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Cinema stuff for the week of January 27

Here's some of what's on screens around town this week:


Thursday, February 2

AN EVENING WITH DON HERTZFELDT:-Cult animator and Academy Award® nominee Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy's Balloon, The Meaning of Life) joins us in person for second installment of the PSYCHOTRONIC CINEMA (the series we're co-sponsoring with SIFF and MIFFF) with his classic animated shorts and the exclusive Seattle premiere of his newest film, It's Such a Beautiful Day.


Opening Friday, January 27

MARGARET--Our colleage/podcast host Matt went to an advance screening and highly recommends this "densely-layered tale of teenage angst" starring Anna Paquin and directed by Kenneth Longeran (You Can Count On Me).

NORWEGIAN WOOD--French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung's fiilm based on the bittersweet coming-of-age novel by Haruki Murakami. I thought it would be impossible to adapt a Murakami novel to a movie, but this film does the book right.

HENRY BELAFONTE: SING YOUR SONG--"Following his life through such diverse places as Harlem, Mississippi, Africa, and South Central Los Angeles, filmmaker Susanne Rostock intimately tells the inspiring story of this remarkable man."

KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND--A headstrong inmate (Benjamin Helstad) clashes with the warden (Stellan Skarsgård) of a juvenile prison in this Norwegian drama.


Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN--The Films4Families series continues with Terry Gilliam's whimsical fantasy.


Continuing runs

SHAME--Carey Mulligan and 2011Movie MVP Michael Fassbender star as "a brother and sister trapped in a cycle of personal addictions and the memories of a painful past."

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

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE--The festival continues Friday night (January 27) with a Pajama Party  featuring Casper Babypants and animated shorts. Visit the festival site for the full schedule of movies and events.


Friday, January 27--Thursday, February 2

HOW THE FIRE FELL--"The audience bears witness to the events as if a cult member, watching and observing the three-year reign of the Brides of Christ sect. Like a faded memory, How The Fire Fell takes you through a moment of time in a haze of mystery and wonder." Edward P. Davee's film was the winner of last year's Local Sightings Film Festival.


Thursday, February 2

MAX BILL-THE MASTER'S VISION--"Max Bill was probably the most important Swiss artist of the 20th century and the most famous student to come out of the legendary Bauhaus in Dessau. He was an ardent anti-fascist and all his avant-garde work as an artist, sculptor, architect  and typographer showed a social responsibility and environmental awareness right through his life. His views have become incredibly topical." Dr. Angela Thomas, art historian and Max Bill's widow, and the film's director Erich Schmid will be in attendance at the screening.


Central Cinema

Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28; Monday, January 30 & Wednesday, February 1

PARENTHOOD--Over the years between 1989 and now, I have memorized most of the dialogue in this movie (thanks, cable!). I still love it.


Friday, January 27--Wednesday, February 1

TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE--Sing along now: "America...F*** YEAH!"


Tuesday, January 31

TV DINNER: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS--Dine in style with Edina and Patsy.


Thursday, February 2

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

GROUNDHOG DAY--Celebrate the "will he or won't he see his shadow " holiday with a good old fashioned Quote-a-Long.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, January 27--Thursday, February 2

WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS--"Captured Ghosts is the story of Warren Ellis, one of comicdom's most revered writers, best known for such comic titles as Transmetropolitan, The Authority and RED. Through extensive interviews, Ellis's acerbic wit and core belief in humanity comes across like never before."

DRIVE--Nicolas Winding Refn's film has probably the best opening five minutes of any film this year. Our aforementioned colleague Matt called it, "simultaneously a lean, pulpy neo-noir and a slightly Tarantino-esque pastiche of, in part, some seminal crime thrillers of the late '70s and '80s."


Saturday, January 28

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!


Sunday, January 29

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS--You've got one more day to see the anime feature at the GI.


Late Night: Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28

A LONELY PLACE TO DIE--"A Lonely Place to Die is a remarkably well made, tense and atmospheric thriller with a plot as twisting and unpredictable as the mountainous terrain in which it is set. A group of climbers make a grim discovery high up in the mountains: an eight year old girl amongst the peaks...buried alive!"


Trader Joe's Silent Movie Monday series continues Monday (duh) January 30 at The Paramount with Frank Borzage's STREET ANGEL, starring Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor (who won the very first Oscar for Best Actress for her performance).

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