August 2018


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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. Information: 533-4020 or
  This year’s festival focuses on the El Paso, Juarez, and Southern New Mexico region.
  The El Paso Museum of History will feature the exhibit “On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland,” spanning 100 years of cinema on the border. Exhibit runs through Oct. 28.
  Special guests and events:
• Actress, author and activist Ali McGraw, who will attend the screening of the 1970 romantic drama “Love Story“ at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; and the Steve McQueen action “The Getaway,” directed by Sam Peckinpah and filmed largely in El Paso, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Tickets: $10 each show. 
  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. Admission is free; charge for autographs.
• Two-time Academy award nominee Bruce Dern will appear for on-stage interviews with a screening of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and Hal Ashby’s “Coming Home” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, both in the Main Theatre. Tickets: $10 per show.
  Dern will sign autographs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Foundation Room. Admission is free; charge for autographs.
• Actor Sam Elliott will appear at the premiere of his new movie, “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot,” at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Elliott and others will answer questions afterward. Tickets: $10
• A book signing and reading with Ron Stallworth, author of “Black Klansman,” is 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Foundation Room. Admission is free; charge for autograph.
• Opening night movie is “African Queen” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Main Theatre. Tickets: $20.
• A free talk on adapting Tom Lea’s “The Brave Bulls” to the big screen is noon Sunday, Aug. 5, at the El Paso Museum of History, hosted by Mimi Gladstein.
• A free filmmakers brunch is 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, in the Foundation Room.
  Main theatre showings tickets are $6 matinees ($8 evening screenings). Free film talks precede 7 p.m. showings at 6 p.m. in the Philanthropy Theatre.
Friday, Aug. 3:
• 1 p.m. From Here to Eternity
• 4 p.m. Aventurera
• 10:30 p.m. Kill Bill: Volume I
Saturday, Aug. 4:
• 10 a.m., Lady and the Tramp
• 12:30 p.m. The Brave Bulls
• 7 p.m. Vertigo
• 10:30 p.m. Aliens
Sunday, Aug. 5:
• 1 p.m. Roman Holiday
• 3:30 p.m. The Cameraman (with organist Walt Strony)
• 7 p.m. Traffic
Monday, Aug. 6:
• 1 p.m. 42nd Street
• 3:30 p.m. Auntie Mame
• 7 p.m. Fiddler on the Roof
Tuesday, Aug. 7:
• 1 p.m. Woman of the Year
• 4 p.m. The Lion in Winter
• 7 p.m. Amadeus (Director’s Cut)
Wednesday, Aug. 8:
• 1 p.m. Gaslight
• 3:30 p.m. 9 to 5
• 7 p.m. No Country for Old Men
Thursday, Aug. 9:
• 1 p.m. Scarface
• 3:30 p.m. The Awful Truth
• 7 p.m. Tootsie
Friday, Aug. 10:
• 12:30 p.m. The Border
• 3:30 p.m. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
• 10:30 p.m. Kill Bill: Volume 2
Saturday, Aug. 11:
• 10 a.m. Disney’s Aladdin
• 12:30 p.m. Lone Wolf McQuade
• 7 p.m. The Godfather
• 11 p.m. Kill Bill: Volume 2
Sunday, Aug. 12:
• 1 p.m. La Venganza de Pancho Villa (silent film with Spanish and English subtitles)
• 3:30 p.m. Planet of the Apes (1974)
• 7 p.m. Glory Road
  Philanthropy Theatre showings. Tickets are $4.
Friday, Aug. 3:
• 1 p.m. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
• 3:30 p.m. Freaky Friday (1976)
• 7:30 p.m. Valley of the Dolls
• 10 p.m. The Original Latin Kings of Comedy
Saturday, Aug. 4:
• 1 p.m. The Tender Trap
• 3:30 p.m. Perdida
• 7:30 p.m. Children of Men
• 10 p.m. Dune
Sunday, Aug. 5:
• 1 p.m. Bullfighter and the Lady
• 7:30 p.m. La Strada (in Italian with English subtitles)
Monday, Aug. 6:
• 1 p.m. Peter Rabbit and the Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971)
• 3 p.m. School of Rock
• 7:30 p.m. New York, New York
Tuesday, Aug. 7:
• 1 p.m. The Rugrats Movie
• 3 p.m. Bend It Like Beckham
• 7:30 p.m. Bullitt
Wednesday, Aug. 8:
• 1 p.m. The Nutty Professor
• 3 p.m. Bee Movie
• 7:30 p.m. Paris, Texas
Thursday, Aug. 9:
• 1 p.m. Antz
• 3:30 p.m. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
• 7:30 p.m. The Promised Land (in Polish with English subtitles)
Friday, Aug. 10:
• 1 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
• 3 p.m. Ghostbusters II
• 10:30 p.m. From Dusk Till Dawn
Saturday, Aug. 11:
• 1 p.m. El Paso
• 3:30 p.m. The Paper Chase
• 7:30 p.m. Hang ‘Em High
• 10:30 p.m. 200 Motels
Sunday, Aug. 12:
• 1 p.m. Courage Under Fire
• 3:30 p.m. Autumn Sonata (Swedish with English subtitles)
  Walk-up screenings are 9 p.m. Thursdays on the top of the Mills Plaza Parking Garage. Ticket: $5 ($10 parking).
Aug. 2: Napoleon Dynamite.
Aug. 9: Happy Gilmore
  Free Screenings:
  Plaza Days screenings for all ages 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, and 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 featuring family friendly shorts by Charley Chase, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd or others.
  Music or concert related movies are 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on Oregon Street, preceded with live music at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 3: Nine Inch Nails Live: Beside You in Time. Live music by Fools Like Me.
Aug. 4: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Live music by The Iveys.
Aug. 10: Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat...I’m Fluffy. Live music by Sleepspent.
Aug. 11: Hairspray. Live music by the Fox and the Sound.
  Screenings at El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza, are Saturdays and Sundays:
Aug. 4: “Take The High Ground” (1 p.m.), and “Blue Sky” (3:30 p.m.)
Aug. 5: “The Wonderful Country” (2 p.m.) Free lecture at noon on Adapting “The Brave Bulls” to the screen.
Aug. 11: “Fandango” (1 p.m.), and “Extreme Prejudice” (3:30 p.m.)
Aug. 12: “All The Pretty Horses” (2 p.m.)
  “Local Flavor” showings sponsored by the Texas Film Commission are 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Foundation Room. Awards presentation is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
  Screenings at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon are 2 p.m.
Aug. 6: The Gay Cavalier
Aug. 7: Cowboy
Aug. 8: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Aug. 9: Resurrection
Aug. 10: Committed.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films at 7 p.m. as part of its film series. Tickets: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.
July 26: The Shining
July 27: Moulin Rouge ($10)
July 28: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Aug. 18: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Aug. 25: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
  Family films are noon. Admission is $1, cash only at the door.
July 28: The Princess Bride
Aug. 18: Mary Poppins
Aug. 25: The Little Mermaid.

Fort Bayard Summer Film Series — Fort Bayard hosts free films at 7 p.m. Thursdays, through 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.
Aug. 2: Apache Warriors
Aug. 9: We Shall Remain
Aug. 16: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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:
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.
July 28: Lego Ninjago Movie
Aug. 11: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Aug. 25: Wonder

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
July 29: Coco
Aug. 5: Annie
Aug. 12: Brother Bear.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Adam’s Rib” starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on famous movie pairings. Tickets: $5; available at Information:
  Next in the series is “Desk Set” (Sept. 1).
  Also featured is a series on “Kubrick- The Early Years,” featuring “Lolita” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, and “Dr. Strangelove,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Movie on the Lake — Inn of the Mountain Gods presents a screening of “4th Kind” on water of Lake Mescalero Saturday, Aug. 11. Boats load from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Movie is free to watch. Boat rentals: $20; includes snack pack and boat seat for a night under the stars and on the lake. Space is limited; age 21 and older welcome. Advance tickets strongly encouraged. Information: 
  Upcoming movies are Sept. 8 and Oct. 13.
  The small boats seat two or four persons and viewers will receive their snack pack when loading the boat.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Nuclear Savage,” is 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 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 is a political exposé and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for survival, dignity and justice after decades of top-secret human radiation experiments conducted on them by the U.S. government.

‘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

Columban Missions films — International Film Festival celebrates 100 Years Crossing Borders (Columban Missions) with a feature-length film presentation under the stars at 8 p.m. third Friday each month at the Columban Center, 816 Magoffin. Coming attractions, film shorts and speaker’s introduction at 7 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door; includes snack and drink. Information: 351-1153 or
  The Aug. 17 film is “Oasis,” a (2002) South Korean film about the difficult romance between a mildly mentally disabled man, who has just been released from jail after a two and a half year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, and a woman with severe cerebral palsy.

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), and
  No movies Aug. 4 and 11.
  For August, two western films will be shown in conjunction with the Museum’s Western Exhibit running Aug. 1-31:
Aug. 18: “Tombstone.” Based on events in Tombstone, Ariz., including the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and outlaws and lawmen such as Wyatt Earp, William Brocius, Johnny Ringo, and Doc Holliday.
Aug. 25: “The Man From Snowy River.” An Australian film, based on the epic poem by “Banjo” Paterson, features Kirk Douglas in a dual role. A strong-willed young man goes to work for an empire-building cattleman and falls in love with his daughter.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League host a movie screening of “Rocky” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Open for those with league membership only. Membership information: (575) 437-2202 or

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
  Starting in August are “Open Caption” Sunday nights for the hearing impaired. OC evening shows are Aug. 5, 12 and 26.
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.
Aug. 3-9: “​The Rider.” After suffering a near-fatal head injury, a young cowboy searches for new identity and meaning. Based on a true story.
Aug.10-16: “First Reformed.” A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
Aug. 17-23: “Hearts Beat Loud.” Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before begins college in California. When their song succeeds online, Frank finds it hard to let go of his dreams of stardom and to allow his daughter to find her own destiny.
Aug. 24-30: “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” For more than 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues. 
  No Aug. 25 matinee. Thursday Aug. 30 will be matinee, no evening show.

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:
• “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.
  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):

Aug. 3:

• Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Lotte). Jung-woo Ha,Kyung-soo Do, Ji-Hoon Ju. Directed by Yong-hwa Kim.
• Christopher Robin (Disney) — Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Toby Jones. Directed by Marc Forster.
• The Darkest Minds (20th Century-Fox) — Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, Gwendoline Christie. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
• The Miseducation of Cameron Post (FilmRise) — Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard. Directed by Desiree Akhavan.
• Never Goin’ Back (A24) — Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney. Directed by Augustine Frizzell.
• Nico, 1988 (Magnolia) — Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca. Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli.
• Searching (Screen Gems) — John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty.
• The Spy Who Dumped Me (Lionsgate) — Mila Kunis, Sam Heughan, Kate McKinnon. Directed by Susanna Fogel.
Aug. 10:

• BlackKklansman (Focus) — Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Spike Lee.
• BuyBust (Well Go USA) — Anne Curtis, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Victor Neri. Directed by Erik Matti.
• Dog Days (LD Entertainment) — Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolfhard, Vanessa Hudgens. Directed by Ken Marino.
• Madeline’s Madeline (Oscilloscope) — Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July. Directed by Josephine Decker.
• The Meg (Warner Bros.) — Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.
• A Prayer Before Dawn (A24) — Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai. Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.
• Skate Kitchen (Magnolia) — Kabrina Adams, Tom Bruno, Thaddeus Daniels. Directed by Crystal Moselle.
Aug. 17:

• Alpha (Columbia): Natassia Malthe, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela. Directed by Albert Hughes.
• Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.) — Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding. Directed by Jon M. Chu.
• Juliet, Naked (Lionsgate) — Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd. Directed by Jesse Peretz.
• The Little Mermaid (Freestyle) — Gina Gershon, William Moseley, Shirley MacLaine; Directed by Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard. No relation to the story told in the 1989 Disney film.
• Mile 22 (STX) — Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, John Malkovich. Directed by Peter Berg.
• Minding the Gap (Hulu) — Documentary. Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. Unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Directed by Bing Liu.
• We the Animals (Orchard) — Raúl Castillo, Josiah Gabriel, Terry Holland. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar.
• The Wife (Sony Classics) — Glenn Close, Christian Slater, Elizabeth McGovern. Directed by Björn Runge.
Aug. 24:

• A.X.L. (Global Road) — Thomas Jane, Becky G, Dominic Rains. Directed by Oliver Daly.
• Beautifully Broken (ArtAffects) — Benjamin A. Onyango, Emily Hahn, Scott William Winters. Directed by Eric Welch.
• The Bookshop (Greenwich) — Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Isabel Coixet.
• The Happytime Murders (STX) — Melissa McCarthy, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Brian Henson.
• John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (Oscilloscope) — Documentary. Set at the final of the 1984 French Open between McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, when McEnroe was the world’s top-ranked player. Directed by Julien Faraut.
• Papillon (Bleecker Street) — Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson. Directed by Michael Noer. Remake of the 1973 film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
• Replicas (Entertainment Studios) — Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
• Slender Man (Screen Gems) — Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Javier Botet. Directed by Sylvain White.
• Support the Girls (Magnolia) — Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula. Directed by Andrew Bujalski.
Aug. 31:

• Blood Fest (Cinedigm) — Zachary Levi, Barbara Dunkelman, Tate Donovan. Directed by Owen Egerton.
• Kin (Lionsgate) — James Franco, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid. Directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker.
• The Little Stranger (Focus) — Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
• Ya Veremos (Pantelion Films) — Mauricio Ochmann, Ariel Levy, Erik Hayser. Directed by Pitipol Ybarra.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

July 31:
• Tully. R

Aug. 7:
• Life of the Party. PG-13

Aug. 14:
• Avengers: Infinity War. PG-13
• Bad Samaritan. R

Aug. 21:
• First Reformed. R

Aug. 28:
• Adrift. PG-13


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