The second film in Spanish writer-director Fernando Trueba’s ongoing movie biz trilogy, The Queen of Spain, screens in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theater (1701 Fourth Street SW) this Thursday, Jan. 24. Trueba’s previous film, 1998’s The Girl of Your Dreams, dealt with the Spanish film industry during the outset of World War II. Now it’s the ’50s, and famous movie star Macarena Granada (Penélope Cruz) opts to flee her life of Hollywood glitz and glamor to return to her roots in Spain, where she has signed on to star in an epic period-piece musical about the life of Queen Isabel. This comedy-drama was screened at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and is presented in English and Spanish with English subtitles. The event starts at 7pm. Admission is free, but tickets need to be picked up starting one hour before showtime. For more info go to nhccnm.org/events.
The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus presents a special “sing-along” screening of the classic John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John musical Grease. This version of the 1978 film features song lyrics right on the screen, so you’re sure to get all the words to “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” correct. The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 26 starting at 7:30pm at the historic KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). Period costumes are, of course, encouraged—so be sure to dress as your favorite Pink Lady or T-Bird. Tickets for this fundraiser—which supports music concerts and outreach programs throughout the year—are $25 and can be purchased in advance by going to kimotickets.com
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part opens in theaters nationwide on Feb. 7. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, in coordination with the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, are celebrating with a screening of the 2014 original this Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 3pm at the NMMNH’s DynaTheater (1801 Mountain Rd. NW). The film screens in 3D. Tickets for The LEGO Movie are $10, or $7.50 for Museum Foundation members and AFME sponsors. You can reserve them in advance by going to afmefilmseries.eventive.org. This marks the first in a yearlong series of popular, classic film screenings at the NMMNH’s DynaTheater. A full schedule is available on the AMFE Film Series website.
The New Mexico Film Office’s Educational Speaker Series returns this Wednesday, Jan. 30, with a look at internships. If you’re interested in getting your foot into the local film industry by volunteering at the New Mexico Film Office, Stagecoach Foundation or New Mexico Girls Make Movies, this informative discussion will take you through all the steps of application and show you how to make the most of your internship. The event takes place from noon to 1pm at the Film Office in Santa Fe (1100 South St. Francis Dr.). For more info, go to nmfilm.com.