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Theatrical roundup for the weekend of February 11th

Welcome to the special Valentine's Day weekend edition of the theater-going round up. Here are some of the films you & your fellow film lovers can snuggle up with in local theaters. We begin at SIFF Cinema with their annual NOIR CITY series. This year's collection of shadowy cinema features 14 films, including Otto Preminger's ANGEL FACE (1952), George Cukor's A DOUBLE LIFE (1947), and Jean Renoir's THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947). The series begins Friday night with a double feature of HIGH WALL (1947) starring Robert Taylor and STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940) starring Peter Lorre. All of the NOIR CITY screenings are double features, so check the schedule and plan your viewing accordingly. Over at Northwest Film Forum there's THE TAQWACORES, the story of a straight-laced Pakistani-American student who moves into a house inhabited by Muslim hardcore punks. The LA Times says the film, "simmers with raw immediacy and seething humor is sure to appeal to fans of Trainspotting, Fight Club, anything by Gus Van Sant." NWFF digs into their 16mm vaults on Wednesday the 16th for SEARCH & RESCUE, a collection of kitschy vintage travelogues. Central Cinema celebrates Valentine's Week with ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. On Sunday and the big Love Day itself (that's Monday, folks), there's the MOULIN ROUGE Sing & Quote-A-Long. Central Cinema's programming week rounds out with a MY SO-CALLED LIFE TV Dinner, a screening of a sexy new French film called BLACK HEAVEN, a double dose of strange with PHANTASM & PHANTASM II, and an essential JOHNNY CASH Sing-A-Long. Closer to our neck of the woods, Grand Illusion Cinema has THE LOBSTER & THE LIVER: THE UNIQUE WORLD OF JIM WOODRING, a documentary that captures the quirks and eccentricities in the life and art of the local artist. Woodring will be in attendance for Q & A at Friday's screening, so don't miss a chance to hear him talk about his career & creative method in person. The Sprocket Society has another SECRET SCI-FI MATINEE on Saturday and on Sunday there's another other screening of EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE. This weekend's Late Night movie is demon horror of THE GATE II: TRESPASSERS. And for those of us still in Oscar catch-up mode, Columbia City Cinema has 127 HOURS, THE FIGHTER, THE KING'S SPEECH and TRUE GRIT all under one roof. Happy Valentine's Day & movie viewing to all.

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