V.28 No.37 | 9/12/2019
Government whistleblower drama is realistically disappointing
Official Secrets isn’t as thrilling or tragic or uplifiting as you might hope. It’s just a bummer—the exact sort of bummer we’ve come to expect these days from our government.
Check out the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, a Scooby Doo movie marathon, Vietnam: An Inner View and The Medicine in Marijuana.
V.28 No.36 | 9/5/2019
Film Festival Preview
¡Cine Magnifico! celebrates diversity of Ibero-American cultures
Given the cross-cultural crossroads that is modern-day Albuquerque, it seems only natural that our city would host its very own, homegrown Latin American film festival: !Cine Magnifico!
Get It On
Enjoy the It: Chapter Two party, Whip It, Singin’ in the Rain and a Breakdown Services training seminar.
V.28 No.35 | 8/29/2019
After the Wedding
American remake of Danish film milks the mama drama
The story of people whose best intentions often end up steamrolling over the lives and emotions of others is both touching and universal, but overall, After the Wedding lacks the teary-eyed impact you'd expect.
Head Out on the Highway
This week there's Powwow Highway, “Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee”, a filmmaker mixer and ¡Cine Magnifico!
V.28 No.34 | 8/22/2019
Ready or Not
Devilish black comedy is a real killer
With its mix of old and new, familiar and unexpected, silly and shocking, Ready or Not ends up as an audaciously unconventional exercise in genre cinema that plays out like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as penned by Agatha Christie.
See The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tortilla Soup paired with a menu of incredible food items, another food pairing but with an unspecified movie and “Raúl Juliá: The World’s Stage”.
V.28 No.33 | 8/15/2019
Blinded by the Light
Springsteen-inspired “musical” tries to mix realism and romance
If you’re predisposed to the music of Bruce Springsteen or have a weakness for feel-good movies about scrappy Brits lifted out of their socioeconomic stresses by a little song and dance, Blinded by the Light will have you singing along in no time.
See “sensory friendly” Superpower Dogs, New Mexico Women in Film's first Happy Hour, Labyrinth and She Done Him Wrong in the mountains.
Comic Expo Explodes
Inaugural con lures pop culture icons
The inaugural New Mexico Comic Expo kicks off this weekend (Aug. 16 through 18) at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
V.28 No.32 | 8/8/2019
Them That Follow
Backwoods melodrama slithers along slowly
Them That Follow's script feels generally underwritten, giving slight motivation to the various changes in character and ticking off the story beats in the rote manner of a cautionary after-school melodrama.
Filmmakers of the present and future should go to the New Mexico Film Office’s open house event and the New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference. And the Native Cinema Showcase begins next Wednesday.
V.28 No.31 | 8/1/2019
The Sword of Trust
Tiny indie comedy keeps mumblecore alive
The Sword of Trust is quirky and amusing and has just a tiny bit to say about human beings learning to trust one another. Viewers longing for the loose, improvisational indie films of the early 2000s will feel right at home.
Fast Filmmaking Fest
See screenings for last week's hastily-made films, as well as Artifishal, Paris to Pittsburgh, and Everything Is Terrible!