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The Loft Cinema continues its monthly celebration of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s exceptional film resume, giving local Tucson residents an opportunity to catch up with the elusive director’s work just in time for the release of his new crime drama “Inherent Vice” out December 12th. Influenced by the works of all-time greats like Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, the multiple award winning Anderson has become one the most renowned filmmakers of the last twenty years with a body of work that flawlessly exhibits his knack for bold visuals and grandiose storytelling. Films being shown this week include Anderson’s eccentric romantic comedy “Punch-Drunk Love” followed by what many consider to be his masterpiece, the fiercely powerful “There Will Be Blood.”
Four UA professors have received the 2014 Humanities Seminars Program Superior Teaching Awards. Now entering its 31st year, the program, which is designed for adult learners, has served 15,000 people in the greater Tucson area. This year’s awards bring to $239,000 the total payments to University of Arizona faculty members from the Humanities Seminars Endowment for Superior Teaching.
The developers of a proposed subdivision on the site of Marana’s historic Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch are trying again for rezoning with the hope that this time, the entire town council will vote on their request.
With all of the news, rumors, and spoilers surrounding the imminent release of Star Wars: Episode VII, it seems as though little else would hold importance in the Star Wars universe and its nearly unrivaled fandom. It has been quite the opposite, however, as the internet has been parsing over a new rumor.
Five-time Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt delivers another gritty performance in this intense, gripping World War II thriller. The 50-year old actor more than holds his own as the very capable and confident Army sergeant leading a five-man tank crew against Nazis in 1945 Germany. Pitt, along with the other well cast soldiers in the movie, poignantly demonstrate the horrors found on the battlefield while showcasing the courage to stand up for each other even when their situation turns dire.
It may be hard to believe, but Oro Valley’s Great American Playhouse is already celebrating its one-year anniversary as the premier melodramatic theater in the neighborhood, if not the entire city. This Halloween season, the all-star cast is setting the spooky mood with a Sean MaCarther re-imagining of the Tim Burton 1988 cult classic film,“Beetlejuice”.
Like a roller coaster ride, the film “Gone Girl” starts off slow and steep, the familiar clank-clank-clank sound of the ascending chain lift marking a young couple’s courtship, and, ultimately, their wedding. As the relationship strains and tightens at its highest, most vulnerable point, the movie unleashes viewers on a thrilling adventure of unexpected plot twists and turns.
Now in its 10th year, the Tucson Film & Music Festival will open its festivities with an outdoors screening of Desert Dreams at the Cinema La Placita, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and a 10-min animated film, The Oceanmaker. Bill Elm & Joe Peña will then perform a special live music score to a cult classic animated film (title to be announced at the event). Chairs and benches provided will seat about 175. Attendees may bring their own chairs, blankets, etc. There's a grass area. Dress for evening cold.
In this family comedy-drama, Jason Bateman (from TV’s “Arrested Development) plays Judd Altman, a guy who sees his life seemingly fall apart right before his eyes—and ours. With the unexpected death of his father, Judd must head to his parents’ home in the New York suburbs to rally his mother (two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda) and siblings, led by strong-willed sister Wendy (aptly portrayed by Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Tina Fey).
Join terrain mud runs and get dirty where westerns were filmed at the 3 or 5+ mile obstacle course race. Party at the finish line covered in mud with friends, family and the beautiful Tucson Mountains behind you, at Old Tucson.
Justice hasn’t been served so effectively on the streets since Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty” Harry Callahan character snuffed out punk killers in the early 1970s. Liam Neeson, in his most weighty film role yet, quietly and confidently leads this suspense thriller based off of the bestselling crime novel series by Lawrence Block.
One of the primary allures of the Tucson climate is the seemingly endless amount of outdoor entertainment that can take place nearly year round. Games of golf, family picnics, hiking expeditions, and films underneath the stars have become community favorites in years past, but one local theater group is quietly bringing a much more educational twist to the list.
Chances are if you have been to an event in Marana that requires a host or emcee, then you have seen KOLD news anchor Dan Marries. Since he first moved here in 1999, Marries has tried to be involved in a wide variety of functions.
A couple of times every year a movie will come out that completely surprises me where I find the plot cleverly disguised and 180 degrees from what I was expecting after the first 20 minutes. Like most everyone else, I detest movie trailers for the simple fact that they’ve become too long and too specific for my taste. Trailers today spoil our movie experience by connecting too many dots in the storyline and test driving all the laugh lines on us viewers-- all before we’ve even settled into our theater seats.
Former James Bond 007 actor Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of professional assassins in this film based off the bestselling “November Man” book series by Bill Granger. In “The November Man” Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA agent who earned the nickname of the movie’s title for always leaving an unmistakable path of death and destruction behind him. Brosnan’s Devereaux is forced out of retirement and back into the field to help save an undercover agent and secure intelligence information. Directed by Roger Donaldson (“No Way Out” in 1987), “The November Man” is an espionage thriller that could have been ripped straight off of the front page of today’s newspapers.
Owners of Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch, located north of Saguaro National Park West, were approached by Mattamy Homes who now awaits approval to develop on the historic ranch.
Inspired by true events, “When The Game Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) football team posting the longest winning streak in football history. The film neatly illustrates the De La Salle Spartans 12-year rule on the gridiron and how “the streak” ending comes almost as shocking to the world as a Harlem Globetrotter loss in basketball. The problems the coaches, players and community have in confronting their rare defeat and moving on in life gave the film so much potential. Unfortunately, the remarkable real-life story that helped propel De La Salle to triumph once again on and off of the football field fails to inspire film-goers the same way on the big-screen.
With movie theaters being overrun by a plethora of science fiction and fantasy movies, it may be difficult to find something to take young kids to. Between the cursing, violence and bloodshed, some movies just don’t make the cut as child-appropriate. Luckily, there are two separate renditions of “The Jungle Book” in production.
The Loft Cinema is celebrating the cinematic legacy of the late, great actor/comedian/Oscar-winner Robin Williams with special Labor Day holiday weekend screenings of three of his most beloved films, all showcasing his range, versatility and one-of-a-kind talent. Net proceeds to benefit COPE Community Services, Inc.
Cinema La Placita is an summertime outdoor movie series that screens classic domestic and international movies in the La Placita Village courtyard in beautiful downtown Tucson on Thursday evenings, May 15-August 28. Pull up a chair or spread a blanket and settle down with some fresh popcorn and enjoy a classic movie under the stars.
Old Tucson will hold a hiring fair on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. Old Tucson anticipates approximately 100 openings for its upcoming season including its popular Nightfall promotion.