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Mesa Library Screens Film Classic 'Casablanca'

on April 30, 2014 - 6:36am

'Casablanca' movie poster. Courtesy /


"Here's looking at you, kid." "We'll always have Paris." "Round up the usual suspects." "Of all the gin joints in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine." "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Regardless of whether you have actually seen "Casablanca," you have probably heard a few of these quotes before. But nothing compares to hearing them in their original context.

Moviegoers will have a chance to see "Casablanca" again or for the first time at 6:30 p.m.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 29, 2014 - 7:45am
Reel Deal Theater                   

This week we are opening Bears, Draft Day, and The Amazing Spider Man 2. We will hold The Other Women for another week. Rio 2, Captain America and Transcendence end this Thursday.

'The Amazing Spider Man 2' movie poster. Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

The Amazing Spider Man 2: We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 23, 2014 - 8:08am
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening The Other Woman. We will hold Captain America, Transcendence and Rio 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel will end this Thursday so don’t miss it. It is quirky and funny.  

'The Other Woman' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

In The Other Woman, after discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend.

Local Boy James Carothers Named A New Face of Country Music

on April 21, 2014 - 8:48am

Craig Martin Experience Packs Blue Window Bistro

on April 20, 2014 - 8:26am

The finger-snapping, toe-tapping jazz from The Craig Martin Experience brought dancers to their feet Saturday night at the Blue Window Bistro. The band entertained the sold-out crowd who dined on a special selection of entrees, desserts and beverages. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Craig Martin, center, and his band, The Craig Martin Experience performed to a sold-out crowd Saturday night at the Blue Window Bistro. Together since 2012, the band features a three-horn front line backed by a solid rhythm section.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 16, 2014 - 7:51am
Reel Deal Theater                   

This week we are opening Transcendence. We will hold Captain America, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rio 2. Need for Speed will end this Thursday.  

Movie Poster for 'Transcendence.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

In Transcendence,Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.

'A Second Chance' at Reel Deal Saturday Benefits High Flyers Gymnastics

on April 15, 2014 - 7:49am


HFG News:

Sometimes in life we all wish for “A Second Chance.” That is the premise behind an inspirational family gymnastics film showing Saturday, April 19 at Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos.

Sponsored by High Flyers Gymnastics (HFG) as a fundraising event, the movie focuses on a group of school-age gymnasts and their quest to compete for spots on the Australian national gymnastics team.

Tickets for the one-time showing are $10 (child/adult) and on sale now at CB FOX, Uli’s Cottontail, Reel Deal Theater and High Flyers Gymnastics.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

on April 14, 2014 - 7:46am


'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is entertaining for those of us who, due to familial or marital commitments, must accompany someone we love to movies in the comic book/superhero genre.

After sitting through all the "pow, boom, splat" as we call it at our house, one does come out of the film taking the advice of SHIELD Director Nick Fury, "Trust no one.” If you take this kind of movie too seriously, the world will feel much less safe as you leave the theater.

In this installment,

Local Movie Extra Recounts Positive Experience

on April 13, 2014 - 10:30am
Jennifer McDonald of White Rock dressed for her role in "Outlaw Prophet." Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

White Rock resident Jennifer McDonald was cast last week in the movie "Outlaw Prophet" as one of the wives of Warren Jeffs, the leader of a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect.

She filmed Tuesday and Wednesday on a set at Ghost Ranch. Speculation had surrounded the movie as it was being shot earlier this month in a Pajarito Acres home.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

on April 12, 2014 - 8:43am
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Movie poster for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel. Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" director Wes Anderson's latest cinematic romp, is all that we've come to appreciate about Anderson's films ("Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Royal Tannenbaums", for example), only better.

It is vastly entertaining, rich in minute visual details, and presenting a surprising scene at nearly every turn.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 9, 2014 - 12:18pm
Reel Deal Theater                  

This week we are opening The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rio 2 and Need for Speed. We will hold Captain America for another week. Noah, Muppets Most Wanted, and Divergent end this Thursday.

After dozens of requests we finally got a print of The Grand Budapest Hotel after weeks of haggling. This comedy/drama is getting reviews in the 90 percent plus range. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Also on our short list, we plan to show 50-1, and Particle Fever due to the many requests from our  patrons.

Jimmy Stadler Band Plays Posse Lodge Saturday

on April 7, 2014 - 10:42am

Young Actor Sheds Light on Highway Shrines with His Film ‘Descanso’

on April 6, 2014 - 10:30am
Aspen Elementary School fifth grader Christopher Garcia wrote the short film ‘Descanso’ along with his father. He also acts in the film. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Eleven-year-old actor Christopher Garcia spends a lot of time on the highway. He travels between his home in Velarde where he lives with his mom, Sha-marie Reid; his school, Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos; and Albuquerque where he visits his dad, takes acting lessons and acts in commercials and films.

During those drives, Garcia kept noticing the shrines alongside the

Mountain Elementary School’s Production of Disney’s Cinderella Kids is a Big Success!

on April 5, 2014 - 10:51am

First and second grade students at Mountain Elementary School perform April 3 in Disney’s 'Cinderella Kids.' Courtesy photo


Five classes of first and second grade students put on Disney’s musical 'Cinderella Kids' April 3 in the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium.

Each student had a special role - whether Cinderella, narrator, solo singer, a wheel of the carriage, or something else. Six students performed as Cinderella. Families and teachers all worked together to help the students perform this “happily-ever-after” tale.

Mountain art teachers, Lorri McInroy and

Want To Be A Movie Extra in Los Alamos?

on April 4, 2014 - 9:25am


Members of the public who are interested in auditioning to be an extra in the Lifetime made-for-television movie being filmed in White Rock (working title: "Jubilee”), are encouraged to send an e-mail to the casting director at and include a current photo, contact phone number, height, weight and the year, make, model and color of your vehicle. 

Filming in White Rock is scheduled for March 31 and April 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 22, however, other portions of the film will be shot in other New Mexico locations through to the end of April.

Please submit

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Noah'

on April 3, 2014 - 9:53am

Movie poster for 'Noah.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

"Noah", the new film by Darren Aronofsky, is a fantasy that uses 21st century psychological insights within the framework of an ancient biblical story, ending with mixed results. 

Those who, like us, re-read Genesis 6 through 9 before going to see the film, may find themselves disappointed that more of the details of the story from the Hebrew Bible didn't make the cut in this story. (Really? There aren't three wives for the sons?

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 2, 2014 - 8:17am
Reel Deal Theater                  

Happy Spring Break! We will be open every day, every showtime to accommodate all.

Movie poster for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

This week, we are opening Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Muppets Most Wanted, Noah, and Divergent will hold for another week. Mr. Peabody and Sherman ends this Thursday.  

Critic Randy Myers of San Jose Mercury News calls Captain America: The Winter Soldier one of the best superhero movies ever made. Read his review here.

Coming attractions include:

Rumors Swirl Around True Identity of Movie Being Shot in Pajarito Acres

on April 1, 2014 - 3:21pm
The movie crew takes a break this afternoon, on the set of a film being shot at a home in S. Monte Rey in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A worker constructs a wall in front of the home where the movie is being shot in Pajarito Acres this week. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report:

Speculation sourrounds the movie being shot this week at a Pajarito Acres home.

'Ruby Sparks' Explores Love, Real and Imaginary

on April 1, 2014 - 8:04am

'Ruby Sparks' movie poster. Courtesy


"Ruby Sparks" (2012, rated R) screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at Mesa Public Library as part of the Free Film Series.

It tells the story of young novelist Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) who has not recovered from his early success. Nor has the acclaimed "genius" recovered from his father's death or his break-up with his first serious girlfriend. He cannot write, he cannot maintain friendships and he can barely be kind to his dog.

From this nadir, he begins to dream.

Movie Trucks, Trailers and Equipment Stored For Night in White Rock

on March 31, 2014 - 8:12pm

 Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment are parked for the night on the vacant lot at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard. Today through Monday, April 7, crews are filming a portion of a Lifetime network, made-for-television movie titled 'Jubilee,' starring Tony Goldwyn (from the popular ABC series, Scandal), at a private residence at 155 S. Monte Rey Dr. in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Filming for TV Movie Underway in White Rock

on March 31, 2014 - 12:52pm


Today through Monday, April 7, crews are filming a portion of a Lifetime network, made-for-television movie titled “Jubilee,” starring Tony Goldwyn (from the popular ABC series, Scandal), at a private residence at 155 S. Monte Rey Dr. in Pajarito Acres. 

A temporary wall has been constructed on the property near the road, which will be dismantled after filming is completed. Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment will be staged on site at the residence, as well as on the vacant lot at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard. 

Film activity will occur at both sites between

Los Alamos Actress Suzanne Wilcox Appears as Jill Baffert in '50 to 1'

on March 30, 2014 - 11:22am
Suzanne Wilcox of Los Alamos as Jill Baffert in her Derby Day finery on the set of '50 to 1' at Churchill Downs. Courtesy photo
Suzanne Wilcox on the red carpet with husband John and daughter Sage at the gala  premiere of '50 to 1' at the Kimo Theater in Albuquerque. Photo by Annalese Poorman
Los Alamos Daily Post

The film “50 to 1” is about a New Mexico longshot who made good. Chip Woolley hauled his gelding, Mine That Bird, from New Mexico to Churchill Downs in 2009, an unknown trainer with an unknown horse.

Santa Fe Celebrates George R. R. Martin Day Saturday

on March 30, 2014 - 8:41am
Author and Santa Fe resident George R. R. Martin gives a thumbs up, as Mayor Javier Gonzales declares March 29 George R. R. Martin Day in Santa Fe. In addition to writing the award-winning 'Song of Ice and Fire' book series on which the HBO blockbuster, 'Game of Thrones' is based, Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which premiered the fourth season of 'Game of Thrones' Saturday. 'It's wonderful that the top show on television is premiering in Santa Fe in both Spanish and English,' Gonzales said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Santa Feans queued up to sit atop the Iron Throne,

Movie Production in Pajarito Acres March 31-April 7

on March 29, 2014 - 9:22am

The Lifetime made-for-TV movie "Jubilee" will be filming in Pajarito Acres March 31 through April 7. 

Los Alamos County will post announcements regarding the film production at under "News & Alerts."

Film Location:

The production company has an agreement with a homeowner on S. Monte Rey Drive. This week they will be constructing a temporary wall on the property near the road for filming, after which it will be dismantled.

Shooting schedule:

Filming is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4th, as well as Monday, April 7. (There will be no

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Divergent'

on March 29, 2014 - 7:33am

'Divergent' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater


"Divergent" is classic science fiction, the context of the story being a post-apocalyptic society divided into five "factions" and a coming of age personality test to fit young people into one of them. Seeing the film has made this sci-fi fan want to read the books. 

Divergent is, like the book from which it originates, directed at an audience of young adults (YA) and teens.