November 2019


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Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “The Magnificent Ambersons” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series on holiday films. Tickets: $5, available at Information: or on Facebook.
  Upcoming films include “Miracle on 34th Street” (Dec. 7), and My Man Godfrey (Jan. 4).

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Sunset Film Society host 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
Nov. 2: Classic 1960s Television, including the “The Grim Reaper” episode of “Thriller” (1961); and the “An Unlocked Window” episode of the “Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1965).
Nov. 9: Frank Capra’s ”Lost Horizon” (1937). Based on James Hilton’s 1933 novel about the mythical and idyllic Shangri-La. Guests can hear a 1950 recording of James Hilton recalling “Lost Horizon.”
Nov. 16: “The Fountainhead” (1949). An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism. Based on the novel and written for the screen by Ayn Rand. Starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal and Raymond Massey.
Nov. 23: “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986), directed by Woody Allen. Three successive family Thanksgiving dinners mark time for Hannah (Mia Farrow), her younger sisters Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) and the men in their lives.
Nov. 30: “The Court Jester” (1956). Danny Kaye plays a hapless carnival performer who masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. Also featuring Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury.

Movie Nite on the Lawns — The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, hosts its final free movie night of the season at sundown Saturday Nov. 2, with a showing of “Coco.” Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free. Information:

Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of “Ixcanul,” performed by indigenous, non-professional actors, is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot across from rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
  Mixing age-old myths and customs with the realities of the present world, this dream-like film depicts the quickly disappearing life of the Mayas in Guatemala.

Sci Fi and ArtFilm Nights — Brew Lab, 601 N. Oregon, Suite 1, hosts science fiction classics 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month (Nov. 14, Dec. 12) and art films every third Thursday of the month (Nov. 21). Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at brewlabep.

Artists’ Film International 2019 — ”Apariciones/Apparitions by Carolina Caycedo is the official selection of the Artists’ Film International, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22, at Marfa Visitor Center, 302 S Highland. The film depicts ghost-like dancers inhabiting the historic Los Angeles landmark, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Times, information: (432) 729-3600 or
  Artists’ Film International, organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, AFI is a program that showcases international artists working in film, video and animation.
  Caycedo lives in Los Angeles and was born in London to Colombian parents. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession, Intermediae-Matadero Madrid, Agnes B Gallery Paris, Alianza Francesa Bogotá, Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, and DAAD Gallery in Berlin.

Texas Gas Holiday Movies at Plaza — El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live present free holiday movies Sundays at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the 4th annual WinterFest. Local organists perform on the Plaza’s restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before each movie. Information: or
  Movies are 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, and 1 p.m. Dec. 22 and 29. No movies Dec. 15. Lineup to be announced.

Movies at Branigan Library — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, presents free book-based movies in the Roadrunner Room. Admission is free. Call for titles and ratings. Information: (575) 528-4014, or
  Movies rated PG-13 and R are 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
  Family friendly movies rate G and PG are 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the Month.
  Award winning foreign films are featured at 2 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the Month (rated PG to R).

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. Theatre closed Nov. 28. Admission: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students with ID; $5 children and society members); $5 on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or
Nov. 1-7: “Before You Know It.” Stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. She learns her presumed-deceased mother (Judith Light) is not just alive but thriving as a soap-opera star.
Nov. 8-14: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” A look at Ronstadt’s early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family, her folk days with the Stone Poneys, and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s.
Nov. 15-21: “The Tobacconist.” Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler about a young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz) during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Nov. 22-27: “Neither Wolf Nor Dog.” A white author (Christopher Sweeney) is summoned by a Lakota Elder (Bald Eagle) who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.
Nov. 29-Dec. 5: “Pain and Glory.” A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
  No Nov. 30 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). Theatre closed Thanksgiving Day. Ages 3 and under free. Museum/IMAX combo tickets available. Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840, or on Facebook.
  Now showing:
• “Apollo 11: First Steps,” 10:10 and 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 and 4:05 p.m.
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” 12:30 and 3:30 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. 1:
• Arctic Dogs (Entertainment Studios) — CG Animation. Voices of Anjelica Huston, James Franco, Jeremy Renner. Directed by Aaron Woodley.
• Harriet (Focus) — Jennifer Nettles, Joe Alwyn, Cynthia Erivo. Directed by Kasi Lemmons.
• Inside Game (iDreamMachine) — Scott Wolf, Lindsay Morgan, Reggie Lee. Directed by Randall Batinkoff.
• The Irishman (Netflix) — Robert de Niro, Anna Paquin, Al Pacino; Directed by Martin Scorsese.
• Motherless Brooklyn (Warner Bros.) — Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe. Directed by Norton.
• Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount) — Mackenzie Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton. Directed by Tim Miller. Continuation of the franchise begun in 1984.

Nov. 8:
• Doctor Sleep (Warner Bros.) — Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay. Directed by Mike Flanagan.
• Honey Boy (Amazon) — Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe. Directed by Directed by Alma Har'el.
• The Kingmaker (Showtime) — Imelda Marcos. Documentary centering on the controversial Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines. Directed by Lauren Greenfield.
• Last Christmas (Universal) — Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson. Directed by Paul Feig.
• Midway (Lionsgate) — Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid. Directed by Roland Emmerich.
• Mister Toilet: The World’s #2 Man — Documentary on Jack Sim, a crusader for global sanitation.
• Playing With Fire (Paramount) — Judy Greer, John Cena, Brianna Hildebrand. Directed by Andy Fickman.

Nov. 15:
• All Rise (Entertainment) — Jennifer Ehle, John David Washington, Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Anthony Mandler.
• Charlie’s Angels (Columbia) — Naomi Scott, Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart. Directed by Elizabeth Banks. Another re-imagining of the 1970s TV show.
• Ford v Ferrari (20th Century-Fox) — Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Matt Damon. Directed by James Mangold.
• The Good Liar (Warner Bros.) — Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Jim Carter. Directed by Bill Condon.
• Mickey and the Bear (Utopia) — James Badge Dale, Camila Morrone, Calvin Demba. Directed by Annabelle Attanasio.
• Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer (Magnolia) — Documentary. Directed by Mark Landsman.
• The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (Roadside) — Rupert Everett, Jodhi May, Derek Jacobi. Directed by Swati Bhise.
• Waves (A24) — Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie. Directed by Trey Edward Shults.

Nov. 22:
• A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (TriStar) — Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Matthew Rhys. Directed by Marielle Heller.
• Dark Waters (Focus) — William Jackson Harper, Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Todd Haynes.
• Frozen II (Disney) — CG Animation. Featuring the voices of Jason Ritter, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Sequel to the monster hit of 2013.
• Hala (Apple TV+) — Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna. Directed by Minhal Baig.
• 21 Bridges (STX) — Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Brian Kirk.

Nov. 29:
• Queen & Slim (Universal) — Daniel Kaluuya, Chloë Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine. Directed by Melina Matsoukas.
• Knives Out (Lionsgate) — Ana de Armas, Toni Collette, Chris Evans. Directed by Rian Johnson.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Nov. 5:
• Hobbs & Shaw. PG-13

Nov. 12:
• Good Boys. R
• The Farewell. PG

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