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Theatrical roundup for the first weekend of February

While millions crowd around the TV this weekend to watch a gigantic media circus centered around a leather covered prolate spheroid, the rest of us *  will be doing what we do best--watching movies. Here's some of what's on screens around town:  The CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL wraps up this at Northwest Film Forum with Jacques Tati's MY UNCLE (a slightly English-fied version of MON ONCLE) and a new animated version of  THE UGLY DUCKLING among the films closing out the festival. NWFF also has LEMMY, a new documentary about heavy metal icon Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister which provides a compelling look at an eccentric man that's interesting even to those of us who only know Motorhead from the occasional spin of "Ace Of Spades" on KEXP.  There will be more music throughout the week at NWFF with "a sonic portrait of experimental musicians" called WE DON'T CARE ABOUT MUSIC ANYWAY and YOU'RE LOOKIN' AT COUNTRY, a night of all things country hosted by Greg Vandy featuring live music by Ian Moore, vintage clips of country stars, and a rare screening of FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE starring Man In Black Johnny Cash.  The show is Thursday the 10th at 7pm.  This weekend at Central Cinema, there's the essential  double feature of ALIEN and ALIENS.  On Monday there's the raucous film rarities of COLLIDE-O-SCOPE, on Wednesday Reel Grrls has another installment of their Awesome Movies Directed By Women series with Marjane Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS, and Thursday brings TRIMPIN: THE SOUND OF INVENTION with Trimpin in person! If the Alien movies leave you hungry for more sci-fi double features, look no further than the  SCI-FI ON BLU-RAY series this weekend at SIFF Cinema. On Friday there's DARK CITY with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, Saturday's got SERENITY and STARSHIP TROOPERS plus a bonus screening of FORBIDDEN PLANET, and on Sunday there's TIME BANDITS and GALAXY QUEST, plus a SPACEBALLS Quote-a-long ("No, the Schwartz!"). Speaking of sci-fi, on Saturday our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have another Sprocket Society Secret Sci-Fi Matinee. Their Twitter feed (follow @gicinema) reveals that this week's selection is  QUEEN OF BLOOD, shown in lovely 16mm film.  On Friday night, they're screening friend-of-the-store Shaun Scott's  new documentary WASTE OF TIME, a study of the economic ups and downs of the 20th century featuring music by locals such as TheeSatisfaction and Josh Rawlings.  We have Mr. Scott's previous film SEAT OF EMPIRE for rent as well.  If you missed EVANGELION 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE last week, you can catch it at the GI at 2pm on Sunday.  The GI also has a 35mm print of Luis Bunuel's L'AGE D'OR (THE GOLDEN AGE), his 1930 "avant-garde tour-de-force" created with noted mustache enthusiast Salvador Dali. The ridiculous (in a good way) JAWS knock-off MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH continues in the Late Night spot. Happy movie and/or football viewing to all. * Of course, many of us can and will watch a bunch of movies and the Super Bowl in the same weekend.

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