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Film happenings around town

Citizen Staff Writer

Movie-related events in the Old Pueblo


Enjoy films under the stars Thursdays at Cinema La Placita, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission is free for the sunset screenings (around 7:30 p.m.), but a $3-to-$5 donation at the popcorn table keeps the films rolling through the end of October. Here’s what’s coming up:

Thursday: “Lilies of the Field” (1963), starring Sidney Poitier and part of the “Shot in Tucson” film series.

July 31: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), with Gregory Peck and a component of the Tucson International Children’s Film Festival.

Info: 326-5282, cinemalaplacita.com


This week’s special events at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Thursday: The Silver Screen Slam features an open mic poetry slam and screenings of experimental short films. Proceeds from the event will help send the 2008 Tucson Slam Team to the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wis., on Aug. 3-9. 7:30 p.m.; $5

Friday: “Mother of Tears: The Third Mother” continues director Dario Argento’s hard-core horror trilogy. In this over-the-top bloodfest, Argento’s daughter, actress Asia, has to navigate her way through a river of raw sewage and decomposing corpses. Ah, the price of nepotism. Various times; regular admission.

Friday: Based on Monica Ali’s 2003 novel, “Brick Lane” focuses on one woman’s journey of emotional growth and empowerment in the Bangladeshi Muslim community of London’s East End. Various times; regular admission.

Friday and Saturday: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” with the right-on Gene Wilder as the eccentric and somewhat demented candy baron, is this week’s Late Nite Cult Classic. 10 p.m.; $5

Saturday: The singalong version of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” kicks off the eight-day Tucson International Children’s Film Festival. In its second year, the event introduces youngsters to world cinema and mixes in good, old-fashioned fun (burping contests, costume parties, etc.) All movies at 10 a.m., with free admission. For complete schedule, see this week’s cover story.

Monday: Expect lots of big-hair pulling, skimpy loincloths and bad acting when the “Wild Women of Wongo” hit the screen during Mondo Monday. 8 p.m.; $2

Info: 322-5638, loftcinema.com


The Summer Movie Series at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., includes:

Saturday: “Babe,” 11 a.m., “The Wolf Man,” 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 9: “Free Willy,” 11 a.m., “The Creature From The Black Lagoon,” 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 16: “The Blob,” 7:30 p.m.

Admission to morning shows is $5 general, $1 students. Evening screenings are $8 general, $6 for students and seniors.

Info: 624-1515, foxtucsontheatre.org


LOEWS: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort features a romantic “under the stars” movie every Friday night. The event, designed for couples, offers a “Date Night Dinner Special” in the Flying V Bar & Grill, which includes shared ribs, guacamole and dessert for two for $38. Here’s the schedule: • July 25: “My Best Friend’s Wedding” • Aug. 1: “Some Like It Hot” • Aug. 8: “Ever After” • Aug. 15: “Father of the Bride” • Aug. 22: “Hope Floats” • Aug. 29: “The American President”

When: Movie begins after sunset Where: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive Price: Movie admission is free Info: 299-2020

MONZOON SUMMER SERIES: Every Friday, during the summer months, the Tucson Zoological Society will present a series of live musical acts and screenings of popular movies. In addition, there will be animal encounters, photos with the costumed “Leo the Lion” and more. This week’s feature is “A Night at the Museum.” When: 6-9 p.m. Friday Where: Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way Price: $10 Info: 881-4753 Ext. 1, tucsonzoo.org

“PILLAR OF FIRE”: This seven-hour documentary first appeared on Israeli television in 1986. It features rare documentary footage collected from more than 30 archives and private collections. It tells the story of the Jewish Arab struggle for Palestine and the founding of Israel through 1948 when Israel was officially established. When: 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. Fifth St. Price: free Info: 745-5550, www.caiaz.org

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