Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Let's SIFF the shit out of this day of rest!

Dax Shepard is watching you while you sleep.
  • Dax Shepard is watching you while you sleep.

Paul Constant is all bonered out over The Freebie (Egyptian, 7 pm):

If you think you’ve seen all the independent comedies about a young married couple that you can stand, you need to make one more exception. The Freebie is about, well, a young married couple who haven’t had sex in months. To remedy the situation, they agree to have one evening of mutual infidelity. Despite a few moments of mumblecore cliché, the film’s time-out-of-joint structure and some fine performances—writer/director Katie Aselton gives a charming and nuanced performance as the wandering wife, (frequent Stranger contributor) Sean Nelson aces a small role as a too-talkative dinner party shit-stirrer—make this a surprising diversion from the standard festival rom-com chum.

Charles was pretty into The Oath (Harvard Exit, 6:45 pm):

This documentary offers us a view of the other side—the dark, difficult, violent side of Islamic fundamentalism. Though the film is about Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s personal driver, the man who dominates much of the documentary is Nasser al-Bahri, bin Laden’s former bodyguard. Though al-Bahri has renounced terrorism and is now a cab driver, he still sees things from a perspective that presents no real break from Al Qaeda’s perspective. The greatness of the documentary is that it gets us to the heart of the decade we are now departing. And that decade was horrible.

And Jen Graves declares that you shalt not miss Mugabe and the White African (Neptune, 11 am):

Mugabe and the White African is in essence a thriller: A documentary about white farmers facing mortal threat from the Mugabean government—Mugabe’s thugs beat old white people within inches of their lives, and sometimes kill them, in the name of avenging colonialism and taking land back. The filming took place in secret (so as not to expose the white Campbell family to further violence), and the shaky scenes follow them as they’re hunted in their own home. There’s also an explosive, rare-in-its-candidness discussion between a Mugabean enforcer and the 75-year-old elder Campbell about Europe, Africa, history, and power. It’s an extraordinary and weirdly entertaining movie, and leaves you bothered in part because of its own omissions: Mugabe focuses on the few white farmers rather than their many black, completely impoverished farm workers.

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Also today: Boring paean to Tilda Swinton I Am Love ("essentially an upmarket How Stella Got Her Groove Back"); cute-old-man story Farsan ("Aziz alienates his dates in unselfconscious, hilarious ways"); and locally-filmed time travel movie The Penitent Man (starring former Seattle theater fixture Lathrop Walker).


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