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Movie Reviews
No Country for Old Men

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin | Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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""Close to an American masterwork" -- Harvey Karten

"No Country for Old Men" (2007) -- Set in West Texas, a man on the run with a suitcase full of money is pursued by a number of individuals. Harvey Karten Says: Audience members who found previous Coen brothers' movies too precious and quirky can rejoice in this, their best work: close to an American masterwork. R for strong graphic violence and some language.

Thursday, November 22, 2007 -- McDonald's 2007 Thanksgiving Giveaway
Venue: Food City and CVS Pharmacy Lots | Location: Central and Southern | Time: 8:00am

PHOENIX (AZR) -- Over 4,000 breakfast meals and a line over two blocks long, Thanksgiving has become a wonderful time of food, music and fellowship at McDonald's in South Phoenix. Turning the parking lot of Central and Southern into a make shift banquet hall with Stage, tables and chairs and Corporate booths filled with helpful things for the family, this event has reached an enormous size of almost 15,000 in 2006 and is expected to grown bigger this year!. more info: 623.986.6383

Thursday, November 22, 2007 -- Thanksgiving Day Parade
Venue: Downtown Fountain Hills | Location: Saguaro Blvd and El Lago Blvd | Time: 9:00am

FOUNTAIN HILLS (AZR) -- Before Christmas, there is Thanksgiving. Begin your holiday celebration with a trip to the state's only Thanksgiving Day parade with up to 75 units including bands, floats & marching units. On Saguaro Blvd in Fountain Hills. Marine Color Guard, entertainers and various local groups. This year's theme: "Let the Holidays Begin" Bring your visitors and enjoy floats, horses, music and free candy. Turkey Trot 5K Run & Fitness Walk prior to parade. more info: 480.837.1654

Thursday, November 22, 2007 -- Prescott Valley’s Valley of Lights
Venue: Fain Park | Location: 2200 North 5th Street | Time: 6:00pm

PRESCOTT VALLEY (AZR) -- Valley of Lights, presented by the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by APS, is a drive-thru light presentation that has played to rave reviews. Running from Thanksgiving evening to December 30, the free light show features more than 20 unique animated and artistic light displays spread over a one-mile drive through Prescott Valley’s Fain Park. Follow the signs off Hwy. 69 in Prescott Valley. more info: 928.772.8857
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Demember 7-December 13 2007 -- "Beowulf" @ The Winslow Theater
Venue: Winslow Theater | Location: 115 Kinsley Ave | Showtime: 7:00pm Nightly

WINSLOW (AZR) -- In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast's ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonates throughout the ages, immortalizing the name of Beowulf. Cast: Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich. Admission: $6. Showtime: 7:00pm; 4:00pm Sat. & Sun. more info: 928.289.4100 movie review

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 -- Film: When Your Hands Are Tied
Venue: Performing Arts Center | Address: 600 E Cherry Ave | Time: 7:00pm
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WINSLOW (AZR) -- A documentary film that explores the unique ways in which young Native Americans are finding to express themselves in a contemporary world while maintaining strong traditional lives will be screened at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Winslow High School on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The film's co-producer Marley Shebala will be there to present the film and participate in a 30 minute q and a session. Admission is free. more info: 505.360.6430

Saturday, November 17, 2007 -- Winslow’s 61st Annual Christmas Parade
Venue: Downtown Winslow | Location: Second and Third St. | Time: 1:00pm

City: Winslow, AZ -- Winslow hosts its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 17, 2007. The parade, starts at 1pm, will feature Navajo and Hopi dancers, high school marching bands and dozens of Shriners. Children can visit with Santa at the Famous "Standin' On The Corner Park" for a few hours before the parade! Check out the food and craft booths which are set up along the parade route. One of the largest Christmas parades in Arizona. more info: 928.289.2434
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Seven Blows of the Dragon and A Boy and His Dog; Nov 30

CHANDLER (AZR) -- Kung Pow! The Midnite Movie Mamacita once more kicks out the jams with two oldies-but-goodies from the Grindhouse Redux vaults on Friday evening at the Chandler Cinemas, November 30. First up is Seven Blows of the Dragon (1972), a chop-socky classic martial-arts retelling of the Robin Hood legend reset in ancient China at 9 pm. Next, at 11 pm, a very young pre-Miami Vice Don Johnson stars in the cult sci-fi favorite A Boy and His Dog (1975). Admission is $6, cash only,

Auditions for Festival of New Plays, Old Pueblo Playwrights

TUCSON (AZR) -- Old Pueblo Playwrights seeks actors -- men & women, all ages -- for their New Play Festival on January 21 - 27, 2008. Auditions are held 10:00 am on Saturday, December 8th, 2007, Cabaret Theater, The Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Call to schedule an audition time and come with a one-minute monologue, which need not be memorized. Walk-ins are also welcome. Come be a part of this unique theater experience. For registration and information, call Jeanna 520.820.0136

MySpace Music Tour Coming to Arizona; Win Tickets
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PHOENIX (AZR) -- The MySpace Music Tour will showcase the music talents of Hellogoodbye, Say Anything, Polysics and Young Love out on the road together on the MySpace Music Tour! Meet other MySpace Members and be a part of the first MySpace Music Tour. How to Win: Become a registered member of AZReporter, post a comment on this page, and win a chance for tickets to the AZ tour dates: November 13/Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre and November 14/Phoenix, AZ at The Marquee Theatre.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 -- MySpace Music Tour: Polysics
Venue: Rialto Theatre | Location: 318 E. Congress St| Time: 6:00pm

TUCSON (AZR) -- Born in 1998, in homage to the high energy and eccentric music of the 1980’s New Wave scene, POLYSICS was founded by members, Hayashi, Kayo, Fumi and Yano. They have since built a huge international fanbase through their hyper-frenetic live shows and their multiple releases in Japan, the US and Europe. Between 1999 and 2001, POLYSICS released four records in Japan; in 2002 the band released For Young Electric Pop, and 2003’s National P. [ myspace ] win tickets

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 -- MySpace Music Tour: Say Anything
Venue: Rialto Theatre | Location: 318 E. Congress St| Time: 6:00pm
say anything

TUCSON (AZR) -- Hank Shteamer at Time Out Magazine says "If the young Woody Allen had formed an emo band, it might sound a lot like Say Anything... Say Anything concerts are joyous, cathartic affairs, where teens—and older fans feeling the irresistible pull of adolescent drama—scream along to frontman's Bemis’s heartsick poetry." Band Members: Max Bemis, Coby Linder, Alex Kent, Jake Turner, Jeff Turner, Parker Case . If your ready for a good time go check them out. [ myspace ] win tickets

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 -- MySpace Music Tour: Hellogoodbye
Venue: Rialto Theatre | Location: 318 E. Congress St| Time: 6:00pm

TUCSON (AZR) -- Hellogoodbye is all about having fun. What started out as a casual recording project in one boy's bedroom quickly became the most lighthearted rock-dance-roll band around today. They may not be able to sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves but they could probably bring a smile to her face. Hellogoodbye is a band from California Band: Forrest: vocals, guitar and then some, Jesse: keyboard, Marcus: bass, Chris: drums. [ myspace ] win tickets
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Sunday, November 11, 2007 -- 2007 New Times 10K
Venue: Downtown Tempe | Start: Hayden Square | Time: 6:00am
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City: Tempe, AZ -- 32nd running of Arizona's largetst 10K road race.. Post race expo, refreshments give-aways etc, Music along course and at finish line. Quality t-shirt. USATF of Arizona 10K & 5K Championship. Free kids dash for kids under 10. Registration 6:00am; 5K @ 7:45am; 10K @ 8:30am Downtown Tempe - Hayden Square. Finish line on Mill Ave. 4th Street & Mill Avenue. $20.00 Early Registration by 11/5, $25.00 Late Registration by 11/10, $30.00 Day of Race more info: 480.413.1135

Sunday, November 11, 2007 -- Checker Auto Parts 500
Venue: Phoenix International Raceway | Start: 7602 S. Avondale Blvd | Time: 1:30pm

PHOENIX (AZR) -- It's the playoffs: NASCAR Style! The Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil marks the 20th fall race in PIR's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series history, and a champion could be decided in the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup! Kevin Harvick will headline the roster of driver appearances this Sunday at PIR, when he visits Raceway Club at 10:45. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver. more info: 866.408.7223

Sunday, November 11, 2007 -- A Taste of Wine and Murder
Venue: Matterhorn Grill | Start: 103 W. Birch Ave | Time: 5:30pm

FLAGSTAFF (AZR) -- Join the Flagstaff Symphony Guild as they host their encore of the "Taste of Wine and Murder" Fundraiser. This wine festival/dinner party will include the challenge of solving a murder by identifying the murderer. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes a complete dinner with choice of prime rib, salmon with almond pesto crust or eggplant parmesan. There will be a no-host bar. All proceeds benefit the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. more info: 928.522.0549

Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Chris Rock | Director: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
bee movie

"The entire picture lacks sting" -- Harvey Karten

"Bee Movie" (2007) -- Jerry Seinfeld makes his first major splash into feature films. While the animation is colorful and the pace is fast, the entire picture lacks sting--in fact it's pretty much missing humor. Chris Rock delivers the only good line in the entire work and you have to wait almost to the conclusion to hear it. PG for mild suggestive humor. 1 hr. 40 min.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007 -- Gila Bend Shrimp Fest
Venue: Community Softball Field | Location: Gila Bend Food & Drug | Time: 10:00am
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City: Gila Bend, AZ -- 5th Annual DESERT SHRIMP FEST. Live Bands, Shrimp & other food booths, Arts and crafts booths, Children’s Carnival rides, Gourmet shrimp cooking contest, Shrimp eating contests, Shrimp coloring contest, Kids’ Sand Castle building contest, Door Prizes, Bobbing for Shrimp Contest. $3 entry fee per person (ages 12 and over) provides ticket for door prizes. Under 12 free. Desert Sweet Shrimp are born in hatcheries and raised in the desert of Gila Bend. more info: 928 683 2002.

Saturday, November 3, 2007 -- Monster Truck Thunder Slam and Extreme Freestyle
Venue: Tucson Convention Center| Location: 260 S. Church Ave | Time: 7:30pm
monster truck slam

TUCSON (AZR) -- This is your chance to get up close and personal with the top Monster Trucks in the nation. This year’s show will feature some of the Top Monster Trucks in the nation. Some of the trucks scheduled to appear this year include: Bigfoot, Predator, Prowler, Twisted Dragon, and Pounder – for the Western Championship. Joining the Monster Trucks at Thunder Slam this year will be Extreme Freestyle Motocross riders from the X- Games and Gravity Games. more info: 520.791.4101.

Saturday, November 3, 2007 -- Arizona Concert: Steve Miller Band
Venue: State Fair Fairgrounds | Location: 19th Ave and McDowell Rd | Time: 7:00pm
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PHOENIX, (AZR) -- If you remember anything about music in the 1970s, you probably don't mind remembering the Steve Miller Band. Part entertaining pop, part solid bluesy rock, the music that Steve Miller created provided the decade with comfortable guitar hooks and entertaining lyrics. After all, Miller is the man who gave us a reference to 'the pompitous of love.' Along the way, Steve Miller sold an awful lot of records and tickets to his ever-growing fan base. more info: 602.252.6771
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November 8-January 12, 2008 -- The Polar Express
Venue: Grand Canyon Railway | Location: 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd | Time: Call
the polar express

City: Williams, AZ -- Experience the magic of The Polar Expressâ„¢, the classic children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the "North Pole." Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children's faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa is waiting! $26 Adults; $14 Children. more info: 800.THE.TRAIN

Thursday, November 8, 2007 -- 5th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days
Venue: Various Locations | Location: See Schedule | Time: 12:30pm

CAVE CREEK (AZR) -- The 5th annual Cave Creek Wild West Days event is a festive weekend coordinated by the non-profit Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. Live entertainment, educational programs, kid’s activities, culinary delights, golf tournament, poker ride, a street fair, arts and crafts show, Wild West Buffalo Show, western entertainment, mounted shooters of America competition, Chili Cook-off, gourmet western market, more info: 480.437.1110

Thursday, November 8, 2007 -- Arizona Concert: Brittney Elizabeth
Venue: Phase54 | Location: 1700 W Drake Dr | Time: 10:45pm
brittney elizabeth

TEMPE (AZR) -- Brittney Elizabeth, 20-year-old singer/songwriter is poised to take the music world’s breath away with her debut album, Breath In, a heartfelt collection of tunes documenting a young woman’s introspective look back on the heartbreaking journey of first love. It’s a well-worn path covered in song, though rarely with the purity of voice and confidence of an artist confessing she’s still not ready to exhale. Come hear her take us all on the journey. more info: 480.551.3970
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Friday, November 9, 2007 -- Hannah Montana/Miley Cryus
Venue: Arena | Location: 9400 W Maryland Ave | Time: 7:00pm
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City: Glendale, AZ -- Fourteen-year-old singer, songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus of the hit Emmy-nominated Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana," will make a stop in Glendale with her "Best of Both Worlds" concert tour – a double billing where she performs both as a solo artist and as her popular television character Hannah Montana. The concert will feature songs from the solo album, Meet Miley Cyrus. Special Guests: Jonas Brothers . $35.35-$60.85 more info: 623.772.3200

Friday, November 9, 2007 -- The Jonas Brothers
Venue: Arena | Location: 9400 W Maryland Ave | Time: 7:00pm
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City: Glendale, AZ -- The Jonas Brothers is the sound of three young musicians finding their own voice—their own distinctive blend of Nick’s way with an R&B vocal, Joe’s love of danceable beats and Kevin’s obsession with guitar solos. Jonas Brothers are expected to perform their # 1 Radio Disney hit songs “Year 3000,” “Kids of the Future” and “Hold On” as well as material from their Jonas Brothers and It’s About Time albums. Jonas Brothers will be opening for Miley Cyrus. more info: 623.772.3200

Friday, November 9, 2007 -- Jim Malcolm
Venue: Blue Rose Theater | Location: Sharlot Hall Museum | Time: 7:00pm
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City: Prescott, AZ -- Like Scottish Folk Music? Jim Malcolm, former lead singer for the Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, will be featured in concert on Friday, November 9th, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Blue Rose Theater in Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. Malcolm was the lead singer of The Old Blind Dogs for 10 years, who won the best traditional band award in 2004 by the Scottish trad. Music Accadamy, and in the same year. Tickets are $15 at the door & $12 in advance. more info: 928.771.1218

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Thursday, November 1, 2007 -- Miniatures by Latin American Popular Artists
Venue: Tucson Museum of Art | Location: 140 North Main Ave | Time: 10:00am

City: Tucson, AZ -- Chiquitito, or Teeny Weeny, is an exhibition especially designed for children and for those young at heart. It highlights small, fun and beautiful objects created by Latin American folk artists selected from the permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art with a few additions from private collections. Chiquitito engages the eyes of the beholder in a world of miniature forms and shapes, and in diverse media. $8 general admission, $3 students (13+). more info: 520.624.2333

Thursday, November 1, 2007 -- Concerts in the Park Series: The Brazen Heads
Venue: Freestone Park | Location: Freestone Park Amphitheater | Time: 5:30pm
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City: Gilbert, AZ -- Concerts in the Park Series: The Brazen Heads are a 5-piece Celtic Rock band known for their bold stage show and eclectic taste in material. Performing music from all over the Celtic Isles, their unique blend of high energy traditional Irish music mixed with a popular rock backbeat has made them a crowd favorite. Dublin born Liam Mackey put together a five piece band that will have you tapping your toes and feeling great. FREE more info: 480.503.6240

Thursday, November 1, 2007 -- Leo Kottke
Venue: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts | Location: 7380 E 2nd St | Time: 7:30pm
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City: Scottsdale, AZ -- A solo concert with guitarist Leo Kottke. Virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke has released more than 30 albums and earned multiple Grammy Awards. A master of the steel-stringed guitar with a rich, baritone voice and charming stage presence, he has enchanted audiences for more than three decades with his unique synthesis of classical, folk, jazz and pop influences. Kottke's music is eminently accessible. Virginia G. Piper Theater. $42 more info: 480.994.ARTS

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In Our Last Issue

  • NON-STOP - Grade: A-

    The year is young but already two movies will not likely increase its financial health by screenings on in-flight entertainment. The first, "The Wind Rises," a fictionalized biography of the man who developed the Zero planes used in the Pearl Harbor attack, is a Japanese animated feature. Planes crash before the engineer comes to the rescue. "Non-Stop" is animated in another way, a live-action thriller about an airline hijacker who demands $150 million or "one passenger will die every twenty minutes." Given that the villain, identity revealed near the conclusion, is aware that an armed air marshal is on board, one wonders how he thinks he would get away with killing more than one person before he is felled. But that's just one of the holes.

    In Jeff Buckley's song "Hymne a l'amour," a man sings to his partner, "When at last our life on earth is through/I will share eternity with you." That sounds like something a guy would say in the heat of passion when he's about twenty-five years old. To spend eternity with anyone, even your beloved pet terrier, is unlikely, but thanks to Jim Jarmusch, we know that love can last if not for eternity, then for about a thousand years and still counting.
  • 3 Days To Kill - A Two Hour Diversion

    Filmmaker Luc Besson ("The Professional," "The Transporter") is obviously obsessed with various permutations of the father-daughter relationship. So it's not surprising that Besson co-scripted this action thriller with Adi Hasak, leaving the direction to McG ("Charlie's Angels," "Terminator Salvation"). Problem is: they obviously couldn't decide whether this is an explosive espionage saga or madcap parental mayhem, revolving around balancing work and family. So they commit to neither.
  • Winter's Tale - A Stardust-Sprinkled Journey

    Back in 1980, my brother (Stephen Simon) made "Somewhere in Time," a supernatural fantasy starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. It was crucified by critics and didn't gain popularity until it was released on DVD, where it's stayed one of the most popular cinematic romances of the twentieth century. I suspect "Winter's Tale" will suffer a similar fate. In our cynical culture, it's difficult to suspend disbelief and gain box-office traction for a wondrous, logic-defying love story that transcends time and space.
  • The Psychology of Fun

    What does play mean? It might be a sport or a game of charades or playing a musical instrument. It can be gaming or going to an amusement park. There are no limitations. When I was a child, our family played board games and card games, along with physical games, like baseball, horseshoes, Ping-Pong and badminton. We flew kites (still do), camped out (still do), built model airplanes and acted out our fantasies pretending to be knights and soldiers. We improvised and invented, often packing knapsacks with snacks to go hiking and exploring in the woods.

    When Touchstone Pictures released 'Pearl Harbor' in 2001, the studio was apparently so afraid of the impact on Americans of the Japanese victory over our naval shipyard that director Michael Bay tacked on a feel-good ending. Specifically, by adding the Doolittle Raid, a big American success on April 18, 1942 on Tokyo and Honshu Island, we showed 'em that their territory was vulnerable to a U.S. military action. No such saccharine finale from Peter Berg, who directs and wrote the script for "Lone Survivor." The title serves as a spoiler, if you will, telling us in the audience that only one U.S. combatant survived a brutal battle between the elite SEALs and the Taliban in an Afghan village.
  • BIG BAD WOLVES (Mi mefahed mezeev hara)

    Anyone who thinks that Israelis cannot mount an exciting thriller has not seen the American copy of "Hostages," which ended its run in January. The Americans who picked up the program may have invented their own version, but it's pretty close to the one shown in Israel starring Ayelet Zurir and picked up whole by the BBC. Then again, who better than Israel to put on something like this when America's only reliable ally in the Middle East suffered the kidnapping of Corporal Shalit and who many years back, justifiably kidnapped Adolph Eichmann in Argentina effectively scoring at least a modicum of revenge on one of the world's most evil men?
  • REVIEW, THE PAST (Le passé)

    If this were one of the abundant numbers of sitcoms about family dysfunction, the moral might be something as vacuous as "Don't mess with married men." But "The Past" is a serious drama written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, whose previous entry, "A Separation," looks closely at a family that must make a serious choice: A couple must decide whether to leave Iran for rosier shores, or stay put in that repressive state in order to care for a mother afflicted with Alzheimer's. So what might be this serious writer-director's moral for "The Past?" "Don't mess with married men." Sounds simple, but "Le passé" as it's called in France where it was filmed, is delightfully complex, filled with almost as many twists and surprises that you'd find in a story by Stephen King or Sophocles, or Shakespeare, or for that matter just about any writer who gets jollies messing with the minds of the audience.
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