Monday, March 27

Phoenix Film Festival - Closing Weekend

Opening weekend of Phoenix Film Festival and International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival has passed, but there’s still plenty of great movies to catch mid-week and closing weekend.

Here’s what I recommend and will be watching:



Monday, March 27 at 7:20pm 

Friday, March 31 at 8:45pm

If you enjoy anthology films, check out SATANIC HISPANICS as it’s already starting to get some buzz.

Synopsis: SATANIC HISPANICS is an anthology of 5 short films from some of the leading Latin filmmakers in the horror genre, spotlighting Hispanic talent both in front and behind the camera. When police raid a house in El Paso, they find it full of dead Latinos, and only one survivor. He’s known as The Traveler, and when they take him to the station for questioning, he tells them those lands are full of magic and talks about the horrors he’s encountered in his long time on this earth, about portals to other worlds, mythical creatures, demons and the undead. 



Friday, March 31 at 9:25am

Saturday, April 1 at 7:05pm

Sunday, April 2 at 2:15pm

THE DUEL has a BREAKING BAD feel that could satisfy most thriller fans.

Synopsis: When Woody finds out Colin has been sleeping with Abbie, their friend group starts to unravel, taking them on a zany and drug fueled adventure over the border to a mysterious and stunning estate



Friday, March 31 at 11:50am

Saturday, April 1 at 2:45pm

Sunday, April 2 at 4:45pm

Death is something we all face and I personally find films about loss cathartic as it’s nice to feel seen after experiencing your own losses.

Synopsis: Sam returns to her childhood home in the wake of her mother’s mysterious death, spiraling down a rabbit hole of grief, suspicion, and isolation.



Friday, March 31 at 6:30pm 

Sunday, April 2 at 5:15pm

This modern version of FRANKENSTEIN sounds intriguing and hopefully makes Mary Shelley proud.

Synopsis: Vicaria is a brilliant teenager who believes death is a disease that can be cured. After the brutal and sudden murder of her brother, she embarks on a dangerous journey to bring him back to life. 

NOTE: If you enjoy Frankenstein-esque storylines, in addition to THE ANGRY BLACK GIRL AND HER MONSTER, BIRTH/REBIRTH touches on some similar themes and will be showing Monday, March 27 at 9:30pm.

The Art of the Trailer

Saturday, April 1 at 1:15pm 

Who doesn’t love a good movie trailer? It’s the main reason you come to movies in the first place.

Join members of the Phoenix Critics Circle at the Phoenix Film Festival for a unique screening entitled The Art of the Trailer. It features a selection of the most memorable and creative movie trailers. Plus, participate in thoughtful discussion on their impact and significance in in the film industry.



Saturday, April 1 at 5:30pm

Sunday, April 2 at 9:00am

This seems to already be a winner among the audiences at Phoenix Film Festival so if you enjoy a good found footage film, be sure to add this film to your schedule.

Synopsis: An aspiring yoga influencer embarks on a ritual practice left behind by her estranged grandmother.



Saturday, April 1 at 7:00pm

Judy Blume has impacted so many young readers and this thoughtful documentary celebrates what it means to grow up.

Synopsis: Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers – and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story.



Sunday, April 2 at 4:35pm

It’s rare A24 disappoints audiences. This dramedy looks like another winner from the writer/director of FIRST COW.

Synopsis: A sculptor preparing to open a new show must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends, in Kelly Reichardt’s vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art & craft.

And yes, RENFIELD will be the closing night film to this year’s tremendous line-up but unfortunately tickets are already sold out. 

But you can guarantee we’ll provide you a review on The Coda so you know if it’s worth the wait. 

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