July 2018


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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

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films at 7 p.m. selected days as part of its film series. Tickets: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
• Saturday, June 30: Rebel Without A Cause
• Saturday, July 7: Top Gun
• Friday, July 13: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
• Saturday, July 14: Footloose
• Thursday, July 26: The Shining
• Friday, July 27: Moulin Rouge ($10)
• Saturday, July 28: Raiders of the Lost Ark
“Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures” is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Admission is free.
  Family films are noon Saturdays. Admission is $1, cash only at the door.
July 7: The Goonies
July 14: E.T.
July 28: The Princess Bride

Corcoran Park Movies — Free movie screenings offered at sundown (around 8:30 p.m.) Saturdays at Corcoran Park, corner of (corner of Rodman and Veny Webb) in Horizon City hosted by Horizon City Police Department. Information: horizoncitypd.com.
June 30: Despicable Me 3
July 7: Justice League (fireworks display follows)
July 14: Cars 3
July 21: Peter Rabbit
July 28: Sherlock Gnomes
Aug. 4: Coco.

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 30: Despicable Me 3
July 14: Justice League
July 28: Lego Ninjago Movie

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.
July 1: Cars 3
July 8: Boss Baby
July 15: Wonder
July 22: Lego Batman Movie
July 29: Coco
Aug. 5: Annie

Movies on the Lawn — UTEP Office of Student Life hosts free movies at sunset (around 8:30 p.m.) Fridays 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.
July 6: A Wrinkle in Time (PG)
July 20: Ready Player One (PG-13).

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “State of the Union” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 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 “Adam’s Rib” (Aug. 4), and “Desk Set” (Sept. 1).
  Also featured from the Film Salon this summer is “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 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.
  July features “The Illusion of Life - Fifty Years of Memorable Animation.” Reception follows the July 7 presentation to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of weekly showings at the museum.
July 7: “Peter Pan,” (1953). Walt Disney’s 14th animated feature film was based on the 1904 play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” by J.M. Barrie.
July 14: “Toy Story” (1995). The first feature-length computer-animated film and also the first feature film produced by Pixar.
July 21: “The Incredibles” (2004). A family of superheroes are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with a former fan who now plots to wipe out all superheroes with his killer robot.
July 28: “UP!” (2009). An elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen ties thousands of balloons to a house, and set out to fulfill a dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to Carl’s late wife. He hadn’t planned on a passenger, an earnest boy named Russell.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Life on Parole,” is at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 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.
  The film four former Connecticut prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.

Socorro Movies Under The Stars — City of Socorro, Texas hosts its 5th season of free movies at 7 p.m. select Saturdays at Bulldog Championship Park, 316 Buford in Socorro. Information: ci.socorro.tx.us.
July 14: Coco
July 21: Cars 3.

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. Information/signup: ultimatefandango.com.

‘Made in New Mexico’ — Film writer Jeff Berg returns to give insight and wry asides to film-making in the state of New Mexico 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
  Berg has presented his “Made in New Mexico” film clip series throughout the state and is the author of the book “New Mexico Filmmaking.” He also served on the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society and writes reviews for films shown at the Fountain Theatre.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso Community Foundation’s 11th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival returns Aug. 2-12. Billed as the “world’s largest classic film festival,” the festival presents more than 90 movies of all genres from the golden age of cinema to more recent favorites. Screenings are in the Plaza’s Main (Kendle Kidd) Theatre and Philanthropy Theatre. Passes are now on sale for $200. Individual tickets on sale in July. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com.
  Headlining guest is actress, author and activist Ali MacGraw, who will make an appearance with the screening of the 1970 romantic drama “Love Story,“ at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; and with the Steve McQueen action “The Getaway,” directed by Sam Peckinpah and filmed largely in El Paso, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
  McGraw will sign autographs 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.
  This year’s films announced so far include “Aladdin,” “Aliens,” “Amadeus,” “Auntie Mame,” “Aventurera,” “Bend It Like Beckham,” “The Border,” “The Brave Bulls,” “The Cameraman” accompanied by Walt Strony on organ, “Freaky Friday” (original), “Gaslamp,” “The Godfather,” “The Tender Trap,” “Glory Road,” “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids,” “Lady and The Tramp,” “Our Town,” “The Lion in the Winter,” “9 to 5” “The Nutty Professor,” “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy,” “Paper Chase,” “Roman Holiday” the 10th annual showing of the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “School of Rock,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Take The High Ground,” “Valley of the Dolls, “Vertigo,” “Without Men,” and more.

‘Jaws’ — The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science presents a free screening of the 1975 blockbuster at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main. Admission is free, and a special guest host will discuss the science versus fiction of the film before the it begins. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: (575) 522-3120, (575) 541-2290 or las-cruces.org/museums.

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 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.
July 6-12: “The Seagull.” The heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person. Based on Anton Chekhov’s classic play.
July 13-19: “Final Portrait,” directed by Stanley Tucci. The story of the offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and artist Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes. In English and French, Italian with subtitles.
July 20-22 and July 26: “RBG.” At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The film explores Ginsburg's life and career.
  No screenings July 23-25. Saturday, July 21, matinees are at 1 and 4:30 p.m., plus the 7:30 p.m. show. Thursday, July 26 screening at 1:30 p.m.; no evening show.
July 27-Aug. 2: “Bye Bye Germany.” David Bermann and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. For this they need money. In German with subtitles and English.
  No July 28 matinee.

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):

July 6:
• Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) — Paul Rudd, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins. Directed by Peyton Reed. Sequel to 2015 film.
• The First Purge (Universal) — Marisa Tomei, Lex Scott Davis, Luna Lauren Velez. Directed by Gerard McMurray.
• Whitney (Miramax) — Documentary on the life and music of Whitney Houston. Directed by Kevin Macdonald.
July 13:
• Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Amazon) — Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jack Black. Directed by Gus Van Sant.
• Eighth Grade (A24) — Josh Hamilton, Elsie Fisher, Daniel Zolghadri. Directed by Bo Burnham.
• Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Columbia) — CG Animation. Voices of David Spade, Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Continuation of franchise begun in 2012.
• The Nun (Warner Bros.) — Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope. Directed by Corin Hardy.
• Skyscraper (Universal) — Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
July 20:
• The Equalizer 2 (Columbia) — Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman. Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
• Generation Wealth (Amazon) —Limo Bob, Florian Homm, Tiffany Masters. Directed by Lauren Greenfield.
• Mama Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal) – Lily James, Andy Garcia, Meryl Streep. Directed by Ol Parker.
• Mile 22 (STX) — Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, John Malkovich. Directed by Peter Berg.
July 27:
• Blindspotting (Summit) — Daveed Diggs, Janina Gavankar, Rafael Casal. Directed by Carlos López Estrada.
• Mission: Impossible: Fallout (Paramount) — Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
• Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (Warner Bros.) — Animation. Voices of Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Will Arnett. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

July 3:
• Blockers. R

July 17:
• Rampage. PG-13
• I Feel Pretty. PG-13
• Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare. PG-13

July 24:
• Ready Player One. PG-13

July 31:
• Tully. R


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