Even though “Iron Man,” Jay Gatsby and the crew of the USS Enterprise will be occupying most of the screens in town, there are several assorted film events during the coming week. Of course, there’s the inescapable Seattle International Film Festival, which lets loose with hundreds of new films beginning Thursday with Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (206-324-9996 or ).
The Rainier Independent Film Festival returns Friday-Sunday to the city of Ashford, Pierce County. The festival features 37 films at several venues, including the opening-night feature, “Spring Eddy.” Ticket prices range from $5 to $35 (800-838-3006 or www.rainierfilmfest.com).
The “Second Saturday Film Series” is back with a free screening of George Stevens’ 1941 drama “Penny Serenade,” starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. The film screens at 7 p.m. Saturday at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-837-3000 or www.ci.issaquah.wa.us).
“At the River I Stand,” a documentary about the 1968 Memphis sanitation-worker strike, screens at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Douglass-Truth Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way. The screening is free (206-684-4704 or www.spl.org).
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“Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie” comes to the Moore Theatre on Wednesday, along with a Q&A with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50-$59.50. 1932 Second Ave., Seattle (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
“Rockshow,” a concert film featuring Paul McCartney and Wings, taken from the 1975-76 tour, is scheduled to come to the Cinemark’s Century Federal Way and the iPic Cinemas in Redmond on Thursday. For tickets and further information, go to www.rockshowonscreen.com.
The film-noir series continues at the Historic Everett Theatre with the 1948 film “Hollow Triumph” (or “The Scar”), starring Paul Henreid and Joan Bennet. The series is hosted by radio personality Jon Noe. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $5 (425-258-6766 or www.everetttheatre.org).
And before SIFF swoops in and the midnight movies take a break, head over to the Egyptian to see 1989’s “Samurai Cop.” It screens at 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday (actually early Saturday and Sunday) at the Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
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