More Than A Summer Blockbuster

July 27, 2011 | 4:38 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

There is something about spending a summer evening watching a movie that just feels right. A trip to the theater is enough of an outing to qualify as “doing something”, but the effort involved still makes it relaxing and stress free. But what to do when the films out there seem like a big ‘ol déjà vu? Two friends agreeing to have sex without complications? Harry Potter defeating Lord Voldemort? Comic book heroes saving the world from supernatural forces? Pretty sure we’ve been there, positive they’ve overdone that.

Well, thanks to the Phoenix Art Museum and their “More Than a Movie” exhibition starting July 31 through September 21, you can officially get out of the big studio movie rut. The museum will be offering free screenings of thought-provoking art films as well as films relevant to the museums collections with an opportunity for discussion with filmmakers and special guest speakers after the flick is through. Films like the Academy Award Winning Pan’s Labryinth or the critically acclaimed Werner Herzog film, Grizzly Man, are among the 10 films playing during this event. Grab a group or fly solo, this experience is one to enrich your summer evening and bring something more to the table than a predictable ending and a Hollywood sculpted derrière.




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