Seattle Cinema Almanac: July 12-18

It’s been a long two months since my last installment of the Seattle Cinema Almanac – my lovely month at the Seattle International Film Festival, catching up with work, and life’s inevitable curveballs have conspired together to keep me from getting back into my weekly rundown of Western Washington’s vibrant arthouse movie theaters. But I’m back, and it couldn’t be a better time, with new arthouse theater The Beacon opening next week and an incredible lineup of screenings across the region.

Happy watching!

* Recommended Film

Lumberjacks and Logrollers: Icons of Finnish Cinema

From Northwest Film Forum: “Celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence, Northwest Film Forum invites you to put on your best flannels and come revel at foresting Finns on the silver screen, from silent drama to merry musical, for what will be the most comprehensive survey of the lumberjack and logroller genre to date.”

Northwest Film Forum
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What It Is: Documentary Film Festival

From Olympia Film Society: “Celebrating independence, creativity, and the researcher in all of us, the What It Is: Documentary Film Festival is a TWO-day festival that presents both short and feature-length documentaries from across the world.”

Olympia Film Society
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Current Features

All is True
From The Grand Cinema: “The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.”

Firehouse Theater
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The Grand Cinema
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The Biggest Little Farm
From Crest Cinema Center: “Two dreamers leave the city and embark on an odyssey to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature.”

Crest Cinema Center
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Rose Theatre (Limited Engagement)
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The Dead Don’t Die *
From SIFF: “In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The dead are rising from their graves and savagely attacking the living, leaving it up to the citizens of the town to fight for their own survival.”

It’s the kind of droll comedy you’ve come to expect from Jim Jarmusch, but it’s also one of the bleakest (and saddest) horror films I’ve seen. The horror is of our own creation, and no one is coming to save us.

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial *
From Central Cinema: “A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.”

Central Cinema
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Echo in the Canyon
From Rose Theatre: “A celebration of the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.”

Rose Theatre
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The Farewell *
From SIFF: “Awkwafina, the flamboyant breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians, plays a woman traveling back home to China to assist in an elaborate ruse to keep a truth from her terminally ill grandmother.”

Lulu Wang’s comedy is deeply moving and very funny, a lovely film about grief and family responsibility.

SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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Halston
From SIFF: “Relive the roller-coaster career of the designer whose innovative clothes not only gave women new freedom, but who fabulously heightened both the role of fashion in American culture and of American fashion on the world stage.”

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Kick-Ass
From Central Cinema: “Tired of nothing being done about crime, a high school student becomes a super-hero known as Kick-Ass. What starts out as a way of taking down street level crime soon becomes an all out war with a local crime syndicate.”

Central Cinema
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Last Black Man in San Francisco *
From SIFF: “A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and others on the margins of a rapidly gentrifying city. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made-and kept alive-by the people who love them.”

I heard great things from its premiere at Sundance and am eager to see this now that it’s in wide release.

Ark Lodge Cinema
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The Grand Cinema
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Rose Theatre
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SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Late Night *
From The Grand Cinema: “Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.”

This is a really charming, fun little comedy that isn’t perfect, but makes some very interesting choices and manages to be a compelling crowd-pleaser.

The Grand Cinema
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Olympia Film Society
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Midsommar *
From SIFF: “From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.”

I liked Midsommar so much more than Ari Astor’s previous feature, Hereditary. This is a slow-burn of a horror film, a creepy and intensely disturbing metaphor for grief, loss, and betrayal. I can’t wait to watch it again.

Ark Lodge Cinemas
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SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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Non-Fiction *
From Crest Cinema Center: “This wry, buoyant and breezy tale of sex, lies and literature traces the fallout that results when a writer uses his real-life love affairs as fodder for his new novel.”

It’s so refreshing to see a film in which the characters discuss ideas and aren’t just moronic imbeciles who stumble around from plot point to plot point. This is charming, well-constructed… and very, very French.

Crest Cinema Center
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Pavarotti
From Crest Cinema Center: “Ron Howard directs an intimate, riveting documentary that lifts the curtain on Luciano Pavarotti, the icon who brought opera to the people.”

Crest Cinema Center
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Rocketman
From The Grand Cinema: “Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.”

The Grand Cinema
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The Shawshank Redemption *
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He’s sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis “Red” Redding, picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars.”

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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Summer Night
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “It’s the last days of summer. Best friends Seth and Jameson are getting ready to perform —and party — at local rock venue The Alamo. But before the night begins, both young men come face- to-face with serious reality checks. By the end of the night, these young men and women are confronted with a series of fast- approaching life decisions that will either leave them stuck in the comfort of adolescence, or catapult them into adulthood.”

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am *
From SIFF: “In this exceptional new documentary, legendary storyteller Toni Morrison examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.”

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Too Late to Die Young
From Northwest Film Forum: “The year 1990 was when Chile transitioned to democracy, but all of that seems a world away for 16-year-old Sofia, who lives far off the grid in a mountain enclave of artists and bohemians. A gorgeous and sun-splashed portrait of youth—and a country—on the cusp of exhilarating and terrifying change.”

Northwest Film Forum
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Yesterday
From The Grand Cinema: “Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed… and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.”

The Grand Cinema
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Rose Theatre
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Limited Engagements

Funan *
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything.”

This is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, and deeply moving work of animation. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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The Silence of Others *
From SIFF: “The repercussions of General Francisco Franco’s regime are still felt in Spain today, as families of the victims and survivors of the dictatorship attempt to use the international courts to work around the Amnesty given to the former supporters of Franco’s dictatorship.”

SIFF Film Center
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Stop Making Sense
From Northwest Film Forum: “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made, Stop Making Sense documents the groundbreaking Talking Heads at their peak and was directed by the late Jonathan Demme. In 1999, honor of its fifteenth anniversary, Stop Making Sense was digitally re-mixed and re-mastered by Palm with the newest state-of-the-art Dolby technology.”

Northwest Film Forum
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One-Day Screenings

After the Thin Man *
From IMDb.com: “Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora’s family.”

Seattle Art Museum
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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert *
From The Grand Cinema: “Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.”

The Grand Cinema
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Between Me and My Mind
From Olympia Film Society: “A documentary that captures Phish guitarist and vocalist Trey Anastasio as he works through some of his most personal song ideas to date, placing his relationships with friends and family at its core.”

Olympia Film Society
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Black Dynamite *
From IMDb.com: “Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man, it’s up to him to find justice.”

Central 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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Death Drives Through
From IMDb.com: “The race car designer Kit Woods is in love with Kay Lord. Kay’s father is against her relationship with Kit. Kit also has to compete with his rival Garry Ames.”

Scarecrow Video
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Face/Off *
From Central Cinema: “Master criminal Nic Cage and federal agent John Travolta swap faces and lives in this action flick from director John Woo.”

Central Cinema
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Harry In Your Pocket
From IMDb.com: “A would-be criminal is taken in by a professional in the game, who teaches him how pickpockets work in teams.”

Scarecrow Video
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Hereditary *
From IMDb.com: “After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.”

Scarecrow Video
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The Loved One
From IMDb.com: “Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.”

Scarecrow Video
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The Night is My Kingdom
From IMDb.com: “After an accident Raymond has gone blind. His family treats him like a child .But fortunately, a nun comes to his rescue. She works in a center where blind people learn to read with the Braille alphabet.”

Scarecrow Video
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NYICFF Kid Flicks
From Olympia Film Society: “NYICFF Kid Flicks 2 bridges the gap between little and big for young audiences growing in experiences and ideas.”

Olympia Film Society
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The Queen
From The Grand Cinema: “More than 40 years before RuPaul’s Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event.”

The Grand Cinema
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Rafiki *
From The Grand Cinema: “‘Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,’ but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.”

It’s back in the area for another day of screenings, and Rafiki is a really beautiful and challenging film. It’s well worth making the time to see this while it’s back in theaters.

The Grand Cinema
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