In the news:
Weekend Preview: Veterans Day, free state and national parks visits
A lineup of entertainment options for the weekend of Nov. 9-11, 2012, include the Veterans Day Parade & Observance in Auburn, and free days at state and national parks. Films opening include Daniel Craig's "Skyfall" and Daniel Day-Lewis' "Lincoln."
Veterans Day Parade & Observance: Mile long parade, includes military flyover, honor guards, veterans units, antique cars, 11 a.m. Saturday, west on Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn; Military Display and Exhibit Showcase, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov). For more Veterans Day events, go to go to seattletimes.com/listings (search "veterans").
Free days at state parks: Visit any Washington State Parks site for free, no Discover Pass required, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (www.parks.wa.gov/events/).
Free days at national parks: Free entrance to national parks including Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks; Saturday, Sunday, Monday; all vehicles traveling within Mount Rainier National Park required to carry tire chains (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).
At the movies
"Skyfall": The latest entry in the 007 franchise again stars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. Javier Bardem is the villain this time out, and Sam Mendes is the director. The film opened Wednesday at several IMAX theaters, has midnight previews Thursday and opens wide on Friday.
"Lincoln": Steven Spielberg's historical drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president. It has a midnight preview Thursday, and opens Friday at the Pacific Place.
"A Late Quartet": A drama about a Manhattan string quartet (Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Ivanir) approaching their 25th anniversary. It opens Friday at the Egyptian Theatre.
"Brooklyn Castle": Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary about a junior-high chess team opens Friday at the Harvard Exit.
"This Must Be the Place": Sean Penn stars as a rock star trying to avenge his late father in this new dramedy. It opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre.
"Head Games": This new documentary examines the risks of head trauma in the world of contact sports. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center.
"The Details: Tobey Maguire stars in this filmed-in-Seattle movie about a family battling raccoons. It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
"The House I Live In: This activist documentary from director Eugene Jarecki opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
"Smashed": A drama about addiction, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
"We Won't Grow Old Together": This autobiographical film from French director Maurice Pialat opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday's Weekend Plus section.
For more fun this weekend, see Friday's Weekend Plus.
For advance planning, see Sunday's NW Traveler.