Citizen Staff Writer
Movie-related events around town
AT THE LOFT CINEMA
This week’s events at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Friday: “Frozen River” dramatizes the plight of illegal immigrants crossing America’s other border, the one with Canada. Up there, smugglers take their chances driving cars packed with human cargo across the frozen St. Lawrence River. Destitute single moms are often the coyotes behind the wheel. Various times; regular admission. Free Friday screening 7:45 p.m. for Loft members.
Friday and Saturday: Relive your imaginary childhood watching “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” And did you remember this was also the debut feature of director Tim Burton? 10 p.m.; $5.
Saturday: “Bloom” is a locally filmed fantasy for kids, telling the story of one girl’s journey across space and time, following clues to find her father and save him from a particularly nasty villain. 10 a.m.; free admission.
Saturday: “The Found Footage Festival, Vol. 3″ brings those self-appointed curators of uncultured cinema, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, back to the Loft with more evidence of civilization’s de-evolution. See videotape warnings of sexual harassment in the workplace, redneck wrestlers and hard rockin’ babies. 9 p.m., Q&A follows with Joe and Nick; regular admission.
Sunday: “Red Heroine,” a silent film from China with soundtrack accompaniment by the Devil Music Ensemble, a trio of multitasking musicians. The movie is described as one of the world’s first martial arts films, starring a female warrior who can appear in a puff of smoke, run up walls and fly across the sky. 8 p.m.; $10.
Monday: “The Dragon Lives Again” to exploit Bruce Lee’s kung-fu legend. Filmed in 1976, these Asian rip-off artists confound Bruce the hero by having the villains imitate such diverse pop culture icons as James Bond, the Godfather and sensual 1970s goddess Emmanuelle. 8 p.m.; $2.
Wednesday: “Drifter TKD” serves up more martial arts madness, some of it filmed in Tubac. Filmmaker and five-time international karate champion Ron Pohnel stars as the modern-day kick-chop warrior determined to save the world. Q&A with Pohnel will follow. 7 p.m.; $5.
Info: 322-5638, loftcinema.com
AT CINEMA LA PLACITA
Enjoy films under the stars Thursdays at Cinema La Placita, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission is free for the sunset screenings (about 7:30 p.m.) but a $3-$5 donation at the popcorn table keeps the films rolling through the end of October. Here’s what’s coming up:
Thursday: “Tootsie” (1982). Starring Dusting Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Sidney Pollack, Teri Garr and Bill Murray and directed by Pollack.
Oct. 2: “All the President’s Men” (1976). Starring Dusting Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards and Hal Holbrook and directed by Alan Pakula.
Oct. 9: “The Senator Was Indiscreet” (1948). Starring William Powell of “The Thin Man” fame. Written by Charles McArthur and directed by George S. Kaufman.
Oct. 16: “All the King’s Men” (1949). This Best Picture winner stars Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge. Directed by Robert Rossen.
Oct. 23: “The Candidate” (1972). Rounding out a slate of political films, this movie stars Robert Redford. It was directed by Michael Ritchie.
Info: 326-5282, cinemalaplacita.com
OTHER FILM EVENTS
“THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSE ANTONIO GUTIERREZ”: This moving film tells the story of a one-time street kid from Guatemala who headed north in hopes for a better future, only to become the first U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. When: 7-9 p.m. Monday Where: UA AME Auditorium, 1130 N. Mountain Price: free Info: 622-6419