Seattle Cinema Almanac: May 3-9

As we get closer to the start of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival, we’re starting to see fewer new releases hit area theaters. Still, there are some really intriguing new releases this week and some great continuing features that you should definitely check out if you haven’t had the chance.

* Recommended

New Features

Airplane!
From Central Cinema: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your stewardess speaking… We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused, this is due to periodic air pockets we encountered, there’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight… By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”

Central Cinema
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Arcadia
From Northwest Film Forum: “Award-winning director Paul Wright explores the complex connection to the British countryside with an archival remix drawn from more than 100 years of Britain on film – a visceral sensory journey through the seasons, exploring the beauty, brutality, magic and madness of our changing relationship with both the land and each other.”

Northwest Film Forum
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Ask Dr. Ruth
From SIFF: “As she approaches her 90th birthday, Ask Dr. Ruth captures Dr. Ruth Westheimer still displaying a restlessness that belies her age, as she continues to work, making appearances and bringing a verve and energy to her no-nonsense approach to demystifying sex for audiences that can’t get enough of her.”

Rose Theatre
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SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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Dogman *
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “A slight, mild-mannered man divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood.”

I loved Matteo Garrone’s earlier feature Gomorrah, and his latest looks like a thoroughly engaging Italian crime drama – I’ve been eagerly waiting for this one to hit Seattle theaters.

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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Hard Ticket to Hawaii
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “The Agency is a tough-as-nails, tech-savvy squad of physically ideal humans who defend Hawaii’s Molokai Island from diamond smugglers, narcotics slingers, and a skateboarding maniac armed with an inflatable sex doll. Tirelessly and shirtlessly, they deal out homicidal justice at every turn – unleashing helicopters, motorcycles and deadly frisbees to ensure the safety of every bronzed boytoy and babe on the beach!”

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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Her Smell *
From SIFF: “In Alex Ross Perry’s most accessible film to date, a ‘90s rocker on a downward trajectory wrestles with her personal demons, as those around her, including her long-suffering ex-husband and manager look on in horror.”

Director Alex Ross Perry is pretty hit-and-miss for me, but his latest has been getting rave reviews and features what looks to be a really compelling performance from Elizabeth Moss. I can’t wait to see this.

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Porco Rosso *
From Central Cinema: “The adventures of “Porco Rosso”, a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. But that doesn’t stop him from fighting pirates in the air and flirting with ladies on the land.”

Any chance to see Miyazaki on the big screen is a chance you shouldn’t pass up. Porco Rosso isn’t my favorite film from the Japanese master, but it’s still an absolute delight.

Central Cinema
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Continuing Features

Amazing Grace
From SIFF: “In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the album Amazing Grace at a church in South Los Angeles. The film has never been released. Until now.”

The Grand Cinema
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SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Apollo 11 *
From Crest Cinema Center: “Newly discovered film footage and audio recordings take us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon.”

I keep hearing amazing things about this documentary. It’s at the Crest now, which means it may be your last chance to see this newly restored footage on the big screen.

Crest Cinema Center
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Everybody Knows *
From Crest Cinema Center: “A woman and her children travel to the small Spanish village where she was born, but unexpected events lead to a crisis that exposes her family’s hidden past.”

This is a really compelling mystery from Asghar Farhadi that also proves to be a lacerating exploration of the ways in which the masculine drive to save or rescue can be incredibly toxic.

Crest Cinema Center
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Hail Satan? *
From SIFF: “Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon).”

Director Penny Lane has created some of the most compelling documentaries of the last decade and her latest looks just as intriguing.

The Grand Cinema
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Olympia Film Society
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SIFF Cinema Uptown
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High Life *
From SIFF: “Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to space. The crew has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive.”

I absolutely loved this film. It’s a powerfully visceral look at humanity on the edge of oblivion and despair. One of the great works of cerebral science fiction. Note: The film does contain a scene of violent sexual assault that may be triggering for some viewers.

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Hotel Mumbai
From The Grand Cinema: “The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.”

The Grand Cinema
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The Mustang
From The Grand Cinema: “A convict in a rural Nevada prison is accepted into a selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.”

The Grand Cinema
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Never Look Away
From Crest Cinema Center: “A gripping tale of social and political upheaval over three turbulent decades of German history, told through the lens of art. Academy Award nominee!”

I had been chomping at the bit to see this one ever since it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but finally seeing it, it was a bit of a jumbled mess that relied on some really tired tropes and hackneyed attempts at suspense.

Crest Cinema Center
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Suburban Birds
From Northwest Film Forum: “A tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one. A team of young engineers is called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. A young boy spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger.”

Northwest Film Forum
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Wild Nights With Emily
From The Grand Cinema: “In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters.”

The Grand Cinema
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Rose Theatre
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Woman at War *
From The Grand Cinema: “Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias ‘The Woman of the Mountain,’ Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry.”

This one surprised me – it could have been too preachy, too saccharine, too sentimental – but it maintains delicate balance and ends up a surprisingly moving film about what it takes to save the world.

Olympia Film Society
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Limited Engagements

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanché
From SIFF: “Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning-in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films.”

The Grand Cinema (One-Day Screening)
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SIFF Film Center
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Port Orchard Film Festival
From Port Orchard Film Festival: “Port Orchard Film Festival is an event taking place on May 3-5th 2019, celebrating the best in independent film, and will feature talent both local and abroad encouraging networking, growth, and watching great cinema.We look forward to bringing both local businesses and filmmakers together for a fresh, contemporary celebration of film.”

Dragonfly Cinema
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One-Day Screenings

The Blair Witch Project
From The Grand Cinema: “Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.”

The Grand Cinema
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Cartoon Happy Hour
From Central Cinema: “A Happy Hour for the whole family! Every Thursday we have two hours of free classic Cartoons and wacky animation along with our Happy Hour food and drink specials. Expose your kids to all the splats and konks you remember while relaxing with a cold one. See you next Thursday!”

Central Cinema
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I’m All Right Jack
From Seattle Art Museum: “At the urging of his aunt, a naïve Oxford graduate tries to find a place for himself in the post-war surge of British industry. In short order, his uncle and his partner make Carmichael a pawn in their underhanded dealings. He soon antagonizes both elitist management and labor.”

While this had some really charming moments, it’s one of the few classic British comedies that I found incredibly underwhelming.

Seattle Art Museum
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Marina Abromovic: The Artist is Present
From Rose Theatre: “Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge and move us.”

Rose Theatre
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Urbanized
From Olympia Film Society: “How do cities around the world create human-scale, resilient and beautiful communities? This film looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.”

Olympia Film Society
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