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SIFF 2018: week two highlights

Fresh coming-of-age dramas, a loving docu-tribute to Mr. Rogers, and a simply stunning animated feature are among the must-sees of SIFF 2018’s second week (5/25 – 5/31). DON’T MISS: Hot Mess {5/26 8p Shoreline} I’m sure you’ve known messier hot-messes than 25-year-old Loz, the budding playwright and college dropout at the center of this Australian […]

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Blue My Mind

SIFF Take: Blue My Mind

Mia’s a 15-year-old just like any other; she wants to hang with the popular girls, smoke cigarettes, make out with boys, drink, drop molly, and asphyxiate her friends for pleasure — HOLD UP A MINUTE. Either some things have changed dramatically since I was a teen, or Swiss teenagers are into some really kinky stuff. […]

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American Animals

SIFF 2018: week one highlights

Here we go again! Our annual celebration of cinematic overconsumption arrives tonight with The Bookshop – the beginning of a 25-day long-haul. And even if you’re not into the whole opening night soiree situation (I am really not), there’ll be plenty more to feast your eyes and ears and emotions on before the cinematic smorgasbord unspools […]

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Revenge SIFF 2018

SIFF Review: Revenge

HolyCRAP. I was not expecting Revenge to live up to its amazing hype, but it is absolutely worthy of every single bit of praise its getting from critics and fans. Aspiring actress Jen (Matilda Lutz – who was great in the otherwise dreadful Rings, but is AMAZING here) arrives with her super-rich, married boyfriend at […]

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Kristen Schaal and Vera Farmiga in Shana Feste's feature Boundaries

SIFF Take: Boundaries

In Boundaries, writer and director Shana Feste introduces us to Laura (Vera Farmiga): a woman working through some serious family boundary issues, and a rescuer of animals with special needs. Like, a LOT of them. Just when she’s feeling ready to be more independent, two things happen: her son, Henry, (Lewis MacDougall) gets kicked out […]

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The Endless

The Endless

{The Endless opens in Seattle Friday, April 27 at SIFF Cinema Uptown} The Endless, which is the latest feature from film-making team Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, is bound to draw comparisons to Lost. And while I think those comparisons are fair, I gotta say that I actually like the way this story plays out […]

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Death Wish

Ohboy. Here we go! Death Wish, is of course, a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film. Full disclosure: I’ve never seen the original. Paul Kersey (the drowsiest Bruce Willis I’ve ever seen) is a successful surgeon who lives in a beautiful house with his beautiful wife (HI ELISABETH SHUE I LOVE YOU FOREVER) and […]

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Sally Hawkins as Elisa and Doug Jones as Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

{The Shape of Water is screening in Seattle at SIFF Cinema Egyptian} Guillermo del Toro has done it again. And by “it,” I mean, “blown me the F away” with another amazing film. In The Shape of Water, Elisa {Sally Hawkins}, a woman who’s been mute since birth, works the night shift at a mysterious government […]

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mother!

{mother! is playing in Seattle at a lot of places, but we think you should check it out SIFF Cinema Egyptian} The best way I can describe Darren Aronofsky’s mother! to you without being too spoiler-y is to write down my brain’s reaction to everything as I was processing the film. So, here we go: Man, […]

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