May 2018


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CineMarfa Festival — CineMarfa’s 8th annual film fest is May 3-6 at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, emphasizing the intersection between film and fine art. This year’s theme is “Storytelling for Earthly Survival.” All screenings and events are free, but space is limited. RSVP required to reserve a seat. Information: (432) 295-0752, or on Facebook.
• Thursday, May 3: Kings of Nowhere, 7 p.m.
• Friday, May 4: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, 1 p.m.; The Films of Sky Hopinka, 6 p.m.
Book signing and screening of “Stan Brakhage: Metaphors on Vision with” Thomas Beard is 5 p.m. at the Marfa Book Co.
• Saturday, May 5: Opuntia, 3 p.m.; Water Makes us Wet, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, May 6: CineKids showing of “Pom Poko,” 11 a.m.; and Primate, 3 p.m. and Journey To Seven Light Bay and Storytelling for Earthly Survival at 8 p.m.

‘Coco’ — A free screening of the Academy Award winning animated film is 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, sponsored by the County of El Paso. Kid-friendly crafts, activities and demonstrations offered all day. Information:
  Postponed from April 13 due to bad weather.

Jay’s Pix Presents — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society presents the 40th anniversary (Plus 1) of “Star Wars” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s gallery, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Call for cost, reservations: (575) 589-0652, ext. 3.
  This special presentation of the original 1977 film, a Star Wars themed dinner and festivities, trivia from Jay Duncan, a costume contest with cash prizes, cash bar with Star Wars themes cocktails and more.

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. Saturday, May 5 to celebrate its 16th anniversary with a surprise screening and reception. Tickets: $3; available at Information:

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 opens 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), and
May 5: The Fountainhead (1949). An individualistic young architect chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. Based on the novel by Ayn Rand.
  In observance of El Paso Heritage Month, Mary Jo Ponsford Melby will share stories of the Ponsford architects and general contractors of numerous well-known structures.
May 12: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). Audrey Hepburn is free spirit Holly Golightly in an American romantic comedy-drama directed by Blake Edwards and loosely based on the Truman Capote novella.
May 19: “Like Water for Chocolate” (1992). Mexican film based on the popular novel by Laura Esquivel. A woman finds that her moods reflect the flavor in her recipes.
May 26: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002). Thirty years old and single, “Toula” is her family’s anomaly. One day at the restaurant, she notices a handsome young customer. Starring Nia Vardalos, based on her one-woman play.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films at 7 p.m. select Saturdays as part of its film series. Tickets: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.
May 12: North by Northwest
May 26: Casablanca.
June 9: The Wizard of Oz
  Family films also at noon for $1 (cash only):
May 12: The Incredibles
May 26: Alice in Wonderland (animated)
June 9: Monster’s Inc.

Las Cruces Movies in the Park — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department and Pic Quik Stores present the 2018 Movies in the Park Program of free family friendly movies (Rated G through PG-13) selected Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada, May 19-Sept. 22. Movies begin at dusk. Schedule subject to change. Information: (575) 541-2550.
May 19: Coco
June 2: Wonder Woman

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of the documentary “Blood on the Mountain” is at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  The feature investigates coal company control in West Virginia and the struggles of the people who live near and work the mines.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League host a movie screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Tickets: $5. Information: (575) 437-2202 or

Sundays Under the Stars — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts free movies on the lawn at 8 p.m. Sundays during the summer months, weather permitting. Bring lawn chair or blanket. All children must be accompanied by adult. Concessions available. Information: 1-800-545-9011 or
May 27: Star Wars
June 3: Moana

Plaza Classic Film Festival submissions — The 11th 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 15 for the Aug. 2-12 festival. There is no fee to enter. Guidelines and submission forms are available at 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.
  This year’s series will be curated by El Paso filmmaker Zach Passero. He has worked as a director, producer, editor, animator and actor on films such as “Wicked Lake,” “Motel,” “Glimpse,” “All Cheerleaders Die,” “The Woman,” “By the River” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

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
April 27-May 3: “Oh Lucy!” Setsuko is a lonely office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers a new identity in her American alter ego, “Lucy,” and falls for her instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). English & Japanese with subtitles.
  No April 28 matinee.
May 4-10: “Back to Burgundy.” After a 10-year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. At their home in Burgundy, he and his siblings reunite to save the family vineyard and rebuild their relationship and trust as a family. French with subtitles.
May 11-17: “The Leisure Seeker.” The film stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the old RV they call the Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West.
May 18-24: “​A Bag of Marbles.” The heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s enduring memoir tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of the two young Jewish boys. French, German, Yiddish, Russian with subtitles.
May 25-31: “Loveless.” Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Russian with subtitles.
  No Saturday, May 26 matinee. No evening show Thursday, May 31 (matinee at 1:30 p.m.).

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:
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity.” 10:10 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m.
• “Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe.” 11:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  Live Star Show is 11:55 a.m., 2: 55 p.m. 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):

May 4:
• The Desert Bride (Strand) — Paulina Garcia, Claudio Ricci. Directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato.
• The Guardians (Music Box Films)--Nathalie Baye, Cyril Descours, Laura Smet. Directed by Xavier Beauvois.
• Izzy Gets the F**k Across Town (Shout! Factory) — Mackenzie Davis, Haley Joel Osment, Annie Potts. Directed by Christian Papierniak. Postponed from March 23.
• Racer and the Jailbird (Super LTD) — Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
May 11:
• Anything (ONEZERO) — John Carroll Lynch, Matt Bomer, Maura Tierney. Directed by Timothy McNeil.
• Beast (Roadside)— Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James. Directed by Michael Pearce.
• Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (Bunny Lake). Documentary. Alexis Adler, Fab 5 Freddy, Patricia Field. Directed by Sara Driver.
• Breaking In (Universal) — Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral. James McTeigue.
• Class Rank (Cinedigm) — Skyler Gisondo, Olivia Holt, Eric Stoltz. Directed by Stolz.
• Dark Crimes (Saban) — Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas. Directed by Alexandros Avranas.
• Life of the Party (New Line) — Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root, Melissa McCarthy. Directed by Ben Falcone.
• Lu Over the Wall (GKids) — Animation. Voices of Kanon Tani, Shôta Shimoda, Shin’ichi Shinohara. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa.
• Revenge (Neon) — Matilda Anna, Kevin Janssens, Ingrid Lutz. Directed by Coralie Fargeat.
May 18:
• Book Club (Paramount) — Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen. Directed by Bill Holderman.
• Deadpool 2 (20th Century-Fox) — Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds. Directed by David Leitch.
• First Reformed (A24) — Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Gaston. Directed by Paul Schrader.
• On Chesil Beach (Bleecker Street) — Saoirse Ronan, Anne-Marie Duff, Emily Watson. Directed by Dominic Cooke.
• Show Dogs (Global Road) — Alan Cumming, Natasha Lyonne, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Raja Gosnell.
May 25:
• Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney) — Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich (as Han Solo). Directed by Ron Howard.
• Three Identical Strangers (Neon) — Documentary. New York, 1980: three strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman. Directed by Tim Wardle.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

May 1:
• 12 Strong. R
• Winchester: The House Ghosts Built. PG-13
• Peter Rabbit. PG

May 8:
• Fifty Shades Freed. R

May 15:
• Black Panther. PG-13

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