Don't miss All Eyez on Me, opening everywhere on June 16.

Find a complete list of film events in Seattle this summer on our Things To Do calendar, including outdoor movie screenings. Find movie times for theaters across Seattle here. Check out the rest of our critics' picks from Seattle Art and Performance here.

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Through June 11

recommended Seattle International Film Festival 2017

The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the US, with 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It's impressively grand, and is one of the most exciting and widely-attended arts events Seattle has to offer.

Various locations



June 7

recommended Prince's Purple Birthday Party with Purple Rain

Shortly after Prince died last year, Stranger arts and music editor Sean Nelson wrote, "Prince is in a very small category of artists with a legitimate claim to having defined the aesthetic and cultural (and therefore commercial, and therefore political) framework of a generation." Celebrate Prince's legacy at this birthday screening of Purple Rain.

Central Cinema



June 11

recommended Some Like It Hot

This is one of the greatest comedies in human history. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play two Chicago jazz musicians who witness a gang shooting and end up on the run from the mob. Disguised as women, they join an all-girl band and head down to sunny Florida to perform at a seaside resort. A very voluptuous Marilyn Monroe, who plays a shy and alcoholic singer, manages to do what she has always done best: Look highly attractive without being unapproachable. CM

Pacific Place



June 15

recommended Dark Lodge: The Man Who Fell to Earth: Remixed!

An extremely Tilda Swinton-esque David Bowie stars in this erratic but extremely watchable sci-fi film from 1976. At this screening, presented as part of the Dark Lodge series, they'll replace the existing soundtrack with an all-Bowie compilation arranged and performed live by DJ NicFit.

Ark Lodge Cinemas



June 16

recommended All Eyez on Me

This is a biopic about the overrated rapper Tupac Shakur. Now, I'm going to say something that might hurt but is just truth: The decline of hiphop is marked by the rise of Biggie Smalls and Shakur in the mid-90s. They were the first to successfully sell the soul of hiphop. And once the sale was made, we entered the age of the rapper as multi-millionaire—and considering the trajectory of Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, the billionaire rapper is not long in coming. Shakur, like Smalls, had to sell out because they were second-rate. A first-rate rapper has no fear (check out Ish of Shabazz Palaces). He/she can only, to use the words of Erick Sermon, stay real. CM

Wide


recommended Dean

Demetri Martin takes a more poignant turn in this comedy/drama about grief, love, and parents that he wrote, directed, and starred in. The movie won high praise as well as the Founder's Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sundance Cinemas & SIFF Cinema Uptown



June 17-18

recommended Pride Film Fest

Enjoy a series of (mostly) free screenings presented as part of Seattle PrideFest. They’ll showcase the best movies that local LGBTQ film organization Three Dollar Bill Cinema has shown in the past year—plus, they’ll host a workshop with Cleve Jones (an activist and author who conceived the legendary NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt) and a screening of the 2008 biopic Milk. David Schmader credited Milk’s success to its “comfortably unabashed sexuality” and Sean Penn’s “quietly amazing, simultaneously lived-in and spontaneous” performance.

Various locations



June 23-28

recommended Jurassic Park

In Steven Spielberg's lovable adventure, dinosaurs get resurrected by scientists for the purpose of being put in a dinosaur zoo. The zoo seems cool at first, but soon all the dinosaurs escape and begin to terrorize the visitors and staff, killing many.

Central Cinema



June 30

recommended Men in Black

In the 1997 sci-fi movie Men in Black, Will Smith played an ordinary police officer who, subsequent to being secretly watched and examined, is admitted into a "highly funded, yet unofficial government agency," which monitors and polices extraterrestrial activity on earth. What is important about this story, and why I bring it up, is that it stands as the first big-budget or mainstream film to give expression to black paranoia. By black paranoia I mean that brand of fear that is convinced that the U.S. government (and it's always the government, never corporations—corporations have more currency in white paranoia) is constantly watching and listening to black activity. CM

Central Cinema



July 5

recommended Oh, I Get It

If you care about Seattle comedy, don't miss this screening of short film Oh, I Get It, a documentary about queer comedy and social change in Seattle made by feminist film collective Union Street Films. The event will also feature a panel discussion with director Danny Tayara, the Establishment editor-at-large and Stranger contributor Ijeoma Oluo, and popular queer comedian El Sanchez.

Central Library



July 7

recommended Donnie Darko

Having studied Donnie Darko carefully a few times, I still can't tell if the plot's weird calculus—what actually happens, to whom, and where, and when—actually adds up to anything more than a semi-random sequence of related but unconnected events. What I can say, however, is that the film resonates with a uniquely American kind of sadness. SEAN NELSON

SIFF Cinema Uptown


recommended Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Want to understand Los Angeles? One of the most important and engaging films about this city is Robert Zemeckis's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a live action/animated neo-noir about the exploitation at the heart of a LA's biggest industry, Hollywood. The late Bob Hoskins plays the private detective who enters the maze of streets, image factories, and business offices to search for the solution to a mystery. The film's rabbit happens to be married to a super-curvy femme fatale. CM

Central Cinema



July 13

recommended The Big Lebowski

If pressed to name my single favorite moment in my single favorite Coen brothers movie, The Big Lebowski, it would be a three-way tie between Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski's dumpster-bumping car crash, the sheriff's assault on the Dude with a coffee mug, and the Raymond Chandler-esque discovery of Jackie Treehorn's hard-on doodle. BRADLEY STEINBACHER

SIFF Cinema Uptown


recommended Dark Lodge: The Fifth Element

Luc Besson's futuristic semi-classic, starring Bruce Willis, the musician Tricky, and love.

Ark Lodge



July 13–Aug 17

recommended Cary Grant

Once again, SAM will spend the summer celebrating the devilish charms of Cary Grant. This year's lineup includes Mr. Lucky, The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer, I Was a Male War Bride, People Will Talk, Monkey Business, and To Catch a Thief.

Seattle Art Museum



July 14

recommended War for the Planet of the Apes

While watching this movie, pay attention to Caesar's eyes. They are not chimp eyes. They are human eyes. The eyes of chimps do not have a white sclera. They are dark and dumb eyes. But Caesar is supposed to be a super-smart chimp. He has big plans and thoughts in his mind. And to communicate the superiority of his mind, the makers of this film gave him the eyes of the smartest ape on earth, us. If it counts for anything, the first and second film in the current reboot of Planet of the Apes are very good. CM

Wide



July 15

recommended Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

This early Hayao Miyazaki film is about a princess who must deal with the introduction of an ancient weapon into her peaceable, post-apocalyptic kingdom.

Central Cinema



July 20

recommended Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Amy Heckerling's 1982 flick (35 years ago? Holy shit!), written by Cameron Crowe, is beyond question the greatest film of its kind, more than making up for the sorry tailspins both Crowe and Heckerling entered after making it. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, and Judge Reinhold star; and look closely for a young Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Nicolas Cage. SEAN NELSON

SIFF Cinema Uptown



July 21

recommended Dunkirk

Is it coincidence that a film that pulls and plays Britain's patriotic strings (Britain will never forget the Dunkirk, never forget the soldiers who were crushed by the Germans in the early stages of the Second World War) is released at the very moment Britain is fleeing Europe, which is dominated by Berlin, and isolating itself (we call this Brexit)? The timing of this war movie, which is directed by the conservative Englishman Christopher Nolan, could not be more perfect. CM

Wide



Aug 3

recommended Raiders of the Lost Ark

The unbearably sexy young Harrison Ford stars in the only good Indiana Jones movie, and one of the most fun films ever made.

SIFF Cinema Uptown



Aug 6

recommended Dark Lodge: They Live

The reason why John Carpenter's They Live is so important today (it was made in 1988 and concerns a working-class man who discovers sunglasses that when worn reveal the world is ruled by aliens that want humans to mindlessly consume and pollute their planet—yes, just like the rich people in the real world) is it presents us with the big question: Do people really want to know the truth? Does Donald Trump's America even care about the truth? Would wearing special sunglasses that expose Trump to be a liar and exploiter even change their minds? By the look of things, the answer has to be no. They Live is still a great film, though. CM

Ark Lodge



Aug 18

recommended NOddIN Japanese Films

See new short films created by Japanese film collective NOddIN—this event, curated by NWFF Executive Director Courtney Sheehan and artist Etsuko Ichikawa, will be the US premiere of NOddIN's work. After the screening, meet some of the filmmakers in person.

Northwest Film Forum



Aug 25

recommendedPuget Soundtrack: Holy Mountain

Puget Soundtrack, presented by Northwest Film Forum, invites musicians to create a live score for a film of their own choosing. This time, experimental-rock unit Zen Mother (Stranger music critic Dave Segal wrote that they're "one of Seattle's most interesting groups") will create a live soundtrack for Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 fantasy film The Holy Mountain.

Northwest Film Forum



Aug 31

recommended Jurassic Park

In Steven Spielberg's lovable adventure, dinosaurs get resurrected by scientists for the purpose of being put in a dinosaur zoo. The zoo seems cool at first, but soon all the dinosaurs escape and begin to terrorize the visitors and staff, killing many.


SIFF Cinema Uptown


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