From the French animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated film Persepolis comes this extraordinarily beautiful animated adventure yarn, which combines the look of Japanese-style anime with the steampunk aesthetic of French comic book legend Jacques Tardi. In an otherworldly, steam-powered Paris, scientists are mysteriously vanishing. Now it's up to one teenage girl (voiced by Marion Cotillard) and her talking cat (Jean Rochefort) to find her parents, two of the missing scholars. In French with English subtitles. 105 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 4/29)
John Hughes' 1985 comedy/drama about high school stereotypes returns to the big screen with Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy in tow. 97 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
Facets, the famed Chicago video store-turned-non-profit Chicago cinema arts organization, gathers together an amazing collection of family-friendly shorts about confronting obstacles, both big and small. Short, live-action and animated films from Canada, Russia, Brazil, Kenya, Belgium, the Netherlands, India and the USA are featured. 78 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 4/30)
After witnessing a murder in rural Oregon, a Washington, D.C.-based punk band (including members Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat) must fight for their lives against a group of homicidal skinheads. This hardcore survival-horror hybrid comes from innovative indie auteur Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party, Blue Ruin). The plot and setting are minimal, but the action is nail-biting, the setting realistic and the actors dead on point. Patrick Stewart shows up as the frighteningly businesslike leader of the neo-Nazi villains. Needless to say, he's awesome. FULL REVIEW:Punk-fueled indie shocker goes for the throat by Devin D. O’Leary (4/28/2016). 95 minutes R. (Opens Friday 4/29)
Sketch comedy kings Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star in this manic action comedy about a brokenhearted guy (Peele) who adopts the world's cutest kitten in the wake of an ugly breakup. But when the titular feline is kidnapped by a group of violent gang-bangers, our protagonist teams up with his nerdy best bud (Key) to pose as drug dealers in order to rescue the beloved pet. 98 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
This award-winning drama is the story of one woman's return to the family she abandoned years before. Over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving, sixtysomething hippie Krisha (Krisha Fairchild) shows up at her sister's home in Texas where she is greeted with a mixture of warmth and wariness from her various estranged relatives (most of whom are played by first-time writer-director Trey Edward Shults' friends and family). What follows is a welter of unbottled emotions as one broken individual tries to reconnect with her family after more than a decade of unexplained absence. The result is the sort of observational, kitchen sink character study that would have made John Cassavetes proud. 83 minutes R. (Opens Wednesday 5/4)
Good news, fans of Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve: The creators of those low-effort ensemble romantic comedies have located another holiday! Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo, Kate Hudson, Aasif Mandvi, Sarah Chalke and Jason Sudeikis are among the goo-goo-eyed cast. 118 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
This year's second annual New Mexico Labor Film Festival--held in conjunction with the Global Labor Film Festival--will feature a trio of films in honor of International Workers' Day. First up is Dream On, in which political comedian John Fugelsang follows in the footsteps of Alex de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define the idea of the "American Dream." Fugelsang talks to everyone from fast food workers to entrepreneurs to see if de Tocqueville's observations are still valid. Next is the NEA-backed documentary Schoolidarity, which examines the history of issues surrounding the privatization of public schools in the US. Closing out the night is the 2014 comedy-drama Pride, which takes a fictionalized look at a famous 1984 mine workers strike supported--somewhat surprisingly--by UK gay activists. (Opens Saturday 4/30)
Guild Cinema Sat Dream On 2:00, Schoolidarity 6:00, Pride 8:00
This biopic is the first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba in more than 50 years. Giovanni Ribisi stars as an ambitious Miami journalist (based on Denne Bart Petitclerc, who wrote the screenplay prior to his death). While on assignment in Havana, our young writer bumps into his literary idol, Ernest Hemingway (longtime stage and TV actor Adrian Sparks), just as the Cuban Revolution starts to boil over. 104 minutes R. (Opens Friday 4/29)
As the primary procurer for her uncle's famous New York museum, heiress Peggy Guggenheim led an enviable life--jetting around the globe, hobnobbing with Duchamp, Pollock, Cocteau, Beckett and Rothko and collecting just about every piece of famous 20th century modern art. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) captures the life of this extraordinary patron of the arts in a way that is beautiful, thrilling and a little bit scandalous. 97 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 4/29)
A rerelease of this classic, 1984 musical seems inevitable in the wake of Prince's tragic and untimely death. The Purple One became an international superstar thanks in part to this zesty drama about a young Minneapolis musician struggling to deal with an abusive home life, a nasty rival, a burgeoning romance and his own growing ego. The look is dated, of course, but the music (which won an Oscar) remains as exciting as the day it was recorded. 111 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
The popular series of platforming, Playstation-based video games (started back in 2002) gets a feature film adaptation. This family-friendly CGI cartoon (from Insomniac Games and Sony Computer Entertainment America) finds the galaxy under threat from a nefarious space captain. It's up to an animalistic mechanic and his newfound robot friend to save the day. Most of the video game voice cast returns to play the familiar characters. Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman and Sylvester Stallone are on board to provide a little additional star power. 94 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
Judy Garland headlines this 1954 version of the musical drama A Star Is Born. James Mason is as an aging, alcoholic film star who helps a young singer and actress (Garland, of course) find fame, even as his own career fades into obscurity. Janet Gaynor and Fredric March did it first in 1937. Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson did it again in 1976. 154 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 5/1)
Albuquerque creative company Concept Flux and Tucson hip-hop group Jivin' Scientists teamed up for this "visually stimulating and thought-provoking" musical motion picture. Consisting of three interlocking music videos, the film relates one man's surreal journey through moments of his heartbroken relationship with the woman of his dreams. Also screening will be short works by Eddie Alcazar, Alejandro Montoya, Sheridan O'Connell and other talented area filmmakers. 65 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 5/3)
This artistic documentary unearths the exploits of a group of renegade New York artists who "sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture" by constructing monumental earthworks in the desolate deserts of the American Southwest in the late 1960s and early '70s. Among the artists interviewed are Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative). 72 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 4/29)
Documentarian/rabble-rouser Michael Moore tries a different approach for his newest film. Here, he cheekily suggests we stop invading crumbling dictatorships and start "invading" successful countries. By traveling the world and talking to various political and social leaders, he comes up with a whole lot of great ideas that we here in America should probably steal in order to fix many of the economic, educational and structural problems in our country. The film is thought-provoking and sincere and the filmmaker actually sounds optimistic for a change. 120 minutes R. (Opens Sunday 5/1)
Madly prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (Visitor Q, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Ichi the Killer, Audition, Gozu, One Missed Call, Zebraman, Crows Zero, Sukiyaki Western Django, 13 Assassins) returns with this bloody comic book of a movie. In it a sensitive young gangster is bitten by a bloodsucking yakuza vampire and goes on a revenge kick, killing off the foreign assassins who took out his legendary boss. Needless to say this one features plenty of over-the-top Miike craziness. In Japanese with English subtitles. 115 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 4/29)
The gang (Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jazsmin Lewis) is all back in this fourth film in the Barbershop series (if you count 2005's Beauty Shop). This time around the shop is co-ed, and everybody's fighting against neighborhood violence. But it's pretty much just people standing around a barber shop bagging on one another. 112 minutes PG-13.
Batman and Superman duke it out in a grimdark setting that involves lots of glowering, real estate-flattening explosions and concrete-colored costumes. The action is frenetic, the production design is faithful to its comic book roots and there's plenty of fan service--but the film just doesn't differentiate its heroes enough for the long-awaited confrontation to feel particularly justified. Batman and Superman are now both dark, brooding, murderous vigilantes feared by polite society. This crowded, lengthy film wastes a lot of energy setting up future Justice League films, but doesn't spend enough time being fun or escapist or particularly entertaining. FULL REVIEW:Superheroes battle to see who can cause the biggest explosion in unnecessarily dour franchise filler by Devin D. O’Leary (3/24/2016). 153 minutes PG-13.
Ethan Hawke stars as jazz trumpet legend Chet Baker in this "re-imagining" of his musical comeback in the late 1960s. To be clear: This isn't a standard-issue, based-on-fact biopic. Instead it's a sort of freeform rumination on several key moments in Baker's life. It concentrates heavily on his heroin addiction, but features some well-realized musical flashbacks as well. Hawke gives one of his best performances. 97 minutes R.
Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly," Bridesmaids) stars as a famed business mogul/financial guru who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she gets out of prison, she's forced to work off her community service by helping a Girl Scouts-esque organization with their annual baked goods-based fundraiser. Naturally, she seizes on the opportunity to rebuild her financial empire and get revenge on everyone who screwed her over--one brownie at a time. 99 minutes R.
In this low-budget Mexican action comedy, a former cop (Omar Chaparro from "Sexo y Otras Secretos") seeks revenge on the crime lord who framed him by teaming up with a tubby young computer hacker (Joey Morgan) who stole $10 million from the bad guys. Writer-director Erique Begne (Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer) is responsible. Athough this American-style buddy comedy was shot in Mexico, it's in English. 101 minutes Unrated.
In this preposterous ,'90s-era action movie throwback, a CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) dies in the line of duty, leaving a dangerous computer hacker unapprehended. Naturally, the government recruits a death row murderer (Kevin Costner) and uses an experimental medical procedure to "inject" their agent's memories directly into his brain. Of course the confused guinea pig escapes from jail and wanders around wondering if he should kill people or save the world. Stuff blows up a lot, and you can probably guess which direction our protagonist decides to go. 113 minutes R.
Ryan Reynolds single-handedly tries to rescue his cult superhero for the horribly botched 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of most comic book fans. In this self-mocking parody, he stars as a brain-addled mercenary who gains incredible healing powers but loses his good looks thanks to a little mad science. Boil it down and the film is your basic "get revenge on the bad guy and rescue the girlfriend" plot. But the third-wall-breaking humor, raunchy sex and over-the-top violence make this a shockingly fun "adult" action comedy. FULL REVIEW:Comic books get comic in R-rated superhero parody by Devin D. O’Leary (2/11/2016). 108 minutes R.
Michael Shannon ("Boardwalk Empire," Take Shelter, Man of Steel) and Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, "House of Cards") star in this historical comedy relating the "untold true story" behind the infamous 1970 meet-and-greet between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. 86 minutes R.
Richard Linklater writes and directs this spiritual sequel to his 1993 opus Dazed and Confused. Moving from high school in the '70s to college in the '80s, he crafts a free-flowing ensemble comedy that manages to ask some hard-hitting sociological questions about where we've been and where we're going. 117 minutes R.
Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul costar in this tense suspense drama about the morality of military drones. South African Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender's Game) directs. 102 minutes R.
Faith-based audiences flocked to see 2014's evil atheist college professor drama God's Not Dead. In this spiritual (in more ways than one) sequel, a high school teacher goes to court to defend her in-class love of Jesus. (See, not all teachers are godless heathen.) Unfortunately evil atheist lawmakers are trying to stand in her way. By proving that God is dead. In court. Basically, this is Miracle on 34th Street, but with Jesus instead of Santa. Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, Ray Wise, Robin Givens, Ernie Hudson and Pat Boone (!) are among the random, C-list Hollywood cast. 121 minutes PG.
This gimmicky, nonstop action flick is shot entirely in first-person (with a GoPro camera), through the eyes of the main character. Yes, it looks just like a FPS video game. Having just been resurrected from death with no memory, our hero wakes up in the unfamiliar city of Moscow where he must discover his identity and save his wife from an evil warlord with a plan to bioengineer cybernetic supersoldiers. Sharlto Copley (The A-Team) and Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs) are the few recognizable faces among the mostly Russian cast and crew. 96 minutes R.
Century Rio Fri-Sat 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30; Sun 7:50, 10:30; Mon 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30; Tue 11:50am, 2:30; Wed 10:30
Sally Field reestablishes her bona fides with this comedy/drama/romance about a sixty-something wallflower who attends a self-help seminar and is inspired to romantically pursue her much-younger co-worker (Max Greenfield from "New Girl"). Co-writer/director Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, "Stella") displays a much more grown-up sense of humor here, deftly tackling the issue of ageism with the help of an enormously appealing lead actor. 95 minutes R.
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Tom Hanks stars in this odd comedy-drama about a failed American businessman who tries to recoup his financial losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and securing a massive IT contract from a wealthy monarch. There, he's assisted in his quest by a beautiful doctor (Sarita Choudhury from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and a wisecracking taxi driver (first-timer Alexander Black). German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) writes and directs from the novel by Dave Eggers. 97 minutes R.
This sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman dumps lead princess Kristen Stewart and replaces her with most of the plot from Disney's Frozen (or Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," if you're a traditionalist). Seems that jealousy-prone queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her icy exiled sister Freya (Emily Blunt) are at war. Naturally, Chris Hemsworth's hunky huntsman is caught in the middle. As in the previous outing, the costumes and sets are visually stunning, but the convoluted fairy tale mash-up of a storyline is better suited for ABC's corny "Once Upon a Time." 114 minutes PG-13.
This sinister, slow-burn horror thriller comes to us from director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux, Jennifer's Body). While attending a dinner party at his former L.A. home, an increasingly paranoid man (Logan Marshall-Green from Prometheus and "Dark Blue") comes to believe his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. 100 minutes Unrated.
Unlike Disney's recent live-action Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz revamps, this family fantasy sticks pretty close to the original cartoon version. John Favreau (Elf, Iron Man) does an admirable job directing one kid and a whole bunch of CGI animals. Star Neel Sethi is a ball of energy, leaping and tumbling his way from one action sequence to the next. A string of celebrity voices (Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken) take on the familiar characters. The action is a bit intense at times for the littlest of tykes. The decision to include two of the songs from the original Disney cartoon is odd, but doesn't upset the overall balance of the adventurous film. FULL REVIEW:Fancy computer animation brings Kipling classic to life by Devin D. O’Leary (4/21/2016). 105 minutes PG.
Don Cheadle (Crash, Iron Man 2) directs and stars in this somewhat rickety look at the life of jazz legend Miles Davis. Riffing, freeform style (it's like jazz, man!), the film wanders around various points in Davis' life. Most of it takes place in the late-'70s as a drug-addled Davis is interviewed by a tenacious reporter (Ewan McGregor). Amid the impressionistic flashbacks, the film morphs into a buddy action caper with the musician and the reporter teaming up to steal back some missing recording tapes. That probably didn't happen. 100 minutes R.
Ben Affleck's estranged wife Jennifer Garner stars in this faith-based "true story" about a little girl with a rare digestive disorder who fell out of a tree and subsequently--according to the book her mother wrote, anyway--went to Heaven and met Jesus. Also, she was cured of her disease. If you paid to see that other "kid meets Jesus" film Heaven Is For Real, the producers of this one want your money as well. 99 minutes PG.
Having had success with 2002's super sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding and 2003's TV spin-off "My Big Fat Greek Life" and ... honestly, not much else, Nia Vardalos goes back to the well for some romantic comedy cash. This time around it's her meddling parents (who, it turns out, were never properly married) getting hitched. Ethnic stereotype-based hijinks ensue. 94 minutes PG-13.
A plucky country rabbit (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of becoming a tough-as-nails cop in the teeming city of Zootopia. Unfortunately, the place is run by predators, who relegate the barrier-busting bunny to meter maid duty. But when a series of mysterious disappearances rocks the city, she teams with a self-serving con man of a fox (Jason Bateman) to crack the case. This funny animal take on sun-dappled L.A. noir manages to tackle some hot-button issues (racism, sexism) while still being a colorful, entertaining Disney romp. FULL REVIEW:Disney turns an animal utopia on its ear in this savvy, sociological crime caper by Devin D. O’Leary (3/3/2016). 108 minutes PG.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a numb Wall Street investment banker who gets even more numb when his young wife dies in an auto accident. He responds by demolishing things in his life like refrigerators, computers and houses. It's meant to be a tragicomic indie film look at grief and the redemptive power of madness. But its quirkiness is too studied to qualify as particularly effective. Gyllenhaal puts a lot of effort into being sad and weird, but the film is extremely scattershot, juggling characters and moods like a boardwalk entertainer. FULL REVIEW:Grief-based comedy unsuccessfully tries to mix quirky and melancholic by Devin D. O’Leary (4/7/2016). 100 minutes R.
Egyptian mythology gets the CGI-heavy, Clash of the Titans-esque treatment in this epically overdesigned action flick by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City). Scottish actor Gerard Butler plays Set, the ancient Egyptian god of the darkness, which should tell you where this is going. 127 minutes PG-13.
There's a surprising amount of life and laughter left in this lovable series. Jack Black is back as the roly-poly panda with the mad martial arts skills. This time around he's stuck between his adoptive father (James Hong as a gruff but loving goose) and his biological dad (Bryan Cranston, in fuzzy panda mode). Can he figure out who he is in time to defeat an evil yak turning kung fu masters into stone-faced slaves? FULL REVIEW:Family feud grounds martial arts fantasy in unexpected emotional reality by Devin D. O’Leary (1/28/2016). 95 minutes PG.
Seth Grahame-Smith's groundbreaking (and nonetheless silly) mash-up novel finally gets the big screen treatment. Grahame-Smith's version was nothing more than the text of Jane Austen's original novel with the word "zombie" occasionally inserted. This at least adds some grody special effects to the romantic Victorian tale of five sisters on the hunt for suitable husbands. Lily James ("Downton Abbey"), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) are among the stars. 108 minutes PG-13.
Stephan James (Selma) stars as famed runner Jesse Owens, thrust onto the world stage at the 1936 Olympics where he is pitted against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons and William Hurt are among the less athletic cast members working for director Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Predator 2, Lost in Space). 134 minutes PG-13.
After a brief flirtation with humor in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu returns to the painfully grim style of his early films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful). Leonardo DiCaprio plays a frontiersman leading a fur-trapping expedition in 1820 who is abandoned and betrayed by the men who hired him. What follows is an extremely brutal tale of survival and (ultimately) revenge. It's extravagantly visual and hard to look away from--but rather punishing. 156 minutes R.
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart continue to do their best to remake 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys, Rush Hour--basically every buddy cop comedy since 1982. Here cop Cube and annoying future brother-in-law Hart head to Miami to bust an evil drug dealer because ... premise. 101 minutes PG-13.
Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) and Tom Felton (Malfoy in the Harry Potter series) headline this Biblical epic following the story of Christ's Resurrection. It's told almost as an "X-Files"-ish thriller with Fiennes and Felton cast as a pair of Roman soldiers tasked with hunting down the missing body of the alleged Messiah. This faith-based historical drama comes from the makers of such church-friendly fare as Soul Surfer, Courageous and War Room. 107 minutes PG-13.
Actor/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) writes and directs this serious, sweeping true story about how Boston Globe reporters uncovered a massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This journalistic procedural lays as much blame on the media as the churches. The big cast (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci) is in rare form, and the muckraking script is gripping (if a bit prosaic). 128 minutes R.
It's been 30 years since the Empire was crushed in Return of the Jedi. But something evil has risen from the ashes, forcing a new generation of heroes (John Boyega and Daisy Ridley among them) to team up with legendary freedom fighters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, returning for another go-around). J.J. Abrams ( "Lost," Star Trek Into Darkness) directs this first new Star Wars film in 10 years. It's littered (both literally and figuratively) with references to the original film. By mirroring the Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope story almost beat-for-beat, the film lacks a level of narrative surprise. But it's smartly nostalgic and a hell of a lot of fun to watch--which is something Episodes I, II and III completely forgot. 140 minutes PG-13.