See ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ on big screen for its 40th anniversary
Nostalgia for the past can take you anywhere — even to the future. This week, if you mark the 40th anniversary of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," that means the 2270s, as imagined in the 1970s by Oscar-winning director Robert Wise (and, of course, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry).
Or, if you’re a Gen-X ASU alum, you can relive your Mill Avenue glory days at a screening of “Here’s to Life! The Story of the Refreshments,” about local-legend guitar slinger Roger Clyne.
Our top picks for out-of-the-box film events this week (Sept. 13-19) also includes a 21st-century reinterpretation of “All About Eve” starring Gillian Anderson of “X-Files” fame.
‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ 40th Anniversary
“Star Trek” lasted only three seasons on TV but has become perhaps the most enduring sci-fi franchise in pop culture. Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock made their big-screen debut in December 1979 in this ambitious drama about a mysterious space robot on a mission to destroy the Earth. Not a great film, but the visual effects were a leap forward.
Details: Sept. 15 and 18. Locations and times at fathomevents.com.
‘Here’s to Life! The Story of the Refreshments’
To the rest of the country, they’re a one-hit wonder from ’90s jangle-pop. But to Tempe, the Refreshments were merely the first act for a local legend known as Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. This 2017 documentary tells that story in a screening hosted, very appropriately, by Four Peaks Brewing Co., with some specialty beers if you’d “like to raise another round.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17-18. Alamo Drafthouse, 1140 E. Baseline Road, Tempe. $8. 480-795-6622, drafthouse.com.
National Theatre Live: ‘All About Eve’
The 1950 film classic was adapted for the stage by the influential Belgian director Ivo van Hove and stars Gillian Anderson and Lily James as a Broadway diva and her “biggest fan.” Filmed in London this year, the production features original music by PJ Harvey.
Details: 1 p.m. Sept. 14 and 22. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. $18. 602-257-1222, phxart.org.
‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’
Premiering at Sundance this year, Stanley Nelson’s documentary explores the life and art of trumpeter Miles Davis, who reinvented jazz more than once in the 1950s and ’60s.
Details: Through Sept. 19 (times vary). Film Bar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. $9.95. 602-595-9187, thefilmbarphx.com.
‘Last Call’ Q&A
If you want to hear what it’s like trying to break into indie filmmaking, director Gavin Michael Booth and his two stars will field questions after two screenings of his new thriller. Shot in real-time split-screen, it’s about a life-changing conversation after an alcoholic dials the wrong number for a suicide hotline.
Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 13-14. Flix Brewhouse, 1 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. $7. 480-476-8080, flixbrewhouse.com.
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Published 12:15 PM EDT Sep 12, 2019