The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Thursday Film Series returns this Thursday, Jan. 23, with a screening of Pablo Larraín’s biopic Neruda. In the late 1940s, a police inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) is tasked with hunting down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), who has become a fugitive in his home country after joining the Communist Party. The film, screened in Spanish with English subtitles, starts at 7pm in the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater (1701 Fourth Street SW). Tickets are free and can be picked up at the theater’s box office starting one hour before showtime.
The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus presents a special sing-along version of the smash hit The Sound of Music. On Saturday, Jan. 25 the classic Julie Andrews movie musical from 1965 screens in glorious, full-screen Technicolor at the historic KiMo Theater (423 Central Ave. NW) starting at 7pm. This version of the film includes subtitles so the entire audience can sing along to such classics as “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi.” Popcorn and candy concessions are available in the lobby of the theater and Tractor Brewing is selling locally made beers to adult audience members. Raffle prizes and a costume contest are also scheduled—so feel free to show up dressed as your favorite nun, Von Trapp kid or … well, Nazi, I guess. Tickets are $25 and go to benefit New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus. You can reserve your seats in advance by going to kimotickets.com.
The Central & Unser Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) presents the 2019 tween horror movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The PG-13 horror hit is based on Alvin Schwartz’ popular anthology book series from the ’80s. The film’s story concerns a haunted diary that unleashes various supernatural monsters on a small New England town. This free public screening takes place Sunday, Jan. 26 starting at 1:30pm.
The Juan Tabo Public Library (3407 Juan Tabo NE) offers up a free family movie on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Starting at 3:30pm, folks can view the 2007 Pixar fantasy Ratatouille, about a food-loving rat who teams up with a hapless garbage boy to create award-winning French cuisine. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
The New Mexico Film Foundation is accepting submissions for its 2020 Actors Showcase. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, young or not so young, this event is geared toward you. A wide variety of categories are designed to showcase and promote New Mexico’s range of acting talent. All you have to do to be considered is send in a 2-minute audition. The top three actors in each of the contest’s five categories will be invited to perform live at the KiMo Theater on March 28 before a panel of casting directors, talent agents and movie industry professionals for a chance to win prizes, recognition and just maybe a shot at silver screen stardom. The deadline to submit is Feb. 5. For complete information on the event and how to enter, go to https://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/2020-new-mexico-actors-showcase.