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Weekend Preview: Cultural Crossroads Festival
A lineup of entertainment options for the weekend of Nov. 2-4, 2012, include the Cultural Crossroads Festival in Bellevue and the Hmong New Year celebration at Seattle Center. Films opening include "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight."
Cultural Crossroads Festival: Ethnic entertainment on two stages, international bazaar and exhibits, 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).
Hmong New Year: Explore the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the Hmong people of Laos and Thailand with performances, cultural displays, marketplace, children's activities, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, including concert, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Armory/Center House, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
At the movies
Fasten your seat belts for a strong movie week featuring three 3 1/2-star reviews: "Wreck-It-Ralph," "Flight" and "The Sessions."
"Wreck-It Ralph": A new animated tale set in the world of video games starring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch. It has midnight previews Thursday, and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).
"Flight": Denzel Washington stars as a drug- and alcohol-addicted pilot in this new film from Robert Zemeckis. It also has midnight previews Thursday, and opens Friday at several theaters.
"The Sessions": A drama about a disabled man (John Hawkes) and a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) opens Friday at several theaters.
"The Man with the Iron Fists": Set in 19th-century China, this new action drama stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. It opens Friday at several theaters.
"Photographic Memory": Filmmaker Ross McElwee explores his relationship with his son. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.
"Sister": A French film about a 12-year-old boy who becomes a thief at a Swiss resort opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.
"The Loneliest Planet": Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg star as a couple on a hike in the Caucasus Mountains. Opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre.
"The Bay": Barry Levinson ("Rain Man") directed this horror film about the effects of an ecological disaster on a small Maryland town. It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
"Simon and the Oaks": A Swedish tale about two boys from opposite sides of the tracks opens Friday at the Harvard Exit.
"Nobody Walks": John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt play a couple whose relationship is tested by a young artist in this new drama. It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
"3, 2, 1 ... Frankie Go Boom": A comedy about the dysfunctional relationship between two brothers (Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd) opens Friday at Grand Illusion.
"A Liar's Autobiography": A 3D animated take on the life of Monty Python member Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinemas at the Uptown.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday's Weekend Plus.