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Theatrical round up for the Novemeber 12th weekend

The shorter and colder the days get, the more we're drawn inside and in front of screens. Here's some of what you can watch around town this weekend. First off, you should most definitely come to Scarecrow on Friday at 5pm for the DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO PUNKS ON FILM signing with Bryan Connolly and Zack Carlson (read the posts by DAM contributors Spenser & Andrew for more info). We'll have the book on sale for $29.95. After they're done here, Zack & Bryan will head up the street to Grand Illusion Cinema at 8:30pm for a quadruple feature of punk movies: GET CRAZY,URGH! A MUSIC WAR, VALLEY GIRL, and CLASS OF 1984. Before the punk begins, they'll be a screening at 6:30pm of BRUTAL BEAUTY: TALES OF THE ROSE CITY ROLLERS, a behind the track look at Portland's roller derby league. Director Chip Mabry will be there for Q & A as well. We suggest you make it a double feature with BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK, the story of our own Rat City Rollergirls. We have it for rent in our Roller Derby section (yes, we have a roller derby section). If you can't make it Friday, BRUTAL BEAUTY will be playing at the GI all week. Elsewhere around town, the SEATTLE POLISH FILM FESTIVAL closes this weekend at SIFF Cinema with a host of great films, including an animated biopic of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus called COPERNICUS STAR. Visit the Polish Fest's website for the full schedule of this weekend's films. SIFF gets festive again on Tuesday with the opening of their NEW ITALIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL, starting with the intriguing suspense noir THE DOUBLE HOUR. Visit SIFF's site for all of the week's films & events. Northwest Film Forum begins a week-long run of Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary BOXING GYM, a look at Lord's Boxing Gym in Austin, Texas through the lens of one of the great documentary filmmakers ever. We recommend visiting our Wiseman section up in the Documentaries room, where you'll find his other great works such as LA DANSE, HIGH SCHOOL and TITICUT FOLLIES. This weekend only, NWFF will also be showing MAKING FACES: METAL TYPE IN THE 21st CENTURY, a documentary about the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer. Central Cinema has the interesting juxtaposition of Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA and the action/gore insanity of ROBOGEISHA (this trailer is NSFW). BadMovieArt returns on Monday with the long flowing locks of SAMURAI COP. There's more going on during the week, so be sure to check their site for details. Of course, some of you might spend all week camping out in front of area theaters for Thursday midnight screenings of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I. We're not only excited for the movie (Potterwatch!), but that it marks the grand reopening of the CINERAMA. We can't wait to see it in its newly remodeled splendor. Happy viewing to all.

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