December 2018


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Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films on selected dates. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.
• 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Admission: $5.
• 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8: Polar Express. Audience encouraged to come in their robe and pjs. Admission: $1 cash.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22: White Christmas. Admission: $8 (discounts for seniors, children, military and students).

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host film presentations at 2 p.m. Saturdays at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana (door on Brown opens at 1:30 p.m.). Admission is free. Snacks available for purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), and
  The month’ celebrates the season with family films. No movie on Dec. 8.
Dec. 1: “Elf,” 15th anniversary showing. One of Santa's elves (Will Ferrell) learns he is actually a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (James Caan), spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics.
Dec. 15: “Polar Express.” Based on the 1985 children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. On Christmas Eve, a boy grows bitterly skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus. As he struggles to sleep, he is roused by the arrival of a steam locomotive outside his home. Outside, the train's conductor (Tom Hanks) introduces the train as the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole.
Dec. 22: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 25th anniversary showing. Jack Skellington, the king of "Halloween Town,” stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the new holiday with some unexpected and comical consequences.
Dec. 29: “The King’s Speech.” Colin Firth plays the future King George VI who, to cope with a stammer an Australian speech and language therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new king relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents the “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on Powell & Pressburger: the 1940s. Tickets: $5; available at Information: or on Facebook.
  Upcoming films in the series are “A Matter of Life and Death” (Jan. 5) and “Black Narcissus” (Feb. 2).

Holiday Movies at Plaza — El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live are teaming up to show free Holiday Movies selected Sundays at the Plaza Theatre as part of the 3rd annual WinterFest. Local organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will perform on the Plaza’s restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before each movie. Information: or
Dec. 9: “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947 version), 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 16: “A Christmas Story,” (1 p.m.) and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (3:30 p.m.)
Jan. 6: “Frozen” (1 p.m.) and “Ice Age” (3:30 p.m.).

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven‘s Final Symphony” is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  This film looks at how Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony — and specifically the “Ode to Joy” — has served as an anthem for liberation struggles at Tiananmen Square, at freedom demonstrations in Pinochet’s Chile, at the fall of the Berlin Wall, and at other events throughout the world.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League host movie screenings at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. A screening of “Die Hard” is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. Membership information: (575) 437-2202 or

Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students with ID; $5 children and society members); $5 on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or
  Theatre is closed Dec. 24-27.
  On Sunday nights, the 7:30 screening has open captions when the scheduled film has an open caption option.
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: “The Happy Prince.” The last days of Oscar Wilde — and the ghosts that haunted them — are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut.
Dec. 7-13: “Wildlife.” A teenage boy must deal with his mother’s complicated responses after his father temporarily abandons them to take a dangerous job – fighting fires along the Canadian border.
Dec. 14-20: “Colette.” French writer Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. She pens semi-autobiographical novels about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
Dec. 21-23: “Free Solo.” Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free-solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall.
Dec. 28-Jan. 3: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” When celebrity biographer Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
  No matinee Saturday, Dec. 29.

New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater tickets are $7 ($6 seniors and military; $5 ages 4-12). Theatre closed Dec. 25. Planetarium show is $5 ($4 seniors, military and children). Ages 3 and under free. Museum/IMAX combo tickets available. Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840, or on Facebook.
  Now showing:
• Australia’s Great Wild North, 11:05 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
• “Mysteries of China,” 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  Star Show is 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.

Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay Duncan prepared this list of top monthly “Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by studio and release date (subject to change):

Dec. 7:
• Ben Is Back (Roadside) — Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton. Directed by Peter Hedges.
• Capernaum (Sony Classics) — Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole. Directed by Nadine Labaki.
• The Invisibles (Greenwich) — Alice Dwyer, Max Mauff, Ruby O. Fee. Directed by Claus Räfle.
• Mary Queen of Scots (Focus) — Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant, Margot Robbie. Directed by Josie Rourke.
• The Silence (Global Road) — Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Stanley Tucci. Directed by John R. Leonetti.
• Under the Silver Lake (A24) — Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace. Directed by David Robert Mitchell.
• Vox Lux (Neon) — Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe. Directed by Brady Corbet.

Dec. 14:
• Mortal Engines (Universal) — Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan. Directed by Christian Rivers.
• The Mule (Warner Bros.) — Bradley Cooper, Taissa Farmiga, Clint Eastwood. Directed by Eastwood.
• Second Act (STX) — Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Peter Segal.
• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Columbia) — CG Animation. Voices of Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.
• The Wedding (ArabQ) — Nikohl Boosheri, Sam Abbas, Harry Aspinwall. Directed by Sam Abbas.

Dec. 21:
• Aquaman (Warner Bros.) — Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman. Directed by James Wan.
• Bumblebee (Paramount) — Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett. Directed by Travis Knight.
• Cold War (Amazon) — Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.
• Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios) — Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury. Directed by Rob Marshall. Follow-up to 1964 film starring Julie Andrews.
• Welcome to Marwen (Universal) — Live-action & motion-capture animation. Steve Carell, Diane Kruger, Eiza González. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Based on an inspirational true story.
• Zero (Red Chillies) — Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan. Directed by Aanand L. Rai.

Dec. 28:
• Destroyer (Annapurna) — Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany. Directed by Karyn Kusama.
• Holmes & Watson (Columbia) — Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, John C. Reilly. Directed by Etan Cohen.
• On the Basis of Sex (Focus) — Justin Theroux, Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer. Directed by Mimi Leder.
• Stan & Ollie (Sony Classics) — John C. Reilly, Stephanie Hyam, Steve Coogan. Directed by Jon C. Baird. Biographic look at the triumphant farewell tour of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in post-World War II Britain and Ireland.
• Vice (Annapurna) — Biography. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell. Directed by Adam McKay. How a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice-president to George W. Bush.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Dec. 4:
• Mission: Impossible — Fallout. PG-13
• The Nun. R
• Operation Finale. PG-13

Dec. 11:
• The Equalizer 2. R
• Peppermint. R

Dec. 18:
• The Predator. R
• The House With a Clock in Its Walls. PG


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