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Cinema stuff for the week of May 31

Welcome to the cinema round-up for what's on screens around town. Remember that Scarecrow's 50% OFF Used Movie Sale is on now through Sunday, June 9. Head in and add to your Blu-ray/DVD/VHS/Laserdisc library for cheap.


The Seattle International Film Festival continues full force into its third weekend with far more cinema than we can list here. We do recommend David Gordon Green's new film Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsh playing Saturday night and Tuesday afternoon; Friday and Saturday's screenings of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, with Ms. Walker and director Pratibha Parmar in attendance; the (sold out) Evening with Kyle MachLachlan on Monday (he'll be presented with the Seattle International Film Festival's Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and screen the Twin Peaks pilot); and Midnight Adrenaline series films--All The Boys Love Mandy Lane on Friday and The Guillotines on Saturday. Use promo code SCARECROW2013 for $2 OFF tickets for the midnight shows.


Northwest Film Forum also has a lot going on this week, starting Friday with Raw, Raucous and Sublime, a retrospective of work by Vanessa Renwick and her Oregon Department of Kick Ass. "Across work in experimental film, documentary and installations, this Chicago transplant has delivered unsparingly rough but sumptuous visions, ranging from travels with her pet half-wolf-half-dog to an operatic rendition of the Trojan power plant's demolition, to Kodak-hour panoramas of the industrial tidal flats of Puget Sound." Ms. Renwick will be in attendance for the show. On Saturday, there's Let Your Light Shine: Experimental Animation with Jodie Mack. Ms. Mack will be in attendance with a collection of her collage-filled 16mm films. Sunday evening, Ghosts of Piramida tells the true story of Danish band Efterklang and their journey to a deserted Russian town in search of inspiration.

Monday, Within Reach chronciles a couple's cross-country bike trip as they search for a sustainable community in which to settle down. Tuesday, Joe Milutis curates a collection of modern and classic film mashups called Remix. Wednesday, the good people at The Sprocket Society celebrate their fifth anniversary with an Anniversalodeon--a special double-bill of rare 16mm prints spanning the history of cinema. Finally, on Thursday there's a special preview screening of R/evolve, a drama which looks at marriage equality through the story of a newly engaged couple and what happens when one of them is lured from his seemingly stable life into a more politcially radical world.

Venus and Serena, Maiken Baird and Michelle Major's look at a difficult year in the lives of the two tennis greats, has been held over by popular demand through Thursday.


Central Cinema has Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. The subhead for Adrian Ryan's excellent article in The Stranger says it's "The Greatest Movie of All Time. Period."After having it on recently in the store, we're inclined to agree. While you're there, please put down your drink and/or pizza slice and clap at the appropriate spot during "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

CC is also showing Luc Besson's futuristic-but-very-90s-film The Fifth Element. Monday's screening will be in Hecklevision with your humorous comments appearing on-screen via the magic of text messaging. We hope this doesn't turn into a war between those who like and those who don't like Chris Tucker's character (people who like him, you're right).

Thursday's all-ages, family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour is followed by another opportunity to experience the phenomenon of Tommy Wiseau's The Room.


Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation, a heartfelt look at the place that gave birth to the singer-songwriter and provided musical fuel for the radically changing times. Director Laura Archibald combines archival and new performance footage and interviews with many artists like Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie, and Judy Collins to create a portrait of musicians whose music helped change the world.And it's narrated by Susan Sarandon!

In far less folksy fare, Java Heat stars Kellan Lutz (he's from Twilight) as a "reckless American tough guy" in Indoensia who gets caught up in the political turmoil after a terrorist attack leaves the Sultana dead and her daughter kidnapped. Mickey Rourke co-stars as "a new breed of klepto-terrorist."

On Thursday, the 20/20 Awards presents, for your re-consideration, Philadelphia starring Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks in his first Oscar-winning performance.


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