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Cinema stuff for the week of December 28 and in to 2013

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year! Scarecrow will close at 8pm on Monday, December 31 and then be open our regular hours (11am-10pm) on New Year's Day (Tuesday January 1). Here are some cinema happenings to start your new year off right:


SIFF Cinema continues their runs of two big awards season contenders. 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. It's been nominated for multiple Golden Globes, including Best Picture: Musical or Comedy (Note: In the Golden Globes, whenever a musical in nominated in this category, it will ALWAYS win over the best comedy of the year), Best Actor for Hugh Jackman, and Best Supporting Actress for Hatahway, who's already considered an Oscar frontrunner for her portrayal of poor, tortured Fantine. Plus, everyone sings LIVE!

The other Golden Globe nominee/potential Oscar nominee is Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, a "part classic Western, part slavery revenge fantasy" starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and copious splashes of bright, red blood. Look for a special Django themed rental section here at Scarecrow sometime after the new year begins.

Cold War thriller Barbara also continues this week. 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. For more on Barbara, we recommend you read the New York Times review.


Grand Illusion Cinema kicks off the new year in fine form with the Woody Allen in the 70s series. It begins Friday with...brace yourself...A BRAND NEW 35mm PRINT of Annie Hall. Clear some time in your schedule for the next few weeks as the series continues into January with with Bananas, Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex..., Manhattan, and Love & Death, all of which you should see on a big screen, and on film, while you still can. Individual tickets are available for each screening, but we recommend you save money and get a series pass.


Central Cinema continues the glory of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Valley Girl apocalypse of Night of the Comet. On Monday they'll countdown to 2013 with a New Year's Eve Sing Along, featuring four hours of music videos, all highlights from many of this year's CC's sing alongs (if the ad on their site is a clue, it will include this Janet Jackson classic). Thursday brings the usual family affair of Cartoon Happy Hour and a Girls Only Chick-Flick Pajama Party (yes, you can wear jammies) with the 1985 cross-country road trip romantic comedy The Sure Thing starring Daphne Zuniga and John Cusack (in a skinny tie!)


Northwest Film Forum theaters will be closed until January 4, but you can visit their calendar to start planning for your viewing in the new year, including the upcoming Children's Film Festival. While they're closed, NWFF is completing a few renovations, including installing new seats in the theater. You can save yourself a seat and donate to NWFF on their site.


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