Friday March 16 – Thursday March 22

Featured Film:

Metropolis at the Ark Lodge

There’s a bunch of cool new stuff on Seattle Screens this week, including The Death of Stalin and Did You Winder Who Fired the Gun?, along with older movies like the launch of SAM’s new Hitchcock series focusing on his films set in Britain, and of course, at long last, the arrival of the restoration of Edward Yang’s masterpiece A Brighter Summer Day, which of course would have been our Featured Film this week if I hadn’t already expanded our reach a few months ago to highlight its screening in Bellingham. Instead, I’m going with the Ark Lodge, which has quietly been playing some interesting repertory as part of their Dark Lodge and Ark Lodge Rewind series. This week they’re playing Fritz Lang’s monumental, iconic Metropolis, a visionary sci-fi epic before such adjectives were debased by lazy critics to describe genre films that have shadows and/or lens flares. They’re playing what they’re calling “The Complete Version” which includes 25 minutes of new footage, probably those bits unearthed in Argentina several years ago. In any version, Lang’s film, about a mad scientist who builds a robot to co-opt a proletarian revolution and the bourgeois man who must stop her and save the people and the woman he loves, is a must-see.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008) Fri-Mon
Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Fri-Weds Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan) Fri-Thurs
A Fantastic Woman (Sebastian Lelio) Fri-Thurs
The Party (Sally Potter) Fri-Thurs
The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle, 1984) Sat Only Free
Liquid Sky (Slava Tsukerman, 1982) Sat Only
In Between (Maysaloun Hamoud) Tues Only
Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979) Weds Only
Never Give Up! MINORU YASUI and the Fight for Justice (Holly Yasui & Will Doolittle) Thurs Only Free
Atlantic. (Jan-Willem van Ewijk) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) Sat-Mon, Weds Our Review
November (Rainer Sarnet) Fri, Sun, Tues & Thurs
Pushing Dead (Tom E. Brown) Fri-Thurs Director in Attendance for the Weekend
Saturday Secret Matinee: Widescreen Thrills Sat Only 16mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (Luv Ranjan) Fri-Thurs
Kirrak Party (Sharan Koppisetty) Fri-Thurs
Raid (Raj Kumar Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Sun & Weds Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson) Fri-Sun Our Review
Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (Thomas Riedelsheimer) Fri-Thurs
A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991) Sun & Mon Only Our Review Our Podcast
12 Days (Raymond Depardon) Weds Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Operation Red Sea (Dante Lam) Fri-Thurs  Our Review

Seattle Art Museum:

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

The Party (Sally Potter) Fri-Sun

Regal Thornton Place:

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Sun & Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

A Fantastic Woman (Sebastian Lelio) Fri-Thurs
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Fri-Thurs
Oh, Lucy! (Atsuko Hirayanagi) Fri-Thurs
Tales from Earthsea (Gorô Miyazaki, 2006) Sun Only

Varsity Theatre:

The Forgiven (Roland Joffé) Fri-Thurs
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Annihilation (Alex Garland) Our Review
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) Our Review
Fifty Shades Freed (James Foley) Our Review
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) Our Review
The Post (Steven Spielberg) Our Review
The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) Our Review Our Podcast
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Our Review
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review