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 Sunday 7/18)
UNM screenwriting professor Matthew McDuffie turned director for this indie drama about a group of lifelong friends who stumble back to their hometown after a popular high school friend dies unexpectedly. The reunion stirs up feelings of love, longing and regret. Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") and Virginia Madsen (Sideways) are among the cast. McDuffie will host a Q&A session after the screening to discuss his experience shooting here in New Mexico. 94 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 4/24)
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. (Opens Thursday 4/21)
By combining historical footage with modern-day interviews with city residents, this meditative documentary looks at a major metropolitan area reclaimed by nature and resettled by 21st century pioneers. This free presentation comes courtesy of the American Institute of Architects. Tickets will be given out at the Guild box office one hour prior to screening time. Seating is limited. 80 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
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. (Opens Thursday 4/21)
Jason Segel and Jessie Eisenberg (who's everywhere these days) headline this comedy-drama based on the real-life, five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and reclusive novelist David Foster Wallace. 106 minutes R. (Opens Monday 4/25)
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. (Opens Friday 4/22)
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. (Opens Thursday 4/21)
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. (Opens Thursday 4/21)
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. (Opens Thursday 4/28)
This comedy-drama-romance, centers around a well-meaning guy named Mahesh (Fahadh Faasil) who runs a photo studio in Idukki, India, and leads a happy life with his aging father, his pet dog and his lady love. One day, however, his life is turned upside down when he intervenes in a random street fight, setting off a chain of unexpected repercussions. In Malayalam with English subtitles. 120 minutes (Opens Friday 4/22)
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. (Opens Friday 4/22)
This tough, uncompromising look at crime and corruption in New York City circa 1954 is simply one of the best dramas ever committed to film. Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger are among the stellar cast. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. 108 minutes Unrated. (Sunday 4/24)
Hoping to avoid the grim reality of Franco's fascist post-war repression, a young girl escapes into a fantasy world of her own creation. In time, the two worlds--one stylized and beautiful, one bloody and brutal--begin to meld. Despite certain Alice in Wonderland connections, this dark, disturbing 2006 fantasy from Guillermo del Toro is not a kid's film. 118 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 4/21)
This low-budget horror-mystery is a "secret" spin-off of the J.J. Abrams-produced giant monster movie Cloverfield. John Goodman plays a survivalist who rescues a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and stashes her away in his underground bunker. But is the world really coming to an end, or is he just a crazy dude? (Given that this is a sequel to Cloverfield, the surprise ending probably isn't much of a surprise.) 105 minutes PG-13.
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The annual AFME returns April 18 through 24 with a week crammed full of parties, panel discussions, workshops, concerts and nearly 100 features, documentaries, short films and music videos. For a complete list of films, events, times and locations, go to abqfilmx.com.
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 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.
The third film in the Divergent trilogy shows up, and--par for the course--it's part one of two. Following the "Earth shattering" revelations of Insurgent (their words, not mine), pouty but special rebel girl Tris (Shailene Woodley) must lead her futuristic millenials in a rebellion against the evil totalitarian government. Fans know what they're in for. 121 minutes PG-13.
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.
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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.
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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Unlike Disney's recent live-action Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland revamps, this family fantasy sticks pretty close to the source material. 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.
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.
This mind-bending documentary attempts to tell the story of influential, avant-garde San Francisco band The Residents. Since they're noted as much for their anonymous (always masked) stage presence as for their artsy videos, it's no surprise that the band members have declined to be interviewed on camera. Filmmakers, instead, rely on the group's psychedelic audio/visual output and copious commentary from the legions of cult-like Residents fans to flesh out the who, what and why. 87 minutes
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.
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.
Terrence Jenkins (a host for "E! News" and "106 & Park") and Cassie Ventura (a hip hop singer and a dancer from Step Up 2: The Streets) star in this comedy-romance about a playboy who begins a casual affair with a beautiful and mysterious woman. Turns out he's just trying to win a bet with his best friends, who think if he stays with one woman for a whole month, he'll get attached. 96 minutes R.
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.
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.
A journalist, fed up with her life, runs off to war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan to cover Operation Enduring Freedom. Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman star in this seriocomic adaptation of Kim Barker's nonfiction book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 112 minutes R.