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We might as well call the first weekend of October ROCKTOBER with all the amazing films out now. New to our shelves this week we have AWAY WE GO, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE and many more fine films for your renting and purchasing needs. We also just put up our HALLOWEEN STAFF PICKS section that's chock full of frightening films, along with a KIDS HALLOWEEN section for the young and/or faint of heart. Theatrically this weekend there's also a bunch of good movie watching opportunities around town. The Local Sightings Film Festival opens tonight, Friday, October 2nd at 7pm at Northwest Film Forum with former Scarecrow employee Mike Harring's THE MOUNTAIN, THE RIVER AND THE ROAD. Read what Mike has to say about his latest film in the post above. Just down the hill from NWFF, the Independent South Asian Film Festival starts Friday at the Broadway Performance Hall and continues over the weekend with shorts and features from Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Maldives and beyond. Over at Grand Illusion Cinema there's the World Premier of REBUILDING HOPE, a new documentary by local filmmaker Jen Marlowe (who also directed the critically acclaimed DARFUR DIARIES) that follows three Sudanese refugees back to their villages to see who and what has survived and shows their extraordinary efforts to rebuild their communities. You can read an amazing interview with Jen Marlowe about the film and her work over at The SunBreak. Also at the GI there's the late-night horror of CUSTOMER 152. Speaking of horror, SIFF Cinema has brand new 35mm prints of ALIEN and ALIENS screening back to back this weekend for a one-two punch of terror. There's also Drew Barrymore's directorial debut WHIP-IT (yay roller derby!), Michael Moore's CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, the limited run double feature of TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2 in 3D and the sounds-more-funny-than scary-but-that's-not-at-all-a-bad-thing ZOMBIELAND. Enjoy!

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