Five Must-See Movies This July in Metro Phoenix

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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

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Harkins Camelview 5

7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Film

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

FilmBar

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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