Friday December 7 – Thursday December 13

Featured Film:

Burning at the Northwest Film Forum

There are a lot of films of interest out this week, including award-hopefuls The Favorite and At Eternity’s Gate, both of which aren’t bad at all, and Peter Bogdanovich’s fine Buster Keaton doc The Great Buster, which continues into a second week at the Grand Illusion. And Roma, of course, Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix movie has a decent shot at being the first true foreign language film to win the Best Picture Oscar, and it’s playing at the Cinerama and, of all places, the Crest. I haven’t seen Roma yet (it’s planned for later tonight), so if I had to pick one essential movie to see on Seattle Screens this week (and I do, that’s what this space is for), it’d be Lee Changdong’s Burning, playing exclusively at the Northwest Film Forum.

I’m not even sure if Burning is a very good movie. It’s made with exceptional craft though, a slow-ahem-burning psychological thriller about a disaffected young man who comes to believe that a rich guy (Steven Yeun, in a performance sure to get plenty of deserved award recognition in coming weeks) is both an arsonist and has done something to the woman the young man loves. Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, with lots of added Murakami in-jokes and shades of William Faulkner, it’s the most diabolically engrossing film of the year.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs 
The Wife (Björn Runge) Fri-Thurs 
Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Fri-Thurs 
Kedarnath (Abhishek Kapoor) Fri-Thurs 
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Fri-Thurs 
Default (Choi Kook-hee) Fri-Thurs 

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Roll with Me (Lisa France) Weds Only

Central Cinema:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Sellick, 1993) Sat-Tues 
Krampus (Michael Dougherty, 2015) Sat-Tues 

Cinerama:

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) Fri-Sun 
Holiday Film Series Mon-Weds Full Program

Crest Cinema Centre:

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) Fri-Thurs  
Mowgli (Andy Serkis) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Egyptian:

The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs 

Century Federal Way:

Banjara (Mushtaq Pasha) Fri-Thurs
2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Liyana (Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp) Fri-Thurs 
Maria by Callas (Tom Volf) Fri-Thurs 
Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984) Sat Only 
The Mercy (James Marsh) Tues Only 
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Weds Only 
Cat Video Fest 2018 Thurs Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Great Buster (Peter Bogdanovich) Fri-Thurs 
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Thurs 
Mikey (Dennis Dimster, 1992) Sat Only VHS  
Dial Code Santa Claus (René Manzor, 1989) Tues, Next Fri & Thurs Only   
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Fri-Thurs  

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs  
2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs 
Mirai (Mamoru Hosada) Sat Only Our Review Our Other Review Dubbed
Kedarnath (Abhishek Kapoor) Fri-Thurs 
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Fri-Thurs 
Subramanyapuram (santhossh jagarlaupdi) Fri-Tues In Telugu with No Subtitles 
Johny Johny Yes Appa (Marthandan) Sat & Sun Only 
Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 (Satish Rajwade) Sat & Sun Only 
Naal (Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti) Sat & Sun Only 
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Wife (Björn Runge) Fri-Thurs 
2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs 
Anna and the Apocalypse (John McPhail) Fri Sun & Mon Only 

Northwest Film Forum:

Burning (Lee Changdong) Fri-Thurs 
In the Soup (Alexandre Rockwell, 1992) Fri & Next Sat Only
The Apology (Tiffany Hsiung) Sat Only Free Event
I am Evidence (Trish Adlesic & Geeta Gandbhir) Sun Only Free Event
From the West (Juliane Henrich) Tues Only Filmmaker in Attendance
Wobble Palace (Eugene Kotlyarenko) Weds Only 

AMC Oak Tree:

The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Pacific Place:

A Cool Fish (Rao Xiaozhi) Fri-Thurs 
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Fri-Thurs 
The Tag-Along: Devil Fish (David Chuang) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs 
Kedarnath (Abhishek Kapoor) Fri-Thurs 
The Wife (Björn Runge) Fri-Thurs 
Three Words to Forever (Cathy Garcia-Molina) Fri-Thurs 

AMC Seattle:

The Wife (Björn Runge) Fri-Thurs 

SIFF Film Center:

Goon (Michael Dowse, 2011) Fri Only
The Cutting Edge (Paul Michael Glaser, 1992) Sat Only
Youngblood (Peter Markle, 1986) Sat Only
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) Sun Only 
Mystery, Alaska (Jay Roach, 1999) Sun Only 

AMC Southcenter:

Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003) Fri-Thurs 
Return to Seattle (Brock Mullins) Fri-Thurs 
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Fri-Thurs 

Regal Thornton Place:

Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Fri-Thurs 
Mirai (Mamoru Hosada) Sat Only Our Review Our Other Review 
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Sun & Weds Only 

SIFF Uptown:

At Eternity’s Gate (Julian Schnabel) Fri-Thurs
Border (Ali Abbasi) Fri-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Bathtubs Over Broadway (Dava Whisenant) Fri-Thurs 
Maria by Callas (Tom Volf) Fri-Thurs 
Moomins and The Winter Wonderland (Ira Carpelan & Jakub Wronski) Tues Only 
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954) Weds Only

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Friday November 30 – Thursday December 6

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Featured Film:

Mirai at Various Regal Cinemas

It’s getting into awards season and you know what that means: Seattle Screen Scene recommends you go out and watch anime. Last week it was Liz and the Blue Bird, which criminally only played for a handful of shows around town. This week, it’s Mamoru Hosada’s Mirai, which is playing sporadically at various multiplexes in the area, mostly Regal but also at the Cinemark in Bellevue. Much like the other truly great anime from this year, Night is Short Walk on Girl, it’s playing as part of some kind of specialty release program (targeted at, I don’t know, Cruchyroll subscribers?) rather than getting proper theatrical distribution. I don’t know why but it’s too bad, because in a just world Mirai and these other films would be getting the kind of art house rollout even the most mediocre (or outright bad) Oscar hopeful gets this time of year. Anyway, Mirai is very good. Like Hosada’s best film, Wolf Children, it’s a deceptively wise look at growing up, this time from the perspective of a child who comes to see themself as a part of a wider continuity through time and space. With a light touch and moments of striking beauty, it’s one of the very best films from what has been an exceptional year for (non-American) animation.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs
Default (Choi Kook-hee) Fri-Thurs
Unstoppable (Kim Min-ho) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984) Fri-Tues
Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990) Fri-Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

Border (Ali Abbasi) Fri-Thurs
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) Weds & Thurs Only

Century Federal Way:

Default (Choi Kook-hee) Fri-Thurs
2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs
Sleepless in Seattle (Nora Ephron, 1993) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000) Sat Only
The Great Buster (Peter Bogdanovich) Tues Only
Cat Video Fest 2018 Weds Only
The Mercy (James Marsh) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Great Buster (Peter Bogdanovich) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Mirai (Mamoru Hosada) Fri & Weds Only Our Review Our Other Review Subtitled
2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan (Madhupal) Sat & Sun Only

Regal Meridian:

Mirai (Mamoru Hosada) Fri Sun & Mon Only Our Review Our Other Review Subtitled
2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (Fabrizio Terranova) Fri-Sun
Memoir of War (Emmanuel Finkiel) Fri-Thurs
In the Soup (Alexandre Rockwell, 1992) Weds & Next Fri & Sat Only

AMC Pacific Place:

A Cool Fish (Rao Xiaozhi) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

2.0 (S. Shankar) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Heat (Michael Mann, 1995) Thurs Only

SIFF Film Center:

The Cutting Edge (Paul Michael Glaser, 1992) Fri Only
Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977) Sat Only
The Mighty Ducks (Stephen Herek, 1992) Sat Only
Ice Castles (Donald Wrye, 1978) Sun Only

Regal Thornton Place:

Mirai (Mamoru Hosada) Fri Sun, Mon & Weds Only Our Review Our Other Review Subtitled

SIFF Uptown:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Prospect (Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl) Thurs Only Directors in Attendance

Varsity Theatre:

Maria by Callas (Tom Volf) Fri-Thurs

Friday November 23 – Thursday November 29

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Featured Film:

Liz and the Blue Bird at the Grand Illusion

2018 has been a terrific year for under-the-radar anime on Seattle screens, with a pair of Masaaki Yuasa films (Lu Over the Wall and Night is Short, Walk on Girl), Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Ghibli-lite Mary and the Witch’s Flower, and Mamoru Hosada’s Mirai (which opens on a few screens around town next week). But the best of them all, and one of my favorite films of the year, animated or otherwise, is also the most fleeting. Liz and the Blue Bird played for only three days two weeks ago, but the Grand Illusion is bringing it back this weekend, Saturday and Sunday only. A romance/coming of age story set in and among a group of girls in a high school band, director Naoko Yamada’s film is as attuned to the smallest, and most expressive, movements and gestures as any acclaimed festival film. It’s slice-of-life anime, perfected.

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theater:

Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) Weds Only

Central Cinema:

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Fri-Tues
Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

Border (Ali Abbasi) Fri-Weds

Century Federal Way:

Rang Punjab (Rakesh Mehta) Fri-Thurs
2.0 (S. Shankar) Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977) Sat Only
Inventing Tomorrow (Laura Nix) Tues Only
Alternate Endings, Activist Risings (Various) Weds Only Free screening
The Trans List (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) Thurs Only Free screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada) Sat & Sun Only Our Review
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Felix Moeller, Margarethe von Trotta & Bettina Böhler) Fri-Thurs
Best of Cinekink 2018 (Various) Sat Only
The House that Jack Built (Lars von Trier) Weds Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

24 Kisses (Kumar Krishnamsetty) Fri & Sat Only
Varathan (Amal Neerad) Sat & Sun Only
Taxiwaala (Rahul Sankrityan) Fri-Thurs
2.0 (S. Shankar) Weds Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Museo (Alonso Ruizpalacios) Fri-Thurs
Charm City (Marilyn Ness) Fri-Sun
Cat People (Paul Schrader, 1982) Sat Only Our Podcast
Call Her Ganda (PJ Raval) Sun Only Free Event
The Passion of Berenice (Jaime Humberto Hermosillo) Sun Only
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) Tues Only Our Review Free screening
Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival #PNW Tour 2018 Weds Only
Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (Fabrizio Terranova) Starts Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

A Cool Fish (Rao Xiaozhi) Fri-Thurs
Maria by Callas (Tom Volf) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Thurs
2.0 (S. Shankar) Weds & Thurs Only

Seattle Art Museum:

Lilith (Robert Rossen, 1964) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977) Fri Only
The Mighty Ducks (Stephen Herek, 1992) Sat Only
Ice Castles (Donald Wrye, 1978) Sat  Only
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) Sat Only
Mystery, Alaska (Jay Roach, 1999) Sun Only
King Curling (Ole Endresen, 2011) Sun Only

Regal Thornton Place:

Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) Sun & Tues Only

SIFF Uptown:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
The House that Jack Built (Lars von Trier) Weds Only

Varsity Theatre:

Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) Weds Only

Friday November 16 – Thursday November 22

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Featured Film:

Monrovia, Indiana at the Northwest Film Forum

The Grand Illusion’s Jim Jarmusch series comes to an end this week with the very Thanksgiving appropriate Dead Man, playing in a new restoration. Which is good, because when we played it at the Metro a dozen years ago the print had a nasty scratch on the soundtrack. But as much as I love Dead Man (you can hear all about that on Episode 2 of The George Sanders Show), I have to go with the new Frederick Wiseman film as the Featured Film of the week. A portrait of the small Indiana town, Monrovia is a blunt portrait of the alienation and loss that mark aging rural American outposts. Beautiful and sad and cruel and fascinating and almost, but not entirely, hopeless.

Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) Fri-Tues Hecklevision Sun
Addams Family Values (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1993) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Weds
Reel Rock 13 (Various) Thurs Only

Century Federal Way:

Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986) Sun, Mon & Tues Subtitled Mon

Grand Cinema:

Tea with the Dames (Roger Michell) Fri-Thurs
The Old Man & the Gun (David Lowery) Fri-Thurs
Pokemon 4Ever (Kunihiko Yuyama/Jim Malone, 2002) Sat Only Free Screening
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (Jim Hosking) Sat Only
Black ’47 (Lance Daly) Tues Only
The Wiz (Sidney Lumet, 1978) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995) Fri-Weds Our Podcast
The Last Race (Michael Dweck) Fri-Weds
Blood Tracks (Mats Helge, 1985) Sat Only VHS

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

The Front Runner (Jason Reitman) Fri-Thurs
Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Mon
Sarkar (A.R. Murugadoss) Fri-Mon
Amar Akbar Anthony (Manmohan Desai) Fri-Mon
Kaatrin Mozhi (Radha Mohan) Fri-Mon
Taxiwaala (Rahul Sankrityan) Fri-Mon
Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986) Sun, Mon & Tues Subtitled Mon

Regal Meridian:

Prospect (Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman) Fri-Weds Our Review
Narcissister Organ Player (Narcissister) Fri-Sun
Harry and Tonto (Paul Mazursky, 1974) Sat Only
Cuban Food Stories (Asori Soto) Weds Only

AMC Pacific Place:

A Cool Fish (Rao Xiaozhi) Fri-Mon
Last Letter (Shunji Iwai) Fri-Mon Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (James Crump) Fri-Sun
The Laws of the Universe-Part I (Isamu Imakake) Fri-Sun

Regal Thornton Place:

Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986) Sun, Mon & Tues

SIFF Uptown:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Tues
Seattle Turkish Film Festival 2018 Fri-Sat Full Program
Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008) Sat Only English Dubbed, Free Screening
Sadie (Megan Griffiths) Sun-Thurs

Varsity Theatre:

Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986) Tues Only

Friday November 9 – Thursday November 15

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Featured Film:

Last Letter at the Pacific Place

We started Seattle Screen Scene almost four years ago because we discovered that there were a bunch of movies we really wanted to see playing in multiplexes around town. Specifically, there were Johnnie To and Tsui Hark movies playing at the Pacific Place with absolutely no press or coverage in the media, social or otherwise. Every week I go through the listings of every theatre in town hoping to find similar gems that we can review and highlight. This week, it’s Last Letter, the latest film from Japanese director Shunji Iwai (A Bride for Rip van Winkle, All About Lily Chou-Chou). It’s his first film made in China, and stars Zhou Xun (from last year’s Our Time Will Come). Like his previous Love Letter and Chang-ok’s Letter, it’s about the disappointments of life and the loves of youth, about discovering people through stories, stories told in letters. A cross-generational film about love and coping with the loss of a loved one, it’s one of the finest films to hit Seattle Screens this year and it deserves an audience. Don’t miss it.

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theater:

Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) Weds Only

AMC Alderwood:

Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Thurs
Intimate Strangers (Lee Jaegyu) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, 1997) Fri-Tues Hecklevision Sun
The Witches (Nicholas Roeg, 1990) Fri, Sat, Mon
The Growing Season (Evan Briggs) Sun Only Director & Editor Q&A

SIFF Egyptian:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Weds
Reel Rock 13 (Various) Thurs Only

Century Federal Way:

Intimate Strangers (Lee Jaegyu) Fri-Thurs
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Thurs
Tea with the Dames (Roger Michell) Fri-Thurs
Wildlife (Paul Dano) Fri-Thurs
Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977) Sat Only
Little Pink House (Courtney Balaker) Mon Only
Brewmaster (Douglas Tirola) Tues Only
Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (John Anderson) Weds Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch, 1991) Fri-Mon & Thurs 35mm
Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch, 1989) Fri-Sun & Tues-Thurs 35mm
Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada) Sat-Mon, Weds
Hannah Piper Burns: Hijacked Mastery, Metaphysical Mundanity Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Thurs
A Private War (Matthew Heineman) Fri-Thurs
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Thurs
Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton) Fri-Thurs
Sarkar (A.R. Murugadoss) Fri-Thurs
Ani Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar (Abhijeet Deshpande) Fri-Thurs
Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Varathan (Amal Neerad) Sat & Sun Only
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Thurs
Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton) Fri-Thurs
Prospect (Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Life and Nothing More (Antonio Méndez Esparza) Fri-Weds
Tribal Justice (Anne Makepeace) Sat Only
Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968) Sat Only
Sticky Shed Syndrome Sun Only
Meow Wolf: Origin Story (Morgan Capps & Jilann Spitzmiller) Thurs Only Skype Q&A
Narcissister Organ Player (Narcissister) Starts Thurs Skype Q&A

AMC Oak Tree:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
A Private War (Matthew Heineman) Fri-Thurs
Last Letter (Shunji Iwai) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
First Love (Paul Soriano) Fri-Thurs
Thugs of Hindustan (Vijay Krishna Acharya) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Wildlife (Paul Dano) Fri-Thurs
Time Freak (Andrew Bowler) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

Descent into the Maelstrom: The Untold Story of Radio Birdman (Jonathan Sequeira) Fri Only
Seattle Turkish Film Festival 2018 Fri-Sun Full Program

AMC Southcenter:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) Sun & Weds Only

SIFF Uptown:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton) Fri-Thurs
Cinema Italian Style 2018 Fri-Thurs Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Wildlife (Paul Dano) Fri-Thurs
Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada) Sun & Weds Only
The Advocate (Billy Clift) Tues Only
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) Weds Only

Friday November 2 – Thursday November 8

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Featured Film:

Jim Jarmusch at the Grand Illusion

There are a couple of excellent post-Halloween scary movies opening this week, John Carpenter’s The Fog in a new restoration at the Northwest Film Forum and the Brazilian werewolf/child-rearing thriller Good Manners (directed by Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas), at the SIFF Film Center, but there’s no doubt about what the must-see film event of this week on Seattle Screens is: the start of a two week retrospective on the films of Jim Jarmusch at the Grand Illusion. This week they’ve got his first three features: his debut, Permanent Vacation, on 16mm and his next two, Stranger than Paradise and Down by Law on 35mm. Stranger is the masterpiece of the bunch, a minimalist comedy of manners about a Hungarian woman who comes to visit her cousin in New York City where the two do almost nothing. Then they go to Cleveland. Then they go to Florida. It’s one of the few great American films of the 1980s. It puts a spell on you. Down By Law is more expansive, with a trio of convicts (John Lurie, Tom Waits and Roberto Benigni) escaping prison into the Louisiana woods. Next week, the retrospective continues with Night on EarthMystery Train and Dead Man, which is probably Jarmusch’s greatest film, if it isn’t Stranger than Paradise. Or Paterson. Or Ghost Dog. . . .

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett) Fri-Thurs
Rampant (Kim Sunghoon) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) Fri-Tues Subtitled Fri, Sat, Tues, Check Listings
V for Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005) Fri-Tues
Dune (David Lynch, 1984) Thurs Only Hecklevision

SIFF Egyptian:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Rampant (Kim Sunghoon) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Grand Cinema:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Thurs
Tea with the Dames (Roger Michell) Fri-Thurs
Noche de Animas. Tzintzuntzan Sat Only Free Screening, In Spanish with No Subtitles
The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg, 1983) Sat Only
Lizzie (Craig William Macneill) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984) Fri-Sun, Mon & Weds 35mm
Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, 1986) Fri-Sun, Mon & Weds 35mm
Permanent Vacation (Jim Jarmusch, 1981) Sat & Tues Only 16mm
The Public Image is Rotten (Tabbert Fiiller) Sat & Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) Fri-Thurs
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Kayamkulam Kochunni (Rosshan Andrrews) Fri-Thurs
Andhadhun (Sriram Raghavan) Fri-Thurs
Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Savyasachi (Chandoo Mondeti) Fri-Thurs
The Villain (Prem) Sat & Sun Only

Regal Meridian:

Wildlife (Paul Dano) Fri-Thurs
What They Had (Elizabeth Chomko) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980) Fri-Sun Our Review Our Other Review
The Price of Everything (Nathaniel Kahn) Fri-Thurs Discussion Fri
Chris Marker’s Cat Films (Chris Marker) Sat Only
Jack Straw Shorts (Various) Weds Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Late Life: the Chien-ming Wang Story  (Frank W. Chen) Fri-Thurs
Viper Club (Maryam Keshavarz) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Baazaar (Gauravv K. Chawla) Fri-Thurs
The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Wildlife (Paul Dano) Fri-Thurs
Viper Club (Maryam Keshavarz) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Wicked Woman (Russell Rouse, 1953) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

Good Manners (Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas) Fri-Sun

AMC Southcenter:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Uptown:

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Romanian Film Festival 2018 Fri-Sun Full Program
The Reluctant Radical (Lindsey Grayzel) Tues & Weds Only

Friday October 26 – Thursday November 1

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Featured Film:

Hale County This Morning, This Evening at the Northwest Film Forum

Counter-programming against the scary movies this week, the Film Forum has the local premiere of RaMell Ross’s remarkable documentary about a few years in the life of a few of the residents of the eponymous county. Told in fleeting glimpses of quotidian life, with occasional extended sections and direct addresses, chronological but structured as much by image and idea as by narrative, it’s a singular, fascinating work. Like a Frederick Wiseman film edited by Terrence Malick.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Hocus Pocus (Kenny Ortega, 1993) Fri-Weds
Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987) Fri, Sat, Tues & Weds Hecklevision Tues
Hocus Pocus (Kenny Ortega, 1993) Fri-Weds
The Nightmare Emporium (Anthology) Part 1 Sun &  Part 2 Mon

SIFF Egyptian:

Collide-O-Scope Halloween 2018 (Shane Wahlund & Michael Anderson) Weds Only

Century Federal Way:

Ranjha Refugee (Avtar Singh) Fri-Thurs
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Sun, Mon & Tues Only Subtitled Tues

Grand Cinema:

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival (Various) Sat Only
Love, Gilda (Lisa Dapolito) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012) Fri-Tues 35mm
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Eli Craig, 2010) Fri, Sat, Mon & Tues Only 35mm
Alien Invasion 35mm Triple Feature Pizza Party Sun Only 35mm
Frankenstein Unbound (Roger Corman, 1990) Weds Only 35mm Plus a Secret Second Film (16mm)
The Public Image is Rotten (Tabbert Fiiller) Thurs, Next Sat & Next Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Kayamkulam Kochunni (Rosshan Andrrews) Fri-Thurs
Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Hello Guru Prema Kosame (Trinadha Rao Nakkina) Fri-Thurs
Aravindha Sametha…Veera Raghava (Trivikram Srinivas) Fri-Thurs
Baazaar (Gauravv K. Chawla) Fri-Thurs
Andhadhun (Sriram Raghavan) Fri-Thurs
Genius (Susienthiran) Fri-Thurs
Vada Chennai (Vetrimaaran) Fri-Thurs
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Sun, Mon & Tues Only Subtitled Tues

Regal Meridian:

The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett) Fri-Thurs
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross) Fri-Weds Our Review
306 Hollywood (Elan & Jonathan Bogarín) Fri-Sun
Milford Graves Full Mantis (Jake Meginsky) Sat Only
And Then They Came for Us (Abby Ginzberg & Ken Schneider) Sat & Sun Only w/Post-Film Discussion
North Pole, NY (Ali Cotterill) Sun Only Director Q&A
Society (Brian Yuzna, 1989) Weds Only
A Tuba to Cuba (T.G. Herrington & Danny Clinch) Thurs Only
The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980) Starts Thurs Our Review

AMC Pacific Place:

Project Gutenberg (Felix Chong) Fri-Thurs

Paramount Theatre:

The Cat and the Canary (Paul Leni, 1927) Mon Only Live Score

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Baazaar (Gauravv K. Chawla) Fri-Thurs
First Love (Paul Soriano) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

Sudden Fear (David Miller, 1952) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

Seattle Polish Film Festival Fri-Sun Full Program
The Night of a Thousand Scares (Rachel Carlson & Kim Douthit) Tues Only

AMC Southcenter:

Hocus Pocus (Kenny Ortega, 1993) Fri-Weds

Regal Thornton Place:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993) Fri-Thurs
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Sun, Mon & Tues Only

SIFF Uptown:

NFFTY 2018 Fri-Sun Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Big Fish and Begonia (Liang Xuan & Chun Zhang) Mon Only
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Tues Only

Friday October 19 – Thursday October 25

Featured Film:

Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SIFF Uptown

As anyone who listens to the Frances Farmer Show knows, I’m not generally a fan of Contemporary European Cinema. But despite that, at VIFF this year I found myself at a screening of Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, the follow-up to his Oscar-winning Ada. Much to my surprise, I loved it. It’s a sweeping romantic epic about a singer and a pianist set against the backdrop of the eponymous Cold War and told with astonishing speed an narrative drive. Three hours worth of Dr. Zhivago in less than 90 minutes. It reminded me of both A Star is Born and Visconti’s White Nights. It’s playing Friday only on the opening night of SIFF’s annual Polish Film Festival (though it will surely have a wider release later this year or early next. The only other film I’ve seen from this year’s festival plays on Saturday, Andrzej Wajda’s 1958 post-war/post-apocalypse masterpiece Ashes and Diamonds.

Playing This Week:

Admiral Theater:

Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) Weds Only

AMC Alderwood:

The Oath (Ike Barenholtz) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) Fri-Mon, Weds
The Craft (Andrew Fleming, 1996) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningen) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Aate Di Chidi (Harry Bhatti) Fri-Thurs
Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Goosebumps (Rob Letterman, 2015) Sat Only Free Screening
MFKZ (Shojiro Nishimi) Sat Only
The Last Suit (Pablo Solarz) Tues Only
Imagine (John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1972) Weds Only
The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68 (Ray Manzarek, 1971) Thurs Only
A Plastic Ocean (Craig Leeson) Thurs Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Ninja Zombie (Mark Bessenger, 1992) Fri Only
Body Melt (Philip Brophy, 1993) Fri & Sun Only 35mm
The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932) Fri-Sun, Tues 35mm
King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933) Sat, Sun, Tues & Thurs 35mm
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival “Best of” Night Sun Only
Schlock (John Landis, 1973) Sun, Weds & Thurs
Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation Mon Only Drummer in Attendance
Sisters (Brian DePalma, 1973) Weds Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningen) Fri-Thurs
Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Hello Guru Prema Kosame (Trinadha Rao Nakkina) Fri-Thurs
Aravindha Sametha…Veera Raghava (Trivikram Srinivas) Fri-Thurs
Namaste England (Vipul Amrutlal Shah) Fri-Thurs
Andhadhun (Sriram Raghavan) Fri-Thurs
Sandakozhi 2 (N. Lingusamy) Fri-Thurs
Vada Chennai (Vetrimaaran) Fri-Thurs
Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The Oath (Ike Barenholtz) Fri-Thurs
Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) Sat & Weds Only
Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008) Sun & Tues Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Kusama: Infinity (Heather Lenz) Fri Only
Sadie (Megan Griffiths) Fri-Thurs Filmmaker Q & A Fri & Sat
From the Zapatistas and Beyond (Various) Sat Only
Blood and Steel: Cedar Crest Country Club (Michael Maniglia) Sat, Sun & Weds Only
Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987) Weds Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Project Gutenberg (Felix Chong) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

The Oath (Ike Barenholtz) Fri-Thurs

Seattle Art Museum:

On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray, 1951) Thurs Only 35mm

SIFF Film Center:

KINOFEST Seattle Fri-Sun

AMC Southcenter:

The Oath (Ike Barenholtz) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

The Oath (Ike Barenholtz) Fri-Thurs
Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) Sat & Weds Only
Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008) Sun & Tues Only
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) Weds & Thurs Only

SIFF Uptown:

The Guilty (Gustav Moller) Fri-Thurs
Seattle Polish Film Festival Fri-Sun

Varsity Theatre:

Tea with the Dames (Roger Michell) Fri-Thurs

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

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