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Originally published Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

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Fests, series and a sneak peek at Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’

Art-house and other events in the Seattle area include an advanced screening of George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men,” the Issaquah International Film Festival and “More Than a Month,” a documentary about ending Black History Month.

Seattle Times staff

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The Seattle Art Museum will host an advanced screening of “The Monuments Men” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 (the film opens nationwide on Friday, Feb. 7). George Clooney directed and co-wrote the screenplay for this new film, based on a true story of a group of museum directors, artists and art historians who went to the front lines of World War II to rescue some artwork. Besides Clooney, the film also features Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin. The screening is free, but reservations are required. Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3121 or

SIFF heads over to the Eastside for the Issaquah International Film Festival, featuring two days of films on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2. They include the art thriller “The Best Offer” and the documentary “If You Build It,” about a classroom-design project. Tickets are $5 general admission, festival passes are $20. All films will be shown at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., Issaquah (206-324-9996 or

The Northwest African American Museum will host a free screening of the documentary “More Than a Month” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. The film follows 29-year-old director Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he explores the idea of ending Black History Month. 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000, ext. 104, or

“Israel/Palestine: The Human Story,” a new documentary-film series, opens on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with “Life in Occupied Palestine” at Skinner Auditorium, 1501 10th Ave. E., Seattle. The series continues with “The Iron Wall” (Feb. 12), “Little Town of Bethlehem” (Feb. 19), “Where Should the Birds Fly?” (Feb. 26), “The Gatekeepers” (March 12) and “Two Sided Story” (March 19). The series is presented by St. Mark’s Cathedral; films begin at 7 p.m.; admission is free but donations are appreciated (206-323-0300 or

The Children’s Film Festival continues its run at Northwest Film Forum. You can read a preview by going to and searching for “Children’s Film Festival.” Admission to most programs is $6-$11. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (800-838-3006 or

And finally, the odd double-bill at Central Cinema this week includes the 1993 Bill Murray time-loop comedy “Groundhog Day” and Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 romantic drama “In the Mood for Love.” Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (

Doug Knoop: or on Twitter @dougknoop

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