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Cinema happenings for the July 8th weekend & beyond

Hello & welcome to our new website and this list of our city's cinema happenings for the week:

Hopefully the sun & warmth will return Saturday for Fremont Outdoor Movies screening of ANCHORMAN. I recently had the pleasure of watching it again for the first time in a long while. The newsman rumble scene is classic.

Actor/writer/director/Simpsons voice Harry Shearer will be in attendance at Northwest Film Forum on Friday for the Seattle premiere of his documentary THE BIG UNEASY. In his film, New Oreleans resident Shearer speak to "investigators and whistle–blowers, revealing that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system to protect from future peril." Read Brendan Kiley's reivew in The Stranger. Also starting a week-long run at NWFF is I WANT TO SEE, a "hybrid documentary" in which actor Rabih Mroue leads actress Catherine Deneuve on a tour of the aftermath of the 2006 Lebanon War. This weekend NWFF hosts the ARTIVISTS FILM FESTIVAL, "the only festival dedicated to raising awareness for international human rights, children’s advocacy, environmental preservation, and the humane treatment of animals through international narrative and documentary films." Visit their site for the full schedule. Also this week at NWFF: On Tuesday there's SCREENING MERCE, three short films featuring Merce Cunningham innovative dance works, JOEL SCHLEMOWITZ: SHORT EXPERIMENTS, a collection of "experimental documentaries and short poetic cinema," on Wednesday, and Thursday brings WEREWOLVES ACROSS AMERICA, "a portrait of modern youth culture, stars nomadic folk icon Viking Moses as he guides us through the world of the American "DIY" music scene." Viking Moses will be in attendance, and there will be performances by Deer Tick, The Shivers, and Phosphorescent.

This weekend at Central Cinema, there's the perennally enjoyable 80s classics THE GOONIES and MONSTER SQUAD. On Monday there's a special HYGIENE-A-GO-GO edition of COLLIDE-O-SCOPE, featuring great classic sex ed & general health films. On Tuesday there's TOP GUN in HECKLEVISION, with your hilarious texts appearing on screen (get your clever quips ready for the volleyball scene). Then on Thursday, Action Pack presents JIGGY CRUNK Hip-Hop/R & B Sing-A-Long with all your favorite jams from the 90s to today.


Our friends at Grand Illusion Cinema have Master Director Billy Wilder's classic THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. Do you want to miss an opportunity to see Marylin Monroe's iconic white dress in 35mm? Answer: HECK NO. The outraged-displaced-youth-wreaks-havoc horror of PHANTOM OF THE MALL: ERIC'S REVENGE makes an encore appareance in the Late Night spot.

Speaking of Master Directors, the fabulous Cinerama has two by Stanley Kubrick on Friday night: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and THE SHINING. Then on Saturday & Sunday they countdown to next weekend's big release with a HARRY POTTER marathon. The first six films will be shown over the weekend and then DEATHLY HALLOWS PART I on Tuesday. Raise your hand if you can't wait for Friday at midnight (hand raised).

Speaking of Billy Wilder films in 35mm, Seattle Art Museum's EARTH ANGEL: THE FILMS OF AUDREY HEPBURN series continues on Thursday with SABRINA. It's a tough life when you have to choose between Humphrey Bogart & William Holden...

Happy viewing, everyone.