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At A Theater Near You: Oscar shorts continue; 'Noir City' series returns

Marked your Oscar ballots yet? Note that animated-film nominee "Chico & Rita" is at the Seven Gables, foreign-language film nominee...

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Marked your Oscar ballots yet? Note that animated-film nominee "Chico & Rita" is at the Seven Gables, foreign-language film nominee "Bullhead" is at the Uptown, the nominated live-action short films are at the Varsity and SIFF Film Center, the nominated animated short films screen at the Varsity and Uptown, and the documentary shorts are at the Uptown (Friday only) ...

In non-Oscar news, "Noir City" comes to the Uptown Friday, with Eddie Muller (the "Czar of Noir") as host. He'll introduce a week of classic noir films, all in 35mm. Titles include the well-known ("Gilda," "Laura," "Unfaithfully Yours"), the lesser-known ("Afraid to Talk," "The Good Humor Man," "House of Bamboo," "The House on Telegraph Hill," among others) and one rarity with a very familiar title: the 1949 noir version of "The Great Gatsby," starring Alan Ladd and not available on DVD. (It screens Sunday only.) Fourteen films screen in all; many in double features. Series passes are $60 ($35 SIFF members). Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or

The Post Alley Film Festival, a collection of "female-centric and eccentric short films" copresented by Women in Film Seattle, takes place Saturday at the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus. It's an afternoon of 20-plus short films (among them "The Sea Is All I Know," a delicate, moving drama featuring Oscar winner Melissa Leo as the mother of a terminally ill grown daughter), beginning at noon. The program will include breaks, Q&As, a silent auction, raffles and a wine reception when the film programming ends at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the entire afternoon ($12 SIFF or WIF members; $10 students/seniors) and available through or 206-324-9996.

Also at the Film Center this week: "Leonardo Live," a cinematic tour of the exhibit "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" at the National Gallery in London (screening Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday); "Brick," the 2005 high-school noir starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (screens Saturday at 9 p.m. only); the San Francisco Opera version of "Don Giovanni" (Sunday at 2:30 p.m. only); and "The Montage Montage," a celebration of the art of movie montage (Thursday at 8 p.m. only). For more information: 206-324-9996 or

If you were intrigued by the George Méliès film excerpts shown in "Hugo," head to Northwest Film Forum on Tuesday for "The Extraordinary Voyage," a new documentary about the elaborate restoration of Méliès' "A Trip to the Moon" — which will screen with it, with a new soundtrack by the French band Air. (It's considered to be the first science-fiction film ever made.) Tuesday only, at 7 and 9 p.m. Also at NWFF this week: "Off the Rez," screening as part of NWFF's ongoing Indigenous Showcase (Saturday only), and the documentaries "Okie Noodling II" (Sunday), "To Catch a Dollar" (Wednesday) and "Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth" (Thursday). NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or

The Grand Illusion continues its mini-Hitchcock series this week with "The Lady Vanishes," Hitch's 1938 black-and-white tale of an old woman who mysteriously disappears on a train trip. Through Thursday at the Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or

As part of First Thursday in Pioneer Square, the Seattle Experimental Animation team presents "Re-Animated: An Exquisite Corpse Animated Event," a specially created collective film that's screening continuously at Zeitgeist Coffee, 171 S. Jackson St., Seattle, starting at 8 p.m. Thursday. For more information, see

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Love Never Dies," a sequel of sorts to "The Phantom of the Opera," screens Tuesday (and March 7) in a prerecorded production from the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The screening will include an interview with Lloyd Webber and some behind-the-scenes footage of the production. Theaters include Thornton Place, Southcenter 16, Bella Bottega, Auburn 17 and others; see for more information.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" returns to the Historic Everett Theatre midnight Saturday for a special screening, complete with the Time Warp. 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; tickets are $10 and available through or 425-258-6766.

And finally ... what is "The Matrix"? It's this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne and directed by the Wachowski brothers. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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