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November 17-21

Blade of the Immortal

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Blade of the Immortal

Takashi Miike / 2017, Japan
140min / Digital

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...

Showtimes:
Nov. 17-21
Fri, Mon: 845pm
Sat: 4pm & 845pm
Sun: 4pm

Nov. 24-26, 28 & 30
Fri, Tues, Thur: 845pm
Sat: 4pm
Sun: 7pm


November 17-22

Bobbi Jene

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Bobbi Jene

Co-presented with Velocity Dance Center
Elvira Lind / 2017, USA
95min / Digital

The Friday screening will be introduced by Emma Lawes, representing Velocity Dance Center.

After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S. to create her own boundary breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await her, Elvira Lind’s film lovingly and intimately documents the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. BOBBI JENE delves into what it takes for a woman to gain her own independence in the extremely competitive world of dance and to find self-fulfillment in the process. Velocity Dance Center members can get into this screening for $5!

“Watching BOBBI JENE, one of the year’s best films, could prove to be a profoundly cathartic experience for audiences.” Matt Fagerholm, ROGEREBERT.COM

“A bold dance doc that pulses with erotic energy and artistic spirit.” Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine

Be sure to check out Velocity's Next Fest NW + Next Dance Cinema events, December 1-4. Visit their website for more information.

Showtimes:
Fri-Wed: 645pm
Closed on Thanksgiving


November 24-30

The Light of the Moon

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The Light of the Moon

Jessica M. Thompson / 2017, USA
94min / Digital

Bonnie, a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt, but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control of her life, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Short Term 12) gives a powerful and moving performance as Bonnie, a woman who maintains her dignity and sense of humor as she deals with the aftermath of a life-altering experience. Written and directed by Emmy™-nominated Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson in her feature film debut, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of relationships in the face of a tragedy.

"As a resource for those looking to understand the process of recovery, it's hard to imagine a more comprehensive or sympathetic look at the challenge of surviving." NY Times

"A nuanced and sensitive exploration of the many ways rape affects a person's life, even as she tries like hell to get back to normal." Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

"A subtle and insightful drama." The Hollywood Reporter

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat, Tues–Thur 645pm
Sun: 5pm
Mon: 9pm


November 25

Wheels of Terror

Wheels of Terror

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
1990, USA
85min / VHS

A sinister car is terrorizing the town and abducting the children! A badass school bus driving mom won't let that flat black coupe mess with her load of kids, and takes it upon herself to bring in some vigilante justice... Get ready for some fierce femme action and endless car chases! ONLY $2!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


December 1-7

Free Lunch Society

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Free Lunch Society

Christian Tod / 2017, Austria-Germany
92min / Digital

What would you do if your income was taken care of? Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before—intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation. Globalization, automation, Donald Trump. The middle class is falling apart. One hears talk about the causes, rather than about solutions. That basic income is a powerful idea is indisputable: land, water and air are gifts of nature. They are different from private property that humans create by their individual effort. However, when we receive wealth from nature, from the commons, then that wealth belongs to all of us equally. From Alaska's oil fields to the Canadian prairie, from Washington's think tanks to the Namibian steppes, the film takes us on a grand journey and shows us what the driverless car has to do with the ideas of a German billionaire and a Swiss referendum. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, the first international film in cinemas about basic income, is dedicated to one of the most crucial questions of our times.

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon–Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm & 7pm


December 1-7

The Nightmare (Der Nachtmahr)

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The Nightmare (Der Nachtmahr)

Akiz / 2016, Germany
92min / Digital

It's summer. One endless, sexy party under the open sky. Tina and her friends are living the dream of a whole generation of decadent Berlin-party-kids. But after one excessive night she's haunted by a mysterious ugly creature in nightmares she has. The only person she talks about her fears to is her psychologist. His advice is to confront her fears and to reach out to the creature. At first Tina refuses but after she hears about her parents' plans to put her in a mental hospital she starts talking to the creature. She slowly realizes that the creature is an incarnation of her fears and that it has the same feelings she does. Afraid of being called a freak she starts hiding the creature in her room. After a while she even gets close to it. It's almost like a relationship with a wild stray animal. For the first time in her life, it almost seems as if Tina has the courage to be herself. But then her parents and her friends see the creature...

"An unforgettable hyper-sensory experience… with nods to everything from 'E.T.' to 'Rosemary’s Baby'" The Film Stage

"Acutely aware of the smallness of teenage lives and the natural intensity of emotion that develops in the absence of healthy social stimulation, Akiz has crafted a film which soars in its depiction of life on the brink." Eye for Film

Showtimes:
Fri-Thur: 9pm


December 8-28

It's A Wonderful Life

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It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA
130min / 35mm

Our 47th 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:
12/8: 630pm
12/9 & 12/10: 4pm & 630pm
12/11 & 12/13: 730pm
12/15-12/28: TBA!


December 8, 9 & 13

Christmas Evil

Christmas Evil

Lewis Jackson / 1980, USA
100min / Digital

Harry Stadling (Brandon Maggert) is obsessed with Christmas! In fact he wants to "be the authentic Santa Claus, with a real suit, sleigh and reindeer'. Ever since he learned the 'truth' about Santa, he's tried to make Christmas a reality. Growing up a toy maker, Harry is met with naysayers and critics who mock him for his yuletide beliefs. But he wants people to get the presents they deserve, even if that means giving the gift of murder! Cynics and uptight hypocrites beware! Lewis Jackson's classic black comedy horror film, CHRISTMAS EVIL (aka YOU BETTER WATCH OUT!) is, according to cult film director/auteur John Waters, 'the best seasonal film of all time. I wish I had kids. I'd make them watch it every year and, if they didn't like it, they'd be punished!'

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 9pm
Wed: 8pm


December 12

Potamkin

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Potamkin

Presented by EXcinema
Stephen Broomer / 2017, Canada
66min / 16mm

"In 1933, at age 33, Harry Alan Potamkin died of complications related to starvation, at a time when he was one of the world's most respected film critics. In his writings, he advocated for a cinema that would simultaneously embrace the fractures and polyphony of modern life and the equitable social vision of left radical politics. This film-biography is assembled out of distorted fragments of films on which he had written, an impression of erupting consciousness." Stephen Broomer

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


December 14

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Paul Mazursky / 1969, USA
105min / 35mm

Taking sharp, right-on satirical jabs at the late-'60s vogue for wife-swapping and the spouting of vague psycho-babble, this notorious (in its time) sex comedy, set in California, tells the story of four friends who decide to cut loose and experiment with sexual freedom. Bob and Carol consider themselves a free-thinking modern couple in step with the times. Both freely see other lovers and even smoke a little dope. Their closest friends are the stuffy Ted and Alice who cannot understand the free-wheeling ways of Bob and Carol who in turn cannot understand why Ted and Alice are always so uptight. The erotic hijinks begin when the four friends attend a special sex workshop and decide to try their hands at a foursome.

Showtimes:
Thurs: 730pm


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