V.28 No.12 | 3/21/2019
Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places
Gloria Bell is about seeking out and accepting joy in life’s tiny moments, not wallowing in misery. Its empowering coda is mild and delivered as a spur-of-the-moment whim in an act that leads less to a life-changing epiphany and more to a moment of Zen-like acceptance.
Submit to the State
See A League of Their Own on the big screen; film and TV sets need medics (not just people who play them) and it's time for local residents to submit films for the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase; learn how to join the union for professional film technicians working “below the line” on TV and movie productions.
V.28 No.11 | 3/14/2019
Ruben Brandt, Collector
Animated film folds art history lessons into Hitchcock-style thriller
Like all great works of art, your appreciation of Ruben Brandt, Collector may depend on what you bring to it. Watched as a casual, technically proficient imitation of a classic, Hitchcock-style move caper, it's a breezy, stylish diversion. Push past the surface and dive deep into its multiple layers and it's a Stendhal syndrome-inducing intellectual exercise.
This week there's the New Mexico Actors Showcase and screenings of Dinner at Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Funny Fest is looking for people and KiMo Theatre is offering guided tours.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019
Gaspar Noé gets down with his bad self in one freaky acid trip
Half Bob Fosse and half Marquis de Sade, Climax will be a torture test for the average moviegoer. But for those in the market for something unshakably original, this is one very bad trip you might want to check out for yourself.
This festy week has the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the March Indie Screening, CatVideoFest 2019 and the Italian Film & Culture Festival.
V.28 No.9 | 2/28/2019
Never Look Away
German director examines the war of art
As an Oscar-nominated epic conflating art and history, Never Look Away is impressive in size and scope, but shortcuts keep this film from being a penetrating, nuanced work.
Work Hard, Play Hard
This week in Albuquerque you should see two PBS “¡COLORES!” documentaries or 9 to 5 on a big screen. Up in Santa Fe there's The Providers and the “NMFF Indie Screening."
V.28 No.8 | 2/21/2019
Riding to recognition in Indian Horse
An interview with New Mexican actor Forrest Goodluck
Alibi speaks with Indian Horse’s up-and-coming young star, Albuquerque actor Forrest Goodluck.
V.28 No.7 | 2/14/2019
Tito and the Birds
Brazilian cartoon paints a dark picture
Adults will certainly appreciate Tito and the Birds' visual brio—which reads like a children’s bedtime story run through a Museum of Modern Art nightmare machine.
Go to Soft Focus Screenings, see Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story, or Sleepless in Seattle on a giant screen. And submit your film for the first funny fest.
V.28 No.6 | 2/7/2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Manic sequel builds on the original’s clever legacy
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part comes awfully close to meeting what amounts to some very high expectations. It’s surprising, funny, original and emotional. And like its predecessor, it’s a perfect film for kids and parents alike.
Enjoy the Santa Fe Film Festival, Books to the Big Screen film series and the Tale Writers Screenwriting Program's live stage reading.
V.28 No.5 | 1/31/2019
Oscar-nominated romance unfolds behind, in front of, the Iron Curtain
A sad ballad juxtaposing the intimate with the international, Cold War is a masterpiece of economy and image, mapping out the often seismic changes common to all affairs—the emotional as well as the political.
Go to the HUMP! Film Festival, Groundhog Day and The Quiet American. Take "Acting 101 For Screenwriters."