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Cinema stuff for Christmas week

Greetings everyone and welcome to the cinema roundup for the week of December 21. Remember: Scarecrow Video will close at 8pm on Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25). Whatever your plans for the holiday, we wish you a safe, warm, and happy day. Here's some of what you can enjoy on screens around town:

 

SIFF Cinema will be filling the weekend with several holiday specific screenings. White Christmas plays Friday through Christmas Day with classic songs and the talents of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, Rosemary Clooney, and the great Mary Wickes. Friday through Sunday you can spend Christmas in Acidland as rockabilly musician/film director/archivist of oddities Johnny Legend presides over a weekend of "seasonal psychotronic surprises, including oddball holiday clips and classic television featuring the greatest stars of the 20s through the 70s; the true stories of a pair of notorious comedians; Rod Serling's lost TV movie; and a special program of Christmas Noir." On Christmas Eve (Monday) there's the Christmas Specials Special, featuring moments from weirdest and wildest holiday specials combined into one merry montage. If it does indeed contain scenes from the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special, you know it's legit. Then on Christmas Day, you can belt out "If I Were a Rich Man" along with Topol in the Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along, complete with a kosher-style Chinese food banquet before the show.

If you're like many of us and follow the tradition of seeing movies on Christmas Day, SIFF has two heavy awards season contendors. The first is the latest film adapation of Les Miserables, directed by The King's Speech director Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway. The other is Scarecrow staffers' most anticipated movie** of 2012: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, a "part classic Western, part slavery revenge fantasy" starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Those of us who didn't see it at the press screening can't wait.

In non-holiday film fare, Cold War thriller Barbara opens on Friday. Director Christian Petzold's film is set in 1980 and centers on a doctor (Nina Hoss) tending patients and keeping secrets in the small town she's exiled to after trying to leave East Germany. This weekend is also your last chance to see Argo and Life of Pi at SIFF--both end their runs on Christmas Eve.

 

Central Cinema continues the infectious glee of Elf on Saturday and Sunday. They'll be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but return in full force Wednesday with the the glory of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Valley Girl apocalypse of Night of the Comet. Thursday brings Cartoon Happy Hour and another chance to experience the phenomenon of The Room, this time in Hecklevision with the audience's humorous insights appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging.

 

Northwest Film Forum has their annual Holiday Party on Friday night at 7pm, which will include such festive activites as a Nog-Off, back alley dreidel games, and a visit from a local film luminary as Santa. The party is free, just bring a potluck dish to share. NWFF theaters will be closed from December 24 until the beginning of 2013, but you can visit their calendar to start planning for your viewing in the new year, including the upcoming Children's Film Festival.

 

Finally, it's the last week to see It's a Wonderful Life up at Grand Illusion Cinema. We've said it before and we'll say it again: it's an essential Seattle holiday experience. Make this the year you make it part of your holiday tradition.

Vertigo

 

**Moonrise Kingdom was a close second.

 

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