Cinema

Monday, November 26, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Win a Ski Jacket and Movie Tickets!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:20 PM

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As much of the country gets slammed with winter storms this week, we can rest easy here in Tucson and enjoy the snow on the big screen.

Win a Helly Hansen Jacket! Winner can select size and gender. - HELLY HANSEN
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  • Win a Helly Hansen Jacket! Winner can select size and gender.
Legendary ski and snowboarding film maker, Warren Miller's new film Face of Winter is coming to The Loft for one day only and we have your chance to go for free!

Enter for your chance to win a Warren Miller bundle! This includes two tickets to the show, a poster to decorate your walls, a DVD of last year's film, Line of Descent and a Helly Hansen Ski Jacket! The jacket alone is valued up to $225, so this is one giveaway you don't want to miss! 

Everyone attending the show (giveaway winners and paid tickets) will receive a free lift ticket to Arizona Snowbowl, Purgatory or Taos, plus 2-for-1 tickets from Jackson Hole and Angel Fire.

The show will be held at The Loft Cinema at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. Winner must be able to come to the Tucson Weekly office to pick up their tickets and Ski Jacket coupon.

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Widescreen Wednesdays Presents "Day for Night"

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 10:55 AM

click image UA School of Theatre, Film and Television presents Day for Night on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. - CARPE DIEM
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  • UA School of Theatre, Film and Television presents Day for Night on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Michael Mulcahy, associate professor in the School of Theatre, Film and Television will introduce Day for Night, a 1973 film directed by Francois Truffaut. This French film is a melodrama about a film director watching the actors in his film drama while trying to get his movie made. Try to keep up with all that!

This film shows that sometimes the drama behind the camera is more interesting than the drama in front of it. This film is considered by many to be Truffaut’s masterpiece and one of the greatest foreign films of all time.

The film won the 1974 BAFTA Award for Best Film, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Valentine Cortese from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. The film was also screened out of competition at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.


“Widescreen Wednesday” is a series of screened movies about film and television from the School of Theatre, Film and Television. At each screening, a faculty member introduces a favorite film of their choice and talks about the film’s history and its importance to the entertainment industry. A Bachelor of Fine Art film student will enhance select screenings with a presentation of a short film.

The film will be shown at the UA Center for Creative Photography. Find more details about the event here.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Warren Miller's Face of Winter

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM

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Is this cold weather getting you in the mood for snow? Arizona Snowbowl opened last week and you know what that means... it's time for some skiing!

Legendary ski and snowboarding film maker, Warren Miller's new film Face of Winter is coming to The Loft for one day only and we have your chance to go for free!  Enter for your chance to win two tickets to the show, a poster to decorate your walls and a DVD of last year's film, Line of Descent.

To enter to win, tag your plus one, follow Tucson Weekly on Facebook and comment the name of your favorite Warren Miller film. Good luck!

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Everyone attending the show (giveaway winners and paid tickets) will receive a free lift ticket to Arizona Snowbowl, Purgatory or Taos, plus 2-for-1 tickets from Jackson Hole and Angel Fire.

The show will be held at The Loft Cinema at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. Winner must be able to come to the Tucson Weekly office to pick up their tickets.

Find out more about the event here.
Entrants must be over 18 to win. Full contest rules are listed here.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody: Too Much BS

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 2:10 PM

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Rami Malek gives it his all as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. That, and a competent recreation of Queen’s Live Aid domination, are just about the only good things you can say about this mostly embarrassing effort to memorialize an incredible person and his sadly short life. The movie basically takes Mercury’s legacy, completely screws with his life’s timeline and makes up a bunch of unnecessary events to pad its 135-minute running time.

So much of this film isn’t true, and the fact that they took this hard-living rock star’s life and homogenized it for a PG-13 film doesn’t help make it feel anything close to authentic. Mercury died from pneumonia while battling AIDS in 1991. He wasn’t diagnosed with the illness until 1987. This film, partially directed by Bryan Singer and then finished by Dexter Fletcher, has Mercury learning of his diagnosis before his incredible 1985 Live Aid performance, even telling the band of his illness shortly before they went on stage. This is complete bullshit and a total injustice to Mercury and his band’s legacy.

Malek, acting through a big set of fake teeth made to capture the look of Mercury’s four extra incisors, is decent in the role. He actually sang on set, his voice blended with a Mercury sound-alike to keep the movie from being a completely lip-synched affair.

The musical sequences, including the Live Aid gig, are fun to watch. But, hey, if I want good Queen music, I can just watch the videos of Queen. There’s a movie happening between those musical sequences, and that movie is terrible, a messed-up bit of fakery that prompts a lot of unintentional laughter. There’s a great, truthful movie to be made about the life of Freddie Mercury. Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t even come close to being that movie.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"The Sister Brothers" Is a Dark Western with Great Performances

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 4:05 PM


John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix join forces as the title characters, guns for hire, contracted to find a prospector (Riz Ahmed) with a scientific trick for finding gold in rivers.

Reilly plays Eli, the nicer of the two brothers, who is starting to consider life after riding and killing. Phoenix plays Charlie, perfectly content to be a bounty hunter of sorts, as long as the mission includes hookers and lots of booze.

When another man (Jake Gyllenhaal) intercepts the prospector with intent of turning him over to the brothers, he has a change of heart, and the hunt takes on a new dimension. Reilly and Phoenix are great together, creating a palpable fraternal bond.

This is a dark period western speckled with some funny moments, but don’t be tricked by the commercials for the film. It’s a mostly dark affair, acted well by all involved. Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) has made a moving, absorbing, appropriately nasty western that gives the impression everybody on screen smells really bad.

Phoenix, having a banner year, turns out to be perfectly cast as a gunslinger, something I wouldn’t have believed going in. He and Reilly give this film a ton of soul, and it doesn’t hurt having the likes of Gyllenhaal and Ahmed in their supporting roles. They are all equally good.

"The Sister Brothers" is now playing in local theaters. 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

"A Simple Favor" Movie Review

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM

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If you liked the movie (or the book) "Gone Girl," read on. Don't worry, though — no spoilers here.

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick star in director Paul Feig's new drama "A Simple Favor."

The film had every member of the audience on the edge of their seats when I saw it. With at least three twists that I didn't see coming, I really didn't know how this one was going to end, and that's how a movie should be.

Anna Kendrick plays a seemingly innocent single mom named Stephanie who streams cooking videos and shares her recipes for other moms around the country. One day at school, her son (Miles) and his friend (Nicky) ask her if they can have a playdate, but Stephanie says she needs to check with Nicky's mom.

At that moment, Blake Lively, whose character's name is Emily, steps out of her Porsche in a fancy business suit. Stephanie is in awe when they meet, but the boys get their playdate.

Stephanie and Emily become best friends because of their sons' relationship. Emily is enigmatic, inconsistent and loves her cocktails. One day, Emily asks Stephanie to pick Nicky up from school, which wasn't abnormal. However, Emily never comes to pick Nicky up that day, or the next day, or the day after that. After a few days Stephanie and Emily's husband file a missing person's report with the police, but they don't have any luck for weeks.

The rest of the movie is a flurry of twists and turns and it does not disappoint. I don't want to give anything away, but I have to say "A Simple Favor" is one of the better movies I've seen in a while.

Another good comparison, aside from "Gone Girl," could be "Ex Machina." If you've never seen any of these movies, do yourself a favor and watch them. You won't regret it. 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Loft Cinema to Show Free Films at Tucson Meet Yourself

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 4:15 PM

click image An outdoor screening and sing-along of Selena, a 1997 film about the life and career of Tejano music will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Friday, Oct. 12. at 7 p.m. - THE LOFT CINEMA
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  • An outdoor screening and sing-along of Selena, a 1997 film about the life and career of Tejano music will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Friday, Oct. 12. at 7 p.m.
One of many highlights of the upcoming 2018 Tucson Meet Yourself festival includes free showings from The Loft Cinema.

The films will be shown Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Pima County Pavillion on Jácome Plaza.

Films include Selena, a sing-along to the 1997 musical drama written and directed by Gregory Nava about the life and career of Tejano (folk and pop music primarily of Mexican and Mexican American artists in Texas) music starring Jennifer Lopez as the late Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Perez (127 min.) and RUMBLE: The Indians who Rocked the World, a 2017 feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, & Taboo (103 min).

This is the second year Tucson Meet yourself is in partnership with the Loft working with Loft directors Jeff Yanc and Zachary Breneman to choose films that have meaning and significance at a folklife festival.

click image An outdoor screening of RUMBLE, a 2017 feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. - THE LOFT CINEMA
  • The Loft Cinema
  • An outdoor screening of RUMBLE, a 2017 feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Selena was known as the ‘Queen of Tejano’ and her music both was influenced by and has influenced music along the borderlands. This says a lot about the lasting interest in her as a musician and in the style of her music.

RUMBLE focuses on the influence of native musicians on rock and roll. This is an important story to tell at a folklife festival because “so often people think of "folklife" only as something that celebrate static traditions. That's not true,” said Kimi Eisele, Communications Director for Tucson Meet Yourself.

“Folklorists are interested how traditions are expressed and shared and passed on, and especially in how they change and evolve and make their way into contemporary expressions,” said Eisele.

She believes this film will open a lot of people’s eyes and ears to the influence of indigenous musicians on popular music and be a fun way to bring people together at the festival.

The films are free and open to the public. 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Come for the Food, Stay for the Culture! Tucson Meet Yourself is Just Around the Corner

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Tucson Meet Yourself will run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14. - COURTESY OF STEVEN MECKLER
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  • Tucson Meet Yourself will run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14.
The Annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival celebrates 45 years and will take place on Oct. 12 to 14, running on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Pima County Library’s Jácome Plaza and adjacent blocks of Church Ave., Stone Ave. and Pennington Street.

Festival organizers say while food is often what draws the public to the festival, it’s the music, dance and folk arts that keep them there.

This year there will be 56 food booths for dishes $12 and under representing Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Peru, Russia, Somalia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Laos, Hawaii, New England, the U.S. South, and the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui people who are indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region.

Tucson Meet Yourself is free, fun and educational for all ages with a diversity of faces, ages and cultures. - COURTESY OF STEVEN MECKLER
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  • Tucson Meet Yourself is free, fun and educational for all ages with a diversity of faces, ages and cultures.
“Many of our vendors come from churches, clubs, and community groups. They cook and sell food that represents their culture and tradition and absolutely love to share that with the public. The money they make they keep. We keep their costs low and assist them with the logistics and organization to be successful. TMY is the largest grassroots entrepreneurial event in Tucson,” said Maribel Alvarez, Program Director of Tucson Meet Yourself and Associate Dean of Community Engagement at the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Tucson Meet Yourself is produced by the Southwest Folklife Alliance and presented by Casino del Sol Resort. Special partnerships with AIDSWALK Tucson, The Loft Cinema and Low Rider Show & Shine will be sharing culture and heritage of our region.

Join the fun at this free, three-day festival for all ages and enjoy the music, food, films, arts, cultures and much more!

Keep an eye out for our festival highlights blogs coming up on The Range up until the festival!

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