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A week of fright nights, plus bees and ballerinas
Horror films including "The Raven," "The Comedy of Terrors" and "The Man Who Laughs" light up screens this week. Among the non-horror offerings: "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "La Sylphide" at SIFF and "Queen of the Sun," a documentary about the global bee crisis.
Seattle Times movie critic
All Monsters Attack! month continues at the Grand Illusion this week with a double feature starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff: Roger Corman's 1963 "The Raven," also featuring a young Jack Nicholson, and Jacques Tourneur's 1963 "The Comedy of Terrors," with Basil Rathbone and "Rhubarb the cat." Both screen nightly through Thursday. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
One of my favorite animated films from recent years, Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," screens this weekend in $4 Films4Families matinees, at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the SIFF Film Center. Also from SIFF this week: the Command Performances in HD series continues with the ballet "La Sylphide," performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and screening Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Film Center; Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy screens Monday through Thursday at the Uptown ("Blue" plays on Monday; "White" on Tuesday," "Red" on Wednesday, and all three back-to-back-to-back on Thursday); and director Kevin Miller will host a Q&A at a special preview screening of his documentary "Hellbound?," which examines modern Christianity's view of hell, Monday at 6:30 at the Uptown. ("Hellbound?" opens for a regular run Oct. 19.) For more information on any SIFF event, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
St. John United Lutheran Church is presenting a Halloween-themed silent film series this month, with screenings of 1928's "The Man Who Laughs" on Saturday, 1932's "Vampyr" Oct. 20, and 1925's "The Phantom of the Opera" Oct. 27. All are at 7:30 p.m. and screen with live accompaniment by organist Nathan Jensen; suggested donation is $5, to benefit the church's music program. 5515 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; for more information, see www.stjohnunited.org.
The ongoing film series "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies" presents weekly screenings of documentary films on topics of social justice and environmentalism, followed by discussions with invited guests. This week brings Taggart Siegel's documentary "Queen of the Sun," about the global bee crisis, with guests from The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, the University of Washington, Transition Seattle and Sustainable Wallingford. Screenings are at 7 p.m. every Friday; admission is free but donations are accepted. Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle; for more information, see www.meaningfulmovies.org.
And finally, the regular midnight movies at the Egyptian pause this week, as the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival takes over the theater through Oct. 21. For more information on the festival, see John Hartl's preview or www.threedollarbillcinema.org.
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