Film

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:00:00

Support Out in Arkansas, come watch 'Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls' at Ron Robinson

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, the Arkansas Times, Little Rock PFLAG and Central Arkansas Pridefest will host a special screening of Little Rock director Mark Thiedeman’s "Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls” to benefit Out in Arkansas, the Times’ coming LGBT publication.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 11:24:00

New Jeff Nichols film announced, 'Loving'

I'm late to this, but Deadline Hollywood has reported that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols ("Mud," "Take Shelter") has settled on his next project, a film he wrote and will direct titled "Loving." Inspired by the documentary "The Loving Story," the film is to be based on the story of the couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, who instigated the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage — a case commemorated every year on June 12, Loving Day.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 11:48:00

Come watch Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest' with us Thursday at Ron Robinson

With spies, triple crosses, an icy blonde, mistaken identity, a murderous biplane and Cary Grant wearing the most dirt-repelling gray suit in all of film history, Hitchcock's 1959 thriller "North By Northwest" may well have invented the modern thriller, and it's still a hell of a good time at the movies. Now's your chance to see it on the big screen, with this week's Thursday night screening at Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater, part of the Arkansas Times film series.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:21:00

What's not to love about the Bentonville Film Festival? Walmart.

The Bentonville Film Festival, launched this year by actress Geena Davis and held earlier this month from May 5-9, earned a number of largely positive notices from major outlets like the Huffington Post ("At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues"), the L.A. Times ("Bentonville Film Festival pushes diversity message from year one") and the New York Times ("Bentonville, Ark., Hosts a Film Festival Without a Movie Theater"), most of them centering on its unique and vital agenda — promoting diversity and gender equality in filmmaking — and its celebrity cache (e.g. an acting workshop taught by Robert De Niro, a softball game led by Rosie O'Donnell, etc.).

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 11:33:00

Billy Bob Thornton to narrate Hot Springs baseball documentary

It was announced today that Billy Bob Thornton, the famous Arkansas actor and director who was born in Hot Springs, will narrate a new documentary about the role of Hot Springs in the development of baseball as a springtime sport. 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 15:20:00

Come watch 'Killer of Sheep' with us at Ron Robinson on Feb. 21

This month in the Arkansas Times Film Series (co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival), we're showing Charles Burnett's legendary 1978 independent film "Killer of Sheep." Filmed in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood in the early `70s, it's a gorgeous and powerful and deeply mysterious document of its time and place, set to music by Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:53:00

Tom Cruise in talks for 'Mena' film, about Arkansas drug smuggler Barry Seal

Deadline Hollywood reports that Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Edge of Tomorrow") are "in talks" to make the film, based on a script by Gary Spinelli.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:29:00

Watch a teaser for the new Jason Moore film, 'Sisters'

"Sisters," starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, is the new film directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore, director of "Avenue Q" and "Pitch Perfect." Previously titled "The Nest," the film follows two sisters in their thirties who learn their childhood home is up for sale, and is scheduled to be released in December.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 13:11:00

Watch 'Chinatown' with us at Ron Robinson on Jan. 15

This month, we’ll be screening Roman Polanski's 1974 film "Chinatown" as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival. The quintessential L.A. noir and the best role of Jack Nicholson’s career, the movie was named the greatest film of all time in a 2010 critics poll by The Guardian.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 12:53:00

Geena Davis to start film festival in Bentonville

Actress Geena Davis announced today that she's launching a new film festival to be held in Bentonville (and called the Bentonville Film Festival) and sponsored by her own organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as corporate partners Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, AMC Theaters and ARC Entertainment. The festival, set to be held May 5-9, will begin accepting submissions on Jan. 15 and will focus on films highlighting women and minorities in cast and crew.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 17:25:00

Jeff Nichols to direct 'Aquaman,' according to leaked emails

The revelations from last month's massive Sony hack have so far included embarrassing financial statements, embarrassing emails and many other categories of embarrassments. Sony employees hate their own movies, for instance, and Channing Tatum writes weird emails. And now even Arkansas is involved, however tangentially, with the news that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols might be attached to direct the "Aquaman" movie.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 16:19:00

Come watch 'Blue Velvet' with us at Ron Robinson on Dec. 18

This month, we’ll be screening David Lynch’s powerful and deranged 1986 classic “Blue Velvet” as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times has called it “the most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life” and the New York Times deemed it “an instant cult classic … one of a kind.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 17:06:00

Cinemark Tandy 10 to close

Cinemark Tandy 10 will screen its last discounted movie on Sunday, Oct. 26, according to manager Jonathan Holt. The long time North Little Rock dollar theater (now $2) is shutting down.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:44:00

48 Hour Film Project screenings this weekend

In other film news: The 48 Hour Film Project, in which 30 teams competed to make a short film in two days last weekend, will be screening the completed films this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (beginning at 7 p.m. each night) at Ron Robinson Theater.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:53:00

Hot Springs Film Fest names Lauren Wissot programming director

The increasingly prestigious Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, recently named an Academy Award qualifier (as we reported in February) and set to take place October 10-19, has named writer and film critic Lauren Wissot its new programming director.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 11:54:00

Watch a documentary about craft beer in Arkansas

"Tapping the Ozarks," a new film by University of Arkansas students Danny Henkel and Alyssa Becker, focuses on NWA beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in the region.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:15:00

Watch Phil Chambliss doc 'Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou'

Simon Mercer's "Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou," the great short film about the Arkansas filmmaker Phil Chambliss that screened at last month's Little Rock Film Festival and which I wrote about for the paper at the time, is now online so you can watch it for free. This is good news for the Internet and for the state of Arkansas. Take fifteen minutes and watch this thing.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:17:00

Market Street Cinema will move to Riverdale 10, add new digital projectors

Market Street Cinema owner Matt Smith told the Times today that they will be closing their current location and reopening at Riverdale 10, the 10-screen, 35,000 square ft. theater on Cantrell Road that closed in December. "The big change that the customers will see is we’re going to be installing new Barco digital projectors and Dolby digital sound," he said over the phone this morning (before, both theaters used 35mm film and analog sound).

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 09:59:00

Splice Microcinema continues with a pair of Arkansas B-Movies

Have you been going to Splice Microcinema, the mysterious (but unpretentious) and free (though donations are encouraged) underground screening series in the backroom at Vino's? I really hope that you have, particularly if you're a Little Rock film fan, which, let's face it, has always been a pretty unfortunate position to be in. It's also true, though, that things are looking up in the Rock lately, at least cinematically, from the Ron Robinson Theater's unveiling to the flourishing and increasingly well-respected (and forthcoming) Little Rock Film Festival. And the folks at Splice — writers and academics and filmmakers and enthusiasts — are contributing to this upswing in a major way.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 09:49:00

Bob Hoskins and the making of the Arkansas-set 'White River Kid'

I never actually met Bob Hoskins in the sense of sitting down and exchanging life stories with him, but the actor, who died last week, was extremely cordial in greeting several of us stand-ins and extras during the filming of “The White River Kid” in Arkansas some 16 years ago.

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