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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Documentary Program

All of the Documentary Short Films that received Academy Award nominations this past year.

Thursday, Feb. 11

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45 Years

Best Actress Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling (Under the Sand) and Tom Courtenay (Dr. Zhivago) star as Kate and Geoff Mercer, a couple preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.

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Nominated for 10 Academy Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is a stunning reinvention of the action genre that must be seen on the big screen!

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Nominated for the Best Animated Film Academy Award


A darkly comedic and surreal animated journey of a man’s long night of the soul, Anomalisa confirms Charlie Kaufman’s place amongst the most important of American filmmakers.

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

In the early 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impacted modern thought.

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Nominated for the Best Song Academy Award


From Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally-celebrated writer/director of Best Foreign Language Film  Oscar-winner The Great Beauty, comes a poignant and comical tale of how we each find our own passion in life.

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Nominated for 4 Academy Awards


Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, Room is a remarkable and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child.

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The charming Audrey Tautou helps the whole world find love in director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightfully oddball French romantic fantasy, Amélie.

Friday, Feb. 12 & Saturday, Feb. 13

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award

Son of Saul

Winner of four prizes at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, including the Grand Prix, Son of Saul doesn’t tell the story of the Holocaust, but of one man caught in a dreadful situation.


Introduction and post-film Q&A with filmmaker Tyler Gillette at the opening night screening!


Five interlocking tales of terror following the fates of a group of weary travelers who confront their worst nightmares over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. From the makers of V/H/S.

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The Room / Special “Almost Valentine’s Day” Screening!

Sink into the warm bubble bath of absurdity that IS The Room, and wear your finest Room-inspired costume for a pre-show Costume Contest of epic proportions!

Saturday, Feb. 13
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Free Admission!


A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in this “enchanting” story about a young princess from the past who is thrust into the present-day by an evil queen.

Saturday, Feb. 13
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Valentine’s Day Screening

True Romance

Celebrate the wonders of bulletproof  love with the Quentin Tarantino-scripted “lovers on the run” action classic, True Romance, starring Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater, on the big screen in 35mm!

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Valentine’s Day Screening

The Philadelphia Story

Spend Valentine’s Day with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart in one of the most perfectly delightful romantic comedies ever made!

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A post-apocalyptic teen action flick that epitomizes the ‘80s in the best/worst possible way!  In the distant future of Solarbabies, the sun-scorched, post-apocalyptic world is largely without water … or a coherent screenplay.

Monday, Feb. 15
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Free Admission!

Cléo from 5 to 7

From Agnès Varda, the primary female director associated with the ‘60s French New Wave,  Cleo from 5 to 7 is a real-time portrait of a beautiful singer set adrift in Paris as she awaits the potentially life-changing results of a medical test.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Live Action Program

All of the Live Action Short Films that received Academy Award nominations this past year.

Thursday, Feb. 18
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Heavy Metal

In 1981, the popular adult sci-fi magazine Heavy Metal became a major motion picture, and the world – or at least the world of ‘80s animation – would never be the same.

Friday, Feb. 19 & Saturday, Feb. 20
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Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson creates a compelling, understated and wryly amusing drama about two estranged brothers in competition for their valley’s best ram. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival.



Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson creates a compelling, understated and wryly amusing drama about two estranged brothers in competition for their valley’s best ram. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Starts Feb. 19

Oscar Nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Visual Effects!

Ex Machina

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, Ex Machina.

Starts feb. 19

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Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees Cate Blanchett  and Rooney Mara are mesmerizing as two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves feeling a forbidden attraction in 1950s Manhattan.

Starts Feb. 19
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A Loft tradition for 38 years and counting! With the “Heavy Petting” shadow cast live and in your face!

saturday, feb. 20
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35mm Print!

The Hidden Fortress / 35mm print!

Thrilling Kurosawa action classic starring Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai) as a brave general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas.

starts feb. 21
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My Own Private Idaho

Gus Van Sant’s haunting, visually dazzling tale of unrequited love and life on society’s margins stars River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as two young street hustlers searching for an elusive place called “home.”

Sunday, Feb. 21
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Warriors of the Apocalypse

“They Turned Paradise into Hell!” After civilization is wiped out by nuclear war, all that remains are groups of savage nomads who must fight for survival.

Monday, Feb. 22
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Co-presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra

The Harvest of Sorrow

Don’t miss this fascinating documentary about famed composer Sergei Rachmaninoff followed by a conversation about the film and Rachmaninoff’s music.

monday, feb. 22
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Lawrence of Arabia / 70mm print!

One of the screen’s grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true-life experiences of T.E. Lawrence.

Wednesday, feb. 24 & Saturday, feb. 27
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Made in Tucson!

First Shoot the Lawyers

A tormented young woman teams up with an eccentric house-painter and learns how to vent her childhood rage in a very unusual way.

Weds., Feb. 24
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All hail The Goblin King as we celebrate the magic of the one-and-only David Bowie with 30th anniversary screenings of the fantastic adventure, Labyrinth!

Thursday, Feb. 25 & Sunday, Feb. 28
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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Animation Program

All of the Animated Short Films that received Academy Award nominations this past year.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award

A War

Acclaimed filmmaker Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) examines the moral complexities of split–second decision–making in battle and the ramifications of those choices.


Ip Man 3

Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen (Hero) ignites the screen in a return to his iconic role of Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun Kung Fu master who mentored Bruce Lee.

Starts Feb. 26
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Night of the Comet

Two totally awesome Valley Girls are the sole survivors of a comet-fueled apocalypse, but their good times are cut short by the appearance of gnarly comet zombies who really don’t care that girls just wanna have fun.

Monday, Feb. 29
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35mm Print!

The Big Heat / 35mm print!

Fritz Lang’s nihilist 1953 noir The Big Heat raised screen violence to new heights.

Wed., March 2
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In Disruption, a band of Latin American activist economists sets out to change their region, partnering with women marginalized by poverty to challenge accepted notions of how to eradicate inequality.

Thursday, March 3
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First Friday Shorts

Red Meat’s Max Cannon hosts the biggest, baddest short film contest in town!

friday, march 4
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Galaxy Quest

A team of intrepid adventurers travels through the outer reaches of space, each week finding excitement and adventure on Galaxy Quest!

Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6

The Boy and the Beast

In this fantastic animated adventure from award-winning writer/director Mamoru Hosoda, a young boy discovers a secret world of beastly warriors in the back alleys of contemporary Tokyo.

Starts March 4
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Book launch with author Jasmin Singer in person!

Jasmin Singer: Always too Much and Never Enough

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Jasmin tell her inspiring story with a reading, presentation and Q&A session.

Saturday, March 5
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Night and the City

One of the most baroque and bleak of all film noirs, stars iconic tough guy Richard Widmark (Panic in the Streets) and Laura beauty Gene Tierney, under the hard-edged direction of Oscar-nominated Jules Dassin.

Wed., March 9
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Presented by The Friends of Midwifery at El Rio

Birth Happens: An International Look at Birth

Three unique documentaries take a look at what it means to be born in different parts of the world.

Thurs., March 10
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Paprika / 35mm print

Based on a novel by Japanese science fiction writer Yashutaka Tsutsui, Paprika explores the space where dreams and reality collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape.

Fri., March 11 & Sat., March 12

Embrace of the Serpent

Tracking two parallel odysseys through the Amazon three decades apart, this visionary adventure epic offers a heart-rending depiction of colonialism laying waste to indigenous culture.

Starts March 11
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Free Admission!

The Mighty Ducks

Walt Disney’s The Mighty Ducks is a funny, feel-good, slap shot comedy that definitely scores a goal!

Sat., March 12
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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse are high school sweethearts who married young. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple. But now, at the age of thirty, they find themselves at a crossroads.

Sunday, Mar. 13
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Pickup on South Street

This luridly gripping thriller is a leading exemplar of pulp-fiction maestro Sam Fuller’s brutally kinetic cinema.

Wed., March 16
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Big Trouble in Little China

A supernatural kung fu fantasy comedy action flick of uproariously rampaging adventure in the grand tradition of 1930s cliffhanger serials.

Fri., March 18 & Sat., March 19
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Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world’s most revered animation studios.

Starts March 18

Chimes at Midnight

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s later film career, Chimes at Midnight at last returns to the big screen in a beautifully restored new edition, after being unavailable for decades.

Starts March 18
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The Wild Bunch / 70mm print!

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the “traditional” American West is disappearing around them.

Sat., March 19
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As You Like It

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years!

starts march 20
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The Killers

One of noir’s essential works, The Killers elaborates on an existential Ernest Hemingway short story about a man who offers no resistance when hired killers come to gun him down.

Wed., March 23
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Post-film discussion with journalist Glenn Greenwald!

Citizenfour with journalist Glenn Greenwald in person!

Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour, followed by an onstage discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald!

Thurs., March 24

The Lobster

Colin Farrell stars in this deliciously dark comedy about a curious hotel where the residents are charged with finding a new mate within 45 days – under penalty of being turned into an animal should they fail.

Starts March 25
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise at this special big screen presentation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

Sat., March 26
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Free Admission!

Branded to Kill

A delirious fever dream of a film noir, Seijun Suzuki’s fractured thriller Branded to Kill is an anarchic send-up of B-movie clichés that transforms a standard crime drama into something outrageously bizarre and unexpectedly poetic.

Tuesday, March 29
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35mm Print!

In a Lonely Place / 35mm print!

In a Lonely Place is a brilliant, moody, murderous love story featuring Humphrey Bogart in perhaps his finest performance.

Wed., March 30
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Doggie Shorts: A Furry Film Festival

The Loft Cinema and Handi-Dogs are present a dog-centric short film festival!

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Free Admission!

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird

In the first-ever big screen Sesame Street adventure, Big Bird runs away from his new home and hits the highway in hopes of finding his way back to his beloved nest on Sesame Street!

Saturday, April 9
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Free Admission! 35mm print!

Picnic at Hanging Rock / 35mm print!

A group of young women from an all-female boarding school vanish without a trace while visiting the remote, and deceptively beautiful, Hanging Rock

Tuesday, April 19
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Hangmen / National Theatre Live

Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live.

Starts April 24