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Cinema stuff for the week of July 20

Happy summer, everyone! Here's some of the many theatrical happenings going on this week:


SIFF Cinema brings back the festival's Opening Night film, local wrtier/director Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and 2012 MVP Mark Duplass as points of a complicated, sometimes comedic, relationship triangle.

Also opening this week (starting Friday, July 20) at SIFF:

Crazy Eyes --Indie drama starring Lukas Haas as a wealthy party guy/slacker who finds stability in his relationship with his five-year-old son.

Lovely Molly--A psychological horror film from the director of The Blair Witch Project. We've heard rumors that it's exceptionally disturbing and lingers with you for a while afterwards.

Portrait of Wally--The story of Egon Schiele's portrait of his Austrian mistress Walburga Neuzil. In 1939 it was seized by Nazis, and almost sixty years later it ended up at the Museum of Modern Art. The film follows the painting's creation and the historic court case between MoMA and the heirs of the original owners.

Payback--Jennifer Baichwal's (director the staff and customer favorite Manufactured Landscapes) documentary on debt in many forms--financial, spiritual, criminal, personal.

Thursday is Opening Night of SIFF's series Into the Vaults: Celebrating the Library of Congress. The four-day series presents films from the silent era to the 1940s in gorgeous 35mm prints from the Library's archives. It begins with a two-film tribute to Buster Keaton with Seven Chances and Steamboat Bill, Jr., both with an introduction by Frank Buxton, a silent film expert who acted with Buster Keaton. These and all of the series' and the silent films will be presented with a live musical score by composer Donald Sosin and percussionist Joanna Seaton. The series will continue through next weekend with such essentials as King Vidor's The Patsy starring Marion Davis and Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. Visit the series' page for the full list of films. As you've heard us proclaim many times before, you should never miss a chance to see films like this in 35mm, especially the silents with a live score. Tickets are on sale now, and we're pleased to offer a special discount offer: use the promo code LOC2012 either online or at the SIFF box office and you'll get $2 off the ticket price.

In shorter runs at SIFF: The Films4Families movie this Saturday and Sunday is a Hairspray Sing-Along, the film-based-on-the-Broadway-musical-based-on-the-film starring Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta. On Thursday, the Next 50 Film Series presents a free screening of More To Live For, a look at cancer research through three diverse people: "a Grammy winning musician, a Nigerian Olympic athlete, and the founder of an influential cancer foundation." Continuing on from last week at SIFF are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , documentary The Invisible War, and Frankenstein, with Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, on Saturday, July 21 through Tuesday, July 24.


Northwest Film Forum's annual By Design program runs Friday through Wednesday, a series that "brings together a diversity of people, ideas and creative visions to explore intersections of design and the moving image. The program celebrates artists who combine forms and disciplines to transform our visual culture." Friday night's (free!) opening festivities includes food, drinks, films, and a live audiovisual set. Visit the series homepage for the full list of films and events.

On Tuesday, July 24, NWFF hosts the DVD release party for Invisible Ink,  three interconnected short films set in central New York State. It will be followed by q & a with local director Christopher Julian. Thursday night is Soul Nite!, an evening of drinking and dancing to the electrifying 60s soul performance footage, hosted by Peter Lucas.


Central Cinema this weekend and on through Wednesday has the pirate-tastic adventure/Josh Brolin thunder of The Goonies and the immortal glory of Highlander. Monday's Highlander screening is in Hecklevision, with your humorous insights appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging.

On Thursday there's Cartoon Happy Hour, a family-friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm, then at 9pm there's another chance to experience the phenomenon that is Tommy Wiseau's The Room.


Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have a lovely 35mm print of Blake Edwards' 1962 noir/San Francisco travelogue Experiment in Terror  starring Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. The spooky modern haunted house story The Pact returns in the Late Night spot on Friday and Saturday. We recommend you read Imaginary Amie's Pact review on Three Imaginary Girls.

In future GI programming news, we advise you to get tickets now for Sports, Leisure, and Videotape on Saturday, July 28. It's an evening spotlighting the hilarious human drama of athletic competition in many forms culled from our extensive VHS vaults. This event, which starts with hot dogs and PBR at 8:30pm followed by the show at 9pm, will likely sell out. Plan and buy accordingly.


Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays continues at the Paramount Theatre, first with a noon matinee double feature of Georges Méliès' Kingdom of Fairies and Buster Keaton in The Cameraman, then the 1925 epic Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ at 7pm.


For your al fresco movie watching pleasure, on Friday night at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater, Tasveer presents the first of several free outdoor Bollywood screenings with Satyajit Ray's historical drama The Chess Players. On Saturday night Fremont Outdoor Cinema is showing the constant sorrow of the Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Art Thou?  Then on Thursday July 26, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park has The Help, featuring a fantastic ensemble of actors including Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson, and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.


Monday at King's Hardware on scenic Ballard Avenue, you can enjoy Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs out on the back patio with a refreshing beverage. Dont' be a total jerk like Mr. Pink: Please generously tip the wait staff.


There's also apparently some new Batman movie opening Friday, but we've had trouble finding infomation and opinions about it. Seriously, though, if you come in Friday morning to a bleary eyed staff, it's because we all saw it at midnight--or in some cases, 3:15 am. Enjoy, and be kind in the comments section of your local film blogs.

UPDATE: This was set to post this morning before we learned of the horrific events during the Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colorado. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the interconnected world of moviegoers affected by this tragedy. I'd like to revise my earlier statement and ask we all please be kind to everyone, everywhere. Learn more about what you can do to help the victims here.

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