Friday October 5 – Thursday October 11

Featured Film:

The Atomic Café at the Grand Illusion

We’re still in Vancouver, watching as many movies as we can, which is why this is going up a couple of days late this week. So far we’ve seen and reviewed The LoadMiraiAsako I & IIDiamantino, four Short Films by Sofia BohdanowiczSpice It Up, and Fausto. That’s in addition to the movies that are here at VIFF that we covered when they played earlier this year at other festivals (Grass, People’s Republic of Desire, Girls Always Happy, Microhabitat and Matangi/Maya/MIA). We’ll have lots more to come over the next couple of weeks, once we return to America, including a special all-VIFF episode of The Frances Farmer Show.

But while all that is going on, the Grand Illusion has a new restoration of the excellent 1982 documentary The Atomic Café, built out of archival footage of nuclear America during the cold war. It’s horrifying and hilarious in all the best ways. Don’t miss it. Or maybe trek down to Tacoma to check out the Film Festival they’ve got going on at the Grand. This year’s is the best one yet, with a lot of movies that won’t make their way to King County for awhile yet.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The Great Battle (Kim Gwangsik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Feng Shui (Park Heegon) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) Fri-Mon
Get Out (Jordan Peele) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Asfar (Gulshan Singh) Fri-Thurs
Parahuna (Amrit Raj Chadha & Mohit Banwait) Fri-Thurs
The Great Battle (Kim Gwang-Sik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Qismat (Jagdeep Sidhu) Fri-Thurs
Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968) Sun & Tues Only

Grand Cinema:

Tacoma Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs
Pick of the Litter (Dana Nachman & Don Hardy) Fri-Thurs

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Atomic Café (Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader & Pierce Rafferty, 1982) Fri-Thurs
Heavy Trip (Jukka Vidgren & Juuso Laatio) Fri-Sun
Saving Brinton (Tommy Haines & Andrew Sherburne) Tues Only
Hot to Trot (Gail Freedman) Weds Only Filmmaker in Attendance

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard) Fri-Thurs
Collette (Wash Westmoreland) Fri-Thurs
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Mani Ratnam) Fri-Thurs
96 (C. Prem Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Andhadhun (Sriram Raghavan) Fri-Thurs
Devadas (Sriram Aditya) Fri-Thurs
NOTA (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs In Tamil or Telugu, Check Listings
TCGN (Girish Joshi) Fri-Thurs
Sui Dhaaga-Made in India (Sharat Katariya) Fri-Thurs
Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968) Sun & Tues Only

Regal Meridian:

The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard) Fri-Thurs
Monsters and Men (Reinaldo Marcus Green) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival Sat Only Full Program
Kusama: Infinity (Heather Lenz) Sun-Thurs
Time for Ilhan (Norah Shapiro) Sun Only
Wacko (Greydon Clark) Weds Only

AMC Oak Tree:

Hello Mrs. Money (Wu Yuhan) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Project Gutenberg (Felix Chong) Fri-Thurs
Hello Mrs. Money (Wu Yuhan) Fri-Thurs
Cry Me a Sad River (Luo Luo) Fri-Thurs
Collette (Wash Westmoreland) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Miss Granny (Joyce E. Bernal) Fri-Thurs
Exes Baggage (Dan Villegas) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Summer ’03 (Rebecca Gleason) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

The Apparition (Xavier Giannoli) Fri-Sun
Headhunt Revisited (Michele Westmorland) Weds Only

AMC Southcenter:

El día de la unión (Kuno Becker) Fri-Thurs
Trico Tri: Happy Halloween (Christian Vogeler) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Collette (Wash Westmoreland) Fri-Thurs
Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968) Sun & Tues Only

SIFF Uptown:

Matangi/Maya/MIA (Stephen Loveridge) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Blaze (Ethan Hawke) Fri-Thurs
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs
Soufra (Thomas Morgan) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

Love, Gilda (Lisa Dapolito) Fri-Thurs
Seattle Latino Film Festival Sat-Thurs Full Program
Manhattan Short 2018 Film Festival Fri Only
Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968) Tues Only

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
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Friday September 28 – Thursday October 4

Featured Film:

Leave Her to Heaven at the Seattle Art Museum

SAM’s annual fall film noir series kicks into high gear this week with John Stahl’s 1945 Leave Her to Heaven, with Gene Tierney as the woman who will do absolutely anything it takes to win, and keep, the man she loves (Cornel Wilde). The most sublime intersection of Technicolor women’s melodrama and film noir, it’s one of the most singular, nastiest, and fun films of the classical Hollywood era. SAM’s noir series continues throughout the fall, with greats like Abraham Polonsky’s Force of Evil, Nicholas Ray and Ida Lupino’s On Dangerous Ground, Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter (maybe the best film ever made), and Michael Mann’s Heat. All but that last one are slated to be shown on 35mm to boot.

In the meantime, Seattle Screen Scene is going on the road for our annual trip to the Vancouver Film Festival. Stay tuned for extensive coverage of some of the most interesting movies of the year, including highlights from the summer festival season, the best in independent Canadian cinema, and one of North America’s finest and most adventurous Asian film programs.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The Great Battle (Kim Gwangsik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
The Negotiation (Yoon Jekyoon) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004) Fri-Tues
The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher, 1987) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

Parahuna (Amrit Raj Chadha & Mohit Banwait) Fri-Thurs
The Great Battle (Kim Gwang-Sik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Qismat (Jagdeep Sidhu) Fri-Thurs
My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday

Grand Cinema:

Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs
The Catcher was a Spy (Ben Lewin) Fri-Thurs
Pick of the Litter (Dana Nachman & Don Hardy) Fri-Thurs
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) Sat Only Our Review
Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker) Tues Only
Prospect (Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Rodents of Unusual Size (Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer) Fri-Thurs
Outrage Coda (Takeshi Kitano) Fri-Thurs
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) Sat, Sun & Tues Only Our Review
Blood Salvage (Tucker Johnston) Sat Only VHS

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Collette (Wash Westmoreland) Fri-Thurs
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Mani Ratnam) Fri-Thurs
Manmarziyan (Anurag Kashyap) Fri-Thurs
Batti Gul Meter Chalu (Shree Narayan Singh) Fri-Thurs
Devadas (Sriram Aditya) Fri-Thurs
Natakam (Kalyanji Gogana) Fri-Thurs
Pataakha (Vishal) Fri-Thurs
Sui Dhaaga-Made in India (Sharat Katariya) Fri-Thurs
My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday

Regal Meridian:

Science Fair (Darren Foster & Cristina Costantini) Fri-Thurs
Golden Job (Chin Ka-lok) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Local Sightings Film Festival Fri & Sat Full Program
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers Sun Only
True Conviction (Jamie Meltzer) Tues Only
The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980) Weds Only
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution (Yony Leyser) Weds-Fri Only

AMC Oak Tree:

Golden Job (Chin Ka-lok) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

Lizzie (Craig Macneill) Fri-Thurs
Collette (Wash Westmoreland) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Miss Granny (Joyce E. Bernal) Fri-Thurs
The Hows of Us (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Lizzie (Craig Macneill) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945) Thurs Only 35mm

AMC Southcenter:

El día de la unión (Kuno Becker) Fri-Thurs
Trico Tri: Happy Halloween (Christian Vogeler) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) Sun, Mon & Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

Blaze (Ethan Hawke) Fri-Thurs
Pick of the Litter (Dana Nachman & Don Hardy) Fri-Thurs
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs
French Cinema Now Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Love, Gilda (Lisa Dapolito) Fri-Thurs
The Healer (Pablo Arango) Fri-Thurs
My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review

Friday September 21 – Thursday September 27

Featured Film:

Madeline’s Madeline at the Grand Illusion and the Meridian

There’s film noir at the Central Cinema (The Maltese Falcon) and SAM (White Heat kicking of their fall noir series), and the Local Sightings Festival at the Northwest Film Forum (featuring our own Ryan Swen’s look at Scarecrow Video Pictures at an Excavation as well as the excellent La cartographe by former SSS contributor Nathan Douglas), but the most exciting new release of the week on Seattle Screens is doubtless Madeline’s Madeline, the third feature by experimental filmmaker Josephine Decker (and the first to play here in Seattle? I don’t recall Butter on the Latch or Thou Wast Mild & Lovely playing here). The official synopsis: “Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.”

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theater:

Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Weds Only

AMC Alderwood:

The Great Battle (Kim Gwang-Sik) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) Fri-Mon
The Last Dragon (Michael Schultz, 1985) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

The Great Battle (Kim Gwang-Sik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Qismat (Jagdeep Sidhu) Fri-Thurs
Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Schlock (John Landis, 1973) Sat Only
The Guilty (Gustav Moller) Sun Only
1945 (Ferenc Torok) Tues Only
Bad Reputation (Kevin Kerslake) Weds Only
Survivors Guide to Prison (Matthew Cooke) Weds Only
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA (Robert Greenwald, 2016) Thurs Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker) Fri-Thurs
Schlock (John Landis, 1973) Sat Only
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) Sat Only Our Review
What Keeps You Alive (Colin Minihan) Fri & Sat Only
Haikyu!! The Movie: Battle of Concepts (Susumu Mitsunaka & Tetsuaki Watanabe) Sat & Sun Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Lizzie (Craig Macneill) Fri-Thurs
Stree (Amar Kaushik) Fri-Thurs
Manmarziyan (Anurag Kashyap) Fri-Thurs
Batti Gul Meter Chalu (Shree Narayan Singh) Fri-Thurs
Nannu Dochukunduvate (R.S. Naidu) Fri-Thurs
U Turn (Pawan Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Sailaja Reddy Alludu (Maruthi) Fri-Thurs
Saamy 2 (Hari ) Fri-Thurs
Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Local Sightings Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

AMC Pacific Place:

Lizzie (Craig Macneill) Fri-Thurs
The Road Not Taken (Tang Gaopeng) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Miss Granny (Joyce E. Bernal) Fri-Thurs
The Hows of Us (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Lizzie (Craig Macneill) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place (Catherine Hunter) Tues & Weds Only

Regal Thornton Place:

Lizzie (Craig Macneill) Fri-Thurs
Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Sun & Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Pick of the Litter (Dana Nachman & Don Hardy) Fri-Thurs
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs
Cat Video Fest 2018 Sat & Sun Only

Varsity Theatre:

Bel Canto (Paul Weitz) Fri-Thurs
I Think We’re Alone Now (Reed Morano) Fri-Thurs
3100 Run and Become (Sanjay Rawal) Fri-Thurs
Love, Gilda (Lisa Dapolito) Fri-Thurs
Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review

Friday September 14 – Thursday September 20

Featured Film:

Shaun the Sheep Movie at the Grand Cinema

It’s a weird week for me to pick a Featured Film because I haven’t seen any of the coolest looking titles of the week: the Northwest Film Forum’s one night only screening of Khalik Allah’s latest film, Black Mother, with the director in attendance; a revival of Smokey and the Bandit in memory of the late, great Burt Reynolds playing at various multiplexes across town; Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s Let the Corpses Tan at the Grand Illusion; Lois Weber’s restored silent The Dumb Girl of Portici; the latest from Indian auteur Anurag Kashyap, Manmarziyan, playing exclusively at the Lincoln Square; or Frank Perry’s The Swimmer, part of the NWFF’s 1968 series. But since my daughter turns 7 years old this week, I’ll go with one of her favorite movies, the free screening of the Shaun the Sheep Movie, playing Saturday morning only at the Grand in Tacoma. Her Shaun the Sheep, glued to her side since she saw the movie, her first ever trip to a theatre, back in 2015, is pictured above.

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theater:

Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Sun & Weds Only

AMC Alderwood:

Where Hands Touch (Amma Asante) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Fri-Sun, Tues & Weds Subtitled Sat & Tues
Scanners (David Cronenberg, 2001) Fri-Sun, Tues & Weds Hecklevision Weds

Cinerama:

70mm Film Festival Full Program

Century Federal Way:

Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Shaun the Sheep Movie (Richard Starzak & Mark Burton, 2015) Sat Only Free Screening
Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973) Sat Only Our Podcast
Sleep Dealer (Alex Rivera, 2008) Tues Only
The Dumb Girl of Portici (Lois Weber, 1916) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) Fri-Thurs
What Keeps You Alive (Colin Minihan) Fri & Sat Only
Haikyu!! The Movie: Battle of Concepts (Susumu Mitsunaka & Tetsuaki Watanabe) Weds & Next Sat & Sun Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Where Hands Touch (Amma Asante) Fri-Thurs
Stree (Amar Kaushik) Fri-Thurs
Manmarziyan (Anurag Kashyap) Fri-Thurs
C/O Kancharapalem (Maha Venkatesh) Fri-Thurs
Seema Raja (Ponram) Fri-Thurs
U Turn (Pawan Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Sailaja Reddy Alludu (Maruthi) Fri-Thurs
Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Smokey and the Bandit (Hal Needham, 1977) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

I am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni) Fri-Thurs
The Peacemaker (James Demo) Fri-Sun
The Swimmer (Frank Perry, 1968) Sat Only
Black Mother (Khalik Allah) Thurs Only Director in Attendance

AMC Pacific Place:

Where Hands Touch (Amma Asante) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Ya veremos (Pedro Pablo Ibarra) Fri-Thurs
The Hows of Us (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

A Whale of a Tale (Megumi Sasaki) Fri-Sun

Regal Thornton Place:

Smokey and the Bandit (Hal Needham, 1977) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Pick of the Litter (Dana Nachman & Don Hardy) Fri-Thurs
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Don’t Leave Home (Michael Tully) Fri-Thurs
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs
3100 Run and Become (Sanjay Rawal) Fri-Thurs
American Chaos (James D. Stern) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review

Friday, September 7 – Thursday September 13

Featured Film:

Andrei Rublev at the SIFF Film Center

The Northwest Film Forum has a fine lineup of documentaries this week, led by In the Intense Now and Cielo, and including Andy Warhol’s Mrs. Warhol, and the Cinerama kicks off its annual 70mm film festival (my highlights: Howard the Duck and Days of Thunder), but our Featured Film this week is an easy choice, as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev is quite simply one of the greatest films ever made, and it’s playing here for the first time in quite awhile, as far as I can remember. The sweeping portrait of a famed icon painter and the medieval world he lived in, the Film Center has it in its latest restoration. If you haven’t seen it, this is the unmissable film event of the week.

Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Tremors (Ron Underwood, 1990) Fri-Weds Hecklevision Wednesday
The Sandlot (David Mickey Evans, 1993) Fri-Tues
Waking the Sleeping Giant (Jon D. Erickson & Jacob Smith) Weds Only

Cinerama:

70mm Film Festival Full Program

SIFF Egyptian:

The Wife (Björn Runge) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Mar Gaye Oye Loko (Simerjit Singh) Fri-Thurs
The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965) Sun & Weds Only Our Podcast

Grand Cinema:

Woman Walks Ahead (Susanna White) Fri-Thurs
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
Arizona (Jonathan Watson) Sat Only
The Catcher was a Spy (Ben Lewin) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

SECS Fest Fri-Sun
Never Goin’ Back (Augustine Frizzell) Sun-Thurs
An Invisible College: Illuminated Jewels by Elder Masters of Experimental Cinema, 1936 – 1978 Tues Only 16mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Wife (Björn Runge) Fri-Thurs
Stree (Amar Kaushik) Fri-Thurs
Geetha Govindam (Parasuram) Fri-Thurs
C/O Kancharapalem (Maha Venkatesh) Fri-Thurs
Manu (Phanindra Narsetti) Fri-Thurs
Premaku Rainchek (Akella Peri Srinivas) Fri-Thurs
Silly Fellows (Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao) Fri-Thurs
Savita Damodar Paranjape (Swapna Waghmare Joshi) Sat & Sun Only
The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965) Sun & Weds Only Our Podcast

Regal Meridian:

Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997) Mon Only

Northwest Film Forum:

In the Intense Now (João Moreira Salles) Fri-Sun Our Review
Betty: They Say I’m Different (Phil Cox) Fri-Sun, Weds & Thurs
Mrs. Warhol (Andy Warhol, 1966) Sat Only
Cielo (Alison McAlpine) Weds Only Our Review
Mammon, Moloch, and the False Maria: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the Cult of Capitalism Thurs Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Destination Wedding (Victor Levin) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Ya veremos (Pedro Pablo Ibarra) Fri-Thurs
The Hows of Us (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997) Mon Only
The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965) Sun & Weds Only Our Podcast

SIFF Uptown:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs
3100 Run and Become (Sanjay Rawal) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review

Friday August 31 – Thursday September 6

Featured Film:

Support the Girls at the Grand Illusion

Crystal Moselle’s fine Skate Kitchen opens this week at the Meridian and the Uptown, but I’m sticking with Support the Girls as our Featured Film because not only is it one of the very best films of the year (and the best American film I’ve seen so far in 2018), but because it’s Labor Day weekend and no film currently on Seattle Screens is more appropriate. Regina Hall plays the manager of a Hooters-like sports bar and restaurant in freeway sprawl Texas, and the film follows a day, a night, and a dawn in her life as she juggles staff new and old, a depressed husband, obnoxious customers, and a worthless boss. Few films have captured customer service management with such depth of feeling and nuance, with marvelous performances (from Hall and Haley Lu Richardson in particular, but also James LeGros as the physical embodiment of slimy capital) and assured direction from the former shining light of mumblecore.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982) Fri-Tues
Legend (Ridley Scott, 1985) Fri-Tues Hecklevision Tuesday

Century Federal Way:

Mar Gaye Oye Loko (Simerjit Singh) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

Woman Walks Ahead (Susanna White) Fri-Thurs
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
Summer of ’84 (François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell) Sat Only
En el séptimo día (Jim McKay) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski) Fri-MOn, Weds
Terminator 2L Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991) Sat, Sun & Thurs Only 35mm
The Long Kiss Goodnight (Renny Harlin, 1996) Fri, Sun, Mon & Weds Only 35mm

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Stree (Amar Kaushik) Fri-Thurs
Geetha Govindam (Parasuram) Fri-Thurs
Imaikkaa Nodigal (R. Ajay Gnanamuthu) Fri Only
Narthanasala (Srinivas Chakravarthi) Fri-Thurs
60 Vayadu Maaniram (Radha Mohan) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle) Fri-Thurs
Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997) Thurs Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Cielo (Alison McAlpine) Fri-Sun Our Review
Love, Cecil (Lisa Immordino Vreeland) Fri-Sun, Tues-Thurs
Investigation of a Flame and El pueblo se levanta (Lynne Sachs, 2003 and Third World Newsreel Film Collective, 1971) Sat Only
MEX AM NW – Animated Shorts for Youth Sun Only
Oulaya’s Wedding (Hisham Mayet, Cyrus Moussavi & Brittany Nugent) Weds Only Directors in Attendance
Betty: They Say I’m Different (Phil Cox) Starts Thurs

AMC Oak Tree:

Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Big Brother (Kam Ka-wai) Fri-Thurs Our Review
L Storm (David Lam) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Ya veremos (Pedro Pablo Ibarra) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

1 Reel Film Festival Fri-Sun
The Third Murder (Kore-eda Hirokazu) Tues-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997) Thurs Only

SIFF Uptown:

The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle) Fri-Thurs
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review
Solo (Ron Howard) Our Review

Friday August 24 – Thursday August 30

Featured Film:

Support the Girls at the Grand Illusion

In what is a terrific week for art house debuts, I’m picking Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls as our Featured Film this week. That’s partially because I haven’t yet seen the two films opening at the Northwest Film Forum (Minding the Gap and Milla), though both are highly acclaimed by reliable sources. And it’s partially because I’m not the world’s biggest Kore-eda Hirokazu fan, though his The Third Murder, opening at the Uptown, is an interesting digression from his recent domestic dramas. But mostly it’s because Support the Girls is really good. Regina Hall plays the manager of a Hooters-like sports bar and restaurant in freeway sprawl Texas, and the film follows a day, a night, and a dawn in her life as she juggles staff new and old, a depressed husband, obnoxious customers, and a worthless boss. Few films have captured customer service management with such depth of feeling and nuance, with marvelous performances (from Hall and Haley Lu Richardson in particular, but also James LeGros as the physical embodiment of slimy capital) and assured direction from the former shining light of mumblecore.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
The Spy Gone North (Yoon Jong-bin) Fri-Thurs
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Göran Olsson, 2011) Thurs Only

Central Cinema:

Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) Fri-Tues Our Podcast Hecklevision Monday
Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007) Fri-Tues
Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983) Weds Only

Century Federal Way:

The Spy Gone North (Yoon Jong-bin) Fri-Thurs
Guru Da Banda (Jassi Chana) Fri-Thurs
South Pacific (Joshua Logan, 1958) Sun & Weds Only

Cinerama:

Sound and Vision Film Festival Full Program

Grand Cinema:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) Sat Only Our Podcast
The Cakemaker (Ofir Raul Graizer) Tues Only
Deconstructing The Beatles: Yeah Yeah Yeah Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski) Fri-Thurs
Pit Stop (Jack Hill, 1968) Fr & Tues Only
Summer of ’84 (François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell) Sat & Sun Only
Laughing Under the Clouds: Gaiden Part 1 & 2 (Tetsuya Wakano) Sat-Mon Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Lakshmi (A. L. Vijay) Fri-Thurs
Neevevaro (Hari Nath) Fri-Thurs In Telugu with No subtitles
Geetha Govindam (Parasuram) Fri-Thurs
Gold (Reema Kagti) Fri-Thurs
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Fri-Thurs
Aatagallu (Murali Paruchari) Fri-Thurs
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (Mudassar Aziz) Fri-Thurs
Kolamavu Kokila (Nelson Dilipkumar) Fri-Thurs
South Pacific (Joshua Logan, 1958) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

Minding the Gap (Bing Liu) Fri-Weds
Milla (Valérie Massadian) Fri-Sun
Shame (Ingmar Bergman, 1968) Sat Only
Love, Cecil (Lisa Immordino Vreeland) Starts Thurs

AMC Oak Tree:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Oolong Courtyard: Kung Fu School (Kevin Chu) Fri-Thurs
Go Brother (Cheng Fenfen) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Buybust (Erik Matti) Fri-Thurs
Gold (Reema Kagti) Fri-Thurs
The Day After Valentine’s (Jason Paul Laxamana) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Matt Tyrnauer) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Matt Tyrnauer) Fri-Thurs

AMC Southcenter:

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Fri-Thurs
South Pacific (Joshua Logan, 1958) Sun & Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

The Third Murder (Kore-eda Hirokazu) Fri-Thurs
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub) Fri-Thurs
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Blue Iguana (Hadi Hajaig) Fri-Thurs
Far From the Tree (Rachel Dretzin) Fri-Thurs
South Pacific (Joshua Logan, 1958) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review
Solo (Ron Howard) Our Review

Friday August 17 – Thursday August 23

Featured Film:

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

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

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

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

Central Cinema:

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

Century Federal Way:

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

Cinerama:

Sound and Vision Film Festival Full Program

Grand Cinema:

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

Grand Illusion Cinema:

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

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

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

Regal Meridian:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

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

AMC Oak Tree:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

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

Regal Parkway Plaza:

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

AMC Seattle:

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

SIFF Film Center:

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

SIFF Uptown:

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

Varsity Theatre:

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

In Wide Release:

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

Friday August 10 – Thursday August 16

Featured Film:

8 Diagram Pole Fighter at the Grand Illusion

One of the Grand Illusion’s best traditions is back this week, a 35mm martial arts classic double feature courtesy of Portland’s Dan Halsted, playing Saturday night only. The headliner is Lau Kar-leung’s 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, with Gordon Liu as the lone (sane) survivor of an attack on a famed family of generals, who goes into hiding at a monastery and eventually seeks his revenge. It’s probably Lau’s darkest film, The Searchers of kung fu movies. Paired with it is a mystery film, also on 35mm, which is certain to be something worth watching.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Kim Yonghwa) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992) Fri-Tues
Madonna: Truth or Dare (Alek Keshishian, 1991) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Kim Yonghwa) Fri-Thurs
Dakuaan Da Munda (Mandeep Benipal) Fri-Thurs
Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday

Grand Cinema:

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) Sat Only Our Review
Zoo (Colin McIver) Tues Only
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Nico, 1988 (Susanna Nicchiarelli) Fri-Thurs
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Mari Okada) Sat & Sun Only
8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung, 1984) Sat Only 35mm, Plus Secret Bonus Feature Our Review Our Podcast
Our House (Anthony Scott Burns) Fri, Sun, Tues & Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Vishwaroopam 2 (Kamal Haasan) Fri-Thurs In Tamil, Telugu or Hindi, Check Listings
Goodachari (Sashi Kiran Tikka) Fri-Thurs
Srinivasa Kalyanam (Satish Vegesna) Fri-Thurs
Pushpak Viman (Subodh Bhave & Vaibhav Chinchalkar) Sat & Sun Only
Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Shinichirō Watanabe, 2001) Weds & Thurs Only

Regal Meridian:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Northwest Film Forum:

That Summer (Göran Olsson) Fri-Sun
Finda Christa (Camille Billops) Sat Only 16mm
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Film Forum Sun Only
Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 4 Sun Only
Fight Fam Weds Only Q&A After, Free Event
Milford Graves Full Mantis (Jake Meginsky) Weds & Thurs Only

AMC Oak Tree:

The Island (Huang Bo) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

McQueen (Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Buybust (Erik Matti) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Araby (Affonso Uchôa & João Dumans) Fri-Sun

Regal Thornton Place:

Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988) Sun, Mon & Weds Only Subtitled Monday
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Shinichirō Watanabe, 2001) Weds & Thurs Only

SIFF Uptown:

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

Varsity Theatre:

Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review
Solo (Ron Howard) Our Review
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) Our Review

Friday August 3 – Thursday August 9

Featured Film:

Wanda at the Northwest Film Forum

With August comes the truly dark days of the film year. There are a handful of bright spots this week: Demolition Man on 35mm at the Grand Illusion, Nothing Sacred at SAM, the continuing run of Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings at the Pacific Place, as well as wide runs of Sorry to Bother You and blockbusters like Mission: Impossible–Fallout and Ant-Man and the Wasp. But if you can use you MoviePass* on only one movie this week (and you better use it while you can), don’t miss the Northwest Film Forum’s presentation of Barbara Loden’s Wanda, a legendarily forgotten film, an independent production mishandled on its initial release and revived only rarely since. With its restoration and rerelease, it’s now taking its canonical place as one of the great films of the New Hollywood era. It plays at the Film Forum Friday and Saturday only.

*Update: Looks like you can’t use MoviePass at the Film Forum at all. Apparently not since June. Regardless, Wanda is a film worth paying full price for.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Kim Yonghwa) Fri-Thurs
Fanney Khan (Atul Manjrekar) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985) Fri-Sun, Tues
Face/Off (John Woo, 1997) Weds Only Hecklevision

Century Federal Way:

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Kim Yonghwa) Fri-Thurs
The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Leave No Trace (Debra Granik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968) Sat Only
American Animals (Bart Layton) Tues Only
Yellow Submarine (George Dunning, 1968) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Demolition Man (Marco Brambilla, 1993) Fri-Sun, Mon & Weds 35mm
Outland (Peter Hyams, 1981) Fri-Sun, Tues & Thurs
Filmworker (Tony Zierra) Sat-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Goodachari (Sashi Kiran Tikka) Fri-Thurs
Chi La Sow (Rahul Ravindran) Fri-Thurs
Fanney Khan (Atul Manjrekar) Fri-Thurs
Karwaan (Akarsh Khurana) Fri-Thurs
Mulk (Anubhav Sinha) Fri-Thurs
The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Sun & Weds Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970) Fri & Sat Only
The Other Side of Everything (Mila Turajlić) Fri-Sun
That Summer (Göran Olsson) Starts Weds

AMC Oak Tree:

Leave No Trace (Debra Granik) Fri-Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Tsui Hark) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Leave No Trace (Debra Granik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Nothing Sacred (William Wellman, 1937) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

Dark Money (Kimberly Reed) Sun-Thurs Our Review

Regal Thornton Place:

The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Sun & Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

Dark Money (Kimberly Reed) Fri-Sat Our Review
Generation Wealth (Lauren Greenfield) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

The Catcher was a Spy (Ben Lewin) Fri-Thurs
The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Weds Only

In Wide Release:

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Our Review
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) Our Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) Our Review
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review
Solo (Ron Howard) Our Review
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) Our Review