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Cinema stuff for the week of June 28

Hello and happy almost-Fourth of July! Scarecrow will close at 9pm on Thursday, July 4 so everyone can get a chance to see the fireworks. We wish you and yours a happy & safe holiday.

This is the last weekend of our big BLOWOUT SALE on used movies. Head in before closing time Sunday and get 80% OFF used Blu-rays & DVDs and VHS & Laserdiscs for $1 or less. There are still plenty of quality titles for the taking.

 

SIFF Cinema welcomes back two documentaries from their recent festival. A Band Called Death tells the story of three brothers, who in a working-class black neighborhood in 1970s Detroit, formed a punk band and called it Death. They recorded one incredible album but refused to give up their name for wider fame. Then, thirty years later, the brothers discover they've been rediscovered. It's a captivating film that's as much a portrait of a family and the bonds of brotherhood as it is a rockumentary. Don't miss it.

Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill behind the lines of covert U.S. military operations in places such as Somalia and Afghanistan as he uncovers the dark truth about the top-secret exercises. It plays at the SIFF Film Center (next to the Vera Project in Seattle Center).

SIFF hosts another National Theatre Live production this week with The Audience. Helen Mirren reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth II in a series of imagined confidential conversations between the Queen and a string of Prime Ministers from Churchill to Cameron. It's from writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).

SIFF also has continuing runs of The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola's sharp satire starring Emma Watson as one of a band of rebellious L.A. teenagers who rob celebrity homes for their fancy stuff, and This Is The End with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride, all playing versions of themselves, facing the apocalypse--the actual apocalypse with flames and demons and everything.

 

Northwest Film Forum has the "hallucinatory hitchhiker horror" The Rambler from writer/director Calvin Reeder. Dermot Mulroney stars as a man just out of prison who sets out in search of his brother, experiencing many strange and gruesome things along the highway. Reeder will be in attendance for the Friday night shows.

How To Make Money Selling Drugs is part how-to, part satire. part expose exploring what it takes to succeed in the drug dealing business. It approaches the subject from several social and political angles and features insights from a range of people such as The Wire producer David Simon, 50 Cent, Woody Harrelson, and drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross. Friday's opening night screening will have Q & A with local experts Alison Holcomb (Drug Policy Director at the Washington ACLU) and Matthew McCally from LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

Next week, NWFF hosts Mayoral Movies, in which candidates for the Mayor of Seattle present films that "inspire their personal political style and philosophy." Check out the line-up and save the dates.

 

Screenwriter Stewart Stern will be at Central Cinema Friday at 7pm to present his 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. It will be playing through the week, but do try to see Mr. Stern in person. CC is also showing Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome...and now that the song is in your head, go ahead and watch the video.

The cinema be closed Thursday for the Fourth of July. In the meantime, you can donate to their Kickstarter campaign to upgrade to DCP digital cinema.

 

Grand Illusion Cinema presents the highly-anticipated documentary Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie which "dissects the mind and motivation of television's most notorious agitator." In the late 1980s, Downey Jr. and his show turned the conventional current issues talk show format into a loud, smoke-filled spectacle not unlike the Thunderdome, earning him the title "The Father of Trash Television." It features never-before-seen-behind-the-scenes footage and reflections from Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliott, and Sally Jessy Raphael, and many others.

 

The Triple Door's Movie Mondays series continues with the summertime favorite Grease. Buy a $3 beverage and you'll get a seat to the show. We would recommend checking with the staff before you jump up and do The Hand Jive between tables.

 

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