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Film Salon — The Film Salon presents the “A Matter of Life and Death” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 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.
The next film in the series is “Black Narcissus,” Feb. 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.
January’s series is “Lights…Camera...ACTION!” highlighting action films.
• Jan. 5: “Top Gun.” A young
naval aviator (Tom Cruise_) and his Radar Intercept Officer train at the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in California.
• Jan. 12: “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise introduces Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who battles a group of Nazis searching for the Ark of the Covenant.
• Jan. 19: “Die Hard.” At Christmas time, an off-duty New York City Police Department officer (Bruce Willis) is caught in a Los Angeles skyscraper during a heist .
• Jan. 26: “The Fugitive.” Based on the 1960s television series. After being wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife, Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) escapes from custody and sets out to prove his innocence while pursued by a team of U.S. Marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones).
Holiday Movies at Plaza — El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live are teaming up to show free Holiday Movies selected Sundays at the Plaza Theatre as part of the 3rd annual WinterFest. Local organists perform on the Plaza’s restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before each movie. The series ends Jan. 6 with “Frozen” (1 p.m.) and “Ice Age” (3:30 p.m.). Information: plazaclassic.com or epwinterfest.com.
Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of two 30-minute episodes of “A Force More Powerful” is 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 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 episodes are both set in the Americas as part of the 6-episode
series on the victories gained by nonviolent movements of the 20th century. In “We Were Warriors,” university students in Nashville prepare to desegregate the city's business district through sit-ins at downtown stores. “Defeat of a Dictator” is the story of General Augusto Pinochet and how the people of Chile removed him from power without violence.
Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents “The Godfather II,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 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.
Next month’s film is “To Kill A Mockingbird,” on Feb. 16.
A Throwback Thursday showing of “Pretty Woman” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Admission: $5.
A kids’ movie showing of “Minions” is noon, Saturday, Jan. 19. Cost: $1 at the door.
‘The Gaze of the Explorer: Humboldt in New Mexico’ — The greatest American explorer, the German scientist, Alexander von Humboldt, tells his journey to New Spain in 1803, while preparing the edition of his Magna work Cosmos, in his library in Berlin, Germany, in a movie screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheaftre.com.
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. Series to begin in late January or early February; schedule to be announced.
Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival — Explore 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. 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. Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheaftre.com.
A free opening of images from the early days of movie theatres in Las Cruces is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the theatre gallery.
A History of Movie Theaters in Las Cruces & Billy The Kid screening is 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. Admission: $5.
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. 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.
• Dec. 28-Jan. 3: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” When celebrity biographer Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
No matinee Saturday, Dec. 29.
• Jan. 4-10: “The Second Time Around.”
Two seniors meet and discover that it’s never too late to fall in love again.
• Jan. 11-17: “Beautiful Boy.” Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.(OC)
• Jan. 18-24: “At Eternity’s Gate.” A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh while he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. (OC)
Thursday, Jan. 24 showing at 1:30 matinee; no evening show.
• Jan. 25-31: “Liyana.” A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland.
No Saturday, Jan. 26 matinee; Thursday show at 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.
• 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.
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):
• Eli (Paramount) — Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor. Directed by Ciarán Foy.
• Escape Room (Columbia) — Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine, Taylor Russell. Directed by Adam Robitel.
• Great Great Great (TeleFilm Canada) — Sarah Kolasky, Dan Beirne, Meredith Cheesbrough. Directed by Adam Garnet Jones.
• A Dog's Way Home (Sony Pictures) — Bryce Dallas Howard, Barry Watson, Ashley Judd. Directed by Charles Martin Smith.
• Perfect Strangers (Universal) — Belén Rueda, Eduard Fernández, Juana Acosta. Directed by Álex de la Iglesia.
• Replicas (Entertainment Studios) — Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
• The Untold Story (Ammo Content) — Nia Peeples, Jordan Ladd, Ellen Greene. Directed by Shane Stanley.
• The Upside (STX) — Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston, Julianna Margulies. Directed by Neil Burger.
• Arctic Justice (Open Road) — CG Animation. Voices of James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Jeremy Renner. Directed by Aaron Woodley.
• Glass (Universal) — Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. 3rd and final film in the “Unbreakable” trilogy.
• The Heiresses (Distrib Films) — Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova. Directed by Marcelo Martinessi.
• The Invisibles (Greenwich) — Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee. Directed by Claus Räfle.
• The Kid Who Would Be King (20th Century-Fox) — Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris. Directed by Joe Cornish.
• Serenity (Aviron) — Diane Lane, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway. Directed by Steven Knight.
• Night School. R
• Bad Times at the El Royale. R
• Mid90s. R
• Halloween. R
• The Old Man and the Gun. PG-13
• Goosebumps 2. PG
• First Man. PG-13
• The Hate U Give. PG-13
• Johnny English Strikes Again. PG
• Hunter Killer. R
• Suspira. R
• Boy Erased. R
• The Wife. R
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