V.26 No.38 | 9/21/2017
Unvarnished memoir of the Boston bombings trades exploitation for emotion
Stronger is a refreshingly down-to-earth look at recent, real-world horrors that is neither “too soon!” nor too manipulative.
Bruce Campbell is selling autographed books, there's a “Let’s Make a Western” fundraiser and Mulan is showing at Civic Plaza.
V.26 No.37 | 9/14/2017
Summer Cinema Meltdown
The good, the bad and the ugly of 2017’s box office
2017’s summer movie box office has come to an end and like a roller coaster, it was a season of highs and lows with a hell of an exciting finish.
Go see ¡Cine Magnífico!, Spirited Away or The General.
V.26 No.36 | 9/7/2017
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Roadtrip through Lakota country is slow but sincere in its message
In Neither Wolf Nor Dog, a Minnesota-based writer travels to meet an inscrutable elder Native, to learn and tell his story.
Times (They Are A-Changin’)
Alibi’s film section has stopped carrying complete film times for Albuquerque.
V.26 No.35 | 8/31/2017
8 Mile goes to Jersey in beat-dropping indie drama
There’s just enough charisma and likability on display throughout Patti Cake$ to make you wish the man behind it were as interested in originality as he was in sentimental manipulation, crowd-pleasing formulas and rhyming insults.
George Grants a Grant
A grant is available for your science fiction or fantasy film idea, there’s a stage reading series to debug your dialog and a fundraiser for The Deadly Link documentary. Or just watch Sing at Civic Plaza.
V.26 No.34 | 8/24/2017
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
Portrait of unsung guitar god lets you doc out with your rock out
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story provides an enlightening crash-course in the glitter-and-guitar-heavy glam rock era while simultaneously singing the praises of one of the music industry’s most talented hidden figures.
See The Incredibles at Civic Plaza, Power Rangers at a park or The Age of Innocence at the KiMo. Or attend the New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference.
V.26 No.33 | 8/17/2017
Prison drama succeeds in making life behind bars look bad—which isn’t much of a challenge, really
Despite some committed acting and some gloomy cinematography, Shot Caller is far too melodramatic and drags its twisty story out far too long to have the solid, gut-punch impact it so desperately wants.
See Singin’ in the Rain at Civic Plaza, Smoke Signals and "The Best of 2017 48 Hour Film Project.” Crewmembers are wanted for Judgment.
V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
Oddball indie comedy looks at the dangers of nostalgia and the joys of fandom
Brigsby Bear is a bit too self-conscious of the dorkiness of its main character and of the hipster profundity in his Quixote-esque quest, but the overall intent is sincere and openhearted enough to overcome the script familiarities and character tropes.
Check out the Taos Pride Film Festival or the Native Cinema Showcase; see Pulling Push Doors or Pretty in Pink.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
Impolite BBC drama is bad romance at its best
Far too stark to call Gothic, way too bleak to call romantic, Lady Macbeth is a violent heartbreaker for those who prefer broken hearts to happy endings.