Cinema Showdown: Dungeons & Dragons and Strother Martin

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Saturday, Jan. 25 marks the end of the Loft Cinema’s Hitchcock Blondes series with my personal favorite Hitchcock flick, the 1958 schizoid shocker Vertigo. The film stars James Stewart as a retired police officer with a case of bad shakes when it comes to heights, Kim Novak as the diabolical blonde who may or may not be who she says she is, and the city of San Francisco, which never looked better or more sinister depending on your viewpoint. Get ready for some dizzying heights, a primo Bernard Herrmann score, and the illustrious “Vertigo shot.” The film starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are general admission.

Remember Bull, the lovable lunkhead from TV’s Night Court? Did you know he starred in a hilarious 1980’s cheesefest linking Dungeons & Dragons and computer-whizzery? It’s called The Dungeonmaster (aka Ragewar), and it’s playing on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Loft’s always entertaining Mondo Monday film series. It’s a whopping $3 for general admission, and $2 for Loft members.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Loft presents Half the Road, a new documentary that takes a look at women in professional cycling. After the doc, there will be a Q&A with writer/director Kathryn Bertine, Olympian Inga Thompson, US National Champions Robin Farina & Addy Albershardt, and US National Team Members Amber Pierce & Lauren Hall. Remember, the Loft has plenty of bike racks to suit your cycling needs! The doc starts at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are general admission. For more info, contact the Loft at loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.

Over at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., they’re playing the 1967 classic Cool Hand Luke, starring everybody’s favorite steely-eyed leading man, Paul Newman. The supporting cast isn’t too shabby either, it’s a solid gritty character-actor bouquet. We’ve got George Kennedy (who won an Oscar for his role), Joe Don Baker, Strother Martin, Anthony Zerbe, Luke Askew, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper and Clifton James. I can almost smell the whiskey halitosis that must have been rampant on set. Cool Hand Luke plays on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Contact foxtucsontheatre.org or call 624-5855 for ticket prices and further info.

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