'Ghostbusters' among summer outdoor movies still on deck
Revivals, special screenings and festivals for Seattle area film buffs this week of Friday, Aug. 17, include more summer outdoor movies, such as "A League of Their Own" and "Bridesmaids," as well as another 60th anniversary showing "Singin' in the Rain" and a 15-hour epic look at cinema history, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey."
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Feel like watching a movie al fresco before summer's end? Here's a handful of outdoor screenings this week: "Despicable Me" (Friday, Auburn Summer Sounds and Cinema), "Dolphin Tale" (Tuesday, Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park), "Ghostbusters" (Friday, Everett Cinema Under the Stars), "Caddyshack" (Saturday, Fremont Outdoor Movies), "A League of Their Own" (Friday, Kent Summer Nights and the Silver Screen), "It Happened at the World's Fair" (Saturday, MOHAI's Movies at Lake Union Park), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Wednesday, Movies at Marymoor Park), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Saturday and Sunday, respectively, Movies at the Mural), "Bridesmaids" (Thursday, Redhook Ale Brewery's Moonlight Cinema), "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (Thursday, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park), "Tootsie" (Friday, Summer Movies at Waterfront Park), "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (Friday, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema at Cal Anderson Park), and "Yellow Submarine" (Saturday, West Seattle Outdoor Movies). For more information on any of these screenings, see www.seattletimes.com and search for "outdoor movies 2012."
Tickets are now on sale for a lulu of a series: Seattle Art Museum's longtime fall Film Noir Cycle this season celebrates "Women in the Shadows." The 35th annual Thursday-night series will kick off Sept. 27 with "Double Indemnity" and continue with such gems as "Mildred Pierce," "Sorry, Wrong Number," "In a Lonely Place," "The Big Heat" and others, concluding Dec. 6 with the contemporary noir "Fargo." Tickets for the nine-film series are $68 ($63 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF and TheFilmSchool members) and available through SAM at www.seattleartmuseum.orgor 206-654-3210.
Still celebrating its 60th birthday, the great movie musical "Singin' in the Rain" gets an encore presentation in a handful of local theaters Wednesday, including Pacific Place, Thornton Place, Alderwood and more. The screening will include a prerecorded introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne and an interview with star Debbie Reynolds. For more information: www.fathomevents.com.
The aptly titled "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," a 15-hour epic look at cinema history, screens at the SIFF Film Center this weekend in a marathon: three-hour chunks will screen Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3:30 and 7 p.m. It will also screen on Thursday nights (three hours per night) at 7 p.m., starting Sept. 6. Also at the Film Center this week: two Films4Families $4 matinees of the charming documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom" (Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.), and a performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" from London's Royal Ballet as part of the "Command Performances in HD" series (Monday at 6:30 p.m.). For more info on any SIFF event: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
Northwest Film Forum continues its "35mm: The Celluloid Dream" series with a week's run of Robert Bresson's "The Devil Probably," a 1977 drama of Parisian youth. It screens in a new 35mm print through Thursday. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
The new Sundance Cinema Seattle (formerly the Metro) has moved its summer classics series to Thursday nights. This week brings one of the great summer movies: Steven Spielberg's 1975 don't-go-in-the-water flick, "Jaws." It screens at 1 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; 206-633-0059 or www.sundancecinemas.com.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick's memorable 1980 tale of horror based on the Stephen King novel and starring a thoroughly unhinged Jack Nicholson. Redrum! Friday and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org