The 14th annual Phoenix Film Festival opens Thursday, April 3, with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the UK thriller Locke. Starring the alternately heartthrobby and horrifying Tom Hardy, this Steven Knight film unravels the life of a man over the course of a car ride.
But the festival lineup isn't all heavy. Nightly parties at the festival pavilion run through Sunday, April 6. And there are plenty of mood-lightening flicks to be seen, including the Jenny Slate comedy Obvious Child, which screens at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and was met with positive reviews at Sundance and South by Southwest. And, while we wouldn't call it mood-lightening, locally made documentary The Joe Show examines our one and only sheriff.
That's just a small sampling of the nearly 200 films that fill up the festival, which runs through Thursday, April 10. Consult www.phoenixfilmfestival.com for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Admission is $13 for single screenings. Passes range in price from a $40 flex pass, which grants access to four flicks, to a $300 platinum pass, which includes access to all screenings, preferential seating, and admission to parties. All screenings take place at Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 East Mayo Boulevard. Call 602-955-6444.