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89TH ACADEMY AWARDS: Look for Fences, La La Land to head to top of class in highly competitive year for Best Picture

By David Kanowsky    February 20, 2017   

My view of the cinema world in 2016 was a bit dismal. There were too many films that were of the same, smash-bang action-oriented, Marvel comics, super-gory horror themes, etc. But in the fall, along came a stream of Golden Globe and Academy Award possibilities. The sun began to shine on movie theaters and their box offices, and on my personal cinematic pleasure.


Inspiration of Sedona presents premier screening of James Cameron’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ series

   February 20, 2017   

On Thursday, February 23rd, at 6:30 p.m., Inspiration of Sedona will present a free Arizona premiere screening of National Geographic Channel’s season two of James Cameron’s Emmy award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, followed by an open, public discussion.


New Movies; Coming to theaters Feb. 24

   February 20, 2017   

Set in the early 1990s, “As You Are” is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.


‘Lion’ a heartwarming, true story

By David Kanowsky    February 13, 2017   

Lion is the true story of a boy in India who undergoes various episodes that threaten his well-being or even his life. His name is Saroo and he is 5 years old in the 1980s. He lives in a slum area in a hovel for a home, with his mother, a younger sister and an older brother.


New Movies, 2-15-17.

   February 13, 2017   

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.


Musical menu offers variety and style at Grasshopper Grill

   February 13, 2017   

Cornville’s Grasshopper Grill features the region’s top entertainers in the bar every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. So, what’s in store for this week?


Born to Rewild the perfect emotional sendoff to 23rd Sedona Film Festival

   February 13, 2017   

When the film Born to Rewild screens at the 23rd annual Sedona International Film Festival, it will carry not just an important message but a very emotional send-off.


‘20th Century Women’ about relationships, problems, solutions

By David Kanowsky    February 6, 2017   

20th Century Women is a story that illustrates three historic social times in America. Each era — the mid-20th century, hippie America and the post baby-boomer era is represented by a character in the film. It takes place in Santa Barbara, California in 1979. Annette Bening is Dorothea, a 55-year old divorcee with a 15-year old son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Jamie has little memory of his father, who left after he was born.


New Movies, 2-8-17.

   February 6, 2017   

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.


Film Festival presents documentary Oscar shorts programs Feb. 15-16

   February 6, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of The 2017 Oscar Documentary Shorts Programs Feb. 15-16 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


Film Festival presents ‘Oscar Nominated Shorts Film Programs’

   February 6, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona premieres of The 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts Programs Feb. 10-14 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


Years of Living Dangerously film series continues Feb. 9 at Sedona Library

   February 6, 2017   

Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m., Inspiration of Sedona will present a free Arizona premiere screening of National Geographic Channel’s season two of James Cameron’s Emmy award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, followed by an open, public discussion.


New Movies, 2-1-17.

   January 30, 2017   

Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, through the lives and assassinations of three of his friends: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X, using only the writer’s original words.


Moonlight a mesmerizing cinematic experience

By David Kanowsky    January 30, 2017   

Moonlight is a film that is mesmerizing in the way it keeps us involved with, and in, the life of a boy as he grows from grade school age to an adult. It is difficult to take your attention away from the screen but there is no humor or entertainment. What we see is how a person struggles to survive in an environment where he is a misfit, and can’t find where he does fit.


Film Festival presents ‘Alone in Berlin’ premiere Feb. 3-9

   January 30, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Sedona premiere of “Alone in Berlin” — starring Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson — showing Feb. 3-9 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


New Movies, 1-25-17.

   January 23, 2017   

The story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.


Fences exposes pain of an unfulfilled life

By David Kanowsky    January 23, 2017   

A fence refers to the separation between properties, but in this film, it is also a metaphor for mental and emotional barriers that keep people apart. In Fences, Denzel Washington is Troy Maxson, who is the focus of the story and the center of his family and friends we meet.


James Cameron documentary shows how local actions can affect oceans

   January 23, 2017   

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m, Inspiration of Sedona will present a free Arizona premiere screening of National Geographic Channel’s season two of James Cameron’s Emmy award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, followed by an open, public discussion.


Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Reset’ premiere Feb. 2

   January 23, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a one-night only special premiere of the award-winning documentary “Reset” on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


Sedona Film Festival presents Golden Globe nominated ‘Lion’ Jan. 27-Feb. 1

   January 23, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Sedona premiere of “Lion” — nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and featuring an award-winning all-star cast — showing Jan. 27-Feb. 1 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


New Movies, 1-18-17.

   January 16, 2017   

A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.


Film Festival presents ‘Tanna’ premiere Jan. 26

   January 16, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a one-night only special premiere of the award-winning new Australian film “Tanna” on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


‘Hidden Figures’ shows devastation wrought by Jim Crowism

By David Kanowsky    January 16, 2017   

Hidden Figures is a clever title for this story. ‘Figures’ relates to mathematical issues and to people, while ‘hidden’ tells us these issues and the people have been generally unknown to most of us since they were great heroes in the space race against the Soviet Union. Hidden Figures is an excellent depiction of a critical part of the American space program.


Film Festival presents Golden Globe nominated ‘Elle’ and ‘Neruda’ Jan. 13-19

   January 9, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of the Golden Globe Award Best Foreign Language Film nominees “Elle” and “Neruda” showing Jan. 13-19 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Both films will show three times each over that week.


Four local organizations team up to present ‘13th’ premiere Jan. 16

   January 9, 2017   

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Sedona Friends Committee on National Legislation, League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley and Sedona International City of Peace to present the Sedona premiere of the award-winning documentary “13th” on Martin Luther King Day: Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are only $5 each for this special event.


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