PHX Film News - January 11, 2013

PHX Film News
January 11th, 2013

Happy New Year!

This week we've got a review for Gangster Squad, info on this weeks new releases, details on a Phoenix Art Museum screening and finally, the PHX Film News Top 10 of 2012.

Pic of the week - Gangster Squad

Hey Phoenix Film fans! Opening this week is the highly anticipated film “Gangster Squad” starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma stone.

Inspired by a true story, the backdrop of the film is set in Los Angeles circa 1949. Gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) moved west from Chicago, claiming the city of angels as his town. War hero and now L.A.P.D. Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is a rare type of law man; he’s been able to withstand the temptation of being bought off by Cohen’s gang or any other type of criminal. Instead, he hunts them down renegade style, which lands him frequently in hot water with his department Police Chief. O’Mara refused to stand by and look the other way while corruption and mayhem over take the city he loves.

Click here to read our review

Other new releases

Fresh off its Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Amouropens in Phoenix. You can see it exclusively at Harkins Camelview.

Other notable releases include Chris Colfer's Struck By Lightning which you can catch at Harkins Shea 14. If you're in the mood for spoof comedy, A Haunted House also opens. Looking for some smaller films, check out The Blue Jewel, Madoka Magica Parts 1 & 2 or Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu

Film event at the Phoenix Art Museum

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

January 11 to 13 at 1:00pm Phoenix Art Museum

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles.

Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus. Childhood fears and ideals, adult anxieties and desires, the influences of pop-culture all combine to form who we are, and for Crewdson, motivate his work.

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Your Top 10 of 2012

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite movies of 2012. So here it is the PHX Film News Top 10 of 2012....

10 - The Avengers 9 - Life of Pi 8 - Beasts of the Southern Wild 7 - Moonrise Kingdom 6 - The Intouchables 5 - Les Miserables 4 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 3 - Silver Linings Playbook 2 - Lincoln 1 - Argo

Note: With the late Phoenix releases of Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, they didn't quite make the list.