Sure, Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, and the animated toy musical comedy Trolls are competing for audiences this weekend, but there’s a lot more out there.
Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition, the black-and-white version of the film that George Miller called “more authentic and elemental,” plays exclusively at Cinerama for a ten-day run. Schedule and ticket information here.
The 8th Cinema Italian Style series opens Thursday, November 10 at SIFF Cinema Uptown with Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. It continues for a week. Series and individual ticket available. Complete schedule and tickets here.
Christine Chubbuck, the local Sarasota TV newswoman who committed suicide on air in 1974, is the subject of two films opening in Seattle this weekend. Christine, from director Antonio Campos, stars Rebecca Hall as the newscaster spiraling into depression. It’s scheduled to play for a week at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Kate Plays Christine, from dramatic / documentary hybrid from filmmaker Robert Greene, follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she attempts to get into “character” as Christine Chubbuck. It won the Special Jury Award for screenplay at Sundance. Plays through Sunday at NWFF.
Tower blends archival footage, traditional interviews, and rotoscope-animated reenactments to examine America’s first mass school shooting: the sniper who killed 16 people from atop the University of Texas Tower on August 1st, 1966. Keith Maitland’s film debuted at SXSW earlier this year. Plays through Sunday, November 6 at NWFF.
Phantasm: Ravager, the fifth film in the horror series, plays midnight at SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Friday and Saturday.
Earshot Jazz and NWFF present the documentary Cool Cats, a portrait of American jazz giants Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon in Denmark. One night only on Thursday, November 3.
The music documentary We Are X, a profile of the popular Japanese rock band from filmmaker Stephan Kijak, plays at NWFF on Wednesday and Thursday, November 9 and 10 and returns for additional shows next weekend.
Todd Rohal’s Uncle Kent 2, an “anti-sequel” to Joe Swanberg’s comedy, plays one night only at NWFF on Wednesday, November 9.
Archival and revival screenings:
Central Cinema presents Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) and The Birdcage (1996) through Monday (Tuesday is dedicated to election night horrors).
The Who is celebrated with screenings of The Kids Are Alright (1979) on Wednesday, November 9 and Quadrophenia (1979) on Thursday, November 10 (the latter on 35mm) at Grand Illusion. Both screen again on Friday, November 11.
From Dusk Till Dawn celebrates its 20th Anniversary with special Fathom Events screenings on Sunday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 9. Screenings include a new Q&A with director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter/actor Quentin Tarantin moderated by Elvis Mitchell. You can find participating theaters in your area here.
The Yves Saint Laurent film series continues with Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast (1946). It screens at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 9 at Plestcheef Auditorium at the downtown Seattle Art Museum from a 35mm print.
The French Truly Salon, presented by SIFF and French Truly, reconvenes for an evening of French food, wine, culture, and cinema, with a screening of Molière (2007). Wednesday, November 9 at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Flaxy Martin (1949), starring Zachary Scott and Virginia Mayo, plays at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 10 at Plestcheef Auditorium at the downtown Seattle Art Museum as part of the “Shadowland,” the 39th edition of the longest-running film noir series in the world. Screens from a 35mm print from the Library of Congress.
SIFF Cinema Uptown presents an interactive screening of Cruel Intentions, the 1996 high school remake of Dangerous Liaisons, on Monday, November 7.
Saturday Morning Cartoons are back and NWFF has them: a program featuring episodes of Johnny Quest, Popeye, Superboy and Superman, Bugs Bunny and the Star Blazers screened from 16mm prints begins at 11am on Saturday, November 5.