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Holiday Cinema Happenings

Happy holidays, everyone! A few programming notes: Scarecrow will close at 8pm on Saturday, December 24 and then be closed on Christmas Day. We'll re-open at 11am on Monday, Decmeber 26. If you received a Scarecrow Gift Certificate or some extra cash, note that our Criterion Collection sale continues through New Year's Day. Now, on to our list:


SIFF Cinema

Friday, December 23--Sunday, December 25

WHITE CHRISTMAS--Sorry, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, but Michael Curtiz's 1954 film is hands-down my favorite Christmas movie. Soldiers-turned-song-and-dance-men Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby put on a big show to save a Vermont ski lodge run by their old Army general and, along the way, woo singing siblings Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. I'm excited to finally see its VistaVision splendor on the big screen. It will be hard not to break out into song.


Opening Friday, December 23

TREE OF LIFE--SIFF brings some of the year's best films back to theaters, starting with Terrence Malick's, "epic family drama/spiritual approximation of the birth of the universe" as told through a man's (Sean Penn) childhood and relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). It sounds like a lot to take in, but I think you'll be glad you did.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS--Werner Herzog explores the meaning and history of 32,000-year-old paintings inside a cave in France. Our colleague Bryan recommended it in the November 2011 issue of City Arts: “Herzog being Herzog, he also tests out Paleolithic hunting weapons and goes off on a tangent about mutant albino crocodiles.” SIFF is showing it the way it was meant to be seen--IN 3D!


Opening Christmas Day--Sunday, December 25

WARHORSE--Take all of Spielberg's usual touchstones--moments of humor, moments of concentraed contemplation, moments of heartwrenching tragedy--add one brave horse and a determined young protagonist, set it all against the backdrop of World War I and a classic Spielberg sky, and you'll have WARHORSE. My only complaint is there wasn't enough Benedict Cumberbatch.


Continuing runs

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS--A dreamy romantic comedy 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.


Central Cinema

Monday, December 26--Saturday, December 31

E.T.--"I don't like his feet."


Thursday, December 29

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

THE ROOM--Your monthly chance to experience, "the first true successor to the ROCKY HORROR throne,"  now in HECKLEVISION with your humorous texts appearing on-screen.


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? Answer: YES.


Northwest Film Forum has settled down for a week-long winter's nap, but will awaken on Friday, December 30 with the Tibetan documentary SUMMER PASTURE.


Also opening this week: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, WE BOUGHT A ZOO, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, and future Oscar nominee THE ARTIST.  Check the times at Majestic Bay or a Landmark Theatre near you.




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