November 2018


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‘Cine Fantástico’ — Paso del Norte Foundation celebrates popular Mexican cinema with a free screening of the restored 1961 horror-action-cult classic “Santo contra cerebro del mal” (Santo vs. the Evil Brain), at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Plaza Theatre. The film features the popular Mexican luchador El Santo in his debut film. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: or on Facebook.

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,, or on Facebook at UTEP/OSL.
Nov. 2: Hotel Transylvania 3, PG
Nov. 30: Ant-Man and The Wasp, PG-13.

Film Salon — The Film Salon presents the 1941 film “The 49th Parallel” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 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.
  Upcoming films in the series are “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” (Dec. 8), “A Matter of Life and Death” (Jan. 5) and “Black Narcissus” (Feb. 2).

Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, presents classic films on selected dates. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.
• Noon Saturday, Nov. 3: Zootopia. Admission: $1 cash.
• 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10: Nacho Libre Admission: $5 (Free with ticket to Noche de Nachos on the Plaza).
• 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Admission: $5.

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
  November’s theme is “Star Power: Films of Inspiration.”
Nov. 3: “Awakenings.” Based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir. In 1969, Malcolm Sayer discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa on catatonic patients.
Nov. 10: “The Cider House Rules.” John Irving wrote the screenplay based on his novel of the same name, which tells the coming-of-age of Homer Wells, who lives in a World War II-era Maine orphanage.
Nov. 17: “Good Will Hunting.” A 20-year-old South Boston laborer is an unrecognized genius who undergoes therapy while studying advanced mathematics with a renowned professor.
Nov. 24: “Finding Forrester.” An African-American teenager invited to attend a prestigious private high school. By chance, he befriends a reclusive writer.
  A special screening of “Meeting with Remarkable Men” is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Based on the 1963 book by Asian mystic G. I. Gurdijeff, who devotes his entire life in search of the meaning of life. He eventually develops a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Sustainable” is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  This film investigates the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, covering such issues as soil loss, water depletion, climate change, and pesticide use.

‘Combat Advisor in Vietnam’ — A documentary about life as a combat advisor in Vietnam featuring never before seen footage taken during the Vietnam War is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission: $8.50 (

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
  On Sunday nights, the 7:30 screening has open captions when the scheduled film has an open caption option.
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: “I am not a Witch.” After a minor accident, an 8-year-old girl is accused of witchcraft. Free for current members.
  No Saturday, Oct. 27, matinee.
Nov. 2-8: “Fahrenheit 11/9.” Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics.
Nov. 9-15: “The Bookshop.” England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.
Nov. 16-21: “The Last Suit.” An 88-year-old Jewish tailor runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he tries to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II.
Nov. 23-29: “Science Fair.” Nine high school students navigate rivalries, setbacks and hormones trying to win the international science fair.
  No matinee Saturday, Nov. 24. Thursday, Nov. 29 show at 1:30 p.m.; no evening show.
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: “The Happy Prince.” The last days of Oscar Wilde — and the ghosts that haunted them — are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut.

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:
• 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):

Nov. 2:
• Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century-Fox) —Rami Malek (as Freddie Mercury), Joseph Mazzello, Lucy Boynton. Directed by Bryan Singer.
• Boy Erased (Focus) — Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe. Directed by Joel Edgerton.
• Nobody’s Fool (Paramount) — Tiffany Haddish, Missi Pyle, Tika Sumpter. Directed by Tyler Perry.
• The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney) — Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy. Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston.
• A Private War (Aviron) — Rosamund Pike, Stanley Tucci, Jamie Dornan. Directed by Matthew Heineman.
• Suspiria (Amazon) — Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Remake of 1977 Dario Argento film.
• Tiger (R3M Pictures) — Mickey Rourke, Janel Parrish, Marshall Manesh. Directed by Alister Grierson.
Nov. 9:
• The Front Runner (Columbia) — Molly Ephraim, Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga. Directed by Jason Reitman.
• The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Columbia) — Claire Foy, Vicky Krieps, Sylvia Hoeks. Directed by Fede Alvarez.
• The Grinch (Universal) — CG Animation. Voices of Angela Lansbury, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones. Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Second theatrical version which began with the 1966 animated Chuck Jones/Boris Karloff TV classic ”How The Grinch Stole Christmas"” by Dr. Seuss.
• Narcissister Organ Player (Universal) — Documentary. Narcissister reflects on the personal impact of her mother’s illness and death.
• Overlord (Paramount) — Wyatt Russell, John Magaro, Pilou Asbæk. Directed by Julius Avery.
• Peterloo (Amazon) — Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell. Directed by Mike Leigh.
Nov. 16:
• Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros.) — Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler. Directed by David Yates.
• The Last Race (Magnolia) — Documentary. The portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack and the tribe of blue-collar drivers that call it home. Marty Berger, Mike Cappiello, Barbara Cromarty.
• Windows (20th Century-Fox) — Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki. Directed by Steve McQueen.
Nov. 23:
• Becoming Astrid (Music Box) — Alba August, Björn Gustafsson, Trine Dyrholm. Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen. Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, creator of “Pippi Longstocking.”
• Creed II (Warner Bros.) — Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. Continuation of the ”Rocky” franchise.
• The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Delves. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
• Green Book (Universal) — Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali. Directed by Peter Farrelly.
• Ralph Breaks the Internet (Walt Disney) — CG Animation. Voices of Kristen Bell, John C. Reilly, Gal Gadot. Directed by Phil Johnson and Rich Moore. Sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012).
• Robin Hood (Lionsgate) — Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Otto Bathurst.
• Second Act (STX) — Milo Ventimiglia, Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens. Directed by Peter Segal.
• Shoplifters (Magnolia) — Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.
Nov. 30:
• Anna and the Apocalypse (Orion) — Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire. Directed by John McPhail.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Oct. 30:
• Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. PG

Nov. 6:
• BlacKkKlansman. R
• Incredibles 2. PG
• Christopher Robin. PG

Nov. 13:
• Mile 22. R
• The Meg. PG-13

Nov. 20:
• Crazy Rich Asians. PG-13


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