April 2017


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

‘Anything for Selenas’ Celebration — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo celebrates Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla March 31-April 2, with movie party screenings of “Selena” all weekend, a themed menu, Selena trivia and Karaoke, a Selena lookalike contest, Selena photo booth and an outdoor concert by Austin’s first all-star Selena tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda. Movie tickets: $12.99; available at drafthouse.com/el-paso.
  Selena trivia is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Glass Half Full taproom, followed by Selena Karaoke at 8 p.m. and Diamond Selena performer and Look-Alike Contest at 10 p.m. Admission to taproom events is free.
  Outdoor Selena Tribute Concert by Bidi Bidi Banda is 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in the parking lot. Admission: $5; guests who purchase movie tickets anytime during the weekend will be admitted to the concert by showing ticket stub.

Film Salon — The Film Salon, now at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, opens its series “Rosalind Russell X 2” celebrating Russell's iconic screen roles with “Auntie Mame,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Tickets: $3; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org.
  The Film Salon celebrates its 15th Anniversary with special screenings at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Details to be announced.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo, hosts movies during the month of April presented by Flickinger Film League. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Wednesday, April 5: Classics Night: Beat the Devil. Tickets: $5
• Thursday, April 6: Throwback Thursday: The Big Lebowski. Tickets: $5
• 1 p.m. Sunday, April 9: Sci Fi Sunday: Gamera: War of the Monsters Tickets: $5
• Monday, April 10: Blazing Saddles (Film League members only)
• Wednesday, April 12: Cowboy Cinema: Magnificent Seven
• Friday, April 14: Alamo Aeon Adventure Movie: Batman (1989).
  Free Kid Shows are 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, with “The Magic Path,” and Thursday, April 6, with “The Amazing Wizard of Paws.”

Friday Night Flicks — The UTEP film series is offered at 6 p.m. selected Fridays the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Tickets: $3 ($2 UTEP students, faculty, staff and alumni. Movie combos: $5 (includes hot dog, popcorn and a drink). Information: 747-5648, sa.utep.edu.osl, or on Facebook at UTEP/OSL.
April 7: La La Land
April 21: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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. 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. No movie April 1. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net.
April 8: “The Bucket List” (2007). Two 70-year-old men with diverse backgrounds (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), diagnosed with terminal illness, meet in a hospital. They go on an international road trip to accomplish their wish list.
April 15: “Harvey” (1950). Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart) is a middle-aged, amiable yet eccentric man whose best friend is an imaginary 6’3½’ tall rabbit named Harvey.
April 22: “Lost In America,” (1985)Albert Brooks and Julie Haggerty play a typical 1980s yuppie couple in Los Angeles fed up with their lifestyle. The quit their jobs, sell their house and travel the country in a Winnebago recreational vehicle.
April 29: “Serpico,” (1973). Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is an idealistic New York cop who refuses to take bribes, unlike many of his fellow officers. His actions get Frank shunned by his co-workers on the police force, often placing him in dangerous situations.

Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents an Earth Month screening of ”This Changes Everything,” a film dealing with the climate crisis and how to confront at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot on Travis Street). Discussion will follow. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, “This Changes Everything” was written and narrated by Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book by the same title.

‘Ignatius of Loyola’ — Open Arms Community of El Paso hosts screenings of the film depicting the early life of Ignatius at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 11855 Gateway West (1-10 at Zaragoza). Rated PG-13. Tickets: $10; available in advance only at Madonna Shop, 5933 Gateway West; Misión de Guadalupe Books, 2121 N. Piedras; Holy Spirit Bookstore, 1895-C George Dieter; Open Arms Community, 8210 N. Loop. Tickets not available at Cinemark. Information or credit card purchase: 595-0589, 820-26922 or OpenArmsCommuunity.org.
  Ignatius survived the Spanish Inquisition and founded the Jesuit Order.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents a 45th anniversary showing, of “The Godfather” at the monthly film series at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. The special event, which also celebrates the 3rd anniversary of Jay’s Pix Presents, will include a special Italian buffet. Cost is $39; reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  The original, uncut Academy Award-winning version of the classic film starring Marlon Brando will be shown. attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their best 1940s and ’50s attire.

Plaza Classic Film Festival submissions — The 10th annual classic movie festival seeks works by local filmmakers for its “Local Flavor” series honoring the work made in, around or about the border region. Filmmakers who have made, or are finishing, a short or feature-length film or any genre and would like it to be considered for a screening at this year’s are invited to submit works through June 9 for the festival Aug. 3-13. There is no fee to enter. Guidelines and submission forms at plazaclassic.com/localflavor. Information: 533-4020 or local@plazaclassic.com.
  Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, Local Flavor is the region’s largest showcase of independently made feature, animated, documentary, short and other films from both sides of the border.

Desert Light Film Festival — Otero County Film Office hosts the festival all day Friday, April 21, in NMSU’s Alamogordo campus, featuring films from area middle and high school students, keynote speakers, workshops and more. Films include animation, documentaries, television commercials, music videos, drama/comedy and experimental. Information: griggs1331@msn.com, jwafful@ci.alamogordo.nm.us or filmotero.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.
March 31-April 6: “Paterson.” Director Jim Jarmusch presents a week in the life of a young bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver) in Paterson, N.J. Rated R.
April 7-13: “A United Kingdom.” Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. Starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. Rated PG-13.
April 14-20: “The Salesman.” Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film. A young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Rated PG-13.
April 21-27: “The Red Turtle.” Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, the movie recounts the milestones in the life of a human being. MVFS members admitted free. Rated PG.
  No evening screening April 27; show time 1:30 p.m.
• 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22: “Tomorrow.” A documentary on climate change that focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.
April 28-May 4: “The Heart Outright.” Local film. Stephen Ryder swore he’d never return home after a tragic ordeal. But when his mother dies, he is forced to confront his past. Starring Brad Makarowski, Jessica Medoff, Joshua Rowan, Mark Medoff and Corinne Fox.
  No Saturday matinee.

New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. The museum’s Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater tickets are $7 ($6 for 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.
  The theater features the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser full dome planetarium projection system. Now showing:
• ”National Parks Adventures.” Three adventurers experience the ultimate off-trail adventure exploring America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places. Narrated by Robert Redford. Showings are at 11:05 a.m., 1:10 and 4:05 p.m.
• Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe” at 12:15 and 2:20 p.m.
• Live Digital Planetarium Show: “Night Sky Star Show with Museum Educator” is at 11:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.
  On the Giant Screen: “Journey to Space” at 10:45 a.m., 12:50 and 4:10 p.m. Discover the plans NASA and the space community, like landing astronauts on Mars.

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):

April 7:
• Alive and Kicking (Magnolia) — Documentary. Inside look at the culture of the swing dance world. Directed by Susan Glatzer.
• The Case for Christ (Pure Flix) — Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Robert Forster. Directed by Jon Gunn.
• Cezanne and I (Magnolia) — Guillaume Canet, Alice Pol, Guillaume Gallienne. Directed by Danièle Thompson.
• Colossal (Neon) — Dan Stevens, Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo.
• Gifted (Fox Searchlight) — Octavia Spencer, Chris Evans, Jenny McKenna Grace. Directed by Marc Webb.
• Going in Style (Warner Bros.) — Morgan Freeman, Ann-Margret, Michael Caine. Directed by Zach Braff. Updating of the 1979 film starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.
• Graduation (Sundance Selects) — Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici. Directed by Cristian Mungiu.
• SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (Magnolia) — Documentary. A colorful and crazy odyssey of rock’s greatest living photographer, Mick Rock. Directed by Barney Clay.
• Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony) — CG Animation. Voices of Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello, Julia Roberts.
• Their Finest (STX) — Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy. Directed by Lone Scherfig.
• The Void (Screen Media) — Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Ellen Wong. Directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.
• Your Name (FUNimation) — Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita. Directed by Makoto Shinkai.

April 14:
• A Quiet Passion (Music Box) — Cynthia Nixon, Duncan Duff, Jennifer Ehle. Directed by Terence Davies.
• The Fate of the Furious (Universal) —Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
• Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent — Documentary. An exploration of a new American cuisine and the cult of “celebrity chef.” Directed by
Lydia Tenaglia.
• The Lost City of Z (Bleecker Street) — Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland. Directed by James Gray.
• Norman (Sony Classics) — Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen. Directed by Joseph Cedar.
• Spark: A Space Tail (Open Road) -- CG Animation. Voices of Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon. Directed by Aaron Woodley.
• Tommy’s Honour (Roadside) — Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill, Peter Mullan. Directed by Jason Connery.

April 21:
• Born in China (Disney) — Documentary. The intimate moments of a panda bear and her growing cub. Directed by Chuan Lu.
• Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Sundance Selects) — Documentary. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer.
• Free Fire (A24) — Enzo Cilenti, Brie Larson, Sam Riley. Directed by Ben Wheatley.
• Leap! (Weinstein Co.) — CG Animation. Voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen. Directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.
• Phoenix Forgotten (Freestyle) — Matt Biedel, Florence Hartigan, Josh Couch. Directed by Justin Barber.
• The Promise (Open Road) — Oscar Isaac, Angela Sarafyan, Christian Bale. Directed by Terry George.
• Unforgettable (Warner Bros.) — Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Cheryl Ladd. Directed by Denise Di Novi.

April 28:
• The Circle (STX)— Bill Paxton, Emma Watson, Tom Hanks. Directed by James Ponsoldt.
• How to be a Latin Lover (Pantelion) — Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe. Directed by Ken Marino.
• Sleight (High Top) — Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill. Directed by J.D. Dillard.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

April 4
• Office Christmas Party. R
• Paterson. R
• Star Wars: Rogue One
April 11:
• Lion. PG-13
April 18
• Sleepless. R
April 25:
• The Bye Bye Man. PG-13

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