September 2018


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Red Raiders Reels — Texas Tech University Health Science Center, 5001 El Paso, hosts free outdoor movies at sundown (around 7 p.m.) Fridays. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic chairs, snacks and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and popcorn will be available for a small donation that will benefit the university’s Student Excellence Fund. Glass containers, alcohol and pets are prohibited. Parking available at the lot east of the lawn. Information: 215-4850.
Aug. 31: Ready Player One
Sept. 7: Wonder
Sept. 14: Coco
Sept. 21: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Sept. 28: Incredibles 2.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Desk Set” with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on famous movie pairings. Tickets: $5; available at Information:
  Also featured is a series on “Kubrick- The Early Years,” featuring “Dr. Strangelove,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host film presentations at 1 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), and
  Starting in October, the series will move to 2 p.m. Sundays.
  September features the 3rd annual International Film Festival in partnership with General Casimir Pulaski Polish American Society of El Paso, Alliance Française d'El Paso, the Consul Honoraria de España en El Paso, and Natalia Savchenko for the Mexican and Russian selections. All films will be shown in the country’s respective language with English subtitles.
Sept. 1: “With Fire & Sword,” (Poland). A 1999 Polish historical epic directed by Jerzy Hoffman, based on the novel of the same name, the first part in “The Trilogy” of Henryk Sienkiewicz set in 1648-51. A Polish knight and a Cossack ottoman fall in love with the same woman, Helena.
Sept. 8: “The Belier Family” (France). Sixteen-year-old Paula is an interpreter for her deaf parents and brother on the family farm. One day, a music teacher discovers her gift for singing and encourages Paula to audition for a prestigious music college in Paris.
Sept. 15: “Ocho Apellidos Catalanes,” (Spain). Sequel to “Ocho Apellidos Vascos.” A couple have parted ways and now she is dating someone else. Her father travels to Seville to convince the former boyfriend to win her back.
Sept. 22: “The Maldonado Miracle,” (Mexico). José is a young Mexican boy in the U.S. who hides in a church to avoid authorities. When blood from his wounded arm falls on a statue of Jesus, people think it's a miracle.
Sept. 29: “Battle For Sevastopol,” (Russia). A 2015 biographical war film about a young Soviet who joined the Red Army to fight the Nazi invasion of the USSR and became one of the deadliest snipers in World War II.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.
Sept. 6: Pink Floyd’s The Wall
Sept. 27: The Big Lebowsky (20th Anniversary)
  Family films are at noon Saturdays. Admission: $1 cash. Sept. 15: The Lego Movie.

Las Cruces Movies in the Park — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department and Pic Quik Stores present free family-friendly movies selected Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada. Movies begin at dusk. Information: (575) 541-2550.
Sept. 8: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Sept. 22: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Movie on the Lake — Inn of the Mountain Gods presents a screening of “Fire in the Sky” on water of Lake Mescalero Saturday, Sept. 8. 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:
  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 “Frozen River,” a drama about immigration issues on the U.S.-Canadian border, is 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Two single mothers, in need of money, transport immigrants into the United States across Mohawk territory.

El Paso Film Festival — The festival screens original narrative and documentary films by aspiring filmmakers Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16 in Downtown El Paso. Information: Most tickets available on Ticketmaster.
  Short films are shown at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Art Festival Plaza. Films are not rated, but some may be too intense for younger viewers. Admission: $5.
  A screening of “You Can’t Say No” feature film directed by Paul Kramer is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at the El Paso Museum of Art. Tickets: $8.
  Showing Friday at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Annex (tickets are $8.50):
• “Tejano,” 7 p.m.
• “Time Trap,” 9:45 p.m.
  Showing Saturday at the Plaza Theatre (tickets are $10 per movie):
• 6 p.m.: “Home + Away”
• 9 p.m.: “Run Like the Devil”

Borderlands Film Festival — The multi-city celebration bringing the best in independent films from around the world, with an emphasis on female-driven, Spanish language, and veteran-produced projects is planned for Oct. 2-7. Information: (575) 408-9026, or
  Film submissions are being taken through for the kick-off event at Allen Theatres’ Telshor 12 in Las Cruces.

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
  Sunday evening shows are “Open Caption” (OC) for the hearing impaired (except Sept. 30).
Aug. 31-Sept. 6: “Leave No Trace.” A father and his 13-year-old daughter are living in an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.
Sept. 7-13: “Sorry to Bother You.” In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
Sept. 14-20: “Puzzle.” Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world.
Sept. 21-27: “Eighth Grade.”
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school.
  Thursday, Sept. 27 1:30 matinee; no evening show.
Sept. 28-Oct 4: Manhattan Short Film Festival. This global event will take place the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4 when more than 100,000 people in more than 300 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose; to view and vote on our Finalists’ Films in the Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.
  Showtimes to be announced (no Sept. 29 matinee).

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:
• Australia’s Great Wild North 11:05 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity.” 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
• “Mysteries of China.” 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  Star Show is 12:30 and 3:30 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):
  Sept. 7
• The Apparition (Music Box) — Vincent Lindon, Galatéa Bellugi, Patrick d’Assumçao. Directed by Xavier Giannoli.
• Bisbee ‘17 (Impact Partners) — Documentary. Mike Anderson, Charles Bethea, Benjamin Joel Caron. Directed by Robert Greene. An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1,200 immigrant miners 100 years ago.
• God Bless the Broken Road (Entertainment Studios) — Lindsay Pulsipher, Jordin Sparks, LaDainian Tomlinson. Directed by Harold Cronk.
• The Nun (Warner Bros.) — Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Jonny Coyne. Directed by Corin Hardy.
• Peppermint (STX) — Jennifer Garner, Richard Cabral, Tyson Ritter. Directed by Pierre Morel.
  Sept. 14
• American Chaos (Sony Classics) — Documentary. Directed by James D. Stern. The pros and cons of the Trump White House.
• Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (Film Movement) — Documentary. Directed by James Crump. An examination of the most influential fashion illustrator of 1970s Paris and New York.
• Bel Canto (Screen Media) — Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert, Ken Watanabe. Directed by Paul Weitz.
• The Children Act (A24) — Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead. Directed by Richard Eyer.
• The Dawn Wall (Sender Films) — Documentary. Starring Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson. Directed by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer. Legendary free climber Tommy Caldwell tries to get over heartbreak by scaling 3,000 feet of an impossible rock face: the Dawn Wall of El Capitan.
• Hal (Oscilloscope) — Documentary on director Hal Ashby, whose obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics. Directed by Amy Scott.
• Lizzie (Roadside) — Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Kim Dickens. Directed by Craig William Macneill.
• MDMA (Shout! Factory) — Francesca Eastwood, Pierson Fode, Elisa Donovan. Directed by Angie Wang.
• The Predator (20th Century-Fox) — Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn. Directed by Shane Black.
• A Simple Favor (Lionsgate) — Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Linda Cardellini. Directed by Paul Feig.
• Unbroken: Path to Redemption (Pure Flix) — Samuel Hunt,Merritt Patterson, Gary Cole. Directed by Harolkd Cronk.
• White Boy Rick (Columbia) — Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern. Directed by Yann Demange.
  Sept. 21:
• Assassination Nation (Refinery29) — Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse. Directed by Sam Levinson.
• Colette (Bleecker Street) — Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West. Directed by Wash Westmoreland.
• Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff) — Documentary. Featuring Michael Moore and Donald J. Trump. Directed by Moore.
• The House With a Clock in Its Walls (Universal) — Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Kyle MacLachlan. Directed by Eli Roth.
• Life Itself (Stage 6) — Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening. Directed by Dan Fogelman.
• Love Gilda (Magnolia) — Comedienne Gilda Radner’s life and career, based on her own words, video clips and interviews with others. Directed by Lisa Dapolito.
• My Son (Cohen Media) — Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist. Directed by Christian Carion.
• The Sisters Brothers (Annapurna) — Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed, John C. Reilly. Directed by Jacques Audiard.
  Sept. 28:
• All About Nina (Orchard) — Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Camryn Manheim. Directed by Eva Vives.
• Bad Reputation (Magnolia) — Documentary about rock star Joan Jett. Featuring Billie Joe Armstrong, Rodney Bingenheimer, Carianne Brinkman. Directed by Kevin Kerslake.
• Hell Fest (CBS Films) — Reign Edwards, Amy Forsyth, Tony Todd. Directed by Gregory Plotkin.
• Little Women (Pure Flix) — A modern re-telling of Louisa May Alcott’s twice-filmed classic novel. Starring Lea Thompson, Ian Bohen, Taylor Murphy. Directed by Clare Niederpruem.
• Monsters and Men (Neon) — Giuseppe Ardizzone, Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.
• Night School (Universal) — Ben Schwartz, Tiffany Haddish, Keith David. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
• The Old Man and the Gun (Fox Searchlight Pictures) — Elisabeth Moss, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek. Directed by David Lowery.
• Smallfoot (Warner Bros.) — CG Animation. Voices of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Danny DeVito.Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases
  Sept. 4:
• Heredity. R
• Adrift. PG-13
  Sept. 11:
• Ocean’s 8. PG-13
  Sept. 18:
• Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. PG-13
  Sept. 25:
• Solo: A Star Wars Story. PG-13
• SuperFly. R
• Uncle Drew. PG-13
  Oct. 2:
• The First Purge. R
• Sicario: Day of the Soldado. R


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