January 2018


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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, Jan. 6 is “The Philadelphia Story” as part of the “Second Acts” series. Tickets: $3; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org.
  Upcoming films in the series include “Mildred Pierce” (Feb. 3), “All About Eve,” (March 3) and “The Furies” (April 7).
  The salon also starts it “Conspiracy” series with “All the President’s Men” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.
  Upcoming films in the series include “The Conversation” (Feb. 21), “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. No movie Oct. 21. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net.
  This month’s films have all been awarded “Best Film” Academy Awards.
Jan. 7: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930). Adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel about idealistic young German soldiers during World War I. Starring Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, Slim Summerville and Ben Alexander.
Jan. 14: “An American in Paris” (1951). An American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. A World War II veteran (Gene Kelly) is now an exuberant expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter, where he meets Lise Bouvie (Leslie Caron).
Jan. 21: “In the Heat of the Night” (1967). A white Southern sheriff grudgingly accepts help from a big city black detective in solving a murder; learning respect and admiration in the process. Starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
Jan. 28: “The Artist” (2011). Re-creation of a silent film about a brashly confident movie star of the 1920s who scoffs at the coming of talking pictures. The older silent film star begins to wane in popularity as a rising young actress ascends. Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents Jerome Robbins’ 1961 musical romance “West Side Story,” at noon Sunday, Jan. 14, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free, but reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via ardovinos.com.
  “West Side Story” is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet.” The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture, becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical. Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris.

Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents a screening of “Beyond Our Differences” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion will follow. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Faith and religion are often hijacked by persons seeking to enhance their own power. This film calls upon religious leaders, politicians, and various luminaries and asks what inspires them to bring about positive change.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League hosts a screening of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Ticket information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘The People vs. Fritz Bauer’ — The El Paso Holocaust Museum and the El Paso Jewish Federation film series hosts the screening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 Montecillo. Tickets: $10 ($6 seniors, students and military). Information: Brenda Ehrlich, 203-3334.
  The film is the true story of the German-Jewish prosecutor who became instrumental in the pursuit and capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso Community Foundation’s 11th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival returns Aug. 2-12. 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. Passes are now on sale for $200. 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.
Dec. 29-Jan. 4: “The Teacher.” Since the arrival of the new teacher to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. In Slovak with subtitles.
  Dec. 30: 7:30 p.m. only. Dec. 31: 2:30 p.m. only.
Jan. 5-11: “LBJ. The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House. Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rich Sommer, Bill Pullman, C. Thomas Howell, Jeffrey Donovan and Richard Jenkins. Directed by Rob Reiner.
Jan. 12-18: “Wonder Wheel.” On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife. Starring Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake. Directed by Woody Allen.
Jan. 19-25: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Steven (Colin Farrell) is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Raffey Cassidy & Barry Keoghan.
  Thursday, Jan. 25: 1:30 p.m. only.
Jan. 26-Feb. 1: “The Breadwinner” (animated). A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.  Jan. 27: 7:30 p.m. only.

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):
  Jan. 5:
• Insidious: The Last Key (Universal) — Kirk Acevedo, Spencer Locke, Josh Stewart. Directed by Adam Robitel.
  Jan. 12:
• The Commuter (Lionsgate) — Liam Neeson, Sam Neill, Vera Farmiga. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
• Condorito: The Movie (Pantelion) — CG Animation. Voices of Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel, Cristián de la Fuente. Directed by Alex Orrelle and Eduardo Najari.
• Paddington 2 (Warner Bros.) — Live Action and CG Animation. Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville. Directed by Paul King. Sequel to the 2014 hit.
• Proud Mary (Screen Gems) — Neal McDonough, Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover. Directed by Babak Najafi.
  Jan. 19:
• Den of Thieves (STX) — Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, Pablo Schreiber. Directed by Christian Gudegast.
• The Final Year (Magnolia) — Documentary. An insiders’ account of President Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring John Kerry, Barack Obama, Samantha Power. Directed by Greg Barker.
• The Leisure Seeker (Sony Classics) — Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Kirsty Mitchell. Directed by Paolo Virzi.
• 12 Strong (Warner Bros.) — Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Michael Shannon. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig.
  Jan. 26:
• Forever My Girl (Roadside) — Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey. Directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf.
• Maze Runner: The Death Cure (20th Century-Fox) — Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario. Continuation of franchise.
• White Boy Rick (Sony) — Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern. Directed by Yann Demange.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases
  Jan. 2:
• American Made. R
• Battle of the Sexes. PG-13
• Brad’s Status. R
  Jan. 9:
• It. R
• The Foreigner. R
• My Little Pony: The Movie. PG
  Jan. 16:
• Blade Runner 2049
  Jan. 23:
• Geostorm. PG-13
• Goodbye Christopher Robin. PG
• The Killing of a Sacred Deer. R
  Jan. 30:
• Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. PG-13

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