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Theatrical round up for 5/7

As you prepare for the sun-filled weekend, remember that Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 9th. If you need a last minute gift, head to Scarecrow. We've got plenty of movies for sale your mom might enjoy, such as the new edition of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO or the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy on Blu-ray or the Rat City Rollergirls doc. BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK. She may also like tickets to one or more films at the SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The complete film schedule is out (we've got plenty of copies here in the store) and the box office is open at Pacific Place (or online) so browse and see what your Mom (or you) might want to see. SIFF Cinema is taking the weekend off to rest up for the festival except for the supremely awesome presentation of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY in SMELL-O-VISION for two shows at 7:00pm & 9:30pm on Friday--they're sold out but you might be able to get rush tickets so you can enjoy the fresh aroma of snozzberries. In other festival news, the SEATTLE STEAMPUNK FILM FESTIVAL is Saturday at the Museum of History & Industry, featuring JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH & THE TIME MACHINE, plus live performances, and TRANSLATIONS: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL starts this Thursday, May 13th. Elsewhere in theaters this weekend, BREATH MADE VISIBLE, a documentary about 89 year old avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin begins its run at Northwest Film Forum. Also there on Sunday at 4pm, there's a special presentation of the newly restored 1924 silent film version of PETER PAN, complete with live musical accompaniment by harpist Leslie McMichael and refreshments for moms & kids. On the other end of the Mother's Day movie spectrum, Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents SERIAL MOM Sunday at 2pm at Central Cinema. Central Cinema also has back to back showings of THE GRADUATE and HAROLD & MAUDE under the appropriate title COUGAR FEST (with this awesome poster). Next week there's the return of BADMOVIEART on Monday, May 10th with TEEN WITCH, and on Wednesday the Reel Grrls AWESOME MOVIES YOU NEVER KNEW WERE DIRECTED BY WOMEN series continues with FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH hosted by The Stranger's Lindy West. Bonus points if you arrive cultivating the Pat Benatar look. Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have the Seattle premiere of IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, a documentary about the "8mm Mozart" twin filmmaking team of George and Mike Kuchar, whose hilarious homemade films helped shape the 60s underground film scene. In the Friday & Saturday Late Night spot, there's the 80s peeping tom sex comedy GETTING IT ON. Finally, the summer blockbuster season officially kicks off this weekend with IRON MAN 2, playing at Columbia City Cinema and many other places around town. Enjoy.

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