PHX Film News for August 3rd

Pic of the week Ruby Sparks

The Phoenix Film Critics Society Pic of the Week is the new film "Ruby Sparks" and we would have to agree with them.

The film comes from directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.  It stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Steve Coogan.

Synopsis: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a  breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

See it this week at Harkins Camelview

Other new releases

A sci-fi remake, a family film and plenty of other interesting stuff The new Total Recall makes its debut this week. We'll see if it can capture any of the success of the original film.

The new family film release is a sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:Dog Days.

Also opening this week are the subtitled films, Farewell My Queen and Caras A Elena and the films Red Lights, Klown and Soldiers of Fortune.

Plus those of you on the west side can now see The Intouchables over at Harkins Arrowhead Theatre.

Upcoming film events

IFP-Phoenix Beat the Clock 48 Hour Film Challenge Screening and Awards

Join us for an evening of short films, food, music and awards.

This year 19 teams kicked off during the weekend of July 20-22. They were given a genre, a line and a prop then were given 48 hours to make a five minute film. Here's your chance to see all of the films that were completed. In fact, we'll be screening all of the films twice.

Visit here for details and to purchase tickets to this screening event

This Friday night at the Phoenix Art Museum is DR. DIABOLIC'S TRAVELING ROADSHOW & FUN-TIME VARIETY HOUR

Dr. Diabolic, Phoenix's newest horror host will present the August edition of his Traveling Roadshow & Fun-Time Variety Hour on August 3 at 7pm, during First Friday in Phoenix Art Museum's Whiteman Hall. The show will feature live sketch comedy, burlesque, Michael Jackson Thriller dancers and brain eating contests.  Museum admission is complimentary; tickets to the variety show are $15 and will be available at the entrance to Whiteman Hall.  The event is open to those 16 and over.

Get your Dr. Diabolic tickets here!


In the news

Ruby Sparks directors interviewed by PFF

Our very own Lisa Minzey sat down with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valeire Faris to discuss their upcoming release Ruby Sparks. This is their follow up to their film Little Miss Sunshine.

Visit our website to read the interview