Cinema

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cinema Clips: Cargo

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM


I’ve had it up to here with zombies (I stopped watching The Walking Dead after Season 2), but this genre film, set in the Australian Outback is actually pretty good. Martin Freeman stars as a man surviving a zombie apocalypse on a houseboat with his wife and baby daughter. Things go very badly not long after the movie starts, and he must battle to survive on land to ensure a future for his family.

Directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke (who also wrote the screenplay) keep the origins of the apocalypse shrouded in secrecy and that’s a good move. There are cool elements, like government provided survival (and disposal) packs for those who become infected, and the fact that Freeman has a baby strapped to his back during a rather harrowing medical emergency. The film relies more upon its sense of dread and impending doom rather than straight-up zombie violence. The humans who aren’t sick turn out to be a lot scarier than the ghouls.

The movie is more The Road than Dawn of the Dead, and Freeman’s stellar work makes it worth seeing, even if you’ve had your fill of flesh eaters.

Streaming on Netflix.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Cinema Clips: Revenge

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM


Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz is dynamite as Jen, mistress to Richard (Kevin Janssens), a rich man with a fancy house in the middle of the desert. Jen and Richard are enjoying a romantic getaway when Richard’s hunting buddies (Vincenct Colombe and Guillaume Bouchede) show up early and immediately commence ogling Jen.

After a night of partying and some seductive dancing by all, Jen passes out in the bedroom. Richard goes away to take care of some business for a couple of hours, and that’s all the time his friend needs to assault Jen. Upon Richard’s return, rather than helping Jen, he escalates the situation until Jen winds up impaled on a tree at the bottom of a cliff.

Where the story goes from here is where the movie gets its name; director Coralie Fargeat isn’t interested in Jen simply getting away. She patches herself up, gets herself a gun, and when the boys hunt for her after her body goes missing, major, messy bloodletting ensues. Lutz takes her character from eye candy to kickass female avenger, and her every moment on screen declares her a star. Janssens makes for a fascinatingly horrible enemy, as does Colombe as the moron who crosses the line with Jen and unleashes the fury.

Hey, Jen is super hot and super fit. The woman has been to the gym, and she will go Rambo on your ass if you wrong her. And boy, does she ever go Rambo on their asses. The results are pretty unforgettable, and Lutz puts up one of the more memorable performances of the year thus far

Available for streaming on iTunes and Amazon.com during a limited theatrical release.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blockers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 10:05 AM

A trio of deranged parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz) discovers a pact by their three daughters to lose their virginity on prom night, so they stalk them on their special evening.

This sounds like the basis for a crap movie but, as things turn out, results in what will surely stand as one of the year’s funniest movies. Directed by Kay Cannon, the movie pushes the boundaries for sure, pouring it on thick with the profanity (very funny profanity) and frank talk about high school seniors treading into sexual activity (not to mention drug experimentation and drinking). It handles its subjects in a surprisingly mature and even sweet way in the end, with the teenaged daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) having their acts together far more than their bumbling parents.

The always reliable Mann gets a chance to really shine here; she is one of the best comic actresses in the game. Barinholtz gets a lot of laughs as the movie’s most messed up character, while Cena continues to prove that he has the comic chops to hold his own with some of the best. This is one of those rare comedies that gets consistent laughter from the opening scene until its ending.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Watch and Learn About 'Pizza & the Art of Living'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 4:28 PM

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Pizza and philosophy are two things that go together better than one would think.

The Loft Cinema will show Arrangiarsi (Pizza & the Art of Living), a documentary film that shows a character’s quest to find the meaning of life through pizza.

Matteo Troncone, who’s the director, writer and star of the documentary, will be at the showing in person. His film is about getting in touch with your roots and history, finding yourself and the  insurmountable importance of pizza. Arrangiarsi was well-received at the Mill Valley Film Festival which showcases internationally acclaimed films.

Arrangiarsi (Pizza & the Art of Living) will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd). Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Comedy, Beer, Theater & More: Eight Things To Do Today!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 2:00 AM

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Beer Week: Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar.
Mexican food, BBQ, and beer? It's like they rolled Tucson into a perfect little ball (minus the saguaro needles). On top of the awesome food, Ermanos is also unveiling their new Cerezo beer! 5-9 p.m.

Beer Week: Pueblo Vida. Releases are fun, especially if alcohol is involved. Pueblo Vida will have a can release of Andromeda IPA and Momentum Pale Ale. Why not end a week dedicated to the celebration of beer with not one, but two can releases? 4-10 p.m.

No Man’s Land Film Fest Presented by the Climbing Association of Southern Arizona, this series of films celebrates lady adventurers. Check out female athletes conquering terrain and obstacles for the first time in Tucson, and stay after for a discussion with local women making a difference. 7:30 p.m. $12. The Loft Cinema.

Champagne Dinner. If Valentine’s Day left you feeling empty, go ahead and fill yourself back up with a five-course meal at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. Featuring every kind of fancy dish you could imagine: oysters, peach jam, lamb, goat cheese, lime lavender vinaigrette, and more. 245 E Ina Road. For reservations, call (520) 297-1151.

No One Told Me This Sh*t Was Going to be Hard! Well, ain’t that the truth about just about everything in life. In this case, though, it’s about the ups and downs, failures and successes, trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur and starting your own company. Hear from a panel of experts at this interactive event, including representatives from InHouse, the real estate software company. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Connect Coworking–Downtown Tucson Office Space, 33 South Fifth Ave. $5.

Sonoran Seasons. This is easier to remember at this time of year, when we’re not all making frantic dashes from our air-conditioned houses to our air-conditioned cars, and burning out hands on our steering wheels, but Tucson actually has more than one season. In fact, it has five: winter, spring, fore-summer, summer monsoon and fall. Tohono Chul Park’s new gallery exhibit celebrates Tucson’s array of seasons, and of biological specimens. Featured artist Janet Windsor uses graphic design and stitching skills to create fiber artwork of desert seasons. Exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 18. Artist’s reception: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 Curator’s Talk: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 22. Tohono Chul Park, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $13 adults, $10 students, seniors over 62 and military. $3 kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5.

The Best Brothers. Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor brings us this tale of calamity, competitive siblings and canines. When a woman named Bunny Best loses her life at a Gay Pride Parade, her two sons are saddled with writing obituaries, giving eulogies and caring for their mother’s Italian greyhound, Enzo. In the midst of it all, their sibling rivalry comes to a head. It’s witty and lighthearted, and there’s a dog. What more could you ask for? Thursday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, March 24. 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $15 Thursday nights and $18 to $20 Friday through Sunday.

Rob Schneider & David Spade: Joe Dirt and The Hot Chick are coming together for an absolutely unparalleled night of comedy. There’s no telling what these guys are gonna say, but just think about Schneider’s roles in Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan and The Animal, and Spade’s work in Dicke Roberts: Former Child Star, Tommy Boy and Benchwarmers (Schneider was in that one too), and you’ll get the idea. Buh-Bye. 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Casino Del Sol Event Center, 45655 W. Valencia Road. Tickets start at $45. 21+.

Events compiled by Jeff Gardner, Emily Dieckman and Brianna Lewis.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Pima County Public Library is Now Letting You Watch Movies Online

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 4:27 PM


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Do you remember when you used to check out DVD’s at your local library every time you visited? Now as the Pima County Public Library continues to grow digitally you can do the same and watch your favorite films online.

The Pima County Public Library recently announced the beginning of a service allowing cardholders for free through Kanopy, a video streaming service.

PLCP cardholders are now able to watch 10 movies a month on their devices, as they would with any other video streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu.

Kanopy is a video streaming service that is used by public libraries to allow people to watch films on-demand. The movie choices are abundant and attractive to any cinema enthusiast because the service international films, documentaries, critically-acclaimed films and the good ol’ classics.

Amber Mathewson, the Library Director said in a press release that Kanopy is the growth to the of the library’s online collection of resources that they are “tremendously proud to offer.”

“Our E-Library has tools for nearly anything you can think of—language learning, automotive repair, understanding current events, and of course, music and video streaming. Get a library card, and you can access a world of information and entertainment anywhere,” Mathewson said.

To access Kanopy search for it on the PCPL E-Library or create an account on pimalibrary.kanopy.com.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Don't Waste Your Time with 'The Cloverfield Paradox'

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM


Originally planned for an April theatrical release date, the third Cloverfield movie got itself a surprise release on Netflix immediately following the Super Bowl last night. While I’m a big fan of the first two installments in the Cloverfield series, J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company have got to be kidding trying to call this a legitimate chapter in the Cloverfield universe. The Cloverfield Paradox was originally a project called God Particle, a standalone science fiction film directed by Julius Onah. Somewhere during production, Bad Robot decided to make it a Cloverfield film. How is it a Cloverfield film? A few short, badly constructed scenes shoehorned into the narrative, including a ten second final shot that feels like a total cheat. They did this sort of last minute tinkering when they made 10 Cloverfield Lane, and that resulted in a good movie. This one results in a muddled mess. The plot involves a space station trying to create a free power source to revitalize a struggling Earth. The crew (which includes Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang and David Oyelowo) accidentally zap themselves into another dimension. While they struggle in the other dimension to find their way home, the dimension they left behind is dealing with a new problem. The events happening back on Earth might’ve made for a better movie, but the one we get in space is an Event Horizon rip-off. It’s no mystery why Bad Robot avoided a theatrical run for this. It stinks.

Friday, January 19, 2018

'Call Me by Your Name' Opens at Loft Today

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 4:48 PM


One of 2017’s better love stories, this sumptuously filmed romance set in Italy is a thing of beauty to look at. Lush settings, stunning locations, and two admittedly quite adorable leads in Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet contribute to a sweet, and heartbreaking, story by Andre Aciman (who wrote the novel), with a screenplay by James Ivory. Chalamet plays Elio, an American living in Italy with his professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg). When father takes an assistant in the form of Oliver (Hammer), Elio is smitten, and so is Oliver. They wind up having a fling that carries deep meaning for them, and for those who know them. Chalamet (who was also terrific in 2017’s Lady Bird) makes Elio so much more than a confused teen in love; this guy is really in love in a way that will affect his entire life, and the viewer feels it. Hammer continues to evolve as an actor, and this is his best work yet; he also gets high scores for his stellar dance moves whenever somebody play the Psychedelic Furs. As good as the duo are, my vote for best scene in the film goes to the underrated Stuhlbarg, who has a speech relating to his son that is an absolute showstopper. An overall sweet movie that features an end credit sequence that, well, just says it all.

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