June 2018


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents the 1942 film “Woman of the Year” featuring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on famous movie pairings. Tickets: $3; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org.
  Upcoming films in the series are “State of the Union” (July 7), “Adam’s Rib” (Aug. 4), and “Desk Set” (Sept. 1).
  Also featured from the Film Salon this summer is “The Killing” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, and “Paths of Glory” Wednesday, July 18. Admission: $5.

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host film presentations at 2 p.m. Saturdays at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana (door on Brown Street opens at 1:30 p.m. to enter directly into auditorium). Presentations include commentary, anecdotes and facts behind the films. Admission is free; donations and museum membership appreciated. Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks available for purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  June’s films celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018.
June 2: ‘Bullitt.’ A ruthless assistant district attorney (Robert Vaughn) hires a conscientious cop (Steve McQueen) to guard a vital witness whose testimony will help smash a crime syndicate.
June 9: “Coogan’s Bluff.” A veteran deputy sheriff from rural Arizona travels to New York City to extradite an apprehended fugitive who is wanted for murder. Starring Clint Eastwood.
June 16: “The Producers.” Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max’s new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible. Written and directed by Mel Brooks.
June 23: “Will Penny.” West as it really was...a dirty, lonely, unromantic place made up of small, bleak townships. Starring Charlton Heston in what was his favorite acting role, and written and directed by Tom Gries.
June 30: “Planet of the Apes.” An astronaut crew crash-lands on a strange planet in the distant future in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute.

Las Cruces Movies in the Park — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department and Pic Quik Stores present the 2018 Movies in the Park Program of free family friendly movies (Rated G through PG-13) selected Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada, through Sept. 22. Movies begin at dusk. Schedule subject to change. Information: (575) 541-2550.
June 2: Wonder Woman
June 16: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
June 30: Despicable Me 3
July 14: Justice League
July 28: Lego Ninjago Movie
Aug. 11: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Aug. 25: Wonder
Sept. 8: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Sept. 22: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Sundays Under the Stars — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts free movies on the lawn at 8 p.m. Sundays during the summer months, weather permitting. Bring lawn chair or blanket. All children must be accompanied by adult. Concessions available. Information: 1-800-545-9011 or innofthemountaingods.com.
June 3: Moana
June 10: Secret Life of Pets
June 17: The Sandlot
July 1: Cars 3
July 8: Boss Baby
July 15: Wonder
July 22: Lego Batman Movie
July 29: Coco
Aug. 5: Annie
Aug. 12: Brother Bear.

Movies on the Lawn — UTEP Office of Student Life hosts free movies at sunset (around 8:30 p.m.) Fridays June 8 and 22, and July 6 and 20, at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza. No alcohol, glass containers or pets allowed; lawn chairs welcome. Weekly giveaways for first 100 people. Movies to be announced. Admission is free; parking available in Sun Bowl garage. Information: 747-5670 or utep.edu/selc.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films at 7 p.m. select Saturdays as part of its film series. Tickets: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
June 9: The Wizard of Oz
June 30: Rebel Without a Cause
  Family film: Monster’s Inc. is noon Saturday, June 9, for $1 (cash only).

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of the documentary “Disturbing The Peace” is at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Former enemies — Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters — join together to challenge the status quo. The film shows their transformation from soldiers to nonviolent peace activists.

2 Day Movie Challenge Screening — El Paso Film Commission presents a public screening of all the completed short movies from the 2-Day Movie Challenge Public Screening at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Plaza Theatre, with CBS4’s Daybreak Host Jessie McDonough as emcee. Doors open at 6 p.m. for networking. Awards presentation follows the screening. Tickets: $10. Information: visitelpaso.com/film.
  The El Paso 2 Day Movie Challenge tests the abilities of moviemakers to put together a team of actors and crew to create a short movie over the course of two days. Teams must write, shoot, edit and add musical scores to their movies during the weekend, completing the 4-8 minute movie and delivering a ready-to-screen product by the Sunday evening of the Challenge. Genres include action, romance, comedy and sci-fi.
  Some material may not be suitable for young children.

Plaza Classic Film Festival submissions — The 11th annual classic movie festival seeks works by local filmmakers for its “Local Flavor” series honoring the work made in, around or about the border region. Filmmakers who have made, or are finishing, a short or feature-length film or any genre and would like it to be considered for a screening at this year’s are invited to submit works through June 15 for the Aug. 2-12 festival. There is no fee to enter. Guidelines and submission forms are available at plazaclassic.com/localflavor. Information: 533-4020
  Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, Local Flavor is the region’s largest showcase of independently made feature, animated, documentary, short and other films from both sides of the border.
  This year’s series will be curated by El Paso filmmaker Zach Passero. He has worked as a director, producer, editor, animator and actor on films such as “Wicked Lake,” “Motel,” “Glimpse,” “All Cheerleaders Die,” “The Woman,” “By the River” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

Fort Bayard Summer Film Series — Fort Bayard hosts free films at 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 16, at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory, Hwy 180 East. The series features the struggles of native indigenous people through their own eyes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: (575) 388-4862, (575) 388-4477, or (575) 534-1379.
June 28: Reel Injuns
July 5: Rumble
July 12: Elijah
July 19: Lozen’s Story
July 26: Wind River
Aug. 2: Apache Warriors
Aug. 9: We Shall Remain
Aug. 16: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Ultimate Fandango — The ultimate fan weekend road trip from Midland to San Elizario in celebration of the 1985 cult classic “Fandango” is July 18-22, with activities in Alpine, Texas, Marfa, El Paso, Fort Davis and more, with several stops at sites featured in the movie including the Sonic in Alpine, “Dom Rock” near Lajitas, Marfa Cemetery and San Elizario Plaza, as well as screening of the film at Alpine’s Rangra Theater. Information/signup: ultimatefandango.com.

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 mesillavalleyfilm.org.
June 1-7: “You Were Never Really Here.” A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix), unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living, and journeys to the deepest levels of the dark side.
June 8-14: “Finding Your Feet.” On the eve of retirement, a judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. Starring Imelda Staunton and Joanna Lumley.
June 15-21: “Sweet Country.” In 1920s Australia, an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run. Starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill and Hamilton Morris.
June 22-28: “Lean on Pete.“ A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse. Starring Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny and Charlie Plummer. Free admission for MVFS members.
  June 28 showing at 1:30 p.m.; no evening show.
June 29-July 4: ”Let the Sunshine In. ”Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a Parisian artist and divorced mother, looks for true love. In French with subtitles.
  No June 30 matinee.

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, nmspacemuseum.org or on Facebook.
  Now showing:
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity.” 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
• “Mysteries of China.” 11:05 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
• “Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe.” 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  Live 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):

June 1:
• Action Point (Paramount) — Johnny Knoxville, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Johnny Pemberton. Directed by Tim Kirkby.
• Adrift (STX) — Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Grace Palmer. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur.
• American Animals  (Orchard) — Ann Dowd, Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan. Directed by Bart Layton.
• The Doctor From India (Zeitgeist) — Documentary. The story of Dr. Vasant Lad’s mission to bring the ancient health care system of wellness called Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. Directed by Jeremy Frindel
• A Kid Like Jake (IFC) — Priyanka Chopra, Claire Danes, Ann Dowd. Directed by Silas Howard.
• Upgrade (Madman) — Logan Marshall-Green, Rosco Campbell, Richard Cawthorne. Directed by Leigh Whannell.
June 8:
• Hearts Beat Loud  (Gunpowder & Sky) —  Nick Offerman, Toni Collette, Ted Danson. Directed by Brett Haley.
• Hereditary  (A24) — Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Alex Wolff. Directed by Ari Aster.
• Ocean’s 8 (Warner Bros.) — Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway. Directed by Gary Ross.
• Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus) — Documentary. An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers. Featuring Joanne Rogers, McColm Cephas Jr., François Scarborough Clemmons. Directed by Morgan Neville.
June 15:
• Eating Animals (IFC) — Documentary. An examination of our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s memoir. Directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn.
• Incredibles 2 (Disney) —CG Animation. Voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jonathan Banks. Directed by Brad Bird. Followup to the 2004 hit.
• Loving Pablo (Millennium) — Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard. Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa.
• SuperFly (Sony) — Trevor Jackson, Jennifer Morrison, Jason Mitchell. Directed by Director X. Remake of the 1972 film.
• Tag (Warner Bros.) — Jeremy Renner, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher. Directed by Jeff Tomsic.
June 22:
• Damsel (Magnolia) — Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner. Directed by David and Nathan Zellner.
• First Reformed (A24) — Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer. Directed by Paul Schrader.
• Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town  (Shout! Factory) — Mackenzie Davis, Haley Joel Osment, Sarah Goldberg. Directed by Christian Papierniak.
• Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  (Universal) — Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine. Directed by J.A. Bayona. Continuation of the franchise begun in 1993.
• Under the Silver Lake (A24) — Riley Keough, Sydney Sweeney, Andrew Garfield. Directed by David Robert Mitchell.
June 29:
• The Hustle (MGM) — Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Chris Addison.
• Sicario: Day of the Soldado  (Columbia) — Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Benicio Del Toro. Directed by Stefano Sollima.
• Uncle Drew (Summit) — Nick Kroll, Tiffany Haddish, Shaquille O’Neal. Directed by Charles Stone III.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

June 5:
• A Wrinkle In Time. PG
• Death Wish. R
June 12:
• Love, Simon. PG-13
• I Can Only Imagine. PG
• Tomb Raider. PG-13

June 19:
• Pacific Rim Uprising. PG-13

June 26:
• Acrimony. R

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