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Cinema happenings for the week of January 4

Starting your new year with a commitment to seeing more movies? Us too! When you aren't exploring our shelves for new discoveries, here are some of the films you can see on screens around town:


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 (shown mainly in tight close-ups of their faces). It's been nominated for multiple Golden Globes, including Best Picture: Musical or Comedy, 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. Tarantino mined plenty of spaghetti westerns and exploitation films for inspiration, and we've collected some of them in a special Django-related rental section. Look for it opposite the red New Release shelves in the back of the first floor.

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.

On Saturday, January 5, SIFF Film Center hosts the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's presentation of Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist, a look at life aboard a ship full of "self proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels" who take direct action to preserve and protect the ocean's ecosystems and species.


Northwest Film Forum awakens from their winter's nap with brand new theater chairs and the quiet, powerful Francine starring Oscar winner/former Young Riders star Melissa Leo as a lonely woman, recently released from prison, struggling to make a fresh start and new connections in a small town.

On Thursday, January 10, NWFF presents Search and Rescue, a choice selection of 16mm animated and live action films from their vault, including one called “I Am My Own Groin." Need we say more?


Central Cinema starts the new year with a new series: I LOVE SEQUELS. First up are the heart pounding (literally) thrills of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the chainsaw-appendage terror of Evil Dead 2. Speaking of Evil Dead 2, let's take a moment to enjoy this scene from High Fidelty.

CC's Night and Day film noir series continues Wednesday with the explosive Kiss Me Deadly, directed by Robert Aldrich and based on the novel by Mickey Spillane. It stars Ralph Meeker as Detective Mike Hammer, who stops to pick up a woman who ran in front of his car (Cloris Leachman!) and enters a dark , twisted world of mysteries and murder.

Thursday brings the usual Cartoon Happy Hour, followed by a special Punk Rock Sing Along. I'm looking forward to belting out "noooo fuuuture....noooo fuuuture" should this song make the cut.


The swoon-worthy Woody Allen in the 70s series continues this week at Grand Illusion Cinema with Bananas Friday through Sunday and Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask Sunday through Thursday. Both are showing in lovely 35mm film. If your Woody Allen knowledge only comes from Midnight in Paris, or even Crimes and Misdemeanors, we highly recommend you check out this series.

On Saturday, the Sprocket Society presents their first Secret Matinee of the year. They'll be showing a different film each Saturday afternoon now through March. January's theme is Heroes and Villains, with a new epic battle between good and evil each week. We recommend you get a series pass and make a weekend afternoon movie a part of your winter.




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