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Science On Screen: Eric Libby presents Alien

“In space, no one can here you scream"

Ridley Scott’s unbeatable sci-fi horror classic follows a spacecraft invaded by a maleficent creature bent on destruction. Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby, a biologist with a fascination in how cells mutate and evolve into new organizations, will introduce the film with a presentation. (U.S., 1979, 117m)

7:00p Wednesday, December 17

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The Homesman

Lyrical and shocking, weirdly funny and grimly serious, fronted by fine and wise … this beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns.” ­–Hollywood Reporter

Tommy Lee Jones directs, co-writes (with Taos’s Kieran Fitzgerald) and co-stars in this adaptation of Glendon Swarthout’s novel about a stalwart, sensitive prairie spinster. Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) tries to lead three neighboring farm wives addled by grief and despair back East to care and safety, joined by George (Jones), a snaggle-toothed, middle-aged Huck Finn who is simultaneously comic and unpredictably dangerous. The phenomenal supporting cast includes John Lithgow, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto and Meryl Streep. But perhaps the biggest star is New Mexico, with its starkly beautiful landscapes (shot by the Oscar-nominated Rodrigo Prieto, BIUTIFUL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), which have never looked as glorious. (U.S., 2014, 122m)

Wednesday December 17
2:00p
3:00p*
5:30p*
8:00p*
Thursday December 18
2:00p
3:00p*
5:30p*
Friday-Sunday December 19-21
2:00p*
6:30p*
7:30p*
Monday-Tuesday December 22-23
1:00p
3:30p
6:00p
Wednesday December 24
1:00p

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Citizenfour

After years researching her film about our increasingly surveillance nation, MacArthur Genius Fellowship and Pulitzer Prize recipient Laura Poitras began receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by U.S. intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. (U.S., 2014, 118m, DCP, Radius TWC)

Weds-Thursday December 17-18
4:30p
Friday-Sunday December 19-21
3:00p
Monday-Tuesday December 22-23
5:00p*

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National Gallery

 

“A great, great film. However long it is since you last climbed the gallery’s steps, you’ll watch this truly inspiring piece of work and rue the interval.” –Tim Robey, The Telegraph

The legendary Frederick Wiseman (“America’s greatest living filmmaker,” The Notebook) provides his latest behind-the-scenes exploration. This London institution is a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. NATIONAL GALLERY is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. (U.S.-U.K., 2014, 180m, digital video, mTuckman Media)

Thursday December 18
7:00p
Friday-Sunday December 19-21
11:30p
Monday-Wednesday December 22-24
1:30p*

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The Babadook

Delivers real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished.” –Variety

A young widow is alone and at a loss with what to do with her six-year-old son, who is having frightening visions, heightened with the arrival of a creepy storybook. As the boy’s hallucinations spin out of control, his mother medicates him. But what if the visions are real? Jennifer Kent’s debut film, one of the hits at Sundance, has crafted an old-school horror film with a rich and convincing psychological core. (Australia, 2014, 93m, DCP, IFC Films)

Starts December 19
Sneak Preview Thurs Dec 18 at 8:00p!
Thursday December 18
8:00p (Sneak Preview)
Friday-Sunday December 19-21
5:30p
9:00p*
Monday-Tuesday December 22-23
8:30p

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The King and The Mockingbird

"A masterpiece of animation and imagination … fans of Studio Ghibli will thrill to the tenderly explored themes – class, nature, love, grief – and poetic, witty visuals.” –Total Film

This wildly satirical Hans Christian Andersen adaptation, which follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king, was started in 1947, taken from its creators and finished by the producers in 1953, and then finally completed by the creative team as intended in 1979. A classic of Disney-like proportions in France, it can finally be seen in the U.S. The directors XX Grimault and Jacques Prevert (whose credits include the masterpieces CHILDREN OF PARADISE) turn their tale into a wondrous journey, suitable for parents and children. Hiyao Miyazaki cites it as the inspiration for starting his Studio Ghibli (and the influence on THE IRON GIANT is very clear!) . (France, 1953/1980, 82m, DCP, Rialto Pictures)

Starts December 19
Friday-Sunday December 19-21
12:00p*
4:30p*
Monday December 22
7:30p*
Wednesday December 24
3:30p