Friday, June 21, 2019

"You're Killin' Me, Smalls!" Watch The Sandlot in Himmel Park

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 2:39 PM

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The Loft Cinema hosts a free showing of The Sandlot this Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m on "Hippie Hill" in Himmel Park.

When shy Scotty Smalls is pulled in for a game of baseball by the local kids, he doesn't know that he's in for the summer of his childhood. He borrows his step-dad's ball signed by the legendary Babe Ruth for the game one day, and accidentally hits it in to scary Mr. Myrtle's yard. Scarier yet is his enormous dog, "The Beast," who the boys have to get the baseball from.

The Sandlot is the quintessential summer movie, about childhood, adventure and belonging.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and grab a Sonoran dog from You Sly Dog's food truck or some dessert from Sarge's Cheesecakes to snack on during the movie. (Directed by David M. Evans, 1993, 101 min. Rated PG so it's perfect for kids).

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

'Booksmart' Is Stylish, Playful, Funny and Fresh

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2019 at 12:43 PM

The day before graduation, best friends and academic overachievers Molly and Amy are struck by the devastating regret that they never partied during high school. Not once. With the same focus and follow-through that allowed them to ace their AP courses, they set out to make for all that lost time in just one epic night.

Directed by Olivia Wilde from a script penned by female screenwriters, Booksmart is stylish, colorful, playful, funny and fresher than fresh in its cultural references. It was a thrill for this female viewer to see girls in all the main roles, handling with aplomb the traditional responsibilities of the teen movie’s protagonist: taking the risk, making the first move, standing up and saving the day. The fact that one of the main characters (Amy) is a lesbian makes the film’s big step forward in diverse representation even bigger.

It’s true that Booksmart sometimes lingers in the shallows when you’d prefer it to dive deep. And some directorial flights of fancy fell flat for me. But in exploring the female friendship that is the heart of the story, this movie tracks satisfyingly. Molly and Amy’s relationship is the story’s engine, moving the two characters ever forward—sometimes very much against their wishes—into their dreams, fears, and futures.

All the actors, from newcomers Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein to pros veterans Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte, turn in wonderful performances. Grab your BFF and go see it.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

The Loft Screening AZ Cult Classic 'Billy Jack'

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 10:46 AM

Part Western, part martial arts, part experimental hippie freak-out film, The Loft Cinema is screening the 1971 cult classic Billy Jack. Its titular character is Navajo, Green Beret and Hapkido master all at the same time – fun for everyone!

This event is a rental of The Loft by The Prime Leaf, and benefits In the Arms of Angels dog and cat rescue. A pre-show reception will feature live music from local artists Van Christian and Declan Fine.


Partially shot in Prescott, Billy Jack was an unexpected box office hit, earning a combined $32.5 million on a $800,000 budget. But more importantly, the film captures "a unique moment in the end days of hippiedom in the Southwest" and went on to influence underground filmmaking in the U.S.

How can you dislike a movie with quotes like: “I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face, and you want to know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it."

Sunday, May 26. Reception at 1 p.m., film at 2 p.m. $10.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cox Announces Free Movies in Reid Park

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 2:18 PM

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Reid Park will host a series of free outdoor movie showings this summer. These family-friendly events start May 31 with the showing of The Incredibles 2 from 7:45 to 9 p.m. Bring a blanket to sit on and some popcorn, or enjoy snacks from the food trucks stationed at the park. There will be live music, arts and crafts, and other activities too, starting at 6 p.m. It's another way to make your Tucson summer memorable!

Future screenings include:
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 – Friday, June 14
  • Lego Movie 2 – Friday, June 28
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Friday, July 12
  • Aquaman – Friday, July 26
At Reid Park, DeMeester Outdoor Performance Theater 900 S. Randolph Way. Enter the park off South Country Club Road.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Old Tucson Props Being Auctioned

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2019 at 2:49 PM

Online previews are currently available for the 75-piece “Robert Shelton ‘Old Tucson Collection’” as part of a 600-piece Hollywood Auction run by RR Auction. Highlights of the selection include a rifle gifted to Shelton by John Wayne, a collection of Old Tucson film scripts, and multiple wardrobe and set pieces. Estimated auction prices of these items run from $200 to $8,000.

Bidding begins Friday, May 17 and ends Thursday, May 23.

A deck of Bonanza playing cards gifted to Shelton by Lorne Greene, available for bidding. - RR AUCTION
  • RR Auction
  • A deck of Bonanza playing cards gifted to Shelton by Lorne Greene, available for bidding.

Originally a country club developer, in 1959 Shelton leased the Old Tucson property from Pima County and began to restore the facility originally built by Columbia Pictures in 1939 for the movie Arizona. Shelton was involved with Old Tucson production for decades, working when classic Westerns such as Gunfight at the OK Corral, Cimarron, and Rio Lobo were filmed at the studios.

The props are especially rare considering they survived the 1995 fire that destroyed much of the Old Tucson studios.

RR Auction worked with Shelton's widow, Carolyn Olson Shelton, to properly place "these rare relics in the hands of people who will treasure them."

For more information and to see the collection, visit RR Auction’s website.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Free Screening of The Rest I Make Up at The Loft Cinema

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 3:29 PM

Concluding its 25th anniversary season, the Lesbian Looks film series hosts a free screening of The Rest I Make Up at the Loft Cinema tonight!

The Rest I Make Up is an intimate documentary examining the life of María Irene Fornés, a Cuban-American playwright. Fornés, who passed away in 2018, stopped writing plays later in her life due to developing dementia. 

Fornés, who wrote over 40 plays and was a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, experimented with avant-garde storytelling and intimate personal relationships. Throughout the documentary, director Michelle Memran connects with Fornés and helps to rejuvenate her creative spirit.

This free screening, hosted by Lesbian Looks from the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, also features director Michelle Memran in person. Lesbian Looks has been showcasing "cutting edge features, shorts, documentaries, experimental films and new media works not otherwise available to Tucson audiences" since 1993.

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. 3233 East Speedway Boulevard. Free admission.

Find more details here. 

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Friday, April 5, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Pool Party with Nemo!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 12:34 PM

How cool is a rooftop pool overlooking Tucson? Now add Finding Nemo and you'll just keep swimming right up to free tickets!

The AC Marriott Hotel is hosting a series of Dive-In Movie nights and we have free tickets for one lucky winner to their event. Tickets include access to the pool, one free drink (alcoholic or not), fresh popcorn and Finding Nemo. Enjoy a movie under the stars on us!

Enter to win a free pair of tickets to the April 13 event here:

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This is a family friendly event. To learn more about the Dive-In Movie series, check out their Facebook page. 

EXTRA: Before the event check out the Spring City Market happening in the hotel lobby. These seasonal markets are free and feature local vendors and artists selling seasonal goods. The market also features live music and a themed cocktail menu. For more information about the Spring City Market, visit their Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Tucson Mall Area Finally Gets Movie Theater

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 2:51 PM

  • Courtesy RoadHouse Cinemas
For folks who live in the Casas Adobes area of town or close to the Tucson Mall, it's quite a drive to see the latest Hollywood flick. Now RoadHouse Cinemas is building their second Tucson location on Oracle Road and River Road.

The new dine-in movie theater will be a joint space with the Rail Yard Gaming and Gastropub and will accompany Red Lobster and First Watch at Fiesta Plaza close to the Tucson Mall.

RoadHouse is known for its ability to provide both dinner and a show at it's full dine-in theaters. Rail Yard will include a gastropub with bowling and grown-up gaming.

“We love Tucson, we live in Tucson and we are excited to bring a second RoadHouse Cinemas to Oracle Road near the Tucson Mall," Josh Snider, president of RoadHouse Cinemas said in a release.

RoadHouse Cinemas is a local Tucson company and has four Cinemas across the Southwest. The new theater will house 10 screens and is set to open in 2020. 

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