On Jan. 2 the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW) opened a brand new 3D documentary from National Geographic Films. Narrated by Forest Whitaker, Mysteries of the Unseen World promises to “transport audiences to places on the planet they’ve never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision yet are literally right in front of their eyes.” So if you’re in the mood for some trippy microscopic photography, head on down to the DynaTheater for some educational entertainment. The film plays alongside current hit Titans of the Ice Age 3D. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children under 13. Films play every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm.
Santa Fe filmmaker Christopher Michael Roybal is all set to show off the first two films in his Beautiful Things trilogy. On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) will screen Forever Your Love. Shot in New Mexico, the film introduces us to “The Man” and his young daughter, a daughter he never knew existed. She claims that he killed her and then disappears, sending The Man on a spiritual journey into the wilderness to seek the guidance of angels and to make sense of the girl’s claim. On Thursday, Jan. 16, the theatre will screen TIHYSG. This film picks up a few years after the first and finds The Man struggling to distract himself from a recent, haunting tragedy. Both films start at 7pm. These screenings are free and tickets are available one hour before the show on a first-come, first-served basis. While the screenings are free, donations will be accepted to benefit local Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Anglada. Anglada, who appeared in Roybal’s earlier film The Spanish Room, recently suffered a stroke and needs help paying medical expenses.
The KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque (421 Central NW) is all about the movies in 2014. January is simply packed with classic cinema, boasting four separate film festivals throughout the month.
On Thursday nights you can check out “Thursdays With Pedro: A Mini Almodóvar Festival.” Fans of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s melodramatic oeuvre can see 1999’s All About My Mother (Jan. 9), 2002’s Talk To Her (Jan. 16), 2006’s Volver (Jan. 23), 2009’s Broken Embraces (Jan. 30) and 2011’s The Skin I Live In (Feb. 6). All films are in Spanish with English subtitles and start at 7pm.
“Friday Fright Nights” brings a fine selection of Edgar Allan Poe/Vincent Price films to the silver screen. You can choose from 1961’s The Pit and the Pendulum (Jan. 10), 1962’s Tales of Terror (Jan. 24), 1963’s The Raven (Jan. 31) and 1964’s The Masque of the Red Death (Feb. 7). Films get underway at 8pm.
Saturday, Jan. 18, KiMo kicks off its “Bogart and ...” festival, starting with 1941’s The Maltese Falcon. The Humphrey Bogart love continues with 1942’s Casablanca (Feb. 1), 1946’s The Big Sleep (Mar. 15), 1947’s The Treasure of Sierra Madre (Mar. 22) and 1951’s The African Queen (Mar. 29). Films start at 7pm.
As if that weren’t enough, KiMo is sneaking in one more short one. This Saturday and Sunday it’s “A Weekend With Jimmy Cagney.” The mob drama Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) plays Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7pm, while the patriotic musical Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) plays Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2pm.
Tickets run $7 general admission or $6 seniors/students.