PHX Film News for 11/21/12

PHX Film News
November 21, 2012Welcome to the special Thanksgiving edition of PHX Film News. Since the majority of new releases are released on Wednesday this week, we're bringing you our newsletter a couple of days early.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spotlight Pic of the week - Silver Linings PlaybookWith a few film festival awards under its belt, Silver Lining Playbook looks like it may have a head start going into the awards season. Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, David O. Russell assembled a brilliant, interesting cast to bring the quirky, endearing novel to life. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz and Chris Tucker.

We've got a couple of reviews of this one.

First up is the PFF's Lisa Minzey. 

Next up is guest critic, Colin Boyd

Lots of new releases, lots of reviewsLets lead off this week's reviews with the Friday release,Hitchcock. The film about the legendary filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. You can see it starting Friday, exclusively at Harkins Camelview. In the meantime, read our review here.

Our next review is the latest from director Ang Lee and he's wowing audiences with Life of Pi. This movie is so big we reviewed it twice. First up is our own, Lisa Minzey's review here followed by guest reviewer, Eric Forthunn's review here.

Wolverines!!! That's right, we saw the remake of Red Dawn.We just couldn't wait to see what happened with the new version.Here's what we thought.

You thought we were kidding about lots of reviews. We also took a look at Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. Here's our take on this one.

But wait there's also the animated film, Rise of the Guardians. Lots of star power in the voice department of this movie. What did we think? We tell you here.

We didn't review it but Brooklyn Castle also opens on Friday at Harkins Camelview. It tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.

Enjoy this week's movie feast!

PFF Passes on sale at Early Bird PricingIt's never to early to start thinking about the 2013 Phoenix Film Festival. We really can't think of a better holiday gift than passes to the Phoenix Film Festival. The cool part is that if you buy them now, you save 25%.

We'll be running this special pricing through the end of the year, so get your passes now. Also, if you'd like to stop by our office after your purchase we can throw in a special gift to go along with the passes you purchase.

Click here to purchase or call 602-955-6444

In the news - Interview with Matthew QuickWhen a High School English teacher decides to peruse his dream of becoming a novelist, never in his wildest dreams did he anticipate that he would be touring the country doing publicity for a Holiday release film for his first novel, “Silver Linings Playbook” starring A-List celebrities Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Nor did he expect to have a brilliant name such as David O. Russell behind the camera bringing his pages to life.

Read more in part one of our interview with Matthew Quick, the novelist behind Silver Linings Playbook.