A documentary on the life and cultural impact of the legendary model and sex symbol, featuring the actual Bettie Page! (SIFF Film Center, Jan 3–9)

DEC 5

The Limey

A one-night-only screening of Steven Soderbergh's 1999 crime thriller, featuring a killer performance by Terence Stamp, and presented as the closing-night feature of SAM's 36th annual Film Noir Series.

Seattle Art Museum

DEC 6

Out of the Furnace

From the writer-director of Crazy Heart comes this gritty drama about two working-class brothers (Christian Bale and Casey Affleck) drawn into a twisty murder mystery.

Wide release

The Punk Singer

Sini Anderson's The Punk Singer feels like a revelation. Its subject: Kathleen Hanna, cofounder of riot grrrl, creator of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, coiner of the phrase "smells like teen spirit," and spouse of Ad-Rock. I've been a Kathleen Hanna fan for decades; this film introduced her to me as someone new. To quote talking head Carrie Brownstein, it's "an empowering and surreal experience."

SIFF Cinema Uptown

DEC 6–12

At Berkeley

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman made this expansive portrait (four hours!) of the eponymous University of California campus, hub of the 1960s student radicalism movement, now a highly ranked research school beset by severe budget cuts.

Northwest Film Forum

DEC 6–13

Let the Fire Burn

An award-winning documentary using archival news footage and interviews to tell the tale of the deadly clash between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Power group MOVE on May 13, 1985.

Varsity

DEC 7–8

National Theatre: 50 Years On Stage

A night of classic stage performances drawn from the archives of the National Theatre, featuring actors such as Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, and Maggie Smith doing their thing in plays by Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett, and David Hare.

SIFF Film Center

DEC 9–10

Next Dance Cinema

Now in its eighth year, Next Dance Cinema is the annual collaboration between Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, which fills the Film Forum screen with contemporary dance on film, from staged work to choreography created specifically for the camera to animation.

Northwest Film Forum

DEC 10–15

Royal Shakespeare Company Live: Richard II

A live cinema broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company, featuring David Tennant in the title role of Richard II.

SIFF Film Center

DEC 12

Auntie Mame

Three Dollar Bill Cinema's holiday-time screening of the gayly beloved 1958 film, in which Rosalind Russell plays a woman so fabulous, fearless, life-loving, and drunk that she was immediately and forever crowned Queen of the Gays.

Pacific Place

DEC 13–15

Screen Style

A guided tour of fashion on film, with images selected and explicated by style-conscious Seattleites, including the Seattle Art Museum's Chiyo Ishikawa, designers Aykut Ozen and Julianna Vezzetti of the Ozen Company, and garment artist Mark Mitchell.

Northwest Film Forum

DEC 13–19

Improvement Club

The debut feature by Seattle filmmaker/choreographer Dayna Hanson is a dance film/mockumentary hybrid following an experimental dance/theater troupe. Instead of easy laughs about pretentious habits and the Actor's Craft, we're submerged in the reality of the situations (which still makes room for plenty of laughs). Small and lovely performances abound, including the ones given by Hanson and fellow choreographer Wade Madsen.

Northwest Film Forum

DEC 18

American Hustle

The latest from David O. Russell concerns two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced to work for the FBI in the world of New Jersey's corrupt political establishment and Mafia.

Wide release

DEC 20

Anchorman 2

The feverishly awaited sequel. It's kind of a big deal.

Wide release

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers' latest is a Cannes-honored musical drama set in the 1960s folk scene in NYC.

Wide release

Saving Mr. Banks

A biographical drama about the production of the 1964 film Mary Poppins, starring Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

Wide release

DEC 25

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along

Ignore Christmas with the greatest Jewish-themed musical of all time (screw you, Yentl), complete with a Chinese-food buffet at intermission!

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Grudge Match

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as aging rival boxers coaxed out of retirement for one last fight. (Think Rocky meets Raging Bull meets Grumpy Old Men meets Lemon Party.)

Wide release

Her

Written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze, Her is a "science-fiction romance" about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer operating system (Scarlett Johansson).

Wide release

Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom

A biographical drama starring Idris Elba as the anti-apartheid revolutionary and former president of South Africa.

Wide release

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The big-budget adaptation of James Thurber's classic story, starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.

Wide release

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio in this darkly comic true tale of a New York stockbroker drawn into a securities-fraud case involving Wall Street corruption and the mob.

Wide release

DEC 27–JAN 2

Faust

Aleksandr Sokurov's contemporary reworking of the devilish legend.

Northwest Film Forum

JAN 3–9

A Touch of Sin

Winner of the best screenplay prize at Cannes, Jia Zhangke's latest follows four Chinese outcasts driven to a murderous rampage.

Northwest Film Forum

JAN 10

August: Osage County

After winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Tracy Letts's explosively brilliant family saga hits the big screen with nuclear star power, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Wide release

Lone Survivor

A dramatization of author/director Peter Berg's account of four Navy SEALs ambushed in the mountains of Afghanistan, starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch.

Wide release

JAN 16–MARCH 13

The Golden Age of Italian Cinema

Eight weeks of classic Italian cinema, including The Bicycle Thief (Jan 16), Umberto D (Jan 23), I Vitelloni (Jan 30), Le Amiche (Feb 6), Il Posto (Feb 13), The Organizer (Feb 20), and 8 ½ (Feb 27).

Seattle Art Museum

JAN 23–FEB 2

Children's Film Festival

Eleven days packed with the best children's cinema from all over the world, from Belgian animation to Chinese shorts to Ethiopian features, all picked with an eye on the intersection of high aesthetic quality and family friendliness. Bonus delights: live musical performances, hands-on workshops, and a morning "pajama party" screening with pancakes!

Northwest Film Forum

JAN 24

I, Frankenstein

An action thriller set in a dystopian future where Frankenstein's monster must battle supernatural powers to protect the secret of his immortality or something.

Wide release

JAN 31

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014

Dueling programs of Oscar-nominated short films: one package featuring the five nominees for best animated short and another featuring the five nominees for best live-action short.

Varsity

FEB 6–9

Seattle Asian American Film Festival

For its second year, SAAFF graduates to Columbia City's Ark Lodge Cinemas, to present four days of the best in recent independent films by local and national Asian American filmmakers. See seattleaaff.org for full lineup.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

FEB 7

Visitors

From the man who brought the world Koyaanisqatsi comes another immersive documentary, featuring a succession of 74 "moving stills" projected for roughly a minute each and set to a Philip Glass score.

Cinerama

FEB 14–20

Like Father, Like Son

A Cannes-honored Japanese drama from director Hirokazu Koreeda, following two families who discover their children were switched at birth.

Varsity

FEB 21–27

The Rocket

An Australian drama about a scrappy 10-year-old Laotian boy drawn into a rocket-building contest, written and directed by Kim Mordaunt.

Varsity