Cinema Showdown: Unicorns and America Edition

Thursday, Jan. 16 is the opening date of the 23rd Annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. The festival runs through Saturday, Jan. 25. There’s a lot of films to choose from, and while most of them play at the Jewish Community Center, there’s also a screening of Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, with director Brad Bernstein in person, at the Loft Cinema on Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets, times and other info can be found at, or you can call 299-3000, ext.106.

At the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, on Thursday, Jan. 16 is a screening of the 1955 comedy We’re No Angels, starring the unlikely trio of Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, who also directed Bogart in a film you might have heard of called Casablanca. We’re No Angels is part of the Loft Staff Selects series, the series that lets the staff program a movie for a night. The film starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission, $5 for Loft members.

Oscar-winner Christian Bale is up again for another golden statue for last year’s American Hustle, so it’s perfect timing that the Loft is playing American Psycho as part of their Late Night Cult Classics series. Here, a more svelte Bale plays yuppie Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street drone AND a psycho killer. Directed by Mary Harron and based on the controversial novel by the Patron Saint of Yuppies Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho is one of the rare movies that’s miles better than the book, and it made plastic wrap a fashionable accessory years before Dexter. American Psycho plays Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday Jan. 18 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission, $5 for Loft members.

There’s a free screening on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Loft of Let The Fire Burn, a documentary on the horrific and deadly battle between the activist MOVE group and the Philadelphia police force in 1985. It’s a story that’s largely been forgotten in the annals of American history, and it’s a story that deserves to be re-examined and told. Admission is free and the doc plays at 5:00 p.m.

For a kinder and gentler touch of the 1980’s, head to the Loft on Wednesday, Jan. 22 for a screening of the children’s cult classic The Last Unicorn. It’s a newly released digital version, and screenwriter/director Peter S. Beagle will be in person for a post-film Q&A. The move starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for Loft members, and for children 12 and under, they’re $8. More information can be found at or you can call 795-0844.

And one more on the 80’s nostalgia tip. Aloha Mr. Hand! Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the 1982 film starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates and a pre-Cage Nicolas Coppola, is playing at Century Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd, or Century 20 El Con, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd on Sunday, Jan. 19. The film starts at 2:00 p.m., and there’s a second screening on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m.