Starting Friday, July 20, the City of Albuquerque is sponsoring a weekly series of classic movies on Civic Plaza. The series kicks off with the 1942 romance Casablanca. On July 27, it’s the Western Lonely are the Brave. On Aug. 10, it’s the comedy Some Like It Hot. On Aug. 17, it’s the sci-fi flick The Day The Earth Stood Still. On Aug. 24, it’s the drama To Kill a Mockingbird. All films are free and open to the public. Screenings begin at dusk.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Fifth time’s the same old charm for our young wizard
There isn't much point, at this stage of the game, to reviewing anything Harry Potter-related. The books have a more avid fanbase than just about any in the history of literature. The movies have proved to be incredibly popular and as loyal as possible to J.K. Rowling’s source material. Both incarnations, literate and cinematic, have been amazingly consistent over the years. So what, exactly, would be the point of lobbing either deep criticism or lavish praise in their direction?
We’ve heard this song before, but it’s got a good beat and you can definitely dance to it
Why? It’s a valid question. Or questions, actually. Why is Hollywood so obsessed with remakes? Mostly because it requires very little thought on the part of creatively bankrupt studio executives. So why is Broadway remaking so many movies as musical stage shows? (Xanadu, Young Frankenstein and Legally Blonde are just a few of the choice offerings on the Great White Way this season.) Probably because they appeal easily to the busloads of uncultured tourists who show up in Manhattan every day looking for tickets to Cats. Then why, in the name of all that is holy, is Hollywood now remaking the remakes Broadway already remade? ... That, my friends, is a mystery.
“Saving Grace” on TNT
If you’re one of the uncounted millions who wished the cast of “Touched by an Angel” had spent less time imparting lightweight Christian morals and more time busting murderers, drug addicts and child rapists, then your prayers have been answered. TNT’s new series “Saving Grace” is just what you ordered: an unholy smushing-together of “The 700 Club” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.