by Casey Dewey
It’s a brand new year and there’s a plethora of great film screening in town this week. Let’s get down to the nitty.
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, is kicking off a fantastic new series this month. Hitchcock Blondes showcases the films from the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Not just any of his films, but those starring ladies of the fair-haired persuasion. Let’s just say Hitch may have had a fetish. May have. The series starts with the 1945 film Spellbound, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck, on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. Be prepared to spiral down the psychological staircase into the shadowy abyss of a mental asylum in this top-notch thriller. The series continues with Rebecca on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. This 1940 shocker was Hitchcock’s first American film and stars Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Both of these films are general admission.
“Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.” This was the heavy warning issued by Kyle Reese to Sarah Connor in the 1984 cyberpunk classic The Terminator. Several sequels and a few spin-off television series later, fools still haven't caught on. See where it all began at the Loft on Friday, Jan. 3 and Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for Loft members. For more information, visit the Loft’s website at loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.
Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison classic The Shawshank Redemption is currently ranked at the number one slot on IMDB.com. Right before The Godfather. If you want to know what gives or you haven’t felt like a good cry in a while, see what all the fuss is about when it plays at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. For ticket prices and other info visit the Fox’s website at foxtucsontheatre.org or call 547-3040.
Before he became the face and voice of World War II, Tom Hanks starred in a string of wacky comedies and television shows in the 1980s. Around 1988, Hanks grew up when he starred in the comedy-drama Big, about a pre-teen boy who wakes up and all of a sudden he’s the guy from Bosom Buddies. Nobody forgets the piano at the toy store scene. If you don’t crack a smile during that you need to lighten up, Francis. Big plays at Century Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd, and Century 20 El Con, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit cinemark.com for ticket prices and more info.