April 2020

FILM

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

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. 29, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Admission: $10. Information: (575) 541-2290 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.
• Noon: “Sing The Legend” live musical presentation by Dan Crow, John Wood, Ash Soular.
• 2 p.m.: Disappearance of Col. Fountain presentation by David Thomas, on the events leading up to and following the disappearance and apparent killing of Col. Albert J. Fountain and his son Henry on Jan. 28, 1896.
• 2:30 p.m.: Fountain Murder Trial reenactment, followed by discussion at 3:30 p.m.
• 4 p.m.: “The Fountain Murders” presentation by Karl Laumbac.
• 7 p.m.: Screening of the 1958 film “The Left Handed Gun,” with Paul Newman as Billy the Kid and John Dehner as Garrett.

Las Cruces International Film Festival — Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Graham Greene, Krista Bridges, Bella Heathcote and Judge Reinhold, and writer/producer Tom Schulman are special guests at the 2020 Las Cruces International Film Festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces March 4-8. Screenings at the Las Cruces Allen Theatres Cineport 10, 700 South Telshor.
  VIP passes are $150 for all events. Film and workshop access passes are $75. Daily screening passes are $20. Tickets and full schedule available at lascrucesfilmfest.com. Information: (575) 646-6149
  Single screening tickets, as available, are $10; available in advance at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall.
  Las Cruces International Film Festival
  Dreyfuss, Green, and Bridges are all cast in “Astronaut,” the Opening Night film at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Dreyfuss plays an elderly widower who has always been intrigued by space. Although he is beyond the age requirement, he enters and wins a competition hosted by a billionaire entrepreneur and company founder on the first commercial space flight. Director/writer Shelagh McLeod and the film’s producers will join Dreyfuss, Greene, and Bridges in a Q&A after the film. Virgin Galactic staff plan to join them as well.
  Films and workshops are scheduled Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, with the Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the las Cruces Downtown Mall.
  Dreyfuss (”Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus) will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Allen Theatres Cineport 10.
  The festival ends with screenings of the 2020 Award Winners (Screenplay, Short Film, Documentary, Director, Audience Choice and Grand Jury Winner) beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8, at Cineport 10.

Fort Bayard Film Series — The “Rising to the Challenge: Allied World War II” Winter Film Series is 7 p.m. Thursdays through March 19, at Santa Clara Armory at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, six miles east of Silver City, N.M. off U.S. 180. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; concessions available. Information: (575) 388-4862 or fortbayard.org. March 5: The Great Escape. Other films TBA.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Easy Living” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of its Screwball Comedies series. Tickets: $7, available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook. The last film in the series is “Bringing Up Baby” April 4.

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host 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.
  This month’s films pay tribute to the legacy of Kirk Douglas.
March 7: “Ace in The Hole” (1951). A cynical, disgraced reporter stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. Co-written, produced and directed by Billy Wilder.
March 14: “Lust for Life” (1956).A biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, based on the 1934 novel of by Irving Stone, which was adapted for the screen by Norman Corwin.
March 21: “Lonely Are The Brave” (1962). A film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel “The Brave Cowboy.”
March 28: “Comme de Garçons (Let the Girls Play)” (2018), presented by L’Alliance Française’s Festinema Festival.

Pax Christi Film Series — Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso host a screening of “Harriet” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 490-1451.
  The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Actress Cynthia Erivo received an Oscar nomination for her performance.

‘Julie and Julia’ — A showing of the movie (featuring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep) is 11 a.m. Sunday, March 15, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, with and opera talk and brunch. Tickets: $30 per person; available through the El Paso Opera office only. Information: 581-5534, info@epopera.org, epopera.org or on Facebook.
  The Opera presents “Bon Appetit,” starring Cherry Duke as Julia Child 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Annex. Tickets: $25.

Mini Film Noir Festival — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, celebrates the release of the book ”Santa Fe Noir” by Ariel Gore with screenings of favorite book-to-movie noir adaptations March 17-20, in the library’s Roadrunner Room. Double feature Friday. Showtimes are 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. Thursday, and 1 and 3 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Full movie list at las-cruces.org/1617/Thomas-Branigan-Memorial-Library.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents the classic film “A Streetcar Named Desire” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
  A family showing of “Hotel Transylvania” is noon Saturday, March 28. Admission: $1 (cash only).
  “Alex in Wonderland” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, as part of the Obscure Film Series. Admission: $5.

Movies at Branigan Library — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, presents free book-based movies in the Roadrunner Room. Admission is free. Call for titles and ratings. Information: (575) 528-4014, or library.media@las-cruces.org.
  Movies rated PG-13 and R are 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
  Family friendly movies rated G and PG are 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the Month.
  Award-winning foreign films are featured at 2 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the Month (rated PG to R).

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. Some 7:30 p.m. Sunday night screenings have an open caption option. Admission: $8 ($7 matinees, seniors, military and students with ID; $6 MVFS members, and $6 on Wednesdays). Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Feb. 28-March 5: “Invisible Life.” Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away. In Portuguese and Greek with subtitles.
March 6-12: “The Keeper.” The love story between a young English woman and a German POW during WWII. In English and German with subtitles.
March 13-19: “CJay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host 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; guests encouraged to come early for special attractions. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  This month’s films Celebrate the Roarin’ 20s.
April 11 : “Some Like It Hot.” Voted the No. 1 American Comedy Film of All Time in 2000 by the American Film Institute. Produced, directed and co-written by Billy Wilder. Two musicians in 1929 Chicago (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and go on the lam, hiding from the mobsters who saw them. Since jobs are scarce during the Great Depression, and for added cover, they assume female identities with an all-girl jazz band traveling to Miami -- which also happens to be the destination for the mobsters attending a convention.
April 18: “Chicago.” The 2002 musical crime comedy-drama film, based on the stage musical, explores the themes of celebrity, scandal and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age. The film centers on Roxie Hart (Rene Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Catharine Zeta-Jones), two murderesses who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago. Richard Gere stars as flamboyant lawyer Billy Flynn.
April 25: “Midnight in Paris.” Vacationing in contemporary Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams), an insecure writer (Owen Wilson) is whisked back in time and meets and receives advice and inspiration from notable people of 1920s Paris, such as Cole Porter, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Pax Christi Film Series — Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso host a screening of “Capernaum,” 2018 winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962
  Nadine Labaki's film tells the story of a streetwise Lebanese boy. The film was made in an improvisational style with a cast of non-actors.

Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in Mesilla. Theatre closed at least through April 3; check website for updates and reopening schedule.
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. Some 7:30 p.m. Sunday night screenings have an open caption option. Admission: $8 ($7 matinees, seniors, military and students with ID; $6 MVFS members, and $6 on Wednesdays). Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.

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 10:
• Charm City Kings (Sony) — Teyonah Parris, Milan Ray, Jahi Di'Allo Winston. Directed by Angel Manuel Soto.
• Saint Maude (A24) — Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight. Directed by Rose Glass.
• Trolls World Tour (Universal) — CG Animation. Voices of Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Ozzy Osbourne; Directed by Walt Dohrn & David P. Smith. Sequel to 2016 animated film.
 
April 17:
• Green Rush (Lionsgate) — Mike Foy, Kriss Dozal, Paul Telfer. Directed by Gerard Roxburgh.
• Promising Young Woman (Focus) — Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox. Directed by Emerald Fennell.
• The Secret: Dare to Dream (Gravitas) — Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell. Directed by Andy Tennant.
• Y cómo es él? (Pantelion)— Mauricio Ochmann, Omar Chaparro, Zuria Vega. Directed by Ariel Winograd.

April 24:
• Antebellum (Lionsgate) — Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone. Directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz.
• Bad Trip (Orion) — Lil Rel Howery, Eric André, Tiffany Haddish. Directed by Kitao Sakurai.
• Fatima (Picturehouse) — Harvey Keitel, Sônia Braga, Goran Visnjic. Directed by Marco Pontecorvo.
• Shirley (Neon) — Elisabeth Moss, Logan Lerman, Michael Stuhlbarg. Directed by Josephine Decker.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

April 7:
• Doolittle. PG
• Cats. PG
• Little Women. PG

April 14:
• Just Mercy. PG-13
• Underwater. PG-13

April 21:
• The Turning. PG-13
• The Gentlemen. R
• IP Man 4: The Finale. NR

 

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