Free Film Festival: Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

March 19, 2013 by  
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See free movies from The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema at the KiMo Theatre in a new series in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico.

The Cine de la Época de Oro festival spotlights vintage Mexican movies – in Spanish with English subtitles – on three consecutive Thursdays starting on March 28, 2013. All films start at 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema movie line-up is:

March 28:   Enamorada (Enamoured) starring María Félix, and Pedro Armendáriz, in a Mexican Revolution drama directed by Emilio ‘el Indio’ Fernández.

April 4:    Dos Tipos de Cuidado, or Two Dangerous Guys – I know some of those. The romantic comedy stars Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete as two buddies who decide to give up womanizing when they fall in love with two ladies, but there are twists in the tale about the ladies they fall for, and so the fun begins.

April 11:   Teatro de Crimen (Theater of Crime) apparently offers a comedic twist on the Phantom of the Opera story, starring María Antonieta Pons and César del Campo, directed by Fernando Cortés.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time – take cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania


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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Film Screening & Free Museum Admission for Female Military

February 28, 2013 by  
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History hosts a screening of the film Service: When Women Come Marching Home this Sunday March 3, 2013, and museum admission is free to women military service members and women veterans on that day.

The documentary screening is at 3 pm on March 3, and it follows the lives of women veterans when they return to the civilian world after serving in active military service.  You can see more information about the film Service: When Women Come Marching Home and a trailer here.

The movie at the museum will be introduced by Lt. Col. DeeAnn Lees, Chief Nurse and Acting Commander of the 377th Medical Support Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, then Elinor Reiners, Vice President of Women Veterans of New Mexico will talk after the film.

Women service members and women veterans get free admission to the Museum on March 3 only. (Remember to take your military ID to get in free!) For everyone else, the film screening is free with the regular museum admission fee.

Usual admission is $8 for adults (aged 18-59),  $6 for active military and their dependents, $7 for veterans, $7 for seniors 60+ and youngsters aged 6-17, and free for kids aged 5 and under.

According to an email from the museum, the documentary is “generally for mature viewers only; some content may not be appropriate for children.”  The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank Boulevard SE, six blocks south of Central Avenue at the Southern Boulevard intersection.

–Tania

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Free Movies: Books to the Big Screen

January 3, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque’s Books to the Big Screen free movie series celebrates books that have been adapted to film. I’m celebrating too as you don’t have to pay a cent to enjoy these film favorites.

The series runs through January 2013 in an initiative by Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Libraries, partnering with various screening locations including the Guild Cinema and the South Broadway Cultural Center.  There are movies here for adults and kids, starting on January 5.

The Books to the Big Screen free movies on the schedule at time of writing are:

    • January 5 at 12:30 pm  : Wise Blood directed by John Huston, based on the Flannery O’Connor novel, at  The Guild Cinema.
    • January 12 at 12:30 pm :  Watership Down based on the Richard Adams book, at The Guild Cinema.
    • January 12 at 2 pm : Charlotte’s Web from the children’s book by E.B. White, at the South Broadway Cultural Center’s John Lewis Theater.
    • January 19 at 11 am : Sense and Sensibility from the Jane Austen novel and starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, at the Downtown Main Library on Copper.
    • January 26 at 11 am : Little Women based on the Louisa May Alcott classic and starring Winona Ryder, at the Downtown Main Library.
    • January 26 at 2 pm : Vertigo, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, based on the French novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, at the Special Collections Library on the corner of Central and Edith.

Admission is free – check out the Books to the Big Screen site for updates and more info.

–Tania

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Harry Potter Film Festival On The Cheap & A Freebie

December 21, 2012 by  
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This Harry Potter holiday film festival is a wizard deal if you’re trying to keep your little darlings entertained in the days after Christmas. And you don’t have to break into the Gringotts Wizarding Bank to pay for it.

The KiMo Theatre’s Harry Potter Film Festival runs from December 26 to 29, 2012, and admission for muggles is $2 each, regardless of age. If you or your budding Harry, Ron, or Hermione, or even your Hagrid, go dressed in a costume based on any character in the Harry Potter series, you also get a free popcorn from the concessions. Refills are conjured up at the magically cheap price of 25 cents.

The family film festival times start on December 26 (or Boxing Day as we call it in my native country, England) and are shown in the same order as they were originally released in movie theaters, the same order as the books. So you can basically live in there for four days and see the whole series start to finish, or pick your favorites or any you missed to watch as a one-off.

This is the Harry Potter Family Film Festival line-up at time of writing:

  • December 26 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • December 26 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • December 27 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • December 27 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • December 28 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • December 28 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • December 29 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • December 29 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The Harry Potter films are rated PG are doors open 30 minutes before show time.

If you aren’t dressed in costume to get the free popcorn, take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie at the KiMo: December 19

December 16, 2012 by  
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The movie No Country for Old Men is the last in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

No Country for Old Men is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday December 19 at 7 pm.  The 2007 Coen brothers movie is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and stars the always fabulous Tommy Lee Jones, along with Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Woody Harrelson.

The movie notched up four Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Directing, and coolio Javier Bardem walked off with the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

No Country for Old Men is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. Arrive early to nab a seat for the 7 pm start on December 19, 2012, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie 3:10 to Yuma: November 28

November 25, 2012 by  
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The movie 3:10 to Yuma is the next in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

3:10 to Yuma is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday November 28 at 7 pm.  The 1997 action film was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and follows the drama between outlaw Ben Wade, played by Russell Crowe, and rancher Dan Evans, played by Christian Bale.

The movie won a Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler for an outstanding theatrical motion picture, and a whole slew of the cast, including the two leads, plus Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, and Ben Foster, received nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards.

3:10 to Yuma is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Santa Fe, Diablo Canyon, Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, and Galisteo. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on  November 28, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Hi-Lo Country: October 17

October 15, 2012 by  
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The Hi-Lo Country is the next in a series of free movies at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

The Hi-Lo Country is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday October 17 at 7 pm.  I’ve not seen this film, but I’ve just looked it up on IMDb, or the Internet Movie Database, which is the go-to source for things you always wanted to know about movies but didn’t.

The Hi-Lo Country sounds like a bit of a Western buddy movie / bromance, featuring two tough guys played by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson, and Crudup won an NBR Award for a breakthrough performance by a male. I bet he did. Other performers include Patricia Arquette, Cole Hauser, Enrique Castillo, Jacob Vargas, Sam Elliot, and Penelope Cruz. 

The 1998 movie was based on the novel by New Mexico writer Max Evans, and Walon Green’s screenplay won a Spur Award for Best Drama Script from the Western Writers of America. Martin Scorsese co-produced and Stephen Frears was at the helm as director – he’s better known for movies including The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons, and High Fidelity.

Hello? Now I know all this I’m wondering why on earth I haven’t seen this movie. Have you? It sounds like a goodie.

The movie is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Cerrillos, Galisteo, Las Vegas, Bernal, Espanola and Santa Fe. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on October 17, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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KiMo Anniversary Celebration & Free Movie

September 12, 2012 by  
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The KiMo Theatre celebrates its 85th anniversary on September 19, with an evening including a free movie and talk by New Mexico author John Nichols.

The KiMo Theatre opened as a silent movie picture palace on September 19, 1927, and 85 years later it’s a City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. They’re giving the old girl an anniversary celebration on Wednesday September 19, 2012, and combining it with the free New Mexico Centennial Film Series of movies featuring New Mexico.

And what a miracle of a movie they’ve picked! The Milagro Beanfield War  is a true New Mexico classic, directed by Robert Redford and with a cast including Ruben Blades, Sonia Braga, Julia Carmen, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, and Christopher Walken.  The film combines humor with a serious message: A small New Mexico town fights to protect traditional water and land rights. Throw in power, money, politics, corporations and corruption, and we have to ask ourselves: Does anything change?

Author John Nichols, who wrote the novel and the screenplay, will introduce the movie. John is a dear friend and a wonderful and witty speaker. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you go and hear him talk. (By the way, his new novel On Top of Spoon Mountain is also fantastic.)

Admission is free to the KiMo Theatre 85th Anniversary on September 19, and here’s what’s happening:

  • 5:30 pm: Unveiling of historic landmark plaques and music by Los Primos
  • 5:45 pm: Guided architectural tour of the exterior and interior design of the KiMo Theatre
  • 6:45 pm: Author John Nichols introduces the movie The Milagro Beanfield War, talking about the adaptation of the novel to film, the making of the movie, and his experiences working with Robert Redford and the cast and crew.
  • 7 pm: Free movie screening: The Milagro Beanfield War
  • 9 pm:  The celebration wraps up with a reception serving free cake and sparkling cider.

The Milagro Beanfield War is rated R, and it was shot mainly on location in Truchas, New Mexico, but also features locations in Española, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe.  The settings are great and the music too – it won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the film score.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Man Who Fell To Earth: August 15

August 13, 2012 by  
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The Man Who Fell To Earth is the next in a series of free movies at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

The Man Who Fell To Earth is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday August 15 at 7 pm.  This is the wonderful 1976 movie starring David Bowie as an alien who comes to planet Earth in search of water for his own dying planet. Not sure he’d get much joy finding water in New Mexico this year (give us more rain!) but it was shot in various New Mexico locations including White Sands National Monument, Albuquerque, Madrid, Jemez Springs, and (of course) Roswell.

It’s a visually stunning and pretty spooky movie. David Bowie is about the coolest alien who ever landed in New Mexico (or anywhere) and the screening is a digitally re-mastered version of the original.

The movie is rated R and from my memory of it, it’s certainly not one for the kids, unless you don’t want them to sleep for the next ten years. 

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW. Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Cheyenne Social Club: July 18

July 12, 2012 by  
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The Cheyenne Social Club is the next in a series of free movies at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s new monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

The Cheyenne Social Club is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday July 18 at 7 pm.  This is the 1970 movie about a cowboy who inherits a flourishing business, but when he crosses the country to take over his inheritance, he discovers it is actually (ahem!) a house of ill-repute.

I haven’t seen this film, but I want to see it now I look at the cast. The movie is directed by the hunkalicious Gene Kelly (so it should be stylish – as stylish as they got in 1970 anyway) and it stars James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Jones. Yes, THAT Shirley Jones, from The Partridge Family. Also from Carousel and The Music Man. But most importantly from The Partridge Family.

The movie is rated PG-13 and it was shot in New Mexico, on location at the J.W. Eaves Ranch near Santa Fe.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW. Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

–Tania

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