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Hot Cinema stuff for the warm week of August 3

Temperatures are expected to soar this weekend, sending some racing out in the the sun and others retreating to the nearest air conditioned sancturary. We recommend you spend some of the high hours of heat at Scarecrow browsing our Used Movie Blowout Sale and/or enjoying a cool beverage from VHSpresso. Here's some other cinema-related ways to escape the warmth this week:


SIFF Cinema welcomes Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom to the Uptown this week. Most of us Andersonphiles on staff agree it's his best non-animated offering since The Royal Tenenbaums. We also agree that Edward Norton is a fine addition to Anderson's ensemble. Also new to SIFF this week is Klown, a Danish road movie/comedy following friends Casper, Frank, and Frank's 11-year-old nephew Bo on a debaucherous romp through the Danish countryside, "culminating in a surprise sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you won't soon unsee." There's also Pink Ribbons, Inc., Léa Pool's documentary that "takes to task the corporations behind the pink ribbon movement, debunking the lies and double-talk, in an exposé that will leave you thinking pink but seeing red," and 5 Broken Cameras, an incredible documentation of the Israeli/Palestinean conflict through what happens to five camera's filmmaker Emad Burnat used while filming over several years in the West Bank.

SIFF's Films4Families movie this Saturday and Sunday is Newsies, the movie that inspired the hit Broadway musical. You may remember this from the early 90s, but you may not remember it stars a singing and dancing Christian Bale. On Tuesday, August 7, there's Craiglist Joe, the true story of director Joseph Garner's month-long experiment to live solely on what he could get via the "massive digital swap meet" that is Craigslist. It's part of SIFF's Tuesdays with Tugg series, in which the theater will host screenings-on-demand. On Wednesday, the Next 50 Film series continues with a free screening of Chops, a documentary that follows the Douglas Anderson School of The Arts jazz ensemble as the prepare to compete in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City.

Continuing on from last week at SIFF are A Cat in Paris, the Oscar-nominated animated detective fantasy about a young girl who teams up with a seemingly ordinary cat to catch a band of gangsters, Shut Up and Play The Hits: The Final Days of LCD Soundsystem, a documentary chronicling the influential band's last show before they disbanded and the days that followed, and local wrtier/director Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and 2012 MVP Mark Duplass.


Northwest Film Forum's splendid 35mm: The Celluloid Dream series continues with Powell/Pressburger war epic/satire The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. If the Olympics has piqued your interest in British movies but you're not sure where to start, this is one of the UK's most famous films and definitely one you should see in 35mm.

Friday through Sunday, there's a film on a subject near and dear to our hearts: the importance of brick and mortar stores and physical media. Sound It Out is director's Jeanie Finlay's portrait of the last record store in her hometown of Tesside, England," a witty, incisive exploration of a thriving community who see the shop as a cultural oasis in the homogenous march of chain-store Britain." The film is sponsored by local brick and mortar treasure Easy Street Records.

On Sunday there's I Walked With a Zombie Drag Queen, local director Kelly Hughes' video companion to his upcoming book Videoteur: An Analog Account of a No Budget Media Mogul in the DIY 90s, that chronicles his quest for recognition in grungy early 90s Seattle. Funny Ha Ha, Andrew Bujalski's 2002 movie that's widely considered to have started the genre known as mumblecore, screens on Tuesday and Wednesday with actor Myles Paige in attendence. (Is mumblecore really 10 years old? Wow.) Also on Wednesday, Sub Pop Records presents Machotaildrop, following amateur skateboarder Walter Rhum as he realizes his dream of turning pro. Then on Thursday, there's Pete McCormack's look at the legacy of one of our city's greatest citizens: I Am Bruce Lee. Side note: This city needs a statue of Bruce Lee somewhere. Can we Kickstarter that?


Central Cinema embraces these Hot Summer Nights with Body Heat starring the smoldering William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. They also attempt the unachievable feat of putting Baby in the corner with Dirty Dancing. CC's usual Thursday Cartoon Happy Hour is taking the week off. For your weekly cartoon fix, we recommed you visit our Kids section and rent The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe or multiple volumes of DuckTales.



Our good neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have a lovely 35mm print of George Roy Hill's Oscar-winning caper The Sting starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Redford's slicked-back hair.


Ballard's King's Hardware feels the need for speed on Monday with Top Gun showing at sundown on the back patio.


And for your cinema alfresco pleasure:

Friday: Over on Capitol Hill, the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Bollywood series concludes with the recent raunchy comedy thriller Delhi Belly at the Volunteer Park Amphitheatre, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Road Trip movie series continues at Cal Anderson Park with Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret in Viva Las Vegas.


Saturday: Fremont Outdoor Cinema has the ABBA-riffic Mamma Mia! with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth singing their way into your heart. Seattle Center's Movies at the Mural series begins its Harry Potter-a-thon with Harry Potter and the Sorcerers' Stone. They'll be showing all of the HP movies over the upcoming weeks. And across the bridge at The Junction in West Seattle, there's The Lion King,


Thursday: Outdoor Movies at Magunson Park also has The Lion King.


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