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V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
"Ice cream? ... My treat."

Film Review

Final Portrait

Artistic biopic revels in surface details

Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
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Blood Relatives

This week, see La Novia or Beyond the Border: The Story of Ettore Castiglioni; go to a talk about production assistants.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy

Film Review

Back to Burgundy

Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly

Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.
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Fade to Black

See Black Materials Experiments in Cinema, Holocaust survivor shorts or a documentary about the Pajarito Mesa community.
V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Isle of Dogs

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Isle of Dogs

Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey

Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
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Biz Wiz

NMFF presents “The Business of Film” seminar. Or go see The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Zydeco Breakfast or Big Trouble in Little China.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
The Death of Stalin

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The Death of Stalin

Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire

The Death of Stalin is a manic comedy with occasional doses of slapstick, with some of the bleakest gallows humor in recent memory.
The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle

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On the Border

Submit your short or feature to the Borderlands Film Festival, see a César Chávez documentary for free or go to the Ready Player One special screening with art show.
V.27 No.12 | 3/22/2018
Loveless

Film Review

Loveless

Icy family drama will make you glad you don’t live in Russia

Loveless is a stark, dark, often beautifully bleak “feelbad” family drama wrapped around the hardened core of a procedural crime thriller. It is, in short, an extraordinarily Russian film.
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The Q

Indie Q film screenings and NMFF's New Mexico Actors Showcase return; Albuquerque Sol hosts Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story; New Mexico Film Office offers talk on how to make money off the film business.
V.27 No.11 | 3/15/2018
24 Frames

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24 Frames

Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ruminates on time, art and image with final film

Abbas Kiarostami evidently began what became 24 Frames by speculating on great works of art. Paintings are designed to capture one specific moment in time. What, he wondered, happened immediately before and after those famous “freeze frames” that the artists chose?
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Submit to the State

New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase submission deadline looms, teens can screen their work at Desert Light Film Festival and director Kyle Henry introduces Rogers Park.
V.27 No.10 | 3/8/2018
A Fantastic Woman

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A Fantastic Woman

Chilean drama examines grief and gender

A Fantastic Woman is a tiny character study of a film with an almost gut-wrenching impact.

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Short, Sweet

A feast of festivals are happening: Taos Shortz Film Fest, Banff Mountain Film Festival and Italian Film & Culture Festival.
V.27 No.9 | 3/1/2018
Dunkirk

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The Celebrated and the Snubbed

A look at the 2018 Academy Awards nominations

The Oscars date back almost a century, a span of time that seems both epic in scope and shockingly brief. This year, who is getting a pat on the back and who is getting a kick in the butt?