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Theatrical round up for the June 24-26 weekend & beyond

You may not know it from the varying temperatures and sunlight but summer is here,� and with it comes the highly anticipated return of� Fremont Outdoor Movies. Opening night is this Saturday at 7pm with SHAUN OF THE DEAD and pre-show fun from the zombie experts at ZomBcon.

Northwest Film Forum continues their run of the Palme d'Or winning UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES.� We spoke of our love for it in last week's roundup--and while we've had it on DVD for a while now you should definitely catch it on the big screen. Also this weekend at NWFF, there's the Finnish documentary STEAM OF LIFE following a group of men as they share their stories while warming up inside makeshift saunas.� The THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST screens on Wednesday the 29th; it's a edgy parenting farce starring Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, and Christopher McDonald. Jon Stewart gave it a hearty shout-out on Thursday night's Daily Show. Then on Thursday the 30th, there's SECRET COUNTRY #1, a collection of live performances by country legends such as Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, and the first lady of country music, Ms. Loretta Lynn.� Local musicians David Keenan and Nova Devoine will open the show with a live performance of classic country tunes.

There's a lot of ass-kicking going down at Central Cinema this weekend: in classic form with Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI, in modern form with THELMA & LOUISE, and in tire form with RUBBER, which starts Sunday and continue its reign of terror through the week. Jason Miller's excellent BADMOVIEART returns on Monday with Sylvester Stallone in OVER THE TOP.� Thursday brings a Cartoon Happy Hour and the BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Quote-A-Long, so start practicing saying "SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES!" really fast.

Our fellow U-District cinephiles at Grand Illusion Cinema have a lovely 35mm print of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's adaptation of Tennessee Williams'� SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, starring Katherine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, and Elizabeth Taylor (and a screenplay by Gore Vidal).� The vintage locally made Adult film THE LAST BATH makes an encore appearance in their Late Night spot.

Lastly, CARS 2 opens Friday� in theaters all around town. I know there are CARS haters out there, and to you folks I would say that a "bad" Pixar movie is probably still more enjoyable than most other kids fare. I for one am pleased that this is one that probably won't make me blubber like a baby.� Happy viewing to all.