Described as an “instant camp classic,” Mi Gran Noche/My Big Night is the work of Spanish cinematic provocateur Álex de la Iglesia (Acción Mutante, The Day of the Beast, The Last Circus, Witching & Bitching, The Ferpect Crime). Set in a TV studio during an advance taping of a New Year’s Eve special, this chaotic comedy involves a number of storylines. A crane falls on an actor, riots erupt outside the studio, an aging crooner is marked for assassination and two extras fall in love. And that’s just for starters. The National Hispanic Cultural Center presents a free screening of the 2015 comedy this Thursday, Dec. 13, starting at 7pm. The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free, but tickets need to be picked up starting one hour before showtime at the NHCC’s Bank of America Theatre box office (1701 Fourth Street SW).
The Central & Unser Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) kicks off 12 Days of Christmas Movies with the 2012 animated fantasy Rise of the Guardians in which Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny join forces to save the world. That screens Thursday, Dec. 13 from 1:30 to 4:30pm in the library’s Children’s Activity Room. The very next day, it’s the 1954 musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (Friday, Dec. 14, 2:30pm). Other highlights this week include the 1988 comedy Ernest Saves Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:30pm), the nostalgic 1983 comedy A Christmas Story (Sunday, Dec. 16, 1:30pm), the 2011 animated film Arthur Christmas (Monday, Dec. 17, 1:30pm), the raunchy 2017 adult comedy A Bad Moms Christmas (Monday, Dec. 18, 5:30pm), the 1998 Michael Keaton fantasy Jack Frost (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1:30pm), the 1989 sequel National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1:30pm), 1946’s seasonal classic It’s a Wonderful Life (Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30pm) and the 1988 Bill Murray vehicle Scrooged (Thursday, Dec. 20, 1:30pm).
The second annual High Desert Screening takes place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE) this Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 12:50pm. The event features a diverse selection of trailers, short films and music videos produced by local New Mexico filmmakers. Trailers include a peek at the Asian-action Western Midnight Shanghai. Among the short selections are “Today” by Rebekah Wiggins, “Matter of Black” by Robert Dugan and “The Keeper” by Carmen Dahlman. A total of 15 short selections will be screened. Admission is $5 cash at the door or $8 credit card. You can also purchase tickets in advance through holdmyticket.com. For more information go to bit.ly/2G1qgIH.