June 2017


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‘Thirty Seconds to Midnight’ — Border Peace Presence hosts a screening and discussion of the film by Regis Tremblay 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 26, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch Auditorium, 501 N. Oregon. The film’s talks about what the filmmaker feels are three threats to life on the planet: nuclear technology, nuclear armageddon and climate change. Admission is free. Information: 472-7909.
  Pax Christi El Paso hosts a free screening of the documentary 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Columban Mission Center, 816 Magoffin, with a discussion by Tremblay. Admission is free. Information: 740-3962.

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.
  May 27 screening of “The Jungle Book” (2016), is at dusk at Plaza de Las Cruces.
  All remaining screenings are at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada:
June 10: The Secret Life of Pets
June 24: Pete’s Dragon
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.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo, hosts movies presented by Flickinger Film League. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1: Throwback Thursday “The Goonies”
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7: Nite at the Cinema: “The Wizard of Oz.” Age 12 and younger admitted free.
• 7 p.m. Friday, June 9: Friday Night Flix: “North by Northwest”
• 7 p.m. Monday, June 12: “Jaws” (members only).
• 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15: Throwback Thursday “The Fifth Element”
• 7 p.m. Monday, June 19: “Oceans 11” (members only).
• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21: “Hellava Way to Treat a Soldier” documentary and discussion by Jornada Research Institute. Admission is free.
• 7 p.m. Friday, June 23: Friday Night Flix: “The Great Outdoors”
Free Kid Showings are 11 a.m. Wednesdays:
May 31: “The Muppet Movie”
June 7: “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”
June 14: “Jumanji”
June 21: “The Incredibles”
June 28: “The Rescuers.

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.
• Friday, June 2: “The Incredibles” at
Risinger Park, 301 Grace in Fabens.
• Saturday, June 24: “Cars” at
Gallegos Park, 7531 Bosque Road in Canutillo
• Saturday, July 15: “Guardians of the Galaxy” at Sportspark, 1780 N Zaragoza.
• Saturday, July 29: “Finding Nemo” at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta.
• Friday, Aug. 18: “Field of Dreams” at Sportspark.

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.
June 3: Out of the Past
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.
June 17: Youth of The Beast
July 15: Tokyo Drifter
Aug. 19: Branded

‘Made in New Mexico’ — Film writer Jeff Berg returns to give insight and wry asides to over 100 years of film-making in the state of New Mexico, via clips, historical references and tidbits about the making of each film in his critically acclaimed Made In New Mexico film series, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces.
  Berg, a former volunteer at the museum, is the author of “New Mexico Filmmaking,” a history of some of the over 800 movies shot at least in part in New Mexico. The presentation is a compilation of clips from movies that in some way feature people who were born in New Mexico or have lived here or live here now. Audience participation is encouraged and admission is free.

Plaza Classic Film Festival submissions — The 10th annual classic movie festival seeks works by local filmmakers for its “Local Flavor” series honoring the work made in, around or about the border region. Filmmakers who have made, or are finishing, a short or feature-length film or any genre and would like it to be considered for a screening at this year’s are invited to submit works through June 9 for the festival Aug. 3-13. There is no fee to enter. Guidelines and submission forms are available at plazaclassic.com/localflavor. Information: 533-4020
  Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, Local Flavor is the region’s largest showcase of independently made feature, animated, documentary, short and other films from both sides of the border.

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. Presentations include commentary, anecdotes and facts behind the films. No movie June 3. Admission is free; donations and museum membership appreciated. Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks available for purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumofart.net.
  June’s films are suitable for family viewing:
June 10: “Field of Dreams” (1989). While walking through his Iowa cornfield, novice farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a disembodied voice heralding “If you build it, they will come.”
June 17: “ How The West Was Won” (1962). Set between 1839 and 1889, the film follows four generations of a family as they move ever westward, from western New York state to the Pacific Ocean.
June 24: “Monsters, Inc.” (2001). Monsters, Inc. employees generate their city's power by targeting and scaring children. When one child enters Monstropolis, Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) must return her.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents a special Father’s Day screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free; reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  A renowned archeologist is hired by the U.S. to find the Ark of the Covenant. Originally released June 12, 1981.
  Also in June is a special Outdoor Patio presentation of “The Big Chill” at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 24. A group of baby boomer college friends reunite after 15 years after one of their old comrades commits suicide. RSVP strongly recommended at sunsetfilmsociety.org
  Next month’s event is “The Godfather: Part II” planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16; with a special Italian buffet. Due to the overwhelming success of the 45th Anniversary of “The Godfather” screening in April, the society will present the original, uncut follow-up. Cost to be announced.

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.
May 26-June 1: “The Women’s Balcony.” The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back.
  No matinee Saturday, May 27.
June 2-8: “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” The story tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the 1939 German invasion.
June 9-15: “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic fall of a New York Fixer.” The new film by Academy Award-nominated director Joseph Cedar is about a man (Richard Gere) whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive – a need to matter.
June 16-22: “A Quiet Passion.” The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. Admission free for members.
​• June 23-29: Kedi. A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.
  No matinee Saturday, June 24. Matinee 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29; 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, nmspacemuseum.org or on Facebook. 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):
  June 2:
• Band Aid (IFC) — Jamie Chung, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker. Directed by Zoe Lister-Jones.
• Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (20th Century-Fox) — CG Animation. Voices of Jordan Peele, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll. Directed by David Soren.
• Dean (CBS) — Asif Ali, Kathrine Barnes, Jesaiah Baer. Directed by Demetri Martin.
• Past Life (Orion) — Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger, Doron Tavory; Directed by Avi Nesher.
• 3 Idiotas (Videocine) — Martha Higareda, Alfonso Dosal, Christian Vazquez. Directed by Carlos Bolado.
• Vincent N Roxxy (Unified) — Emile Hirsch, Zoë Kravitz, Zoey Deutch. Directed by Gary Michael Schultz.
• Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) — Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright. Directed by Patty Jenkins.
  June 9:
• Beatriz at Dinner (Roadside) — Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloë Sevigny. Directed by Miguel Arteta.
• The Hero (Orchard) — Krysten Ritter, Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon. Directed by Brett Haley.
• It Comes at Night (A24) — Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Directed by Trey Edward Shults.
• Megan Leavey (Bleecker Street) — Tom Felton, Kate Mara, Bradley Whitford. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
• My Cousin Rachel (Fox Searchlight Pictures) — Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin,Holliday Grainger. Directed by Roger Michell.
• The Mummy (Universal) — Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe. Directed by Alex Kurtzman.
  June 16:
• All Eyez on Me (Lionsgate) — Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham.Directed by Benny Boom. The story of Tupac Shakur.
• The Book of Henry (Focus) — Lee Pace, Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay. Directed by Colin Trevorrow.
• Cars 3 (Disney) — CG Animation. Voices of Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillon, Owen Wilson. Directed by Brian Fee.
• 47 Meters Down (Dimension) — Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine, Claire Holt. Directed by Johannes Roberts.
• I, Daniel Blake (Sundance) — Hayley Squires, Dave Johns, Sharon Percy. Directed by Ken Loach.
• The Journey (IFC) — Freddie Highmore, Catherine McCormack, John Hurt. Directed by Nick Hamm.
• Maudie (Sony Classics) — Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett. Directed by Aisling Walsh.
• Rough Night (Columbia) — Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Demi Moore. Directed by Lucia Aniello.
  June 23:
• The Bad Batch (Neon) — Jason Mamoa, Suki Waterhouse, Jim Carrey. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.
• The Beguiled (Focus) — Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman. Directed by Sofia Coppolla. Remake of 1971 Clint Eastwood film directed by Don Siegel.
• The Big Stick (Lionsgate) — Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani, Holly Hunter. Directed by Michael Showalter.
• Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount) — Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Michael Bay.
  June 30:
• Amityville: The Awakening (Weinstein Co.) — Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Directed by Franck Khalfoun.
• Baby Driver (TriStar) — Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm. Directed by Edgar Wright.
• The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (Neon) — Documentary. A look at her life and work. Directed by Errol Morris.
• Despicable Me 3 (Universal) — CG Animation. Voices of Steve Carell, Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon. Continuation of the popular franchise.
• The House (Warner Bros.) — Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas. Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen.
• The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) — Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci. Directed by Jeff Baena.
• 13 Minutes (Sony Classics) — Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler,Burghart Klaußner. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

  June 6:
• Beauty and the Beast. PG
• A Cure for Wellness. R

  June 13:
• John Wick: Chapter Two. R
• The LEGO Batman Move. PG
• Table 19. PG-13

  June 20:
• Life. R

  June 27:
• T2: Trainspotting. R
• Power Rangers. PG-13.

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