V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson
Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
See Shattered Glass or “Breaking Bad ABQ&A: An Evening With Vince Gilligan” with discussion, Christiana: 40 Years of Occupation or many of the offerings at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun
Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount
The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
See Coco or “Villains and Monsters" and go to the Way OUT West Film Festival. And if you think you pass for a “high school-looking" then some TV producers might like to hire you.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
A Star is Born
A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama
This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.
Stories of Humanity
This week: Humanity on the Move film series comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre; Heritage Farm at ABQ Biopark hosts its first-ever movie night, and it’s Hotel Transylvania at the Central and Unser Library.
V.27 No.39 | 9/27/2018
Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song
Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.
Check out No Small Matter, The Joy Luck Club, Bless Me, Ultima and "The Power of Story."
V.27 No.38 | 9/20/2018
We The Animals
Coming-of-age drama paints impressionistic portrait of preteen life
We the Animals speaks to both the resiliency and the impressionability of youth, with raw performances from the actors and symbol-laden cinematography that weaves a primal world of earth, water, leaves and rain.
Native Movie Night
See She Sings to the Stars, Labyrinth or Salvador; learn "Entertainment Law Basics."
V.27 No.37 | 9/13/2018
The family that writes together fights together in A-list acting display
They say that, “behind every great man there is a great woman.” That axiom gets taken apart like a Swiss watch and examined under the loupe in the high-class literary drama/handcrafted Oscar bait The Wife.
Gallup Gets Going
See the Gallup Film Festival, Hidden Figures, The Godfather or 12 Strong.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
Teenage girl is having an art attack in theatrical indie
We’re all actors, Madeline's Madeline seems to imply, acting as ourselves.
Around the World on Screen
Throughout September the National Hispanic Cultural Center becomes the home to the free ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series; ¡Cinemagnifico! Latino Film Festival returns as well.
V.27 No.35 | 8/30/2018
Far From the Tree
Documentary addresses the difficulty of “different” families
How do families deal with children who are very different from them? That’s the probing premise behind Rachel Dretzin’s honest and empathetic documentary Far From the Tree.