Friday December 30 – Thursday January 5

Featured Film:

Elle at the Seven Gables

I can’t think of any better way to say farewell to 2016 than with Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a singular film and the narrow winner in this year’s Seattle Film Poll, a good riddance to this disaster of a year if ever there was one. 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.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964) Fri Only Sing-along
Titanic (James Cameron, 1991) Mon & Tues Only

SIFF Egyptian:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
The Eyes of My Mother (Nicolas Pesce) Fri-Sat Only
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Lonny Price) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

By Sidney Lumet (Nancy Buirski) Fri-Thurs
Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975) Sun & Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam (G. Nageswara Reddy) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

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

Regal Parkway Plaza:

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

Seven Gables:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Fri, Sun, Mon Quote-along
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) Fri-Mon In Smell-O-Vision

Sundance Cinemas:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) Sat Only New Year’s Eve Party

In Wide Release:

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