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In theaters the week of January 13

There's a lot going on in theaters this week, so we'll get right to it:

SIFF Cinema

Thursday, January 19

THE GREY--Scarecrow is proud to partner with SIFF and the MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL to present a new year-round series: PSYCHOTRONIC CINEMA, "celebrating the best in new and classic genre cinema, including horror, action, sci-fi, fantasy, and everything weird, strange, disturbing, or just plain unclassifiable." (Check out the awesome series logo by our colleague Marc Palm). Thursday's screening of the new Liam Neeson vs. hungry wolves action film is FREE! Just click HERE to RSVP.


Friday, January 13--Thursday, January 19

IN DREAMS: THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH--SIFF's week-long Lynch retrospective begins with Friday's double feature of  THE ELEPHANT MAN and ERASERHEAD and continues through the week with THE STRAIGHT STORY, BLUE VELVET, WILD AT HEART, DUNE, MULHOLLAND DR., LOST HIGHWAY, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, and a compilation of his short films. Check the series listing for dates & times.

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. FOSTER?--"Norman Foster's vision and passion to improve the quality of life through design has not only earned him the nickname 'Mozart of Modernism,' but has lead to some of the world's most stunning landmarks...This insightful and entertaining documentary follows the life of Foster from his humble beginnings in Manchester, through his collaborations with R. Buckminster Fuller, to his designs for Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the first zero-waste, zero-carbon city in the world."


Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15

E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL--It's the first movie I remember seeing in a theater, and I can't think of a better way to introduce it to a kid than to see it have them see it on the big screen. It will also be playing next weekend as part of SIFF's Films4Families series.


Sunday, January 15

MEAN GIRLS vs. FIGHT CLUB--"Who would win in a Regina George / Tyler Durden Death Match? Join the SIFF FutureWave Committee as two of the great gender-specific satires of contemporary cinema face-off in a special double feature."


Continuing runs

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." TOMBOY will only run through Sunday, so see it soon.

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 possible future Oscar nominee Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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 13--Thursday, January 19

EL SICARIO, ROOM 164--"Former Chihuahua police commander “El Sicario” has murdered hundreds in the service of Mexico’s cartels. In Gianfranco Rosi’s El Sicario, Room 164, the assassin meets with journalist Charles Bowden in a Juarez hotel room and gives testimony of his experience."  For more background, read Brendan Kiley's review in The Stranger.

HOUSE OF BAMBOO--A new 35mm print of Samuel Fuller's tale of US-occupied post-war Japan.

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 13

FRAMING PICTURES--NWFF Program Director Adam Sekular and film critic Bruce Reid join Robert Horton for an evening of fine film discussion. The talk is FREE; beer and wine are not only availalbe but encouraged. Mr. Horton will also be presenting a screening of THE QUINCE TREE SUN at the Frye Art Museum on Sunday, January 15.


Saturday, January 14

RUN TO THE EAST--"News headlines all over the West reinforce negative stereotypes of Native Americans: they live in communities associated with drug use, alcoholism and random acts of violence. But that isn't the entire story. Endurance running has long been a key spiritual element of Native American cultures—one through which individuals can demonstrate strength and resilience."


Tuesday, January 17

THE OFF HOURS DVD release party--Celebrate the home video release of Megan Griffith's THE OFF HOURS  (Ben Kasulke is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematograhpy for it) with a screening of some of the DVD Special Features, plus drinks and general merriment. We'll have the DVD here soon.


Central Cinema


Friday, January 13--Wednesday, January 18

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM--"Hey lady, you call him Dr. Jones."


Thursday, January 19

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

WARNING: TRAILER NSFW  REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS--A Burlesque-Along with the 80s B-movie starring Wendy O. Williams.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, January 13--Thursday, January 19

LITTLEROCK--"Mike Ott won the 'Someone To Watch Award' at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards for this portrait of two Japanese siblings stuck in a sleepy Los Angeles exurb...Featuring the music of Seattle indie-folk band The Cave Singers."


Saturday, January 14

SCI-FI SATURDAY SECRET MATINEE--The Sprocket Society's continuing 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 13 & Saturday, January 14

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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