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Theatrical Round up for May 13th & beyond

Hello and welcome to our in theaters roundup for this hopefully sunny weekend. We'll begin with Three Dollar Bill Cinema's groundbreaking festival  TRANSLATIONS: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Opening Night is Friday, May 13th at 7pm at Pacific Place with BECOMING CHAZ, an intimate and honest look at Chaz Bono's journey of transformation from Sonny & Cher's daughter to his authentic self. The festival continues throughout the weekend with features, documentaries, and shorts at Seattle University's Hunthausen Hall and Northwest Film Forum. Visit the TRANSLATIONS schedule page for the full run down.

Speaking of Northwest Film Forum , they have a week-long run of Ernst Lubitsch's 1946 romantic comedy CLUNY BROWN, starring Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones.  While we do have a VHS and PAL Code 2 import DVD here at the store, you  do not want to miss a chance to see this brand new 35mm print.  The scientist poets at the Vis a Vis Society debut their latest live "statistical extravaganza" HELLO, AGAIN, HELLO on Friday & Saturday at NWFF, promising song, dance, and "live poetic research." On Sunday, STIFF Nights (that's Seattle's True Independent Film Festival) presents the "fabulously outrageous cowboy hip-hop documentary" ROLL OUT COWBOY. Monday brings Third Eye Cinema's presentation of THE SUBLIME IS NOW! FILMS BY JEANNE LIOTTA, a selection of work by the filmmaker/film professor that, "employs various media to explore landscape, abstraction, the cosmos, history, science, virtual and natural philosophy."  VERY YOUNG GIRLS, a documentary on youth sex trafficking and efforts to prevent it, screens on Wednesday the 18th. Then on Thursday there's the sure to be entertaining 5-MINUTE REMAKE FILM CHALLENGE, a night of filmmaker's favorite works re-done to be just five minutes long.

SIFF Cinema zooms in to the week before the festival with a special 25th anniversary screening of TOP GUN on Friday night. Tom "Viper" Skerritt will be in attendance to present the film and all the proceeds go to SIFF and TheFilmSchool. Saturday & Sunday there's JANE'S JOURNEY, an incredible look at the life and work of primatologist/activist/humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall.

The watching/eating/drinking crew at Central Cinema have SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and Bill Plympton's new movie IDIOTS & ANGELS starting this weekend; then there's another installment of Jason Miller's BADMOVIEART on Monday with THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN, and a delicious TV Dinner with THE OFFICE and PARKS & RECREATION (Best sitcom currently on TV? Or is it COMMUNITY? Discuss.) on Thursday.

Our good neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema welcome back film historian Dennis Nyback for the SUPER SECRET PRE-CODE MUSICAL LALLAPALOOZA BIG MAGILLA THRILLA FESTIVAL. Each night from Friday to Thursday the 19th, Mr. Nyback will present a different film from the good old days of cinematic debauchery before the Hays Code banned on screen drinking & drugging & bed hopping.  They'll even be a cartoon short & newsreel before each film.  We invite you to continue your viewing with a visit to our Pre-Code rental section up in the Drama room.  The 80's rock comedy GET CRAZY makes an encore appearance in the GI's Late Night spot. 

Lastly, if you're in need of comedy, we've heard good things about this BRIDESMAIDS movie opening Friday. You can see it down the street from us at the Metro Cinemas.  Happy movie watching to all.