September 2017


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Movies in the Canyon — El Paso Live hosts the 9th annual free movie season at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater Fridays and Saturdays through September. Showtimes are at dusk (about 8 p.m.). Concessions available; no food or beverages may be brought in. Bring a blanket or light jacket in case it cools off in the canyon. Information: 534-0674,,
Sept. 1: Space Jam
Sept. 2: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sept. 8: The Lego Batman Movie
Sept. 9: Doctor Strange
Sept. 15: Sing
Sept. 16: La La Land
Sept. 22: Moana
Sept. 23: The Jungle Book (2106)
Sept. 29: Hotel Transylvania 2
Sept. 30: Hocus Pocus.

Film Salon — The Film Salon meets at the first Saturday of the month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Showing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2 is “Seven Samurai” as part of the Kurosawa and Beyond series. Tickets: $3; available at Information:

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 auditorium). Presentations include commentary, anecdotes and facts behind the films. Admission is free. Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks available for purchase. No movie Sept. 30. Information: 543-6747 (museum),
  September marks the 2nd annual International Film Festival, featuring movies from around the world all month.
  All foreign language films with English subtitles.
Sept. 2 features films from Poland:
  “Trükk (Trick).” Kidnappers demand $6 million in ransom. One of the best counterfeiters is serving a lengthy prison term and the agent who arrested him needs his help.
  “Mocna Kawa Wcale Nie Jest Taka Zla (Strong Coffee)” Jack’s son — whom he hasn’t seen for 18 years — comes to his village.
Sept. 9: “Le Huitieme Jour (The Eighth Day)” from Belgium. The story of a developing friendship between a busy businessman and an institutionalized young man with Down Syndrome . Nominated for the Palme d'Or award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
Sept. 16: “Ahi Esta de Detail (Here’s The Point).” From the “Golden Age” of Mexican Cinema comes the 12th film in Cantinflas’s career. Mistaking him for a long-lost relative, a wealthy woman welcomes a bum (Cantinflas) into her lavish home.
Sept. 23: “Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Eight Basque Surnames)” from Spain. Shown by popular demand. Rafa has never left his native Seville, Andalusia, until he meets a Basque girl who resists his seduction techniques. The 2014 film is the second biggest box office hit ever in Spain and the highest grossing Spanish comedy in history.

‘Cine del Siglo de Oro Mexicano: Vivamos Mexico’ — Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, presents the Mexican film series Fridays and Sundays, Sept. 3-29. All films in Spanish with English subtitles; “El Rebozo de Soledad” presented in Spanish only. Tickets: $5; available at
• 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3: Macario.
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8: Ahí Esta El Detalle.
• 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10: Enamorada.
• 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17: Salón México.
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22: La Perla.
• 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24: El Rebozo de Soledad.
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29: Una Familia de Tantas.

Las Cruces Movies in the Park — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department and Pic Quik Stores present the 2017 Movies in the Park Program of free family movies Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada, through Sept. 23. Movies begin at dusk. Schedule subject to change. Information: (575) 541-2550.
Sept. 9: The BFG
Sept. 23: Finding Dory.

Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents a screening of “Requiem for the American Dream” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion will follow. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Philosopher and social critic Noam Chomsky traces a half-century of policies he says have been designed to favor the wealthiest at the expense of the majority. He also looks back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu Live: ’The Mads Are Back’ — Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu will screen some of the worst movies ever made and “riff” them live in the same style as the Peabody Award-winning TV series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo. Tickets: $27.06 (
  Beaulieu is a comic actor, writer, performer. He was a founding member of the Emmy nominated, Peabody Award-winning, cult hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000. In addition to writing, occasionally directing, designing and building sets and props, Trace performed the puppet character Crow T. Robot, and mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester.
  Conniff is a comedy writer and performer who began his TV career writing for Mystery Science Theater 3000, where he also played “TV’s Frank,” the bumbling yet lovable mad scientist sidekick.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents Disney’s fantasy-adventure done on a grand scale and adapted from Jules Verne’s literary classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” at noon Sunday, Sept. 17, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free, but reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via
  A 19th-century scientist and sailor become involved with pacifist Captain Nemo and his wondrous futuristic submarine. Winner of two Academy Awards.
Starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Peter Lorre.

Friday Night Flicks — The UTEP film series is offered at 6 p.m. selected Fridays the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Tickets: $3 ($2 UTEP students, faculty, staff and alumni. Movie combos: $5 (includes hot dog, popcorn and a drink). Fall schedule to be announced. Information: 747-5648, or on Facebook at UTEP/OSL.

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
  Art House Theatre Day is Sunday, Sept. 24, with three special films: “The Animation Show of Shows,”
“The Lovers,” and “Lucky.” Information:
Sept. 1-7: “Beatriz at Dinner.” A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down.
Sept. 8-14: “A Ghost Story.” A recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Sept. 15-21: “The Midwife.” A tightly wound midwife forms an unlikely friendship with her late father’s free-spirited mistress.
Sept. 22-28: “Columbus.” A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. No screenings Sunday, Sept. 24; Thursday, Sept. 28 screening is 1:30 p.m. with no evening show.
Sept. 29-Oct. 5: “Manhattan Short Film Festival.” View and vote on the finalist films in this 20th annual international festival of short films. No matinee Sept. 30.

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).
  Sept. 1:
• Close Encounters of the Third Kind — Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon. Directed by Steven Spielberg. The 40th anniversary re-release of Steven Spielberg classic.
• Dolores (PBS) — Dolores Huerta. Directed by Peter Bratt. Documentary. Dolores Huerta starts the country’s first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez.
• Hazlo Como Hombre (Pantelion) — Ignacia Allamand. Directed by Nicolás López.
• Jackals (TAP) — Stephen Dorff, Deborah Kara Unger. Directed by Kevin Greutert.
• The Teacher (Film Movement) — Zuzana Mauréry. Directed by Jan Hrebejk.
• Temple (Screen Media) — Naoto Takenaka. Directed by Michael Barrett.
• Unlocked (Lionsgate Premiere) — Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, Toni Collette. Directed by Michael Apted.
  • Viceroy’s House (IFC) — Michael Gambon. Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville. Directed by Gurinder Chadha.
  Sept. 9:
• The Good Catholic (Broad Green) — Zachary Spicer, Wrenn Schmidt, Danny Glover. Directed by Payl Shoulberg.
  • Home Again (Open Road) — Lake Bell, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen. Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer.
• It (New Line) — Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Based on the novel by Steven King.
  • Napping Princess (Gkids) — Japanese Anime. Directed by Kenji Kamiyama.
• 9/11 (Atlas Distribution) — Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon. Directed by Martin Guigui.
• Poster Boys (Sony) — Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol. Directed by Shreyas Talpade.
• School Life (Magnolia) — Documentary. Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: “Reading. ‘Rithmetic. Rock ‘n’ roll!” Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane.
• Trophy (CNN) — Documentary. An in-depth look into the industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa.
• The Unknown Girl (Sundance Selects) — Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.
  Sept. 15:
• All I See is You (Open Road) — Yvonne Strahovski, Blake Lively, Jason Clarke. Directed by Marc Forster.
• American Assassin (Lionsgate) — Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Scott Adkins. Directed by Michael Cuesta.
• Because Of Grácia (ArtAffects) — John Schneider, Ben Davies, Moriah Peters. Directed by Tom Simes.
• Brad’s Status (Annapurna) — Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer. Directed by Mike White.
• Mother! (Paramount) — Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
• Rebel in the Rye (IFC) — Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey. Directed by Danny Strong.
  Sept. 22:
• Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) — Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
• Bobbi Jene — Documentary. Portrays the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition in the extremely competitive world of dance. Directed by Elvira Lind.
• Friend Request (Entertainment Studios)— Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley. Directed by Simon Verhoeven.
• The King’s Choice (Samuel Goldwyn) — Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen. Directed by Erik Poppe.
• Kingsman: The Golden Circle (20th Century-Fox) — Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong. Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
• The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros.)— Animation. Featuring the voices of Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Jackie Chan. Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan.
• Stronger (Roadside) — Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Clancy Brown. Directed by David Gordon Green.
• The Tiger Hunter — Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder. Directed by Lena Khan.
• Victoria and Abdul (Universal International) — Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Judi Dench. Directed by Stephen Frears.
• Woodshock (A24) — Pilou Asbæk, Joe Cole, Kirsten Dunst. Directed by Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy.
  Sept. 29:
• American Made (Universal) — Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by Douf Liman.
• Flatliners (Columbia) — Charlotte McKinney, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Remake of 1990 film starring Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts.
• Lucky (Magnolia) — Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston. Directed by John Carroll Lynch.
• A Question of Faith (Pure Flix) — Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell. Directed by Kevan Otto.
• Super Dark Times (Orchard) — Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino. Directed by Kevin Phillips.
• Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (Sundance Selects) — Documentary. The story of an American icon who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Directed by Rory Kennedy.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

  Sept. 5:
• All Eyez on Me. R
• Lowriders. PG-13
• Paris Can Wait. PG
• Megan Leavey. PG-13

  Sept. 12:
• The Mummy. PG-13
• The Big Sick. R
• Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. PG
• It Comes at Night. R
• Beatriz at Dinner. R

  Sept. 19:
• Wonder Woman: PG-13
• The Hero. R
• Certain Women. R

  Sept. 26:
• Transformers: The Last Knight. PG-13
• 47 Meters Down. PG-13

  Oct. 3:
• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. PG-13
• A Ghost Story. R
• The Book of Henry. PG-13.

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