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David Lynch film series, 'E.T.' ready for takeoff

The retrospective series "In Dreams: The Films of David Lynch" unspools this week at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, with nine of the director's...

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The retrospective series "In Dreams: The Films of David Lynch" unspools this week at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, with nine of the director's feature films and a package of short films. "The Elephant Man" screens in a new 35mm print; also on display are "Eraserhead," "The Straight Story," "Wild at Heart," "Dune," "Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me," "Lost Highway" and "Mulholland Drive." 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or

Also from SIFF, at the Film Center: A Films4Families presentation of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" will screen Saturday and Sunday at noon (also Jan. 21 and 22, at noon), with each showing preceded by a "Drew Barrymore Scream Contest," complete with prizes. (Let's hope the neighboring buildings have been warned.) Tickets are a bargain at $4. And Sunday brings a one-time double-feature smackdown, starting at 6:30 p.m., of "Mean Girls" vs. "Fight Club" — leading audiences to wonder who would win a confrontation between Regina George and Tyler Durden. Tickets are $10 for the double feature, or $5 for SIFF members and those under age 22. Film Center events take place on the Seattle Center campus: or 206-324-9996.

Screening this week at Northwest Film Forum, along with "El Sicario, Room 164 (see review)," is the controversial 1955 Samuel Fuller drama "House of Bamboo," set in U.S.- occupied postwar Japan. The film screens in a new 35mm print. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or

The documentary "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock," about a little-known civil-rights activist who fought to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark., will have several free screenings this week, each of which will be followed by a moderated discussion. It screens Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave., Seattle), Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ober Park Performance Room (17130 Vashon Highway S.W., Vashon Island), Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma), Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the State Capital Museum (211 S.W. 21st Ave., Olympia), and Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham). For more information, see

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "Big Trouble in Little China," directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall (in her pre-"Sex and the City" days). Friday and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald:

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