Siff cinema tonight launches a 10-day Stanley Kubrick tribute series. The reclusive filmmaker made only 12 movies between 1955 and his death...
SIFF Cinema tonight launches a 10-day Stanley Kubrick tribute series. The reclusive filmmaker made only 12 movies between 1955 and his death in 1999; all of them are here, kicking off with his 1968 fantasy, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” (If you haven’t seen this one on the big screen, then you haven’t really seen it.) Also included are Kubrick’s literary adaptations (the epic “Barry Lyndon,” his controversial takes on “Lolita” and “A Clockwork Orange“), his horror classic (“The Shining” — brrr), his war dramas (“Paths of Glory,” “Full Metal Jacket,”), early works (“The Killing,” “Killer’s Kiss“), the restored three-hour Roman epic “Spartacus,” and his strange, haunting final film, “Eyes Wide Shut.”
A series highlight is a sparkling-new print of Kubrick’s weirdly prescient Cold War black comedy “Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” complete with the immortal line, “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.” The tribute begins tonight and runs through Thursday, pauses for Bumbershoot, then resumes Sept. 4-6. Tickets ($10 per screening) and can be bought in advance at 206-464-5830, www.seattlefilm.org or at the door: SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle.
Movies at the Mural concludes this weekend with “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” grooving its way onto the screen tonight, and Daniel Craig in the James Bond adventure “Casino Royale” Saturday. Both screen for free at dusk at the Mural Amphitheatre lawn next to the Center House at Seattle Center; for details, see www.seattlecenter.com.
Fremont Outdoor Movies presents the fairy-tale “The Princess Bride” (which, should you care to feel old, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year) Saturday at dusk in the parking lot across from the Old Redhook Trolleyman Pub at North 35th and Phinney Avenue in Fremont. Suggested donation is $5; for details, call 206-781-4230 or go online to www.fremontoutdoormovies.com.
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Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Night, a benefit for the nonprofit Hopelink, closes its season Saturday night with the 1993 Denis Leary baseball comedy “The Sandlot.” A $5 donation is requested. For detials, see www.carillon-point.com/home/movie.html.
And City Nights at Rainier Square chooses for its final screening “Shaun of the Dead,” a terrific British horror comedy in which a pair of London flatmates must fend off a zombie invasion. The movie begins 30 minutes after sunset Thursday on the Rainier Square Roof Park; access the roof from the stairs off Fifth Avenue (next to Rock Bottom Brewery) or through the Rainier Square elevator in the atrium. Admission is free; for more information, see www.rainier-square.com/citynights.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents a free outdoor screening of the 1984 comic-book adventure “Supergirl,” with Helen Slater as the heroine and Faye Dunaway as her snarling nemesis, the evil Selena. It screens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill; families are welcome. 1635 11th Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.seattlequeerfilm.org or call 206-323-4274.
Jeremy Saulnier’s horror comedy “Murder Party,” the audience award winner at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Cinema, presented by Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle; 206-686-MOVI or www.central-cinema.com.
And finally, you can put on the Ritz tonight and Saturday with two special midnight showings of the Mel Brooks movie “Young Frankenstein” at the Egyptian. Both evenings include costume contests (go find your best Igor eyes) and a chance to win tickets to the new musical version of “Young Frankenstein” now playing at the Paramount. Tickets are $9.25 ($6.25 children/seniors) and are available in advance at the Egyptian box office or the night of the show. Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755; www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org