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Cinema stuff for the week of July 6

I don't want to jinx anything, but it may be safe to say summer is finally here. Here's some of what's playing in air-conditioned theaters and outdoor venues around town. And remember that our 50% OFF USED MOVIE SALE continues this weekend at Scarecrow, which is not only air-conditioned but also provides Italian sodas and iced vanilla lattes at VHSpresso.


SIFF Cinema this week welcomes Mark & Jay Duplass' hilarious sibiling rivalry story The Do-Deca-Pentathalon and two great documentaries: Chely Wright: Wish Me Away, which folows the country music star's journey on coming out to the country music community; and Last Call at the Oasis, a thought (and hopefully action)-provoking examination of the global water crisis. Oscar-winning director Jessica Yu will be doing Q & A via Skype on the Thursday, July 12 screening.

In shorter runs at SIFF Cinema, the Films4Families series returns on Saturday and Sunday with Enchanted. On Saturday, the National Theatre production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch--who trade roles of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. Both versions will be shown back-to-back if you want to make a day of it. On Wednesday, the Next 50 Film Series continues with a free screening of The Invisibles, a collection of five short films that puts the spotlight on "heroic, unsung humanitarian efforts to combat international crises." Then on Thursday, July 12, there's Paul Verhoeven's Robocop, a movie we're all due to watch again. Cap guns will be provided at the door so you can shoot along with everyone's favorite enforcer.


Northwest Film Forum this week has El Velador/The Nightwatchman, director Natalia Almada's quiet, brutal look at Mexico's drug war through the eyes of a cemetary guard. They're also bringing back at hit from last year's American Film Week--Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel, which they describe as "a two-person show, a black-and-white comedic symphony of disappointment and forgiveness...It's the latest American film to drolly capture the mood of a generation caught in deferred adulthood. And trust us when we say, there will be laughter from beginning to end."

On Thursday, NWFF brings the twang with You're Lookin' At Country: Hillbillies in Hollywood Edition, an evening of classic movie clips featuring stars such as Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Ms. Dolly Parton, along with live music and stories from singer/songwriter Ian Moore.


Central Cinema Friday through Wednesday has Jim Henson's Labyrinth (starring Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, and David Bowie's impressive 80s hair) and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's inspiring sports story BASEketball. Wow, 1998 was a long time ago.

Thursday brings another Cartoon Happy Hour and a TV Dinner  of video game-themed TV episodes curated by the wonderful folks at GeekGirlCon. The evening may include episodes of Futurama, South Park, and Star Trek: The Next Generation (this episode!!)


Grand Illusion Cinema celebrates summer with a new 35mm print of Fritz Lang's 1953 smoldering crime story The Big Heat, starring Glenn Ford as a cop out for vengeance. As always, we strongly recommend you don't miss a chance to see a classic of this caliber in 35mm.

Acclaimed local filmmaker Shaun Scott's 100% Off: A Recession-Era Romance, the story of four recent college graduates navigating life during the recession, plays through Tuesday, July 10.

By popular demand, the "cold, hard slab of psychedelic sci-fi" of Beyond the Black Rainbow is back for the Late Night shows on Friday and Saturday night.


Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays returns July 9 at the Paramount Theatre, first with a noon matinee of A Trip To The Moon along with Charlie Chaplin's short films One A.M. and The Immigrant; then at 7pm there's Picadilly, the 1929 crime story starring Anna Mae Wong.


The first Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park film of the summer is on Thursday, July 12 at dusk with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. 


Monday in King's Hardware on scenic Ballard Avenue, you can enjoy From Dusk Till Dawn out on the back patio with the cool beverage of your choice.


Last but not least, the undead will rise again to walk the streets of Fremont with the fourth annual Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk on Saturday, July 7. Visit the event page to see the full list of activities (Costume contest! Thriller dance!), to register, and to get tickets. Organizers are hoping to top last year's attendance of 7,000 creatures of the night and break the current world record for most zombies en masse--so rip your jeans, smear some fake blood on yourself, and hobble down there to help bring the record to Seattle.

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