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Cinematic happenings for the first weekend of December

Before we get in to what's going on at theaters around town, remember while you're out shopping that the big sale on all our CRITERION DVDs & Blu-rays continues through the end of the year (if you're shopping online, use coupon code 2off at checkout). We also have our holiday movies out & ready for rental or purchase. Make this the year you buy CHARLIE BROWN'S CHRISTMAS.

Here now are some of this weekend's movie happenings. Follow the links for showtimes & ticket information.

SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, December 2

MARGIN CALL--"Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of 2008 into a gripping, thought-provoking drama. This gripping drama from writer/director J.C. Chandor stars Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, and Zachary Quinto.

KINYARWANDA--"In Alrick Brown’s moving directorial feature debut, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror."

PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE--"Probably the most influential man you've never heard of, Paul Goodman was the moral compass of 1960s counterculture. Author of the best-seller Growing Up Absurd, poet, pacifist, visionary, and out homosexual (though married with children), he was a man both learned and libidinous who seduced with his mind."


Thursday, December 8

DANA GOULD PRESENTS PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE--Comedian/former Simpsons writer Dana Gould is joined by Cinematic Titanic/MST3Kers Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu for a special humorful presentation of Ed Wood's classically awful film. For an entertaining supplement to the evening's entertainment, we recommend you listen to Gould's appearance on Episode 140 of  The Nerdist podcast.


Continuing runs

LE HAVRE--Aki Kaurismäki's, "wry and warmhearted political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and classic noir cinema."

ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN--The sequel to the Brazilian 2007 crime thriller ELITE SQUAD follows the police on their patrols of Rio de Janeiro's slums. SIFF calls it, "a kinetic, action-packed, drama that is equal parts City of God and The Wire."

LONDON BOULEVARD--"William Monahan, the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of The Departed, makes his directorial debut with London Boulevard, a sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue." It stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, and David Thewlis.


Northwest Film Forum

Opening Friday, December 2/Continuing run

DRAGONSLAYER--An intimate and innovative look at the life of 23-year-old Southern Californina skate legend Josh “Skreech” Sandoval. The indie-rock filled film won the Grand Jury prize for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW 2011.

THE MAN NOBODY KNEW--Director and producer Carl Colby's cinematic examination of his father William Colby, who served as the Director of Central Intelligence from 1973-1976.

EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER--A look at the lives and influential work husband & wife design team Charles and Ray Eames. Visit their shelf in our Experiemental Films section before you go.


Saturday, December 3

GROWTHBUSTERS: HOOKED ON GROWTH--"This documentary, produced by the non-profit Citizen-Powered Media, follows the story of one man who takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and the Pope as he questions society's most fundamental beliefs about prosperity."


Sunday, December 4

HOLIDAY HIGH NOTES--The Film Forum's annual concert featuring vintage holiday film footage and songs by Northwest Boychoirs.


Central Cinema

Friday, December 2-Tuesday, December 7

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS--A co-worker recently came in to my office and asked, "Is Edward Scissorhands a Christmas movie?" in a confused tone. I replied with something along the line of "Duh, it is a fine winter tale."  I wonder if Central Cinema has ambrosia salad...

FARGO--Not exactly the cheeriet winter fare, but one of the Coen Brothers best.


Thursday, December 8

CARTOON HAPPY HOUR--A family friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm.

REVENGE OF THE POP PRINCESS SING-A-LONG--Eat, drink, and belt out classics from Beyonce, Britney & more.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, December 2--Wednesday, December 7

LOONEY TUNES--Warner Bros. animated masterpieces presented in lovely 35mm. The collection includes "What's Opera Doc?," the first cartoon selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.

HARVEY--Features outstanding performances by James Stewart, Joesphine Hull, and a talking rabbit. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and go see it at the GI in 35mm with an audience.

Late Night: Friday, December 2 & Saturday December 3

SINT (SAINT)--A Dutch horror/comedy about a very naughty Santa Claus.


Speaking of Late Nights, the Midnight movie at the Egyptian this weekend is PULP FICTION.

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