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The Thing (1982). One of the greatest remakes in cinema history also happens to be a crowning achievement in practical effects. John Carpenter's The Thing is a perfect example of how to make a sci-fi horror; it's claustrophobic, isolating, cold, bloody and has just enough explosions to keep you excited. The Loft Cinema invites you to share in the terror. 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. $6.

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The Station Agent. For their "Third Friday Fall Film Series," Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church is screening Peter Dinklage's breakthrough film. This comedy drama shows a man's efforts to seek social isolation fall apart when he ends up befriending other oddballs. This is one of three independent films Grace St. Paul's is showing that tell the stories of people who make transformative connections with others in unexpected ways. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. 2331 E. Adams St.

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Planet of the Apes (1968). The Fox Theatre invites you to watch—no, not the 2010s remakes; no, not the 2000s remakes—but the original 1968 Charlton-Heston-in-all-his-brawny-glory sci-fi classic. Yes, it's a fun adventure movie, but at the same time there's complex sociological subtext—and apes riding horses! 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. 17 W. Congress St. $5.

The Guilty. In celebration of Arthouse Theater Day, a nationwide celebration of local arthouses and the vital cultural role they play, The Loft Cinema is screening a Danish police thriller. When an officer is confined to desk taking emergency calls, he winds up entrenched in a mystery he can only help stop over the phone. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. $6.

Baby Driver. Boom boom bop, da do da do bop. Okay, maybe syncing up to music is better suited for the medium of cinema than writing (except for the jazz sections in On the Road). Luckily for you, The Loft Cinema is screening a 35mm print of the crown jewel of music-action. Nominated for three Oscars, this heist film is as much of a joy to watch as it is to listen to. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices.

Sunset Boulevard. THE BEST black-and-white Hollywood film, this 1950 classic is an elegy to the age of silent film and, at the same time, a healthy self-examination of the silver screen. The winding story, the nocturnal settings and the unforgettable performance by lead actress Gloria Swanson combined to earn this 11 Oscar nominations. Screenplays about screenplay writers can be tedious and self-indulgent, but this is certainly not the case. Join faculty from the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television for Widescreen Wednesday as they examine cinema classics. Film Introduced by Dr. Joshua Gleich. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. Free.

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