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Family flicks by moonlight and other film fun

Has outdoor-movie weather finally arrived? This week brings al fresco screenings of "Happy Feet 2" (Tuesday, Bellevue Summer Movies in the...

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Has outdoor-movie weather finally arrived? This week brings al fresco screenings of "Happy Feet 2" (Tuesday, Bellevue Summer Movies in the Park), "Thor" (Saturday, Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights, Kirkland), "Ghostbusters" (Saturday, Fremont Outdoor Movies), "Hugo" (Wednesday, Movies at Marymoor Park, Redmond), "American Pie" (Thursday, Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinville), and "The Adventures of Tintin" (Thursday, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park). For additional information about any of these screenings and more, see our comprehensive outdoor-movies listing online (at, search for "outdoor movies 2012").

"Shut Up and Play the Hits," a concert documentary about the final concert of the group LCD Soundsystem, screens this week on Wednesday only at Cinerama. The originally scheduled 7 p.m. screening is sold out, but a second has been added at 10:15 p.m. 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; for tickets or more information, see or call 206-448-6680.

Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount continues with the lavish French drama "L'Argent," a 1928 tale of the fortunes of a business tycoon. It screens at 7 p.m.; also on tap Monday is a noon matinee of Georges Méliès' "Impossible Voyage" and Charles Chaplin's "The Kid." All films will be accompanied by Jim Riggs on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Tickets for the matinees (family-friendly; bring your lunch) are $5; the evening film is $10. 911 Pine St., Seattle; for more information or to buy tickets, see or call 877-784-4849.

Northwest Film Forum this weekend screens the documentary "Unfinished Spaces," about the long process of designing and building Cuba's National Arts School. Architect and author John Loomis will introduce the film Friday night; it screens nightly through Sunday. Also at NWFF: the Cuban zombie comedy "Juan of the Dead" screening late-night Friday and Saturday; and the music documentary "I Want My Name Back," about the rise and fall of hip-hop pioneers the Sugar Hill Gang, screens Wednesday and Thursday. NWFF: 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380 or

Take the kids to SIFF Cinema at the Uptown this weekend for a Films4Families matinee of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Julie Andrews classic that's practically perfect in every way. 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; tickets are just $4. SIFF also presents an HD Command Performance of the opera "Anna Bolena" on Monday at the SIFF Film Center at 6:30 p.m., from Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy; tickets are $15 ($14 youth/seniors; $10 SIFF members). More information:, or 206-324-9996.

The Sundance Institute presents its first public filmmaking workshop in Seattle, this Sunday at the SIFF Film Center. Called "ShortsLab: Seattle," it will focus on the world of narrative short-form film, with speakers to include filmmakers Todd Haynes ("Poison," "Far from Heaven") and Lynn Shelton ("Your Sister's Sister," "Humpday"), cinematographer Ben Kasulke ("The Off Hours," "Safety Not Guaranteed") and Sundance Film Festival programmers Mike Plante and Lisa Ogdie. The program lasts from noon to 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $75 and available through

The Summer Classics series at Sundance Cinema Seattle (formerly the Metro) continues with Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "North by Northwest" — yes, the one where Cary Grant dangles off Mount Rushmore — screening Wednesday only, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; or 206-633-0059.

Summer Movie Wednesdays continues at West of Lenin with local filmmaker Linas Phillips' documentary "Walking to Werner," in which Phillips walks to filmmaker Werner Herzog's home in Los Angeles from Seattle as an homage. It plays with SJ Chiro's short film "Little Red Riding Hood." Tickets are $5 and available at the door (203 N. 36th St. in Fremont) or through

Rita Hayworth sizzles at the Grand Illusion this week in "Gilda," Charles Vidor's 1946 noir co-starring Glenn Ford and George Macready. It screens through Thursday in 35mm: 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle, 206-523-3935 or

And, finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is 1998's "The Big Lebowski," the Coen Brothers' comedy about bowling, good rugs and The Dude. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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