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Christmas on Mars (NR)

Warner Bros. Records

Subtitled "A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips," Christmas on Mars is a long gestating, lo-fi holiday acid trip that is everything you'd expect from the Oklahoma City-based band. It mixes their surreal, often disturbing, theatricality with a bit of beautifully touching and life-affirming philosophy. Think 2001 meets Eraserhead, except, you know, at Christmas time. In a broken-down station on Mars, the lack of oxygen causes the lonely Major Syrtis to have hallucinations, all based around the birth of an artificially created infant and coinciding with the arrival of an alien super-being. People not really aware of the cosmically humanistic ideas behind the Flaming Lips' music will probably be befuddled, but fans will see it as their ultimate potential finally realized. Louis Fowler


The Wild Horse Redemption (NR)

New Video Group

Academy Award-winner John Zaritsky captured the bulk of the footage for his 2007 documentary, The Wild Horse Redemption, right here in southern Colorado. In this fascinating and beautifully filmed real-life Western tale, prisoners at Cañon City Correctional Facility use the techniques of "horse whisperers" to tame mustangs taken from the wild. The film follows the transformations of horses and trainers alike as they learn lessons from one another about trust, patience, hard work aimed to help them prosper once they leave their confines. The film captures the danger, the difficulties and the hard-won rewards of this innovative program and the lives of the characters who populate it. This film has it all: an inspiring (never sappy) message, those gorgeous Colorado vistas, plus real cowboys, horses and "bad guys." Jill Thomas


The Warrior (NR)

Mondo Macabro

Mondo Macabro is back with another treasure, and, once again, it proves that no one gives us more whacked-out, insanely entertaining films than Indonesia. Talk about a real break from the mainstream! This time, the movie is The Warrior, starring Indonesian action god Barry Prima as the Robin Hood-esque Jaka Sembung, who with the strength of Allah on his side helps to free his country of oppressive Dutch invaders in the 1800s, all the while using mystical powers. The Dutch, in their efforts to kill Jaka, resurrect an evil wizard (as the Dutch are wont to do) leading to a spectacular battle of hilarious special effects and "no stuntmen here" action sequences. Like its predecessors, The Warrior is a highly recommended jewel of world cinema that really has to be seen to be believed. Louis Fowler

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