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“Pathetic Earthlings … who can save you now?” The second annual Science Fiction Film Festival lifts off on Thursday, May 1, with an 8 p.m. screening of the 1980 remake of “Flash Gordon,” featuring a Q&A with star Sam J. Jones. Tickets for this presentation are $25-$35. The festival runs through May 14 at Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-448-6680 or

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) — a showcase for directors ages 22 and younger — runs through Sunday, April 27, at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.
Passes run $18-$56 (206-905-8400 or


The 11th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, featuring more than 50 films, three local filmmakers and special events, kicks off with a family-film weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, that includes a “Fat Albert” mini-fest. The festival runs through May 4. Individual tickets are $5 for youth under 16/seniors ages 65 and older, $10 general admission. Festival passes are $50-$150 (206-684-4758 or

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Emerald Reels presents a collection of 14 short films from six different countries that “celebrates the dynamic landscape of contemporary experimental film and video” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; $7 (800-838-3006 or

The Youth Suicide Prevention Program will screen Julio Ramirez’s 2013 filmed-in-Seattle drama “Nothing Against Life” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-448-6680 or

“The Met: Live in HD” series continues with screenings of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” at area theaters at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, April 26, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. For locations and tickets, call 800-295-8587 or go to

The “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” series presents the 2014 documentary “The Wisdom to Survive,” about climate change, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle. The event is free, donations accepted (

And finally, over at Central Cinema this week, you can revel in the fairy-tale wonders of Rob Reiner’s 1987 “The Princess Bride” or Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 revenge drama
“Kill Bill: Vol. 1.”
Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (

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