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Midnight Shows at the Egyptian April 20 Through July 7

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Seattle’s Egyptian Theater has announced the latest line up of late night weekend movies, and, as usual, it’s an impressive list. There are classics (Yojimbo), modern classics (Black Swan), and a few cult faves (Army of Darkness) thrown in for good measure. And then there’s Tremors. That’s right, I said Tremors, the greatest giant monster worm movie ever made. This should be a good run.

Heads up, there won’t be any regularly scheduled midnight shows at the Egyptian from the middle of May to the middle of June due to Seattle International Film Festival screenings, though there will be some SIFF midnight shows, and those are usually a damn fine time in their own right.

The Egyptian Theater is located on Capital Hill at 805 E. Pine. Check out their website for more info.

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21

Serenity

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their spaceship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything—or anyone—to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. Written and directed by Joss Whedon (Cabin in the Woods, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), based on the TV series Firefly. Nathan Fillion stars.

(USA 2005) Rated PG-13. 119 Minutes.

Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28

Army of Darkness

Because of a time warp, a discount store worker (Bruce Campbell) finds himself fighting in medieval England with a chainsaw and a ’73 Oldsmobile. Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead) combines humor and thrills in his trademark style.

(USA 1992) Rated R. 81 minutes.

Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a psychotic general obsessed with Commies and bodily fluids, triggers a possible nuclear confrontation in Stanley Kubrick’s landmark satire, which turns the entire concept of global annihilation into mad black comedy. Peter Sellers stars in three roles: the mild-mannered U.S. president; a British officer held prisoner by the insane general; and the title character, an ex-Nazi scientist. George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, Peter Bull and James Earl Jones (in his film debut) co-star. Screenplay by Kubrick, Terry Southern and Peter George.

(UK 1964) Rated PG. 96 minutes.

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12

Black Swan

A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Best Actress Oscar winner Natalie Portman), a ballerina whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. Artistic director Thomas (Vincent Cassel, Mesrine) seems ready to cast her in the lead for his new production of Swan Lake, but she has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), impresses him as well. Thomas’ concept requires one dancer to play both the White Swan, with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Co-starring Barbara Hershey as Nina’s retired ballerina mother Erica, who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Pi).

(USA 2010) Rated R. 108 minutes.

NO MIDNIGHT SHOWS MAY 17 THROUGH JUNE 10 DURING THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Friday, June 15 and June 16

Blue Velvet

Writer/director David Lynch’s dark and sensuous mystery reveals the sordid underbelly of a small American town and its denizens, including a naïve but curious college student (Kyle MacLachlan); a haunting cabaret singer (Isabella Rossellini) with a dark and deadly secret; a detective’s daughter (Laura Dern) who embodies the innocence in all of us; and a psychotic killer (Dennis Hopper) fueled by his own sexual fantasies. Dean Stockwell, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Jack Nance, Priscilla Pointer and Brad Dourif co-star. From the director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, and Eraserhead.

(USA 1986) Rated R. 121 minutes.

Friday, June 22 and June 23

Super Mario Bros.

Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi (John Leguisamo) rescue Princess Daisy from King Koopa (Dennis Hopper) and the Goombas in a dinosaur world. It’s a blast!

(USA 1993) Rated PG. 104 minutes.

Friday, June 29 and June 30

Tremors

Four big worms with multiple tongues dig high-speed around the people of an isolated small town, who fight back. With Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward.

(USA 1990) Rated PG-13. 96 minutes.

Friday, July 6 and July 7

Yojimbo

In order to rid a village of corruption, the masterless samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) turns a war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade both as A Fistful of Dollars and, more recently, Last Man Standing, this exhilarating hybrid of gangster narrative and Western tropes remains one of the most influential and entertaining genre-twisters ever produced. Directed by Akira Kurosawa, who makes spectacular use of the cinemascope format. (Fully subtitled)

(Japan 1961) Not Rated. 110 minutes.


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