October 2018


Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Friday Night Flicks — The UTEP film series is offered at 6:30 p.m. every other Friday at the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $3 ($2 UTEP ID). A $5 movie combo (with hot dog, popcorn and drink) offered. Information: 747-5670,SELC@utep.edu, sa.utep.edu/osl or on Facebook at UTEP/OSL.
Sept. 28: Love, Simon, PG-13
Oct. 19: Incredibles 2, PG
Nov. 2: Hotel Transylvania 3, PG
Nov. 30: Ant-Man and The Wasp, PG-13.

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), internationalmuseumofart.net and sunsetfilmsociety.org.
  October’s films are psychological thrillers. No movie Oct. 20.
Oct. 6: “Secret Window.” Written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” by Stephen King. A man accuses an author (Johnny Depp) of plagiarizing his short story. The author discovers its resemblance to his own story, except for the ending.
Oct. 13: “The Game.” A wealthy investment banker is given a mysterious gift — participation in a game that integrates in strange ways with his everyday life. Starring Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn.
Oct. 27: “Frantic.” A surgeon visits Paris with his wife, who disappears from their hotel room. Frantically searching and retracing his steps, everyone he encounters says he arrived alone and has no recollection of his wife. Starring Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, John Mahoney.

Borderlands Film Festival — The festival’s debut is Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 2-7, at Allen Theatres’ Telshor 12, 2811 N. Telshor in Las Cruces. The festival, presented in various cities throughout the Southwest, features movie screenings, location scouting tours, networking events, a tour of Film Las Cruces Studios, Awards Gala, a Film and Media Expo and more. Day passes are $20; All access passes are $50 ($40 military); VIP Producer pass is $125 ($75 military). Information: (575) 408-9026. Full film schedule at BorderlandsFilmFestival.org.
  Opening night screening features the film “Charlie’s Christmas Wish” on three screens, beginning at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, followed by a question and answer session with writer/director Sue Ann Taylor, and actors Lyndsey McKeon, Vernon Wells, Toni Hudson and Jay M. Brooks. The film is about a combat vet who has returned from Afghanistan with PTSD, only to find that his family is wrapped up in Christmas preparations.
  Opening Night Social 8:30 to 11 Tuesday at Game 2, 4131 Northrise.
  A Filming in the Borderlands panel with film commissioners Luis Gutierrez, Drew Mayer-Oaks and Jon Foley is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.
  A seminar with representatives of the New Mexico Film Office is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
  Music Videos and Commercials Panel with filmmaker Ryan Valdez, Cinematographer, Editor Patrick Lawler, Producer, Writer Scott Bell and Producer Derek Maher is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
  “Lady Belladonna’s ‘Tales From The Inferno’” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Telshor 12 Cinemas. A vainglorious, sin-collecting demoness, a fallen Aryan despot, the worst filmmaker of all time, and a handful of suspenseful tales from the dark side of humanity, come together for writer/director David Salcido and Las Cruces-based film company PRC Productions’ latest independent feature-length anthology.
  Women in Film Panel with moderator Sam “Toni” Muir is noon Saturday, Oct. 6.
  Veteran actor Jack Betts will conduct the seminar “Acting in Film” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Telshor 12. The 1966 Euro-western Sugar Colt featuring Betts is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, followed by a questions and answer session.
  Creature Effects Seminar with Shawn Darling of Gryphon’s Egg Production is 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, with an up-close look at practical makeup effects, creature work, set construction and prop creation.
  Rebel Without a Crew Panel with Alejandro Montoya Marin and his “crew” is 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, discussing the most difficult parts about getting started in the film industry, as well as their role in Robert Rodriguez’ “Rebel Without a Crew” television series.
  Awards Night Party is 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Little Toad Creek Brewery and Dragonfly Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces.
  Closing party is 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hacienda de Mesilla, 1891 Avenida de Mesilla.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on famous movie pairings. Tickets: $5; available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook.

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films on selected dates. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11: Goodfellas. Tickets: $8.
• Fright Night triple feature is Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets: $8 per movie; $14 for two; $18 for all three:
  Ghostbusters (original) is at 5 p.m., Gremlins, 7:30 p.m. and The Exorcist is 10 p.m.

‘Radio Silence’ — The world premiere of the new film is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main, Admission: $8.50. Information: (575) 542-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
  A select team of U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers are sent to retrieve pieces of a downed U.S. spy satellite from a remote desert region of northern Mexico. What they encounter is the sudden loss of half their team, their Mexican escorts and nearly all of their equipment.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Harvest of Empire,” a documentary tracing the history of U.S. relations with Latin America, is 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.

Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League host movie screening at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo. Membership information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15: Pulp Fiction; league members only.
• 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27: Coco. Tickets: $5.

Short Film and VR Film Festival — ImpacFest hosts the inaugural El Paso Film Virtual Reality and Short Film Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, at FabLab and the El Paso Foundation Room in Downtown El Paso. Short virtual reality and short films from around the world and from local filmmakers will be shown. Information: 257-8470, elpasofilmfest.org or IMPACFest.org.
  The films include virtual reality drama, comedy, horror/suspense, and animated films, along with experimental  and regular short and feature length films, virtual reality, apps, games and more.

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.
  The 7:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 7 and 14 screenings have open captions.
Sept. 28-Oct 4: Manhattan Short Film Festival. Audiences in more than 300 cities across six continents will vote on Finalists’ Films in the annual festival.
  Showtimes to be announced (no Sept. 29 matinee).
Oct. 5-11: “Juliet, Naked.” The story of a woman’s unlikely transatlantic romance with a once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, who also happens to be the subject of her boyfriend's musical obsession.
Oct. 12-18: “The Wife.” A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Oct. 19-25: “Tea with the Dames.” Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century.
  Thursday, Oct. 25 screening at 1:30 matinee; no evening screening.
  Showing at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20: “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.” Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by conservationist Lek Chailert embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old captive blind Asian elephant.
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: “I Am Not A Witch.” After a banal accident in her village, an 8-year-old girl is accused of witchcraft. Film free for current members.
  No Saturday, Oct. 27, 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, nmspacemuseum.org 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 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):

Oct. 5:
• The Happy Prince (Sony Classics) — Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Colin Firth. Directed by Everett.
• Heavy Trip (Music Box) — Torstein Bjørklund, Antti Heikkinen, Ville Hilska. Directed by Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren.
• Over the Limit (Telemark) — Documentary. An intimate portrait of the world’s most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun. Directed by Marta Prus.
• A Star is Born (Warner Bros.) — Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott. Directed by Cooper. Fourth re-telling of the William A. Wellman and Robert Carson chestnut.
• Venom (Columbia) — Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson. Directed by Ruben Fleischer.
Oct. 12:
• Bad Times at the El Royale (20th Century-Fox) — Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges. Directed by Drew Goddard.
• Beautiful Boy (Amazon) — Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Timothée Chalamet. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen.
• Bigger (Freestyle) — Tyler Hoechlin, Julianne Hough, Kevin Durand. Directed by George Gallo.
• First Man (Universal) — Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Examination of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon.
• Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (Columbia) — Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, Madison Iseman. Directed by Ari Sandel.
• The Oath (Roadside) — John Cho, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Magnussen.
Directed by Ike Barinholtz.
Oct. 19:
• Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight) — Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells. Directed by Marielle Heller.
• The Guilty (Magnolia) — Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi. Directed by Gustav Möller.
• Halloween (Universal) — Judy Greer, Nick Castle, Jamie Lee Curtis. Directed by David Gordon Green. Reportedly the final film in the franchise, which began in 1978.
• The Hate U Give (20th Century-Fox) — Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall. Directed by George Tillman Jr.
• Mid90s (A24) — Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith. Directed by Jonah Hill.
• Serenity (Aviron) — Anne Hathaway. Matthew McConaughey, Diane Lane. Directed by Steven Knight.
• What They Had (Bleecker Street) — Hilary Swank, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner. Directed by Elizabeth Chomko.
Oct. 26:
• Burning (Well Go USA) — Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon. Directed by Chang-dong Lee.
• Hunter Killer (Summit) — Ethan Baird, Jacob Scipio, Dempsey Bovell. Directed by Donovan Marsh.
• Indivisible (Provident) — Justin Bruening, Sarah Drew, Jason George. Directed by David G. Evans.
• Johnny English Strikes Again (Focus) — Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko. Directed by David Kerr. Third installment featuring Atkinson as the accidental secret agent.
• Stuck (Freestyle) — Amy Madigan, Giancarlo Esposito, Ashanti. Directed by Michael Berry.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Oct. 2:
• The First Purge. R
• Sicario: Day of the Soldado. R

Oct. 9:
• Skyscraper. PG-13
• Hotel Transylvania 3. PG
• Eighth Grade. R

Oct. 16:
• Unfriended: Dark Web. R


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