Friday, May 2, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Alcoholic Lawyers and Lonely Vampires Edition

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Have you ever wanted to watch a movie about lawyers with a group of lawyers? Tonight’s your lucky night! Live out your kooky fantasy at the Fox Theatre with a screening of The Verdict, the 1982 courtroom drama starring steely-eyed Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer trying a medical malpractice case. The film, directed by Sidney Lumet and written by David Mamet, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The screening is presented by the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and more information can be found at

Speaking lawyers, there’s a different kind of bloodsucker on the screen Sunday, May 4 over at the Loft Cinema. As part of their Essential Cinema series, they’re unrolling Werner Herzog’s chilling 1979 film Nosferatu the Vampyre. Starring the inimitable Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Herzog’s Nosferatu is both an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s infamous novel and a semi-remake of German filmmaker F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film Nosferatu. It’s the kind of horror movie only Herzog can make; it’s a genuine scare flick yet it’s a deeper study of loneliness and pathos. Classic Herzog! The film starts at 11 a.m. and there’s a $5 suggested donation. Catch a repeat performance on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

Also on Tuesday at the Loft is Chef, a new comedy with an impressive cast. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau (who also wrote and directed the film), Chef follows Favreau as he quits his posh restaurant gig in Los Angeles and takes up the food truck life in Miami. This is part of the Loft’s New York Film Critics Series, a monthly series where Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers presents films before they’re nationally released and conducts a live post-film Q&A with cast and crew via Skype. Tucson’s own plentiful food truck scene will be represented; show up early and catch a food truck roundup in the Loft’s parking lot. Alright! Chef starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for Loft Members.

Finally, for something completely different, I can’t recommend The Final Member enough. You can read my review here. Funny, shocking, and, *cough cough* at times touching, The Final Member is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. You’ll only able to catch it on the big screen once, on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission. For more information on this and other screenings, visit or call 797-0844.

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