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KiMo Features Sci-Fi Fridays

Sci-Fi films are taking over the Historic KiMo Theatre with the presentation of the Sci-Fi Friday Series. Three classic science fiction films are featured in September, while a fourth film is scheduled for late October. The films will be shown twice, during a matinee and an evening show.
The 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, was produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel, and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. The black-and-white film tells the story of an extraterrestrial invasion that begins in a small California town. Alien plant spores from space grow into large seed pods, each one capable of reproducing a duplicate replacement copy of a nearby human. As the pod develops, it takes on all the characteristics of the human it duplicates. But the duplicates have no ability to show or express human emotions, which is soon recognized by Dr. Miles Bennell (McCarthy). Dr. Bennell and his former girlfriend, Becky Driscoll (Wynter), attempt to discover the reason behind this phenomenon and stop it as more pods are planted in the town by duplicates. Invasion of the Body Snatchers was ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sci-Fi" in 2008. Invasion of the Body Snatchers will be screened at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on September 4th. Not rated.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." That chilling, yet calm plea by spacewalking astronaut Dr. Dave Bowman to the consciously perceptive HAL 9000 computer is easily remembered by anyone who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The epic sci-fi masterpiece produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick from an Arthur C. Clark story became the standard for special effects film technicians for decades after. The film follows a voyage to Jupiter after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution. Themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life are portrayed in the film. It is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, ambiguous imagery and incomparable classical music score. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be screened at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on September 11th. Rated PG.

Stanley Kubrick brought another thought-provoking, critically-acclaimed picture to the world in 1971's A Clockwork Orange. The film depicts the disturbing criminal behavior of a gang of brutal thugs, called droogs, in a dystopian society, and governmental attempts to rehabilitate their imprisoned leader using experimental therapy. After his release, the rehabilitated Alex Delarge (Malcolm McDowell) encounters his former gang mates and victims with surprising results, leading to his downfall into a state of mind he may not be able to escape.  Themes include immorality, political manipulation, psychological conditioning, "ultra-violence" and sexual depravation. The film won New York Film Critics awards for Best Director and Best Film.  A Clockwork Orange will be screened at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on September 18th.  Rated R.

 Rounding out Sci-Fi Fridays is Blade Runner: Final Cut (1982/2007), starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah and Sean Young. Director Ridley Scott regards Blade Runner as probably his most personal and complete film. The Final Cut, or 25th anniversary edition, is the definitive version and only one in which Scott had complete artistic control. Blade Runner finds a burned-out special police operative, or "Blade Runner," Rick Deckard (Ford) reluctantly taking one last job to seek out genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans.  Replicants are not allowed on earth, but some return and attempt to live as humans, forcing Blade Runners to hunt them down and destroy them. His job becomes more complex when he becomes intimately involved with one of his replicant prey. Blade Runner: Final Cut will be screened at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on October 30th.  Rated R.

General Admission tickets are $6 - 8. Tickets are available at www.KiMoTickets.com. Tickets are also available at the KiMo Ticket Office, . Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Concessions available.

The KiMo Theatre, Classic Films...Classic Theatre, is operated by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The Theatre is centrally located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper. Visit www.kimotickets.com or call 311/711 for up-to-date information on the wide variety of entertainment options offered at this unique venue.
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