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Monty Python month at the Loft

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While clearly the top choice this week at the Loft would be "Wetlands," the film about anal fixations and love reviewed elsewhere in this issue, there are other movies running on their three screens this week. It's Monty Python month in October, with the Loft showing a film by the British comedy troupe every Wednesday at 7 p.m. First up, "The Life of Brian," perhaps the most delightfully blasphemous films of all time, starring Graham Chapman as Brian, Jesus' next-door neighbor constantly mistaken for his famous friend and featuring one of the sunniest songs in cinematic history, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Up next in the series, "And Now for Something Completely Different" on Oct. 15; "Time Bandits" on Oct. 22; and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" on Oct. 29. Regular admission prices for all the films in the series.

Also at the Loft this week, Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation on Saturday, October 4 at 10 p.m. The animation festival is in its 25th year, which is kind of nuts, since it predates a lot of the animation that's so much a part of our lives these days, including "Beavis and Butthead" (who appeared in the first Sick and Twisted edition) and the entire Adult Swim phenomenon. While we have a lot more access to weird drawn stuff than we did in 1990, the odd minds behind the Festival know this stuff better than anyone and consistently turn out an adults-only collection worth the ticket price. Regular admission prices apply, but no one under 17 will be admitted without an adult guardian. Bring your ID.

I'm not super into Broadway musicals, so I might not be the best person to shill for Tim Rice's adaptation of "From Here to Eternity," showing at the various Cinemark properties on October 2, but hey, I did enjoy Rice's musical "Chess," co-written with the guys from ABBA, so maybe I'll like this as well. According to the promotional material, this is your chance to see the singing and dancing celebration of pre-Pearl Harbor life in military Hawaii before it comes to Broadway in 2015, so if that's of some value to you, head to cinemark.com for more info.

Also worth noting, we don't have any specifics, but keep an eye out for Roadhouse Cinema's official opening, which is around the corner. They had a soft opening last weekend, but we'll tell you more (likely on The Range) when we know it.

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