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6 friends gather around a picture in Clea DuVall's The Intervention

SIFF Take: The Intervention

In actor Clea DuVall’s confident directorial debut, a group of thirtysomething friends and their partners gather for a Big Chill-esque weekend retreat with a decidedly ill-advised mission: to convince their painfully unhappily married friends to divorce. Naturally, they’re all avoiding their own relationship-sized room elephants, so once meddling is unleashed, the shockwave spares no one. […]

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The Invitation

{The Invitation is screening at The Grand Illusion Cinema April 7-14}  It takes mastery of pacing and atmosphere in order to build a good thriller, and Director Karyn Kusama definitely has a handle on both with The Invitation.  Will {Logan Marshall-Green looking so at home in his Fury Road-inspired hair and beard that I did more than a […]

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The Dark Horse

Best of SIFF 2015 series {6/12 – 6/15}

Another year, another SIFF, another Best of SIFF program at the Uptown. Once again the intrepid festival programmers have curated a roster of films (13 features and a shorts program) comprised of audience and jury award winners and fest favorites; this year a beloved archival presentation is included as well. So if you procrastinated over […]

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SIFF 2015: Closing Weekend Highlights

OK, SIFF procrastinators, this weekend is your last chance to partake in this year’s grand cinema binge… until the “best of fest” program rolls around next weekend at the Uptown. But who knows what‘ll be included in that lineup. (I’ll preview it for you when I find out.) In the meantime, I can give my […]

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The Dark Horse

SIFF Take: The Dark Horse


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The Dark Horse is based on the true story of Genesis Potini, a bipolar Maori former chess champion. His older brother, the only one who can secure his release from the mental hospital, has had his own choices whittled away by extreme poverty until only compromise remains. The outside, then, offers Genesis liberty, but no […]

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SIFF 2015: Week Three Highlights

A harrowing Korean sea thriller, a sultry sapphic summer romance from Lithuania, and a gorgeous Ethiopian genre mashup are among your best bets during SIFF 2015’s final (!) week and weekend (5/29 – 6/7). DON’T MISS: Beti and Amare {5/29 1:45p Uptown} Intriguing 1930s-set genre pastiche about a young Ethopian woman trying to live a […]

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SIFF 2015: Week Two Highlights

A twisty Norwegian drama, a charming lesson in Euro-male anatomy, and the year’s quietest superhero movie are three great options during SIFF’s second week (5/22 – 5/28). DON’T MISS: Blind   {5/26 3:30p Uptown} This directorial debut from the writer of 2012 festival favorite Oslo, August 31 is a twisty, tricky drama about an imaginative, […]

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SIFF 2015 Preview: NW Connections


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You know I always have to run through the Northwest Connections program for SIFF! This year’s offerings include a lot of documentaries and a fair amount of my favorite movie genre: HORROR. First up: I’m stupidly excited for The Primary Instinct because Stephen Tobolowsky is THE BEST EVER and I love listening to The Tobolowsky […]

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SIFF Take: Goodnight Mommy


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Two angelic 9-year-old twin boys arrive home to find their mother in the hallway with a face all wrapped up in plastic surgery bandages. Mommy needs her rest in order to recover—never mind that she lurks around in her bedroom poking at her bloodshot eyes or pretends to be sleeping when she’s really having a […]

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