July 2017


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Film Salon — The Film Salon meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. The current series features the movies of Robert Mitchum. Tickets: $3; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org.
July 1: The Night of the Hunter
  Summer of Seijen films are 7 p.m. the third Saturday of the month during the summer months.
July 15: Tokyo Drifter
Aug. 19: Branded.

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 open 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.
July 1: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (147). Loosely based on the short story of the same name by James Thurber, it stars Danny Kaye as a young henpecked, harassed and daydreaming proofreader for a magazine publishing firm.
July 8: “The Out-of-Towners.” Playwright Neil Simon originally planned his tale of a suburban Ohio couple’s misadventures in New York City to be one of a quartet of vignettes in his Broadway play “Plaza Suite.” He realized the comic possibilities were numerous enough to warrant a full-length treatment, and the action was more suitable for the screen than the stage. Starring Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, and Billy Dee Williams
July 15: “Over The Hedge” (2006). A computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Features voices of Bruce Willis, Avril Lavigne, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes and Steve Carell.
July 22: “Tangled” (2010). The 50th Disney animated feature film is loosely based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel.” Features voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy. Music by Alan Menken.
July 29: “Jersey Boys” (2014). A biographical musical-drama directed and co-produced by Clink Eastwood. The film is based on the Tony-award-winning jukebox musical of the same name. Spanning from 1951 to 1990 it tells the story of the musical group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Rated R for language.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo, hosts movies presented by Flickinger Film League. Showtime is 7 p.m.; unless otherwise listed. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Wednesday, July 5: Night at the Cinema
• Friday, July 7: Idiocracy
• Friday, July 21: Goodfellas
  Free family films are 11 a.m. Wednesdays:
July 5: Flight of the Navigator
July 12: The Sandlot
July 19: Shrek
  Film League Members Only films are on the following Mondays:
July 3: Jurassic Park
July 17: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Movies on the Lawn — UTEP Office of Student Life hosts free movies at sunset (around 8:30 p.m.) selected Fridays in July at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza. No alcohol, glass containers or pets allowed; lawn chairs welcome. Weekly giveaways for first 100 people. Admission is free; parking available in Sun Bowl garage. Information: 747-5648.
July 7: Sing
July 21: Beauty and the Beast.

Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents a screening of the documentary “Policing The Police” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 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.
  The film studies how police can adequately enforce the law while respecting people’s rights and avoiding unnecessary bloodshed. It focuses on Newark, N.J., one of America’s most violent cities.

Summer of Love Brunch series Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and KISS-FM host summer-long special Sunday screenings of classic romantic films paired with sparkling wine and brunch. Ticket includes movie screening, one glass of sparkling wine, and choice of Belgian Waffles or Migas Frittata. Tickets: $27.06; available at drafthouse.com/el-paso.
July 9: Tender Mercies
July 23: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Aug. 6: Bridges of Madison County
Aug. 20: Steel Magnolias.

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 friendly movies (Rated G through PG-13) Saturdays through Sept. 23. Movies begin at dusk. Schedule subject to change. Information: (575) 541-2550.
July 15: Rogue One, A Star Wars Story
July 29: Alice Through the Looking Glass
Aug. 12: Sing
Aug. 26: The Lego Batman Movie
Sept. 9: The BFG
Sept. 23: Finding Dory.

Parks After Sunset — El Paso County Parks & Special Events presents a new summer series of free movies at various parks in the counties. Activities begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin after sunset. All attendees are encouraged to come early to setup chairs and blankets; free activities and various food trucks offered. Outside food and coolers are welcome; no alcoholic beverages or tobacco products allowed in any county parks. Dates and locations subject to change. Information, updates: facebook.com/parksaftersunset.
• Saturday, July 15: “Guardians of the Galaxy” at Sportspark, 1780 N Zaragoza.
• Saturday, July 29: “Finding Nemo” at
Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents a special screening of “The Godfather Part II” at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with a special Italian buffet. Cost: $30. Reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via ardovinos.com.
  Following the success of the 45th Anniversary of “The Godfather” (1972) this spring is a presentation of the original, uncut “The Godfather Part II,” which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won six.
  Also in July is an Outdoor Patio presentation of “The Hits & The History Of The Bee Gees” at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Admission is free. RSVP strongly recommended at ardovinos.com.

‘Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film’ — Ballroom Marfa hosts a free screening of the film that follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the US-Mexico border Thursday, July 20, at the Crowley Theater, 106 San Antonio in Marfa (next to Ballroom Marfa) Showtime to be announced. Information: (432) 729-3600 or ballroommarfa.org.

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 30-July 6: “Their Finest.” In 1940 war-besieged London, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. A director and scriptwriter set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol (Bill Nighy).
July 7-13: “Cézanne and I” (Cézanne et Moi). This historical drama set in 19th century France traces the lifelong friendship between painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet).
July 14-20: “Paris Can Wait.” When her director husband (Alec Baldwin) is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman (Diane Lane) takes a jaunt with his business associate (Arnaud Viard), a charming Gallic rogue.
July 21-27: “Graduation” (Bacalaureat)
Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter's future.
  Thursday show at 1:30 p.m.; no evening show.
July 28-Aug 3: “The Hero.” Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice who spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former co-star and -dealer (Nick Offerman), until a cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus.
  No matinee Saturday, July 29.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival returns Aug. 3-13. Screenings are in the Plaza’s Main (Kendle Kidd) Theatre, Philanthropy Theatre and outdoor Festival Plaza. Passes are $200; limited number of Film Club Fiesta passes for age 14-18 are $100 each. Individual show tickets to be announced. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com.
  The 3rd annual Plaza Classic Film Camp for aspiring young filmmakers ate 9-16 is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 7-11, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon.

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:
  The theater features the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser full dome planetarium projection system. Now showing:
• ”National Parks Adventures.” Three adventurers experience the ultimate off-trail adventure exploring America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places. Narrated by Robert Redford. Showings are at 11:05 a.m., 1:10 and 4:05 p.m.
• Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe” at 12:15 and 2:20 p.m.
• Live Digital Planetarium Show: “Night Sky Star Show with Museum Educator” is at 11:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.
  On the Giant Screen: “Journey to Space” at 10:45 a.m., 12:50 and 4:10 p.m. Discover the plans of NASA and the space community, like landing astronauts on Mars.

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 7:
• City of Ghosts (IFC) — Documentary on the efforts of “Ragga is being Slaughtered Silently.” Directed by Matthew Heineman.
• A Ghost Story (A24) — Casey Affleck, Sonia Acevedo, Carlos Bermudez. Directed by David Lowery.
• Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) — Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay, Bridget Everett. Directed by Geremy Jasper.
• Santoalla — Documentary about a Dutch couple, Martin and Margo Verfondern, who move to a remote Spanish village of Santoalla to start a new life. There is conflict with the residents resulting in the disappearance of Martin. Carlos Rodriguez, Jovita Rodriguez, Julio Rodriguez. Directed by Andrew Becker.
• Spider-Man: Homecoming (Columbia) —Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Chris Evans. Directed by Jon Watts.

July 14:
• Lady Macbeth (Roadside) —Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis. Directed by William Oldroyd.
• Wish Upon (Broad Green Pictures — Sherilyn Fenn, Ryan Phillipe, Elisabeth Röhm. Directed by John R. Leonetti.
• War for the Planet of the Apes (20th Century-Fox) — Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis. Directed by Matt Reeves.

July 21:
• Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) — Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
• Girls Trip (Universal) — Kate Walsh, Mike Colter, Jada Pinkett Smith. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
• Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX) — Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Cara Delevingne. Directed by Luc Besson.

July 28:
• Atomic Blonde (Focus) — Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella. Directed by David Leitch.
• An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount) — Documentary. Al Gore, Barak Obama, Donald Trump. Follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth” a decade later regarding climate change and a real energy revolution.
• The Emoji Movie (Columbia) — Animation. Featuring the voices of T.J. Miller, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Stewart.
• From the Land of the Moon (IFC) — Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Brigitte Roüan. Directed by Nicole Garcia.
• Menashe — Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz. Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein.
• The Midwife (Music Box) —Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet. Directed by Martin Provost.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

  July 3:
• The Zookeeper’s Wife. PG-13

  July 11:
• The Fate of the Furious. PG-13

  July 18:
• Kong: Skull Island. PG-13

  July 25:
• Ghost in the Shell. PG-13
• Unforgettable. R

  Aug. 1:
• Going Out In Style. PG-13

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