The Adventurers (Stephen Fung, 2017)

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Almost thirty years after A Moment of Romance, Andy Lau still looks impossibly cool riding a motorcycle. He does it here as the lead of a small gang of jewel thieves in Stephen Fung’s heist movie, his first film since the lunatic double punch of 2012’s Tai Chi 0 and Tai Chi Hero. Those films are the most successful yet adaptation of the comic book steampunk aesthetic to the kung fu film, supplementing its basic conceit with a breathless storytelling verve: the on-screen titles introducing the film’s stars all end in exclamation points. The Adventurers finds Fung in a much more relaxed mode, the idiosyncratic personal expression bound within the generic form of a movie designed to meet audience expectations rather than defy them. To this end he’s helped immeasurably by Lau, who has spent much of his long career making otherwise interminable movies watchable (for example Ringo Lam’s laziest film, also called The Adventurers, released in 1995) and Shu Qi, who’s undeniable greatness as an art house actress (Millennium Mambo, The Assassin) tends to overshadow, in the West, a sparkling, magnetic movie star charm (as in Ringo Lam’s goofiest film, 2003’s Looking for Mr. Perfect). The two great stars, ably supported by a multinational cast of veterans (Hong Kong’s Eric Tsang and France’s Jean Reno) and relative newcomers (Zhang Jingchu from China and Tony Yang from Taiwan), enliven what is blatantly a Mission: Impossible knock-off (Reno of course featured in the first film in that series, while Zhang was in the latest one, a performance which amounted to nothing but a superfluous 30 second pandering to the Chinese audience).

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Friday August 11 – Thursday August 17

Featured Film:

Dawson City: Frozen Time at the Northwest Film Forum

Two of my favorite films from this past SIFF open this week, and while I really loved Kogonada’s ode to Ozu and modern architecture, Columbus (playing at the SIFF Uptown), our Featured Film this week has to be Bill Morrison’s sprawling documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time. Springing from the discovery of a horde of silent films buried under an old swimming pool to the concurrent histories of a Klondike Gold Rush town, the North American West and early cinema, and constructed to a large degree out of images from the discovered and decaying nitrate trove, it’s a movie about a specific time and place and about the ghostly interconnectedness that links us inescapably to our past.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Wind River (Taylor Sheridan) Fri-Thurs Our Review
A Taxi Driver (Jang Hoon) Fri-Thurs
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (Soundarya Rajinikanth) Fri-Thurs
Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
Battleship Island (Ryoo Seung-wan) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985) Fri-Weds
City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, 1995) Fri-Weds

SIFF Egyptian:

The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

A Taxi Driver (Jang Hoon) Fri-Thurs
Battleship Island (Ryoo Seung-wan) Fri-Thurs
Bonnie & Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
13 Minutes (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2015) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Sat Only Our Review
This is Spinal Tap (Marty DiBergi, 1984) Mon Only Our Review
Score: A Film Music Documentary (Matt Schrader) Tues Only
National Velvet (Clarence Brown, 1945) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Pop Aye (Kirsten Tan) Fri-Thurs
Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky) Sun-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Step (Amanda Lipitz) Fri-Thurs
Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Nene Raju Nene Mantri (Teja) Fri-Thurs
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (Soundarya Rajinikanth) Fri-Thurs
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (Shree Narayan Singh) Fri-Thurs
LIE (Hanu Raghavapudi) Fri-Thurs
Jaya Janaki Nayaka (Boyapati Srinu) Fri-Thurs In Telgu with No Subtitles
Bonnie & Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (Shree Narayan Singh) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison) Fri-Sun Our Review
Tango Negro (Dom Pedro, 2013) Fri Only
Bless Their Little Hearts (Billy Woodberry, 1984) Sat Only
A Life in Waves/Snakes (Brett Whitcomb, 2017/Art Names 1974) Weds Only Digital/35mm
Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk (Corbett Reford) Thurs Only
Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977) Starts Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Once Upon a Time (Zhao Xiaoding) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Wolf Warrior 2 (Wu Jing) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
Finally Found Someone (Theodore Boborol) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Seattle Art Museum:

To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

I Am the Blues (Daniel Cross) Fri-Sun
Landline (Gillian Robespierre) Tues & Thurs Only Our Review
Les cowboys (Thomas Bidegain, 2015) Weds Only

Regal Thornton Place:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Columbus (Kogonada) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Step (Amanda Lipitz) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

13 Minutes (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2015) Fri-Thurs
Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Bonnie & Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) Weds Only

In Wide Release:


Baby Driver (Edgar Wrighht) Our Review

Once Upon a Time (Zhao Xiaoding, 2017)

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The intersection between myth and teen drama, between cartoon wuxia and soap opera, with a dash of Hitchcock just to make things interesting, Once Upon a Time is unlike anything likely to play on Seattle Screens this year. The directorial debut of longtime Zhang Yimou cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding (he shot all of Zhang’s films from House of Flying Daggers through The Great Wall), it’s as lushly gorgeous as anything in higher profile releases like Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back, with acres of peach blossoms, castles in the clouds, and godlike beings morphing freely into animals. The story is adapted from a 2008 online fantasy novel called Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms by Tang Qi, which may have been plagiarized from an earlier online fantasy novel called The Peach Blossom Debt by Da Feng. (You can read about the allegations and compare some evidence for yourself here. I can’t read Chinese, so I can’t judge if it is outright plagiarism or simple imitation. The fact that both works were published online and that in Da Feng’s the romance is homosexual (LGBT depictions are officially banned on television and online media in China) makes the issue particularly complicated). The novel was also adapted earlier this year as the Chinese TV series Eternal Love starring Mark Chao and Yang Mi.

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Wolf Warrior 2 (Wu Jing, 2017)

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Somewhat surprisingly, Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2 is smashing box office records across China, on pace to overtake last year’s The Mermaid as the number one Chinese film of all-time. Wu is probably the greatest Chinese martial arts star of his generation, best known here in the US for his starring role in SPL 2: A Time for Consequences, which the best action film to play here last year. He both stars and directs, as he did with Wolf Warriors, released in 2015. In the first one, he plays Leng Feng, a badass soldier who gets recruited into the Wolf Warrior brigade of the People’s Liberation Army, an elite special forces unit. During a training exercise, he and his squadmates are attacked by a multiethnic band of vicious mercenaries led by Scott Adkins who was hired by a drug lord seeking revenge on Leng for murdering his brother, and also as the cover for a scheme to steal a virus that only kills Chinese people. The film is an unabashed propaganda piece about the skills, technology and valor of the PLA, but it’s got a lot of cool jungle action and it moves along quickly.

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Friday August 4 – Thursday August 10

Featured Film:

Ugetsu at the Northwest Film Forum

There are some fine new movies this week, led by João Pedro Rodrigues’s The Ornithologist at the Film Forum and the new Imtiaz Ali film, Jab Harry Met Sejal, playing at a handful of area theatres, along with some excellent repertory films: They Live at the Ark Lodge, Do the Right Thing (what a great choice for the hottest week of the year) at the Central Cinemas, the late George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the Grand, and Howard Hawks’s Monkey Business, the penultimate film in SAM’s Cary Grant series. But it’s been awhile since Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu played here, and the NWFF has it this weekend in a new restoration. It’s a ghost story about two doomed men and the women who ultimately pay the price for their ambition. It’s the best movie by one of the greatest filmmakers ever.

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theatre:

NY Dog Film Festival Sun Only

AMC Alderwood:

Battleship Island (Ryoo Seung-wan) Fri-Thurs
Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
They Live (John Carpenter, 1988) Thurs Only

Central Cinema:

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) Fri-Mon
The Muppet Movie (James Frawley, 1979) Fri-Mon
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975) Tues & Weds Only

Century Federal Way:

Vekh Barataan Chaliyaan (Ksshitij Chaudhary) Fri-Thurs
Toofan Singh (Baghal Singh) Fri-Thurs
Battleship Island (Ryoo Seung-wan) Fri-Thurs
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) Sat Only
Food Evolution (Scott Hamilton Kennedy) Tues Only
Deconstructing the Beatles: Revolver (Scott Freiman) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Untamed (Amat Escalante) Fri-Thurs
Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky) Mon-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs
Fidaa (Sekhar Kammula) Fri-Thurs
Mubarakan (Anees Bazmee) Fri-Thurs
Vikram Vedha (Pushkar and Gayathri) Fri-Thurs
Nakshatram (Krishna Vamsi) Fri-Thurs
Darsakadu (Jakka Hariprasad) Fri-Thurs In Telgu with No Subtitles
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues) Fri-Sun Our Review
Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953) Fri- Sun
The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz) Weds & Thurs Only
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (Corbett Reford) Weds Only
Bless Their Little Hearts (Billy Woodberry, 1984) Thurs & Sat Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Wolf Warrior 2 (Wu Jing) Fri-Thurs
The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994) Fri Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Jab Harry Met Sejal (Imtiaz Ali) Fri-Thurs
Finally Found Someone (Theodore Boborol) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Landline (Gillian Robespierre) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs
Some Freaks (Ian MacAllister McDonald) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Monkey Business (Howard Hawks, 1952) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

The Skyjacker’s Tale (Jamie Kastner) Fri-Sun
Business in the Black (Anthony Brogdon) Thurs Only

AMC Southcenter:

An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs
The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Landline (Gillian Robespierre) Starts Thurs Our Review
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd) Fri-Mon, Weds-Thurs
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Mon, Weds Our Review
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk) Fri-Thurs
Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade/Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1989/1993) Thurs Only 35mm(?) Double Feature

Varsity Theatre:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
Fun Mom Dinner (Alethea Jones) Fri-Thurs
Brave New Jersey (Jody Lambert) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:


Baby Driver (Edgar Wrighht) Our Review

Friday July 28 – Thursday August 3

Featured Film:

Landline at the Uptown and the AMC Seattle

Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate’s follow-up to Obvious Child, one of the finest romantic comedies of the decade, is a more expansive film, following the cracking up of a New York family in the mid-90s as two sisters (Slate and Abby Quinn) discover their father (John Turturro) has been cheating on their mother. It’s a coming of age story in triplicate, focusing on women dealing with crises at different stages of life (along the lines of Sylvia Chang’s 20 30 40). I wrote a bit about it at SIFF this year, and this week Melissa takes a longer look at it. Landline opens at the Uptown and what we’ve apparently agreed to call the “AMC Seattle 10” (formerly the Seattle Sundance, formerly the Metro Cinemas).

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) Fri-Weds Our Podcast
Bring It On (Peyton Reed, 2000) Fri-Tues
Come Drink with Me (King Hu, 1966) Weds Only Our Review Our Podcast

Crest Cinema Center:

The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Egyptian:

A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Vekh Barataan Chaliyaan (Ksshitij Chaudhary) Fri-Thurs
The Black Prince (Kavi Raz) Fri-Thurs
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Dave Made a Maze (Bill Watterson) Fri Only
Tommy (Ken Russell, 1975) Sat Only
Moka (Frederic Mermoud) Tues Only
Deconstructing the Beatles: Rubber Soul (Scott Freiman) Weds Only
Eyes of the Totem (WS Van Dyke, 1927) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd) Fri-Thurs
Fidaa (Sekhar Kammula) Fri-Thurs
Mubarakan (Anees Bazmee) Fri-Thurs
Vikram Vedha (Pushkar and Gayathri) Fri-Thurs
Gautham Nanda (Sampath Nandi) Fri-Thurs
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

City of Ghosts (Matthew Heineman) Fri-Thurs
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (Linda Saffire & Adam Schlesinger) Fri-Sun, Weds-Thurs
VIDEOJOY (Tommy Swenson) Fri Only
The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues) Weds-Sun

AMC Oak Tree:

Scales: Mermaids Are Real (Kevan Peterson) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Wolf Warrior 2 (Wu Jing) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Seattle:

Landline (Gillian Robespierre) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd) Fri-Thurs
A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Seattle Art Museum:

People Will Talk (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1951) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Mali Blues (Lutz Gregor) Fri-Sun

AMC Southcenter:

A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Thornton Place:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Landline (Gillian Robespierre) Starts Thurs Our Review
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd) Fri-Thurs
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Raiders of the Lost Ark/Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg, 1981/1984) Thurs Only 35mm Double Feature

Varsity Theatre:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
Neither Wolf nor Dog (Steven Lewis Simpson) Fri-Thurs
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982) Weds Only
Grateful Dead Meet Up 2017 Tues Only

In Wide Release:


Baby Driver (Edgar Wrighht) Our Review
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) Our Review

Meow (Benny Chan, 2017)

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From Mao to Meow: Revolution in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Pop will eat itself.

Last summer veteran Hong Kong director Benny Chan brought us the year’s best martial arts film with the High Noon variation Call of Heroes. This year, he’s made the summer’s most improbable movie: a heart-warming comedy about a giant alien cat who befriends a mop-headed Louis Koo and his wacky family. Pudding is the greatest warrior on the distant planet Meow, a cat-world (literally: it’s shaped like a cat’s head) wracked by meteor collisions that has been hoping to colonize Earth for centuries. But none of the cat-agents sent to Earth have ever returned, though there are snippets of their successes: inspiring worship from the ancient Egyptians and modeling yoga in India. Pudding crashes on Earth and loses his MacGuffin, making him susceptible to the corrupting influences of Earth static. In a last ditch effort to save himself, he merges with the form of a fat orange house-cat, the resulting abomination being a obese, six foot tall ball of cuteness.

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Friday July 21 – Thursday July 27

Featured Film:

A Ghost Story at the Egyptian and the Lincoln Square

David Lowery’s Sundance hit is proving to be one of the more divisive art house films of the year, with critics finding its unusual mix of time-bending grief and outright silliness either deeply moving or deeply stupid. Casey Affleck plays the eponymous ghost, covered in a white sheet with cut-out eyeholes. He floats along, haunting his home, watching his wife (Rooney Mara) grieve for him, eat a pie and eventually move away, leaving him to his sad eternity. Ryan was underwhelmed by it in his review, and Evan agreed with him on our SIFF podcast, where I attempted to stick up for the film.

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theatre:

Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936) Tues Only

AMC Alderwood:

Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002) Sun Only

Central Cinema:

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Fri-Weds
Blade (Stephen Norrington, 1998) Fri-Mon, Weds
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) Tues Only

Crest Cinema Center:

The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Egyptian:

A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

The Black Prince (Kavi Raz) Fri-Thurs
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Dubbed Sun, Subbed Mon Our Podcast

Grand Cinema:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
The Dark Side of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) Sat Only
Manifesto (Julian Rosefeldt, 2015) Tues Only Our Review
Disturbing the Peace (Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young) Thurs Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky) Fri-Thurs
The Wild Search (Shine Louise Houston) Thurs Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

A Ghost Story (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Fidaa (Sekhar Kammula) Fri-Thurs
Munna Michael (Sabbir Khan) Fri-Thurs
Vikram Vedha (Pushkar and Gayathri) Fri-Thurs
Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs
Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002) Sun Only
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Dubbed Sun, Subbed Mon Our Podcast

Regal Meridian:

City of Ghosts (Matthew Heineman) Fri-Thurs
Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs
Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002) Sun Only
The Ancient Magus Bride (LeSean Thomas) Weds Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì) Fri-Sun
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (Linda Saffire & Adam Schlesinger) Starts Weds

AMC Oak Tree:

Scales: Mermaids Are Real (Kevan Peterson) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Meow (Benny Chan) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002) Sun Only
The Ancient Magus Bride (LeSean Thomas) Weds Only

AMC Seattle:

The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review
B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Photography (Errol Morris) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer (Irving Reis, 1947) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994) Fri-Sun

Regal Thornton Place:

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Sun & Mon Only Our Podcast

SIFF Uptown:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Abacus (Steve James) Fri-Thurs
Landline (Gillian Robespierre) Starts Thurs Our Review
Brazil/Repo Man (Terry Gilliam, 1985/Alex Cox, 1984) Thurs Only 35mm Double Feature

Varsity Theatre:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
Neither Wolf nor Dog (Steven Lewis Simpson) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Our Review
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola) Our Review
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) Our Review

Friday July 14 – Thursday July 20

Featured Film:

Hermia and Helena at the Northwest Film Forum

The latest in Argentinean director Matías Piñeiro’s films inspired by Shakespeare takes A Midsummer Night’s Dream as its jumping off point. Camila (Agustina Muñoz) goes from Buenos Aires to New York as part of a special school program where she’ll work on translating the play. The Bard is less apparently central to the story than he was in Viola or The Princess of France, instead we track several of Camila’s relationships past and present; romantic, familial, and mysterious. Somewhat more conventional but no less affecting than those previous films, it was one of the highlights at last year’s Vancouver Film Festival.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Fifth Element (Luc Besson, 1997) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984) Fri-Weds Our Podcast Subtitled Tues & Weds
Red Sonja (Richard Fleische, 1985) Fri-Tues

Crest Cinema Center:

The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Egyptian:

The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Channa Mereya (Pankaj Batra) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

The Wedding Plan (Rama Burshtein) Fri-Thurs
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999) Sat Only
Pink Floyd: The Wall (Alan Parker & Gerald Scarfe, 1982) Sat Only
Sacred (Thomas Lennon) Tues Only
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (Matt Schrader) Fri-Thurs
Lake Street Detective (Erik Hammen) Thurs Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs
Shamantakamani (Venki) Fri-Thurs
Mom (Ravi Udyawar) Fri-Thurs
Ninnu Kori (Shiva Nirvana) Fri-Thurs
Muramba (Varun Narvekar) Sat Only
Chi Va Chi Sau Ka (Paresh Mokashi) Sun Only

Regal Meridian:

Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro) Fri-Sun Our Review
Anna Karenina (Angelica Cholina) Sat Only
Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì) Weds-Sun
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984) Weds Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Our Time Will Come (Ann Hui) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Wu Kong (Derek Kwok) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jagga Jasoos (Anurag Basu) Fri-Thurs
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Journey (Nick Hamm) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer (Irving Reis, 1947) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Glory (Petar Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva) Fri-Sun

SIFF Uptown:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Exception (David Leveaux) Fri-Sun
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Sun
48 Hour Film Project Mon-Weds
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial/Starship Troopers (Steven Spielberg, 1982/Paul Verhoeven, 1997) Thurs Only 35mm Double Feature

Varsity Theatre:

Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs
New York Dog Film Festival Sun Only

In Wide Release:

The Beguiled (Sophia Coppola) Our Review
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) Our Review
Alien Covenant (Ridley Scott) Our Review

Friday July 7 – Thursday July 13

Featured Film:

Our Time Will Come at the Pacific Place

The only World War II film by a major director you need to see this summer opens this week, on a single screen at the Pacific Place. Ann Hui’s film about a small network of agents working against the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong stars Eddie Peng, Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Jessie Li, Deanie Ip and The Other Tony Leung. With crisp, tense suspense and action sequences and a subtly expansive view of the demographics of heroism, it’s as accomplished and assured a work of popular filmmaking as we’ve seen in Seattle this year. Don’t miss it.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988) Fri-Tues
Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma, 1996) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980) Sun & Weds Only
Planet of the Apes Triple Feature (Various) Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

The Wedding Plan (Rama Burshtein) Fri-Thurs
Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
Xanadu (Robert Greenwald, 1980) Sat Only
TWIST Tops presents Best Short Films Tues Only
Check It (Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Night School (Andrew Cohn) Fri-Thurs
Lake Street Detective (Erik Hammen) Thurs Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs
Mom (Ravi Udyawar) Fri-Thurs
Ninnu Kori (Shiva Nirvana) Fri-Thurs
9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980) Sun & Weds Only
Planet of the Apes Triple Feature (Various) Weds Only
The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999) Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Sacred (Thomas Lennon) Sun-Thurs
Stone Cold (Craig R. Baxley, 1991) Weds Only Live Commentary

AMC Oak Tree:

Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Pacific Place:

Our Time Will Come (Ann Hui) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Journey (Nick Hamm) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Mr. Lucky (HC Potter, 1943) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Czech That Film Festival Fri-Sun Full Program
Ridicule (Patrice Leconte, 1996) Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Maudie (Aisling Walsh) Fri-Thurs
The Exception (David Leveaux) Fri-Weds
The Hero (Brett Haley) Fri-Weds
The Big Lebowski/Fast Times at Ridgemont High (The Coen Brothers, 1998/Amy Heckerling, 1982) Thurs Only 35mm Double Feature
Bottom Dollars (Jordan Melograna) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

The Beguiled (Sophia Coppola) Our Review
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) Our Review
Alien Covenant (Ridley Scott) Our Review