Friday, April 18, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Sayonara Crossroads and John Cusack Works At A Record Store Edition

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

There’s a lot of changing of the guard going on in Tucson right now; some for the better, and some for the worse. Crossroads cinema, 4811 E. Grant Rd., is not exempt. On Sunday, April 20, the theater is closing their doors. After much revamping, Roadhouse Cinemas will open this fall at that spot. Remember folks, watching a movie and drinking a beer is hardly a negative notion. Thanks for all the movies, Crossroads.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should See High Fidelity This Weekend At The Loft Cinema.

5.Because it features Tim Robbins as a hilarious, ponytail wearing, tantric sex having, new-age “Supertramp fan.”
4.This was before John Cusack started making largely forgettable movies.
3.This was the peak of Jack Black’s now tiresome schtick.
2.It pretty much sums up what it was like working at a record store, warts and all. Plus, Record Store Day is tomorrow. Do your duty.
1.If you’ve ever been unlucky in love and you’re obsessed with pop culture, you’ll be able to relate in either a minor or major fashion.

Check out High Fidelity tonight and Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $6, $5 for Loft members.

On Wednesday, April 23, the Loft presents Romeo & Juliet, the 1968 adaption of Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers directed by Franco Zeffirelli. This version stars Leonard Whiting and doe-eyed Olivia Hussey as the title characters, plus a great performance from Michael York as the hot-tempered Tybalt. Dig the Nino Rota score, as well. You can catch this at 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission, and more information can be found at

The Fox Theatre is playing Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film The General on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. It’s not just a regular screening—Tucson’s own ChamberLab is providing a live original soundtrack. I look forward to seeing what they do with the bridge sequence. Tickets are a paltry $10, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Exploded View is concluding their Extreme Southern Culture series with 2000’s Benjamin Smoke, a haunting documentary by Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen. It’s a portrait of Robert Dickerson, AKA Benjamin Smoke, a singer-songwriter who fronted several Atlanta bands and died due to liver failure caused by hepatitis C. Smoke was one of those stars that burn a little too bright, and Cohen and Sillen’s doc perfectly captures his radiance. Check it out on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

As I stated in the first paragraph, there’s a lot of change happening. According to this, it looks like we’re all in the gutter soon. I won’t be re-applying. I had already made plans to move to Austin this summer. Hot off the heels of this, I may be leaving a little earlier than I had planned. Anyhoo, hopefully I’ll be able to get one or two more Cinema Showdowns up before the boot stomps down. I’ll keep writing until they tell me to stop.

Until then, have fun at the movies!

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