Five Must-See Movies This July in Metro Phoenix

Courtesy of Drafthouse Films

Cool it, Phoenix. There are plenty of ways to chill this summer, and moviegoing happens to be one of the most relaxing and cost-effective -- not to mention entertaining. Here are five flicks worth the hot car ride to an icy cold local theater.

A Band Called Death
As the story goes, it was after seeing Alice Cooper in concert that the three brothers Hackney formed protopunk outfit Death. Armed with a seemingly aggressive name, which was actually inspired by the untimely passing of the young men's father, and music that didn't jive with the Motown sound, David, Bobby, and Dannis sought a record deal in mid-1970s Detroit and garnered interest, but they never completed a proper full-length album.

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While the 1970s weren't promising, the 2000s brought renewed interest in the group, as its largely forgotten 45 became a coveted record collector's item, going for nearly $1,000 on eBay. Then Drag City Records released two Death albums: one a seven-song professionally recorded partial album, and another collection of demos.

Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's documentary A Band Called Death reveals the band's trajectory from a languishing genre-less act to an important chapter in the history of punk. The film screens at FilmBar through Thursday, July 4. Tickets to the 21-and-over showings are $8.

Location Info


Harkins Camelview 5

7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Film

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

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