November 2017


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Friday Night Flicks — The UTEP film series is offered at 6 p.m. every other Friday at the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Doors open at 5:50 p.m. Tickets: $3 ($2 UTEP ID), also available at Information: 747-5670, or on Facebook at UTEP/OSL.
Oct. 27: Annabelle: Creation
Nov. 10: Wonder Woman.

Film Salon — The Film Salon meets at the first Saturday of the month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Showing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 is “Yojimbo” as part of the Kurosawa and Beyond series. Tickets: $3; available at Information:
  The Dec. 2 film is “The Hidden Fortress.”
  The salon also will host a screening of “Mighty Joe Young” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

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. No movie Oct. 21. Information: 543-6747 (museum),
  This month features four diverse military films all set around World War II.
Nov. 4: “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970). A group of soldiers go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. Starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.
Nov. 11: “The Best Years of Our Lives.” A special Veteran’s Day presentation of this highly acclaimed (nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture) classic about three U.S. servicemen readjusting to civilian life.
Nov. 18: “U-571” (2000). A German submarine is boarded in 1942 by disguised U.S. Navy submariners seeking to capture her “Enigma” cipher machine. Oscar winner for Sound Editing. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel and Jon Bon Jovi.
Nov. 25: “The Monuments Men” (2014). An Allied group are given the task saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before the Nazis destroy or steal them. Loosely based on the nonfiction book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League hosts a screening of “Alien” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Ticket information: (575) 437-2202 or

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents the 1939 MGM’s timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz,” at noon Sunday, Nov. 19, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free, but reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via

Movie Nite on the Lawns — The Fountains at Farah, 888 Gateway West, hosts free movies through the end of October at 7:30 p.m. every Friday, curated the Plaza Classic Film Fest. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free. Information:

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
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: “I Dream in Another Language.” In Spanish with subtitles.
A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language.
  No matinee Oct. 28.
  Roger Corman’s “A Little Shop of Horrors” will be shown at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Nov. 3-9: “Viceroy’s House.” The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, oversees the transition of British India to independence. With Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.
Nov. 10-16: “Tulip Fever.” An artist falls for a married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. With Alicia Vikander, Jack O’Connell and Christoph Waltz.
• 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11: “The Last Dalai Lama?” A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, exiled from Tibet since 1959.
Nov. 17-22: “Loving Vincent.” The world’s first fully oil painted feature film brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life. Theater closed Nov. 23.
Nov. 24-30: “New York Dog Film Festival.” A philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people, offering canine-themed films from around the world. 
  No matinee Saturday, Nov. 25; Thursday Nov. 30 screening at 1:30 p.m.; no evening screening.

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:
• “Aircraft Carrier.” The film features computer generated visualizations of the technology that makes a carrier the preeminent maritime vessel. Showing 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 and 4:05 p.m.
• “National Parks Adventures” Three adventurers explore America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places. Narrated by Robert Redford. Showing at 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• “Back to the Moon for Good,” presented by the XPrize Foundation, showing 45 years of space exploration. Narrated by Tim Allen. Showing at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
• Live Digital Planetarium Star Show is at 11:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. 
  The theater features the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser full dome planetarium projection system.

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):
  Nov. 3:
• Blade of the Immortal (Magnet Releasing) — Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi. Directed by Takashi Miike.
• Lady Bird (A24) — Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton. Directed by Greta Gerwig.
• Last Flag Flying (Amazon) — Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell. Directed by Richard Linklater.
• LBJ (Electric Entertainment) — Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, C. Thomas Howell. Directed by Rob Reiner.
• The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleecker Street) — Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Bharat Nalluri.
• Roman J Israel, Esq. (Columbia) — Denzel Washington, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell. Directed by Dan Gilroy.
• Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) — Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett. Directed by Taika Waititi.   
  Nov. 10:
• Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount) — Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Mel Gibson. Directed by Sean Anders.
• Murder on the Orient Express (20th Century-Fox) — Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Remake of the 1974 classic directed by Sydney Lumet.
• Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) — Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell. Directed by Martin McDonagh.
  Nov. 17:
• I Love You, Daddy — Pamela Adlon, George Aloi, Rose Byrne. Directed by Louis C.K.
• Justice League (Warner Bros.) — Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams. Directed by Zack Snyder.
• The Star (Columbia) — CGI Animation. Voices of Steven Yeun, Kristin Chenoweth. Directed by Timothy Reckart.
• Wonder (Lionsgate) — Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson. Directed by Stephen Chbosky.
  Nov. 24:
• Call Me By Your Name (Sony Classics) — Armie Hammer, Amira Casuir, Timothée Chalamet. Directed by Luca Guadagnino.
• Coco (Disney) — CGI Animation. Voices of Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.
• Darkest Hour (Focus) — Lily James, Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas. Directed by Joe Wright.
• Death Wish (Annapurna) — Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D’Onofrio. Directed by Eli Roth. Remake of 1974 Charles Bronson film.
• Molly’s Game (STX) — Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner. Directed by Aaron Sorkin.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases
  Oct. 31:
• Kidnap. R
  Nov. 7:
• Cars 3. G
• The Glass Castle. PG-13
  Nov. 14:
• Wind River. R
• Atomic Blonde. R
  Nov. 21:
• The Hitman’s Bodyguard. R
• Logan Lucky. PG-13
  Dec. 5:
• Despicable Me 3. PG

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