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The 2014 Phoenix Film Festival is having its opening night premiere on April 3 at Harkins Scottsdale 101. In addition to screening films, the festival will include Geek Day, Kid’s Day, and numerous other events. This seven-day-long festival is being helmed by Jason Carney, executive director of the Phoenix Film Foundation. Carney recently spoke with the Ahwatukee Foothills News to discuss the significance of this annual celebration embracing the art of film.
Valley high school students can audition next week to be part of a new culinary TV show where they’ll compete against peers in a low-key environment. The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) will produce FOOD-BALL TV – a cooking show for teens with no cooking experience required. The show is looking for outgoing personalities and students who want to learn from professional chefs.
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.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Lori Cairns knows what it’s like to receive a disappointing diagnosis about the mental health of her toddler. She also knows it’s possible to overcome that diagnosis. Now, through a new documentary, she’s sharing her story of hope and success.
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.
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.
Halloween has always been a time for people to go door-to-door decked out in their best costumes to receive the most amount of candy they can.
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.
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.
We are a month into summer vacation, have you heard the dreaded “I’m bored” phrase yet? Quite honestly, I don’t hear that phrase very often around this house; I try to keep our boys quite busy with adventures, etc. But this year I hadn’t put much thought into our summer fun days, there will be hiking and camping in the mountains, fishing, swimming — pretty standard things we do every summer. But this year will be a little different.
Preparing for a debut of his short film on Tuesday for friends, family and a panel of local cinematographers, Mountain Pointe High School senior Vincent Cota was putting the finishing touches on the piece after school this week.
If you watch the trailer for “Renoir” – a new period drama from French filmmaker Gilles Bourdos – a variety of adjectives are bound to come to mind: conventional, humdrum, lackluster. Sure, they’re trying to sell the story of one of the all-time great painters in a mere two minutes, but nothing about it grabs your attention – let alone, compels you to sit through the actual film. Luckily, this is not exactly the case for the movie itself, which is exquisite to look at but unfortunately devoid of any real insight into Pierre-Auguste Renoir. You come wishing to learn about the artist and his work, but instead leave dwelling on the film’s more engaging supporting characters.
When one thinks of the Holocaust film genre, dramas such as “Schindler’s List” and “The Pianist” instantly come to mind for their harrowing portrayals of victims and survivors who suffered at the hands of Nazis. But what about the German survivors – more specifically, the children of Nazi war criminals forced to come to terms with the atrocities of their parents? This is a question posed by the exceptional new German-language film, “Lore,” Cate Shortland’s follow-up to her acclaimed 2004 feature “Somersault.”
It’s been nearly 10 years since his science-fiction indie “Primer” left audiences spellbound, which makes the arrival of Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color” an even more momentous occasion.
In “Wrong,” a movie playing through April 12 at Harkins Valley Art theater, Alexis Dziena plays a love struck pizza-shop employee who leaves her husband for Jack Plotnick’s sad-sack protagonist, whose canine's disappearance sets off a bizarre and unpredictable chain of events.
You may better know her sister, Dakota, from box-office smashes like “War of the Worlds” and “The Twilight Saga,” but 14-year-old Elle Fanning has already made quite a name for herself among the arthouse set, appearing in such acclaimed works as “Babel,” “Somewhere” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” This month, she takes center stage in a new drama from writer/director Sally Potter entitled “Ginger & Rosa” – a coming-of-age tale set in 1962 London as the threat of the Cuban missile crisis looms overhead.
In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. If Obama's health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place. The law's carefully orchestrated phase-in is evidence of what's at stake in the Supreme Court deliberations that start March 26, 2012. With Obama are Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right; from top left are Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)