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My Neighbor Totoro. Need help getting in the familial spirit for the holidays? The Loft will help you out by screening one of the most beloved and acclaimed family movies ever made. Sure, you've seen the plush dolls and heard the references, but if you haven't actually sat down to watch this 1988 film, you're really doing yourself a disservice. Even Roger Ebert called this one of the five best movies ever made for children. 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

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Star Wars–A New Hope In Concert: Tucson Symphony Orchestra. When John Williams dies, I hope someone sticks his brain in a jar and has him composing soundtracks for the rest of time: Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T., Home Alone, Harry Potter—how can one person write so many iconic film scores? Well here's your chance to hear possibly the greatest of his works performed live, while the movie is screened right alongside. 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. 260 S. Church Ave. $24-$30.

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Krull. Take me back to those mid-'80s days when high fantasy movies were all the rage and every televangelist thought you were going to lose your soul by playing a round of Dungeons and Dragons. Sure, there were classics like Conan the Barbarian and Highlander, but there were many-a dud trying to cash in on the trend as well. Enter Krull, a B-movie that isn't sure if it's fantasy, sci-fi, or slapstick. What is a "Krull"? Head on down to Casa Video and find out for yourself. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.

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King Lear starring Ian McKellen. Chichester Festival Theatre's recent production gave Shakespeare's classic new life by bringing Sir Ian McKellen onstage. (That's possibly the most British sentence I've ever written.) Now, you can see one of McKellen's greatest stage performances on-screen at The Loft. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $15.

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Wind River. Join the UA's Women & Gender Resource Center for an analysis of this 2017 murder mystery. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, this movie examines the investigation of a missing person on a Native American Reservation. Part of the WGRC Critical Film Series. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Gallagher Theatre. 1303 E University Blvd. Free for all, including popcorn!

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Teaching in Arizona. This documentary follows three Tucson educators in order to show what it's like to be a teacher in Arizona today. The screening is at Los Niños Elementary, where one of the movie's subjects, Tia Begay, works. Hosted by the Tucson Values Teachers nonprofit. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. 5445 S. Alvernon Way.

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