Friday August 17 – Thursday August 23

Featured Film:

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl in Wide Release (Sort Of)

The usual suspects have a pair of excellent repertory options this week. The Northwest Film Forum presenting the restoration of Dennis Hopper’s legendary film maudit The Last Movie, a movie so crazy that it inspired at least two other masterpieces, The American Dreamer, a documentary of sorts about its production, and La última película. The Grand Illusion has another restoration of a 70s classic, Agnès Varda’s One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, which I haven’t seen but it’s apparently a musical and anything Varda directs is worth seeing. But my pick as Featured Film this week is Masaaki Yuasa’s The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, which is playing one show only on Tuesday and Wednesday nights each at most every multiplex in the area. It’s a great film (I reviewed it a few weeks ago), and Yuasa’s one of the most important directors of animation of the last 15 years, so it’s inexplicable that it’s getting this limited of a release. His Lu Over the Wall got a bigger release earlier this year, and while that film was fine, Night is Short is remarkable, a film of rare vibrancy and originality and almost definitely the best Asian romantic comedy that will be playing on Seattle Screens this week.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Gold (Reema Kagti) Fri-Thurs
The Spy Gone North (Yoon Jong-bin) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987) Fri-Tues
Road House (Rowdy Herrington, 1989) Fri-Tues Hecklevision Monday

Century Federal Way:

The Spy Gone North (Yoon Jong-bin) Fri-Thurs
Mr. & Mrs. 420 Returns (Ksshitij Chaudhary) Fri-Thurs


Sound and Vision Film Festival Full Program

Grand Cinema:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs
Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989) Sat Only Free Screening
The Dark Side of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939 and Pink Floyd) Sat Only
The King (Eugene Jarecki) Tues Only
The Age of Consequences (Jared P. Scott) Thurs Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda, 1977) Fri-Thurs
Summer of ’84 (François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell) Fri-Sun Only
Talking Pictures: The Origins of Sound Cinema (Various) Tues Only
Smithereens (Susan Seidelman, 1982) Thurs Only Free, For Members Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Gold (Reema Kagti) Fri-Thurs
Vishwaroopam 2 (Kamal Haasan) Fri-Thurs
Geetha Govindam (Parasuram) Fri-Thurs
Satyameva Jayate (Milap Zaveri) Fri-Thurs
Kolamavu Kokila (Nelson Dilipkumar) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper, 1971) Fri-Thurs
Half the Picture (Amy Adrion) Fri-Sun Director in Attendance Friday
Vietnam and Modes of Resistance Sat Only
Milford Graves Full Mantis (Jake Meginsky) Weds & Thurs Only

AMC Oak Tree:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

Europe Raiders (Jingle Ma) Fri-Thurs
McQueen (Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Buybust (Erik Matti) Fri-Thurs
Gold (Reema Kagti) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (Stephen Nomura Schible) Fri-Sun

SIFF Uptown:

Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Far From the Tree (Rachel Dretzin) Fri-Thurs Q&A Fri & Sat

In Wide Release:

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl (Masaaki Yuasa) Our Review
Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review
Solo (Ron Howard) Our Review
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) Our Review