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Poster sale, holiday fare and more
Special screenings, revivals and festivals tailored to film buffs this week of Friday, Dec. 14 in the Seattle area include — natch! — “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the Apocalypse Film Festival.
Seattle Times movie critic
Still got holiday shopping to do? Check out Landmark Theatres’ annual poster sale Saturday at the Seven Gables. It takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature nearly 1,500 movie posters for sale, at bargain prices. 911 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; www.landmarktheatres.com.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” continues its merry run at the Grand Illusion this week, through Dec. 27. Also playing there this weekend is “Trailer War,” a selection of oddball movie trailers compiled by the great Alamo Drafthouse; it screens Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m. Grand Illusion, 1405 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
As part of the continuing “Holiday Classics on the Big Screen” series, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” will have a six-night run at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, complete with Wonkariffic goody bags. The End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypse Film Festival continues through Thursday with “Planet of the Apes,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Waterworld,” “Delicatessen” and more. And the Command Performances in HD series continues at the SIFF Film Center with the ballet “Swan Lake” Monday at 6:30, performed by London’s Royal Ballet. For more information on all SIFF events: www.siff.net, or 206-324-9996.
Along with “Fred Won’t Move Out” (see review), Northwest Film Forum this week presents Oscar-winning animator Don Hertzfeldt’s new film, “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” at 11 p.m. Friday; the 1965 concert documentary “Music Craft: Jimmy Smith” Saturday at 5 p.m.; and a tribute to the late filmmaker Chris Marker (who died earlier this year) on Thursday at 7 p.m., with a screening of his 1980 travelogue “Sans Soleil.” All NWFF events take place at 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
And finally, this weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian is “The Fifth Element,” the Luc Besson sci-fi adventure that celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or email@example.com