Cinema Showdown


Carey Mulligan ("Drive," "An Education") and Bill Nighy ("Love Actually," "Hot Fuzz") rekindle old flames in this recorded performance of the play "Skylight." When two former lovers come together again after the death of Tom Sergeant's (Nighy) wife, passions heat up, despite obvious differences between the two leads. With all of that bitingly cool humor you'd expect from modern British theatre, the play will make you laugh and cringe and cry all at one—sounds like fun, right? You can catch all of the pent up and possibly misguided desire at The Loft on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.


Looking for a free way to spend your Wednesday evening? Look no further than the screening of "What's Up Docs" at The Loft. The UA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television presents this insightful look into a range of topics including Mormans, mermaids, comedy troupes, and clown funerals. With 15 different short documentaries from local filmmakers premiering at the event, you might even discover one of the film world's rising stars. You can get ahead of the documentary director curve by catching "What's Up Docs" on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at The Loft.


Coming home can be a chore, but if you're the group of surfers rediscovering their Italian roots in "Bella Vita," it's probably just awesome. The documentary, which has won several awards at surf and skate-based film festivals, follows the group of waveriders on a journey of self-discovery, good food and wine, and, of course, some totally tubular swells, bro. You can make a quick escape to Italy by catching "Bella Vita" at the Screening Room on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.


If you're longing for yesteryear but you still want to keep it kind of weird, "Man With A Movie Camera" is the 1929 experimental silent film for you. The old Russian film prides itself on it's lack of both plot and actors, instead testing what you can do with film itself. The use of split screens, extreme angles, jump cuts, and more make this movie a film nerd's dream. For everyone else, the film will be accompanied by live music courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Carr. This one-of-a-kind film and music collaboration will screen at Exploded View on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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