July 2019


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Parks After Sunset — El Paso County Parks & Recreation presents summer free movies at sunset at various parks Saturdays through July. Attendees are encouraged to come early to set up chairs and blankets, and enjoy free activities and various food trucks beginning at 6:30 p.m. Outside food and coolers welcome. No alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. Information, schedule updates on Facebook at parksaftersunset.
June 29: “Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse” at Horizon Hills Park in Horizon City.
July 13: “Coco” Agua Dulce Park on Kentwood.
July 20: “Moana” at Gallegos Park on Bosque Road in Canutillo.
July 27: “Black Panther” at Estrella Park, 3200 Rivera.

Corcoran Park Movies — Free movie screenings are 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays at Corcoran Park, corner of (corner of Rodman and Veny Webb) in Horizon City hosted by Horizon City Police Department. Movies start around sundown. Information: horizoncitypd.com.
June 29: Mary Poppins Returns
July 6: Lego Movie 2: The Second Park
July 13: Captain Marvel
July 20: Hotel Transylvania 3
July 27: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Las Cruces Movies in the Park — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department and Pic Quik Stores present the program of free family friendly movies (Rated G through PG-13) selected Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada, through Aug. 10. Movies begin at dusk. Schedule subject to change. Information: (575) 541-2550.
June 29: Ant-Man and the Wasp
July 13: Incredibles 2
July 20: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
July 27: Avengers: Infinity War
Aug. 3: Captain Marvel
Aug. 10: Bumblebee.

Socorro Movies under the Stars — City of Socorro, Texas hosts free movies at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and July 13 and 27 at Bulldog Championship Park, 316 Buford in Socorro. Information, titles: 860-8615 or on Facebook.

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 30: Jumanji
July 7: Monsters, Inc.
July 14: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
July 21: The Grinch
July 28: Goonies
Aug. 4: Dumbo.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “42nd Street” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on Invention: Early Musicals. Tickets: $5, available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook.
  Upcoming films in the series include “Top Hat” (Aug. 3) and “Love Me Tonight” (Sept. 7).

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.). Admission is free. Snacks available for purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  This month marks Sunset Film Society’s 4th Anniversary at the museum, as well as host Jay Duncan’s birthday. Represented this month are Duncan’s favorite science fiction, musical and western motion pictures.
July 6: “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” Screenwriter Edmund H. North based his work on the short story “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates. Starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Sam Jaffe.
July 13: “Singin’ in the Rain.” This satire on Hollywood during the transition from silents to “talkies” in the late ‘20s is filled with classic scenes and memorable musical numbers all directed by Stanley Donen and star Gene Kelly. Also starring Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen.
  Also featured is the original “Singing in the Rain” 6-minute production number from the Hollywood Revue Of 1929, featuring Cliff Edwards (”Ukulele Ike”), the Brox Sisters, Rounders and the MGM Chorus.
July 20: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing is “First Men in the Moon,” an adaptation by science fiction scriptwriter Nigel Kneale of H. G. Wells’ 1901 novel. After man’s “first landing” on the moon in 1964, a Union Jack flag is discovered. An old man (Edward Judd) recalls how he, his fiancée (Martha Hyer) and a professor (Lionel Jeffries) made a trip to the moon in 1899 and encountered a race of “Selenites,” the insectoid population.
July 27: “Shane.” Adapted from the 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer. A mysterious gunman rides into a Wyoming valley and helps the homesteaders in their fight against the cattle barons. During his stay, deep friendships and hero-worship are developed. Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Ben Johnson, and Jack Palance.

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 (July 11, Aug. 8) and art films every third Thursday of the month (July 18, Aug. 15). Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at brewlabep.
  “Poetry Therapy” sessions are 6:30 to 8 p.m. every third Friday (July 19, Aug. 16), sponsored by Literary Book Shop.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “True Conviction” is 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans join forces to form an investigative team to help other wrongfully convicted prisoners obtain freedom.

Summer Screen Films for Kids — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, will show films for youth and teens in June and July in the second floor Roadrunner Room. Titles announced in June, and all will have a “Space” theme to complement the summer reading program. Admission is free. Information: (575) 528-4014 or library.las-cruces.org.
  Teen movies are 1 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 24, rated PG or PG-13. No movie July 3.
  Children’s movies are 2 p.m. Thursdays, through July 25, rated G or PG. No movie on July 4. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso Community Foundation’s 12th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival is Aug. 1-11. 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. Festival passes: $200 ($100 age 14-18). Individual tickets available starting July 2. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com.
  This year’s themes include space exploration, the year 1969, United Artists 100th anniversary and musicals.
  Special guests this year include Academy Award nominees Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross, and award-winning television writer-producer Victoria Riskin.
  Elliot and Ross will appear for on-stage interviews before a 50th anniversary screening of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and the 1978 cult horror classic “The Legacy” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, both in the Main Theatre. Tickets for each screening are $10.

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.
  The 7:30 Sunday screenings have open captions.
June 28-July 3. The White Crow. A biographical drama about dancer Rudolf Nureyev. No matinee June 29.
  Theatre closed July 4.
July 5-11: The Souvenir. A young film student in the early ’80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.
July 12-18: Photograph. A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée.
July 19-25: Storm Boy. When Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman, starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he’s forced to remember his childhood and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival.
  Matinee only on Thursday, July 25; no evening show.
July 26-Aug. 1: Echo in the Canyon. A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic 60s groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, and contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.
  No matinee Saturday, July 27.

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:
• “Mysteries of China,” 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Australia’s Great Wild North, 11:05 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
• Black Holes: 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):
  July 5:
• Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (Roadside) — Documentary. An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Also features Judy Collins. Directed by Nick Broomfleld.
• Midsommar (A24) — Will Poulter, Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor. Directed by Ari Aster.
• Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony) —Tom Holland, Angourie Rice, Zendaya. Directed by Jon Watts. Continuation of the Marvel franchise.
  July 12:
• The Art of Self-Defense (Bleecker Street) — Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola. Directed by Riley Stearns.
• Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (Entertainment Studios) — Documentary. Hamilton lost her arm to a tiger shark at age 13, but that didn’t stop her from becoming a professional surfer. Directed by Aaron Lieber.
• Crawl (Paramount) — Barry Pepper, Kaya Scodelario, Ross Anderson. Directed by Alexandre Aja.
• The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (Trafalgar) — Documentary. Featuring Jason Cooper, Reeves Gabrels, Simon Gallup. Directed by Tim Pope.
• The Farewell (A24) — Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin. Directed by Lulu Wang.
• Stuber (Disney) — Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Betty Gilpin. Directed by Michael Dowse.
• Summer Night (Samuel Goldwyn) — Analeigh Tipton, Lana Condor, Victoria Justice. Directed by Joseph Cross.
• Super 30 (Reliance) — Hrithik Roshan, Pankaj Tripathi, Mrunal Thakur. Directed by Vikas Bahl.
• Sword of Trust (IFC) — Marc Maron, Michaela Watkins, Jon Bass. Directed by Lynn Shelton.
  July 19:
• Between Me and My Mind (Trafalgar) — Documentary. Driven by a constant need to create, “Phish” frontman Trey Anastasio takes on new projects.
• David Crosby: Remembering My Name (Sony Classics) — Documentary. Featuring Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Graham Nash. Directed by A.J. Eaton.
• The Lion King (Disney) — Featuring the voices of Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones. Directed by Jon Favreau. Re-imagining of the 1994 Disney classic using photo-realistic CG Animation.
  July 26:
• Brahms: The Boy II (STX) — Ralph Ineson, Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman. Directed by William Brent Bell.
• Mike Wallace Is Here (Magnolia) — Documentary. A look at the career of “60 Minutes” newsman Mike Wallace. Directed by Avi Belkin.
• Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (Columbia) — Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
• Tel Aviv on Fire (Cohen Media) — Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton. Directed by Sameh Zoabi.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases
July 9:
• Pet Semetary. R
• Transit. NR
• Little. PG-13
  July 16:
• Shazam! PG-13
• Breakthrough PG
  July 23:
• Alita: Battle Angel PG-13
• Missing Ling. PG
  July 30:
• The Intruder. PG-13
• Long Shot. R
• UglyDolls. PG

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