Friday May 17 – Thursday May 23

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Featured Film:

SIFF Week One

It’s time again for the marathon of movie-watching that is the Seattle International Film Festival. As usual we’ll be covering the festival with a variety of reviews, capsule reviews and probably a podcast. Some of the titles we’re looking forward to in this first week include: the Vietnamese drama The Third Wife, Mark Cousins’s new doc Storm in My Heart, Jafar Panahi’s latest 3 Faces, the neo-giallo Knife + Heart, omnibus film Ten Years Thailand, revivals of Fritz Lang’s Spione and Joan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines, Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man and Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick) Fri-Thurs 
Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese, 1991) Fri, Sat, Mon-Weds
Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008) Fri-Weds Dubbed and Subtitled, Check Listings 

SIFF Egyptian:

The 2019 Seattle International Film Festival Full Program 

Century Federal Way:

Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989) Sun & Weds Only 

Grand Cinema:

The White Crow (Ralph Fiennes) Fri-Thurs  
Red Joan (Trevor Nunn) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Sat Only Two Showings, Dubbed or Subtitled Our Review 
Nureyev (David Morris, Jacqui Morris) Sat & Sun Only 
Bad Black (Nabwana IGG, 2016) Sat Only Our Review 
The Crow (Alex Proyas, 1994) Mon Only 
The Most Dangerous Year (Vlada Knowlton) Tues Only 
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) Weds Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry) Fri-Sun Our Review 
Aniara (Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja) Fri-Thurs 
Instant Dreams (Willem Baptist) Sat-Sun, Tues-Weds 
Blood Lake (Tim Boggs, 1987) Mon Only Members Only, RSVP req.

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Maharshi (Vamsi Paidipally) Fri-Thurs 
Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick) Fri-Thurs 
Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 
ABCD (Sanjeev Reddy) Fri-Thurs 
De De Pyaar De (Akiv Ali) Fri-Thurs 
Mr. Local (M. Rajesh) Fri-Thurs 
Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989) Sun & Weds Only 

Regal Meridian:

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick) Fri-Thurs 
The White Crow (Ralph Fiennes) Fri-Thurs 
Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

The Most Dangerous Year (Vlada Knowlton) Fri-Tues 
The Feeling of being Watched (Assia Boundaoui) Fri-Sun 
Scott Walker: 30th Century Man (Stephen Kijak, 2008) Sun-Tues & Thurs Only 
A Tribute to Barbara Hammer: Making Movies out of Sex and Life Weds Only 
The Serengeti Rules (Nicolas Brown) Starts Weds 

AMC Pacific Place:

Shadow (Zhang Yimou) Fri-Thurs Our Review 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 
De De Pyaar De (Akiv Ali) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

The Chaperone (Michael Engler) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Film Center:

The 2019 Seattle International Film Festival Full Program 

AMC Southcenter:

The Chaperone (Michael Engler) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

The 2019 Seattle International Film Festival Full Program 

Varsity Theatre:

Red Joan (Trevor Nunn) Fri-Thurs 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Stacie Passon) Fri-Thurs 
The Professor (Wayne Roberts) Fri-Thurs 
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984) Mon & Tues Only Our Podcast 
Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989) Weds Only 
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Friday May 10 – Thursday May 16

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Featured Film:

Shadow at the Grand Illusion and the Pacific Place

Zhang Yimou’s latest decorous wuxia opens this week at the Grand Illusion and the Pacific Place. It isn’t as great a film as Hero or House of Flying Daggers, but its black white and gray color palette, inspired by traditional ink wash painting, is certainly something we’ve never seen before, as is its impressive use of umbrellas. Set loosely in the Three Kingdoms era, Shadow spends a lot of time establishing a convoluted conspiracy the goal of which is to maneuver two states into war. Deng Chao plays a dual role as the evil general and his more honorable double, and his broad performances detract from whatever nuance there is to the movie. But the action is great and the whole thing looks pretty cool.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) Fri-Weds
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Fri-Weds Dubbed and Subtitled, Check Listings Our Review

SIFF Egyptian:

Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White) Fri-Sun 

Century Federal Way:

Lukan Michi (M. Hundal) Fri-Thurs 

Grand Cinema:

Maze (Stephen Burke) Fri-Thurs 
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
253 Short Film Party Fri Only 
Cowboy in Sweden (Torbjorn Axelman & Charlie Wallace, 1970) Sat Only 
Babylon (Franco Rosso, 1980) Tues Only 
Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962) Weds Only 
The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925) Thurs Only Live Score

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Shadow (Zhang Yimou) Fri-Thurs Our Review 

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Maharshi (Vamsi Paidipally) Fri-Thurs 
Kee (Kalees) Fri-Thurs 
Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 
Uyare (Manu Ashokan) Fri-Thurs 
Vellaipookal (Vivek Elangovan) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Meridian:

Maharshi (Vamsi Paidipally) Fri-Thurs 
The White Crow (Ralph Fiennes) Fri-Thurs 
Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

If the Dancer Dances (Maia Wechsler) Fri-Thurs 
Adventures of Aladdin (Glenn Campbell) Fri-Thurs 
Carmine Street Guitars (Ron Mann) Fri, Sun & Thurs Only 
Shelf Life (Paul Bartel, 1993) Sat Only Q&A with Writers and Stars
Take it Down! (Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown) Weds Only 

AMC Pacific Place:

Shadow (Zhang Yimou) Fri-Thurs Our Review 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra) Fri-Thurs 
El Chicano (Ben Bray) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

The Chaperone (Michael Engler) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes, 1966) Thurs Only 

AMC Southcenter:

El Chicano (Ben Bray) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Sun
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) Fri-Sun
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Sun Our Discussion 
Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry) Fri-Sun Our Review

Varsity Theatre:

Red Joan (Trevor Nunn) Fri-Thurs 
Charlie Says (Mary Harron) Fri-Thurs 

Friday May 3 – Thursday May 9

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Featured Film:

High Life at the SIFF Uptown

I’m either a week ahead or a week behind, having already reviewed the Chinese movie that’s opening here next week (Shadow) but not yet two of the ones that are playing this week (Suburban Birds and Savage). I’ll get to those in a couple of days, and I hope to catch up to Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell (which opens on Sunday at the Uptown) soon as well. But I’m going with Claire Denis’s English-language sci-fi movie with Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson as the Featured Film this week, because it’s probably the last chance we’ll have to see it here in Seattle (yeah, I haven’t watched it yet either) and Evan and Lawrence had an excellent discussion about it a couple of weeks ago.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

El Chicano (Ben Bray) Fri-Thurs 

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker, 1980) Fri-Weds
Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992) Fri-Weds Dubbed and Subtitled, Check Listings

SIFF Egyptian:

Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White) Fri-Thurs 

Century Federal Way:

Blackia (Sukhminder Dhanjal) Fri-Thurs 
True Grit (Henry Hathaway, 1969) Sun & Weds Only Our Podcast

Grand Cinema:

Wild Nights with Emily (Madeleine Olnek) Fri-Thurs 
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
The Blair Witch Project (Eduardo Sánchez & Daniel Myrick, 1999) Sat Only 
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green) Tues Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Dogman (Matteo Garrone) Fri-Thurs 
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (Andy Sidaris) Fri, Sat & Tues Only 

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Jersey (Gowtam Tinnanuri) Fri-Thurs 
Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 
Nuvvu Thopu Ra (Harinath Babu B) Fri & Sat Only 
Oru Yamandan Premakadha (B.C. Noufal) Fri-Thurs 
Vellaipookal (Vivek Elangovan) Fri-Thurs 
True Grit (Henry Hathaway, 1969) Sun & Weds Only Our Podcast

Regal Meridian:

Red Joan (Trevor Nunn) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng) Fri-Tues Our Review
Arcadia (Paul Wright) Fri-Thurs 
Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng) Starts Weds 

AMC Pacific Place:

Savage (Cui Siwei) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Always Miss You (Chen Hung-i) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 
El Chicano (Ben Bray) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

Red Joan (Trevor Nunn) Fri-Thurs 
Maze (Stephen Burke) Fri-Thurs 
Family (Laura Steinel) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

I’m All Right, Jack (John Boulting, 1959) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

El Chicano (Ben Bray) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) Fri-Thurs 
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs Our Discussion 
Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry) Sun-Thurs 

Varsity Theatre:

Transit (Christian Petzold) Fri-Thurs Our Podcast
Hesburgh (Patrick Creadon) Fri-Thurs 
I’ll Take Your Dead (Chad Archibald) Fri-Thurs 
Tell It to the Bees (Annabel Jankel) Fri-Thurs 
True Grit (Henry Hathaway, 1969) Weds Only Our Podcast

Friday April 26 – Thursday May 2

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Featured Film:

Hotel by the River at the Northwest Film Forum

There’s a big new superhero movie this week of course, and the Grand Illusion has The Godfather Part II (good movie, imo) on 35mm, but if you know anything about us here at Seattle Screen Scene, you know that our Featured Film this week has got to be the latest from Hong Sangsoo, playing this weekend only at the Film Forum. It’s not our favorite Hong, something we talk about in a discussion which should be up here soon, nor even our favorite of the movies Hong made in 2018 (that would be Grass, which just opened in New York and should make its way here later this year) but it is definitely essential viewing.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Family (Laura Steinel) Fri-Thurs 

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Back to the Future Part II (Robert Zemeckis, 1989) Fri-Tues
Stargate (Roland Emmerich, 1994) Fri-Weds 

SIFF Egyptian:

Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) Fri-Thurs 

Grand Cinema:

Wild Nights with Emily (Madeleine Olnek) Fri-Thurs 
Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) Fri & Sat Only 
Jinn (Nijla Mumin) Sun Only 
A Bread Factory Part One (Patrick Wang) Tues Only 
A Bread Factory Part Two (Patrick Wang) Tues & Weds Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Godfather Part 2 (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) Fri-Thurs 35mm
Penguin Highway (Hiroyasu Ishida) Sat & Sun Only Subtitled
Little Woods (Nia DaCosta) Sat-Mon Only 

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Jersey (Gowtam Tinnanuri) Fri-Thurs 
Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Meridian:

Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo) Fri-Sun 
The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins) Sat & Sun Only 
Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng) Starts Weds 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

William (Tim Disney) Fri-Thurs 
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs Our Discussion
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Family (Laura Steinel) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick, 1955) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

The Russian Five (Joshua Riehl) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

Family (Laura Steinel) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu) Fri-Thurs 
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs Our Discussion

Varsity Theatre:

Transit (Christian Petzold) Fri-Thurs Our Podcast
Sunset (László Nemes) Fri-Thurs 

Friday April 19 – Thursday April 25

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Featured Film:

True Stories at the Northwest Film Forum

The highlights for this week on Seattle Screens are mostly movies I haven’t seen yet. Claire Denis’s High Life expands throughout the area, as does the Aretha Franklin doc Amazing Grace. The Pacific Place has the new Emily Dickinson film Wild Nights with Emily, while the new Mike Leigh joint plays at the Meridian and the Theatre Formerly Known as the Metro. The Cinerama has a whole series of anime, I’d recommend Mamoru Hosada’s Wolf Children as the one that doesn’t get revived all that often but is nonetheless as great as the best of the oft-screened Ghibli classics. SAM’s playing Kind Hearts and Coronets, if you’re in the mood to see Alec Guinness get killed as like a dozen different characters. And the Grand Illusion has an actual Jean Grémillon movie, can’t remember the last time we’ve had a chance to see one of those around here. But while I haven’t seen it yet, I have seen the video for “Wild Wild Life” and I’m gonna be super jealous of all of you who get to go see True Stories at the NWFF on Saturday night. It’s on 35mm!

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam, 1975) Fri-Weds
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) Fri-Weds 

Cinerama:

Anime Film Series Fri-Thurs Full Program

SIFF Egyptian:

SPLIFF Film Fest Fri & Sat Only 
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) Sun-Thurs 

Century Federal Way:

Manje Bistre 2 (Baljit Singh Deo) Fri-Thurs 

Grand Cinema:

High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 
Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson) Fri-Thurs 
Buddy (Heddy Honigmann) Fri-Thurs 
Cat Video Fest 2019 Fri-Thurs 
Kid Flicks Two Sat Only 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998) Sat Only 
Anote’s Ark (Matthieu Rytz) Tues Only 
The New Frontier (Kanani Koster) Thurs Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Penguin Highway (Hiroyasu Ishida) Fri–Thurs Dubbed Mon & Weds
Hagazussa (Lukas Feigelfeld) Fri, Sun, Mon, Weds & Thurs 
Little Woods (Nia DaCosta) Fri & Next Sat-Mon Only
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan) Sat & Sun Only Our Review In 2D
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Danny Leiner, 2004) Sat Only 
Drone Cinema Film Festival – Selected Works Sat Only 
Pattes blanches (White Paws) (Jean Grémillon, 1949) Tues Only 

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Finding Julia (Igor Sunara) Fri-Thurs 
Chitralahari (Kishore Tirumala) Fri-Sun
Vellaipookal (Vivek Elangovan) Fri-Sun
Jersey (Gowtam Tinnanuri) Fri-Thurs 
Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 
Kanchana 3 (Raghava Lawrence) Fri & Sat Only
Athiran (Vivek) Sat & Sun Only 
Kavaludaari (Hemanth Rao) Sat & Sun Only 
Okko’s Inn (Kitarō Kōsaka) Mon & Tues Only Subtitled Tuesday

Regal Meridian:

Peterloo (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs 
Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

Ramen Shop (Eric Khoo) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
The Venerable W. (Barbet Schroeder) Fri & Sun Only 
Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero, 2011) Sat Only Director Q&A 
True Stories (David Byrne, 1986)  Sat Only 35mm
The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins) Sun & Next Sat & Sun Only 
Tomorrow Never Knows (Adam Sekular) Weds Only Director Q&A
Cadence Video Poetry Festival Thurs Only 

AMC Pacific Place:

Wild Nights with Emily (Madeleine Olnek) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Kalank (Abhishek Verman) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

Peterloo (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs 
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
The Brink (Alison Klayman) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

Babylon (Franco Rosso, 1980) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Finding Julia (Igor Sunara) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Thornton Place:

High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Diane (Kent Jones) Fri-Thurs 
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 

Varsity Theatre:

Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis) Fri-Thurs 
Breaking Habits (Rob Ryan) Fri-Thurs 

In Wide Release:

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) Our Review Our Other Review 

Friday April 12 – Thursday April 18

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Featured Film:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the SIFF Uptown

It’s another very strong week on Seattle Screens, with runs of An Elephant Sitting Still and The Fate of Lee Khan continuing at the Northwest Film Forum, Yuen Woo-ping’s solid fight film Master Z: Ip Man Legacy opening at the Meridian and a couple of suburban theatres, and Mark Cousins’s very good doc The Eyes of Orson Welles beginning its sporadic run at the NWFF. There are also a bunch of solid rep options: Clue and Clueless at the Central Cinema, The Matrix and The General at the Grand, Life of Brian at the Uptown, and a whole bunch of films from 1999 at the Cinerama. But the must-see films of the week are Claire Denis’s Robert Pattinson-starring sci-fi movie High Life, opening at the Lincoln Square and the Uptown, and Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, playing exclusively at the Uptown. I’m giving the edge here to Bi Gan, because I’ve actually seen his movie and it’s terrific. The hour-long continuous 3D take will get the headlines, but it’s the movie’s mood that will stick with you: film noir mystery and Wong Kar-wai romanticism condensed into a meandering labyrinth of memory and loss.

Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995) Fri-Tues
Clue (Jonathan Lynn, 1985) Fri-Weds 
Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992) Weds Only 

Cinerama:

1999 Film Series Fri-Thurs Full Program

SIFF Egyptian:

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 

Century Federal Way:

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Manje Bistre 2 (Baljit Singh Deo) Fri-Thurs 
Penguin Highway (Hiroyasu Ishida) Sun Only English Dubbed
Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959) Sun & Weds Only 

Grand Cinema:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 
Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson) Fri-Thurs 
The Matrix (Lilly and Lana Wachowski, 1999) Sat Only 
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana) Sun Only 
Sharkwater Extinction (Rob Stewart) Tues Only 
The General (Buster Keaton, 1926) Weds Only 
Colour Me (Sherien Barsoum) Weds Only 
The Way He Looks (Daniel Ribeiro) Thurs Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Ruben Brandt, The Collector (Milorad Krstic) Fri–Thurs 
Vampire Raiders Ninja Queen (Godfrey Ho, 1988) Sat Only VHS

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack) Fri-Thurs 
Majili (Shiva Nirvana) Fri-Thurs 
Manje Bistre 2 (Baljit Singh Deo) Fri-Thurs 
Chitralahari (Kishore Tirumala) Fri-Thurs 
The Tashkent Files (Vivek Agnihotri) Fri-Thurs 
Vellaipookal (Vivek Elangovan) Fri-Thurs 
Wedding Cha Shinema (Saleel Kulkarni) Sat & Sun Only 

Regal Meridian:

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973) Fri Only Our Review 
The Competition (Claire Simon) Fri-Sun 
Race (RAZA): A Cuban Documentary (Eric Corvalán, 2009) Sat Only 
An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo)  Sun & Weds Only 
The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins) Weds Only 
Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock, 1987) Thurs Only 
Cadence Video Poetry Festival Thurs Only 

AMC Seattle:

The Brink (Alison Klayman) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick, 1951) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

In Search of Greatness (Gabe Polsky) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Storm Boy (Shawn Seet) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
High Life (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs 
BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest 2019 Sat Only 
Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979) Thurs Only 

Varsity Theatre:

Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis) Fri-Thurs 
Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959) Weds Only 

In Wide Release:

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) Our Review Our Other Review 

Black Mother (Khalik Allah, 2018)

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In Khalik Allah’s debut documentary, Field Niggas, the focus was precise. He returned again and again to a single street corner – the power of the film derived from his commitment to capturing this environment, the specific light, and the people who roamed about. His camera was up close to his subjects, his gaze meeting them head-on. His follow-up, Black Mother, is in every sense a much more expansive, diffuse experience. Instead of a single street corner, he aims to capture an entire country.

The approach is the same – the images and sound are not synchronized, allowing for a certain abstraction, where the viewer can make associations and connections for themselves. But Black Mother is a much more challenging project, and this is because of a crucial difference. In his first film, Allah was able to focus on his gifts for portraiture and his background in photography. His subjects became his organizing principle, and their presence sustained the film’s logic and atmosphere for over its running time. It never felt forced. Its scope felt right. Faced with the whole of Jamaica to try and make sense of, Allah strains in organizing his material. The film is divided into four sections – three trimesters and a birth. Searching, he forces poetic motifs and associations in order to guide him. His subjects hold books to point to the island’s colonized past. School girls are juxtaposed with prostitutes. Water imagery abounds. There is death, and there is birth. Essentially, the design feels less intuitive, a solution to a problem.

But Black Mother does not feel programmatic or calculated, even if Allah’s structure is somewhat labored. This is because his approach remains open, allowing for dissonance. Think of the Chinese store-owners brought up early on in the film. The voiceover speaks to Chinese people buying up hotels and taking over Jamaica, a new colonization. To illustrate this Allah shows us some Chinese store-owners at work, frustrated, tired, reacting to his camera, and finally giving him the peace sign. The montage is conflicted, and it reminds one of his previous film and its treatment of the police. In that film, Allah voiced his opinion of the police, filming them with as much as respect as his other subjects, but his voice became one of many, and all throughout the film his subjects violently disagreed and said so. With the Chinese store-owners, he strives to complicate and elucidate this subjects’ voiceover through the imagery, finally arriving at a point where it simply remains inconclusive – how should one feel about this? There is contradiction and the note is left unresolved.

In Field Niggas, Allah was frequently on the soundtrack, asking questions, his reflection was seen on bodega storefronts; he became a part of the night, a member of the cast, his voice a part of the film’s choral patchwork. While his latest film incorporates footage from his own family, and part of the impetus for filming Jamaica is his own connection to it, aside from a few stray bits of dialogue and an image here or there, he has more or less removed himself from the film’s universe. This allows for an analytical distance toward his subject, submerging the images of his family in a grand design, just another people of the island, allowing him to develop the thematic framework he feels is necessary to do justice to what he feels is important. He no longer needs to be seen or heard for his presence to be felt, letting his camera distance carry the moral weight of his gaze. The montage becomes his tool – the structure allows him to search and understand, maybe even flail about a little bit.

We return to the structure, the trimesters and the birth. In the first three trimesters, he has given us a societal and spiritual context, returning again and again to Jamaican Woman. His metaphor is undoubtedly a male one, he frames himself as Son to Mother, his return to Jamaica an attempt to understand his roots, but it registers as respectful and his gaze is never compromised. Finally, Allah films the mother give birth to a son, images of running water flowing everlasting, while the mother cries in pain, making literal the struggles of all the women he has filmed so far, the prayers heard on the soundtrack earlier signaling a spiritual rebirth, not only for himself but for all of those on the island. It’s in moments like this where the structure pays off and Allah’s desire to capture it all almost feel possible.

Black Mother is currently playing at the Northwest Film Forum

Friday April 5 – Thursday April 11

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Featured Film:

Ash is Purest White at the SIFF Uptown

My favorite film of 2018 opens this week at the Uptown. I’ve been writing and talking about Ash is Purest White director Jia Zhangke a lot this year, with a career overview at Mubi and a lecture about him in Vancouver along with an essay at VIFF’s blog about his use of music. And there should be even more coming in the near future. But this week is packed with other great films if, like me, you’ve seen Zhao Tao uphold the jianghu code four times already. The Uptown also has Christian Petzold’s tremendous Transit, a kind of variation on Casablanca starring Franz Rogowski, who is a kind of variation on Joaquin Phoenix. We talked about it on our VIFF podcast last fall. If opening two of the best movies of 2018 wasn’t enough, the Grand Illusion has one of the best movies ever, with The Godfather on 35mm. And just to make things super crazy, the Northwest Film Forum has both Khalik Allah’s acclaimed Black Mother and Hu Bo’s monumental An Elephant Sitting Still, and then late in the week they open the new restoration of King Hu’s classic The Fate of Lee Khan (review at Mubi). It’s a good week on Seattle Screens.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Romeo Akbar Walter (Robby Grewal) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

The Fifth Element (Luc Besson, 1997) Fri-Weds Our Review
Super Troopers (Jay Chandrasekhar, 2001) Fri-Tues 

Century Federal Way:

Rabb Da Radio 2 (Sharan Art) Fri-Thurs 

Grand Cinema:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 
Keanu (Peter Atencio, 2016) Sat Only 
Never Look Away (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) Tues Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Fri-Sun, Tues-Thurs 35mm
Starfish (A.T. White) Sat & Mon Only 
Terror Nullius (Soda_Jerk) Sat Only 
Saturday Secret Matinee Sat Only 16mm
The Future is Female (Various) Sun Only  

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 
Romeo Akbar Walter (Robby Grewal) Fri-Thurs 
Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
Lakshmi’s NTR (Ram Gopal Varma & Agasthya Manju) Fri-Thurs 
Lucifer (Prithviraj Sukumaran) Fri-Thurs 
Super Deluxe (Thiagarajan Kumararaja) Fri-Thurs 
Majili (Shiva Nirvana) Fri-Thurs 
Mera Naam Shaji (Nadirsha) Fri-Thurs 
Panchatantra (Yogaraj Bhat) Sat & Sun Only 

Regal Meridian:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 
The Public (Emilio Estevez) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

Black Mother (Khalik Allah) Fri-Tues 
Best of the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival 2019 Fri Only 
An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo) Sat & Sun Only 
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973) Weds, Thurs & Next Fri Only Our Review 
Cadence Video Poetry Festival Thurs Only 

AMC Oak Tree:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Pacific Place:

P Storm (David Lam) Fri-Thurs 
More than Blue (Gavin Lin) Fri-Thurs 
Division 19 (Suzie Halewood) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Ulan (Irene Villamor) Fri-Thurs 
Badla (Sujoy Ghosh) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton, 1951) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream (Miki Wecel) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

The Public (Emilio Estevez) Fri-Thurs 
Storm Boy (Shawn Seet) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
Transit (Christian Petzold) Fri-Thurs Our Podcast 
Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson) Fri-Thurs 

Varsity Theatre:

Giant Little Ones (Keith Behrman) Fri-Thurs 

In Wide Release:

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) Our Review Our Other Review
Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson) Our Review

Friday March 29 – Thursday April 4

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Featured Film:

War and Peace at the SIFF Uptown

It’s a great week for long movies, as the Northwest Film Forum has the acclaimed two-part A Bread Factory, which looks pretty good, though I haven’t had a chance to see it, and SIFF has the new restoration of Sergei Bondarchuk’s legendary adaptation of War and Peace, which at just over seven hours, is almost four Bread Factories long. It’s a big movie in every sense of the word, not just running time: the cast of extras runs into the quintuple digits, the sets and costumes are spectacular, and it has more diversity of film technique than anything this side of Arnaud Desplechin. In terms of film epics, it ranks with the works of DW Griffith, Abel Gance, Sergei Eisenstein (Alexander Nevsky in particular) in ambition, while also basically inventing everything Terrence Malick did in The Thin Red Line and The New World. SIFF’s playing it in four parts, so you can stretch it out over a few days, or all at once on Sunday. 

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
Money (Park Noo-ri) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Logan’s Run (Michael Anderson, 1976) Fri-Weds Our Podcast
O Brother Where Art Thou? (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2000) Fri-Tues Subtitled Sat, Sun & Tues
The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003) Weds Only 

Century Federal Way:

Rabb Da Radio 2 (Sharan Art) Fri-Thurs 
The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen, 1984) Sun & Weds Only 

Grand Cinema:

The Mustang (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre) Fri-Thurs 
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) Sat Only 
The Invisibles (Claus Rafle) Tues Only 
Cat Video Fest 2019 Weds Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Relaxer (Joel Petroykus) Fri-Thurs 
Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra) Sun, Mon & Weds Only 
Blood Lake (Tim Boggs, 1987) Fri, Sat & Tues Only 
Saturday Secret Matinee Sat Only 16mm
The Future is Female (Various) Sun Only  

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 
The Mustang (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre) Fri-Thurs 
Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
Badla (Sujoy Ghosh) Fri-Thurs 
Junglee (Chuck Russell) Fri-Thurs 
Lakshmi’s NTR (Ram Gopal Varma & Agasthya Manju) Fri-Thurs 
Lucifer (Prithviraj Sukumaran) Fri-Thurs 
Notebook (Nitin Kakkar) Fri-Thurs 
Super Deluxe (Thiagarajan Kumararaja) Fri-Thurs 
Suryakantam (Pranith Bramandapally) Fri-Thurs 
Airaa (KM Sarjun) Sat-Thurs 
The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen, 1984) Sun & Weds Only 

Regal Meridian:

Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 
The Mustang (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

The Trial (Sergei Loznitsa) Fri Only 
A Bread Factory (Patrick Wang) Sat & Sun Only Two Parts
The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1990) Fri-Sun, Weds 
The Hours and Times (Christopher Munch, 1992) Weds & Thurs Only 

AMC Oak Tree:

The Aftermath (James Kent) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Pacific Place:

The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
More than Blue (Gavin Lin) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Ulan (Irene Villamor) Fri-Thurs 
Badla (Sujoy Ghosh) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

Making Babies (Josh F. Huber) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

Mobile Homes (Vladimir de Fontenay) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

No manches Frida 2 (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Uptown:

War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966) Fri-Thurs Four Parts Our Review
Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson) Fri-Thurs 
Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming (Ann Marie Fleming) Sat Only 

Varsity Theatre:

Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler) Fri-Thurs 
Screwball (Billy Corben) Fri-Thurs 
A Vigilante (Sarah Daggar-Nickson) Fri-Thurs 

In Wide Release:

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) Our Review Our Other Review
Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson) Our Review

Friday March 22 – Thursday March 28

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Featured Film:

What is Democracy at the Northwest Film Forum

After all the crazy action of last week’s Furie (and Triple Threat, if you managed to snag a ticket last Tuesday), what better this week than a movie about a bunch of people talking about the meaning of democracy? Astra Taylor’s new documentary likely has little in the ways of fisticuffs, although it does have Cornel West, still as animated as any action star.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
Climax (Gaspar Noé) Fri-Thurs 

Central Cinema:

Army of Darkness (Sam Raimi, 1992) Fri-Weds 
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Fri-Tues Subtitled Sat, Sun & Tues

Century Federal Way:

Band Vaaje (Smeep Kang) Fri-Thurs 
Guddiyan Patole (Vijay Kumar Arora) Fri-Thurs 
To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962) Sun & Weds Only 

Grand Cinema:

Lords of Chaos (Jonas Åkerlund) Fri-Thurs 
Arctic (Joe Penna) Fri-Thurs 
Pity (Babis Makridis) Sat Only 
Searching (Aneesh Chaganty) Mon Only 
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (Robert D. Krzykowski) Tues Only 
The Backyard Theater Rewind (Various) Thurs Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra) Fri-Thurs 
Saturday Secret Matinee Sat Only 16mm
Une Histoire Simple (A Simple Story) (Claude Sautet, 1978) Tues Only  

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
Gully Boy (Zoya Akhtar) Fri-Thurs 
Badla (Sujoy Ghosh) Fri-Thurs 
June (Ahammed Khabeer) Sat & Mon Only 
To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962) Sun & Weds Only 

Regal Meridian:

Kesari (Anurag Singh) Fri-Thurs 
No manches Frida 2 (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs 

Northwest Film Forum:

Wrestle (Suzannah Herbert & Lauren Belfer) Fri-Sun 
What is Democracy? (Astra Taylor) Sat & Sun Only Our Review
Constant Thought (Palmer Morse & Matthew Mikkelsen) Sun Only Filmmakers in Attendance
Waiting in the Wings (Q. Allan Brocka) Sun Only 
Engauge presents: A 16mm Monument to Mekas Weds Only 16mm
The Trial (Sergei Loznitsa) Thurs & Next Fri Only 

AMC Pacific Place:

The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
The Crossing (Bai Xue) Fri-Thurs 
More than Blue (Gavin Lin) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Total Dhamaal (Indra Kumar) Fri-Thurs 
Ulan (Irene Villamor) Fri-Thurs 
Badla (Sujoy Ghosh) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

The Wedding Guest (Michael Winterbottom) Fri-Thurs 
Cliffs of Freedom (Van Ling) Fri-Thurs 
Climax (Gaspar Noé) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

A Breath Away (Daniel Roby) Fri-Sun 

AMC Southcenter:

No manches Frida 2 (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs 
Furie (Lê Văn Kiệt) Fri-Thurs Our Review 

SIFF Uptown:

Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi) Fri-Thurs 
Never Look Away (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) Fri-Thurs 
Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra) Fri-Sun
The Fireflies Are Gone (Sebastien Pilote) Sun Only Free Screening
Seattle Jewish Film Festival Mon-Thurs Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler) Fri-Thurs 
Out of the Blue (Carol Morely) Fri-Thurs 
To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962) Weds Only 

In Wide Release:

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) Our Review Our Other Review