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Bradley Cooper's Birthday. The smile, the hair, the charm. Who can resist Mr. Bradley Cooper? Evidently not the members of Casa Video Film Bar. Join them on Friday, Jan. 5, for a celebration of his films and roles. What will it be: The Hangover? Silver Linings Playbook? You'll just have to go to find out. And who knows, maybe next year Casa Video will be celebrating the films some other famous January Fifth-ers. Perhaps Robert Duvall or Hayao Miyazaki? 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

Scarface. Can you tell me some scenes in this movie other than the part with the chainsaw and the climactic ending? Because there are about two hours of other things going on there that I just can't remember. Join me at Harkins Theatres for their Tuesday Night Classics series as I recall why Al Pacino is so revered for this movie. And, while I'm at it, remember just what so great about the '80s. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. Harkins Theatres. 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz and 1341 N. Promenade Parkway.

The Loft

First Friday Shorts. It's that wonderful time of the month! Head down to The Loft to see the short films of some of your fellow Tucsonans! And if you aren't enjoying them, you can give 'em the old gong. But don't feel bad, having their films stopped early is a great way for aspiring filmmakers to get the almighty critique. Plus, if you're feeling brave enough, you can even have your own short film screened for all to see. Good luck! 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. $6.

Conan the Barbarian. Q: What is best in life? A: To rush to this movie. See it played before you. And hear the celebrations of the audience. Back before Schwarzenegger was busy doing comedy acts like Twins, Jingle All the Way, and being in charge of California, he was the figurehead for high-fantasy, hack-and-slash blockbusters. But don't be deceived, this is more than an action movie. There are some genuinely great sets and cinematography. Plus you get to see former Mr. Universe knock out a camel with one punch. 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday. Jan. 6. $6.

Ivan's Childhood. The movie that propelled Andrei Tarkovsky into international viewing. A powerful, claustrophobic, and atmospheric tale of a young boy trying to survive during WWII, with some truly beautiful shots thrown in to boot. It is artistic as it is anxious. For the month of January, The Loft is examining the cinema of Tarkovsky, and what better way to start than with his debut? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. Regular admission prices.

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