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Midnight Shows at the Egyptian February 24 through April 14

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The Egyptian Theater on Seattle’s Capital Hill continues its long-running, much-beloved schedule of midnight movies on Fridays and Saturdays. This latest schedule, which kicks off Friday, February 24, includes a wide selection of styles genres. There’s classic suspense, modern sci-fi, some horror, some weirdness, and some Bowie. If you find yourself out and about, you should definitely check out one of these screenings.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 15

The Matrix

A computer hacker joins forces with rebel warriors to battle a malevolent cyber intelligence. Spectacular stunts and mind-blowing visuals abound in this blockbuster. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving; directed by the Wachowski Brothers; with fight choreography by the legendary Yuen Wo-Ping.

(USA 1999) Rated R. 136 minutes.

Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3

The Wizard of Oz

Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is carried away by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, and must find a way to get back home, in this beloved Technicolor musical. You really haven’t experienced the visceral thrills of the Emerald City, the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), or those creepy winged monkeys, until you’ve seen them on our big screen! Based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind).

(USA 1939) Rated G. 101 minutes.

Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10

True Romance

Clarence (Christian Slater) marries hooker Alabama (Patricia Arquette), steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it. Stylish sex and violence dished up by director Tony Scott (The Hunger, Top Gun, Crimson Tide) and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino. With Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christopher Walken.

(USA 1993) Rated R. 120 minutes.

Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17

Labyrinth

While babysitting, teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) makes a terrible wish—that her baby brother (Toby Froud) would be taken by goblins. Her wish comes true when Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) whisks the boy off to his castle to be goblinized. Now Sarah must rescue him, and that means getting into the Goblin Castle. But between Sarah and the castle stands a magically mesmerizing world of mysterious mazes known as the Labyrinth. A stunning vision of childhood fears and fantasies, written by Terry Jones (Monty Python), produced by George Lucas (Star Wars) and directed by Jim Henson (The Dark Crystal).

(USA 1986) Rated PG. 101 minutes.

Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24

Battle Royale

This notorious Japanese cult film, stunning and violent, has been one of our most frequently requested titles. A brutal instructor (Takeshi Kitano, Outrage) trains teenagers to use weapons before they are sent to fight to the death on a remote island.

(Japan 2001) Not Rated. 114 minutes.

Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31

Alice in Wonderland

From visionary director Tim Burton comes the epic fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, a magical and impressive twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting her with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. Also starring Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover. Director Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands) captures the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and some of the most charismatic characters in literary history.

(USA 2010) Rated PG. 109 minutes.

Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7

28 Days Later

A powerful virus is unleashed on the British public following a raid by animal rights activists on a primate research facility. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating within seconds, the virus locks those infected into a permanent state of murderous rage. Within twenty-eight days the country is overwhelmed, leaving a handful of survivors to begin their attempts to salvage a future, little realizing that the deadly plague is not the only thing that threatens them. Written by Alex Garland (The Beach). Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours).

(UK/France/USA 2002) Rated R. 118 minutes.

Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14

Vertigo

A detective (James Stewart) tails a cool, glamorous woman around the equally glamorous San Francisco of the 1950s; his fear of heights prevents him from saving her life. Obsessed with the dead woman, he stalks, meets, and manipulates a suspiciously similar-looking, if somewhat lower-class, woman (Kim Novak), who inexplicably falls for him even though he demands she change her identity to match his fantasy. Vertigo is an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, in Technicolor as lurid as its plot, with a great score by Bernard Hermann. The film is based on the novel D’Entre les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

(USA 1958) Not Rated. 120 minutes.