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Theatrical round up for the September 23rd weekend & beyond

Our neighbors at the movie theater-turned-all around awesome venue Neptune Theatre officially celebrate their new incarnation starting Sunday night with a FREE all ages screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, complete with toast and newspapers and feather boas and whatever else the kids bring to those shows. An entire week of FREE comedy, music, and dance follows. Check put their great upcoming schedule, including Michael Ian Black this Saturday night, Demetri Martin next weekend, and Doug Benson on October 28th.

SIFF Cinema continues their THE FESTIVAL OF NEW SPANISH CINEMA series all weekend, including the slick screwball musical comedy  WITH OR WITHOUT LOVE on Friday afternoon, the moving documentary BICYCLE, SPOON, APPLE about forme mayor of Barcelona Pasqual Maragall's diagnosis with Alzheimers, and Sunday's Closing Night film THE GREAT VASQUEZ, a madcap biopic of Spanish cartoonist Manuel Vázquez Gallego. SIFF Cinema's new venue in their offices by The Vera Project hosts the SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL: FILMS ON ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN this weekend with a variety of films and panel discussions, including MODERN VIEWS: A CONVERSATION ON NORTHWEST MODERN ARCHTECTURE on Sunday afternoon.Visit SIFF's site for each festival's full schedule.

This week Northwest Film Forum has not one but two compelling documentaries:  THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUCESCU  a film by Andrei Ujica about the brutal Romanian dictator and his regime, assembled from three hours of footage from the National Film and TV archives; and  SHUT UP LITTLE MAN: AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE, the story of two young punks in 1987 San Francisco who began recording the bizarre rants between their next door neighbors, one a flamboyant gay man, the other a raging homophobe, both extremely loud and angry.  The tapes made their way around the world and in to the popular culture in the days before YouTube could make anyone famous in seconds.

Central Cinema kicks off their programming week, so to speak, with the original KARATE KID (isn't it kinda sad you have to specify "originial"?) and Bruce Lee's ENTER THE DRAGON. The excellent MOVIE CAT TRIVIA returns on Tuesday night with your chance to use your movie knowledge to win valuable prizes from places such as our store :). Wednesday night there's a ladies only Pajama Party with Ang Lee's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY starring Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and Emma Thompson (who also won an Oscar for her adapted screenplay). Thursday starts off with a CARTOON HAPPY HOUR at 5:30pm, followed by Action Pack's ULTIMATE 80S MIX TAPE SING ALONG. Be sure to practice your Fred Schneider for "Love Shack."

Our other neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema contine their Warren Oates Mini-Retrospective with Monte Hellman's classic 1971 road movie TWO LANE BLACKTOP, a Scarecrow staff favorite co-starring James Taylor, and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Oates co-starred with Peter Fonda in a road movie of a more satanic nature called RACE WITH THE DEVIL, which makes an encore appearance this weekend as the GI's Late Night feature.  THE LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN, the prequel which tells the early years of the man who would become Bruce Lee's martial arts mentor, plays again this weekend on Saturday & Sunday afternoon. On Friday & Saturday night, director M.A. Littler will be in attendance with his new film KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL, in which he, "hits the outlaw highway in search of visions that challenge the status quo," chatting with people like outlaw historian Dr. Mark Mirabello, gonzo journalist Joe Bageant, and Noam Chomsky along the way.

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