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Pre-Holiday Cinematic Festivities

Feeling a little Grinchy? Maybe you need to come in and browse one of our Holiday special rental sections to uplift your spirits. Dolly Parton's SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS, upstairs in our Cowboy Christmas section, always helps me through the low times. Need a last minute gift? 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). Here's some of what you can watch around town before/after/during a long day of pre- holiday merriment:

 

SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, December 16

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS--the latest from Woody Allen, recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture-Comedy or Musical and Best Actor for Owen Wilson.

EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER--The documentary that looks at the lives and influential work husband & wife design team Charles and Ray Eames moves from Northwest Film Fourm to SIFF. Visit their shelf in our Experimental Films section before you go.

MASTERS OF ITALIAN CINEMA--New 35mm prints of two epic films from two master Italian directors: Luchino Visconti's THE LEOPARD (1963) and Michelangelo Antonioni's RED DESERT (1964).

Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17

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 16--Sunday, December 18

THE PRINCESS BRIDE QUOTE-A-LONG--Inflatable swords! Rodents of unusual size! True Love! There will be subtitles on the film for your quote-a-long needs, but it's inconceivable that you'd need them.

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.

 

Northwest Film Fourm

Friday, December 16--Thursday, December 22

RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE THE TOYNEBEE TILES--"For many, the hundreds of cryptic plaques embedded in the asphalt of streets across the United States and South America are just another detail in their day-to-day scenery. For John Foy, his documentary team and outsider artist Justin Duerr, they are a compelling gateway to a decades-old mystery."

Sunday, December 18

WILD MAN BLUES--"In the hands of political filmmaker Barbara Kopple (who won two Oscars for her epics American Dream and Union Movement) Wild Man Blues shows us Woody Allen at work and play in his elements, putting on jazz concerts and traveling across Europe. Inevitably, moments that reveal an unguarded Woody Allen appear in the film, referencing his controversial past and personal relationships." Be sure to check out Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band on Monday, December 26 at the Paramount Theatre.

Tuesday, December 20

DISCARDED TREASURES--"Spend a year in the lives of Blanca and her children, living on the fringes of society, scavenging through the remains of Buenos Aires for mere sustenance. This documentary follows the family, sharing their joys and pains, exploring their reality and meeting other scavengers as they fight for their lives."

Tuesday, December 20--Thursday, December 22

THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM--"In this divinely bizarre and funny tale, wild characters infuse stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain and campfire tales are hilariously blurred."


Central Cinema

Friday, December 16--Friday, December 23

ELF--A modern holiday classic. "I'm singing! I'm in a store and I'm SINGING!"

Monday, December 19

TV DINNER: HOLIDAY SPECIAL FAVORITES--All the best holiday fare, including Grinch, Charlie Brown, and the underrated Pee-Wee's Christmas Special.

Tuesday, December 20

MOVIE CAT TRIVIA--Your monthly opportunity to test your extensive film knowledge and win fabulous prizes. We aren't just saying they're fabulous because we provided some of them :)

 

Grand Illusion Cinema

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE--It's been a holiday tradition at the GI for 41 years. Shouldn't this be the year you make it part of your holiday?

Late Nights: Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17

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

 

King's Hardware

Monday, December 19

THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE & EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE--Celebrating the cinematic achievements of Mr. Andrew Dice Clay.

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