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January 30 – February 5

When Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism

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When Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism

Corneliu Porumboiu / 2014, Romania-France / Color
89min / Blu-ray

Paul, a film director of some renown, is suffering from an imaginary medical condition and a real crisis of faith. He has two weeks left to shoot his latest opus; but is for some unknown reason plagued with doubt. Perhaps it has to do with his actress, with whom he's having an affair, or the constraints of Chinese cuisine, or Michelangelo Antonioni, or something in between. Corneliu Porumboiu's (Police, Adjective) deliciously witty, dazzling take on love, relationships and filmmaking is a gem of the new Romanian cinema.

"a heady piece of deconstruction, made by and for the dedicated cinephile." The Dissolve

"an enjoyably unforced and absurd slice of life reminiscent of Hong Sang-soo's soju-soaked conversational cinema." Slant Magazine

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat/Sun: 5pm & 7pm
Mon–Thurs: 7pm & 9pm


January 29–31

Naked Lunch

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Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg / 1991, USA-Japan-Canada / Color
115min / 35mm

In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs's hallucinatory, once-thought unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome), a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Robocop's Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs's novel with incidents from the writer's own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.

"It's hard to imagine another film maker who could delve so deeply into the monstrousness of Mr. Burroughs's vision, in the end coming up with a bona fide monster movie of his own." New York Times

Showtimes:
Thur 1/29: 645pm
Fri 1/30 & Sat 1/31: 9pm


January 31 – March 28

Saturday Secret Matinee

The Sprocket Society presents
Saturday Secret Matinee

Various years & directors / color, B&W / 16mm / approx. 120min

Our series of old-fashioned Saturday matinees returns again! Each week, see a cliffhanger movie serial episode plus a classic (but secret!) feature film. This year we bring you the greatest serial ever made, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941)! Can he stop The Scorpion from obtaining the most powerful weapon in the world? The secret features have monthly themes. January: Saturday Morning TV Classics! Cartoons, live action adventure, and early anime revive a lost tradition. February: Antique Futures! Pre-1940s sci-fi, plus rare shorts. March: Walk Like a Wagon! Ride the range with classic westerns. Presented by The Sprocket Society.

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


February 6 – 12

The Babadook

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The Babadook

Jennifer Kent / 2014, Australia / Color
93min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround sound

WINNER Best First Feature. New York Film Critics Circle, Village Voice Film Poll

"You will be scared. And also, perhaps even more scarily, moved." NY Times

"Let a law be passed, requiring all horror films to be made by female directors." The New Yorker

"I've never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK." William Friedkin

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm & 7pm
Mon & Tues: 9pm
Wed & Thur: 7pm & 9pm


February 6 & 7

Enter The Dangerous Mind

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Enter The Dangerous Mind

Youssef Delara and Victor Teran / 2014, USA / Color
88min / Blu-ray

Enter the mind of Jim (Jake Hoffman) - a socially awkward EDM musician with a traumatic past, a tenuous grip on reality, and voices in his head. When he meets Wendy (Nikki Reed), he thinks he might finally have a shot at happiness. But as long-buried memories begin to stir, and his crush turns into obsession, Jim finds himself looking into a violent abyss… and he won’t be going alone. Pulsating with raw energy and an intense electronic soundtrack, Enter the Dangerous Mind is a pitch-black psychological thriller that doesn’t let off the gas for a second as it twists to its shocking conclusion.

"energetic, dark, and relentless" Sound on Sight

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 9pm


February 8, 9 & 10

My Last Year With the Nuns

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My Last Year With the Nuns

Bret Fetzer / 2014, Seattle / Color
88min / Blu-ray

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HELDOVER after a very popular engagement at the NW Film Forum.

In Matt Smith’s autobiographical tale “My Last Year With the Nuns,” the universe of his 8th grade self is about ten blocks long. Smith and his friends roam the heavily Catholic Capitol Hill neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington in the late 1960s wandering from St. Joseph’s Church to the Seattle Times newspaper shack, from school playgrounds to a murky and tangled ravine that cuts through the city. The paper shack lies on the edge of the racial ‘red line’ drawn to enforce the era’s prejudice, providing a rare forum where white and black kids come together for a few minutes each day before returning to their segregated streets and lives.

"The result is like "Amacord" by way of Spalding Gray -- a rich coming-of-age story that gradually accumulates its appeal through the storyteller's investment in bringing each ingredient to life." indieWIRE

Showtimes:
Sun: 3pm
Mon & Tues: 7pm


February 13 – 19

R100

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R100

Hitoshi Matsumoto / 2014, Japan / Color
100min / Blu-ray

R100--the title is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18--is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol), one of Japan's most preeminent and beloved comedic talents. In this audaciously kinky, meta-comedic thriller, a mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices. With the help of his son, he'll have to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge.

"Like Fight Club directed by Luis Bunuel." Indiewire

Showtimes:
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February 20-26

The Last -- Naruto The Movie

The Last -- Naruto The Movie

Tsuneo Kobayashi / 2014, Japan
114min / Blu-ray

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Additional screenings added to Sunday!

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis? The final chapter of Naruto's story unfolds! In Japanese with English subtitles.

Attendees will receive a special commemorative Naruto mini-poster, while supplies last.

Showtimes:
Fri: 630pm
Sat: 415pm & 630pm
Sun: 2pm, 415pm & 630pm & 9pm
Mon-Wed: 630pm & 9pm
Thur: 9pm


February 20, 21. 26 & 28

The Devils

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The Devils

Ken Russell / 1971, UK / Color
103min / 35mm

In seventeenth-century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudun from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent. With its bold and brilliant direction by Ken Russell, magnificent performances by Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, exquisite Derek Jarman sets and sublimely dissonant score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Devils stands as a profound and sincere commentary on religious hysteria, political persecution and the corrupt marriage of church and state.

Showtimes:
2/20 & 21: 9pm
2/26: 630pm
2/28: 9pm


February 27 – March 5

A Fuller Life

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A Fuller Life

Samantha Fuller / 2013, USA
80min / Blu-ray

A FULLER LIFE celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even service to his country: Samuel Fuller. Adapted from Fuller’s award-winning autobiography, A Third Face, the film consists of 12 segments, each of which features an admirer of Sam's dramatizing their interpretation of Sam's memoirs. Set in the late director’s historic office, the cast channels Fuller amid his beloved Royal typewriter, massive collection of books, screenplays, treatments, war memorabilia, and, of course, the ever- present big fat cigar. A Fuller Life presents for the first time recently discovered 16mm films shot by Fuller, footage he shot on the front lines during World War II as well as location scouts and home movies. Every word spoken in this documentary, whether by a performer or from a clip of one of his films, was written by him, creating a posthumous self-portrait of the subject in his own words.

In honor of A FULLER LIFE, we'll show rare 16mm prints of SHOCK CORRIDOR and THE NAKED KISS. See below.

Showtimes:
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March 2

Shock Corridor

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Shock Corridor

Samuel Fuller / 1963, USA
101min / 16mm

In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence.

"...harsh, grotesque, and violent -- and, incidentally, brilliant in a very original way." Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
Mon: 645pm


March 4

The Naked Kiss

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The Naked Kiss

Samuel Fuller / 1964, USA
90min / 16mm

The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller, perverse secrets simmer beneath the wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez, and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, The Naked Kiss is among Fuller’s greatest, boldest entertainments.

"[a] fizzy, wigged-out masterpiece... Sirk-on-a-shoestring, and twice as cynical." Slant Magazine

Showtimes:
Wed: 645pm


February 27, 28 & March 1

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990)

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Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990)

Scott Crawford / 2014, USA / 90min / Blu-ray

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"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990)" is a comprehensive, honest and insightful look at the DC punk scene from the early 1980s to the decade's end. The film includes exclusive archival photographs, concert footage and interviews with dozens of bands, artists, label owners, fanzine publishers and others who helped mold and nurture DC's underground community during this inspired decade of music. With John Stabb, Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi and many more.

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat: 5pm
Sun: 7pm


Opens March 6

Buzzard

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Buzzard

Joel Potrykus / 2014, USA / Color
97min / Blu-ray

Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper. Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in BUZZARD, a hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class.

“Office Space on crack.” Indiewire

“a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time.” Village Voice

Showtimes:
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Opens March 13

Beloved Sisters

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Beloved Sisters

Dominik Graf / 2014, Germany / Color
170min / Blu-ray

Academy Awards 2015 - Official Foreign Language Submission

In this sweeping yet intimate romantic drama, which is also Germany's official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film, acclaimed director Dominik Graf illuminates the lives of two bold young women and one of classical literature’s most celebrated figures with charm and contemporary energy. As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius). When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity. Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménageà- trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio's fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters’ once unbreakable bond is irrevocably changed.

“Enthralling and gorgeously mounted. An unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” Variety

"A surprisingly brisk, absorbing film, shot and cut with the speed of a thriller.” New York Magazine

“Pushes heritage cinema in new, aesthetically bold directions. Beloved Sisters is the modern film about the German enlightenment...Graf has created nothing less than a romantic national epic. Film Comment

Showtimes:
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Coming later

VHSEX 3
We're penetrating Scarecrow Video's Sexploitation room again in search of more awkward adult situations and humorous humping! February 14. BUY TICKETS

ALSO LIKE LIFE: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
In partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, we're showing five rare 35mm prints from Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. March 20-28.