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Friday Night Flicks — The UTEP film series is offered at 6 p.m. selected Fridays the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Tickets: $3 ($2 UTEP students, faculty, staff and alumni. Movie combos: $5 (includes hot dog, popcorn and a drink). Information: 747-5648, sa.utep.edu.osl, or on Facebook at UTEP/OSL.
• March 3: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
• April 7: La La Land
• April 21: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Film Salon — The Film Salon, now at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, opens its series “Rosalind Russell X 2” celebrating Russell’s iconic screen roles with “His Girl Friday,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4, starring Russell and Gary Grant. Tickets: $3; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org.
Next month’s film is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, with “Auntie Mame.”
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. 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. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net.
March follows the theme, “When Hollywood Came to El Paso.” There was a time when El Paso and the surrounding areas were a hot spot for locations for major Hollywood productions.
• March 4: “Take The High Ground” (1953), filmed entirely at Fort Bliss. Set during the Korean conflict, the story relates how drill instructors transform everyday civilians into soldiers during their 16 weeks of basic training.
• March 11: “The Getaway” (1972), filmed in El Paso and Fabens, along with other Texas locations. The film, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw is a neo-noir action-crime film based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name. Screenplay written by Walter Hill.
• March 18: “The Border” (1982), filmed entirely in El Paso. Immigration enforcement agent Smith (Jack Nicholson) lives in California with his wife in a trailer. She persuades him to move to a duplex in El Paso shared by her friend and border agent Cat.
In conjunction with Alliance Française El Paso is Festinema Junior 2017, films in French with English subtitles, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26. Saturday’s films are “Welcome,” and Adama,” and Sunday’s films are “Ernest & Celestine,” “Neige & Les Arbres Magiques,” and four animates shorts.
Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents “Budrus” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot on Travis Street). Discussion will follow. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
This film tells the story of a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village, Budrus, from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
Texas Tech University Film Series — The monthly film program presents “6 European Architects, 59 minutes,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza. A look at the works of Jacques Herzog, Eduardo Suoto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel and Antonio Cruz.
This year’s series, hosted by the TTU College of Architecture, presents films on architecture and architects. Admission is free; all audiences welcome. Information: 212-3061 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
Next Month’s film (April 8) is “Eye Over Prague,” a film about the trials and tribulations of a highly original Czech architect, Jan Kaplicky.
Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents the comedy “Airplane” at the monthly film series at noon Sunday, March 19, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free but reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via sunsetfilmsociety.org.
Made at a cost of $3.5 million, the 1980 hit grossed $130 million, bringing the names of directors David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams to world attention. The film is a parody of the disaster film genre, particularly the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour, from which it borrows the plot and the central characters, as well as many elements from Airport 1975.
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.
• Through March 2: “The Brand New Testament.” God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium (French/German with subtitles).
• March 3-9: “Jackie.” Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.
• March 10-16: “Neruda.” An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. In Spanish with English subtitles.
• March 17-23: “20th Century Women.” During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord decides the best way she can parent her teenage son is to enlist her young tenants - a quirky punk photographer, a mellow handyman and her son’s shrewd best friend — to serve as role models in a changing world.
• March 24-30: “I Am Not Your Negro.” Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, “Remember This House.”
No March 25 matinee; Thursday showing is 1:30 p.m. with no evening screening.
New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. The museum’s Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater tickets are $7 ($6 for 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 or nmspacemuseum.org.
The theater features the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser full dome planetarium projection system.
Showing through March 31:
In the Digital Planetarium:
• “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” at 10:10 a.m., 1:45 and 3:35 p.m. Two students interact with an astronomer at a local star party, and learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.
• Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe” at 12:15 and 2:20 p.m.
• Live Digital Planetarium Show: “Night Sky Star Show with Museum Educator” is at 11:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.
On the Giant Screen: “Journey to Space” at 10:45 a.m., 12:50 and 4:10 p.m. Discover the plans NASA and the space community, like landing astronauts on Mars.
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):
• Before I Fall (Open Road) — Liv Hewson, Halston Sage, Zoey Deutch. Directed by Ry-Russo Young.
• Contemporary Color (Oscilloscope) —Documentary. In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard. Directed by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross.
• Junction 48 (Orchard) — Tamer Nafar, Samar Qupty, Salwa Nakkara. Directed by Udi Aloni.
• Leap! (Weinstein) — CG Animation. Featuring the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegle. Directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.
• Logan (20th Century-Fox) — Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart. Directed by James Mangold.
• My Scientology Movie (Magnolia) —Documentary. Directed by John Dower.
• The Shack (Lionsgate) — Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine.
• T2 Trainspotting (Sony) — Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller. Directed by Danny Boyle.
• Table 19 (Fox Searchlight) — Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz.
• Kong: Skull Island (Warner Bros.) — Tom Hiddleston, Corey Hawkins, Samuel L. Jackson; Directed by Jordan Vogt-Robert. • The Last Word (Bleecker Street) — Shirley MacLaine, Thomas Sadoski, Amanda Seyfried; Directed by Mark Pellington.
• The Ottoman Lieutenant (Paladin) — Michiel Huisman, Josh Hartnett, Hera Hilmar. Directed by Joseph Ruben.
• Raw (Focus World) — Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella. Directed by Julia Ducournau.
• The Wall (Amazon) — Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakl. Directed by Doug Liman.
• Beauty and the Beast (Disney) — Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor. Directed by Bill Condon.
• The Belko Experiment (BH Tilt) — Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker. Directed by Greg McLean.
• Betting on Zero (Zipper Bros.) — Documentary. Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Directed by Ted Braun.
• Frantz (Music Box) — Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner. Directed by François Ozon.
• Free Fire (A24) — Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley; Directed by Ben Wheatley.
• Keep Watching (Screen Gems) — Natalie Martinez, Bella Thorne, Chandler Riggs. Directed by Sean Carter.
• King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Warner Bros.) — Charlie Hunnam, Katie McGrath, Jude Law. Directed by Guy Ritchie.
• Power Rangers (Lionsgate) — Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston. Directed by Dean Israelite.
• Prevenge (Raising Films) — Gemma Whelan, Jo Hartley, Kate Dickie. Written, directed and starring Alice Lowe.
• Their Finest (STX) — Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy. Directed by Lone Scherfig.
• Tommy’s Honour (Roadside) — Sam Neill, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Mullan. Directed by Jason Connery.
• Wilson (Fox Searchlight) — Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian, Shaun Brown. Directed by Craig Johnson.
• The Boss Baby (20th Century-Fox) — CG Animation. Voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi. Directed by Tom McGrath.
• Cezanne and I (Magnolia) — Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol. Directed by Danièle Thompson.
• Ghost in the Shell (Paramount) — Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott. Directed by Rupert Sanders. Based on the internationally acclaimed sci-fi manga series.
• The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus) — Johan Heldenbergh, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl. Directed by Niko Caro.
• Moana. PG
• Jackie. R
• Elle. R
• Fences. PG-13
• Collateral Beauty. PG-13
• Lion. PG-13
• Sing. PG
• Live By Night. R
• Assassin’s Creed. PG-13
• Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. PG-13
• 20th Century Women. R
• Why Him? R
• A Monster Calls. PG-13
• Office Christmas Party. R
• Paterson. R
• Sleepless. R
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