Friday April 13 – Thursday April 19

Featured Film:

Oxhide II at the Northwest Film Forum

The NWFF’s killer month continues with a host of great film events this week. Setting aside the return of their giallo series with Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, a 35mm screening of The Murder of Fred Hampton, the fascinating sounding Crossroads and The Exploding Digital Inevitable, Bruno Dumont’s Joan of Arc movie Jeannette and the latest doc from sensory Ethnography Lab alum JP Sniadecki, El mar la mar, later in the week, this weekend they’ve got an exclusive of Hong Sangsoo’s utterly delightful Claire’s Camera (I’ll be seeing it for the fourth time). But my pick for the must-see movie of the week has got to be Liu Jiayin’s 2009 Oxhide II, one of the very best films of this century, playing for one show only on Saturday in what I believe is its first ever screening in the Seattle area. Made with only nine precisely timed and framed shots, each rotated laterally 45 degrees from the previous shot, it chronicles Liu and her parents at work in their kitchen as they make and eat dumplings for dinner. The set-ups are ingenious, and the film captures as fully as any verité documentary the pure joy of just watching people do stuff. It’s also a warm and funny portrait of a family, a lifetime of arguments and jokes and stories behind every (fully scripted) exchange.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (Robert Aldrich, 1962) Fri-Thurs
Friday the 13th Part IV (Joseph Zito, 1984) Fri Only
All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950) Sat-Weds
Imitation Girl (Natasha Kermani) Thurs Only

Central Cinema:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000) Fri-Tues Our Review
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) Fri-Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Subedar Joginder Singh (Simerjit Singh) Fri-Thurs
Golak Bugni Bank Te Batua (Ksshitij Chaudhary) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzì) Fri-Thurs
Finding Your Feet (Richard Loncraine) Fri-Thurs
Lowlife (Ryan Prows) Sat Only
Gook (Justin Chon) Sun Only Our Review
Out of State (Ciara Lacy) Tues Only
Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953) Weds Only
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza) Thurs Only Our Review

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Borg vs. McEnroe (Janus Metz) Fri-Thurs
Submergence (Wim Wenders) Fri-Thurs
Rogers Park (Kyle Henry) Sun & Mon Only Director in Attendance

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Blackmail (Abhinay Deo) Fri-Thurs
Krishnarjuna Yudham (Merlapaka Gandhi) Fri-Thurs
Rangasthalam (Sukumar) Fri-Thurs
October (Shoojit Sircar) Fri-Thurs
Chal Mohan Ranga (Krishna Chaitanya) Fri-Thurs
Mercury (Karthik Subbaraj) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Itzhak (Alison Chernick) Fri-Thurs
October (Shoojit Sircar) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo) Fri-Sun Our Review Our Discussion
Dream Empire (David Borenstein) Fri Only
Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan (Manfred Kirchheimer) Sat Only
Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin, 2009) Sat Only
The Murder of Fred Hampton (Howard Alk, 1971) Sun Only 35mm
Crossroads and The Exploding Digital Inevitable (Bruce Connor, 1976/Ross Lipman) Tues Only
Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) Weds & Thurs Only
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento, 1970) Weds Only
El mar la mar (Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki) Thurs Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Finding Your Feet (Richard Loncraine) Fri-Thurs

Paramount Theatre:

Stage Struck (Allan Dwan, 1925) Mon Only Live Score

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Never Not Love You (Antoinette Jadaone) Fri-Thurs
Finding Your Feet (Richard Loncraine) Fri-Thurs
The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzì) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Finding Your Feet (Richard Loncraine) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (Dave O’Leske) Fri-Weds

Regal Thornton Place:

Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978) Sat Only

SIFF Uptown:

Outside In (Lynn Shelton) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Gemini (Aaron Katz) Fri-Weds
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Fri-Thurs Our Review
BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest 2018 Sat Only
The Rooted in Rights Storytellers Film Festival: Creating a Community of Inclusion Tues Only

Varsity Theatre:

A Ordinary Man (Brad Silberling) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) Our Review
Annihilation (Alex Garland) Our Review
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) Our Review
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review