Each year the best films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held annually in Alberta, Canada, head out on Tour making over 350 stops in nearly 40 countries around the world. These films offer a provocative exploration of the mountain world by featuring to exotic landscapes, remote cultures and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports. Fox Theatre | 17 W Congress | time
Arizona Underground Film Festival is Arizona’s only premier genre cult film festival, and one of the biggest underground film festivals in the country. Narrative, Horror, Documentaries, Experimental, Animation. Brink Market | 1100 S 6th Ave | Check Schedule
“Game Over, Man!” Sigourney Weaver returns to stomp some major alien booty in James Cameron’s relentless, guns-blazing, feminist-tinged sequel to Alien, which combines horror, sci-fi and war movie conventions to brilliantly thrilling effect. Retrieved from a drifting escape pod where she has been held in suspended animation for fifty-seven years, a revived Ripley (Weaver, who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her intense performance) is persuaded to return to the planet LV-426, where her former ship picked up the alien, as the human colony since established on the distant world has suddenly gone mysteriously silent. Arriving at the colony with a platoon of macho space marines, Ripley finds that a plucky young girl named Newt is the sole inhabitant — aside from literally hundreds of hungry, slavering xenomorphs. With the soldiers picked off one by one, a knock-down, drag-out, all-female showdown brews between the vicious alien queen and Ripley, who’s become a surrogate mother to Newt … and only one mother is getting out alive. Thrilling, terrifying and even emotionally moving, Aliens remains one of the greatest science fiction blockbusters in movie history, driven by the sensational Sigourney Weaver, whose intelligent, ferocious performance as Lt. Ellen Ripley redefined the cinematic action hero. (Dir. by James Cameron, 1986, USA, 137 mins., Rated R) via Loftcinema Loft Cinema | 3233 E Speedway | 230pm
Shin Godzilla ( also known as Godzilla Resurgence)is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. It is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and Toho’s third reboot of the franchise.The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, with a screenplay by Anno and visual effects by Higuchi and stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara and reimagines Godzilla’s origins where he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. Inspiration for the film was drawn from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
In December 2014, Toho announced plans for a new domestic Godzilla film. Anno and Higuchi were announced as the film’s directors in March 2015 and principal photography began on September and ended in October with the special effects work following in November that year. Shin Godzilla was released in Japan on July 29, 2016 in IMAX,4DX, recieved mostly positive reviews from critics, and was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing live-action Japanese film for 2016. via film wiki The Loft Cinema | Speedway | loft cinema showtimes
Buckle up for 12 straight hours of intergalactic excitement at the Sci-Fi Slumber Party!, a non-stop excursion into the outer limits of space age cinema, featuring more aliens, robots and apocalyptic insanity than you can shake a light saber at! With 7 sci-fi classics, vintage sci-fi movie trailers, trivia games and out-of-this-world prizes, this is an overnight space odyssey of truly epic proportions! Click here for Films The Loft Cinema | E Speedway | 7pm
PG-13 Directed by David Ayer Staring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis
& Jay Hernandez
Internet dogpile aside, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is a fun film. It is in fact a very “giving” comic book film. Picking up where BvS leaves off, a shadow cabinet must decide how best to protect America against the threat of meta-humans in a world sans Superman. The Solution : Task Force X. A group of ultra violent sociopathic criminals and outliers wrangled together for use in covert missions. The story follows a group of characters ( all of them bad people) thru a series of events that become more complicated in their unfolding.
The Good: The characters were crafted in such a way that those with the most dialogue and screen time actually get to flesh out the humanity of their characters (something not really seen in DC’s last few attempts at translating their comics to film). Meanwhile the more one dimensional supporting cast get to be very enjoyably colorful details. A pair of ancient spirits. Starcrossed lovers. A noble father. The good soldier. The repentant murderer. And a manipulative government agent all lend themselves to a well paced tale with some good plot twists and fun cameos. Jared Leto’s take on the Joker pulls from the more disturbing homicidal villain seen only in some of the darker comic book incarnations and is unlike anything that’s been translated to film. It is easily DC Comics best release since Nolan’s first 2 Bat movies.
The Bad: There was a CGI choice near the end of the film where Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress character is “moving around” that leaves one wondering what exactly the director was trying to translate. But other than that…no complaints.
Summation: If you’re a fan of the superhero genre, it’s definitely a solid film, but even if you’re not, Suicide Squad is still on par with other films in the antihero ensemble collaboration vein like Inglorious Basterds, Magnificent Seven or theDirty Dozen and therefore worth a watch.