February 2020

FILM

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “My Man Godfrey” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Tickets: $5, available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook.

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host 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), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
Jan. 4: “Citizen Kane” (1941). After the death of a publishing tycoon, reporters try to unravel the meaning of his last word: “Rosebud.” Starring, produced, directed and co-written by Orson Welles, it is considered by many film scholars to be the best movie of all time.
Jan. 11: “The Night of the Hunter” (1955). The only film directed by Charles Laughton focuses on a corrupt minister-turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspecting widow and steal $10,000 hidden by her executed husband. Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, James Gleason and Lillian Gish.
Jan. 18: “One Eyed Jacks” (1961). The only film directed by Marlon Brando. After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio (Marlon Brando) to be captured, but Rio escapes and searches for the man who betrayed him. Based on the novel, “The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones” by Charles Neider.
Jan. 25: “Play Misty For Me” (1971). Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with this taut and effective tale of obsession. Dave Garver (Eastwood) plays a radio disc jockey who broadcasts nightly in Carmel-by-the-Sea. After he receives a phone call request from Evelyn (Jessica Walter) to hear Erroll Garner’s classic “Misty,” the nightmare begins.

Fort Bayard Film Series — The “Rising to the Challenge: Allied World War II” Winter Film Series is 7 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 9-March 19, at Santa Clara Armory at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, six miles east of Silver City, N.M. off U.S. 180. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; concessions available. Information: (575) 388-4862 or fortbayard.org
Jan. 9: The World at War
Jan. 16: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Jan. 23: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Jan. 30: Patton.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents the classic film “True Grit” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
  Family movie showing of “Beauty and the Beast” at noon Saturday, Jan. 11. Admission: $1 (cash only).
  “Hammett” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, as part of the Obscure Film Series. Admission: $5.

Pax Christi Film Series — Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso host a screening of the documentary series “A Force More Powerful” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  The series tells the story of nonviolence overcoming oppression and authoritarian rule, focusing on the fight against apartheid in South Africa and the Solidarity movement in Poland.

Movies at Branigan Library — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, presents free book-based movies in the Roadrunner Room. Admission is free. Call for titles and ratings. Information: (575) 528-4014, or library.media@las-cruces.org.
  Movies rated PG-13 and R are 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
  Family friendly movies rated G and PG are 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the Month.
  Award-winning foreign films are featured at 2 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the Month (rated PG to R).

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. Some 7:30 p.m. Sunday night screenings have an open caption option. Admission: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students with ID; $5 children and society members); $5 on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Jan. 1-9: Honey Boy.
Jan. 10-16: Cyrano, My Love (in French and Russian with subtitles)
Jan. 17-23: The Fig Tree (in Amharic and Hebrew with subtitles)
Jan. 24-30: To Be Announced. No matinee Saturday, Jan. 25. Matinee only, Thursday, Jan. 30 (no evening show).
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: 2020 Oscar Shorts – Live Action & Animation

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):

Jan. 3:
• The Grudge (Sony) — Betty Gilpin, William Sadler, Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Nicolas Pesce. Remake of Ju-on (2000).

Jan. 10:
• The Informer (Aviron) — Ana de Armas, Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike. Directed by Andrea Di Stefano.
• Like a Boss (Paramount) — Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek. Directed by Miguel Arteta.
• My Spy (STX) — Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Greg Bryk. Directed by Peter Segal.
• Underwater (Disney) — Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller. Directed by William Eubank.

Jan. 17:
• Bad Boys foFilm Salon — The Film Salon presents “Twentieth Century” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of its Screwball Comedies series. Tickets: $7, available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook.
  Upcoming films in the series include “Easy Living” (March 7) and “Bringing Up Baby” (April 4).

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host 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), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  Thus month’s theme is “In Matters of the Heart” featuring various themes of love.
Feb. 1: “Dodsworth” (1936). Adaptation of the best-selling novel by Sinclair Lewis. Sam Dodsworth, a small-town retiring American industrialist, finds that his money cannot bring him happiness. When he and his wife go to Europe, they find a different set of values and relationships.
Feb. 8: “The Hurricane” (1937). Set in the South Seas and directed by John Ford. A Polynesian is unjustly imprisoned, and makes many attempts to escape and return to his wife.
Feb. 15: “The More the Merrier” (1943). Retired millionaire Benjamin Dingle arrives in Washington, D.C. as an adviser on the housing shortage and finds that his hotel suite will not be available for two days. He sees an ad for a roommate and talks a reluctant young woman into letting him sublet half of her apartment.
Feb. 22: “Johnny Belinda” (1948). Scandal erupts when a woman who cannot hear or speak is accused of gunning down the bully who attacked her. She is befriended by a physician who recently moved to town.
Feb. 29: “Kate & Leopold” (2001). A duke travels from New York in 1876 to 2001 and falls in love. Stars Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.

Fort Bayard Film Series — The “Rising to the Challenge: Allied World War II” Winter Film Series is 7 p.m. Thursdays through March 19, at Santa Clara Armory at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, six miles east of Silver City, N.M. off U.S. 180. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; concessions available. Information: (575) 388-4862 or fortbayard.org
Jan. 30: Patton
Feb. 6: The Longest Day
Feb. 13: To Hell and Back

Pax Christi Film Series — Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso host a screening of the documentary “500 Years Later” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 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.
  Ever since the onset of the African holocaust of enslavement and colonialism, persons of African descent all over the world have struggled for basic freedoms. The documentary, filmed on five continents, is infused with the spirit and music of liberation.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents the classic film “Sabrina” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
  A family showing of “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” is noon Saturday, Feb. 22. Admission: $1 at the door.
  “Royal Hunt of the Sun” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, as part of the Obscure Film Series. Admission: $5.

Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival — The festival explores the life, controversies and legacy of Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman, with live musical presentations, movie screenings, reenactments and more starting at noon Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Admission: $10. Information: (575) 541-2290 or RioGrandeTheaftre.com.
  Best remembered for killing Billy the Kid, Garrett lived in Doña Ana County for 12 years, served as county sheriff for four years, and was killed there on Feb. 28, 1908.
• Noon: “Sing The Legend” live musical presentation by Dan Crow, John Wood, Ash Soular.
• 2 p.m.: Disappearance of Col. Fountain presentation by David Thomas, on the events leading up to and following the disappearance and apparent killing of Col. Albert J. Fountain and his son Henry on Jan. 28, 1896.
• 2:30 p.m.: Fountain Murder Trial reenactment, followed by discussion at 3:30 p.m.
• 4 p.m.: “The Fountain Murders” presentation by Karl Laumbac.
• 7 p.m.: Screening of the 1958 film “The Left Handed Gun,” with Paul Newman as Billy the Kid and John Dehner as Garrett.

Las Cruces International Film Festival —  Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Graham Greene, Krista Bridges Bella Heathcote and Judge Reinhold, and writer/producer Tom Schulman are special guests at at the 2020 Las Cruces International Film Festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces March 4-8. Screenings at the Las Cruces Allen Theatres Cineport 10, 700 South Telshor.
  VIP passes are $150 for all events. Film and workshop access passes are $75. Daily screening passes are $20. Tickets and full schedule available at lascrucesfilmfest.com.
  Single screening tickets, as available, are $10; available in advance at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall. 
 Las Cruces International Film Festival
  Dreyfuss, Green, and Bridges are all cast in “Astronaut,” the Opening Night film on March 4. Dreyfuss plays an elderly widower who has always been intrigued by space. Although he is beyond the age requirement, he enters and wins a competition hosted by a billionaire entrepreneur and company founder on the first commercial space flight! Director/writer Shelagh McLeod and the film’s producers reality that inspired the film. They will join Dreyfuss, Greene, and Bridges in a Q&A after the film. Virgin Galactic staff plan to join them as well.
  Dreyfuss (”Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus) will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award March 5.

Movies at Branigan Library — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, presents free book-based movies in the Roadrunner Room. Admission is free. Call for titles and ratings. Information: (575) 528-4014, or library.media@las-cruces.org.
  Movies rated PG-13 and R are 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
  Family friendly movies rated G and PG are 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the Month.
  Award-winning foreign films are featured at 2 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the Month (rated PG to R).

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. Some 7:30 p.m. Sunday night screenings have an open caption option. Admission: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students with ID; $5 children and society members); $5 on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: 2020 Oscar Shorts – Live Action & Animation.
Feb. 7-13: “Fantastic Fungi,” a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi.
Feb. 14-20: “The Song of Names.” An Englishman travels throughout Europe to finds his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, who disappeared on the eve of his first solo concert several years earlier. Two-for-one admission on Feb. 14.
Feb. 21-27: “Van Gogh & Japan.” The film explores Vincent van Gogh’s interest in Japanese art and its influence on his work.
  No Feb. 22 matinee; Feb. 27 show at 1:30 p.m. (no evening show)
Feb. 28-March 5: “Invisible Life.” Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

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):
  Feb. 7:
• And Then We Danced (Music Box) — Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili. Directed by Levan Akin.
• Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.) — Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directed by Cathy Yan.
  • The Lodge (Neon) — Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage. Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz.
  Feb. 14:
• Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island (Columbia) — Maggie Q, Michael Peña, Lucy Hale. Directed by Jeff Wadlow.
• Downhill (Fox Searchlight) — Miranda Otto, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
• First Lady (ArtAffects) — Corbin Bernsen, Nancy Stafford,Burgess Jenkins; Directed by Nina May.
• Ordinary Love (Bleecker Street) — Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah. Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa & Glenn Leyburn.
• The Photograph (Universal) — LaKeith Stanfield, Courtney B. Vance, Chelsea Perett. Directed by Stella Meghie.
• Sonic, the Hedgehog (Paramount) — Live Action & CG Animation. Jim Carrey, Adam Pally, James Marsden. Directed by Jeff Fowler.
• The Times of Bill Cunningham (Greenwich) — Documentary about the legendary NY Times photographer. Directed by Mark Bozek.
• What About Love (XLI) — Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, Iain Glen. Directed by Klaus Menzel.
  Feb. 21:
• Bloodshot (Columbia) — Sam Heughan, Eiza González, Vin Diesel. Directed by Dave Wilson.
• Brahms: The Boy II (STX) — Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Ralph Ineson. Directed by William Brent Bell.
• The Call of the Wild (Disney) — Karen Gillan, Harrison Ford, Cara Gee. Directed by Chris Sanders. Re-imagining of the classic Jack London novel.
• Emma (Focus) — Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O'Connor, Gemma Whelan. Directed by Autumn de Wilde. Based on the beloved Jane Austen novel.
• Goldie (Film Movement) — Slick Woods, George Sample III, Danny Hoch. Directed by Sam de Jong.
• Greed (Sony Classics) — Sophie Cookson, Asa Butterfield, Isla Fisher. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
• My Boyfriend’s Meds (Pantelion) — Brooke Shields, Jason Alexander, Jaime Camil; Directed by Diego Kaplan.
  Feb. 28:
• A White, White Day (Film Movement) — Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason. Directed by Hlynur Palmason.
• Burden (101 Studios) — Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Garrett Hedlund. Directed by Andrew Heckler.
• The Invisible Man (Universal) — Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge. Directed by Leigh Whannell. NOT based on the novel by H.G. Wells!
• The Ride (ESX) — Shane Graham, Sasha Alexander, Ludacris. Directed by Alex Ranarivelo.
• Saint Francis (Oscilloscope) — Kelly O’Sullivan, Charin Alvarez, Braden Crothers. Directed by Alex Thompson.
• Wendy (Fox Searchlight) — Tommie Lynn Milazzo, Shay Walker, Stephanie Lynn Wilson. Directed by Benh Zeitlin.
• The Whistlers (Magnolia) — Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar. Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases
 
Feb. 4:
• Doctor Sleep. R
• Last Christmas. PG-13
• Playing with Fire. PG
• 21 Bridges. R
  Feb. 11:
• Ford v. Ferrari. PG-13
• First Love. Not Rated
  Feb. 18:
• A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. PG
• The Good Liar. R
• Midway. PG-13
  March 3:
• Dark Waters. PG-13
• Queen and Slim. R
  March 10:
• Charlie’s Angels. PG-13

 

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