Friday February 24 – Thursday March 2

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Featured Film:

Akira at the Central Cinema

If you’re my age, the first anime you ever saw was probably Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 epic Akira. Based on Otomo’s own 1982 manga, it’s the story of a biker kid named Tetsuo who has supernatural powers and rampages around a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo as a variety of forces (his gang leader, the military, a resistance group) try to corral him and stop him from releasing the eponymous psychic who destroyed old Tokyo. Ground-breaking and breath-taking in its animation, it’s also one of the best examples of sci-fi anime’s tendency toward nigh-incomprehensible philosophical abstraction, it’s one of the essential films of the 1980s. The Central Cinema is playing it all week, but you should go on Saturday or Tuesday, when they’re playing it with its original Japanese soundtrack.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The Red Turtle (Michaël Dudok de Wit) Fri-Thurs
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988) Dubbed: Fri, Mon, Weds; Subtitled: Sat & Tues
Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1982) Fri-Weds

Century Federal Way:

Beautiful Manasugalu (Jayatheertha) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Lure (Agnieszka Smoczynska) Fri & Sat Only Our Review
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Tues Only
I, Claude Monet (Phil Grabsky) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Dark Night (Tim Sutton) Fri-Thurs
The Zodiac Killer (Tom Hanson, 1971) Fri Only 35mm
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm
Death Warmed Up (David Blyth) Sat Only VHS
Trailer Apocalypse Redux Sun Only 35mm
Alex MacKenzie’s Apparitions Tues Only 16mm + Live Performance

Landmark Guild 45th:

A United Kingdom (Amma Asante) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Fri-Mon, Weds-Thurs
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

A United Kingdom (Amma Asante) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated and Live-Action Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
Rangoon (Vishal Bhardwaj) Fri-Thurs
The Ghazi Attack (Sankalp Reddy) Fri-Thurs
Jolly LLB 2 (Subhash Kapoor) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Rangoon (Vishal Bhardwaj) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Seattle Asian American Film Festival Fri-Sun Full Program
Better Luck Tomorrow (Justin Lin, 2002) Sat Only
The Dazzling Light of Sunset (Salomé Jashi) Starts Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

A United Kingdom (Amma Asante) Fri-Thurs

Paramount Theatre:

Carmen (Cecil B. DeMille, 1915) Mon Only Live Wurlitzer

Regal Parkway Plaza:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
My Ex and Whys (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Padre padrone (The Taviani Brothers, 1977) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper (Scott Freiman) Fri-Sun Only

AMC Southcenter:

The Red Turtle (Michaël Dudok de Wit) Fri-Thurs
The Girl with All the Gifts (Colm McCarthy) Fri-Thurs
Everybody Loves Somebody (Catalina Aguilar Mastretta) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

The Red Turtle (Michaël Dudok de Wit) Fri-Thurs
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Weds Our Review
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Various) Fri-Tues, Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Fri-Tues, Thurs

In Wide Release:

The Great Wall (Zhang Yimou) Our Review
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski) Our Review
Split (M. Night Shyamalan) Our Review
Hidden Figures 
(Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday February 17 – Thursday February 23

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Featured Film:

Noir City at the SIFF Egyptian

Eddie Muller’s annual festival of 35mm film noir returns to the Egyptian this week. This year’s theme is heist movies, and the titles range from John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle to 2015’s Victoria. Muller always puts on a great show, a mix of recognized classics, under-known gems and genuine oddities. Among this year’s lineup, I’ve seen and recommend the following: The Killing, The Ladykillers, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3,  and Rififi. The ones I haven’t seen that I’d line up for include: Charley Varrick, Cruel Gun Story, Violent Saturday, Straight Time and Blue Collar.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Confidential Assigmment (Kim Sung-hoon) Fri-Thurs
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) Fri-Weds Our Review
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) Fri-Weds

SIFF Egyptian:

Noir City Film Festival Fri-Weds Full Program

Grand Cinema:

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Sat Only
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) Sat Only Free
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (Various) Tues Only
I, Claude Monet (Phil Grabsky) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi) Fri-Thurs
The Love Witch (Anna Biller) Sat Only Our Review 35mm
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm
Antarctica: Ice & Sky (Luc Jacquet) Sat, Mon & Tues Only
Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle (Annie Sprinkle, 1981) Weds Only
Confessions from the War (Leon Shahabian) Thurs Only Work-in-Progress

Landmark Guild 45th:

Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Ghazi Attack (Sankalp Reddy) Fri-Thurs
Irada (Aparnaa Singh & Nishant Tripathi) Fri-Thurs
Running Shaadi (Amit Roy) Fri-Thurs
Jolly LLB 2 (Subhash Kapoor) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green) Fri-Sun Only
The 2017 South Asian International Documentary Festival Sat & Sun Only Full Program
Trends in Latin American Experimental Animation Mon Only Curators in Attendance
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991) Weds & Thurs Only Our Review
UNCODE at the Forum Thurs Only
Seattle Asian American Film Festival Starts Thurs Full Program

AMC Pacific Place:

Cook Up a Storm (Raymond Yip) Fri-Thurs
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (Tsui Hark) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Duckweed (Han Han) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
My Ex and Whys (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs
Singam 3 (Hari) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) Thurs Only

AMC Southcenter:

Everybody Loves Somebody (Catalina Aguilar Mastretta) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

The Red Turtle (Michaël Dudok de Wit) Fri-Thurs
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Neruda (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Weds Our Review
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) Sun Only

In Wide Release:

The Great Wall (Zhang Yimou) Our Review
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski) Our Review
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul WS Anderson) Our Review
Split (M. Night Shyamalan) Our Review
Hidden Figures 
(Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday February 10 – Thursday February 16

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Featured Film:

Toni Erdmann at the SIFF Uptown

Maren Ade’s three-hour bittersweet German screwball comedy was the sensation of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and unlike many an opinion formed at that most prestigious of gatherings, this one actually holds up months later. Sandra Hüller plays a consultant working in Romania who is visited by her goofy but well-meaning father (Peter Simonischek). The two of them fail to properly connect, so after pretending to leave, he returns in disguise as a bewigged life coach improbably named Toni Erdmann. He insinuates himself among her friends and coworkers, creating chaos and joy wherever he goes. Not since Yasujiro Ozu died has there been a film that so beautifully captured the absurdity and pain of both being a parent and having a parent.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Confidential Assigmment (Kim Sung-hoon) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) Fri-Tues
Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Weds Our Review
Noir City Film Festival Starts Thurs Full Program

Century Federal Way:

Singam 3 (Hari) Fri-Thurs Telugu with No Subtitles
The King (Han Jae-Rim) Fri-Thurs
An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey, 1957) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Various) Tues Only
Blood Simple (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1984) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Accidental Courtesy (Matthew Ornstein) Fri-Thurs
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm
54th Ann Arbor Film Fest Tour: 16mm Program Sat Only
Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Kunihiko Ikuhara, 1993) Sun (Subtitled) & Mon (Dubbed) Only
The Love Witch (Anna Biller) Tues Only Our Review 35mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Singam 3 (Hari) Fri-Thurs Telugu with Subtitles
Nenu Local (Trinadha Rao Nakkina) Fri-Thurs
Om Namo Venkateshaya (Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao) Fri-Thurs
Jolly LLB 2 (Subhash Kapoor) Fri-Thurs
An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey, 1957) Sun & Weds Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991) Fri, Sun & Weds Only Our Review
Children’s Film Festival Seattle Fri-Sat Full Program
This Is the Way I Like It 2 (Ignacio Agüero) Fri & Sat Only
I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (James Franco) Weds Only
MA (Celia Rowlson-Hall) Sat & Sun Only Filmmaker in Attendance
Documenting J20: Protest and Resistance in the streets of DC (Georg Koszulinski) Fri Only Filmmaker in Attendance
Veracity Shorts Program (Various) Thurs Only
Torrey Pines (Clyde Petersen) Thurs Only Live Score

AMC Pacific Place:

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (Tsui Hark) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Duckweed (Han Han) Fri-Thurs
I Am Jane Doe (Mary Mazzio) Fri-Thurs

Paramount Theatre:

Daughter of Dawn (Norbert Myles, 1920) Mon Only Live Wurlitzer

Regal Parkway Plaza:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Singam 3 (Hari) Fri-Thurs Telugu with Subtitles
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

I Knew Her Well (Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

The Well-Digger’s Daughter (Daniel Auteuil) Weds Only

Sundance Cinemas:

Neruda (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (Various) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Weds
Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) Tues Only

Varsity Theatre:

Alone in Berlin (Vincent Perez) Fri-Thurs
An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey, 1957) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski) Our Review
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul WS Anderson) Our Review
Split (M. Night Shyamalan) Our Review
Hidden Figures 
(Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday February 3 – Thursday February 9

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Featured Film:

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back at the Pacific Place

The sequel to Stephen Chow’s adaptation of the classic Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk who travels all the way to India to retrieve sacred scriptures, and is defended along the way by super-powered ex-demons, including the legendary Monkey King. The first part, Conquering the Demons, played here in 2014, exclusively at the Grand Illusion. Nowadays, the multiplexes have a lock on Chinese (and Korean, and Indian) imports, and the new film will be playing only at the Pacific Place. That is, unless it follows Chow’s The Mermaid, from last year, and proves enough of a hit to make its way onto more screens. Chow wrote and produced The Demons Strike Back, but Tsui Hark directed. I’ll have a review of the new movie once I get a chance to see it, in the meantime I wrote a survey of Tsui’s career to date for Movie Mezzanine and I have a index of everything I’ve written about Tsui at The End of Cinema.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Wheeler (Ryan Ross) Fri-Thurs
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Un Padre No Tan Padre (Raúl Martínez) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001) Fri-Tues
The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

The King (Han Jae-Rim) Fri-Thurs
Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs Our Review
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) Mon Only with Science Discussion
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (Charles Wilkinson) Tues Only
Love & Solidarity (Michael Honey & Errol Webber) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Sun, Mon, Weds & Thurs Only Our Review
Emily (Ryan Graves) Fri-Thurs Filmmakers in Attendance Fri & Sat
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm
54th Ann Arbor Film Fest Tour: Digital Program Tues Only

Landmark Guild 45th:

Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) Fri-Thurs
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii) Tues & Weds Only Subtitled Tues, Dubbed in English Weds

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Bogan (Lakshman) Fri-Thurs
Kirik Party (Rishab Shetty) Fri-Thurs
Nenu Local (Trinadha Rao Nakkina) Fri-Thurs
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Ti Sadhya Kay Karte (Satish Rajwade) Sun Only In Marathi, No Subtitles
Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954) Sun & Weds Only
Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii) Tues & Weds Only Subtitled Tues, Dubbed in English Weds

Regal Meridian:

Silence (Martin Scorsese) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Children’s Film Festival Seattle Fri-Thurs Full Program 
The Prison in 12 Landscapes (Brett Story) Fri Only
Quinceañera (Richard Glitzer & Wash Westmoreland) Weds Only Free Event
I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (James Franco) Starts Weds
This Is the Way I Like It 2 (Ignacio Agüero) Thurs-Sat
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991) Starts Thurs Our Review

AMC Oak Tree:

War on Everyone (John Michael McDonagh) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (Tsui Hark) Fri-Thurs
Kung Fu Yoga (Stanley Tong) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Kunihiko Ikuhara, 1993) Fri & Sat Only Re-edited in English

Seattle Art Museum:

The Passionate Thief (Mario Monicelli, 1960) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Ocean Waves (Tomomi Mochizuki) Fri-Sun
Beach Club (Leo Galen Rauf) Fri & Thurs Only

AMC Southcenter:

Youth in Oregon (Joel David Moore) Fri-Thurs
Un Padre No Tan Padre (Raúl Martínez) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Midsummer in Newtown (Lloyd Kramer) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Silence (Martin Scorsese) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul WS Anderson) Our Review
Split (M. Night Shyamalan) Our Review
Hidden Figures 
(Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday January 27 – Thursday February 2

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Featured Film:

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in Wide Release

Sure there are a ton of Oscar contenders I haven’t caught up with yet, like 20th Century Women or Hidden Figures or Jackie or even Hacksaw Ridge, playing around town. And sure, one of the all-time greatest films in the history of the medium is playing one night only at the Seattle Art Museum, with Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage in Italy. But the movie I’m going out of my way to see this week is the sixth and final film in Paul WS Anderson’s video game-adaptation saga. Milla Jovovich and her army of clones and clone-friends make their last stand against a never-ending glut of zombies, mutants, clone-friends turned clone-enemies, homicidal computers taking the form of little girls, and shockingly athletic blond scientists and capitalists. An endlessly fascinating dive through our fungible reality, told in Anderson’s unique blend of crisp imagery and stale dialogue, the Resident Evil films are the better collectively than any series to come out of Hollywood since the Matrix movies. Be the Alice Clone you want to see in the world right now.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The King (Han Jae-Rim) Fri-Thurs
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Un Padre No Tan Padre (Raúl Martínez) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993) Fri-Tues, Thurs
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek, 1989) Fri-Tues Our Podcast
Peace for the Streets Benefit featuring Breakin’ (Joel Silberg, 1984) and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (Sam Firstenberg, 1984) Weds Only

SIFF Egyptian:

20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs Our Review
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Andre Ovredal) Fri & Sat Only
The Brand New Testament (Jaco Van Dormael) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Sat-Weds Our Review
All Governments Lie (Fred Peabody) Fri-Thurs
American Angels: Baptist of Blood (Anthony Spinelli, 1989) Fri Only VHS
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) Fri-Thurs
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review 
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Silence (Martin Scorsese) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Children’s Film Festival Seattle Fri-Thurs Full Program

AMC Oak Tree:

Get the Girl (Eric England) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Kung Fu Yoga (Stanley Tong) Fri-Thurs
Buddies in India (Wang Baoqiang) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Fri-Thurs
Raees (Rahul Dholakia) Fri-Thurs
Kaabil (Sanjay Gupta) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Voyage in Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Deconstructing the Beatles’ White Album (Scott Freiman) Fri-Sun

AMC Southcenter:

Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson) Fri-Thurs
Un Padre No Tan Padre (Raúl Martínez) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
They Call Us Monsters (Ben Lear) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Split (M. Night Shyamalan) Our Review
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday January 20 – Thursday January 26

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Featured Film:

Kurosawa on 35mm at the Grand Illusion

The first movies I ever watched after I moved to Seattle were a series of Akira Kurosawa films at the Varsity. Throne of Blood and The Bad Sleep Well were among them, and it was a revelation seeing them on the big screen. Of course it was on 35mm then, digital video wasn’t a thing yet. Kurosawa remains one of the most reliable figures on the repertory film scene, but prints are becoming harder and harder to find. The Grand Illusion is one of the very few venues in town to reliably seek out and exhibit films on actual film, so take this opportunity to see a couple of great films from a great director while you can. We talked about The Bad Sleep Well on The George Sanders Show, and I wrote a little bit about Throne of Blood a long time ago.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Kunihiko Ikuhara, 1993) Fri-Thurs Re-edited in English

Central Cinema:

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Fri-Weds Subtitled Tues & Weds Only
Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis, 1992) Fri-Weds

Century Federal Way:

Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Sat Only English Dub, Free
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (Charles Wilkinson) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Sun, Tues & Thurs Our Review
Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosaw, 1957) Fri & Tues Only An Old Review 35mm
Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Kunihiko Ikuhara, 1993) Sat & Sun Only Re-edited in English
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm
Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star (Anthony Spinelli, 1983) Sat Only
The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosaw, 1960) Sun & Weds Only Our Podcast 35mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (DJ Caruso) Fri-Thurs Dubbed in Hindi
Khaidi No. 150 (V. V. Vinayak) Fri-Thurs
Gautamiputra Satakarni (Krish) Fri-Thurs
Shatamanam Bhavati (Satish Vegesna) Fri-Thurs
Pushpaka Vimana (S. Ravindranath) Sat & Sun Only
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death by Audio (Matthew Conboy) Fri-Weds
Deluge (Felix Feist, 1933) Fri-Sun Only
The Ardennes (Robin Pront) Fri-Sun Only
Loa (Georg Koszulinski) Weds Only Filmmaker in Attendance
Children’s Film Festival Seattle Starts Thurs Full Program

AMC Oak Tree:

Bakery in Brooklyn (Gustavo Ron) Fri-Thurs

Pacific Science Center:

Voyage of Time (IMAX) (Terrence Malick) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Sarvann (Karaan Guliani) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seven Gables:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Tampopo (Jûzô Itami, 1985) Fri-Sun Only

In Wide Release:

Split (M. Night Shyamalan) Our Review
Silence (Martin Scorsese) Our Review
Live by Night (Ben Affleck) Our Review
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday, January 13 – Thursday, January 19

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Featured Film:

Paterson at the Regal Meridian

Jim Jarmsuch’s best movie in more than twenty years, and probably the best movie of 2016 (at least, that’s what I’ll say right now), stars Adam Driver as a poet named Paterson, who lives and drives a bus in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, which was itself the subject of an epic poem by William Carlos Williams called Paterson. Jarmusch deftly tracks a week in Paterson’s life: the habitual necessities and routines, and the small spaces within them that he carves out for writing (think Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems). Small details accrete: the job, the dog, the regulars at the neighborhood bar, and an infinite, livable world is created. Rarely has a film so elegantly captured creative work as process, as an integral part of everyday life. When Driver reads Paterson’s poems, he doesn’t recite them, the words in voiceover come with the halting, tentative speed of composition. Neil reviewed the film for us last fall at VIFF, and Ryan wrote about it this week.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Ok Jaanu (Shaad Ali) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) Fri-Tues
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

Khaidi No. 150 (V. V. Vinayak) Fri-Thurs
Sarvann (Karaan Guliani) Fri-Thurs
Master (Cho Uiseok) Fri-Thurs
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952) Sun & Weds Only
One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (Deborah Riley Draper) Tues Only
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Mifune: The Last Samurai (Steven Okazaki) Sat & Sun Only
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm
Up, Up and Away (Andy Liotta) Thurs Only

Landmark Guild 45th:

One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Sat & Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Khaidi No. 150 (V. V. Vinayak) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Bairavaa (Bharathan) Fri-Thurs
Gautamiputra Satakarni (Krish) Fri-Thurs
Ok Jaanu (Shaad Ali) Fri-Thurs
Shatamanam Bhavati (Satish Vegesna) Fri-Thurs
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952) Sun & Weds Only
One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Regal Meridian:

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952) Sun & Weds Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Il Solengo (Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis) Fri & Sat Only
Notes on Blindness (Peter Middleton & James Spinney) Fri-Sun Only
The Road to Nickelsville (Derek McNeill) Sun Only Filmmaker in Attendance
Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death by Audio (Matthew Conboy) Starts Weds

AMC Pacific Place:

Some Like it Hot (Song Xiaofei and Dong Xu) Fri-Thurs
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952) Sun & Weds Only
One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Pacific Science Center:

Voyage of Time (IMAX) (Terrence Malick) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs
Sarvann (Karaan Guliani) Fri-Thurs
Ok Jaanu (Shaad Ali) Fri-Thurs
Shatamanam Bhavati (Satish Vegesna) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Europa ’51 (Roberto Rossellini, 1952Thurs Only

Seven Gables:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Nordic Lights Film Festival Fri-Mon Full Program
You Will Be My Son (Gilles LeGrand) Weds Only Pastries and Wine

Sundance Cinemas:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Silence (Martin Scorsese) Our Review
Live by Night (Ben Affleck) Our Review
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday January 6 – Thursday January 12

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Featured Film:

Silence at the Meridian and the Lincoln Square

Every year it seems there’s one movie that doesn’t screen in time to make it onto end of the year lists, but that if it had, would have done quite well. This year, it’s Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which would surely have placed high in our end-of-the-year poll had it played here in time. As it is, it’s eligible for our 2017 poll, but will probably be forgotten by then. But regardless, it’s one of the best films of 2016, the story of Portuguese Jesuits attempting to evade persecution in 17th Century Japan, it’s at once remarkably nuanced in its exploration of faith and colonialism while remaining resolutely materialist and physical. The worthy final piece of Scorsese’s great trilogy of explicitly religious films, alongside The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Master (Cho Uiseok) Fri-Thurs
Lost & Found (Joseph Itaya) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) Fri-Tues The Final Cut
The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle, 1984) Fri-Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Master (Cho Uiseok) Fri-Thurs
Carousel (Henry King, 1956) Sun & Weds Only
One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Mifune: The Last Samurai (Steven Okazaki) Fri-Thurs
Saturday Secret Matinees: Presented by the Sprocket Society (Various directors & years) Sat Only 16mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Silence (Martin Scorsese) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Carousel (Henry King, 1956) Sun & Weds Only
One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Regal Meridian:

Silence (Martin Scorsese) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Harry Benson: Shoot First (Justin Bare & Matthew Miele) Fri-Thurs
2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour Weds Only
Il Solengo (Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis) Starts Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Railroad Tigers (Ding Sheng) Fri-Thurs Our Review
One Piece Film: Gold (Hiroaki Miyamoto) Tues Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seven Gables:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The Uncondemned (Michele Mitchell & Nick Louvel) Weds Only Director Q&A
Nordic Lights Film Festival Starts Thurs Full Program

Sundance Cinemas:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) Sun Only Quote-along

In Wide Release:

Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) Our Review
Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday December 30 – Thursday January 5

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Featured Film:

Elle at the Seven Gables

I can’t think of any better way to say farewell to 2016 than with Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a singular film and the narrow winner in this year’s Seattle Film Poll, a good riddance to this disaster of a year if ever there was one. It’s not exactly a dark comedy, but neither is it a brutish nightmare of a rape-revenge film. I think it’s about the struggle to maintain control over one’s life, about not letting anything that happens to you define you. It leaves open the question of whether that striving for independence is ultimately dehumanizing or, paradoxically, what makes us human in the first place. No more challenging or upsetting film has been released this year.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964) Fri Only Sing-along
Titanic (James Cameron, 1991) Mon & Tues Only

SIFF Egyptian:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
The Eyes of My Mother (Nicolas Pesce) Fri-Sat Only
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Lonny Price) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

By Sidney Lumet (Nancy Buirski) Fri-Thurs
Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975) Sun & Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam (G. Nageswara Reddy) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs

Seven Gables:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Fri, Sun, Mon Quote-along
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) Fri-Mon In Smell-O-Vision

Sundance Cinemas:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) Sat Only New Year’s Eve Party

In Wide Release:

Fences (Denzel Washington) Our Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday December 23 – Thursday December 29

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Featured Film:

Elle at the Seven Gables

It’s Isabelle Huppert’s year and I can’t think of any better way to spend this holiday weekend than with her and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a singular film and the narrow winner in this year’s Seattle Film Poll, it’s sure to give you and the family something to talk about over Christmas dinner. It’s not exactly a dark comedy, but neither is it a brutish nightmare of a rape-revenge film. I think it’s about the struggle to maintain control over one’s life, about not letting anything that happens to you define you. It leaves open the question of whether that striving for independence is ultimately dehumanizing or, paradoxically, what makes us human in the first place. No more challenging or upsetting film has been released this year. Go ahead and pair it with Huppert’s more elegantly sublime performance in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come, which plays for two more days this week, on Friday and Saturday at the Sundance Cinemas.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964) Mon-Fri Sing-along

SIFF Egyptian:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell) Fri-Sat Only
Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979) Mon Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Thurs 35mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

The Wasted Times (Cheng Er) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Fri-Thurs
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) Fri-Thurs
Befikre (Aditya Chopra) Fri-Thurs
The Super Parental Guardians (Joyce E. Bernal) Fri-Thurs

Seven Gables:

Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Mon-Thurs Quote-along
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) Fri, Sat, Mon-Thurs In Smell-O-Vision
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Fri-Sat Only Sing-along

Sundance Cinemas:

Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) Fri-Sat Only Our Review Our Other Review
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Fri-Sat Only
Fiddler On the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) Sun Only With Chinese Takeout and Live Klezmer Music

In Wide Release:

La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Our Review
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel) Our Review
Moonlight 
(Barry Jenkins)  Our Review
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review