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At a Theater Near You: German crime trilogy, 'Rushmore'

Film revivals and special screenings in the Seattle area this week of March 9 include the 1998 comedy "Rushmore"; the Dreileben Trilogy, from Germany ("Beats Being Dead," "Don't Follow Me Around" and "One Minute of Darkness"); and a Films4Families matinee series featuring "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."

Seattle Times movie critic

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Along with "How to Make a Book with Steidl" (see review), Northwest Film Forum this week presents the Dreileben Trilogy — three intersecting crime thrillers (in the vein of, NWFF says, the terrific "Red Riding" movies) from Germany. "Beats Being Dead," directed by Christian Petzold, screens Friday; "Don't Follow Me Around," directed by Dominik Graf, screens Saturday; and "One Minute of Darkness," from Christoph Hochhäusler, comes Sunday. Special ticket prices for the trilogy: $25 ($15 for NWFF members). NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.

Lots of one-offs (or two-offs) at SIFF Cinema this week: "Rushmore," the 1998 comedy with Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray (and one of my favorite high-school movies ever), screens Friday at the Film Center, 9:30 p.m. only. A Ballet in Cinema series begins with "The Sleeping Beauty," choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky (whose "Don Quixote" was performed here by Pacific Northwest Ballet last month) and performed by Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet. It screens Monday at 6:30 p.m. only, at the Uptown. SIFF's $4 Films4Families matinee series continues Saturday and Sunday with "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," screening at noon at the Uptown. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" screens Tuesday only at the Uptown, at 7 p.m., and SIFF's occasional Psychotronic Cinema series continues with "Norwegian Ninja," a butt-kicking-from-the-fjords tale screening Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Film Center. Uptown is at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N.; the Film Center is on the Seattle Center campus; ticket/screening information for both can be found at www.siff.net or by calling 206-324-9996.

Interested in the electric-vehicle resurgence? The documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car," Chris Paine's follow-up to "Who Killed the Electric Car?," will have a free screening at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle. The film also will screen at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. For more information, see www.communitycinemaseattle.org.

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "True Romance," the 1993 Tony Scott/Quentin Tarantino lovers-on-the-lam tale featuring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and recent Oscar nominees Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

Moira Macdonald:

206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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