Now playing, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ | Comments

Mitchell Storyteller Cinema 7

PG-13 for intense action sequences and strong language.

Everyone is getting old, except maybe Top Cruise. While any 59-year-old would sport at least a little salt-and-pepper gray with a receding hairline and well-deserved wrinkles, not to mention a slight paunch, the ‘Risky Business’ actor has worked hard to maintaining the same boyish look and sleek physique that made women and quite a few men swoon when the original “Top Gun” was released in 1986.

Whatever the reason, her appearance in that movie’s long-awaited sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” is oddly heartwarming, even though her hair and skin are obviously the result of highly paid stylists.

It’s heartwarming because, like his appearance, he seems locked in some kind of 1980s time warp. dangerous are molded from the same cloth as his former compadres Ice Man, Cougar, Slider, Hollywood and, of course, Goose.

They even hang out in the same kind of dive bar near the “Top Gun” training base listening to 1980s power rock on an old school jukebox and egos ass with the enthusiasm of young mountain goats. during the rutting season.

But, like those goats, there are serious hurdles to jump, not the least of which is the fact that Maverick – they all have groovy call signs – have managed over the past 30 years to avoid a promotion or a retirement just so he can continue to serve as a US Navy test pilot. Even his commanding officer, Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain (Ed Harris), wonders why he’s not an Admiral or a Senator now.

After his latest stunt of thumbing his nose at authority, Cain, against his better judgment—certainly a stereotypical move in this kind of 80s throwback—decided to assign Maverick to train a new group of Airmen to the Top Gun School for a special mission to take out a high-value target so dangerous it’s almost certain to result in death or more.

It’s also revealed in this exchange that behind the scenes, his old friend, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer), now Admiral in Charge of the US Pacific Fleet, has always supported him, keeping him happy to fly jets. to his hearts desire. But, one of the things he’s also helped him with is protecting Goose’s son, Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller). Goose was Maverick’s best friend and he swore to take care of him, even in secret, and even at the cost of damaging Rooster’s career.

Oh, and there’s also a bit of romance when Maverick reconnects with an old flame named Penny (Jennifer Connelly), who runs the aforementioned dive bar. Kelly McGillis, who played Charlie in the original film, apparently wasn’t asked to appear in the sequel.

So here is. It’s the solid foundation for what happens as the pilots sort through their egos and attitudes, as Maverick strives to shape them into a precision unit and prey on the ghosts of his past. Sure, it’s chauvinistic and almost architecturally designed to hit certain well-defined marks in the story, but endangered if it doesn’t pull you in and charge your adrenaline during the physics-defying action sequences.

Part of that has to do with Cruise’s insistence on using real planes and real flight footage that puts the viewer seemingly right in the cockpit with the pilots. It was through the use of specially designed IMAX digital cameras that the actors themselves were trained to perform, according to film press. It’s also something Cruise himself touts in a specially filmed intro. However, it has not been revealed how much of the actors were actually involved in piloting the plane.

Still, not a bad thrill ride through the “danger zone”…sorry, couldn’t help myself.

The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski and stars a diverse cast, including Monica Barbaro as Lt. Natasha “Phoenix” Trace, Glen Powell as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, Danny Ramirez as Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia, Greg Tarzan Davis. as Lt. Javy “Coyote” Machado and Lewis Pullman as Robert “Bob” Floyd.

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Bob’s Burgers movie information

Mitchell Storyteller Cinema 7

PG-13 for intense action sequences and strong language.

A ruptured water main creates a huge sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belchers’ plans for a successful summer. As Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant. As the dangers mount, these underdogs help each other find hope and fight to get back behind the counter, where they belong.

Directed by Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman, this animated feature film based on the popular TV show features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Eugene Mirman, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis , Larry Murphy , and Gary Cole.

This film is screening at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road in Taos. For tickets, schedules and additional information, visit or call (575) 751-4245.

This week at Taos Community Auditorium

Note: Masks are required for all Encore indoor and gallery events

TCA Big Screen Friday (May 27), 2 p.m., Monday (May 30), 7 p.m. and Tuesday (May 31) at 7 p.m.

Rated R for Language and Brief Sexuality.

In 1961, 60-year-old Kempton Bunton stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying he would return the painting on the condition that the government invest more in care for the elderly. What happened next has become a legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage. —

This film was directed by Roger Mitchell and stars Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney and Stephen Rashbrook.

Big screen TCA Wednesday (June 1), 5 p.m.

This is a screening of films from New Mexico’s premier student film festival featuring middle and high school films. The festival took place in Española in late April and featured 62 films from 38 schools in 16 New Mexico counties.

Over 500 students participated. The Taos Center for the Arts partnered with the Film Prize Jr New Mexico, sharing 10 of the judge’s and audience’s favorites, including the Deming High School students’ film “Estela En El Mar,” which won the judge for the best short film. — CAW

Screenings take place at the Taos Community Auditorium Drive-in, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets, health restrictions and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit

Alfonso E. Cramer