March 2019

FILM

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents the 1949 film “Red Shoes” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on Powell & Pressburger: the 1940s. 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 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), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
March 2: “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The story of a Depression-era friendship between two women, Ruth and Idgie, and a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny, an elderly woman, is based on the novel by Fannie Flagg.
March 9: “The Collector.” A 1965 British/American psychological crime/thriller film based on the 1963 novel by John Fowles. Frederick stalks a young art student in his van, kidnaps and chloroforms her, treating her one of the butterfly specimens he collects.
March 16: “Sleeping with the Enemy.” A woman escapes from her abusive husband, moving from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she captures the attention of a kindly college drama teacher.
March 23: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” follows the Griswold family’s misfortune-filled road trip to Wallyworld.

Friday Night Flicks — The UTEP film series is offered at 6:30 p.m. every other Friday at the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $3 ($2 UTEP ID). A $5 movie combo (with hot dog, popcorn and drink) offered. Information: 747-5670,SELC@utep.edu or on Facebook at UTEP/SELC.
March 8: Mary Poppins Returns. PG
March 15: Aquaman. PG-13
April 12: Glass. PG-13.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of film “RGB” in celebration of Women’s History Month is 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 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 explores the personal journey of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she developed a legal legacy and unexpectedly became a pop culture icon.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents “Chinatown” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, as part of the monthly film series. Films include and introduction and short question and answer session. Admission: $8. Series passes for 2019 are $79. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
  Other films:
  A Throwback Thursday showing of “Coming to America” is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Admission: $5.
  The Kids Movie screening of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is” is noon Saturday, March 2 to help kick off the Las Cruces Museum’s spring break camps. Admission is free.

‘BlacKkKlansman’ screening — Best-selling author Ron Stallworth will appear at a benefit screening of the Oscar-nominated 2018 film BlacKkKlansmen at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m. Stallworth will do a Q&A after the screening. Proceeds benefit the Migrant Families Relief Fund in the El Paso Community Foundation.
Tickets: $50; available at the door and epcf.org/bkkk.
  Stallworth’s best-selling memoir details how the Austin High School graduate and Colorado Springs police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — Passes are now on sale for $200 for El Paso Community Foundation’s 12th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival Aug. 1-11. Billed as the “world’s largest classic film festival,” the festival presents more than 90 movies of all genres from the golden age of cinema to more recent favorites. Screenings are in the Plaza’s Main (Kendle Kidd) Theatre and Philanthropy Theatre. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com.

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.
  On Sunday nights, the 7:30 screening has open captions when the scheduled film has an open caption option.
March 1-7: If Beale Street Could Talk. A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. (March 3 evening show is Open Caption)
March 8-14: Shoplifters. A family of small-time crooks takes in a child they find outside in the cold (in Japanese with subtitles).
March 15-21: Cold War. In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France (in Polish & various languages with subtitles).
March 22-28: Never Look Away. A German artist has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime (in German & Russian with subtitles). March 23_ is 7:30 p.m. only; no matinee. March 28_ is 1:30 pm only; no evening show.
  Movie descriptions are from IMDB.com.

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). 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, nmspacemuseum.org or on Facebook.
  Now showing:
• Australia’s Great Wild North, 11:05 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
• “Mysteries of China,” 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Black Holes: 12:30 and 3:30 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):

March 1:
• Climax (A24) — Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub. Directed by Gaspar Noé.
• Greta (Focus) — Zawe Ashton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe. Directed by Neil Jordan.
• A Madea Family Funeral (Lionsgate) — Courtney Burrell, Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely. Directed by Tyler Perry.
• Saint Judy (Forefront) — Michelle Monaghan, Alfred Molina, Leem Lubany. Directed by Sean Hanish.
• Stray (Screen Media) — Takayo Fischer, Christine Woods, Karen Fukuhara. Directed by Joe Sill.
• Styx (Beta Cinema) — Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Felicity Babao. Directed by Wolfgang Fischer.
• Transit (Music Box) — Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese. Directed by Christian Petzold.

March 8:
• Captain Marvel (Disney) — Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, McKenna Grace. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
• Gloria Bell (A24) — Julianne Moore, Sean Astin, Jeanne Tripplehorn. Directed by Sebastián Lelio.
• The Kid (Lionsgate) — Chris Pratt, Leila George, Vincent D’Onofrio. Directed by D’Onofrio.
• The Sex Trip (Ammo Content) — Jade Ramsey, Charlotte Ellen Price, Louis Mandylor. Directed by Anthony G. Cohen.

March 15:
• The Aftermath (Fox Searchlight) — Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke. Directed by James Kent.
• Ash is Purest White (Cohen Media) — Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao. Directed by Zhangke Jia.
• Captive State (Focus) — Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Madeline Brewer. Directed by Rupert Wyatt.
• Faith, Hope & Love (ArtEffects)--Robert Krantz. Peta Murgatroyd, Michael Richards. Directed by J.J. Englert and Robert Krantz.
• Finding Steve McQueen (Open Road) — Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, William Fichtner. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
• Five Feet Apart (Lionsgate) — Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Claire Forlani. Directed by Justin Baldoni.
• The Hummingbird Project (Orchard) — Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek, Alexander Skarsgård. Directed by Kim Nguyen.
• Iceman (Ascot Elite) — Jürgen Vogel, Susanne Wuest, André Hennicke. Directed by Felix Randau.
• The Mustang (Focus) — Josh Stewart, Connie Britton, Matthias Schoenaerts. Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.
• No Manchas Frida 2 (Pantelion) — Martha Higareda, Omar Chaparro, Itatí Cantoral. Directed by Nacho G. Velilla.
• Wonder Park (Paramount) — CG Animation. Voices of Brianna Denski, Ken Hudson Campbell, Jennifer Garner.
• Yardie (Rialto) — Antwayne Eccleston, Fraser James, Aml Ameen. Directed by Idris Elba.

March 22:
• Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) — Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi. Directed by Anthony Maras.
• Ramen Shop (Art House) — Tsuyoshi Ihara, Takumi Saitoh, Seiko Matsuda. Directed by Eric Khoo.
• Us (Universal) — Anna Diop, Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o. Directed by Jordan Peele.
• Where’d You Go, Bernadette (United Artists) — Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig. Directed by Richard Linklater.

March 29:
• The Beach Bum (Neon) — Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher. Directed by Harmony Korine.
• Dumbo (Disney) — Live Action & CG Animation. Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton. Directed by Tim Burton. Retelling of the classic 1941 Disney animated feature.
• Unplanned (Solideo Gloria) — Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott. Directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon.


DVD/Blu-ray Releases

March 5:
• The Favourite. R
• Instant Family. PG-13

March 12:
• Green Book. PG-13
• Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward. PG-13
• Mortal Engines. PG-13

March 26:
• Second Act. PG-13




 

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