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The Day the Movies Died Without Warning in 3-D

The UA Winrock Theatre 6 quietly closed its doors a week ago.

Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off your cell phone.

Sunday, July 21, 2013. That’s the day I met my brother at the Winrock 6 to see Pacific Rim in 3-D. Not to ruin the movie for you or anything, but Pacific Rim is about giant robots fighting giant reptilian monsters, and 3-D movies are about making everything look like a View-Master while giving you a low-grade headache.

The hallway.
The hallway.

It was great seeing a monster movie with my brother. But it was a bittersweet monster movie when Jade, the popcorn scooper, informed me that we were catching it on the very last day of business for the Winrock 6.

I liked the Winrock 6. In fact I prefered the Winrock 6 to many other theaters—not only because it was closest to my house, and not only because I had seen tons of movies there with my wife and kids over the past 20 years, but also because it was one of the only theaters left in town with a quaint Mom and Pop feel to it. Sure, it had six screens and was affiliated with a gigantic corporate string of Regal Entertainment theaters, but still felt small, and it still felt Albuquerque. And Albuquerque lost a little chunk of Albuquerque that day.

The lobby.
The lobby.

The Winrock 6 employees aren’t just being kicked onto the streets, Jade assured me. They’ll all be assimilated into shifts at other affiliated theaters in town. So, that’s nice to know.

A giant mega-plex theater is under construction in the parking lot just to the south, and it, too, will be closer to my house than all the other theaters. But it won’t be open until December. And things will, as always and once again, never be the same.

Jade.
Jade.
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Midnight Movie Madness: Kiss of the Damned

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If you like your vampires sexy, bloody and entirely without sparkle, come on by Alibi Midnight Movie Madness this weekend for a bracing bite of old-school erotic horror courtesty of Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Vampire. The film, a modern-day tribute to the Euro-style films of Jean Rollin (Lips of Blood, The Nude Vampire) and Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, A Virgin Among the Living Dead), will screen at 10 p.m. and midnight this Friday and Saturday at Guild Cinema. Stranger Factory will be there handing out door prizes. Get on over there and get your tickets, vampire lovers!

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Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Presents: Evil Dead II

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The recent remake of Evil Dead was gory as hell, but largely pointless. After all, filmmaker Sam Raimi already remade Evil Dead. It was called Evil Dead II, and it was awesome. Join Alibi at Guild Cinema this Friday and Saturday night at 10:15 and midnight for a 35mm screening of the one, the only, the original Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn. Tickets are $6 students and $8 general. There will be doorprizes from Stranger Factory and a special, limited-edition poster release courtesy of local artists Soto and Jon Sanchez. Posters will be for sale in the theater lobby, and we’ll be giving one away each screening. Be there or be dead.

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Dead Can Dance

Zombie Dance Party Tonight

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The Dark Matters Film Festival Zombie Dance Party shambles into Sister Bar (407 Central SW) tonight at 8 p.m. The event promises lots of dead patrons and plenty of live bands, including Hoverbourd, Lindy Vision, Get Action, YOU and First Lovve. It’s the official launch party for Dark Matters—which unspools May 17-19 at Guild Cinema with more than 14 horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy films from around the world. You can pick up your official DMFF programs tonight at the party. Check out the trailer above. When’s the last time you saw a trailer for a party?

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Raise Your Glassies, Don Your Dressies

The Unofficial Drinking Game for the 2013 Oscars

There is no getting around the fact that no matter how much you popcorn you make, no matter how many times you take that “one last trip” to the candy table, no matter how many live-tweeting parties you view, the Oscars are just sort of boring. Over the last few years, the games have been running at around 4 hours. Add in 2 or so hours of pre-show-red-carpet-shenanigans and you’ve got yourself one freaking ridiculously long night.

And what better way to pass that than with a little drinking game? With the help of the folks at the Huffington Post, nextmovie.com, and a few ideas from my own little brain, I’ve compiled the official Unofficial Drinking Game for the 2013 Oscars. Hit the jump for prompts to keep your night interesting, informational and classy. And please, please, please … be responsible.

On the Red Carpet take a drink every time:

• A celebrity evades a question.

• Someone says they are "so excited to be here."

• A celebrity is photobombed.

• A celebrity is asked who they are wearing.

• You see a celebrity who brought a parent/family member as their date.

• Someone wears a truly hideous dress (yes, we'll leave that up to your own discretion).

• A man wears two-toned shoes with a suit/tux

During the Oscars take a drink each time:

• Someone thanks their parents and/or God.

• Someone acknowledges Meryl Streep.

• A loser begrudgingly smiles to the camera.

• Someone says they didn't have a speech prepared.

• Seth MacFarlane cracks a failed joke.

• Seth McFarlane does a cartoon voice.

• The camera cuts to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

• The band tries to cut off someone's speech.

• Someone cries.

• Someone curses on stage and is bleeped out.

• Someone says, "I couldn't have done this without … "

• J-Law says something “charmingly unscripted.”

• A winner uses their speech time as a political/environmental/humanitarian platform.

• Someone says they didn't have a speech prepared.

• Someone mentions the Grammy wardrobe restrictions

• Someone winks at the camera

• A cartoon character is shows wearing Oscar-worthy clothing.

Finish your drink if:

• Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress and the camera pans to Meryl Streep.

• One of the cast of Les Misérables sings.

• Adele gets a standing ovation after singing “Skyfall.”

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We wish you a merry Lynch-mas

This day, we celebrate all things Lynchian. Whether your poison is his early experimental work (Eraserhead, The Elephant Man), must-see teevee (Twin Peaks, yo), the De Laurentiis period (Dune, Blue Velvet), the Wild at Heart era or his more recent work (Inland Empire, Dumbland), the ideal time to show your devotion to the auteur is his 66th birthday. Scroll on for some A/V inspiration for your worship.

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"Here today... gone tomorrow."
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"Get my lipstick."
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"You are beautiful."
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"Meanwhile."

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Missing Fat Kid

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Whoops. We inadvertently omitted capsule write-ups from our print edition for films opening at the Guild Cinema this evening, so here they be:

Fat Kid Rules the World

Actor Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo) tries his hand at directing with this coming-of-age comedy about a suicidal high-schooler who gets recruited by a druggy dropout to become the drummer in a punk rock band. Based on K.L. Going's 2003 young adult novel.

About Cherry

James Franco, Heather Graham and Lili Taylor costar in this drama about a troubled 19-year-old (Ashley Hinshaw from Chronicle) who moves to San Francisco and gets involved in the porn industry. The script comes courtesy of adult film vet Lorelei Lee.

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Midnight Movie Madness: Miami Connection

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Alibi Midnight Movie Madness is in the mood for some kung fu craziness this weekend. So we dug up the long-lost 1986 martial arts musical Miami Connection for your viewing bewilderment. It’s got ninjas, it’s got synth rock. I mean, just take a gander at that trailer up there. Gawker.com just said, “This is not just a great bad movie—it’s a phenomenal one.” We’ll be screening it at Guild Cinema at 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Come on out and prepare to be amazed.

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Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Presents: V/H/S

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Halloween is fast approaching, and we’re celebrating the occasion with a screening of the extremely scary anthology film V/H/S this weekend at Guild Cinema. The film is the work of several of today’s hottest, up-and-coming indie horror directors—including Ti West (The House of the Devil) and David Bruckner (The Signal). Check out the trailer above (if you dare). The film starts at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 students/seniors.

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Midnight Movie Madness Presents [REC] 3: Genesis

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Alibi Midnight Movie Madness returns to Guild Cinema in Nob Hill for another weekend of crazed cult cinema. On Friday and Saturday, we’ll be presenting [REC] 3: Genesis—the third film in the wildly popular Spanish zombie apocalypse series. This time around in the loosely connected storyline, our videocamera-wielding heroes are a soon-to-be husband-and-wife team. When the demon-driven zombie plague hits their wedding party, it’s up to the blushing bride to pick up a chainsaw and take back her special day. Expect more humor, but no less gore for this one. Showtimes start at 10 p.m. and Midnight. Admission is $8 general, $6 students and seniors.

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