Posted 5:11 PM 3/21/2013 : 'Wicked' this way comes... to Tucson, in today's Arts & Culture segment
TUCSON - A busy weekend in Tucson and our Arts & Culture Guy Herb Stratford has all the details.
The 8th Annual Tucson Cine Mexico film fest will take place March 20-24, bringing the best in Mexican films to Tucson along with panel discussions, receptions and special Q & A's with filmmakers.
The festival, which is a program of the Hanson Film Institute at the University of Arizona, will present nine films that have not been seen in Tucson, including the excellent 'After Lucia' which was Mexico's entry to this year's Academy Awards. All screenings are free and open to the public, with most taking place at the Harkins Theatres on 1-19. Visit TucsonCineMexico.org for the full screening schedule.
The acclaimed Limon Dance Company will take the stage at Centennial Hall on Sunday, March 24 thanks to UApresents. The modern dance company, founded in 1947, features works both from the classics to commissions from contemporary choreographers. Internationally-renowned for both their dynamic presentations and depth and breadth of ability, this is one dance performance to not miss this spring.
The witches of 'Wicked' are back in Tucson for a limited time at the Tucson Music Hall. The show, last seen at Centennial Hall a few years ago, is back in town through April 7 as part of Broadway in Tucson's season. Don't miss a chance to catch one of the most loved, and most successful Broadway musicals of all time here in Tucson.
Now here's a look at this week's new movies....
Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in 'Admission', the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness.
Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it's business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.
On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest, an alternative high school, she then reconnects with her former college classmate, idealistic teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd) - who has recently surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a gifted yet very unconventional New Quest student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption years ago while at school. Jeremiah is about to apply to Princeton.
'The Croods' is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd in 'Olympus Has Fallen'.
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