Mojin: The Lost Legend (Wu Ershan, 2015)


International treasure Shu Qi stars in this blockbuster effects-action film out of China, opening this week at the Pacific Place. One of a trio of grave robbers, Shu and her compatriots Chen Kun and Huang Bo find themselves roped into a scheme to dig up a MacGuffin from an ancient tomb by a creepy cult leader and her armed gang of nobodies. Deadly traps, zombies, colored lights and CGI adventure follow, with all the weightless, personality-free sheen of 21st century Chinese digital cinema. Directed by Wu Ershan, the man behind 2012’s Painted Skin: The ResurrectionMojin has some potentially intriguing ideas at its core, but one has to dig deep to find them.

Continue reading Mojin: The Lost Legend (Wu Ershan, 2015)”

Friday December 18 – Thursday December 24

Featured Film:

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Grand Illusion

This Christmas a venerable Seattle tradition continues as the Grand Illusion plays, on 35 millimeter film, Frank Capra’s greatest film, the grim, bleak, heart-warming holiday classic from 1946. James Stewart plays a suicidal banker reliving the agonies of his small town, small-time life of thwarted dreams with the help of a bumbling guardian angel. Donna Reed plays the gorgeous girl next door for whom he lassos not the moon but a mortgage and a passel of toothless moochers. As densely-packed with post-war anxiety and shadowy fears as any film noir, it’s desperately cheerful.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of Seattle arthouse and repertory programming in your Inbox every Friday morning.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Chi-Raq (Spike Lee) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Fri-Tues

SIFF Cinema Egyptian:

The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Macbeth (Justin Kurzel) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Jalmari Helander, 2010) Sat Only
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Tues Only Sing-along

Grand Illusion Cinema:

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Thurs 35mm
VHS Uber Alles presents Droid (Peter Williams, 1988) Fri Only VHS

Landmark Guild 45th Theatre:

Youth (Paolo Sorrentino) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Bajirao Mastani (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) Fri-Tues
Diwale (Rohit Shetty) Fri-Tues
The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Youth (Paolo Sorrentino) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Joyeuses Fetes!: A Children’s Film Festival Seattle Preview Sat Only

AMC Loews Oak Tree:

Bajirao Mastani (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Mojin: The Lost Legend (Wu Ershan) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Surprise (Show Joy) Fri-Thurs
He Never Died (Jason Krawczyk) Fri-Thurs
Anguish (Sonny Mallhi) Fri-Thurs
Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Bajirao Mastani (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) Fri-Thurs
Diwale (Rohit Shetty) Fri-Thurs

Scarecrow Video Screening Room:

Reindeer Games (John Frankenheimer, 2000) Fri Only
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Lee Harry, 1987) Sat Only
The Stingiest Man in Town (Rankin-Bass, 1978) Sun Only
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Nicholas Webster, 1964) Mon Only
The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Tues Only
Scrooged (Richard Donner, 1988) Weds Only

Landmark Seven Gables:

Macbeth (Justin Kurzel) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Film Center:

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) Fri-Thurs Smell-o-Vision
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Fri-Thurs Quote-Along

AMC Southcenter:

Bajirao Mastani (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) Fri-Thurs
Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947) Sun & Weds Only

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

Diwale (Rohit Shetty) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Macbeth (Justin Kurzel) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Janis: Little Girl Blue (Amy Berg) Fri-Tues
The Big Short (Adam McKay) Starts Tues

Varsity Theatre:

Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947) Sun & Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Sisters (Jason Moore) Our Review
(John Crowley) Our Review
(Tom McCarthy) Our Review
(Ryan Coogler) Our Review
Bridge of Spies
 (Steven Spielberg) Our Review
The Martian (Ridley Scott) Our Review
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review
Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle) Our Review