OPENING

28 DAYS -- Various theaters

HEAD OVER HEELS -- Various theaters

READY TO RUMBLE -- Pacific Place, Metro, Oak Tree, others

RESTAURANT -- Broadway Market

RETURN TO ME -- Pacific Place, Metro, Oak Tree, others

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT -- Meridian 16, Metro, Oak Tree, others

SOUTHPAW -- Uptown


REPERTORY & REVIVAL

THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO -- Grand Illusion

DEATH IN VENICE -- Little Theatre

EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN -- Egyptian

THE FILMS OF JIRí MENZEL -- Grand Illusion

THE FILMS OF LUIS BU--UEL -- Seattle Art Museum

FLAME -- Little Theatre

FROM THE PAGE TO THE SCREEN -- Consolidated Works

GENESIS -- Little Theatre

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES -- Grand Illusion

KUROSAWA-MIFUNE RETROSPECTIVE -- Egyptian

OPEN SCREENING -- 911 Media Arts

PSYCHOLOGY AND FILM -- Seattle Art Museum

THE SHORT ATTENTION SPAN FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL -- 911 Media Arts

SPIKE AND MIKE'S SICK & TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION -- Varsity Calendar

VIDEO SHORTS 19 -- 911 Media Arts


COMING SOON

April 14 -- American Psycho, Joe Gould's Secret, East-West, Keeping the Faith, Where the Money Is, Me Myself I

April 21 -- Love and Basketball, U-571, Center Stage, The Color of Paradise, Trash, Chac, Croupier, East Is East


MOVIES & EVENTS

28 Days
Sandra Bullock goes into rehab. Unfortunately, it's only for 28 days.

*All About My Mother
Pedro Almodovar's highly acclaimed new film, a mature look at women (with the obligatory drag queen). Metro

Amazon
An IMAX examination of the lush forests and exotic animals of the Amazon river basin. Omnidome

American Beauty
Entertaining fluff. Take your typical suburban satire (midlife crisis, bitchy wife, disaffected youth), throw in some admittedly excellent performances, and what you get is the an Oscar-winning film, for better or worse. (Andy Spletzer) Aurora Cinema Grill, Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Pacific Place 11, Redmond Town Center, Seven Gables

*Being John Malkovich
It's the best film of 1999, and it has a monkey in it. Coincidence? We don't think so. Uptown, Varsity

Black and White
Mike Tyson plays himself in this godawful movie about race relations. Reviewed this issue.

*Boys Don't Cry
Bellingham native Hilary Swank deserves every accolade she's received for her portrayal of Brandon Teena, a boy born in a girl's body, who was killed by hateful people who couldn't, or just wouldn't, understand. Broadway Market

*The Castle of Cagliostro
Hayao Miyazaki's Castle of Cagliostro puts the Japanese animation master's ecological and spiritual concerns on the back burner in favor of a silly but undeniably rousing adventure involving a master thief, a kidnapped princess, and the evil lord of a global criminal network. Forget the quiet, humane scenes of nature from the director's serious stuff; this is all car chases, ninjas bounding out of windows, and precarious leaps along sloping castle rooftops. Plus, inevitable from Miyazaki, an aerial battle with a beautifully designed flying machine. It may not be as sublimely delirious as the similarly goofy Porco Rosso, but it's good fun all the same. Fri-Thurs April 7-13 at 5, 7, 9. (Bruce Reid) Grand Illusion

The Cider House Rules
Based on the John Irving novel, a period piece about life and abortion.

Aurora Cinema Grill, Guild 45th, Uptown

Death in Venice
The Little Theatre's Opera Series continues with the 1990 stage production of Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice. With an introduction by Perry Lorenzo, Seattle Opera's Director of Education. Wed April 12 at 7:30 only. See Stranger Suggests. Little Theatre

Dolphins
Those who've read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker novels already know that dolphins are the smartest animals on the planet, and Dolphins proves that they're the coolest as well. They defy the laws of physics by jumping higher than they're "supposed" to be able to, their eyes move independently of each other, and they can see for miles when they're in the air. Dolphins presents a rare look at these animals in the wild, and the favored humans who are allowed to swim with and study them. (Gillian G. Gaar) Pacific Science Center IMAX

Drowning Mona
A wacky comedy about a really mean woman (Bette Midler), and the town that is happy to see her die. Pacific Place 11

Erin Brockovich
Despite the fact that Erin Brockovich is directed by indie superstar Steven Soderbergh, this is not an independent film. Julia Roberts' role in it is certainly not the equivalent of Tom Cruise's stint in Magnolia. Instead, Erin Brockovich is just what it is: another big-budget Hollywood film starring Julia Roberts. Universal has made it clear that it wants to make big bucks on this film, and obviously couldn't care less about the reputation of the director, whose past films have never made the kind of money Universal has in mind for this expensive project. Still, this is not Steven Soderbergh's worst film -- that honor goes to his sophomore effort, Kafka. In fact, because this is a Hollywood film, we suddenly notice aspects of Soderbergh's filmmaking that are harder to detect when he has complete control over his material: Namely, how brilliant he is working with supporting actors, most notably men. In this case, it's Aaron Eckhart and Albert Finney. Without this, all you have left is a stupid plot and the dentiglorious spectacle that is Julia Roberts. (Charles Mudede) Factoria, Guild 45th, Lewis & Clark, Meridian 16, Oak Tree, Redmond Town Center

The Eruption of Mount St. Helens
The mountain blew up in 1980, and has been blowing up on film ever since. Omnidome

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Sam Raimi's horrific, funny sequel to the story of campers who get slaughtered on a trip into the wilderness. The group's only survivor returns to the campsite, and the madness continues... Fri-Sat Apil 7-8 at midnight. Egyptian

Fantasia 2000
The latest Walt Disney sweeping-animation-and-classical-music extravaganza. Bring your own mind-altering substances. Pacific Science Center

The FILMS OF JIRí MENZEL
Six glorious weeks of weekend screenings, showcasing the works of humorist/humanist Czech New Wave filmmaker Jirí Menzel. Festival of the Snowdrop, Menzel's foray into relaxed, plotless filmmaking, looks at the absurd actions of two rival hunting clubs. Sat-Sun April 8-9 at noon. Grand Illusion

*The FILMS OF LUIS BUÑUEL
A thoughtful retrospective of the sensitive and satirical European/Spanish filmmaker's works, including films made while Buñuel rubbed elbows in Paris with Picasso and Duchamp, and collaborations with other cultural icons like Salvador Dali and Catherine Deneuve. This week, it's El (1952), with Arturo De Cordova and Delia Garces, in 35 mm. Thurs April 13 at 7:30, series pass $48; call 625-8900 for details. Reviewed this issue. Seattle Art Museum

Final Destination
Just because a director comes from The X-Files doesn't mean he's clever. At least Final Destination doesn't have one of those Jacob's Ladder or Sixth Sense trick endings. That's the best I can say about it, outside of the fact that a couple of the deaths in this "mood piece" are really funny. Unfortunately, it's not a comedy. Okay, so when a boy has a vision of the plane he's about to take crashing in a big fiery ball, he freaks out and gets kicked off the plane, along with several other people. Then the plane crashes. Spooky. But you can't cheat death, and so the survivors start dying, one by one. That's the point of the movie. You can't cheat death. It never gets any more clever or complex than that. If you must cheat, then sneak into a screening without paying. That'll show 'em. (Andy Spletzer) Aurora Cinema Grill, Grand Alderwood, Pacific Place 11

Flame
Ingrid Sinclair's controversial feminist film about Zimbabwe's struggle for political freedom and independence from white rule. Sinclair also exposes the sexism and violence that modern women in Zimbabwe still face. Thurs-Sat April 13-16 at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30. Little Theatre

*FROM THE PAGE TO THE SCREEN
Film expert-about-town Robert Graves starts his reign at Consolidated Works with this collection of adapted films. His series continues with the Straub & Huillet rarity Class Relations, based on Kafka's Amerika (Fri-Sun April 7-9 at 8); and a restored (including original tints!) print of The Lost World, the 1925 silent film based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story about explorers who try to capture and display prehistoric creatures (Fri-Sun April 7-9 at 10:15). This weekend series runs until May 14; $7, call 860-5245 for more info. Consolidated Works

Genesis
The Seattle premiere of Mali director Cheick Oumar Sissoko's "millennial epic," which blends Christian, Jewish, and African faiths into the historical story of Jacob and Esau. Thurs-Sun April 6-9 at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 (no 7:30, 9:30 shows on Sat April 8). See Stranger Suggests. Little Theatre

*Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Background information: When he was young, Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) was saved from a group of street thugs by Louie (John Tormey), a low-level Mafioso who just happened to be passing by. In thanks, Ghost Dog pledged to serve Louie for the rest of his life, as faithful to him as any ancient samurai was to his master. Their relationship formed the core of Jim Jarmusch's latest. Whitaker's Ghost Dog is like Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" -- coldly professional when it comes to killing, but instead of Ennio Morricone's strings and whistles, he's got Wu-Tang Clan's RZA doing his soundtrack. But the movie isn't all guns and bloodshed. Thanks to a relatively simple story, Jarmusch has room to play with some of the characters and situations, often for comedic effect, giving Ghost Dog the same deadpan humor of his earliest films. (Andy Spletzer) Neptune

Head Over Heels
Yet another Freddie Prinze Jr. movie. This time co-starring Monica Potter, the actress who got offed in Patch Adams (how's that for a claim to fame?).

Here on Earth
Another stoopid teen romantic blunder, this time starring the jock from American Pie and Ms. Joan of Arc. Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Meridian 16, Metro, Oak Tree

*High Fidelity
A romantic comedy for guys. John Cusack plays the cynically introspective Rob Gordon, the owner of a small record store who, for various reasons, has shit luck with women. He's a jerk, basically, but he's not altogether clueless about his jerkiness. He struggles and obsesses and makes lists that he thinks define his life, but he's no closer to understanding women than he was in the fifth grade -- which happens to be when he got dumped for the first time. Based on the popular novel of the same name, High Fidelity is entirely successful despite a drastic change in setting (the novel takes place in London, the film is set in Chicago) and the fact that for 90 percent of the movie Rob talks directly to the audience. Unbelievably, it's not annoying. And the soundtrack kicks ass. (Kathleen Wilson) Harvard Exit, Lewis & Clark, Metro, Redmond Town Center

*Holy Smoke
Ruth (Kate Winslet), on vacation in India, attends the religious service of a guru and falls head over heels into it. Her family fears she's been brainwashed, so they force Ruth into meeting with cult deprogrammer P. J. Waters (Harvey Keitel), flown in from America at great expense. Inevitably, sex becomes a way to balance their power relationship. The two leads deserve credit for such brave, honest performances, but save most of the praise for director Jane Campion, once again pushing everything to its bitter conclusion and then, surprisingly but coherently, going past even that. (Bruce Reid) Broadway Market

Hound of the Baskervilles
Dudley Moore and Peter Cook wrote and star in Paul Morrisey's 1978 spoof of Sherlock Holmes, featuring French nuns, one-legged people, and a phony spiritualist mom. The movie never got a proper release in the States, and is not available on video. A must-see for fans of British comedy. Fri-Sat April 7-8 at 11. Grand Illusion

The Hurricane
Denzel Washington plays a boxer who was falsely imprisoned, who then becomes a folk hero when Bob Dylan writes a song about him. City Centre

Island of the Sharks
Them there's SHARKS on the IMAX screen! Swim with the fishes at your peril. Pacific Science Center

KUROSAWA-MIFUNE RETROSPECTIVE
An entire week of "graceful macho" cinema, devoted to the collaboration of two Japanese greats: Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. Series includes The Seven Samurai, Kurosawa's compelling version of a "Western." Fri-Thurs April 7-13; see Movie Times for details. Egyptian

Mission to Mars
One thing I don't need -- nor, frankly, ever thought I would see -- is a feel-good Brian De Palma film, yet the director's latest hired-gun assignment proves just that: an attempt to show off De Palma's soft and tender side. Guess what? He doesn't have one, and that lack is precisely what gives his best films their unique, demented kick. Without it, Mission to Mars is exactly what the ads look like: a misty-eyed and misty-headed sci-fi tale so proud of its naive, half-baked ideas about heroism, honor, and The Meaning of It All, it never realizes what a thoroughly dull and predictable mess it is. (This, instead of what I had hoped the ads were hinting at; namely, a vicious satire/rip-off of Kubrick's 2001!) De Palma, the professional, can't help but pull off the suspense scenes with flair, and they offer the few lively moments; but De Palma, the cynic -- the one I'm more fond of -- should've used his slasher expertise to eviscerate the script. (Bruce Reid) Cinerama, Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Pacific Place 11, Southcenter

*A Moment of Innocence
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's brilliant movie about memory and regret, based on the true story about how he stabbed a police officer while protesting the Shaw, met up with the police officer years later, and compared how the two remembered the incident. Thurs April 6 at 5:40, 9:15. Varsity Calendar

My Dog Skip
Another heartwarming tale of a boy and his dog. Metro, Oak Tree, Redmond Town Center, Uptown

Mysteries of Egypt
Find out what the heck's going on over in Egypt, anyway. Omnidome

Open Screening
Aspiring filmmakers, enthusiasts, and armchair critics gather and enjoy wacky homemade shorts. A perfect chance to receive feedback from a supportive crowd. VHS tapes only, 10 minutes max (first come, first serve). Mon April 10 at 8, $1. 911 Media Arts

The Price of Glory
Carlos Avila's Price of Glory doesn't know it's not good enough to be Art, so it denies you any fun. Jimmy Smits -- lacking the kind of big, angry affection that would make his stock role compelling -- is Arturo Ortega, the frustrated patriarch to three hurting sons (scrappy, doomed Ernesto Hernandez, whiny Clifton Collins, Jr., and handsome, surly Jon Seda). He's raised them to follow in his boxing footsteps, see, because, back in 1977, Arturo was a promising fighter double-crossed by his manager, and now his affection-starved boys are going to be the champion he never was. You need to get out more if you can't see all of Glory's major plot points frozen far ahead of you like a deer in the headlights. You don't even get the cheap release you should, because Avila won't slosh around with pulpy abandon in his own B-movie muck. It's okay to be familiar -- it's not okay to be this bland. (Steve Wiecking) Lewis & Clark, Meridian 16, Redmond Town Center

PSYCHOLOGY AND FILM
The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study's monthly film series pays tribute to solid mental health by exploring how we relate and respond to beauty and aesthetics. This month's film, The Pillow Book, features gorgeous, vivid scenes of Vivian Wu and Ewan McGregor getting hot 'n' bothered while working on the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy -- naked, of course. Fri April 7 at 7, $7; call 443-1831 for details. Seattle Art Museum

READY TO RUMBLE
David Arquette, the annoying collect call huckster and husband of Courteney Cox, stars in this movie about professional wrestling. Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Metro, Oak Tree, Pacific Place 11

Restaurant
A playwright fights racism by working in a New York City restaurant. Reviewed this issue. Broadway Market

Return to Me
A guy (David Duchovny) fall for a girl (Minnie Driver) who has received his dead wife's heart in a transplant. No, really. Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Metro, Oak Tree, Pacific Place 11

The Road to El Dorado
The Road to El Dorado is very adventurous and also very funny. It is similar to Journey to the Center of the Earth because it is about trying to get somewhere that is hard to get to. Two partners, Tulio and Miguel, are trying to reach El Dorado, the city of gold. When they get there everybody thinks they're lords, so Tulio and Miguel have to pretend to be lords to get the gold. When they get what they want, Tulio wants to leave to Spain with the gold and live like a king, but Miguel starts to have fun in El Dorado and wants to stay. What are they going to do? Is Tulio going to go to Spain by himself, or are they going to stay together? (Sam Lachow) Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Lewis & Clark, Meridian 16, Metro, Oak Tree, Redmond Town Center

Romeo Must Die
Romeo Must Die is pretty dumb, even for an action film. The storyline's a snooze: Two families, one Asian, one black, are duking it out oto control Oakland's waterfront. "Romeo" is Han (Jet Li), who busts out of a Hong Kong jail to avenge his brother's death, while "Juliet" is Trish (pop singer Aaliyah), seeking to avenge her brother's death. But who cares about the plot as long as we have enough cool fight scenes, right? Li doesn't disappoint, handily demonstrating how it's a lot more fun to fight without using guns. The fights may not be as zany as those of Li's Once Upon a Time in China days, but they're plenty outrageous for American tastes, as Li delivers blows of death with his feet, makes handy use of a fire hose, and enlists Trish's fists as weapons when he's too chivalrous to hit a female opponent. (Gillian G. Gaar) Lewis & Clark, Meridian 16, Metro, Oak Tree, Redmond Town Center

Rules of Engagement
Take A Few Good Men, add a little Courage Under Fire, mix, and serve. Factoria, Grand Alderwood, Meridian 16, Metro, Oak Tree

*The Short Attention Span Film and Video Festival
This popular touring festival showcases works in film, video, and animation, each no longer than two minutes. (Some works are NOT suitable for children.) Bring your own Ritalin. Fri April 7 at 8, $6; see Stranger Suggests. 911 Media Arts

*The Silence
Master Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's lyrical story of a blind 10-year-old boy. Thurs April 6 at 4, 7:30. Varsity Calendar

The Skulls
Joshua Jackson (Pacey from Dawson's Creek) plays an ambitious working class kid who's not only gotten into an Ivy League school, he's captain of their crew team. When he joins the secretest secret society on campus, the Skulls, he thinks all his troubles will be over. They'll pay all his debts, get him into the best law school, and will guarantee him a life of wealth and success. All he's gotta do is help them cover up the murder of his best friend. Well, that's too much, so Pacey starts fighting the corrupt secret society, and about this time the movie spins into insanity. Really, how can you take a modern day movie seriously when it ends with an old-fashioned dual? (Andy Spletzer) Factoria, Lewis & Clark, Metro, Northgate, Pacific Place 11, Redmond Town Center

Southpaw
Left-handed people are the true nature of evil. That and they can't use a can opener! Um, this movie is about boxing. Uptown

SPIKE & MIKE'S SICK AND TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION
The impresarios of independent animation return with "a whole shitload of new films" that, unfortunately, struggle to provide even a quarter-shitload of humor beyond the same old sex, drug, and grandparent gags that dominate this year's offerings. As always, if you're really, really high, it will undoubtedly be the funniest shit you've seen all night. Rare highlights include Billy's Balloon (Don Hertzfeldt), a holdover from the Classic Festival and a simple display of gratuitous comedic violence; the fancypants graphics of Bowlin' Fer Souls (SuperGenius); and the utter weirdness of Chicken Coup (Johnny Turco). Fri-Thurs April 7-20 at (Sat-Sun 2), 4:30, 7, 9:30, (Fri-Sat midnight). Varsity Calendar

Titus
Movie based on the early, violent play by William Shakespeare, with plenty of scenery chewed by Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Harvard Exit

Video Shorts 19
Winners of this year's video shorts contest get to be in the spotlight tonight, as their short video narratives are screened. Thurs April 13 at 8, $4; for details, visit www.videoshorts.com. 911 Media Arts

The Whole Nine Yards
Matthew Perry freaks when he discovers a professional killer (Bruce Willis) has moved in next door. Hilarity, of course, ensues. Pacific Place 11

Wonder Boys
Any film that can make an audience stomach Michael Douglas is a minor accomplishment. Curtis Hanson's film does more than that -- this is Douglas' finest performance in years. Vulnerability is far from his forte (and so is likability, for that matter), but somehow Douglas relaxes into a casual, harried weakness, and it's actually his reserve that allows you to believe that so much of what happens could unfold so naturally. Hanson, fresh from the success of L.A. Confidential, wisely stays cool and lets his camera pick up the quirks as they come. There's an appealing looseness to the dialogue, yet when Douglas says he has to save Toby Maguire because "sometimes people just need to be rescued," like the film around it, the scene has a gentle gravity. (Steve Wiecking) Metro, Pacific Place 11

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