In this kind of heat, is there a better escape than a dark movie theater? Look at all these great indie film options you have this week!
The Loft Cinema:
Cult Classics Series (every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.): On Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, The Loft shows Dope. In this quirky teen caper, three friends find themselves deftly navigating life in Inglewood, California. With big dreams of leaving his hometown, protagonist Malcolm (Shameik Moore) dreams up a dope-slinging scheme that hopes to land him in Harvard.
Social Justice Summer (every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.): This series aims to pair hard-hitting social justice issues with cinema. Audiences are invited to explore important social issues through film, with community experts present after every showing to hold community talkbacks. This Wednesday, June 28, the Global Justice Center, in conjunction with The Loft, will air a free showing of Jackson. Director Maisie Crow, making her feature debut, provides a detailed glimpse into the women's healthcare movement in Mississippi.
Mondo Mondays (every Monday at 8 p.m.): Diving directly into the strange and unorthodox realms of Mondo movies, this series is sure to deliver your doctor-prescribed dose of weird. This Monday, June 26, The Loft will air Maniac Cop, a farcical horror flick, which follows the killings of a killer donning a police uniform. Who will save the day when the killer wears a badge?
Outdoor Moving Party! (June 29 through July 8): Though Tucson days simmer on, the nights offer cool reprieve from the intense heat. Join The Loft in their Outdoor Movie Party! screenings, where audiences are invited to enjoy the cooler side of summer cinema. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, truffle shuffle on down to The Loft for a showing of The Goonies. This adventure comedy is a timeless classic, which is sure to satisfy your inner pre-teen misfit.
LandSpeaks: Honoring our Protectors—Past, Present, Future: This series is geared toward celebrating Native American lands, languages, and identity. On Tuesday, June 27, take a trip down to the San Xavier Cooperative Farm—8100 Oidak Wog—to experience a day of live performances, panel discussions and a culture/information fair. At 8 p.m., LandSpeaks will air a free outdoor showing (bring your own seating arrangements) of Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, which follows the Native-led demonstration in North Dakota concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline and Native water rights. loftcinema.org
Cactus Drive-In Theatre: Indulge in the iconic drive-in experience at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet this Thursday, June 29. Audiences are invited to enjoy the latest J.K. Rowling blockbuster: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This book-turned-movie is a companion narrative to the Harry Potter series, as it follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Radmayne) and his trials and tribulations in New York's early 20th century, underground community of witches and wizards. cactusdriveintheatre.com
Cinema La Placita
Cinema La Placita Summer Series (every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.): Take a trip downtown and enjoy the Cinema La Placita's continuing outdoor summer film series. On Thursday, June 29, enjoy a showing of The Manchurian Candidate (1962), a political and psychological thriller which follows the transformation of an American prisoner of war (Frank Sinatra) turned unwitting Communist assassin. In addition to the showing, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site. cinemalaplacita.com
Summer Classic Films at the Temple: This week, the Arizona Theatre Company launches into its third week of a new summer film series at the Temple of Music and Art. This Sunday, June 25, check out the monster movie classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon. Watch as a scientific crew expediting through the Amazon discovers a prehistoric creature from the legendary Black Lagoon. The price of a ticket ($10) includes a free popcorn and a drink. arizonatheatre.org