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Cinematic happenings for the first week of 2012!

Happy New Year!  If you're reading this in the last golden moments of 2011, remember that Scarecrow will close at 8pm on Saturday, December 31 and then open as usual 11am on Sunday, January 1. We wish you all a safe and happy start to 2012. Here are some recommended ways to ring in your new year in theaters around town.


SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, December 30

THE SKIN I LIVE IN-"Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After years of study and experimentation, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. But to finish his project, Robert needs three things: no scruples, an accomplice, and a human guinea pig." It's the latest from the wonderful Pedro Almodovar.

GIORGIO MORODER PRESENTS METROPOLIS--In the early 80s, Italian pop musician/producer Giorgio Moroder’s took Fritz Lang's 1927 silent epic and gave it a New Wave makeover--tinting it with color, editing in previously missing footage, and setting it all to a soundtrack that includes Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, and other pop luminaries of the era.


Continuing runs

WAR HORSE--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 WAR HORSE. My only complaint is there wasn't enough Benedict Cumberbatch.

THE TREE OF LIFE--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!


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, December 30--Thursday, January 5

SUMMER PASTURE--"More family drama than political exposé, this documentary of a young nomadic family from eastern Tibet is both intimate and unromantic. Summer Pasture successfully documents a way of life in transition. In a classic example of “show, don’t tell,” no filmic commentary explains the situation, yet the harshness of the landscape and political conditions are undeniably evident."


Central Cinema

Friday, December 30 & Saturday, December 31

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


New Year's Eve: Saturday, December 31

GREASE SING-A-LONG--Ring in 2012 by belting out "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" with an appreciative audience. Do they let you dance in the aisle at Central Cinema?


Monday, January 2--Thursday, January 5

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE--"IS THERE SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE REST OF US AMAZING LARRY?" I've heard the DVD has a deleted scene that explains who Amazing Larry is and why he's so "amazing." I hope to never find out.

OFFICE SPACE--Probably the first movie title I used as a verb. Example: "I swear if that fax machine times out one more time I'm going to OFFICE SPACE it in to oblivion" Thursday's screening is in HECKLEVISION, where your humorous texts magically appear on screen!


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, December 30--Thursday, January 5

TROUBLE IN PARADISE--The GI begins their divine "A Touch of Lubitsch" series with Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 delightful romantic comedy, featuring the complicated love triangle of Herbert Marshall, Miriam Hopkins, and Kay Francis. If you haven't witnessed the "Lubitsch Touch" in 35mm, now's the time.

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