Cinema Showdown

Doctor Who, Stand by Me, Es El Chapo and a bunch of stuff at The Loft


I am almost certainly the wrong person to write about this, since I've never seen an episode and don't get the references to scarves and police boxes, etc., but hey, it's a big week for people who own TARDIS-emblazoned merchandise as the eighth season of the rebooted "Doctor Who" series, now with Peter Capaldi in the title role, kicks off on Aug. 23.

Sure, you could watch it at home, but if you want to celebrate the show with company, Tucson's Cinemark theaters (Park Place, El Con and Oro Valley Marketplace) are showing the 100-minute premiere on the big screen, with promised bonus material and such. Show times are at 7 and 9 p.m., with tickets $12.50 for adults, less for children, students and seniors. More info at


If you want to revisit your memories of chubby Jerry O'Connell, there's no better opportunity than the Tuesday, Aug. 26 screening of "Stand by Me" at Harkins Tucson Spectrum, as part of their Tuesday Night Classics series. Possibly the best film adaptation of a Stephen King story, it's a really charming film if you haven't seen it in awhile/ever. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. More info at

Also at Spectrum this week, "¿Es El Chapo?" opens on Friday, a documentary that seems to ask if infamous Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman was actually captured in Mazatlan in February earlier this year, looking at the Mexican government's war on drugs along the way. Regular prices seem to apply for showtimes all week.


A lot of the things are happening at the Loft next week, so here's your quick roundup. I'm largely pretending that the "Grease Sing-Along" isn't happening, but if that's your sort of entertainment, that's on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with general admission set at $10, kids 12 and younger, $8.

Not a movie, but worth noting, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council and the Loft's staff are hosting a discussion about the future of films for kids on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m., with free popcorn, drinks and two movie passes for each participant. What a deal, right?

Monty Python's live reunion from last month shows on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. (regular admission prices); Jack Palance and Martin Landau star in horror-film-involving-discs-with-teeth "It Came Without Warning" on Monday, Aug. 25 as part of the Mondo Mondays series at 8 p.m. ($3); and last but not least, the Essential Cinema series presents William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" (South American truck driving thriller with a score by Tangerine Dream), screening on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. (suggested donation of $5)

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