Friday, February 13th – Thursday, February 19th

Featured Film:

A Very Seattle Valentine’s Day

Screens across the city celebrate this most romantic of holidays with a collection of love stories spanning 80 years of cinema history. From Clark Gable in the 1930s to Marilyn Monroe in the 50s to the very latest in 21st Century European and Japanese kink, Our Annotated Guide will be sure to match you and your date up with the perfect night out at the movies.
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Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) Fri-Tues
True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993) Fri-Tues
The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003) Thurs Only

Century Federal Way:

C’est si bon (Kim Hyun-seok) Fri-Thurs
Giant (George Stevens, 1956) Sun Only

The Cinerama:

Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) Sat Only
Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955) Sat Only
Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) Sat Only

Grand Cinema:

Stagecoach  (John Ford, 1939) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

R100 (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013) Fri-Thurs Our Preview.
VHSex Sat Only
Saturday Secret Matinee (The Sprocket Society) Sat only

Landmark Guild 45th Theatre:

Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas:

Roy (Vikramjit Singh) Fri-Thurs
Temper (Puri Jagannadh) Fri-Thurs
Giant (George Stevens, 1956) Sun Only

Regal Meridian:

Somewhere Only We Know (Xu Jinglei) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Seattle Asian-American Film Festival Program Details
Fort McMoney Thurs Only

AMC Loews Oak Tree:

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts  Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Spare Parts (Sean McNamera) Fri-Thurs

Scarecrow Video Screening Lounge:

Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, 2001) Fri Only
Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita, 1973) Sat Only
It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) Sun Only
Eastern Europe/Russian Experimental Animation Mon Only
Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002) Tues Only
Go Fish (Rose Troche, 1994) Weds Only
Batman: The Movie (Leslie H. Martinson, 1966) Thurs Only

Seattle Art Museum:

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion   (Elio Petri, 1970) Thurs Only

Landmark Seven Gables:

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts  Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Monk with a Camera (Tina Mascara & Guido Santi, 2013) Fri-Mon
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland) Fri, Sun-Weds
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2010) Sat Only Teens Only
Dear White People (Justin Simien) Mon Only
Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) Tues & Thurs Only
Inside the Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci  (Julian Jones) Thurs Only in 2D

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Fri-Thurs
Hits (David Cross) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) Fri-Thurs Our Preview.
Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) Fri-Thurs
Inside the Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci 3D  (Julian Jones) Fri-Weds
Harold & Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971) Fri-Sun Only
You Can’t Take it With You (Frank Capra, 1938) Tues Only
5Point Film on the Road Thurs Only

Seattle Screen Valentine Scene


Valentine’s Day hits Seattle screens weird this weekend, with off-kilter romances old and new taking over theatres all across the city. Here they are in alphabetical order:

The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014) at SIFF Film Center: I haven’t seen this yet, but it was our friend Matt’s favorite movie of 2014. It’s an homage to the European softcore art-porn films of the 1970s. So I assume it’s pretty romantic with great music and some nifty dissolves.

Giant (George Stevens, 1956) at Cinemark theatres in Federal Way and Bellevue: James Dean makes a fortune in oil to impress Elizabeth Taylor, spends his super-wealthy life in misery when she still prefers Rock Hudson, apparently because she can’t understand a word Dean says because he’s always mumbling.

Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) at the Cinerama: Vivien Leigh’s feisty Southern Belle falls for the one man she can’t dominate (Clark Gable), submits to him (sort of), then sabotages their romance with all the incandescent fire of an orange only achievable in Technicolor.

Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955) at the Cinerama: Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando gamble on whether or not Brando can sleep with Jean Simmons (or “take her to Cuba” as they say). He gets her drunk, they go to Cuba. Also there’s gambling. And music. And everyone talks funny.

Harold & Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971) at the SIFF Uptown: Suicidal teenager falls for batty old lady. A favorite of every girl I went to high school with.

It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) at Scarecrow Video: Paparrazzo Clark Gable stalks runaway heiress Claudette Colbert, destroys the undershirt industry with his daring chest.

Lady Snowblood (Toshiba Fujita, 1973) at Scarecrow Video: Meiko Kaji revenges herself on the people who raped her mother and killed her family. It is snowy and there is blood. Like all Valentine’s Days.

Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) at the Central Cinema: Ewan McGregor invents the mashup and falls tragically in love with Nicole Kidman’s tubercular prostitute and then Kurt Cobain rolls over in his grave.

R100 (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013) at the Grand Illusion: Mike saw this movie and wrote about it. I assume the “R100” rating means it’s fun for all ages.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2010) at the SIFF Uptown: A video game universe teaches bassist Michael Cera the key lesson about relationships: the other person is irrelevant, the important thing is to know that you are awesome.

Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) at the Cinerama: Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis dress in drag to escape mobsters. Curtis pretends to be Cary Grant to sleep with Marilyn Monroe. Lemmon hooks up with Joe E. Brown. Marilyn Monroe is pretty.

True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993) at the Central Cinema: Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are so cool falling in love over a Sonny Chiba triple feature, coffee and pie. Then they travel across the country to make a fortune selling stolen cocaine. As we all do.