Seattle Film Guide Feb 26-March 4: Watch Out For “The Crazies”

Seattle Film Guide for February 26 – March 4


The Crazies  David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house… after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, bloodthirsty killers. Sheriff Dutton tries to make sense of what’s happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won’t let anyone in or out — even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutton; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutton’s deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

Ghost Writer  Roman Polanski directs this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller based on the novel The Ghost by Robert Harris. When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies to the East Coast of the United States to work on the project, but the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams), and his personal assistant, Amelia (Kim Cattrall). As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Also starring Timothy Hutton, Eli Wallach, Tom Wilkinson and James Belushi.

Cop Out  Kevin Smith tries his hand at directing somebody’ else’s script.  Will it be a real Bruce Willis movie or one of the smart-alecky ones?




Fish Tank (Varsity: Feb 26-March 4) Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

The Red Riding Trilogy  (Northwest Film Forum: Part One 1974 Feb 26-March 1, Part Two 1980 Feb 26-March 4, Part Three 1983, Feb 27-March 4)    Additional screenings of Part One 1974. You can now catch the first film in the trilogy on Wednesday, March 3 at 9pm and Thursday March 4th at 5pm

 Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe 

Old Partner (NWFF: Feb 26-March 4) Bill White Reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

Waiting for Armageddon  (Grand Illusion, Feb 26-March 4) America’s 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world’s future is foretold in Biblical prophecy – from the rapture to the battle of Armageddon. This astonishing documentary explores their world; in their homes, at conferences, and on a wide-ranging tour of Israel. By interweaving Christian, Zionist, Jewish and critical perspectives along with telling archival materials, the filmmakers probe the politically powerful, and potentially explosive, alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel… an alliance that may set the stage for what one prominent Evangelical leader calls “World War III.”

White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights (NWFF, Feb 26-27)  is a stylish rock-doc that follows the Jack and Meg White’s 2007 Canadian tour. The band played remote towns and provinces, while finding time at each tour stop to make an unusual promotional appearance, playing on city buses, boats, bowling alleys (where they rolled a full game while rocking), and even one free daytime show in which they only played a single note.   Director Malloy mixes gorgeously grainy black-and-white with color footage of Jack and Meg White onstage and off. The Stripes stripped-down, pop-art stage sets make a perfect backdrop for the spare, sonic attack of their music, and the lo-fi punch of their sound seems especially fitting for the landscape of the sparsely populated Canadian countryside.


Return Engagements (Milking the Oscars):

The Messenger (Varsity) Two Oscar nominations: Woody Harrelson  for Best Supporting Actor and Owen Moverman and Allesandro Camon for Best Original Screenplay Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

Nine  Paula Nechak reviewa it for Seattle PostGlobe

The Hurt Locker   Sean Axmaker reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe




King of Cool: The Films of Steve McQueen

Seattle Art Museum   Thursday Nights Jan 7-March 11

Bill White reviews it for the Seattle PostGlobe


 Junior Bonner (Feb 25)

The Getaway  (March 4)

Single-film tickets are $7 for everyone, sold day of show at the auditorium (cash only). Tickets are also available through Scarecrow Video: call 206.524.8554



Continuing runs at area theaters:

 Avatar   Bill White reviews it for  Seattle PostGlobe 

The Blind Side White family takes in a homeless African-American youth and helps him fulfill his dream of playing professional football.

The Book of Eli       Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

Crazy Heart Journalist meets broken down has-been, setting him on the road to recovery.  jeff Bridges is Oscar meat for his portrayal of a country singer on the booze skids.  Its about time he got his statue, as he  has been one of this country’s best actors for decades. 

Creation        Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

Dear John  Soldier on leave is smitten with a college girl.

Edge of Darkness   Mel Gibson directs himself as a cop who goes on the rampage after his daughter is killed

“An Education”    Novelist  Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity) has had some of his books turned into successful films.  Now he tries his hand at an original screenplay about a young girl manipulated by an older man in swinging London. 

From Paris With Love  Director Pierre Morel’s “Taken” was last year’s best action movies, so I am  fairly optimistic  about his thriller, featuring  John Travolta as an American spy in Paris, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as  his green sidekick.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus   Bill White reviews it for the Seattle PostGlobe  

Invictus Sports and politics in South Africa.

It’s Complicated          Meryl  Streep and Steve Martin play exes who maintain an amicable relationship until   they  celebrate their son’s graduation  with a return  to the conjugal bed.

The Last Station  By the British measure, Michael Hoffman’s account of the battle between Countess Tolstoy and the head of the Tolstoyan Society for the control  of Leo Tolstoy’s writings is a well done affair.   By the Russian standard, however, it is an abomination.

Legion  The vampires are thirsty, and the blood is running out. 

The  Lovely Bones  “a misguided tribute to the magic of the movies”  J. Hoberman, The Weekly

North Face         Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

Oscar Nominated Shorts 2010    Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe  

Percy Jackson & Olympians: The Lightning Thief  It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s  Greek mythology texts and into his life. 

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire   Education helps a 16-year old African American girl overcome her seedy past.

Sherlock Holmes   Just the ticket for Guy Ritchie fans who have no trouble imagining Jude Law playing Watson to Robert Downey Jr.’s  Sherlock

Shutter Island      Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

A Single Man   “Major plot points are revealed through intricate bits of cinematic poetry”   David Schmader The Stranger

Up in the Air  Will “Juno” director Jason Reitman strike out or establish himself with this high-profile George Clooney comedy? 

Valentine’s Day  “among the most offensive things i have ever seen”  Lindy West, The Stranger

When in Rome    Unpopular girl is beset by suitors after stealing some coins from a love fountain in Rome.

The Wolfman  Inspired by the classic film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman stars Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate in the Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor after his brother vanishes.

The White Ribbon Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

The Young Victoria   Paula Nechak reviews it for the Seattle PostGlobe

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