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Wildlife, and major motion pictures | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of Dec. 27-29, 2013, include Wondering About Wildlife and Winter Fishtival. New films include “Her” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”


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AROUND TOWN

Wondering About Wildlife: Activities for all ages, dissect barn owl pellet, meet Karelian Bear Dogs, make a pinecone bird feeder and other wildlife arts and crafts inside and outdoors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free (206-733-9421 or www.seattle.gov/util/crwec).

Winter Fishtival: Activities and talks highlighting a different marine animal each day, 10 a.m. daily Thursday through Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).

AT THE MOVIES

“Her”: Spike Jonze’s unique romantic comedy stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. It opened Wednesday at the Harvard Exit and Lincoln Square Cinemas.

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”: Idris Elba plays the title role in this biopic. It opened Wednesday at several theaters.

“The Wolf of Wall Street”: Martin Scorsese’s latest is based on the true story of stockbroker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). It opened Wednesday at several theaters.

“47 Ronin”: Keanu Reeves stars in an Americanized version of one of Japan’s most treasured tales. It opened Wednesday at several theaters (at many in 3D)

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”: Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig star in an updated film adaptation of James Thurber’s short story. it opened Wednesday at several theaters.

“Grudge Match”: The story of two over-the-hill boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) who lace up the gloves for one last fight. It opened Wednesday at several theaters.

“Believe”: A new documentary that looks at pop singer Justin Bieber’s rise to fame. it opened Wednesday at several theaters.

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.



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