It's cold and rainy here in blustery Seattle, so why not go catch a movie? Here's a roundup of some of the film offerings around the Emerald City:

FREE MOVIES IN SEATTLE! 

Sure, you can listen to your fave radio station to find out about those nifty free preview screenings.  But if you're really a movie buff, you might want to check out Janet's Film Club at Janet Wainwright PR. They'll send you passes to get in free to lots of preview screenings! The only catch? Use 'em or lose 'em.

UW Film Club 

Japenese Film Series - Supermarket Woman (1996, Itami Juzo). Japanese comedy about a woman (Miyamoto Nobuko) hired to remake a small grocery store to compete against a large chain. Thursday, March 9 @ 7:30PM, UW Savery 239

A Moveable Feast  - Check out a rough cut of this film, by a former UW student. And it's free! At the Ethnic Cultural Center, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE.

Seattle Jewish Film Festival March 5-19 - This year marks the 11th year of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and they have a fantastic lineup. This year's fest runs at three venues: Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), AMC Pacific Place, and Majestic Bay Theaters in Ballard. The festival really kicks into high gear this week, with an interesting lineup of films:

March 11 - The opening night film is Live and Become, which you can have with dessert at the 7PM showing (for passholders special ticket holders only), or without at 9:50PM. The film, which won the audience award at the 2005 Berlinale, tells the story of a young Ethiopian boy in the 1980s whose mother places him with a group of Ethiopian Jewish refugees to save him from the famine. As he grows from a boy into a man under his assumed identity, the lie under which he has lived begins to take its toll.

Check out the full lineup to see when other films are playing.

 

Central Cinema

Ang Lee's Hsi Yen (The Wedding Banquet), winner of the Golden Space Needle Award at the 1993 Seattle Independent Film Festival. March 9-11@ 7 and 9:30PM.

Rock-n-roll with The Beatles' classic, Hard Day's Night, Sunday, March 12 @ 4:45PM, 7PM and 9PM

Bring your favorite tree hugger to see Mama Earth, March 15, 16 and 17 @ 7PM and 9PM

Northwest Film Forum

Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper) : Don't miss your chance to catch this Oscar-nominated documentary about the Nile Perch, a fish that in a few decades ate everything in Tanzania's Lake Victoria, and the foreign capitalists who put the non-native fish in the lake in the first place, destroying the economy and livelihoods of the people who relied on the lake's natural bounty for survival. HELD OVER YET AGAIN  - Saturday, 3/11 and Sunday, 3/12 @ NOON and 4:3OPM

Duma (Carroll Ballard, USA/South Africa, 2005, 35mm, 100 mins): This long-awaited and critically-acclaimed film was shelved after it finished filming, and is now finally getting released. The film is about a boy named Xan who must return his best friend - a cheetah named Duma- to his native habitat. March 3-16, Fri-Thurs @ 6:30PM, 8:30PM Sat and Sun @ 2:30PM

Oscar-Nominated Short Docs - When you were watching the Oscars last Sunday, perhaps you thought to yourself, "who ever sees these short films anyhow?" Well, you can., thanks to NWFF and their neverending quest to bring you films you won't see elsewhere. Includes: The Mushroom Club, A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin, The Death of Kevin Carter, and God Sleeps in Rwanda.

Currently showing at Landmark Theaters

The Egyptian: Brokeback Mountain and a midnight showing of The Breakfast Club!

Harvard Exit: Capote and Why We Fight

Guild 45th: The Libertine and Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Metro: Good Night, and Good Luck; Transamerica; The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada; Caché; Munich;  Dave Chappelle's Block Party; 16 Blocks; 2005 Academy Award Nominated Live Short Films; 2005 Academy Award Nominated Animated Short Films

The Neptune: Night Watch

Seven Gables: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Varsity: Gay Sex in the 70s; Crash; The Hills Have Eyes

Random Roundup

Grand Illusion: Neighbor No. 13 - A Japanese horror film by Yasuo Inoue.

NOTE: If you're in the Seattle area and have a film event you'd like listed here, email me at kim@cinematical.com.