March 2018


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An Evening with Mark Medoff — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, celebrated Mark Medoff’s return to Broadway with a screening of the 1986 film “Children of a Lesser God,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, followed by a questions and answer session with Medoff. Tickets: $10; free for classic film series season pass holders. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, as part of its monthly classic film series. Tickets: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.

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, March 3 is “All About Eve” as part of the “Second Acts” series. Tickets: $3; available at Information:
  The final film in the series is “The Furies” (April 7).
  The salon also hosts a “Conspiracy” series at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, with “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), and
March 3: “The Thomas Crown Affair”(1999). An attempted robbery of precious paintings fails when museum employees discover imposters posing as staff who have been smuggled in. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary and Faye Dunaway.
March 10: “The Illusionist.” A romantic mystery written and directed by Neil Burger about a magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who reunites with his childhood love. Starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti.
March 17: Special St. Patrick’s Day classic showing of the Disney family film “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.” A wily Irish caretaker and his battle of wits with the King of the Leprechauns. Starring Albert Sharpe as Darby O’Gill, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O’Dea.
March 31: “The Score.” Canadian-American crime thriller starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role. After nearly being caught on a routine burglary, a master safecracker decides the time has finally come to retire.
  The 3rd annual 2018 Festinema Junior Film Festival featuring films in French language (with English subtitles) is at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, presented by the Alliance Française d'El Paso.
March 24: “Polina,” Trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance.
March 25: “Le Roi et L’Oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird).’ Animated film with young lovers, an evil king and a magical talking mockingbird.

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
  Single screening tickets, if available are $10; available in advance at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall.
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. An opening Night screening of Rose is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cineport 10. Tickets: $30.
Other special guests include voice actresses Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi who will take part in a “Diversity and Inclusion in Entertainment” presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, with Shepherd, Grier, Brian Espinosa and others.
  Actor RJ Mitte, known for his role as Walter Jr. in the series “Breaking Bad,” will be inducted in the NM Film and Television Hall of Fame. Mitte will also be a celebrity presenter for the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday March 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main.
  An “Inside Breaking Bad” talk is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre with Mitte, fellow “Breaking Bad” alum Charles Baker (Skinny Pete), writers, directors and designers. Admission is free.
  A Conversation and Musical interlude with actor and musician Billy Boyd (Pippin, from the “Lord of the Rings Trilogy”), is 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Admission is free.
  Film Festival Awards ceremony is 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre, followed by a VIP after party at Plaza de Las Cruces. Ceremony is free; passes required for VIP event.

‘Seven Samurai’ — NMSU, Las Cruces Museum System and Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, present a free showing of the Akira Kurosawa classic at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, as part of the 2018 Big Read. Concessions available for purchase. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League hosts movie screenings at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Screenings are at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5, unless otherwise listed. information: (575) 437-2202 or
• Saturday, March 10: Pure County.
• Monday, March 12: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; open to film league members only.
• Thursday, March 15: Dirty Dancing
• Saturday, March 31: Breakfast Club.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Babette's Feast,” adapted from a novella by Isak Dineson, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 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 film is about a 19th century French political refugee who becomes a housekeeper in a remote village in Denmark. After a while, grateful for their acceptance of her, Babette prepares a French banquet for the entire village —and the meal somehow changes everyone's life.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents “Brooklyn” at noon Sunday, March 18, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free, but reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via
  The romantic drama directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby is based on Colm Tóibín’s novel. A young Irish woman’s immigrates to Brooklyn in the early 1950s and falls in love. Starring Saoirse Ronan (Academy Award nominee for this year’s “Lady Bird”) and features Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

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
Through March 1: “Quest.” The documentary follows eight years in the lives of a loving, working-poor black family in North Philadelphia, examining the clan's creative endeavors like the hip-hop recording studio built by father Christopher “Quest” Rainey.
M​arch 2-8: “I, Tonya.” A darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. With Oscar nominees Margot Robbie and Allison Janney.
March 9-15: “Phantom Thread.” A portrait of both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. With 3-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who is also nominated for this role).
March 16-22: “Call Me By Your Name. ”In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with a 24-year-old graduate student. Starring Oscar nominees Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
March 23​-29: “Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. Starring Annette Benning and Jamie Bell.
  March 29 show at 1:30 p.m., no evening show.
March 30-April 5: “In Between.” Three young women share an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv and face struggles between tradition and modernity. In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles.
  No March 31 matinee.

New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. The newly renovated Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater will reopen March 9. Schedule to be announced. Theater tickets are $7 ($6 seniors and military; $5 ages 4-12). 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.

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):
  March 2:
• Dance Academy: The Movie (ZDF Enterprises) — Alex Acosta, Alicia Banit, Chris Bartlett. Directed by Jeffrey Walker.
• Death Wish (MGM) — Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D’Onofrio. Directed by Eli Roth. Remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film.
• Foxtrot (Sony Classics) — Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray. Directed by Samuel Maoz.
• Red Sparrow (20th Century-Fox) — Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling. Directed by Francis Lawrence.
• Souvenir (Strand) — Isabelle Huppert, Kévin Azaïs, Johan Leysen. Directed by Bavo Defurne.
• Submission (Great Point Media) — Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin, Kyra Sedgwick. Directed by Richard Levine.
• They Remain (Paladin) — William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson. Directed by Philip Gelatt.
  March 9:
• Gringo (Amazon) — David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton. Directed by Nash Edgerton.
• The Hurricane Heist (Entertainment Studios) — Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten. Directed by Rob Cohen.
• Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (Magnolia) — Documentary. Artist Goldsworthy on his exploration of the world. Andy Goldsworthy, Holly Goldsworthy. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer.
• The Leisure Seeker (Sony Classics) — Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Janel Moloney. Directed by Paolo Virzi.
• The Strangers: Prey at Night (Aviron) — Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson. Directed by Johannes Roberts.
• Thoroughbreds (Focus) — Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Cooke. Directed by Cory Finley.
• A Wrinkle in Time (Disney) — Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Based on the children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
  March 16:
• Flower (Orchard) — Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Max Winkler.
• I Can Only Imagine (Lionsgate) — J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, Dennis Quaid. Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin.
• Josie (Screen Media) — Dylan McDermott, Sophie Turner, Kurt Fuller. Directed by Eric England.
• Journey’s End (Good Deed Entertainment) — Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield. Directed by Saul Dibb. Remake of the 1930 James Whale film starring Colin Clive and based on the play by R.C. Sherriff.
• Love, Simon (20th Century-Fox) — Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel. Directed by Greg Berlanti.
• Ramen Heads (Midship) — Documentary. A revealing look into each step of creating the perfect soup and noodles. Directed by Koki Shigeno.
• 7 Days in Entebbe (Focus) — Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan. Directed by José Padilha.
• Tomb Raider (Warner Bros.) — Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas; Directed by Roar Uthaug. The further adventures of ”Laura Croft.”
  March 23:
• Back to Burgundy (Music Box) — Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil. Directed by Cédric Klapisch.
• A Bag of Marbles (Gaumont) — Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial, Patrick Bruel. Directed by Christian Duguay.
• The Endless (Well Go USA) — Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, James Jordan. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
• Final Portrait (Sony Classics) — Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub. Directed by Stanley Tucci.
• Getting Grace (Hannover House) — Daniel Roebuck, Madelyn Dundon, Marsha Dietlein. Directed by Roebuck.
• I Kill Giants (RLJE) — Zoe Saldana, Noel Clarke, Imogen Poots. Directed by Anders Walter.
• Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) — CG Animation. Voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton. Directed by Wes Anderson.
• Ismael's Ghosts (Magnolia) — Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Directed by Arnaud Desplechin.
• Izzy Gets the F*** Across Town (Shout! Factory) — Mackenzie Davis, Haley Joel Osment, Carrie Coon. Directed by Christian Papierniak.
• Midnight Sun (Open Road) — Patrick Schwarzenegger, Bella Thorne, Rob Riggle. Directed by Scott Speer.
• Pacific Rim Uprising (Universal) — John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight.
• Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount) — CG Animation. Voices of Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Maggie Smith. Directed by John Stevenson.
• Unsane (Bleecker Street) — Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Amy Irving. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
  March 30:
• Acrimony (Lionsgate) — Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Nicolet, Ajiona Alexus.
Directed by Tyler Perry.
  • Bad Samaritan (Dutch FilmWorks) — Kerry Condon, David Tennant, Jacqueline Byers. Directed by Dean Devlin.
• The China Hustle (Magnolia) — Documentary. Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and opportunistic greed behind a big heist. Directed by Jed Rothstein.
• Finding Your Feet (Roadside) — Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley. Directed by Richard Loncraine.
• Gemini (Neon) — Lola Kirke, John Cho, Zoë Kravitz; Directed by Aaron Katz.
• God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (Pure Flix Entertainment) — Jennifer Taylor, John Corbett, Tatum O’Neal; Directed by Michael Mason.
• Lean on Pete (A24) — Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi. Directed by Andrew Haigh.
• Outside In (The Orchard) — Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, Kaitlyn Dever. Directed by Lynn Shelton.
• Paul, Apostle of Christ (Columbia) — James Faulkner, Joanne Whalley, Jim Caviezel. Directed by Andrew Hyatt.
• Ready Player One (Warner Bros.) — Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg, Letitia Wright. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases
  March 6:
• The Man who Invited Christmas. PG
• Wonder Wheel. PG-13
• Thor: Ragnarok. PG-13
  March 13:
• The Shape of Water. R
• Justice League. PG-13
• I, Tonya. R
• Ferdinand. PG
  March 20:
• Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle. PG-13
• Pitch Perfect 3. PG-13
• Downsizing. R.

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