February 2019


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Black Narcissus” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 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.
  Next month’s film is “Red Shoes” (1948) on March 2.

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.
  February’s theme is “Bittersweet Romance.”
Feb. 2: “Casablanca.” Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning three, this classic is on most every list of the “Greatest Films of All Time.” Stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. An American expatriate must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, escape from Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
Feb. 9: “Brief Encounter.” The thrill, pain and tenderness of an illicit affair is realized as two married middle-age strangers meet at a train station and find themselves drawn into a short but poignant romance. Adapted by Noel Coward from his 1936 one-act play “Still Life.”
Feb. 16: “Roman Holiday.” Gregory Peck is a reporter and Audrey Hepburn is a royal princess out to see Rome on her own (and incognito). Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in her American movie debut.
Feb. 23: “Somewhere In Time.” A contemporary playwright falls in love with a woman in a 70-year-old photograph and sets out to find the object of his affection. Adaptation by Richard Matheson of his 1975 novel, “Bid Time Return.”

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. 2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Admission is free except for 7:30 p.m. event. Information: (575) 523-6403 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.
  Event schedule:
• Noon: “Sing the Legend” live musical presentation by Dan Crow, John Wood, and Scott Galbreath.
• 1:30 p.m.: “Four Faces West, 1948,” film based on a story by Eugene
Manlove Rhodes.
• 4 p.m.: “Killing Pat Garrett presentation by David Thomas
• 4:30 p.m.” “Wayne Brazel Preliminary Examination” reenactment.
• 5 p.m.: The Wayne Brazel Trial follow-up presentation by David Thomas
• 5 p.m. An exhibit of images from the early days of movie theaters in Las Cruces opens in the theatre gallery
• 6 p.m. “Querida Esposa: Travel Back in Time on a Journey of Love” presentation by Karla Steen.
• 7:30 p.m. A History of Movie Theaters in Las Cruces & Billy The Kid screening. Admission: $5.

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. Schedule to be announced.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of film “Hidden Figures” is 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 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 true story about three African-American women mathematicians — Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — who were instrumental in the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents “To Kill A Mockingbird,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 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 “Tommy Boy” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Admission: $5.
  The Kids Movie screening of “Madagascar” us noon Saturday, Feb. 16. Admission: $1 (cash only).

Las Cruces International Film Festival — Comedian, film and television star George Lopez and actor and producer Edward James Olmos will appear at the 2019 Las Cruces International Film Festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces Feb. 20-24.
  VIP passes are $150 for all events. Film and workshop access passes are $75. Daily screening passes are $20. Tickets and full schedule at lascrucesfilmfest.com.
  Single screening tickets, if available are $10; available in advance at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall.
  Olmos’s successful career as an actor and producer spans more than 30 years. He was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver.” Olmos will receive the Mark Medoff Humanitarian Award following a screening of his film “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $30.
  Lopez recently finished shooting the film “Walking With Herb” in Las Cruces with Olmos and Kathleen Quinlan. He is currently starring in “River Runs Red,” the LCIFF opening night film, with Taye Diggs, John Cusack, Luke Hemsworth and RJ Mitte. He will receive “Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award” at a VIP reception Thursday, Feb. 21, followed by a screening of his film “The Chicano” at 7 p.m. at Allen Theatres Cineport 10.
  Other special guests include actress/producer Beverly D’Angelo, actress Zoe Perry, writer/producer Dan Foster, and actress/producer Kathleen Quinlan.

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.
  A “For the Love of Art Month” screening of “Kusama: Infinity” is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Artist Yayoi Kusama, who turns 90 this year, overcame a hard childhood in Japan and rose to fame in New York in the 1960s in the world of pop art. Her radical artistic vision has made her the top-selling female artist in the world.
Feb. 1-7: “Mary Queen of Scots.” Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Queen Elizabeth finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Feb. 8-14: “Stan & Ollie.” Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theater tour of post-war Britain.
Feb. 15-21: Oscar Nominated Shorts. For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films.
  Live Action shorts are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Monday and Wednesday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Friday, Monday and Wednesday at 7:30. Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
  Animated shorts are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
  No Feb. 16 matinee in lieu of “For the Love of Art” special screening.
Feb. 22-28: “Capernaum.” Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum (“Chaos”) charts the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy who survives the dangers of the city streets. Free for MVFS members.
  No Saturday, Feb. 23 matinee. Thursday, Feb. 28 show is 1:30 p.m.; no evening show.

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):

Feb. 1:
• Arctic (Bleecker Street) — Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir. Directed by Joe Penna.
• Jacob’s Ladder (LD Entertainment) — Jesse Williams, Karla Souza, Joseph Sikora. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. Remake of the 1990 Adrian Lyne film starring Tim Robbins.
• Miss Bala (Columbia) — Anthony Mackie, Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Cordova. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Feb. 8:
• Cold Pursuit (Summit) — Emmy Rossum, Liam Neeson, Laura Dern. Directed by Hans Petter Moland.
• Everybody Knows (Focus) — Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín. Directed by Asghar Farhadi.
• The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros.) — CG Animation. Featuring the voices of Jason Momoa, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt. Directed by Mike Mitchell and Tricia Gum. Sequel to the 2014 movie.
• The Prodigy (Orion) — Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Jackson Robert Scott. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy.
• Under the Eiffel Tower (Orchard) — Matt Walsh, Judith Godrèche, Reid Scott. Directed by Archie Borders.
• What Men Want (Paramount) — Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield, Wendi McLendon-Covey. Directed by Adam Shankman.
Feb. 15:
• Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century-Fox) — Live-Action & CG Animation. Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly. Mahershala Ali. Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
• Birds of Passage (Orchard) — Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes. Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.
• Fighting with My Family (MGM) — Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey. Directed by Stephen Merchant.
• Happy Death Day 2U (Universal) — Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine. Directed by Christopher Landon.
• Isn’t it Romantic (Warner Bros.) — Rebel Williams, Tom Ellis, Priyanka Chopra. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.
• This One’s for the Ladies (Neon) — Michele Moore, Poundcake, Terrill Ross. Directed by Gene Graham.
Feb. 22:
• How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal) — CGI Animation. Voices of Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill. Directed by Dean DeBlois. Sequel to the 2014 film.
• The Rhythm Section (Paramount) — Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown. Directed by Reed Morano.
• Run the Race (Roadside) — Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher, Kristoffer Polaha. Directed by Chris Dowling.
• The Turning (Universal) — Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince. Directed by Floria Sigismondi.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Feb. 5:
• The Girl in the Spider’s Web. R
• A Private War. R
• The Sisters Brothers. R
• Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. PG

Feb. 12:
• Bohemian Rhapsody. PG-13
• The Front Runner. R

Feb. 19
• A Star Is Born. R
• Overlord. R
• Robin Hood. PG-13

Feb. 26:
• The Possession of Hannah Grace. R


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