5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This October

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Fox Searchlight
Life after pretending to be a superhero examined in Birdman,
We certainly won't judge you if you opt to see Annabelle or any of the classic horror movies screening this October -- it is almost Halloween, after all. However, you should know that there are quite a few great movies coming out this month that don't involve ghoulish dolls or guts exploding out of people -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Music lovers, black comedy fans, and the social media obsessed will certainly have something to see this October, though you seriously can just go watch Halloween at FilmBar. It's not a big deal.


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Jimmy Fallon to Film Post-Super Bowl Tonight Show at Phoenix's Orpheum

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NBC Universal
Jimmy's coming to Phoenix for the 2015 Super Bowl.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is coming to Phoenix.

NBC announced on Tuesday, September 30, that Fallon and company will tape a special episode of the late-night talk show at the Orpheum Theatre. The show will be telecast live on NBC after Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015, and after an episode of The Blacklist.

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The 10 Best Simpsons Episodes Ever

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Fox
Come October, this will basically be us.
With FX's "Simpsons World" set to launch sometime in October, it's only a short matter of time before fans of The Simpsons find themselves glued to the couch, calling in sick to work, and binge-watching episodes until their eyes fall out, Itchy and Scratchy style. "Simpsons World" will offer every episode of the series for streaming via the FXNOW app. Though some fans might want to start from the beginning, it might be a bit less daunting to sample some of The Simpsons' greatest hits before committing to such a project.

While would could hardly say that there are only 10 great Simpsons episodes (that would be blasphemy), we do know the 10 we'll be watching as soon as the all-inclusive app rolls out.


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In The Equalizer, Denzel Kills, Summarizes Hemingway, Kills Again (PODCAST)

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Photo by Scott Garfield - © 2013 CTMG.
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer: "It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore." He's talking about Don Quixote but he's really talking ABOUT HIMSELF.

As Bob McCall in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a regular Joe who turns into an eye-gouging, brain-drilling nightmare for Boston's Russian mob. At first Washington "toodles about a Home Depot-like store, helping customers, decked out in New Balance shoes and jeans so last-century you'll be looking for pleats," writes the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl. That's before he turns DIY crime-fighter in Antoine Fuqua's latest crowd-pleaser.


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Aubrey Plaza to Play Grumpy Cat in Lifetime Movie

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NBC
Let's be honest, Grumpy Cat is basically April Ludgate's spirit animal.
Grumpy Cat has finally found her voice.

Well, technically Hollywood has found it for her. The online feline sensation from Phoenix, known as Tardar Sauce by her owner and Grumpy Cat to virtually anyone with a computer, is set to star in her own Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, this holiday season.

And with word of her theatrical debut having been out since June, Grumpy Cat fans have had months to wonder: Who should speak on this scowling kitty's behalf?


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Finally, a Movie with Liam Neeson That's as Good as Liam Neeson

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Photo by Atsushi Nishijima - © 2014 - Universal Pictures
Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Special guest Inkoo Kang, film critic at TheWrap and news editor at Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, joins Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of the LAWeekly to discuss a variety of topics on this very big podcast, including: The Maze Runner, what it's like interviewing director Steve McQueen, Amy's highlights from the Toronto Film Festival, Kevin Smith's Tusk, and Matthew Crawley, err, Dan Stevens's role in two movies out now -- A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Guest. Alan makes an anti-recommendation for Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and Inkoo heartily endorses season 2 of Masters of Sex on Showtime.


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Mystery Box Short Film Challenge to Test Local Filmmakers and Storytellers

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Team Grace North Back Row
One team films during the last Mystery Box Challenge.
Filmmakers: If you're looking to compete in a film challenge but you don't want to be limited to just 48 hours, IFP/Phoenix has just the event for you. See, unlike many local film challenges that force teams to entirely conceptualize, film, and edit pieces in two days, the Mystery Box Short Film Challenge gives teams a full three weeks to craft a five-minute short film. Pretty luxurious, right?


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FilmBar and Arizona Opera Team Up to Screen Live Opera

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Fidelio Artist via Flickr
High class meets high convenience as two of our favorite spots for arts and culture in downtown Phoenix join forces. This fall, FilmBar and Arizona Opera are teaming up to bring movie-goers and opera-lovers a cinematic series that really hits the high notes, by screening live recordings of some of the most notable works in opera.


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Michael Richards and Pam Grier Join Cast of Durant's Never Closes

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Michael Richards and Pam Grier will join the cast of this Phoenix-based drama.
Sure, you've probably had your fair share of dirty gin martinis while slumped over the Durant's bar, but do you know the man behind the restaurant? Well, a new film from director Travis Mills will focus on just that. While the local tie of Durant's Never Closes is a draw, seeing Michael Richards and Pam Grier in one movie is pretty enticing, too.


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Manhattan Short Film Festival Selections to Screen at Phoenix Art Museum

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Sam Chou
Watch Crime and ten other short films showing at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Be a part of the world's first global film festival when the Manhattan Short Film Festival screens its 10 finalists at the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, October 1. With screenings taking place in 47 countries over the span of 10 days, the MSFF is massive. However, the real reason you should go is because the festival is also known for getting the best of the best short films from around the world and you get to help decide who's the winner.


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