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Harkins Theatres and the Town of Queen Creek Arizona will hold an official ground breaking celebration 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the site of the new Harkins Queen Creek 14 theatre. The new 14-screen megaplex, expected to open spring of 2015 on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse and Ellsworth roads, will include signature Harkins’ amenities such as the Harkins Ultimate Lounger reclining seats, wall-to-wall screens, pristine digital projection, crisp digital sound, stadium seating and a gourmet concession stand.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival returns Feb. 9-23 for its 18th year of giving movie lovers throughout the Valley the opportunity to experience firsthand the richness of Jewish culture and tradition.
Before the pizza and wings are delivered, Super Bowl party guests will need something to munch on. Harkins Theatres is selling its Big Party Popcorn — 510-oz. bags of buttery movie theater-style popcorn — for the occasion. The $10 bags serve 10 and can be ordered from any Harkins Theatres’ Guest Services counter anytime the theater is open.
When the Academy Award nominations are announced later this week, one name you won’t be hearing is “After Tiller” for best documentary feature. The film failed to make the shortlist of 15 documentaries in contention (announced in December), which is an extremely unfortunate omission. No, it may not be a crowd-pleaser like “20 Feet from Stardom” or innovate the art form as “Stories We Tell” and “The Act of Killing” have, but “After Tiller” is an immensely important piece that, with any luck, will be screened in communities for months and years to come.
There’s a good film somewhere in “The Truth About Emanuel,” but unfortunately, you won’t find it in this muddled hour-and-a-half of tired movie tropes and big ideas gone haywire. Tossing around plot twists and clunky dialogue absent of any sensible logic or reason, what once appears to be a Stepford-esque horror story soon turns into a meditation on grief, completely devoid of any actual emotion.
Development is under way on a new 14-screen megaplex cinema at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
’Twas the afternoon of Christmas and all through the house, presents were opened and appetites doused. Get away from the mess and out on the town; these are the places fun can be found.
As the year draws to a close, new awards and Top 10 lists are springing up right and left, many of them singing the praises of the technically brilliant but emotionally flat “Gravity.” While it’s no doubt a must-see experience for any cinephile, the same could be said of an equally immersive but far richer film, “The Great Beauty.” For nearly two and a half hours, this Fellini-esque epic transports us right to the heart of Rome’s vibrant nightlife and high society as we follow an aging journalist who begins to see the world around him from a new perspective.
A cinematic sparring match unlike any other in recent memory, “Some Velvet Morning” offers an unflinching glimpse into the lives of an alluring prostitute, Velvet (Alice Eve), and her domineering lover, Fred (Stanley Tucci). Over the course of 83 minutes, we eavesdrop on this toxic pair as they engage in an impassioned war of words – chatting, groping, yelling and sobbing, all within the confines of her upscale townhouse. Written and directed by Tony-nominated playwright Neil LaBute, this low-budget chamber piece has been flying under the radar since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but will surely blindside audiences this winter with nuanced performances and a certain shocking plot twist. Ahead of its Valley release at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale this weekend, GetOut spoke with LaBute about the film, his French influences, and experience collaborating with Tucci and Eve.
The quest for the perfect stocking stuffer ends now — if you’ve got a movie lover on your list.
A Belgian drama with bluegrass music may seem like an unlikely combo, but director Felix van Groeningen pulls it off spectacularly in his heart-wrenching new film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which is already garnering whispers of Academy Award recognition. While other foreign-language Oscar hopefuls such as “Wadjda” and “The Hunt” have come and gone from theaters (with others such as “Gloria” and “The Past” not making their way to Phoenix until early 2014), “Broken Circle” is arriving this month, opening at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale this Friday, Dec. 6.
It’ll be a short ceremony — 30 minutes in all — but the second menorah lighting organized by the Chabad Jewish Center of Gilbert this Sunday will celebrate Chanukah while honoring a local soldier.
Ever since it took home the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes (the festival’s top honor) in May, “Blue is the Warmest Color” has been heating up the conversation among film critics and aficionados alike.
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Harkins Theatres will commemorate its 80th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 22, by giving out freebies to moviegoers.
SanTan Village shopping center in Gilbert will host Back-to-School Bonanzas 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17.
Several businesses at the SanTan Village shopping center will participate in a special two-day, back-to-school event beginning Aug. 16.
Arizona students who rely on federal student loans to go to college can breathe easy – at least for now.
In celebration of the release of Disney’s animated feature film “Planes,” Gilbert family fun center FlipSide is hosting an aviation extravaganza.