This week, the Tucson film community delivers a little somethin' somethin' for everyone—whether you're feeling goofy or heartfelt, we've got just the moviegoing experience for you!
Cult Classic Series (every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.):
On Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, The Loft will show Idiocracy,
a science fiction comedy designed to examine the devolution of humanity. From Mike Judge, the creator of Office Space
and Beavis and Butthead,
this movie follows the life of the smartest man half a millennia in the future.
Social Justice Summer (every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.): This series aims to pair hard-hitting social justice issues with cinema, as audiences are invited to explore important issues through film. Leading community experts will be present after every showing
to hold community talkbacks. This Wednesday, July 12, the Global Justice Center will air a free screening of Who is Dayani Cristal?
This film follows the investigation into the life of an unidentified immigrant found dead in Arizona's Sonora Desert. Follow a team of forensic anthropologists as they attempt to restore the man's lost identity and retrace his incredible journey to the U.S-Mexico's deadliest border crossing.
Mondo Mondays (every Monday at 8 p.m.): Diving directly into the strange, wonderful and unorthodox realms of mondo movies, this series is sure to deliver a weekly dose of weird. This Monday, July 10, enjoy Meatballs Part II,
the truly bizarre sequel to Bill Murray's 1979 hit Meatballs.
Behold the wild antics of a new crew of campers, a pot-smoking alien named Meathead and Paul Reubens (pre-Pee-Wee).
Outdoor Movie Party!: Though Tucson days simmer on, the nights offer cool reprieve from the intense heat. Join The Loft in their final Outdoor Movie Party! screening this Saturday, July 8 at 7:30. If you missed last week's showing of the Cat Video Fest,
then fear not! This purr-fectly
hilarious lineup of cat videos is yours for the watching! Proceeds benefit local cat shelters in Tucson!
First Friday Shorts (every first Friday of the month at 9 p.m.): Head on down to The Loft this Friday, July 7, to participate in the Tucson-famous First Friday Shorts Series. Enjoy a smorgasbord of local shorts, and participate in naming this month's best films!
Loft Jr.: This Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m., enjoy a free showing of the Oscar-nominated family film Whale Rider.
Hosted at the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, audiences are invited to participate in pre-showing activities (9:15 a.m.) hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store. This movie follows a young girl's struggle to fulfill her destiny within her tribe and her journey to claim her birthright. This beautifully-photographed New Zealand film spins a tale of triumph and tribulation.
Poetry on Film: Enjoy a series of short films this Wednesday, July 12, 7:30 p.m., at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The New York International Children's Film Festival Best Of the Festival Short Films
features 13 short films, with a screening of Tucson native Timothy Reckart's Head Over Heels
to boot. Hosted outdoors, these screenings are free to the public and invite audiences to immerse themselves in the artistic and talented world of children's film.
More details on all of above at loftcinema.org
Cactus Drive-In Theatre
Cactus Drive-In Summer Showings (every Thursday in July at 8 p.m.): Indulge in the iconic drive-in experience at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet this Thursday, July 13. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation welcomes audiences to watch La La Land,
2016's award-winning musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Follow the lives and love of two L.A. dreamers as they await their big break.
More info at 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. This Thursday, July 13, enjoy a legendary piece of resistance cinema. Do the Right Thing
, is a groundbreaking examination of race relations in America. Directed by the iconic Spike Lee, this movie spans the length of a day and examines the whole spectrum of life and culture in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. By the end of the movie, Lee challenges audiences to decide whether anyone truly does the "right thing" when it comes to race. In addition to the showing, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site.
More info at cinemalaplacita.com
Show your support for the Andra Heart Foundation this Friday, July 7. This local charity strives to bring awareness to the often unspoken perils of sudden cardiac death by providing free screenings to student athletes. Buy your tickets in advance for the 7 p.m. showing of Funny Face—
an Audrey Hepburn classic. VIP tickets include a private cocktail and appetizer reception and your choice of seating; general admission tickets cover the cost of three concession (soda, popcorn and ice cream).
More info at foxtucson.com