September 2019


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Burton Gilliam — Actor Gilliam, who played “Lyle the Cowboy,” in the Mel Brooks classic comedy “Blazing Saddles,” will meet guests and take part in a question-and-answer session as part of a movie party and screening at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Montecillo. Tickets: $15.15; available at

Época de Oro Film Festival — Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and UTEP will screen seven movies from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-25, at UTEP’s Union Cinema, Room 109. Admission is free. Information: 533-3644, or on Facebook at Colsulmexepa.
Sept. 4: Grand opening and “Enamorada” by Emilio Fernandez
Sept. 11: “Macario” by Roberto Gavaldón at 6 p.m.; “Una familia de tantas” by Alejandro Galindo (8 p.m.)
Sept. 18: “El rebozo de la soledad” by Roberto Gavaldón at 6 p.m.; ”La Perla” by Emilio Fernández at 8 p.m.
Sept. 25: “Salón México” by Emilio Fernández at 6 p.m.; “Ahí está el detalle” by Juan Bustillos Oro at 8 p.m.

Borderscene Film Festival — The 2nd annual festival devoted to the integration of excellence in independent film with resources and connections within the film industry, is Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 6-9, at Allen Theatres’ Cineport 10 and Video 4 in Las Cruces. This year’s theme is “Overcoming Challenges” with 450 films submitted from 48 countries. The top 15 percent were selected for viewing during the event. A Virtual Reality Media Room will also be featured.
  Movie passes for Sept. 7-9: $2.50 single movie and/or block pass; $7.50 single day pass; $15 three-day pass. All Access VIP passes: $50 (includes all movies and parties, including opening night film on Sept. 6). Information: (575) 646-2737,
  Online viewing runs 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 through 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. Online passes: $15. Viewing and passes available at
  Award ceremony is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Lifetime achievement awards will be given to actors Harry Hamlin and Thaao Penglis.
  Awards include US Military film category and award distributed through VetFlicks. Information:

Movie Nite on the Lawns — The Fountains at Farah, 888 Gateway West, hosts free movies at sundown every Saturday through Nov. 2. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free. Information:
Aug. 31: The Incredibles 2
Sept. 7: Avengers: Infinity War
Sept. 14: Selena
Sept. 21: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Sept. 28: Captain Marvel
Oct. 5: Toy Story

A Triptych of Films about Migration — Ballroom Marfa’s Marfa Diogues presents films that consider the scale of human migration at 7:15 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 5-7, at Ballroom Marfa, 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night. Films contain mature content. Admission is free. Information: (432) 729-3700, or Facebook.
  The films include: “El Mar La Mar,” “Island of the Hungry Ghosts,” and another to be announced. “El Mar La Mar,” explores collective experience, sensory ethnography, and pushes the boundary between cinema and anthropology. “Island of Hungry Ghosts,” is a hybrid documentary that moves between migration in the natural world and the chaotic and tragic migration of humans.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Love Me Tonight” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on Invention: Early Musicals. Tickets: $5, available at Information: or on Facebook.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Dolores” is 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Dolores Huerta partnered with Cesar Chavez in co-founding the first farm workers unions. Leading the fight for racial and labor justice, she became one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

Sci Fi and ArtFilm Nights — Brew Lab, 601 N. Oregon, Suite 1, hosts science fiction classics 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month (Sept. 12) and art films every third Thursday of the month (Sept 19). Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at brewlabep.
  “Poetry Therapy” sessions are 6:30 to 8 p.m. every third Friday (Sept. 20), sponsored by Literarity Book Shop.

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host presentations at 2 p.m. Saturdays at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana (door on Brown opens at 1:30 p.m.). Admission is free. Snacks available for purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), and
  This month is the 4th annual International Film Festival, presented in partnership with Alliance Francaise d'El Paso and General Casimir Pulaski Polish American Society of El Paso.
  Foreign language films are accompanied with English subtitles. No film Sept. 7.
Sept. 14: “Les Intouchables” (France).Based on a true story, this comedy-drama tells how a millionaire quadriplegic
hires the unlikely helper who is just out of prison.
Sept. 21: “Jack Strong” (Poland). True story about the Polish spy who passed Soviet military secrets to the CIA at the height of the Cold War.
Sept. 28: “Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari/The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (Germany). Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist Cinema, this silent film tells the story of an insane hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to commit murders.

‘Zoot Suit’ premiere — The red carpet film premiere is 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Plaza Theatre. The Hollywood-style extravaganza will feature a classic cars parade delivering VIPs onto a red carpet. Bowie High School students will take patrons to reserved seats. There will be food, drink sales, raffles, a talent competition, and after film block party. All proceeds benefit the Bowie Alumni Association’s scholarship fund. Tickets: $27.50-$97.50 (Ticketmaster).

Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students with ID; $5 children and society members); $5 on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or
  The theatre will be closed through Sept. 12 and also Sept. 16 and 27.
Sept. 13-15 and 17-19: The Farewell (in Mandarin, Japanese & Italian with subtitles and English).
Sept. 20-26: Funan (in French w/ subtitles)
Sept. 28-Oct. 3: Manhattan Short Film Festival

New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater tickets are $7 ($6 seniors and military; $5 ages 4-12). Planetarium show is $5 ($4 seniors, military and children). Ages 3 and under free. Museum/IMAX combo tickets available. Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840, or on Facebook.
  Now showing:
• “Apollo 11: First Steps,” 10:10 and 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 and 4:05 p.m.
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  Star Show is 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.

Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay Duncan prepared this list of top monthly “Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by studio and release date (subject to change):

Sept. 6:
• Blink of an Eye (1091 Media) — Documentary. An inside look at 2001’s Daytona 500 featuring Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Directed by Paul Taublieb.
• It Chapter Two (Warner Bros.) — Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Chastain, Finn Wolfhard. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Sequel to 2017 redux.
• Edie (Music Box) — Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Amy Manson. Directed by Simon Hunter.
• Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich) — Documentary. Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early 20s. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
  • Rapid Response (Atlas) —Documentary. In 1966 Medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey is asked to volunteer at the Indianapolis 500 on their medical team. Directed by Roger Hinze and Michael William Miles.
Sept. 13:
• Depraved (IFC Midnight) — David Call, Ana Kayne, Joshua Leonard. Directed by Larry Fessenden.
• The Goldfinch (Warner Bros.) — Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson.
Directed by John Crowley.
• Hustlers (STX) — Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles. Directed by Lorene Scafaria.
• Monos (Neon) — Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero. Directed by Alejandro Landes.
• The Sound of Silence (IFC) — Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Austin Pendleton. Directed by Michael Tyburski.
Sept. 20:
• Ad Astra (Disney) — Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by James Gray.
• Britt-Marie Was Here (Cohen Media Group) — Vera Vitali, Peter Haber, Pernilla August. Directed by Tuva Novotny.
• Diego Maradona (HBO) — Documentary on the career of celebrated football player Diego Armando Maradona, who played for S.S.C. Napoli in the 1980s. Directed by Asif Kapadia.
• Downton Abbey (Focus) — Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith. Directed by Michael Engler. Based on the hugely popular PBS presentation, which ran for six seasons.
• Midnight Traveler (Oscilloscope)— Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili. Directed by Hazzan Fazili.
• Promare (GKIDS) — Anime. Voices of Arata Furuta, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Tetsu Inada. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi.
• Rambo: Last Blood (Lionsgate) — Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Óscar Jaenada. Directed by Adrian Grumberg. 5th in the series beginning with First Blood in 1982.
• 3 From Hell (Lionsgate) — Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley; Directed by Rob Zombie. Sequel to The Devil's Rejects (2005).
• Where's My Roy Cohn? (Sony Classics) — Documentary. Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues - like Joseph McCarthy. 
Sept. 27:
• Abominable (Universal) — CG Animation. Voices of Albert Tsai, Chloe Bennet, Eddie Izzard. Directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman.
• First Love (Toei) — Becky, Sakurako Konishi, Masataka Kubota. Directed by Takashi Miike.
• Judy (Roadside) — Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out 
concerts. Starring: Renée Zellweger, Michael Gambon, Jessie Buckley. Directed by Rupert Goold.
• 21 Bridges (STX) —Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Brian Kirk.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Sept. 3:
• X-Men: Dark Phoenix. PG-13
• Ma. R
• Men in Black: International. PG-13
• Booksmart. R

Sept. 10:
• Aladdin. PG
• The Dead Don’t Die. R
• John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. R

Sept. 17:
• X-Men: Dark Phoenix. PG-13

Sept. 24:
• Shaft. R

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