Cinema Showdown: "Anybody Want a Peanut?" Edition

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There’s no shortage of special film events and reparatory screenings this week, and there’s a little something for everybody.

For instance, if theatrical intrigue is your thing, look no further than the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Rear Window, the classic 1954 whodunit starring Jimmy Stewart as a down-on-his-luck photographer who takes to risqué voyeurism, plays on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Rear Window also stars Grace Kelly as Stewart’s striking sweetie.The film is part of the Loft’s Hitchcock Blonde series running throughout the month, and films in the series are regular admission.

Back in 1999, I used to work at a video store in the Bay Area. One of the new releases at the time that we couldn’t keep in stock was The Red Violin, a story about a violin that passes hands though out three centuries and touches those that use it in spectacular ways. This sleeper, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi, and Colm Feore, went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Score in 2000. You can catch this at the Loft on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. George Hanson, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor, introduces the film. Get there early to enter in a free raffle to win tickets to TSO’s Corigliano: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin & Mahler: Symphony No. 5 on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m. or Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are regular admission.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, you might want to bring a box of tissues to the Loft when they play The Cove, at 7:00 p.m. This powerful documentary about Japanese dolphin hunting won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2010 and scarred many an environmentalist and ocean conservationist. Admission to this one is free! For more information, visit the Loft’s website at loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s true: there’s a movie that stars Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Peter Cook, Robin Wright, Peter Falk and Andre the Giant. The movie? The Princess Bride, of course. This 1987 romantic-comedy-fantasy movie still holds up after, oh, let’s say an infinite amount of screenings. If you’ve never seen it, get thee to Century Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd, or Century 20 El Con, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd on Sunday, Jan. 12 at once! The film starts at 2:00 p.m., and there’s a repeat performance on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit cinemark.com for ticket prices and more info.

RIP Mike Vraney of Something Weird Video and Sir Run Run Shaw of Shaw Brothers Studio. Thank you for putting out awesome films.

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