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Friday, August 3, 2012 - Page updated at 03:00 p.m.
It's peak season for outdoor movies
By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times movie critic
It's now the perfect time of year for outdoor movies: It gets dark a little earlier, but the weather's warm (at least in theory). Among this week's offerings: "Tangled" (Friday, Auburn Summer Sounds and Cinema), "Soul Surfer" (Tuesday, Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park), "Delhi Belly" (Friday, Bollywood Outdoor Film Series at Seattle Asian Art Museum), "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (Friday, Edmonds Outdoor Movie Night), "The Muppets" (Friday, Everett Cinema Under the Stars"), "Up" (in Spanish, Thursday, Foreign Language Films in the Park, Crossroads), "Mamma Mia!" (Saturday, Fremont Outdoor Movies), "10 Things I Hate About You" (Saturday, MOHAI's Movies at Lake Union Park), "Super 8" (Friday, Moonlight Movies in Renton), "Moneyball" (Wednesday, Movies at Marymoor Park), "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (Saturday and Sunday, Movies at the Mural, Seattle Center), "Talladega Nights" (Thursday, Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville), "The Lion King" (Thursday, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park), "Chicken Run" (Saturday, Redmond Summer Movie Series), "Viva Las Vegas" (Friday, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema at Cal Anderson Park), "The Adventures of Tintin" (Friday, Tukwila Summer Outdoor Movies), "The Muppets" again (Saturday, Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema) and "The Lion King" (Saturday, West Seattle Outdoor Movies). Whew. For more information on any of these, see www.seattletimes.com and search for "outdoor movies 2012."
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," screening in beautifully restored 35mm, plays at Northwest Film Forum this week. The 1943 film, known as the British "Citizen Kane," played at Seattle Art Museum earlier this year, with Powell's widow (and Oscar-winning film editor) Thelma Schoonmaker present; for an interview with her about the film, see www.seattletimes.com and search for "Thelma Schoonmaker." It plays nightly through Thursday. Also at NWFF this week is "Sound It Out," about the last surviving record store in Teesside, England (playing Friday through Sunday); the local documentary "I Walked With a Zombie Drag Queen" about the '90s cable show Heart Attack Theater (Sunday only); and the 10-year anniversary of the mumblecore comedy "Funny Ha Ha" (Tuesday and Wednesday; actor Myles Paige will attend Tuesday). All NWFF events: 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
At SIFF this week: "Craigslist Joe," a documentary about a young filmmaker who decided to survive for a month on Craigslist. Director Joseph Garner will be present for the screening, which will be preceded by a musical performance by Michael Garner of Lady Danville. Advance tickets are available through www.tugg.com; the screening's at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Over at the SIFF Film Center (on the Seattle Center campus), the 1992 Disney musical "Newsies" (now a Broadway show) screens as a Films4Families $4 matinee on Saturday and Sunday only, and the ballet "Raymonda," performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, will be broadcast Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information on any SIFF event: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
The Summer Movie Wednesdays series at West of Lenin concludes this week with a selection of astronomy films from Jose Francisco Salgado. The filmmaker, an astronomer and visual artist at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, will be present to introduce his work. Tickets are $5 and available through www.westoflenin.com. 7:30 p.m., 203 N. 36th St., Seattle.
At the Grand Illusion this week, check out Robert Redford and Paul Newman in George Roy Hill's caper "The Sting," winner of seven 1973 Academy Awards. It screens in 35mm. Through Thursday at 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
Prepare to feel old: "Dirty Dancing" is 25 years old this year. In celebration, there will be free screenings of the movie Tuesday through Thursday at Pacific Place, sponsored by Skinny Cow Ice Cream and Candy. For more information or to register to attend, see www.skinnycowdirtydancingseattle.eventbrite.com.
The North Bend Theater will host the 20th anniversary celebration of Seattle Art Museum's Twin Peaks Festival, which this year will present a screening of "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," a film-inspired dance performance by local choreographer Shannon Stewart, and the winners of the Why I Love Twin Peaks Video Contest. Plus special guests! Tickets are $10 ($8 SAM, NWFF, TheFilmSchool and SIFF members). 7:30 p.m. Friday, 125 Bendigo Blvd. N., North Bend; for more information, see www.seattleartmuseum.org or call 206-654-3210.
And finally, this week's midnight movie at the Egyptian is the 1979 gang drama "The Warriors," directed by Walter Hill. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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