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Theatrical round up for the Jan. 21st weekend

This weekend's theatrical roundup begins at SIFF Cinema with KURONEKO (Black Cat), Kaneto Shindo's (Onibaba) haunting film about a war hero sent to confront a demon terrorizing medieval Japan. The film isn't on DVD in the US (we do have a PAL Code 2 import), so don't miss this chance to see the brand new 35mm print while you can. In celebrity news, Crispin Hellion Glover returns to Northwest Film Forum with his usual cinematic oddities and surrealist slide show presentation. On Friday & Sunday there's IT'S FINE! EVERYTHING IS FINE ; on Saturday & Monday there's WHAT IS IT?. Also at NWFF is ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE, a new documentary exposing the harrowing and horrible truths behind the Khmer Rouge and the genocide in Cambodia. It won a special Grand Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Central Cinema has their usual week of jam-packed film fun with THE FIFTH ELEMENT (my only criticism of Ricky Gervais' Golden Globe hosting was that he listed this movie as one of Bruce Willis' "lesser" efforts), the "sexy new indie" THE ORGASM DIARIES, a Monday night pajama jammy jam with DIRTY DANCING, Tuesday night movie trivia, and The Stranger's Adrian Ryan presents PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE on Wednesday. Our friends down the street at Grand Illusion Cinema continue their anime trend with EVANGELION 2.0 (YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE). The 1979 horror anthology SCREAMS OF A WINTER NIGHT returns in their Late Night spot. There's also another of The Sprocket Society's SCI-FI SATURDAY SECRET MATINEE, with a Flash Gordon serial and a you-don't-know-what-it-is-'till-it-starts sci-fi movie. Lastly, the Academy Award nominations will be announced early Tuesday morning, so this is your last weekend to catch up on all the potential nominees. We suggest you see the chilling BLACK SWAN down at Columbia City Cinema. Happy viewing to all.

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