Friday December 23 – Thursday December 29

Featured Film:

Elle at the Seven Gables

It’s Isabelle Huppert’s year and I can’t think of any better way to spend this holiday weekend than with her and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a singular film and the narrow winner in this year’s Seattle Film Poll, it’s sure to give you and the family something to talk about over Christmas dinner. It’s not exactly a dark comedy, but neither is it a brutish nightmare of a rape-revenge film. I think it’s about the struggle to maintain control over one’s life, about not letting anything that happens to you define you. It leaves open the question of whether that striving for independence is ultimately dehumanizing or, paradoxically, what makes us human in the first place. No more challenging or upsetting film has been released this year. Go ahead and pair it with Huppert’s more elegantly sublime performance in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come, which plays for two more days this week, on Friday and Saturday at the Sundance Cinemas.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964) Mon-Fri Sing-along

SIFF Egyptian:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell) Fri-Sat Only
Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979) Mon Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Thurs 35mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

The Wasted Times (Cheng Er) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Befikre (Aditya Chopra) Fri-Thurs
The Super Parental Guardians (Joyce E. Bernal) Fri-Thurs

Seven Gables:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Mon-Thurs Quote-along
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) Fri, Sat, Mon-Thurs In Smell-O-Vision
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Fri-Sat Only Sing-along

Sundance Cinemas:

Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) Fri-Sat Only Our Review Our Other Review
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Sat Only
Fiddler On the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) Sun Only With Chinese Takeout and Live Klezmer Music

In Wide Release:

La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel) Our Review
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review