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Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we'd rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Tucson filmmaker nabs Sundance audience award

A seven-minute short film warning of the perils of catnip has won the Short Film Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Tucson filmmaker Jason Willis captured the prize with "Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?," a tongue-in-cheek take on drug education films. (with video)... Read more»


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is right: Torture useless in finding Bin Laden

As "Zero Dark Thirty" rightly implies, the systematic use of enhanced interrogation techniques came at a steep moral cost while producing little to no valuable information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. ... Read more»1

Commentary: Race & beyond

‘Django Unchained’ escapist and thought-provoking

If it hadn’t have been for Spike Lee, I might have blissfully ignored "Django Unchained," the much-talked-about Quentin Tarantino movie about a revenge-minded slave set in pre-Civil War America. There's nothing like a race-based pop culture contretemps to provoke racial chatter.... Read more»

Tax credits, the sequel: Film incentives ready for another closeup

Reviving tax credits used to lure movie productions to Arizona – and expanding the program to include other forms of multimedia – would make Arizona more competitive with states such as New Mexico that offer such incentives, supporters say.... Read more»

To-Do List

Halloween madness in Tucson

As Halloween draws near, ghosts, goblins and ghouls come out to play this weekend... Read more»

The to-do list

Butterflies and zombies and Michael, oh my

Festivals, silent auctions and haunted houses are all giving back a little something to the community this weekend. From the familiar setting of Tucson Eat, err, Meet Yourself, to the indie-focused Tucson Film and Music Festival, there's plenty to put on your To-do List.... Read more»

To-do List

Weekend events bid goodbye to September

September appears to have gone by with the blink of an eye, but with one weekend left comes an array of fall festivities that usher in the new season. Here's this weekend's pick of the harvest-time crop.... Read more»1

Az Underground Film Festival explores cinema's outre limits

The Arizona Underground Film Festival, the state’s only genre/cult film festival, features Arizona and North American premieres, cinematic rarities from around the world and cult favorites, plus after-show parties.... Read more»3


The Flying Mormon

Fox News will probably find a way to spin the news of Pawlenty's departure as a "win" for Romney, but it sure does look like the rats are abandoning ship.... Read more»2

Week-long festival to showcase Chinese culture

A Chinese Culture Festival featuring everything from lectures on medicine and food to demonstrations of martial arts and music will be hosted by the UA beginning Saturday through Sept. 30. ... Read more»

'80s party Sat. previews Underground Film Festival

The 5th annual Arizona Underground Film Festival kicks off Saturday with an free '80s No Wave Punk Block Party at LoveSmack Studios. Participants are invited to dress up as their favorite '80s nilihist, punk or other relevant character. Or not. It’s a party celebrating the 1980s, so, like, whatever.... Read more»


A Star Is Born

Last week, Clint Eastwood debated a chair during the Republican National Convention. What will happen during this week's Democratic National Convention?... Read more»

Loft Cinema

'Goats' movie is stoned on arrival

Directed and produced by Christopher Neil in his first feature film, the story of "Goats" is based on former Tucsonan Mark Poirier’s 2001 novel. The film features a guest appearance by the Sonoran Desert.... Read more»


Cruise control: Moving on

If you've stood in a supermarket checkout line recently, you'll have read the news: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce.... Read more»

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