Seattle Cinema Almanac: July 19-25

It’s another great week for cinema in Western Washington, especially with the opening a brand new arthouse theater in the area – The Beacon! All week long they’re hosting free screenings to show off what promises to be a strong addition to the arthouse landscape. Plus, we have the latest from Quentin Tarantino opening on Thursday, some festival favorites making their Seattle debut, and a boatload of repertory classics.

Enjoy!

* Recommended Film

The Beacon: Free Week!

From The Beacon: “Come help us warm the house during our grand opening with a whole week of totally free films. First come, first admitted. Welcome to The Beacon!”

Just looking at the films in their opening week lineup gets me excited for what our latest arthouse theater will be bringing to the region’s cinematic landscape. We have classics, silent film, cult favorites, and foreign films all represented here. If you’re able to get down to their theater, make sure you check out two of my favorites – Kurosawa’s High and Low and Chaplin’s City Lights!

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New This Week

Diamantino *
From SIFF: “In this madcap fantasy with both global and gender political underpinnings, soccer superstar Diamantino loses the World Cup for Portugal, despite the presence of the magical fluffy puppies (that only he can see) which usually spur him on to victory.”

I kept hearing great things about this fantastical satire during last year’s festival season, so this is the film I’m most excited to watch this week.

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Ghostbusters *
From Central Cinema: “After a disturbing trip to the library, some scientists form a small business. Their new venture gains them new friends, a cool headquarters, and a chance to roast marshmallows on the roof of a skyscraper.”

Central Cinema
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In the Aisles
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “An affecting and bittersweet glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of workers, In the Aisles quietly celebrates the beauty in the day-to-day and the collective pride we take in our jobs with dark humor and nuance.”

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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Instant Dreams
From Northwest Film Forum: “When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still-working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.”

Northwest Film Forum
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Mandy *
From Central Cinema: “In the hills of the Pacific Northwest circa 1983, Red lives a simple and peaceful life with his girlfriend Mandy Bloom. When their quiet life is turned upside down by a deadly cult, Red begins a journey of vengeance and violence the likes of which movie-goers have never seen.”

It’s a modern cult classic that give Nicholas Cage the chance to remind us how quiet and nuanced he can be as a performer – before going full-Cage with bloody carnage and chainsaw duels.

Central Cinema
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Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood
From SIFF: “Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, including the television and film industry.”

I’ll wait to recommend this one until I have a chance to see it – there are things I love about Tarantino’s work, but his last film felt like he was too invested in pastiche and recycling his favorite exploitation films.

Ark Lodge Cinemas
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Firehouse Theater
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The Grand Cinema
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Rose Theatre
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SIFF Cinema Uptown
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Pulp Fiction *
From The Grand Illusion Cinema: “35MM PRINT! 25TH ANNIVERSARY! Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s.”

It’s still one of my favorites from Tarantino, and it still has some of the most interesting ideas in his oeuvre – even if some elements haven’t aged particularly well.

The Grand Illusion Cinema
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Continuing 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.”

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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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.”

The Grand Cinema
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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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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 had the opportunity to see this last week and it is a gorgeous, heartbreaking film about gentrification and the sense that we’re all-too-often trapped by the stories we tell ourselves.

Ark Lodge Cinema
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Olympia Film Society
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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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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.

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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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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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.”

Olympia Film Society
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SIFF Cinema Uptown
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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.”

Ark Lodge Cinemas
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The Grand Cinema
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Rose Theatre
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Limited Engagements

Blowin’ Up
From Northwest Film Forum: “Director Stephanie Wang-Breal zooms in on an experimental court in Queens that focuses on advocating for, rather than bringing to trial, women brought in on prostitution- and human trafficking-related charges, encouraging them to exit the life.”

Northwest Film Forum
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For All Mankind *
From SIFF: “Fifty years ago Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module and onto the surface of the moon. For All Mankind tells the story of how he and his crewmates made that journey.”

It’s an incredible documentary filled with some of the most awe-inspiring imagery you’re likely to see on the big screen. Don’t miss this chance to see it on the big screen.

SIFF Film Center
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Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury
From Northwest Film Forum: “The film follows the path of Luxury, a band from small-town Georgia, who, on the cusp of success, suffer a devastating touring wreck with long-term consequences. In the intervening years, they continue to make records and three members of the band become Eastern Orthodox priests.”

Northwest Film Forum
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One-Day Screenings

Artifishal
From SIFF: “Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.”

SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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Ask for Jane
From The Grand Cinema: “When a pregnant student attempts to take her own life, Rose and Janice find a doctor willing to perform the procedure in secret to save the woman’s life. Sparked by this experience, Rose and Janice form the Jane Collective: a secret organization to help other women obtain safe and illegal abortions.”

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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Easy Living
From IMDb.com: “During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife’s expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.”

Seattle Art Museum
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The Fortunate Fool
From IMDb.com: “A wealthy author, looking for material, ‘adopts’ an incorrigible thief he finds in the streets, together with an attractive typist who is down on her luck.”

Scarecrow Video
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Freaked
From IMDb.com: “A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.”

Scarecrow Video
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The Hunger
From The Grand Cinema: “A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.”

The Grand Cinema
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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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Return to Mount Kennedy
From Olympia Film Society: “In 1965 Jim Whittaker led Senator Robert Kennedy to the first ascent of a remote mountain in the Yukon named after the late president, JFK. Fifty years later, the sons of the original climbing team embark on an expedition to the mountain to celebrate the special bond that connects them all.”

Olympia Film Society
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The Room
From Central Cinema: “July and The Room go together like Denny and Chris R. Sure, it looks like they are enemies in the movie, but we all know they are destined to be together!”

Central Cinema
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Singin’ in the Rain *
From SIFF: “The indefatigable Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Donald O’Connor, and Rita Moreno practically glide on air in one of the greatest film achievements of the song and dance tradition.”

SIFF Cinema Uptown
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The Slender Thread
From IMDb.com: “A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.”

Scarecrow Video
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Space Jam
From The Grand Cinema: “In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.”

The Grand Cinema
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To Dust *
From The Grand Cinema: “Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in upstate New York, distraught by the untimely death of his wife, struggles to find religious solace, while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay.”

I loved this movie when I saw it several months ago – a very quirky and offbeat comedy that is unexpectedly moving and poignant.

The Grand Cinema
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