Friday February 26 – Thursday March 3

Featured Film:

Only Yesterday at the SIFF Uptown

Isao Takahata’s 1991 masterpiece is finally being released in North America, having been one of the only films produced by Studio Ghibli that Disney did not bother to make available when they controlled the rights to their films, apparently because it’s simply too real. A quiet story of a woman in her late 20s who takes a vacation in the country which inspires a series of memories of her ten year old self, the film shifts fluidly between past and present, between childhood traumas and adults dreams so deftly that the film is more rightly compared to the greatest works by Japanese masters such as Mikio Naruse or Yasujiro Ozu than the products served up lately by Disney, Dreamworks or even Pixar and Hayao Miyazaki. It’s one of the three best films Ghibli ever made (along with Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service and Yoshifumi Kondō’s Whisper of the Heart. It’s playing in both the original Japanese and English-dubbed versions. Despite Daisy Ridley’s voice, there’s really no reason to see the latter: the film is a bit too mature for illiterate children, and if you’re old enough to like this movie, you’re old enough to read subtitles. It’s a film of such locational and cultural specificity that watching it in English is an act of destruction. We talked all about the movie and a lot of other Ghibli films besides a couple of years ago on this episode of the They Shot Pictures podcast.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978) Fri-Weds
Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001) Fri-Weds
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998) Thurs Only

Century Federal Way:

Channo Kamli Yaar Di (Pankaj Batra) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

45 Years (Andrew Haigh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Southbound (Various) Fri & Sat Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Vanished Elephant (Javier Fuentes-León) Fri-Thurs
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (Akiyuki Shimbou) Sat-Mon Only
The Sprocket Society presents Saturday Secret Matinees Sat Only

Landmark Guild 45th Theatre:

A War (Tobias Lindholm) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Neerja (Ram Madhvani) Fri-Thurs
Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive (Abhishek Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Meridian:

45 Years (Andrew Haigh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer (Enrique Begne) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

New Voices of World Cinema (Various) Fri Only
Hadwin’s Judgment (Sasha Snow) Fri & Sat Only
Bob and the Trees (Diego Ongaro) Fri & Sat Only
Schellen-Ursli (The Little Mountain Boy) (Xavier Koller) Sat Only
K2 and the Invisible Footmen (Iara Lee) Sat Only
Bungalow Heaven Sun Only
Drawing the Tiger (Amy Benson) Mon Only
Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) Thurs Only

AMC Loews Oak Tree:

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Mermaid 
(Stephen Chow) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Monkey King 2 (Soi Cheang) Fri-Thurs

The Paramount Theatre:

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Fred Niblo & Charles Brabin, 1925) Mon Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Walang Forever (Dan Villegas) Fri-Thurs
Ip Man 3 (Wilson Yip) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer (Enrique Begne) Fri-Thurs

Scarecrow Video Screening Room:

Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014) Fri Only
Night Movies (Arthur Penn, 1975) Sat Only
King of Kings (Cecl B. DeMille, 1927) Sun Only
Comedy Section Spotlight Sun Only
Chris Marker Group Mon Only

Landmark Seven Gables:

Son of Saul (László Nemes) Fri-Thurs
Rams (Grímur Hákonarson) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Film Center:

The American Friend (Wim Wenders, 1977) Weds Only

AMC Southcenter:

45 Years (Andrew Haigh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Sundance Cinemas:

45 Years (Andrew Haigh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Last Man on the Moon (Mark Craig) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata) Fri-Thurs Our Podcast Subtitled and Dubbed, Check Listings
45 Years
(Andrew Haigh) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Stephen Tobolowsky in person: The Primary Instinct and Groundhog Day Mon Only

In Wide Release:

The Witch (Robert Eggers) Our Review
Hail, Caesar!
 (Joel & Ethan Coen) Our Review
13 Hours 
(Michael Bay) Our Review
The Revenant 
(Alejandro González Iñárritu) Our Review
The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) Our Podcast
(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