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Cinema Happenings for the week of April 11

Here's what's going on in the vicinity of Seattle's cinematic epicenter

Greetings all! Are you curious about local repertory revivals, films festivals and limited releases? Then look no further, here’s an overview of this week’s happenings. Enough of this palaver, let’s get the show on the road and start with US!


SCARECROW VIDEO SCREENING ROOM- Admission is free (but you have to be 21 or over after 3pm) and we sell snacks, beer, coffee, tea and popcorn at VHSpresso to accommodate your viewing needs.  

FRIDAY: 6pm SPECIAL EVENT! Junk DVD signing with director and star (George Troll 2 Hardy) in attendance then at 8pm we’re showing Junk SATURDAY: 8pm Saturday Night Fright Hole with Ponty Pool

SUNDAY: 2pm Easter Parade

MONDAY: 7pm Kevin Clarke’s Music Mayhem The American Astronaut

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

WEDNESDAY: 7pm Men on a Mission with Born To Fight

THURSDAY: 7pm  Aachi and Ssipak

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals. 


THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA continues to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a limited four-day run (from 35mm) of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons thanks to The Sprocket Society. Also opening for a week long run is a new music documentary called Mistaken For Strangers about The National. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.


It’s another solid week at NORTHWEST FILM FORUM with the U.S. theatrical premiere of Exhibition, Arnaud Desplechin’s latest film Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (which is part of the cinema’s ongoing Indigenous Showcase series)(and actress Misty Upham will be there for Saturday’s shows), The First Annual Seattle Autistic Film Festival (which features several films) and as part of the Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring Series WR: Mysteries of the Organism screens on Wednesday.


SIFF CINEMA has an intriguing lineup including Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, and The Retrieval. Plus DocBruch brings about Sweet Dreams (with free ice cream), Science on Screen presents Young Frankenstein and a special program of short films called Selected UK.


There is also some very cool stuff showing around town on a screen or two including:

Finding Vivian Maier at Seven Gables

Le Week-end at Guild 45th

On My Way at Sundance

Errol Morris’ latest The Unknown Known also at Sundance


Under The Skin is at Harvard Exit and Sundance. Jonathan Glazer's first film since Birth, nearly a decade ago, is absolutely one of the best films so far this year. Scarlett Johansson plays an unnamed character who by all appearances is an attractive human female, but it quickly becomes clear that she's some sort of extraterrestrial being as she cruises the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, in a white van, picking up men off the street and taking them to a secret location where they sink into a pool of black liquid, fed upon by some unseen thing. What begins as a tense, enigmatic thriller gradually becomes more abstract as our alien protagonist begins to take an interest in her prey, and the film transforms into a treatise on female sexuality, not just in our daily lives but in cinema itself. Under no circumstances should you miss this film. (Matt Lynch)

Ilo Ilo at The Varsity


Don’t be overwhelmed, enjoy! We’ve undoubtedly missed some gems so get out and have some fun, as there is plenty of cinematic wonder to be discovered here in town. Hopefully you'll take advantage of all these great opportunities and be sure to stock up at Scarecrow Video to enhance this week’s viewing pleasures. 

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