Friday January 12 – Thursday January 18

Featured Film:

Phantom Thread at the Egyptian

The final piece of the awards season puzzle finally opens in Seattle this week, exclusively at the Egyptian. Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest is a departure from his recent sprawling epics of American history and psychosis (There Will be Blood, The Master, Inherent Vice) and a return to the oddball romance of Punch-Drunk Love, albeit in disguise as a tasteful costume drama. Literally, in this case, as Daniel Day-Lewis plays a mid-century British fashion designer with a fastidiously controlled life (monitored by his watchful sister (Lesley Manville) who falls for a young waitress (Vicky Krieps) and whisks her away to his life of luxury. Recalling both the Rebecca-style romances of the 1940s and moodier films like Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, it also, for reasons I can’t quite articulate, reminded me of Erich von Stroheim. It’s resolutely pro-breakfast food message is I believe something we can all get behind in these troubled times.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Hostiles (Scott Cooper) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Wolf Guy (Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, 1975) Thurs Only

Central Cinema:

Dr. Strangelove… (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) Fri-Mon
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978) Fri-Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joonhwan) Fri-Thurs
Agnyaathavaasi – Prince in Exile (Trivikram Srinivas) Fri-Thurs
Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) Sun & Tues Only

Grand Cinema:

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) Sat & Weds Only
Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean) Tues Only Our Review

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Square (Ruben Östlund) Sat-Mon, Weds
Saturday Secret Matinee: Alien Invasion! Sat Only 16mm
Thelma (Joachim Trier) Fri-Sun, Tues & Thurs
Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006) Thurs Only 35mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Hostiles (Scott Cooper) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Agnyaathavaasi – Prince in Exile (Trivikram Srinivas) Fri-Thurs
Mukkabaaz (Anurag Kashyap) Fri-Thurs
Sketch (Vijay Chandar) Fri-Thurs
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (Vignesh Shivan) Fri-Thurs
Rangula Ratnam (B. N. Reddy) Sat-Thurs
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) Sun & Tues Only

Regal Meridian:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Hostiles (Scott Cooper) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Aida’s Secrets (Alan Schwarz & Saul Schwarz) Fri-Sun
D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage (Lech Kowalski, 1980) Fri-Sun
The Future Perfect (Nele Wohlatz) Sat & Sun Only
Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean) Weds-Sun Our Review
Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski) Starts Weds
2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour Thurs & Sat Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Namiya (Han Jie) Fri-Thurs
Ex Files 3 (Tian Yusheng) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Agnyaathavaasi – Prince in Exile (Trivikram Srinivas) Fri-Thurs
Parchi (Azfar Jafri) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Nordic Lights Film Festival Fri-Sun Full Program
Being 17 (André Téchiné) Tues Only

AMC Southcenter:

Condorito: La película (Eduardo Schuldt & Alex Orrelle) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) Sun & Tues Only
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) Tues Only

In Wide Release:

The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra) Our Review
The Post (Steven Spielberg) Our Review
The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) Our Review Our Podcast
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) Our Review
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Our Review
Pitch Perfect 3 (Trish Sie) Our Review
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review

 

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Friday January 5 – Thursday January 11

Featured Film:

The Post at the Pacific Place

The weirdest movie month of the year, the time when studios both expand their biggest award-hopefuls and dump their trashiest genre fare, begins this week with the latest from Steven Spielberg, playing exclusively at the Pacific Place. It’s the story of the second newspaper to publish excerpts from Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers, the classified history of US involvement in Vietnam, and of the internal conflicts between the Washington Post’s publisher, Meryl Streep’s Katharine Graham and its editor, Tom Hanks. This is the kind of sturdy liberal procedural Spielberg has excelled at in recent years, and while it doesn’t hit the heights of Lincoln and is vastly more self-important than Bridge of Spies, it does work as a stealth reunion of Mr. Show. I reviewed it back in December.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Hostiles (Scott Cooper) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review

Central Cinema:

Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) Fri-Mon Sing-along Monday
Deadpool (Tim Miller, 2016) Fri-Sun

Century Federal Way:

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Thelma (Joachim Trier) Sat Only
God’s Own Country (Francis Lee) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Saturday Secret Matinee: Alien Invasion! Sat Only 16mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) Fri-Thurs
Hostiles (Scott Cooper) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Velaikkaran (Mohan Raja) Fri-Thurs
Okka Kshanam (VI Anand) Fri-Thurs
Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Goldbuster (Sandra Ng) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Hanson and the Beast (Yang Xiao) Fri-Thurs
Hostiles (Scott Cooper) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Bugs (Andreas Johnsen) Fri-Sun
Félicité (Alain Gomis) Fri-Sun
Aida’s Secrets (Alan Schwarz & Saul Schwarz) Weds-Sun

AMC Pacific Place:

The Post (Steven Spielberg) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Youth (Feng Xiaogang) Fri-Thurs
Ex Files 3 (Tian Yusheng) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman, 1953) Thurs Only

SIFF Uptown:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) Fri-Thurs
Borg vs. McEnroe (Janus Metz) Thurs Only

In Wide Release:

The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) Our Review Our Podcast
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) Our Review
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Our Review
Pitch Perfect 3 (Trish Sie) Our Review
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review

Friday December 29 – Thursday January 4

Featured Film:

The Road Warrior at the Grand Cinema

If it felt to you like 2017 was some kind of apocalypse, then have I got the chilling vision of things to come in 2018 for you. George Miller’s second movie about Mad Max comes after the end, with Mel Gibson at his most Australian, a lone driver how helps a community escape from the gasoline bandits that have them circling their big rigs. Leaner, more brutish than Miller’s celebrated Fury Road, you can catch it Saturday night only in Tacoma. Just be careful if you’re driving there and back again.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997) Fri & Sat Only Dubbed or Subtitled, Check Listings

Century Federal Way:

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

The Road Warrior (George Miller, 1981) Sat Only
Song of Granite (Pat Collins) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Permanent (Colette Burson) Fri-Thurs
Wayfinding: Films by Pam Minty Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Velaikkaran (Mohan Raja) Fri-Thurs
Okka Kshanam (VI Anand) Fri-Thurs
Hello (Vikram Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Middle Class Abbayi (Venu Sree Raam) Fri-Thurs
Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
The Liquidator (Xu Jizhou) Fri-Thurs
Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Bugs (Andreas Johnsen) Weds-Sun
Félicité (Alain Gomis) Thurs-Sun

AMC Pacific Place:

Youth (Feng Xiaogang) Fri-Thurs
Ex Files 3 (Tian Yusheng) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) Sun Only

In Wide Release:

The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) Our Review Our Podcast
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) Our Review
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Our Review
Pitch Perfect 3 (Trish Sie) Our Review
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review

Friday December 22 – Thursday December 28

Featured Film:

Youth at the Regal Meridian

It’s a Wonderful Life continues this week on 35mm at the Grand Illusion, and one of the year’s finest films, Call Me By Your Name opens this week in limited release, but if, like me, you’re burnt out on end-of-the-year awards contenders and you’ve already seen all the half-dozen Christmas movies that have been rotating from theatre to theatre around town for the past month, then you should check out Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, now playing in its second week exclusively at the Meridian. It’s set in a military arts troupe at the tail end of the Cultural Revolution, centering on a pair of performers: a young dancer from unfortunate circumstances who gets bullied by the other women in the group and a generous young man who goes on to active military service. More of a traditional melodrama than other Cultural Revolution stories like Jia Zhangke’s Platform or Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun, it’s got some impressive performance sequences (stirring patriotic marches and ballet dancers slinging AK-47s) that at its best recalls Amy Sherman-Palladino’s great and much-missed TV series Bunheads.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Fri & Sat Only
Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997) Tues & Weds Only Dubbed or Subtitled, Check Listings

Century Federal Way:

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (Kim Yong-hwa) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Die Hard (John McTeirnan, 1988) Sat Only
Oddball and the Penguins (Stuart McDonald) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

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

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Hello (Vikram Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Middle Class Abbayi (Venu Sree Raam) Fri-Thurs
Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs
Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984) Sat Only
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Sun Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Youth (Feng Xiaogang) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Tiger Zinda Hai (Ali Abbas Zafar) Fri-Thurs
Unexpectedly Yours (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Sun Only

AMC Seattle:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Bleeding Steel (Leo Zhang) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Rare Exports (Jalmari Helander, 2010) Fri-Sun
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Fri-Sun Sing-Along

Regal Thornton Place:

Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984) Sat Only
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Sun Only

SIFF Uptown:

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) Mon Only

In Wide Release:

The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) Our Review
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) Our Review
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Our Review
Pitch Perfect 3 (Trish Sie) Our Review
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday December 15 – Thursday December 21

Featured Film:

On the Beach at Night Alone at the Northwest Film Forum

Yes, there’s a new Star Wars movie out, and it is great, truly the movie we obsessives have been waiting for, the Reddest corporate franchise movie there’s ever been. There are also two highly anticipated Chinese films opening this week: Feng Xiaogang’s Cultural Revolution-set Youth and Yuen Woo-ping and Tsui Hark’s remake of The Miracle FightersThe Thousand Faces of Dunjia. But I’ll been writing about both of those at Mubi later this month. No, the Featured Film this week has to be Hong Sangsoo’s On the Beach at Night Alone, the first of his three 2016 movies to be released in Seattle (the other two are scheduled for 2018, by which time Hong will likely have completed another movie or two). Evan wrote about it for us here way back in March, not long after it picked up the Best Actress prize in Berlin (alas, my campaigning did not earn Kim Minhee a Seattle Film Critics Award nomination). His review is much better than my letterboxd response, which for reasons I can’t entirely fathom but which nonetheless still seems to explain the movie to me, contrasts a cosmically expansive passage from the Walt Whitman poem referenced in the film’s title to the self-critiquing and celebratory chorus of Kanye West’s “Runaway”. Anyway, The Last Jedi will be out for awhile, but you can only see On the Beach at Night Alone through Sunday at the Film Forum.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Female Trouble (John Waters, 1974) Thurs Only

Central Cinema:

Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Fri-Tues
Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Sat Shri Akaal England (Vikram Pradhan) Fri-Thurs
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990) Sat Only Free Screening
Rare Exports (Jalmari Helander, 2010) Sat Only
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Sat Only Our Review
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Mon & Thurs Only
Window Horses (Ann Marie Fleming) Tues Only
Desk Set (Walter Lang, 1957) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Thurs 35mm
Elves (Jeffrey Mandel, 1989) Sat Only VHS

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) Fri-Thurs
Love Ni Bhavai (Saandeep Patel) Fri-Thurs
Aruvi (Arun Prabhu) Fri-Thurs
Maayavan (C.V. Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Fukrey Returns (Mrigdeep Singh Lamba) Fri-Thurs
Malli Raava (Gowtam Tinnanuri) Fri-Thurs
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (Yuen Woo-ping) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Fri-Thurs
Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Sat Only

Northwest Film Forum:

On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sangsoo) Fri-Sun Only Our Review
Porto (Gabe Klinger) Fri-Sun Only 35mm
Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975) Weds Only 35mm
Beggars of Life (William Wellman, 1928) Thurs Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Youth (Feng Xiaogang) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
Fukrey Returns (Mrigdeep Singh Lamba) Fri-Thurs
Unexpectedly Yours (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review

SIFF Film Center:

Scrooged (Richard Donner, 1988) Fri-Sun
Die Hard (John McTeirnan, 1988) Fri-Sun
Rare Exports (Jalmari Helander, 2010) Starts Thurs
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Starts Thurs Sing-Along

Regal Thornton Place:

Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Sat Only

Varsity Theatre:

The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) Our Review
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday December 8 – Thursday December 14

Featured Film:

Irma Vep at the Northwest Film Forum

Continuing their miniature festival de Léaud, the Northwest Film Forum this weekend has the new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s Le gai savoir, in which Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto discourse on language, meaning and learning. It’s one of the few 1960s Godard features I haven’t seen yet. The film it’s paired with, a 35mm print of Olivier Assayas’s Irma Vep, is one of the very best European films of the 1990s. Maggie Cheung plays Maggie Cheung, an actress hired by famous French director Léaud to star in his remake of Louis Feuillade’s silent serial Les vampires. A scathing satire of the state of the French film industry in the ashes of the New Wave, anchored by a brilliant fish out of water performance by Cheung, it’s one of the very best films ever made about making movies. I wrote a bit about it way back in 2011, after we had tried and failed to play it at the Metro.

Playing This Week:

AMC Loews Alderwood:

Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) Fri-Tues
Scrooged (Richard Donner, 1988) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

The Swindlers (Jang Chang-won) Fri-Thurs
Sat Shri Akaal England (Vikram Pradhan) Fri-Thurs
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike) Sat Only
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Sun Weds & Thurs Only
The King’s Choice (Erik Poppe) Tues Only
Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings (Various) Weds Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Mon 35mm, Free on Monday
Christmas Evil (Lewis Jackson, 1980) Fri, Sat & Weds
Potamkin (Stephen Broomer) Tues Only 16mm
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky, 1969) Thurs Only 35mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen) Fri-Thurs
Jawaan (B. V. S. Ravi) Fri-Thurs
Gruham (U. Milind Rau) Fri-Thurs
Fukrey Returns (Mrigdeep Singh Lamba) Fri-Thurs
Malli Raava (Gowtam Tinnanuri) Fri-Thurs
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Daisy Winters (Beth LaMure) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Fri-Thurs
Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1989) Sat Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996) Sat & Sun Only 35mm
La gai savoir (Jean-Luc Godard, 1969) Sat & Sun Only
Perfume of the Lady in Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974) Weds Only
On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sangsoo) Starts Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
Fukrey Returns (Mrigdeep Singh Lamba) Fri-Thurs
Unexpectedly Yours (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Thelma (Joachim Trier) Fri-Thurs
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Snowpiercer (Bong Joonho, 2013) Fri-Sun Our Podcast
Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990) Fri-Sun

Regal Thornton Place:

Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1989) Sat Only

SIFF Uptown:

Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Tribes of Palos Verdes (Emmett & Brendan Malloy) Fri-Thurs
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday December 1 – Thursday December 7

Featured Film:

La chinoise at the Northwest Film Forum

If you’re not buried in awards season like I am (yeah, I know, I still haven’t seen Lady Bird) then this is the perfect week to spend some time at the Northwest Film Forum. Not only do they have, on Wednesday and Thursday, two different short film programs by celebrated experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky, with the director himself in attendance, but this weekend they’re playing the recent restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s La chinoise, in which Jean-Pierre Léaud, Julie Berto and Anne Wiazemsky bring Maoism to Paris. One of the last films of Godard’s early period, with one foot in popular cinema and another in serious political thought and activism, it’s a difficult film to get a handle on. The last time I saw it, I was convinced it was a wicked satire on rich kids playing at Leftism, but now I’m not so sure. I should see it again.

Playing This Week:

AMC Loews Alderwood:

Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) Fri-Thurs
The Swindlers (Jang Chang-won) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990) Fri-Mon
Better Off Dead (Savage Steve Holland, 1985) Fri-Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

The Disaster Artist (James Franco) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

The Swindlers (Jang Chang-won) Fri-Thurs
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Novitiate (Margaret Betts) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Bill Nye: Science Guy (David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg) Fri-Thurs
Tragedy Girls (Tyler MacIntyre) Sat Only
Te Ata (Nathan Frankowski) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Free Lunch Society (Christian Tod) Fri-Thurs
The Nightmare (Akiz) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Aval (Gruham) (U. Milind Rau) Fri-Thurs In Tamil or Telugu, Check Showtimes
Jawaan (B. V. S. Ravi) Fri-Thurs
Firangi (Rajiv Dhingra) Fri-Thurs
Oxygen (Jyothi Krishna) Fri-Thurs
Mental Madhilo (Vivek Athreya) Fri-Thurs
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Explosion (Chang Zheng) Fri-Thurs
Daisy Winters (Beth LaMure) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Fri-Thurs
A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983) Sat Only

Northwest Film Forum:

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) Fri Only Live Score
La chinoise (jean-Luc Godard, 1967) Sat & Sun Only
Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary (Cori McKenna) Sat Only
Seasonal Songs (Nathaniel Dorsky) Weds & Thurs Only Two Different Programs, 16mm, Director in Attendance
All the Colors of the Dark (Sergio Martino, 1972) Weds Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
Thiruttu Payale 2 (Susi Ganeshan) Fri-Thurs
Daisy Winters (Beth LaMure) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) Thurs Only

AMC Seattle:

Thelma (Joachim Trier) Fri-Thurs
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990) Fri-Sun
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982) Fri-Sun
8 Women (François Ozon, 2002) Weds Only

Regal Thornton Place:

A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983) Sat Only
Black Clover (Tatsuya Yoshihara) Weds & Next Sat & Sun Only Subtitled Monday

SIFF Uptown:

Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
The Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984) Weds Only

Varsity Theatre:

The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Our Review
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday November 24 – Thursday November 30

Featured Film:

Lady Bird in Limited Release

I still haven’t seen any of the big art house movies, including Lady Bird. And I’m running late this week because of the holiday, so I’m going to stick with this, now expanded to a few more theatres around the Sound. Although it should be noted that Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal is now in its fourth week at the venerable single-screen theatre, so you should probably check it out. Here’s Ryan on Lady Bird: A24 continues their remarkable streak of films that played at the New York Film Festival and focus on young people with Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut Lady Bird. While it has clear strands of DNA from Gerwig’s prior great films co-written with Noah Baumbach, the movie possesses a easy sprightliness all its own. Starring Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous high school student over her senior year as she navigates filial, romantic, and platonic relationships in the staid environs of Sacramento, it is one of the sweetest and most deeply felt films of the year.

Playing This Week:

 

AMC Loews Alderwood:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940) Fri-Tues
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday
Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Bugs (Andreas Johnsen) Tues Only
Of Race and Reconciliation Thurs Only Free Screening
Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life (Bill Finnegan) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike) Fri-Sun, Tues & Thurs
The Light of the Moon (Jessica M. Thompson) Fri-Thurs
Wheels of Terror (Christopher Cain) Sat Only VHS

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni) Fri-Thurs
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (Vinoth) Fri-Thurs
Mental Madhilo (Vivek Athreya) Fri-Thurs
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday
Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Explosion (Chang Zheng) Fri-Thurs
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Novitiate (Margaret Betts) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Fri-Thurs
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday

Northwest Film Forum:

We the Workers (Wenhai Huang) Fri-Sun
Escapes (Michael Almereyda) Fri-Sun Our Review
Brimstone & Glory (Viktor Jakovleski) Sat Only
Shadowman (Oren Jacoby) Weds & Thurs Only
Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972) Weds Only
The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman) Thurs Only 16mm

AMC Oak Tree:

Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni) Fri-Thurs

 

Seattle Art Museum:

Pretty Poison (Noel Black, 1968) Thurs Only

AMC Seattle:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Film Center:

Hook (Steven Spielberg, 1991) Fri-Sun
Bill Nye: Science Guy (David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg) Thurs Only

AMC Southcenter:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Thornton Place:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday

SIFF Uptown:

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey) Fri-Thurs
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Novitiate (Margaret Betts) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday November 17 – Thursday November 23

Featured Film:

Lady Bird in Limited Release

I haven’t seen any of the big new movies out this week (Last Flag Flying, Three Billboards, Thirst Street, The Work), but the one I most want to see is Lady Bird. Ryan’s seen it though, and here’s what he has to say: A24 continues their remarkable streak of films that played at the New York Film Festival and focus on young people with Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut Lady Bird. While it has clear strands of DNA from Gerwig’s prior great films co-written with Noah Baumbach, the movie possesses a easy sprightliness all its own. Starring Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous high school student over her senior year as she navigates filial, romantic, and platonic relationships in the staid environs of Sacramento, it is one of the sweetest and most deeply felt films of the year. It’s playing now at the Egyptian, Lincoln Square, Thornton Place and the Seattle 10, which used to be the Metro and probably should be again.

Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984) Fri-Tues
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (John Hughes, 1987) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Rudy (David Anspaugh, 1993) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
Rise of the Guardians (Peter Ramsey, 2012) Sat Only Free Screening
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) Sat Only
Trophy (Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike) Fri-Mon
Bobbi Jene (Elvira Lind) Fri-Weds

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni) Fri-Thurs
Khakee/Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (Vinoth) Fri-Thurs In Tamil or Telugu, Check Listings

Regal Meridian:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Novitiate (Margaret Betts) Fri-Thurs
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Fri-Thurs
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Thirst Street (Nathan Silver) Fri-Sun
KINOFEST Seattle 2017 Fri-Sun Full Program
Brimstone & Glory (Viktor Jakovleski) Sat & Sun Only
The Problem with Apu (Michael Melamedoff) Sun Only Creator & Star in Attendance
The Work (Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous) Weds Only
The Laughing Woman (Piero Schivazappa, 1969) Weds Only 35mm

AMC Oak Tree:

Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Qarib Qarib Single (Tanuja Chandra) Fri-Thurs
Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Novitiate (Margaret Betts) Fri-Thurs
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Film Center:

Bill Nye: Science Guy (David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg) Fri-Thurs
Magic Mike XXL (gregory Jacobs, 2015) Sat Only Dissection w/Courtney Sheehan

Regal Thornton Place:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Romanian Film Festival Fri-Sun Full Program 
Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review

Friday November 10 – Thursday November 16

Featured Film:

120 Beats per Minute at the AMC Seattle and Faces Places at the SIFF Film Center

Two of the very best movies of 2017 open this week on single screens in Seattle. Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats per Minute (BPM) is the story of the Paris branch of ACT UP during the early 90s, an expert melding of suspenseful political filmmaking with personal romance and tragedy. Faces Places, by venerable New Wave icon Agnès Varda and ambiguous photographer JR is the year’s best best buddy comedy and probably the nicest movie of the year too, as the two travel around France making large pictures of the people they meet. It’s also the 2017 movie most likely to make you want to punch Jean-Luc Godard in the nose. Taken together, these two French films make a compelling argument that European Cinema is not, in fact, dead. On the other hand, Palme d’Or winner The Square opens too this week at the Uptown and the Lincoln Square.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

This is Spinal Tap (Marty DiBergi, 1984) Sat Only Our Review

Central Cinema:

Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999) Fri, Sat & Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Sardar Mohammad (Harry Bhatti) Fri-Thurs
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Sun & Weds Only Our Review

Grand Cinema:

The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
Jane (Brett Morgen) Fri-Thurs
78/52 (Alexandre O. Philippe) Sat Only
Boston (Jon Dunham) Tues Only
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963) Weds Only
Demain (Cyril Dion & Melanie Laurent) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike) Fri-Mon, Weds-Thurs
Mansfield 66/67 (Todd Hughes & P. David Ebersole) Fri-Thurs
Alternative Views (John Behrens, 2014) Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Golmaal Again!!! (Rohit Shetty) Fri-Thurs
Secret Superstar (Advait Chandan) Fri-Thurs
PSV Garuda Vega 126.18M (Praveen Sattaru) Fri-Thurs
Qarib Qarib Single (Tanuja Chandra) Fri-Thurs
C/O Surya (Suseenthiran) Fri-Thurs
Ittefaq (Abhay Chopra) Fri-Thurs
Dayavittu Gamanisi (Rohit Padaki) Sun Only
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Sun & Weds Only Our Review

Regal Meridian:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Don’t Break Down: A Film about Jawbreaker (Keith Schieron & Tim Irwin) Fri Only Bassist in Attendance
Signature Move (Jennifer Reeder) Fri & Sat Only
Brimstone & Glory (Viktor Jakovleski) Sat & Thurs Only
Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki) Sun Only
Almost Sunrise (Michael Collins) Sun Only
Moving History – Sound & Color Sun Only
Time to Die (Arturo Ripstein, 1966) Weds & Thurs Only
Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) Weds Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Qarib Qarib Single (Tanuja Chandra) Fri-Thurs
Seven Sundays (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

BPM (120 Beats per Minute) (Robin Campillo) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Seattle Art Museum:

The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925) Weds Only Our Podcast
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Thornton Place:

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Sun & Weds Only Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Fri-Thurs
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
The Square (Ruben Östlund) Fri-Thurs
Cinema Italian Style 2017 Fri-Thurs Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Weds Only Our Review
The Truth About Lies (Phil Allocco, 2015) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve) Our Review