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Cinema happenings for the first full week of February

If you're not in to huge media spectacles, expensive commericals, Madonna, or a football game this weekend, here's some of what you can be watching in theaters around town.


Thursday, February 9


Fans of the Big Lebowski calendar behind the our counter should throw on their bathrobes and head to Neumos for the second Seattle celebration of all things Lebowski. They'll be live performance by Staxx Brothers, DJ Space Monkey, Le Petit Mort with a live burlesque performance, and White Russians galore.


EMP Musuem

Friday, February 3

CABIN FEVER--Eli Roth's horror film with star Rider Strong in attendance. The screening is part of EMP's continuing exhibit Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film. We recommend you go and check out the great booths showing little vignettes on selected classic horror films.


SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, February 3

CORIOLANUS--Ralph Fiennes directed and stars in this modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's 17th century Roman tragedy. The supporting cast includes Jessica Chastain, Gerard Bulter, Brian Cox, and Vanessa Redgrave.

WEEK END--A new 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film, a "surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion."

MISS MINOES--A charming contemporary Dutch fairy tale about a curious cat who is magically transformed in to a woman. With the help of her fellow felines, she helps a shy reporter uncover stories for the local paper.


Saturday, February 4

(1) MONTH OF JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT--SIFF's celebration of all things JG-L begins with the indie-rock-filled love story (500) DAYS OF SUMMER.


Saturday, February 4 & Sunday, February 5

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


Sunday, February 5

SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: BEST OF THE FEST--This weekend's festival at the Cinerama is already sold out, but SIFF Cinema will be showing some of the best films Sunday afternoon.


Monday, February 6

TOOTSIE--Screenwriter Claudia Johnson walks you through the 1982 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, and Bill Murray.  "I think I'm going to rewrite the necktie scene without the necktie."


Thursday, February 9

TOMMY--Ken Russell's take on The Who's rock opera, "presented in a newly restored Quadrophonic digital restoration!"


Contining runs

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 film 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.


Northwest Film Forum

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE--The festival wraps up this weekend, ending with Sunday's Closing Ceremony, complete with the announcement of the Children's Jury decision and screenings of the prize-winning films. Check the festival's site for the full schedule.


Opening Friday, February 3

THE NINE MUSES--"Twenty-five years after the end of the Trojan War, Odysseus still has not returned home. His son, Telemachus, sets off on a journey in search of his lost father. So begins Homer's revered epic poem, The Odyssey, the primary narrative reference point for The Nine Muses, John Akomfrah's remarkable meditation about chance, fate and redemption."

CHAC: THE RAIN GOD--Rolando Klein's 1974 mystical adventure follows a village plagued by drought who seek help from a witch doctor of questionable power.


Thursday, February 9

A GOOD MAN--This documentary chronicles two years in the creation of choreograhper Bill T. Jones' contemporary dance piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. Former Bill T. Jones dancer Catherine Cabeen will be in attendance to introduce the film.



Central Cinema

Friday, February 3--Sunday, February 5 & Tuesday, February 7--Wednesday, February 8

SAY ANYTHING--Are you looking for a "dare to be great situation"? Then go see SAY ANYTHING. Yes, I know you've seen it a million times. But you know it never gets old.


Friday, February 3--Monday, Februay 6

HELLBOY--Watching the trailer made me realize I'm due to watch this again. I'm amazed the trailer never mentions Guillermo del Toro.


Monday, February 6

COLLIDE-O-SCOPE--The "masterminds of found footage freakouts" celebrate their first anniversary at Central Cinema with a brand new show.


Tuesday, February 7

FAERIE TALE THEATRE--A TV Dinner with two episodes of Shelley Duvall's 1980s childrens series: THE FROG PRINCE starring Robin Williams and Teri Garr, and RAPUNZEL, starring Jeff Bridges, Gena Rowlands, and Ms. Duvall herself.  Can I request the next episodes be CINDERELLA and THUMBELINA?


Thursday, February 9

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

DREAM DATE SING ALONG--"A brand new show featuring the dreamiest guys from Elvis to Bruno Mars.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Opening Friday, February 3

THE INNKEEPERS--The Seattle premiere of director Ti West's latest horror film, which follows the last remaining employees of a soon-to-be-closed inn as they search for possible ghosts. Our colleague Jason and his band The Maldives lent some songs to the soundtrack.


Saturday, February 4

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. February's theme is STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES!


Sunday, February 5

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS--In last week's column, when I said, "You've got one more day to see the anime feature at the GI," I was mistaken. Another show of the anime adventure has been added for the weekend.


Late Night: Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4

HOUSE OF THE DEVIL--The aforementioned Ti West's 2009 film is a "restrained, suspenseful '80s homage."


Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays series continues on Monday, February 6 with 1928's THE LAST COMMAND, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Wiliam Powell, Evelyn Brent, and Emil Jennings (who won the first-ever Best Actor Oscar for his performance).


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