The 16th Local Sightings Film Festival unspools at the Northwest Film Forum Friday through Oct. 3. The annual showcase spotlights features and shorts from filmmakers all over the region (including “Lauren is Missing” from Seattle’s Michael Harring). For a preview of the festival, go to and search for “Local Sightings”; for schedule and tickets, go to

The 70mm Film Festival wraps up this weekend at Cinerama with screenings of the epic 1962 Western “How the West Was Won” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The 1952 documentary “This is Cinerama” plays at 8 p.m. Saturday. 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; tickets are $15 (206-448-6680 or

SIFF Cinema at the Uptown will screen Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai classic “Yojimbo” at 9:30 p.m. on Monday and two 1980s sci-fi fantasy films on Tuesday. “Krull” plays at 7 p.m. and “Dragonslayer” at 9:30 p.m. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; tickets are $6 for SIFF members, $11 general (206-324-9996 or

The comedy “G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend)” screens as part of the opening-night gala for the Tacoma Film Festival on Thursday. The gala (which includes dinner) begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Annie Wright Schools, 827 Tacoma Ave. N. Tickets are $11-$30 (253-572-6062 or

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And finally, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 black comedy “The Room” has been described as “The ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies” and is this week’s entry in the “Cine Insomnia” series at midnight Saturday at the Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., Seattle; $8-$8.25 (206-323-0587 or

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