May 2019


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‘Hearts on the Gila’ screening — El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival hosts a screening of the work-in-progress documentary “Hearts on the Gila” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres served; cash beer and wine bar available. Parking at the Chase/Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street. Admission: $10. Proceeds benefit the documentary. Information: 533-4020
  “Hearts on the Gila” takes place four years after three mothers lost their teenage children in a tragic plane crash. The women embarked on a 36-mile kayak journey down the Gila River into the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico. The screening is the first stop of a six-city tour that includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Silver City and Mesilla in New Mexico. The tour is designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the river, which runs through the nation’s first official wilderness area.

The Art of Hollywood — The Art of the Arts Society presents Sunset Film Society director Jay Duncan and Plaza Classic Film Festival program director Doug Pullen at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at International Museum of Art parlor, 1211 Montana. They discuss the past and future plans of both organizations, El Paso’s first weekly film series and the world’s largest Classic Film Festival. Question-and-answer session and champagne toast will follow. Admission is free; donations welcome. Museum membership encouraged. Information: 543-6747.

Binational Independent Film Festival — The 19th binational film festival is May 1-4, at UTEP’s Union Cinema, first floor UTEP Union Building, La Fe Cultural Center and El Paso Downtown Library. All screenings at 6:30 p.m. Ticket information, film schedule to be announced:

CineMarfa Festival — CineMarfa’s 9th annual film fest is May 2-5 at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, emphasizing the intersection between film and fine art. All screenings and events are free, but space is limited. RSVP required to reserve a seat. Schedule: (432) 295-0752, or on Facebook.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic film screenings at 7 p.m. selected Saturdays. Films include an introduction and short question and answer session. Admission: $8. Series passes for 2019 are $79. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.
May 11: Citizen Kane
May 25: The Sound of Music
June 8: On The Waterfront
June 29: Maltese Falcon
  Other films:
  In celebration of Star Wars Day are showings of “Episode IV A New Hope” at noon; “Episode V Empire Strikes Back” at 4 p.m. and “Episode VI Return of the Jedi” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Admission per movie: $4.
  Throwback Thursday showings are at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Admission: $5.
May 9: Lethal Weapon
June 13: Dirty Dancing
  Kids movie showings are noon the second Saturday of the month. Admission: $1 cash only at the door.
May 11: Toy Story 2
June 8: A Bug’s Life.

Film Salon — The Film Salon annual anniversary event is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on Powell & Pressburger: the 1940s. Tickets: $5, available at Information: or on Facebook.

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), and
May 4: “Seven Days in May” (1964). A military-political cabal plans the takeover of the U.S. government in reaction to the president’s negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.
May 11: “A Little Romance” (1979). A French boy and an American girl meet in Paris and begin a romance that leads to Venice where they hope to seal their love at sunset with a kiss beneath the Bridge of Sighs.
May 18: “Elephant Walk” (1954). Most of the story centers upon the Elephant Walk Bungalow and the production of Elephant Walk Tea.
May 25: “Topkapi” (1964). A woman recruits her ex-lover, a Swiss master-criminal, to plan a theft of the emerald-encrusted dagger of Sultan Mahmud I from an Istanbul museum.

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 (May 9) and art films every third Thursday of the month (May 16). Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at brewlabep.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of the narrative feature film “Dreamer: A True American Story” is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Joe Rodriguez is a young man on the way to achieving the American Dream, until his employer discovers his undocumented status.

‘Nosferatu’ with Live Score — Austin ensemble Invincible Czars will perform a live soundtrack to the classic vampire film 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E Montecillo. ‘Nosferatu’ is regarded as the first important horror film, but was almost erased from the history books when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most prints were destroyed. This performance will feature the best restored version that exists. Tickets: $15 at a
  The Invincible Czars’ Nosferatu score incorporates violin, glockenspiel, organ, flute, bass clarinet, vocals, music box, loops, electric guitar, bass, singing bowl, tambourine and other hand percussion.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — The festival seeks works for its “Local Flavor” series honoring the work made in, around or about the border region. There is no fee to enter. Guidelines and submission forms are available at
  Passes are now on sale for $200 for El Paso Community Foundation’s 12th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival Aug. 1-11. Information: 533-4020 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
  The 7:30 Sunday screenings May 5 and 12 have open captions.
  Theatre closed April 27 and Memorial Day, May 27.
  Movie descriptions are from
April 26-May 2: “Ramen Shop.” A young ramen chef from Japan finds his late Singaporean mother's journal and takes it with him to her native country to put together the story of his family and life.
May 3-9: “Gloria Bell.” Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the club dance floor. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance.
May 10-16: “Hotel Mumbai.” The true story of the 2008 Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai, starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.
May 17-23: “The Mustang.” The story of Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict, who participates in a rehabilitation therapy program that trains mustangs. Bruce Dern also stars.
May 24-30: “3 Faces.” Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one modern popular star and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory. No May 25 matinee; May 30 1:30 p.m. screening only.

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:
• “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):

May 3:
• Bolden (Abramorama) — Gary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey, Ian McShane. Directed by Dan Pritzker.
• The Intruder (Screen Gems) — Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora. Directed by Deon Taylor.
• Long Shot (Lionsgate) — Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael. Directed by Jonathan Levine.
• Meeting Gorbachev (Orchard) — Documentary. Featuring Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher. Directed by Werner Herzog and Andre Singer.
• UglyDolls (STX) — CG Animation. Voices of Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monáe. Directed by Kelly Asbury.

May 10:
• All Is True (Sony Classics) — Kenneth Branagh, Jedi Dench, Jack Colgrave Hirst. Directed by Branagh.
• The Biggest Little Farm (Neon) — Documentary. Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Directed by John Chester.
• The Hustle (MGM) — Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson; Directed by Chris Addison.
• My Son (Coen Media) — Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist. Directed by Christian Canon.
• Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros.) — CG Animation & Live Action. Kathryn Newton, Ryan Reynolds (voice of Pikachu), Suki Waterhouse. Directed by Rob Letterman.
• Poms (STX) — Diane Keaton, Rhea Perlman, Pam Grier. Directed by Zara Hayes.
• The Silence of Others (Argot) — Documentary. A revealing look at the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco. Directed by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo.
• Tolkien (20th Century-Fox) — Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Gibson. Directed by Dome Karukoski.

May 17:
• A Dog’s Journey (Universal) — Betty Gilpin, Jake Manley, Dennis Quaid. Directed by Gail Mancuso.
• John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum (Summit) — Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Asia Kate Dillon. Directed by Chad Stahelski.
• The Souvenir (A24) — Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Tom Burke. Directed by Joanna Hogg.
• The Sun is also a Star (Warner Bros.) — Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Faith Logan. Directed by Ry Russo-Young.
• The Third Wife (Film Movement) — Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My. Directed by Ash Mayfair.
• The Tomorrow Man (Bleecker Street) — John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil. Directed by Noble Jones.
• Trial by Fire (Roadside) — Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell, Emily Meade.
Directed by Edward Zwick.

May 24:
• Ad Astra (20th Century-Fox) — Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland. Directed by James Gray.
• Aladdin (Disney) — Alan Tudyk, Naomi Scott, Will Smith. Directed by Guy Ritchie.
• Booksmart (Annapurna) — Skyler Gisondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Lisa Kudrow. Directed by Olivia Wilde.
• Brightburn (Sony) — Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Matt Jones. Directed by David Yarovesky.

May 31:
• Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner Bros.) — Millie Bobby Brown, Charles Dance, Vera Farmiga. Directed by Michael Dougherty. An umpteenth retelling ...this time the King returns to fight Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah, the three-headed monster.
• Ma (Universal) — Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Allison Janney. Directed by Tate Taylor.
• Rocketman (Paramount) — Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton. Directed by Dexter Fletcher. A musical fantasy about Elton John's breakthrough years.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

May 7:
• The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. PG
• The Prodigy. R
• What Men Want. R

May 14:
• Cold Pursuit. R
• Never Look Away. R
• Fighting With My Family. PG-13
• Happy Death Day 2U. PG-13

May 21:
• How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. PG
• Isn’t It Romantic. PG-13
• The Upside. PG-13

May 28:
• Greta. R.

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