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IT'S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE HOLIDAYS

Don your most hideous holiday apparel and prepare those pipes for The Loft's Sing- A-Long Spectacular, Thursday, Dec. 11. With subtitled music videos from all your real and fictional festive favorites, you can raise your voice and be merry right along with Mariah Carey, Pee Wee Herman, Nat King Cole, The Muppets, Judy Garland, Charlie Brown, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and more beginning at 7 p.m. People who come dressed in their ugly sweaters will be paraded around and asked to tell their best seasonal tale of zany misadventure with prizes being awarded to the best in show. $8 for adults and $6 for kids under 12 gets you in with candy canes on the house or you can bring a wrapped toy donation for Casa de los Niños and get half off your admission. Tickets and more information on the merry, merry movie event can be found at www.theloftcinema.com.

THE DAILY SHOWDOWN

Remember that time Jon Stewart took a Daily Show hiatus for a few months last year? Well, if you missed him, you can see if his temporary leave of absence was worth it by watching the comedian's new film "Rosewater." Be warned, though, Stewart's directorial debut about a journalist held captive and interrogated in Iran for 118 days in 2009 really isn't meant to be funny. Instead, the film looks into the imprisonment of Maziar Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) and what it took for the Newsweek reporter to survive the ordeal. You can catch Stewart's foray into dramatic directing at The Loft beginning Friday, Dec. 12. For a list of show times and to purchase tickets, visit www.theloftcinema.com.

LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG MOVIE

It's time for us Tolkien fans to band together and spend about eight hours indulging in all of the Peter Jackson- imagined 3D Hobbit action that we can possibly stand. Best of all, if you're willing to go full-binge status, you get to see the newest installment in the trilogy, "The Battle of Five Armies," a few days before everyone else. All three Hobbit films are screening sequentially at Century 20 El Con, Century Park Place 20, and Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace. All showings begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 and will last into the night. Should you get hungry, there's no need to leave the theatre because the $35 ticket price also ensures $2 off fountain drinks, $2.25 off hot dogs, free large popcorn refills, and more during the marathon. Tickets and more information are available by visiting www.cinemark.com.

LE CINEMA GRATUIT

Check your watches, Francophiles, because it's free-thirty over at The Loft when the indie theatre screens "That Man from Rio," completely gratis. The iconic French adventure comedy will take you away to the exotic world of early 1960s Rio de Janeiro, following the exploits of James Bond-like airman Adrien Dufourquet (Jean-Paul Belmondo who did his own stunts in the film--swoon). Allegedly, the Philippe de Broca 1964 film even inspired Steven Spielberg when he was forming the character that we now know and love as Indiana Jones. Regardless, this Oscar-nominated film is a trippy trip to South America—plus, it's free (did I mention that?), so go see it at The Loft on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

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