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Theatrical round up for the December 9 weekend & beyond

The holiday season is in full swing! Head out to Scarecrow for all your seasonally-themed rentals and DVDs/Blu-rays for the movie lovers on your list. We recommend any of the Criterion titles (still on sale for $2 OFF our already low prices, use coupon code 2OFF at checkout online) or a Scarecrow Gift Certificate (available in any amount). While you're in the neighborhood, we recommend you stop by Cinema Books for all your movie star bios & film-realted book needs. They're now open on Sundays 11am-4pm until New Year's.

Here's some of the movie events happening around town this week. Follow the links for showtimes, tickets, & more info.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Saturday, December 10

VHSXMAS--"Santa's got a brand new bag...of old video tapes. From the deep archives of Scarecrow Video comes this once in a lifetime experience—a collection of the rarest of rare Christmas footage, much of which has not been shown to the public for decades, all from vintage VHS! Guaranteed to instill viewers with a mind-boggling case of Christmas fever."

Opening Friday, December 9

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE--It's not Christmas in Seattle without three things: 1) The lights on the KING 5 tower on Queen Anne Hill (complete with those couple strands that blink on & off) 2) The Dina Martina Christmas show, and, most importantly, 3) IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at the Grand Illusion. Seriously, make this the year you & the family see this timeless classic in glorious 35mm. There's a FREE public show on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30).

Late Night: Friday, December 9 & Saturday December 10

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


Pacific Place

Thursday, December 15

AUNTIE MAME--It's Three Dollar Bill Cinema's annual holiday screening of the Rosalind Russell classic. I spoke all about my undying love for this movie a while back on KUOW.


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, December 9

FRAMING PICTURES--A conversation with wise local film critics Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and Robert Horton about the past, present, and future of cinephilia. The chat is FREE, but that's not the best part. This is: "Beer and wine are available and encouraged."

Friday, December 9--Sunday, December 11

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW--A new 35mm print of Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 film that David Schmader says is in the running for "The Greatest Movie Ever Made."  We are nodding our heads in agreement.

Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10

THE SOMEWHERE GIRLS: "DON'T ASSUME I COOK"--"Through  film, animation, puppetry, interview, atmosphere, song and dance, The Somewhere Girls explore the perpetual perplexing problem of perfection and create a world where cooking skills are not a prerequisite."

Sunday, December 11

THE LOVE YOU MAKE--Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS) followed Paul McCartney around NYC in the days immediately following 9/11 and captures the creation of and performances from the Concert for New York benefit. This should be required viewing for all.

Monday, December 12

NEXT DANCE CINEMA--"Now in its sixth year, this evening of independent dance films will enchant and engage dance and film lovers alike. Co-presented with Velocity Dance Center.

Tuesday, December 13--Thursday, December 15

THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF HERBERT MATTER--"This new documentary is a revealing look at the fascinating life story of the highly influential mid-century modern design master. Known as a quintessential "designer's designer," Swiss born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts."

Friday, December 9--Wednesday, December 14

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.


SIFF Cinema


AN EVENING WITH GARY OLDMAN--It's already SOLD OUT, but GARY OLDMAN will be at the Uptown with his new film TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY (starring him and a slew of other attractive British actors), followed by a Q & A session. If you're one of the lucky people attending, please limit yourselves to one HARRY POTTER question. And Mr. Oldman, if you're looking for something to do while you're in town, we'd love to give you a tour of our store :).

Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE--"It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town."

Friday, December 9--Sunday, December 11

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY--The classic 1971 musical starring Gene Wilder, presented in SMELL-O-VISION (ever wonder what a snozzberry smells like?). They'll be Golden Tickets, bags of candy, and much more.

THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR-"A patrician Parisian banker learns how the other half lives—and finds that it agrees with him—in this upstairs/downstairs comedy of manners."

Tuesday, December 13

CINEMATOGRAPHER BEN KASULKE COMMENTS ON 'CODE 46'--"Cinematographer Ben Kasulke leads the audience through the exquisite visual landscape of Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46. Shot using two cinematographers working together (Alwin H. Kuchler and Marcel Zyskind), Winterbottom’s love story set in a Brave New World-type future follows Seattle native William (Tim Robbins) as he investigates a female counterfeiter (Samantha Morton) within the moral context of advanced biotechnology."

Opening Friday, December 9

TYRANNOSAUR--"The directorial debut of actor Paddy Considine (Dead Man's Shoes, My Summer of Love), Tyrannosaur tells the brutal, beautiful story of one man’s redemption following a lifetime of abusive behavior." It won Best Debut Director, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), and  Best British Independent Film at this year's British Independent Film Awards.

SLEEPING BEAUTY--"A fascinating sexual fairy-tale that shocked audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Sleeping Beauty stars Emily Browning in a fearless performance as a young university student tricked into absolute submission as she sleeps."

Continuing runs

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."


Central Cinema

Friday, December 9--Wednesday, December 14

SCROOGED--It's one of the best modern holiday films and one of the best Bill Murray films.

BAD SANTA--Do they serve sandwiches at Central Cinema? A nice sandwich and a beer would be an excellent accompaniment to this film.

Monday, December 12

YENTL--Jason Miller's BADMOVIEART series returns with the ultimate Barbra Streisand vehicle.

Thursday, December 15

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

SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II--Another awesome Burlesque Along with the 80s slasher sequel.


King's Hardware

Monday, December 12

The Ballard eatery & skee-ball center has a double feature of JAWS and PIRANHA.



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