Star Wars—Madstone Theaters will be hosting a benefit this weekend for the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center. The theater will be screening Arsenal of Hypocracy: The Space Program and the Military Industrial Complex on Sunday, May 16, at 3 and 5:30 p.m. This video presentation features Noam Chomsky, anti-nuclear scholar/activist Bruce Gagnon and Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell talking about the dangers of moving the arms race into outer space. The documentary includes archival footage, Pentagon documents and numerous interviews. There will be a question and answer session between shows. Tickets are a mere $5 and can be obtained at the Madstone box office at 6311 San Mateo NE.
Russian parable travels dark road with fathers, sons, fears
OK, so you're never going to remember a name like Andrei Zvyagintsev. But, with his first feature film outing, the Russian director makes a bold mark for himself on the international film scene. A stylistic throwback to the Soviet Union's long and proud cinematic history as well as a bold, accessible new direction for the lagging Russian film industry, The Return is a gripping fable about abandonment, sacrifice and the deep-seeded need for every child to star in his very own version of Oedipus.
Campy monster bash should have Bram Stoker, et al. rolling over in their graves
Hopefully, Van Helsing is the stupidest movie of the year. If not, we're in for a long, dumb summer.
“Rocked with Gina Gershon” on IFC
The fact that Gina Gershon starred in the Hollywood howler Showgirls, and yet has gone on to become an indie-cool sex symbol for discriminating teenage bad boys and hopeful middle-aged lesbians is the surest sign of her tough chick charm. Never ones to pass up an indie icon, the Independent Film Channel recently drafted Gershon to star in her very own reality series.
“Frasier” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) Frasier has left the building for the final time. The hit sitcom signs off after 11 years on the air with a one-hour retrospective and a one-hour series finale.
Sword and Sandal Night (TCM 6 p.m.) If Troy, starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana, just doesn't have enough men in short skirts for your taste, you can always tune in to TCM tonight for a little old school homoeroticism. Sure, Troy might be more historically accurate, but it's not nearly as fun as Golden Voyage of Sinbad (6 p.m.) and Jason and the Argonauts (8 p.m.), both courtesy of special effects king Ray Harryhausen. Our peplum party concludes at 10 p.m. with 1963's Hercules, Samson and Ulysses, an amusingly all-star line-up of Mediterranean musclemen.