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Things to see in theaters for the week of January 6

The New Year gets in to full cinematic swing with these events:


SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, January 6

TOMBOY--"[Director] Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story, which explores relationships between children, children and parents, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body."

MELANCHOLIA--"A beautiful movie about the end of the world, director Lars von Trier's Melancholia is part disaster movie, part comedy of manners, and part rumination on the effects of chronic depression." It features exceptional performances by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.


Friday, January 6--Sunday, January 8

NORDIC LIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL--The Nordic Heritage Museum presents the third annual festival of cutting-edge films, "offering an immersion into the world of hot Nordic films during the chilly winter season." The series of films from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland begins Friday with the Opening Night film WHEN THE PEPPER BLOSSOMS, a documenatary chronicling the 1901-1911 Swedish emigration to Brazil. We recommend Saturday's screening of MOOMIN AND THE COMET CHASE.


Wednesday, January 11

THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS--Jimmy Stewart stars as Charles Lindbergh in Billy Wilder's 1957 biopic. Aviator, artist, and Charles' grandson Erik will be at SIFF Cinema to present the film.


Thursday, January 12

SPOKANARCHY!--This documentary, "chronicles the manic highs and desperate lows of the emerging punk rock scene in the culturally barren 1980s of Spokane, Washington. Thirty years later, the scene's survivors take an unflinching look at their past, and how their lives were shaped by those years of music and mayhem."


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 "future STAR TREK villian" Cumberbatch.

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, January 6--Thursday, January 12

URBANIZED--Gary Hustwit, director of HELVETICA and OBJECTIFIED, turns his lens on the world's cities and the strategies and issues behind their design.


Friday, January 6--Sunday, January 8

THE BEAT IS THE LAW: FANFARE FOR THE COMMON PEOPLE--If you're like me and sing along with "Common People" in a loud, gleeful voice, then you'll love this documentary on how Pulp filled at the last minute in for The Stone Roses at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became Britpop sensations. The film is sponsored by the good folks at Easy Street Records.


Monday, January 9--Wednesday, January 11

JOE SWANBERG'S FULL MOON TRILOGY--Director Joe Swanberg will be at NWFF to present his trilogy of meta-films all based loosely on experiences he's had making movies: ART HISTORY, SILVER BULLETS, and THE ZONE.


Thursday, January 12

BUTTONS--"Josh & Benny Safdie (Daddy Longlegs, The Pleasure of Being Robbed), Alex Kalman (creator of and Factory 25 present this feature-length program of found moments from the everyday—films that showcase the wonder, beauty, sadness, love, aggression and magic that goes unnoticed on the hectic streets of NYC and elsewhere."


Central Cinema

Friday, January 6--Tuesday, January 10

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."


Wednesday, January 11

THE  HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY--Another of Central Cinema's TV DINNERs, this time with the BBC mini-series.


Thursday, January 12

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

HAIRSPRAY--A Ladies-only Pajama Party Sing-A-Long with the original John Waters film.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, January 6--Thursday, January 12

BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE--The GI's Touch of Lubitsch series continues with Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper in the classic romantic comedy written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder.


Wednesday, January 11

KILL ALL REDNECK PRICKS: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A BAND CALLED KARP--KARP, "takes you from the high school corridors and soggy chicken coops of Tumwater, WA, to the dizzying heights of punk rock stardom, to a shockingly painful crash landing." This look at the band's rise and fall features Kimya Dawson, Kathleen Hanna, Calvin Johnson, & many other local music luminaires. Director William Badgley will be in attendance for Q& A at both screenings.


Starting Saturday, January 7

SCI-FI SATURDAY SECRET MATINEE--The Sprocket Society kicks off a three-month series of science fiction matinees! Every Saturday, they'll show an episode of the 1939 BUCK ROGERS serial along with a surpise movie--favorites, rarities, and cult classics from 1919-1974. January's theme is SPACE MADNESS!


Late Night: Friday, January 6 & Saturday, January 7

THE SILENT HOUSE--"Based on a true incident that happened in Uruguay during the '40s, The Silent House is a groundbreaking new horror film that explores 'real fear in real time.' Filmed in one single, continuous 78-minute shot, the film slowly unfolds focusing on a young woman in an old house that hides a dark secret."


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