with awe and wonder. 109 minutes PG.
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema