February 2018


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

‘The People vs. Fritz Bauer’ — The El Paso Holocaust Museum and the El Paso Jewish Federation film series hosts the screening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 Montecillo. Tickets: $10 ($6 seniors, students and military). Information: Brenda Ehrlich, 203-3334.
  The film is the true story of the German-Jewish prosecutor who became instrumental in the pursuit and capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

MVFS design contest — Mesilla Valley Film Society is holding a design contest for their new t-shirts. Winner receives $200. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. Guidelines and more information: mesillavalleyfilm.org.

‘Berta No Se Murió, Se Multiplicó’ — The documentary short film screening is 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, followed by Community Dialogue & Children's Circle with co-producer Maria Claudia Montesinos. Admission is free. Information: (828) 467-7704, mujerobrera.org, or on Facebook at FronteraWaterProtectors.
  In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world to be a land defender, Berta Cáceres’ death has not silenced the many campesinos fighting for justice and indigenous sovereignty. They mourn Berta’s assassination with powerful chants of “Bertha didn’t die, she multiplied!”

Film Salon — The Film Salon meets at the first Saturday of the month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Showing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 is “Mildred Pierce” as part of the “Second Acts” series. Tickets: $3; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org.
  Upcoming films in the series include “All About Eve,” (March 3) and “The Furies” (April 7).
  The salon also hosts a “Conspiracy” series with “The Conversation” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Upcoming films in the series include “The Parallax View” (March 21) and “Three Days of the Condor” (April 18).

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 Street opens at 1:30 p.m. to enter directly into auditorium). Presentations include commentary, anecdotes and facts behind the films. Admission is free; donations and museum membership appreciated. Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks available for purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net.
  February’s films will all be “Matters of the Heart” love stories from a feminine point of view, celebrating the month of Valentine’s Day.
Feb. 3: “Dirty Dancing” (1987). Set in the summer of 1963, a 17-year-old girl is vacationing with her affluent family at a resort in the Catskill Mountains, where she develops a crush on the resort’s dance instructor.
Feb. 10: “Pretty Woman” (1990). A down-on-her-luck Hollywood hooker is hired by a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, during which develops a relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.
Feb. 17: “Message in a Bottle” (1999). During her morning jog on the beach, a journalist finds a mysterious, heartbreaking and anonymous typed love letter in a bottle protruding in the sand addressed to “Catherine.” Based on Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.
Feb. 24: “What Women Want” (2000). An egotistical advertising executive gets a whole new outlook on life when a freak accident gives him the ability to read women’s minds.

Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents a screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion will follow. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Director Raoul Peck explores the current racial narrative in America through the unfinished writings of James Baldwin.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League hosts a screening of the comedy “Super Troopers” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Ticket information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents the romantic comedy “French Kiss” at noon Sunday, Feb. 18, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free, but reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via ardovinos.com.
  When Kate (Meg Ryan) learns that her fiancé Charlie (Timothy Hutton) has become smitten with a young Parisian woman, she boards a plan for France. She unwittingly gets involved with a charming crook (Kevin Kline) and a stolen diamond necklace.

Las Cruces International Film Festival — Film stars Cybill Shepherd and Pam Grier, stars of the film “Rose,” will appear at a screening of the film at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Allen Theatres Cineport 10, at Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor, as part of the 2018 Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) March 7-11. Both actresses will answer audience questions following the screening. After party for VIP pass holders to follow. VIP passes are $150 for all events. Film and workshop access passes are $75. Daily screening passes are $20. Tickets available at lascrucesfilmfest.com.
  Single screening tickets, if available are $8; available in advance at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall. Full schedule to be announced.
  In “Rose” Shepherd portrays a recently disabled ex-police officer who takes a solo road trip in her motorized wheelchair to New Mexico to reconcile with her estranged son.
  Actor RJ Mitte, known for his role as Walter Jr. in the series “Breaking Bad” will be inducted in the New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame. Mitte will also be a celebrity presenter for the awards ceremony.
  The Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award ceremony is Thursday, March 8, honoring Cybill Shepherd.

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 mesillavalleyfilm.org.
  Showing at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, as part of “For the Love of Art Month,” is “I, Claude Monet.” This is the story of Monet as expressed through his personal letters as he painted.
Jan. 26-Feb. 1: “The Breadwinner.” (animated). A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. Jan. 27: 7:30 p.m. only.
Feb. 2-8: “Lady Bird.” Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is about the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. One of the rated films of 2017.
Feb. 9-15: “Crooked House.” In Agatha Christie's twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer.
Feb. 16-22: The 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action & Animated.
  Live Action shorts are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Monday and Wednesday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
  Animation shorts are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
  No matinee on Feb. 17; Thursday matinee at 1:30 p.m., no evening show.
Feb. 23-March 1: “Quest.” This documentary follows eight years in the lives of a loving, working-poor black family in North Philadelphia, examining how the clan's tenacity and hope fuel creative endeavors like the hip-hop recording studio built by father Christopher “Quest” Rainey.
  No matinee Feb. 24.

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. 2:
• Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (Vertical) — CG Animation. Voices of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane and China Anne McClain. Directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal.
• The Cage Fighter (Sundance Selects) — Vernon Beach, Callie Carman, Delanee Carman. Directed by Jeff Unay.
• A Fantastic Woman (Sony Classics) — Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco. Directed by Sebastián Lelio.
• Winchester (CBS) — Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook. Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig.
Feb. 9:
• The 15:16 to Paris (Warner Bros.) — Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Lillian Solange Beaudoin. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
• Fifty Shades Freed (Universal) — Arielle Kebbel, Luke Grimes, Dakota Johnson. Directed by James Foley.
• La Boda de Valentina (Videocine) — Kate Vernon, Ryan Carnes, Marimar Vega. Directed by Marco Polo Constandse.
• Peter Rabbit (Columbia) — CG Animation. Voices of Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki. Directed by Will Gluck.
Feb. 16:
• Amant Double (Cohen Media) — Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset. Directed by François Ozon.
• Black Panther (Disney) — Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan. Directed by Ryan Coogler.
• Early Man (Summit) — Stop-Motion Animation. Voices of Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne. Directed by Nick Park.
• Loveless (Sony Classics) — Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.
• Nostalgia (Bleecker Street) — Hugo Armstrong, Ellen Burstyn, Shinelle Azoroh. Directed by Mark Pellington.
• Oh Lucy! (Film Movement) — Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami. Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi.
• The Party (Roadside) — Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones. Directed by Sally Potter. In glorious Black & White.
• Samson (Pure Flix) — Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer. Directed by Bruce Macdonald and Gabriel Sabloff.

Feb. 23:
• Annihilation (Paramount) — Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Directed by Alex Garland.
• Game Night (Warner Bros.) — Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
• Hannah (TF1) — Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Stéphanie Van Vyve. Directed by Andrea Pallaoro.
• The Lodgers (Epic) — Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Moe Dunford. Directed by Brian O'Malley.
• The War with Grandpa (Dimension) — Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken. Directed by Tim Hill.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Jan. 30:
• Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. PG-13

Feb. 6:
• A Bad Moms Christmas. R
• Suburbicon. R
• LBJ. R
• Only the Brave. PG-13

Feb. 13:
• Wonder. PG
• Roman J. Israel, Esq. PG-13

Feb. 20:
• Daddy’s Home 2. PG-13
• Same Kind of Different as Me. PG-13

Feb. 27:
• Just Getting Started. PG-13

March 6:
• The Man Who Invited Christmas. PG
• Wonder Wheel. PG-13

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