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December 2-8

Old Stone

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Old Stone

Johnny Ma / 2016, China-Canada
80min / Digital

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive. When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.

“Gripping....Powerful performances and eerie imagery.... A full-blown psychological thriller, complete with a devastating denouement.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Excoriating! A suspense thriller with Dostoevskyan undertones.” Variety

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 515pm, 7pm & 845pm
Sun: 515pm & 7pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 7pm & 845pm
Tues: 845pm


December 6

EXcinema Group Show

Group Show

Presented by EXcinema
90min / digital

New and almost new works from Seattle, Olympia, Coupeville, and Colliguay, Chile. Includes 16 mm and video investigations of nature, indigenous cultures, hand painted films, found footage manipulations, a live projector performance by Devon Damonte, and more. Jon Behrens, Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker, Pablo Molina Guerrero, Georg Koszulinski, Salise Hughes, Reed O'Beirne, Eric Ostrowski, Brian Short, Omar Willey

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


December 9–29

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946
130min / 35mm

70th anniversary of the film and our 46th consectutive engagement!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
WEEK ONE
Fri 12/9: 630pm
Sat 12/10: 4pm & 630pm
Sun 12/11: 4pm
Mon 12/12 – Thur: 12/15: 7pm
Tues 12/13 7pm screening is FREE FOR EVERYONE!

WEEK TWO
Fri 12/16: 630pm
Sat 12/17: 4pm, 630pm & 9pm
Sun 12/18: 4pm, 630pm
Mon 12/19 – Thur: 12/22: 630pm & 9pm

WEEK THREE
Fri 12/23: 630pm & 9pm
Sat 12/24: TBA
Sun 12/25: TBA
Mon 12/26 – Thur 12/29: 7pm


December 10

The Passions of Carol

The Passions of Carol

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Shaun Costello / 1975, USA
76 mins / Digital

From acclaimed cult filmmaker Shaun Costello comes the wildest, funniest, and most outrageous Christmas movie youve never seen, an X rated adaptation of Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL! Mary Stuart stars as Carol Scrooge, the curmudgeonly owner of Biva Magazine (a sleazy skin publication), who insists that her employees work on Christmas. However, on Christmas eve, Miss Scrooge is visited by three ghosts, each of whom shows her a different vision of Christmas, from Carols lurid past of sexually manipulating her childhood friends, to the meager Christmas celebrations of her present day employee, Bob Hatchet and his wife, to a terrifying and sleazy vision of Christmas yet to come; each visit is infused with a barrel of laughs and a valuable lesson about the importance of giving and holiday spirit. Masterfully lensed by Bill Markle and featuring a host of sex-film stars, including Kim Pope, Jamie Gillis, Alan Marlow, Day Jason, Marc Stevens, and Sonny Landham (who went on to appear along side Eddie Murphy in 48 HOURS!), THE PASSIONS OF CAROL offers everything a Christmas film should have: heart, humor, good spirits...and a healthy dosage of steamy sex! No one under 18 admitted!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


December 11

Dead West

Dead West

Jeff Ferrell / 2016, USA
115 mins / Digital

Seattle Premiere! Director and cast in attendance for intro and Q&A.

A charismatic serial killer embarks on a murderous cross-country road trip in search of true love. Along the way he meets and kills several women whom he deems unworthy, eluding capture from the authorities by moving from one town to the next. When the brother of one of his victims decides to track the killer down to get vigilante justice, a revenge-fueled chase ensues. Along the way, the killer finally meets the girl of his dreams, but will they live happily ever after?

Showtimes:
Sun: 7pm


December 16

The Brain

The Brain

Ed Hunt / 1988, Canada-USA
94 mins / VHS

Jim just is your average high school troublemaker but this time his parents have a sure-fire cure for his rebellious disregard for authority... It's time to see Dr. Blakely, the shrink that hosts that cheesy inspirational cable show ironically named "Independent Thinking". However, Jim realizes there is something real wierd going on behind the scenes: bonkers television-induced hallucinations, remote mind control, and yes, A GIANT ALIEN BRAIN. Suddenly, only Jim and his girlfriend can stop Dr. Blakely's quest for total world domination! Special Thanks to Scarecrow Video! ONLY ON VHS, ONLY $2.

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm


December 30 – January 5

By Sidney Lumet

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By Sidney Lumet

Nancy Buirski / 2016, USA
103min / Digital

By SIDNEY LUMET, the documentary film, is a portrait of the work and life of one of the most accomplished and influential directors in the history of cinema. Peabody and Emmy Award- winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story) has Lumet to guide us through his world; the documentary film features clips from Lumet’s films – he made 44 films in 50 years - including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men and Network. Though spiritual and ethical lessons are at the core of his work, they are not didactic. His films are both powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining for Mr. Lumet was first and foremost a storyteller. In a rare never-before-seen interview, we are privileged to have Sidney Lumet tell his own story just a few years before his death. With candor, humor and grace, he reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. His strongly moral tales captured the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials – how does one behave to others and to oneself?

Showtimes:
TBA


Opens January 6

Mifune: The Last Samurai

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Mifune: The Last Samurai

Steven Okazaki / 2016, USA-Japan
80min / Digital

Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas’ Star Wars. In English and Japanese with English Subtitles.

Showtimes:
TBA


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