August 2017


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Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival returns Aug. 3-13. Billed as the “world’s largest classic film festival,” the festival presents more than 90 movies of all genres from the golden age of cinema to more recent favorites. Screenings are in the Plaza’s Main (Kendle Kidd) Theatre and Philanthropy Theatre.
  Passes are $200; limited number of Film Club passes for age 14-18 are $100 each. Individual show tickets: $4 for Philanthropy; $6 matinee, $8 evening for Plaza; guest appearance programs are $10 (Kathleen Turner and Richard Dreyfuss); and opening night movie “The Graduate” is $20 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or
  Free Plaza Days family events are 1 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 3 and 10 (featuring Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle).
  Special guest and events:
• Opening Night features the 50th Anniversary of “The Graduate,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Main Theatre.
• Kathleen Turner will be interviewed on stage before a showing of the Francis Ford Coppola-directed ”Peggy Sue Got Married” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, in the Main Theatre; free film talk at 6 p.m. in the Philanthropy Theatre. Turner was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of the time-traveling Peggy Sue. She won a Golden Globe for playing romance novelist Joan Wilder in “Romancing the Stone.”
  She will appear with ”Romancing the Stone” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and for an autograph signing 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street, across from San Jacinto Plaza.
• Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss will appear at on-stage interviews before “Jaws” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and “Mr. Holland's Opus” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 in the Plaza Theatre. He will also appear for an autograph signing 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.
• A retrospective of El Paso native Don Bluth’s movies, such as “An American Tail” and “The Land Before Time.” Animator Bluth and co-director Gary Goldman will appear with their film, “The Secret of NIMH” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in Plaza Theatre’s Main Theatre.
  They will also sit down for a question and answer during the free annual Filmmaker’s Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.

  Showing in the Main Theatre:
• Thursday, Aug. 3: The Treasure of Sierra Madre, 3:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 4: An Affair to Remember, (1 p.m.); The Maltese Falcon (3:30 p.m.); Monty Python’s Life of Brian (10 p.m.).
• Saturday, Aug. 5: Duck Soup (1:30 p.m.); Casablanca (7 p.m.); The Terminator (9:30 p.m.)
• Sunday, Aug. 6: Sabrina (1 p.m.); Sherlock Holmes (3:30 p.m.) accompanied by organist Walt Strony; Citizen Kane (7 p.m.).
• Monday, Aug. 7: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1 p.m.); An American in Paris (4 p.m.);
Singin’ in the Rain (7 p.m.).
• Tuesday, Aug. 8: It Happened One Night (1 p.m.); In Cold Blood (3:30 p.m.); Psycho (7 p.m.).
• Wednesday, Aug. 9: Mildred Pierce (1 p.m.); Now, Voyager (3:30 p.m.); To Kill a Mockingbird (7 p.m.)
• Thursday, Aug. 10: Easter Parade (1 p.m.); Shane (3:30 p.m.); The Exorcist (7 p.m.);
• Friday, Aug. 11: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1 p.m.); From Russia With Love (3:30 p.m.); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (7 p.m.); The Big Lebowski (9:30 p.m.)
• Saturday, Aug. 12: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (11 a.m.); Enamorada (4 p.m.); Mad Max (10 p.m.)
• Sunday, Aug. 13: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (4:30 p.m.); Blazing Saddles (7 p.m.)
  Film talks precede 7 p.m. screenings at 6 p.m. in the Philanthropy Theatre

  Showing in the Philanthropy Theatre:
• Friday, Aug. 4: Robin Hood (1 p.m.); The Rescuers (3 p.m.); Fail-Safe ( 7:30 p.m.); Cronos (10 p.m.)
• Saturday, Aug. 5: The Hounds of the Baskervilles (1 p.m.); Lilies of the Field 3 p.m.); The Heart Outright (7:30 p.m.); Paranoid Flux (10 p.m.).
• Sunday, Aug. 6: El Senor Fotografo (1 p.m.); The Reluctant Astronaut (3:30 p.m.); Ashes and Diamonds (7:30 p.m.)
• Monday, Aug. 7: The Muppet Movie (1 p.m.) Pete's Dragon (3 p.m.); Once (7:30 p.m.)
• Tuesday, Aug.8: An American Tail (1 p.m.); Benji ( 3 p.m.) 8 1/2 (7:30 p.m.)
• Wednesday, Aug. 9: The Land Before Time (1 p.m.); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3 p.m.); Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (7:30 p.m.)
• Thursday, Aug. 10: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1 p.m.); Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (3:30 p.m.); Frida (7:30 p.m.)
• Friday, Aug. 11: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1 p.m.); War Games (3 p.m.); River (10 p.m.)
• Saturday, Aug. 12: Tammy and the Bachelor (1 p.m.); Postcards from the Edge (3:30 p.m.) The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (7:30 p.m.); El Mariachi (10 p.m.)
• Sunday, Aug. 13: Seven Samurai (1:30 p.m.)
  Walk-up movie showings at the top of the Mills Parking Garage are 9 p.m. Thursdays. $5:
Aug. 3: National Lampoon’s Animal House.
Aug. 10: Ghostbusters
  Free screenings are planned at various locations as well.
  Free movies at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch are at 1 p.m.:
Aug. 4: The Atomic Cafe.
Aug. 7: The Real American: Joe McCarthy.
Aug. 8: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
Aug. 9: Hollywood on Trial
Aug. 10: Persistence of Vision
Aug. 11: Bartok the Magnificent
  Oregon Street free outdoor screenings are at 9 p.m., preceded by live music at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Aug. 4: La Bamba with live music by Amalia Mondragon with Maria y Yahvi.
Aug. 5: The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live music by Fungi Mungle.
Aug. 11: Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll with live music by The Fox and the Sound.
Aug. 12: Xanadu with live music by Dusty Low.
  Foundation Room screenings are 8 p.m. unless listed otherwise.
Aug. 4: The Good, The Bad, The Indie, vol. 13
Aug. 6: Weird Kids/Reel Authentico, 2:30 p.m. .
Aug. 11: Local Flavor Shorts I
Aug. 12: Local Flavor Shorts II
Aug. 13: Plaza Classic Film Camp movies (2:30 p.m.)
  El Paso Museum of Art free showings are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Aug. 5: Rock-a-Doodle and Thumbelina.
Aug. 6: A Troll in Central Park
Aug. 12: The Pebble and the Penguin, and Anastasia (3 p.m.)
Aug. 13: Titan A.E.
  In conjunction with the festival, El Paso Museum of Art will host “An American Animator, Don Bluth,” July 1-Sept. 17, with an open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13.
  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.

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:
• Saturday, July 29: “Finding Nemo” at
Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta.
• Friday, Aug. 18: “Field of Dreams” at Sportspark.

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 at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada, through Sept. 23. Movies begin at dusk. Schedule subject to change. Information: (575) 541-2550.
July 29: Alice Through the Looking Glass
Aug. 12: Sing
Aug. 26: The Lego Batman Movie
Sept. 9: The BFG
Sept. 23: Finding Dory.

Film Salon — The Film Salon meets at the first Saturday of the month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Showing at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 is “The Magnificent Seven” as part of the Kurosawa and Beyond series. Tickets: $3; available at Information:
  Upcoming films in the series include Seven Samurai (5:30 p.m. Sept. 2); A Fistful of Dollars (6:30 p.m. Oct. 7) and Yojimbo (6:30 p.m. Nov. 4).
  Summer of Seijen films are 7 p.m. the third Saturday of the month during the summer months. The Aug. 19 film is “Branded to Kill.”

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
Aug. 6: Bridges of Madison County
Aug. 20: Steel Magnolias.

Pax Christi Film Series — The series presents a screening of the documentary  “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 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.

Movies in the Canyon — El Paso Live  hosts the 9th annual free movie season at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 18-Sept. 30. Showtimes are at dusk (about 8:30 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,,
Aug. 18: Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Aug. 19: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Aug. 25: The Secret Life of Pets
Aug. 26:  Dumb & Dumber
Sept. 1: Space Jam
Sept. 2: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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),
  No films Aug. 5 and 12, so guests may  enjoy the Plaza Classic Film Festival downtown.
Aug. 19: “The Incredibles.” (2004) A smart, sophisticated computer-generated feature from Pixar and Walt Disney follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life.
Aug. 26: “Cars.” (2006) Pixar’s final independently produced motion picture (before its purchase by Disney in May 2006) is set in a world populated entirely by anthropomorphic cars and other vehicles. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, it has spawned a franchise.

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, Aug. 20, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with a special Italian buffet. Event postponed from July 16. Cost: $30. Reservations strongly recommended; RVSP via
  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 August is an Outdoor Patio 40th anniversary presentation of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Following Richard Dreyfuss’ appearance as a special guest at the 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival earlier in the month is a presentation of his iconic starring roles in the film written and directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object. Admission is free. RSVP strongly recommended at

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
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.
Aug. 4-10: “Maudie.” The true story of folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) and the unlikely romance between Maud and a hardened reclusive bachelor, Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke).
Aug. 11-17: “Lost in Paris (Paris Pieds Nus).” In the comic traditions of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati is a fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights. In French with subtitles and in English. Free for MVFS members.
Aug. 18-24: “My Cousin Rachel.” A young Englishman (Sam Claflin) plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife (Rachel Weisz), believing her responsible for his death.
Aug. 25-31: “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.” A documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history-featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time. 
  No matinee Aug. 26. Thursday Aug. 31 screening is 1:30 p.m.; 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, 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” Showing at 12:30 and 2:30 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):

  Aug. 4:
• The Dark Tower (Columbia) — Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Kartheryn Winnick. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel.
• Detroit (Annapurna) — John Boyega, Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
• Midnight Sun (Open Road) — Patrick Schwarznegger, Bella Thorne, Rob Riggle. Directed by Scott Speer.
• Step (Fox Searchlight) — Paua Dofat, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon. Directed by Amanda Lipitz
• Wind River (Weinstein) — Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner. Directed by Taylor Sheridan.
  Aug. 11:
• Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros.) — Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto. Directed by David F. Sandberg.
• The Glass Castle (Lionsgate) — Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson. Directed by Destin Daniel Crerron.
• Ingrid Goes West (Neon) — Aubrey Plaza, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Elizabeth Olsen. Directed by Matt Spicer.
• The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Open Road) — CG Animation. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Jackie Chan. Directed by Cal Brunker.
• The Only Living Boy in New York (Roadside) —  Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges. Directed by Marc Webb.
• The Trip to Spain (IFC) — Steve Coogan, Marta Barrio, Rob Brydon. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

 Aug. 18:
• The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) — Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman. Directed by Patrick Hughes.
• Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) — Danielle Macdonald, Siddarth Dhananjay, Bridget Everett. Directed by Geremy Jasper. Postponed from July 7.
  Aug. 25:
• All Saints (Columbia) — Barry Corbin, Cara Buono, John Corbett. Directed by Steve Gomer.
• Beach Rats (Neon) — Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Neal Huff. Directed by Eliza Hittman.
• Gook (Goldwyn) — Justin Chon, Simone Baker, Curtiss Cook Jr. Directed by Justin Chon.
• Polaroid (Dimension) — Madelaine Petsch, Javier Botet, Kathryn Prescott. Directed by Lars Klevberg.
• Tulip Fever (Weinstein) — Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz, Alicia Vikander. Directed by Justin Chadwick.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

  Aug. 1:
• Going Out In Style. PG-13
• The Circle. PG-13

  Aug. 8:
• King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. PG-13
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: The Long Haul. PG
• Snatched. R

  Aug. 15:
• Alien: Covenant: R
• Everything, Everything. PG-13
• How to Be a Latin Lover. PG-13

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