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Theater-going roundup for March 11th & beyond

Our overview of this weekend's theatrical events begins with the SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. The 16th annual fest begins Saturday, March 12th at AMC Pacific Place with THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, Israel's submission for last year's Best Foreign Language film Oscar. Director Eran Riklis will be in attendance to receive the American Jewish Committee Seattle's Reel Difference Award.  Many SJFF films will be screening this week at SIFF Cinema, including THE TROTSKY starring Jay Baruchel and the recent  Nazi propaganda documentary A FILM UNFINISHED on Tuesday the 15th,  along with THE ROUND-UP starring Jean Reno on Thursday the 17th.  Visit the SJFF schedule online for a full list of films, times & venues. Also this weekend at SIFF Cinema, there's THE FEMININE WILES OF CATHERINE DENEUVE, four films from the luminous actress' career: DANCER IN THE DARK, POTICHE, and a double feature of BELLE DE JOUR, and 8 WOMEN. On Sunday you can enjoy THE KINGDOM marathon, the Danish mini-series (and one of our most popular rentals ever) that's 560 minutes of surreal drama set in a hospital's neurosurgical ward. Northwest Film Forum has the Seattle premiere of Aaron Katz' COLD WEATHER, a mumblecore thriller set in lovely Portland, Oregon.  On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, there's PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE, a vivid portrait of the legendary folk singer. There will be a special performance by Eric Apoe, The Gloria Darlings, Tommy Dean, and Gary Kanter after Friday's 9:15pm show. If you missed the bee-centric documentary QUEEN OF THE SUN this week, NWFF added an extra screening on Sunday at 5:30pm. There's the usual packed week of programming down at Central Cinema. There's the totally excellent 1980's  video game/space adventure THE LAST STARFIGHTER (I'm still bitter young Wil Wheaton's scenes were cut out of the film), along with  Russ Meyer's FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL (Rest In Peace Tura Satana). Monday brings another installment of Jason Miller's BADMOVIEART, featuring the loincloth-riffic THE BEASTMASTER. Then there's TETSUO: BULLET MAN on Tuesday and a 9 to 5 Office Party on Wednesday--bring in a photocopy of your rear end and get your popcorn for FREE. And what better way to spend Thursday, March 17th, aka St. Patrick's Day, than with a screening of LEPRECHAUN IN THE HOOD?  Our  friends & neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have the dark, dark Greek comedy DOGTOOTH , one of the  nominees for Best Foreign Language film at recent Academy Awards.  I haven't seen it yet but everyone I've spoken to who has said it is one of the weirdest movies they've ever seen, which should be all the incentive you need.  There's another  Sprocket Society's SECRET SCI-FI MATINEE on Saturday, and in the Late Night viewing slot there's the creepy 70's slasher  THE REDEEMER: SON OF SATAN. Lastly, if you're looking to weigh in on the great RANGO debate (Beautiful, for sure, but is it awesomely subversive or horribly boring? You be the judge!),  we recommend you check it out at Columbia City Cinema. Happy viewing to all.