Cinema

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Best Films of the Year Playing at Harkins Film Fest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 4:32 PM

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Red carpets are rolled out, designer dresses and suits are flaunted, awards season is in full swing. But when watching the awards ceremonies do you realize, oh, I haven't actually seen many of these films?

Harkins Theatres is hosting a Best Picture Film Fest so you can be in the know for the big show! The Oscars are scheduled for Feb. 24 this year, so from Feb. 15 to 24 the Tucson Spectrum theatre (on i-19 and Irvington) will be featuring five nominated films per day for each day of the festival.

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All films will be showing on a rotating schedule. The nominated films on the lineup are:
  • BlackkKlansman - 135 mins. Rated R
  • Black Panther - 134 mins.  Rated PG-13
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - 134 mins. Rated pg-13
  • The Favourite - 119 mins. Rated R
  • Green Book - 130 mins. Rated PG-13
  • A Star is Born - 136 mins. Rated R
  • Vice - 132 mins. Rated R
Tickets to each film can be purchased individually or you can see all the movies you want with the all-access pass to the entire festival for 35 dollars. For the full film schedule, read more here.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hanson Film Institute Hosts Premiere Screening of Native American-made Documentary

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 2:48 PM

The University of Arizona’s Hanson Film/TV Institute is presenting the premiere screening of Waaki, the new documentary from Hopi photographer and filmmaker Victor Masayesva.


The documentary, partially funded by the Hanson Film/TV Institute, celebrates the connection several indigenous peoples, including the Hopi in the U.S. and the Nahuatl, Maya and Otomi communities in Mexico, have with corn. This relationship and mutual-dependence comes through in songs, displays and ritual practices.

A still from Waaki
  • A still from Waaki

“Interdependencies are a vital part of our known history and future existence on this green planet.” Masayesva said. “The seen and unseen together. Recognizing these interdependencies, identifying and accepting our neighbors, this is our future.”


The documentary is also partly animated, and contains illustrations by Masayesva, Carl Onsae, Ronyk and Marcial Ayala.

Victor Masayesva
  • Victor Masayesva

A Q&A of Waaki (meaning “Sanctuary”) with Masayesva and co-producer Mariano Estrada Aguilar, a Tzeltal filmmaker and indigenous rights activist will follow the screening.


The screening, presented in partnership with the UA School of Anthropology, will take place at 6:00pm on Jan. 31 at the Center for Creative Photography. Admission is free.


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tucson Salvage Documentary Wins Best Documentary Short at Culver City Film Fest

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 2:52 PM

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Congratulations to Maggie and Brian Smith for their win at the 2018 Culver City Film Festival!

Their entry, a documentary on five stories from Brian’s award-winning Tucson Weekly column “Tucson Salvage” won the grand prize for Best Documentary Short.


Maggie directed the Tucson Salvage documentary in conjunction with the release of Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, a new book of collected articles from Brian’s column.


"I always loved Brain's really strong sense of place and his portrayal of characters, and those are also two crucial aspects in filmmaking," Maggie said. "I think there's something very powerful about having these marginalized voices tell their own stories."


View the trailer for the Tucson Salvage documentary here:

Tucson Salvage: The Trailer from Tucson Salvage on Vimeo.

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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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Find out more about the event here.

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Widescreen Wednesdays Presents "Day for Night"

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

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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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