Special screenings

5-story Santa

If you're having a little trouble getting into the Christmas spirit (it's early November, after all), let IMAX railroad you into Santaland. The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience will premiere at the IMAX Theatre Rivercenter Wednesday, November 10. The first full-length feature digitally remastered specifically for the five-story screen, Polar Express IMAX combines Performance Capture technology, CGI, and 3D effects for a full-on, 10-times larger immersion experience. Watch out for frostbite.

The Polar Express: an IMAX 3D Experience premieres in San Antonio on Wednesday, November 10. For showtimes and ticket prices, call 247-4629 or visit www.imax-sa.com.

Remember 1984: Amu

The Sikh Research Institute and Trinity University's Students Creating Awareness of the Sikh Faith will screen Amu, the story of a young girl's survival following the death of her parents in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms that were carried out in India in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's death. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Trinity professors and members of the South Asian community.

Amu screens at 7pm Thursday, November 4 as part of "Remember 1984" events, in the Science Lecture Hall at Trinity University. A panel discussion will follow. Admission is free. For more information, contact Rupindar Kaur at 582-3371 or [email protected].

In the beginning there was ... lights, camera, action!

Looking for God? Try the cinema. Beginning November 9, Lutheran Pastor Michael Coffey of Christ Lutheran Church will lead a monthly film series, "Theology in the Movies," that will discuss the spiritual and theological themes that can be found in secular, mainstream movies. A self-described "lifelong movie buff," Coffey will follow films such as Magnolia or Crimes and Misdemeanors with an audience discussion. "Really good films are art, and art, when it's really good, explores those very central themes about life, faith, God, and spirituality," says Coffey. Upcoming films may include Dead Man Walking, Fearless, Grand Canyon, and The Great Dictator. The series is non-denominational and all viewpoints are welcome.

The Shawshank Redemption will screen at 7pm Tuesday, November 9 at the Bijou Theatre at Crossroads Mall, as part of the series "Theology in the Movies." An audience discussion will follow. Admission is $6. For more information, contact Christ Lutheran Church at 822-3394, or the Bijou at 734-4024.

El Hombre y su Obra

It's unofficially Pablo Neruda month in SA, and the Instituto de México and St. Mary's University are each showing a handful of documentaries about the beloved South American poet, his work, his exile in Italy, and his widespread influence. St. Mary's screenings are part of its International Education Week to Honor the Centennial Celebration of Pablo Neruda, November 7-12, which includes readings, musical performances, lectures, and more, co-sponsored by the Instituto and the Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile. A Festival de Pablo Neruda, featuring readings by Dr. Enrique Cortazar and St. Mary's Gwendolyn Diaz, and a literary panel will light up the Instituto 7pm Thursday, November 11. For more information, contact Minita Santizo at 431-4308, or visit the university's website, www.stmarytx.edu. St. Mary's campus is located at One Camino Santa Maria.

The Heights of Machu Pichu will screen at 7pm Tuesday, November 9 at St. Mary's Treadaway Auditorium. Commentary by Professor Francisco Sazo of Universidad de Valparaíso will follow. Neruda: The Death of a Poet will screen at 10:20am Wednesday, November 10 at the SBC Technology Center. Canto a Neruda, a film and music fest featuring Chilean ensemble Gustos Reunidos will be held at 7:30pm Wednesday, November 10 at Treadaway Recital Hall, and again at 7pm Friday, November 12 at the Instituto de México, 600 Hemisfair Plaza. Childhood and Poetry and Bestiary will screen at 7pm Thursday, November 11 in University Center Conference Room B, followed by commentary by Universidad de Valparaíso Professor Jorge Gonzalez Moya. Remarks by Prof. Moya will also conclude the screening of Neruda in the Orient and Neruda's Homes at 10:20am Friday, November 12 in the SBC Technology Center.

In honor of the centennial of Neruda's birth, the Instituto will also be showing Neruda-related films on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the month.

Poetas de Chile, La impure poesia, Infancia y poesia, and Santiago, by director Hugo Arevalo will screen at 4pm Sunday, November 7, at the Instituto, 600 Hemisfair Plaza. El Hombre y su Obra will screen at 7pm Wednesday, November 10 and 4pm Sunday, November 14 at the Instituto. Suggested donation is $2. For more information, call 227-0123.

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