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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

on December 20, 2014 - 9:35am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Director Ridley Scott’s take on the epic Bible story of the Exodus, will not be replacing “The Ten Commandments” anytime soon. Or as my husband said, exiting the theater, “Cecil B. DeMille’s legacy is safe.”

Exodus: Gods and Kings is shot in dark tones and features a great many poorly lit scenes. The visuals are as ominous as the score. Some of the lines are mumbled. The finer details are lost in the murkiness on the screen. Perhaps that is all intentional. We never quite know what is going on in these shadows.

In and Around Town: Dec. 18

on December 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published in the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
 
ONGOING EVENTS
 
December Events at Bandelier
 
January Performances by NMSA
 
“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry”
A national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Mesa

This Week at the Reel Deal

on December 17, 2014 - 9:40am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

Today, we are opening The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. On Friday, we will open Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

 We will hold The Theory of Everything and Exodus until Christmas Eve and open Wild and The Interview on Christmas Day.

The buzz in Hollywood is whether or not Sony Pictures will actually open The Interview due to the fallout and Internet hacking with and by the North Koreans. The film plot follows two journalists played by Seth Rogen and James Franco whom the CIA recruits to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Holiday Laser Light Show At NMMNHS Planetarium

on December 17, 2014 - 8:29am

NMMNHS News:

Celebrate the holidays with the sights and sounds of laser concerts in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) Planetarium.

Two laser systems will fill the planetarium dome with choreographed light, allowing the music and light to envelope the viewer. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track.

For only four afternoons, families can see favorite holiday songs transformed into a feast for the eyes in Winter Holiday Celebration.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Theory of Everything'

on December 15, 2014 - 8:30am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“The Theory of Everything” tells the story of Steven Hawking and his first wife, Jane, who met while they were students at Cambridge. The movie is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Steven. With the help of the memoir, we gain insight into a more human and emotional side of the famous physicist.

Movie poster for 'The Theory of Everything.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Hawking was diagnosed with a form of ALS in 1963 while working on his doctorate. He and Jane had, by then, fallen in love.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

on December 12, 2014 - 9:15am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a film exploring the self-absorption of actors, the nature of reality and the role of the theatrical arts in the lives of those who watch. Or it could be a movie about what is real and our own self-absorption. Either way, it is a film one must negotiate along with the characters.

Birdman is worthy of our attention. It was nominated for 7 Golden Globes, on Thursday, and garnered four nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday. Oscar nods are rumored, as you might expect.

But, be aware

New Year's Eve Museum Masquerade Dec. 31

on December 12, 2014 - 7:42am

This Week at the Reel Deal

on December 10, 2014 - 11:14am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater  

This Friday we are opening The Theory of Everything and Exodus. Penguins of Madagascar, and Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 will hold for another week. Birdman and Horrible Bosses 2 will end this Thursday.

I saw Birdman last night and it probably is in my top three favorite films so far this year. This film is one you want to see on the big screen as it is set within the vestiges of the rambling old St. James Theater (est. 1927) in New York City which in its youth premiered the likes of Oklahoma, The King and I, and Hello Dolly. It really sets

Unquarked The Wine Room Hosts Holiday Happy Hour For Teachers Friday Dec. 12 In Central Park Square

on December 6, 2014 - 7:24am

Unquarked The Wine Room Operation Manager Veronica Black-Stepp with new server Scott Beguin Friday said the new establishment in Central Park Square is hosting a special 'Teacher Appreciation Holiday Happy Hour' 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. 'We'll have drawings for gifts such as t-shirts, wine glasses and wine accessories. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Drawings for wine collars, t-shirts, wine glasses and wine accessories will be held during the 'Teacher Appreciation Holiday Happy Hour' 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at Unquarked The Wine Room. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Family Council Holiday Fête Dec. 13

on December 5, 2014 - 9:21am

This Week at the Reel Deal

on December 3, 2014 - 6:37am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater  

This Friday our line-up will be Birdman, Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2 and Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1. Interstellar will end this Thursday.

Birdman won Best Picture and Michael Keaton won Best Actor for his performance at the Gotham Independent Film Awards last evening. This film will open at the Reel Deal this Friday and probably run for one week only unless folks really come out for it in which case we could play it for two weeks. It has gotten rave reviews so we hope to see you at the theater.

Theory of Everything will open

Mesa Library Presents 'Bagdad Cafe' Thursday

on December 2, 2014 - 12:16pm

Movie poster for 'Bagdad Cafe.' Courtesy/amazon.com

Review by KELLY DOLEJSI:

Moviegoers in France, Germany, and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, and screenplay, and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.

“Bagdad Cafe,” showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library (upstairs meeting room), begins with a German couple on a desolate road.

Festival Of Voices To Ring In Holidays At Popejoy Hall

on November 30, 2014 - 11:58am
NMSChorus News:
  • More Than 200 New Mexico Musicians Performing at Dec. 12 Concert
 
ALBUQUERQUE – The second annual Holiday Festival of Voices showcasing the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s Choruses and Chamber Orchestra will fill Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall with beautiful music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.
 
More than 200 New Mexico musicians will present a range of festive and inspirational music, culminating in Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria.
 
“Last year’s Festival of Voices brought so much joy and praise,” said Roger Melone, director

Brave New Brass Brown Bag Recital Wednesday

on November 30, 2014 - 10:34am

Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) presents The Brave New Brass free recital noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Fuller Lodge.

Community members are invited to bring their lunch and hear this brass quintet perform works from Gustov Holst, Diego Ortiz and Astor Piazoll. The Brave New Brass is comprised of Elizabeth Hunke, Deniece Korzekwa, Dave Korzekwa, Mandy Marksteiner and Bruce Warren.

This Program is made possible in part by a grant from the County of Los Alamos.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Mockingjay, Part 1

on November 29, 2014 - 6:04am

Grand Opening Of Unquarked The Wine Room Dec. 20!

on November 22, 2014 - 12:08pm

Operations Manager Veronica Black-Stepp is busy Thursday afternoon preparing for the Dec. 20 grand opening of Unquarked The Wine Room in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The flooring has been installed, tables and chairs are in and artwork fills the walls at the new wine room. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The community-wide grand opening for Unquarked The Wine Bar in downtown Los Alamos is set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

Olions One Act Plays Preview 7 P.m. Today

on November 20, 2014 - 11:48am
Olions members acting in 'Idiosynchronization' from left, Leander Murphy, Emma Martens, Lauren Partin, Max Herrmann and Jack Majure-Barkley. Courtesy photo
 
'Roll the Dice' cast members from left, Ryan Gunther, Megan Pimentel, Donald Poston, Marja Graham, Opale Schappert and Rosemary Vigil. Courtesy photo
 
OLIONS News:
 
Los Alamos High School Olions' one act plays kick off with a special preview night at 7 p.m. today in the Black Box Theater in the main high school building.
 
"Idiosynchronization", directed by Ben Reichelt, features cast members Leander Murphy, Emma Martens,

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Intersteller'

on November 19, 2014 - 3:16pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Interstellar” is an all-engrossing and vastly entertaining Science Fiction film, currently playing at the Reel Deal. Absorbed in it, one doesn’t notice that the film runs as long as two hours and 49 minutes. Writer/producer/director Christopher Nolan opts to keep the story in one piece, unlike many over-edited films today.

“Cooper” (whose first name is never given) is a NASA trained pilot who, after a horrific crash, becomes a farmer.

ACCT Presents Willy Wonka Jr. Nov. 21-22

on November 19, 2014 - 9:47am

Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket, from Mr. Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you!

For now, I do invite you to come to the stage of Smith Auditorium before the show and be my guest for one chocolate bar—you and all others who are lucky enough to find my Golden Tickets. You will be conducted around my chocolate factory, and be shown everything that there is to see.

But this is by no means the most exciting thing that will happen on the day of your visit.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 19, 2014 - 9:09am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater   

 Due to Thanksgiving week we will be open for additional showtimes so please check our schedule closely.

 This Friday we are opening Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but don’t forget our special showing at  8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 20. Tickets are going quickly.

Movie poster for 'Mockingjay Part 1' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, St. Vincent and Interstellar will be leaving to make room for Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2, which both open Wednesday the 26th.  We will hold Big Hero 6 for another week. Laggies will end

Holiday Season Begins With NMDT-PC’s ‘The Nutcracker’

on November 12, 2014 - 10:04am
Indiana Warrior as Clara in 'The Nutcracker.' Photo by Rebecca Cai

NMDTPC::

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents “The Nutcracker.”

This timeless classic revolves around Clara, who receives the gift of a toy nutcracker from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. Clara then dreams of a fantastic world in which the Nutcracker and she meet many interesting characters.

Notable NMDT-PC dancers in the production include: Indiana Warrior as Clara, Daren Savage as Uncle Drosselmeyer, Sarah Dale as The Snow Queen, Frank Macias as The Snow King,

This Week at the Reel Deal

on November 12, 2014 - 7:24am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL 
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This Friday we are opening St. Vincent and Laggies. We will hold Big Hero 6 and Interstellar for another week.

Book of Life and Nightcrawler will end this Thursday.

We tried to get a print of Dumb and Dumber To but we didn’t make the cut. If it turns out to be a good film we’ll try and get it for a one-week run in the near future.

Movie poster for 'St. Vincent.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

St. Vincent:  Maggie (McCarthy), a

They All Fall Down In 'And Then There Were None'

on November 7, 2014 - 10:43am
Some of the accused cast members contemplate their fate in a rehearsal of  'And Then There Were None.' From left, William Blore  (Eric Tyler), Anthony Marston (Connor Schulz), Vera Claythrone (Sandra Ward) and Captain Philip Lombard (Corey New). Courtesy/LALT
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Since it was first published in1939, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None has sold more than 100 million copies, making it the best-selling mystery novel of all time.

In 1943, Christie adapted the novel for the London stage and for nearly 75 years it has been a staple for

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 6, 2014 - 1:41pm
Column By JIM O'DONNELL 
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This Friday we are opening Big Hero 6 and Interstellar.  We will hold Nightcrawler, and Book of Life for another week. John Wick and Fury will end this Thursday.

We managed to get a print of both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar for this weekend. That’s a great thing as these are the first of the big holiday films and are both getting good reviews.

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