PHX Film News - January 25

PHX Film News
January 25th, 2013
Spotlight Movie of the Week - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

The Horror/ Sci-Fi crowd should be excited for this weekend’s release of the modern retelling of the fairy tale “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”. Horror Fans should be doubly please that it walks away with an R rating, so keep the kids home for this one.

Everyone knows the Brothers Grimm fairy tale; Hansel and Gretel find a cannibalistic witch’s house in the woods made out of every sweet & delectable treat imaginable. They are captured by the freaky witch but escape from her clutches. In the fairy tale, the children merely escape by their wits, but in this film, they obliterate the crazy witch, burning her to death. Thus, the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters are made.

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Other new releases

There's plenty of other new releases to take a look at this weekend.

First up is West of Memphis which played at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2012. Now is your chance to catch it at Harkins Camelview. Also opening at Camelview isQuartet which is directed by Dustin Hoffman and has been garnering strong reviews.

Over at Harkins Valley Art is the documentary, Chasing Ice. Plus there are a couple of other wide releases, there'sMovie 43 which is chock full of stars or you could also check out Jason Statham's latest, Parker

Desperado Film Festival continues

The Desperado LGBT Film Festival continues this weekend with a full slate of films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Desperado LGBT Film Festival at Paradise Valley Community College showcases the best in LGBT film and fosters diversity and multiculturalism throughout the state of Arizona.

Giving opportunities to gay and lesbian students to view films that reflect their culture as well as be part of the process of creating an exciting event like this, will empower and strengthen their character. This is a great leadership opportunity for the LGBT students of Paradise Valley Community College's P.R.I.D.E. organization.

Click here to see the full slate of films

In the news - Anatomy of a Feature event

You have a unique opportunity on Jan. 26 to hear firsthand about the making of Juno, the low-budget independent film that went on to win multiple accolades including Best Screenplay for the 2008 Academy Awards. The event, Anatomy of a Feature Film, is produced by ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. This year’s Anatomy will include Director Jason Reitman and Screenwriter Diablo Cody, Cinematographer Eric Steelberg, Producer Mason Novick and key individuals from Juno’s production, finance, marketing and distribution departments. Interviews for the daylong event will be broadcast to ASU via video conference from UCLA. Anatomy of a Feature Film was initiated in 2011 and featured the making of the filmBernie, starring Jack Black. The screening of Bernie drew hundreds to a packed theatre in Tempe, AZ, where producer Judd Payne provided insights into the film, followed by the in-depth class open only to ASU students with key professionals from Bernie. Payne and ASU Visiting Professor Adam Collis will host.