Sometimes it's a one-night deal, and sometimes they stick around for weeks, so when it comes to seeing an independent film at one of the local theaters, you'll want to plan ahead.
That's why we've wrangled must-see flicks screening in the Valley this month. Prep your bowl of popcorn and check out our picks ...
5. Crime D'Amour (Love Crime) @ FilmBar
Workplace harassment, sadistic sexual mind games, and political ambition push a devoted assistant to a murderous edge in Alain Corneau's final film, Love Crime.
The suspenseful psychological thriller screens this weekend, November 11 through 13, at various times. Admission is $7.
4. Martha Marcy May Marlene @ Harkins Camelview
See Elizabeth Olsen in her striking performance as a woman who's recently fled from a Catskills-based cult, helmed by John Hawkes' terrifying, twisted patriarch. The well-reviewed film, which received the Cannes stamp of approval, screens at Camelview this month. Find tickets here, and read our full review of the film here.
3. Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold @ Phoenix Art Museum
This sequel to the first Cleopatra Jones blaxploitation film shows in conjunction with the museum's Giorgio di Sant' Angelo fashion exhibition, as it features designs from the innovative Italian-born American designer known for his flare for color and prints. Tickets are $5, and the film screens on Sunday, November 27, at 1 p.m..
2. The Other F Word @ The Royale
Provided the rock lifestyle doesn't do them in, punks grow up just like everybody else. And for dudes who are famed for giving the finger to authority, including Pennywise's Jim Lindberg and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, fatherhood can prove trickier than usual. The Other F Word follows such dad rockers around as they come to grips with becoming authority figures while still maintaining their cred. It screens from November 18 through 30 at various times. Tickets are $8 and available here.
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1. Grassroots @ Coor Hall
Director Stephen Gyllenhaal (yes, Maggie and Jake's dad) brings his Jason Biggs-starring film to ASU as part of the Hollywood Invades Tempe screening and discussion series, which includes free 'za. The film is based on a true story and follows Biggs' character, a Seattle resident and activist, who's embarking on a grassroots campaign as he runs for city council. Admission is free, and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30. Gyllenhaal, along with his co-writer and wife, Kathleen, will discuss the film and take questions after the screening (a bit past 9 p.m.).