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Film fests galore, and 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' turns 30

Events for film fans in the Seattle area this weekend of Sept. 28, 2012, and this coming week include the Tacoma Film Festival, the Irish Reels Film Festival, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema and special 30th anniversary screenings of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."

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The Tacoma Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with a gala screening of "The Taiwan Oyster," making its West Coast premiere; co-writer/producer Mitchell Jarrett will be present for a Q&A. The evening, which takes place at Annie Wright School (827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma) and begins at 6:30, also includes a dinner buffet. The festival moves to the Grand Cinema, School of the Arts and Blue Mouse Theater Friday for a week of features, documentaries and short films from around the world. All-access passes for the festival are $150; Thursday's event only is $25. For more information or to buy tickets: or 253-593-4474.

The Irish Reels Film Festival celebrates its 14th year with a weekend of films at the SIFF Film Center, starting with the comedy "A Kiss for Jed" Friday night, continuing Saturday with Stephen Rea and Martin Sheen in "Stella Days," the documentary "Hot Press: The Write Stuff" and the road movie "Behold the Lamb," and concluding Sunday with the documentary "Ballymun Lullaby," about a music program in a Dublin housing estate. Full festival passes are $50; individual tickets are $10-$12; all are available through For more information:

The Manhattan Short Film Festival, a collection of international short films screening this week in 250 cities worldwide, shows here this weekend at three venues: Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland) at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday; the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (100 Ravine Lane, Bainbridge Island) at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and the Admiral Theater in West Seattle (2343 California Ave. S.W., Seattle) at 4 p.m. Sunday. Audience members can vote for their favorite film. For more information:

Steven Spielberg's beloved "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with special screenings on Wednesday only, showing in a digitally remastered version and accompanied by a taped introduction from Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies. Participating local theaters include Thornton Place, Southcenter, Alderwood and more; for more information, see

Another classic celebrates an anniversary this week: "Lawrence of Arabia," now 50 years old and showing off a new digital restoration. It screens with an introduction from star Omar Sharif and a few words from Martin Scorsese on the film's influence. Thursday only; theaters include Pacific Place, Thornton Place, Alderwood, Southcenter and more; see for more information.

The Festival of New Spanish Cinema continues at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown this weekend, with seven films, including the multi-Goya Award-winning crime drama "No Rest for the Wicked." Tickets for the full festival are $50 ($25 SIFF members). Also at the Uptown this week: a National Theatre Live presentation of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," directed by Marianne Elliott and screening Monday and Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. (tickets are $20; $15 SIFF members). The Uptown also has a Tim Burton 3D animated double feature Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with "The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D" and a sneak preview of Burton's new film, "Frankenweenie," with producer Allison Abbate present (tickets are $15; $10 SIFF members); and the documentary "Miss Representation" Thursday at 7 p.m. ($10).

At the Film Center, SIFF presents two Films4Families $4 matinees of the sweet family film "Fly Away Home," Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., as well as "Goya's Ghosts" (continuing the ongoing Milos Forman series) Tuesday at 7 p.m. and the documentary "Inside Job" (Wednesday at 7 p.m., free screening). For more information about any SIFF event, call 206-324-9996 or see

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "Raiders of the Lost Ark," with Harrison Ford dealing with Nazis, snakes and Karen Allen, not necessarily in that order. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald:

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