January 2020


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “My Man Godfrey” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Tickets: $5, available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook.

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.
Jan. 4: “Citizen Kane” (1941). After the death of a publishing tycoon, reporters try to unravel the meaning of his last word: “Rosebud.” Starring, produced, directed and co-written by Orson Welles, it is considered by many film scholars to be the best movie of all time.
Jan. 11: “The Night of the Hunter” (1955). The only film directed by Charles Laughton focuses on a corrupt minister-turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspecting widow and steal $10,000 hidden by her executed husband. Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, James Gleason and Lillian Gish.
Jan. 18: “One Eyed Jacks” (1961). The only film directed by Marlon Brando. After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio (Marlon Brando) to be captured, but Rio escapes and searches for the man who betrayed him. Based on the novel, “The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones” by Charles Neider.
Jan. 25: “Play Misty For Me” (1971). Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with this taut and effective tale of obsession. Dave Garver (Eastwood) plays a radio disc jockey who broadcasts nightly in Carmel-by-the-Sea. After he receives a phone call request from Evelyn (Jessica Walter) to hear Erroll Garner’s classic “Misty,” the nightmare begins.

Fort Bayard Film Series — The “Rising to the Challenge: Allied World War II” Winter Film Series is 7 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 9-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
Jan. 9: The World at War
Jan. 16: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Jan. 23: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Jan. 30: Patton.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents the classic film “True Grit” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
  Family movie showing of “Beauty and the Beast” at noon Saturday, Jan. 11. Admission: $1 (cash only).
  “Hammett” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, as part of the Obscure Film Series. Admission: $5.

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 the documentary series “A Force More Powerful” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 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 series tells the story of nonviolence overcoming oppression and authoritarian rule, focusing on the fight against apartheid in South Africa and the Solidarity movement in Poland.

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: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students with ID; $5 children and society members); $5 on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Jan. 1-9: Honey Boy.
Jan. 10-16: Cyrano, My Love (in French and Russian with subtitles)
Jan. 17-23: The Fig Tree (in Amharic and Hebrew with subtitles)
Jan. 24-30: To Be Announced. No matinee Saturday, Jan. 25. Matinee only, Thursday, Jan. 30 (no evening show).
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: 2020 Oscar Shorts – Live Action & Animation

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. 3:
• The Grudge (Sony) — Betty Gilpin, William Sadler, Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Nicolas Pesce. Remake of Ju-on (2000).

Jan. 10:
• The Informer (Aviron) — Ana de Armas, Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike. Directed by Andrea Di Stefano.
• Like a Boss (Paramount) — Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek. Directed by Miguel Arteta.
• My Spy (STX) — Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Greg Bryk. Directed by Peter Segal.
• Underwater (Disney) — Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller. Directed by William Eubank.

Jan. 17:
• Bad Boys for Life (Columbia) — Vanessa Hudgens, Will Smith, Alexander Ludwig. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
• Dolittle (Universal) — Robert Downey Jr. Voices of Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Remake of the 1967 film “Dr. Dolittle” starring Rex Harrison.
• The Last Full Measure (Roadside) — Christopher Plummer, Diane Ladd, Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Todd Robinson.

Jan. 24:
• The Gentlemen (STX) — Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Charlie Hunnam. Directed by Guy Ritchie.
• Run (Lionsgate) — Sarah Paulson, Pat Healy, Erik Athavale. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty.
• The Turning (Universal) — Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince. Directed by Floria Sigismondi.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Jan. 7:
• The Lighthouse. R
• Joker. R

Jan. 14:
• Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. PG
• Gemini Man. PG-13

Jan. 21:
• Pain and Glory. R
• Zombieland: Double Tap. R
• The Addams Family. PG

Jan. 28:
• Parasite. R
• Terminator: Dark Fate. R


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