'It's A Wonderful Life' — every day
It's the most wonderful time of the year — particularly at the Grand Illusion, where one of Seattle's most endearing and enduring...
Seattle Times movie critic
It's the most wonderful time of the year — particularly at the Grand Illusion, where one of Seattle's most endearing and enduring cinematic traditions kicks off Friday: the 40th annual holiday run of Frank Capra's joyous classic "It's a Wonderful Life." Say it with me (and Jimmy Stewart): "Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!" The movie screens — in 35 mm — daily through Dec. 30, with a special members-only screening on Sunday and a free-to-the-public screening Tuesday. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org. Hear that bell ringing?
Just in time for "The Fighter" (coming to theaters next week) is a special run of one of cinema's great boxing movies: Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull." Starring a transformed Robert De Niro, the film celebrates its 30th anniversary with a six-day engagement at Northwest Film Forum, in a new 35 mm print. Through Wednesday, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
SIFF Cinema brings back a special Smell-O-Vision presentation of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" this weekend, complete with Gene Wilder, a goody bag full of fragrant treats, "The Candy Man," snozzberries and all those Oompa-Loompas. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; tickets are $14 adults, $12 students/seniors/children under 8, $9 SIFF members. SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; for more information, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
Seattle Public Library presents a free screening Saturday of the Vietnamese film "Owl and the Sparrow," set in contemporary Saigon and directed by Stephane Gauger. 4 p.m. at the Central Library's Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; for more information, call the library at 206-684-0849 or see www.spl.org.
And finally, this week's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "Edward Scissorhands," which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and marks the first of many collaborations between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. At midnight Friday and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or email@example.com
The caption of the photo attached to this article was corrected on Dec. 14, 2010. Karolyn Grimes lives in Fall City. An earlier version misidentified her city of residence.