The new film series “Magnifico! Cinema Italian Style” begins at the Seattle Art Museum, Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” shows at the SIFF Film Center and “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” comes to several theaters.

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“Magnifico! Cinema Italian Style,” a new series featuring Italian filmmakers, begins Thursday, Jan. 7, with “Il Grido/The Cry,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1957 drama about a sugar-refinery worker (Steve Cochran) who is rejected by his lover (Alida Valli). The series continues with “L’Avventura” (Jan. 14), “I Fidanzati/The Fiances” (Jan. 21), “The Witches” (Jan. 28), “Fellini’s Roma” (Feb. 4), “Sandra/Of a Thousand Delights” (Feb. 18), “For a Few Dollars More” (1966), “The Arabian Nights” (March 10) and “Il Divo” (March 17).

All films begin at 7:30 p.m. and are in Italian with English subtitles. For more information, call 206-654-3210 or go to Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle. Series tickets are $68 general; $63 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF, SFI, TheFilmSchool, Friends of Festa and Scarecrow Video members.

The first season of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live, filmed versions of the company’s London stage productions, begins with Shakespeare’s tragicomedy “The Winter’s Tale,” starring Judi Dench and Branagh. It plays at the SIFF Film Center at 6:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 4-6. Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center; $15 for SIFF members, $20 general (206-324-9996 or

It’s elementary. The new movie special “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” — which airs 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, on KCTS — comes to several area theaters on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 6. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and is set in 1895 London. For locations and more information, go to

At the Central Cinema this week, you can see “Clue,” the 1985 movie based on a board game, starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn. You can also see “Clueless,” the 1995 Alicia Silverstone high-school comedy. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (