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Parasite

Parasite

Playing at Pickford Film Center
132 minutes, South Korea, In Korean w/ English subtitles, Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Rated R: (for language, some violence and sexual content)


Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, Parasite showcases modern master, director Bong Joon-ho, at the top of his game.

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The Photograph

The Photograph

Playing at Pickford Film Center
106 minutes, USA, In English, Romance, Drama
Rated PG-13: (for sexuality and brief strong language)


Open Caption Wednesday screening March 4 at 3:15PM.

When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Issa Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield).

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And Then We Danced

And Then We Danced

Playing at Limelight Cinema
113 minutes, Sweden, Georgia, France, In Georgian w/ English subtitles, Drama, Romance
Rated NR: .


A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli—gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak—throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family.

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Playing at Pickford Film Center
98 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


The New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael battled to make her mark — fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past, and a deep love of the arts. With over 35 new interviews and never-before seen archival material, What She Said is an unvarnished portrait of a pioneer who was both admired and resented for what she said about art in an era of great movie-making.

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The Assistant

The Assistant

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated R: (for some language)
CCAP, OCAP Wednesday

Open Caption Wednesday screening March 4 at 5:45 PM.

Jane, a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, just landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant — making coffee, ordering lunch, arranging travel accommodations and taking phone messages. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, an accumulation of degradations against which she decides to take a stand.

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63 Up

63 Up

Playing at Limelight Cinema
145 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _


“The ninth installment of the film world’s most remarkable franchise, 63 Up finds longtime director Michael Apted catching up with (most of) the same 14 British people the series has been visiting every seven years since it began in 1964. Seven Up! was never intended to be anything more than a one-off – a black-and-white X-ray of the British class system designed to explore the idea that that its child subjects were already entombed in their fates – but Apted’s persistence has allowed the project to accomplish that goal while also growing into something far more profound.” – David Erlich, IndieWire.

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CatVideoFest 2020

CatVideoFest 2020

Playing at Pickford Film Center
72 minutes, USA, In English, Shorts, Comedy, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Sponsored by Healthy Pet

CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.

10% of proceeds will be donated to the Whatcom Feline Alliance.

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Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
75 minutes, USA, In English, Hungarian, and Latin w/ English subtitles, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

The dashing, mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), after hypnotizing a British soldier, Renfield (Dwight Frye), into his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to wreak havoc, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires. When he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor, vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is enlisted to put a stop to the count’s never-ending bloodlust.

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Baby Driver: WWU x PFC Student Night

Baby Driver: WWU x PFC Student Night

Playing at Pickford Film Center
113 minutes, UK, USA, In English, Action, Crime
Rated R: (for violence and language throughout)


WWU x PFC Student Night: Baby’s Night Out

On behalf of PFC and Western Washington University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, we invite you to Baby’s Night Out. Exclusively hosted by and for all WWU students, this special night includes a pre-show reception to complement the screening of the thrilling, action-packed film, Baby Driver. Expect a variety of fun activities like a DJ, photo booth, raffle with locally donated prizes, and more!

Each ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn, ice cream and full-size movie poster!

Doors & Pre-Show Reception at 8pm
Movie Screening at 9pm
$5 Presale, $7 At The Door

About the film: A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

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All My Sons (National Theatre)

All My Sons (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
165 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.

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In Search of: Chopin

In Search of: Chopin

Playing at Limelight Cinema
110 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Phil Grabsky brings us the music and life story of Fryderyk Chopin, considered one of the greatest composers of all time. Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this astonishing man? He was terrified of public performance; he fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return; took up with the most notorious transvestite in France and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written? How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights? For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin.

Screened in honor of Chopin’s birthday!

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Bedlam (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Bedlam (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
84 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist, Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis. Rosenberg follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions, whose silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.

Admission is free. Tickets available at box office only.

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Icing on the Cake: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival (Sensory-friendly Screening!)

Icing on the Cake: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival (Sensory-friendly Screening!)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
74 minutes, Various, In English, non-English w/ English subtitles, nonverbal, Animation, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .


Ages 2+, 74 mins
Tickets just $5!

This is a sensory-friendly screening. The sound is turned down, the lights are turned up, and moviegoers are welcome to talk, move around, and freely express themselves.

These gentle, colorful animated films — filled with curious animals and adventurous kids — are all about singing, growing up, flying high and celebrating the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Playing at Pickford Film Center
121 minutes, France, In French and Italian w/ English subtitles, Drama, Romance
Rated R: (for some nudity and sexuality)


Special sneak preview screening on Wednesday, February 13

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

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My Neighbor Totoro: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

My Neighbor Totoro: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
86 minutes, Japan, In English dubbed, Animation, Family Friendly, Fantasy
Rated G: .


Tickets just $5!

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is Totoro, a mysterious forest spirit who can only be seen by children. Totoro introduces them to extradordinary characters — including a cat bus! — and takes them on an incredible journey. Written and directed by acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Join us for an ice cream social after the film!

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VHS 3: Into the Limelight

VHS 3: Into the Limelight

Playing at Limelight Cinema
120 minutes, USA, In French w/ English Subtitles,
Rated NR: .


Previously on Video Hunter Society: Mr. Network’s plan to send 5CC Wrestling giant Jack the Ripper to ruin last month’s event backfired and in retaliation, The Network will be sending the Video Hunter Society to the Pickford’s brother from another mother, The Limelight Cinema, for the next round. But little does he know, there’s an even bigger surprise in store….

Submitted for the approval of the Video Hunter Society, The Video Wizard & Rewind the Robot have quested for a rare and unique VHS they can’t wait to show you! Join us right after Friday’s Art Walk.

There won’t be room to run a tape swap this time, and you won’t need to bring a tape, as we’ll unveil our mystery tape for all to watch! Although the actual movie will remain a surprise, this film was specifically selected with a large audience in mind. You won’t want to miss the shared experience of this hard to find gem, one night only.

Tickets just $3

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Icing on the Cake: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Icing on the Cake: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
74 minutes, Various, In English, non-English w/ English subtitles, nonverbal, Animation, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .


Ages 2+, 74 mins
Tickets just $5!

These gentle, colorful animated films — filled with curious animals and adventurous kids — are all about singing, growing up, flying high and celebrating the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors.

Join us for interactive art activities in the lobby!

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Indigenous Showcase: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Indigenous Showcase: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
70 minutes, Various, In English, non-English w/ English subtitles, nonverbal, Family Friendly, Animation
Rated NR: .


Ages 7+, 70 mins
Tickets just $5!

These short films by seasoned and youth Indigenous filmmakers share powerful lessons from elders and insights from young people about their boundless love for their cultures and deep reverence for the earth and its creatures.

Join us for interactive art activities in the lobby!

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Earthwise: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Earthwise: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
61 minutes, Various, In English, nonverbal, Animation, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .


Ages 8+, 61 mins
Tickets just $5!

This imaginative collection of international films is meant to inspire the youngest generation to protect the planet and take good care of all the fabulous creatures who call it home. You’ll also meet brave kids who learn to fight, if necessary, in order to do what’s right for the earth.

Join us in the lobby for interactive art activities!

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Binti: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Binti: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, Belgium, In Dutch w/ English subtitles, Family Friendly, Drama
Rated NR: .


Ages 8+
Tickets just $5!

Twelve-year-old Binti dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana. But when the police raid her home, and try to deport her and her dad, they are forced to flee. Binti meets Elias and the two become friends. While Binti helps Elias to vlog about his ‘save-the-okapi-club’, she hatches the perfect plan: her dad has to marry Elias’ mom, so they can stay in Belgium.

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Clue

Clue

Playing at Limelight Cinema
97 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy
Rated PG: _


Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), where he admits to blackmailing his visitors. These guests, who have been given aliases, are Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) and Col. Mustard (Martin Mull). When Boddy turns up murdered, all are suspects, and together they try to figure out who is the killer.

Sponsored by ModSock, located down the street from the Limelight. So many socks you’ll puke.

Third Eye Cinema is a staff and volunteer-curated film series of all of our favorite flicks — the cult classics, the ones you might have missed, the ones you need to revisit. This month’s movie chosen by our projectionist Carey!

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Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Exhibition on Screen)

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
80 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.

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The Cat’s Meow: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

The Cat’s Meow: Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
67 minutes, Various, In English, non-English w/ English subtitles, nonverbal, Animation, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .


Ages 6–8 (and cat lovers of all ages), 67 mins
Sponsored by Healthy Pet
Tickets just $5!

This feline-focused (and allergy-free!) animation program is filled with cuddly cats and their adorable antics. Kitties truly make the world go ‘round in this celebration of glorious stop-motion, painted, hand-drawn and CG animation from eight cat-loving countries.

Content advisory: “The Quintet of the Sunset,” a stop-motion film made with great humor and skill, tackles the subject of mortality in a tenderhearted way.

Join us for interactive art activities in the lobby!

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Valiente y Verdadero (Brave and True): Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Valiente y Verdadero (Brave and True): Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
72 minutes, Various, In Spanish w/ English subtitles, nonverbal, Family Friendly, Animation
Rated NR: .


Ages 6+, 72mins
Tickets just $5!

This all-Spanish language program is filled with Latin American children who are brave and true, lighting up the lives of everyone they meet. There are also two beautiful animated films from Puerto Rico and Colombia, which remind us to fly high and free in everything we do.

Esta programa, totalmente en Español, está lleno de niños que son valientes y verdaderos, quién iluminan las vidas de todas personas que conocen. También hay dos películas animadas muy hermosas de Puerto Rico y Colombia, que nos recuerdan que volar alto y libre en todo que hacemos.

Join us for interactive art activities in the lobby!

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The Dark Crystal: Bellingham Children’s Festival

The Dark Crystal: Bellingham Children’s Festival

Playing at Pickford Film Center
93 minutes, USA, UK, In English, Animation, Fantasy, Family Friendly
Rated PG: .


Ages 10+
Tickets just $5!
In partnership with Bellingham World Puppetry Day

Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.

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The Midnight After (Cinema East)

The Midnight After (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
124 minutes, Hong Kong, In Cantonese and Japnese w/ English subtitles, English, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Rated NR: .


Fruit Chan is a director known for pushing boundaries in a series of acclaimed films. Based on the web novel Lost on a Red Minibus to Taipo written by someone known as Mr. Pizza, The Midnight After is a sci-fi film, a rarity in Hong Kong cinema. Layer by layer, the film’s puzzles multiply and eventually reveal an unlikely political allegory that maintains its relevance some five years after being released. The Midnight After features compelling performances by both Hong Kong veterans and newcomers.

The Midnight After will be introduced by series curator Jeff Purdue.

“A deliriously high-concept and gleefully low-budget horror-comedy that mourns the dissolution of [Hong Kong’s] core values since its handover to China in 1997. Maverick helmer Fruit Chan (Made in Hong Kong, Durian Durian) bends genre like it’s putty in his hands, distilling the macabre from the everyday and making the apocalyptic seem absurdly matter-of-fact.” —Variety

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Anne Frank: Parallel Stories

Anne Frank: Parallel Stories

Playing at Pickford Film Center
92 minutes, Italy, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Anne Frank: Parallel Stories is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her extraordinary diary guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust. As a dedication to what would have been her 90th anniversary –and in cooperation with the Anne Frank Foundation — the documentary takes audiences into Anne’s room within the secret annex of her family’s hiding place before being deported, and through read excerpts of her diary intertwined with the experiences of the survivors who lived to tell their own parallel stories.

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Wendy

Wendy

Playing at Pickford Film Center
112 minutes, USA, In English, Drama, Fantasy
Rated PG-13: (for brief violent/bloody images)


The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.

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HUMP! Film Festival 2020

HUMP! Film Festival 2020

Playing at Pickford Film Center
120 minutes, USA, In English, Shorts
Rated NR: .


HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005. The festival features short dirty movies-each less than five minutes-all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes-all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees-and makes and shares-porn.

Tickets for HUMP! are sold by the festival through Bold Type Tickets.

BUY TICKETS HERE.

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Modern Times (Kid Pickford)

Modern Times (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .


This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.

Kid Pickford tickets are always just $1 thanks to our generous sponsors at Bank of the Pacific. Tickets may be claimed at the box office only.

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One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Playing at Pickford Film Center
113 minutes, Canada, In English and Inuktitut w/ English subtitles, Drama
Rated NR: .


In April 1961, John Kennedy is America’s new President, the Cold War heats up in Berlin and nuclear bombers are deployed from bases in arctic Canada. In Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives at Piugattuk’s hunting camp, what appears as a chance meeting soon opens up the prospect of momentous change. Boss is an agent of the government, assigned to get Piugattuk to move his band to settlement housing and send his children to school so they can get jobs and make money. But Kapuivik is Piugattuk’s homeland. He takes no part in the Canadian experience; and cannot imagine what his children would do with money.

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The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
180 minutes, UK, In English, Ballet
Rated NR: .
Royal Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.

The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day the Princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break.

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Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
82 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction, Horror
Rated NR: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

Again directed by Jack Arnold, Revenge of the Creature takes the plot to the Marineland of Florida oceanarium. Captured in his native habitat, the hapless gill man is transported to the south Florida oceanarium as a visitor attraction. Our fishy friend falls for young ichthyology student Helen Dobson (Lori Nelson), who in turn has her eye on admirer Professor Clete Ferguson (John Agar).

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Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
120 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the London’s West End.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.

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Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams

Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams

Playing at Pickford Film Center
94 minutes, USA, In Japanese w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Baseball is life for the die-hard competitors in the 100th annual Koshien, Japan’s wildly popular national high school baseball championship, whose alumni include U.S. baseball star Shohei Ohtani and former Yankee Hideki Matsui. But for Coach Mizutani and his players, cleaning the grounds and greeting their guests are equally important as honing their baseball skills. In director Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s dramatic and intimate journey to the heart of the Japanese national character, will those acts add up to victory or prove a relic of the past?

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Cinema Thyme: Fantastic Fungi

Cinema Thyme: Fantastic Fungi

Playing at Pickford Film Center
300 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Join us for Cinema Thyme — a unique merging of fine culinary prix fixe menu from Ciao Thyme, designed especially for each film in the series. Guests will enjoy a reception before the film, perfectly timed treats throughout the screening and when the film is over: a formal dinner, complete with curated wine selections.

Includes a post-screening live broadcast conversation with Director Louie Schwartzberg, Mycologist Paul Stamets and others.

Fantastic Fungi takes us on a journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal our planet. Through the eyes of renowned mycologists and authors like Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Tickets $110 for members, $125 for non-members

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First Cow

First Cow

Playing at Pickford Film Center
121 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated PG-13: (for brief strong language)


Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

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Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
70 minutes, USA, In English and Latin w/ English subtitles, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster (Boris Karloff), but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

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Frida: Viva la Vida (Great Art on Screen)

Frida: Viva la Vida (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, Italy, In English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .
Great Art on Screen

Frida: Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.

With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

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In Search of: Haydn

In Search of: Haydn

Playing at Limelight Cinema
102 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of the life of Haydn is a visual and aural extravaganza including breath-taking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated and contemporary musicians.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was one of the greatest musical innovators. Mozart and Beethoven greatly looked up to him as an inspiration and yet today in concert halls he is perhaps too often overshadowed in favour of his younger contemporaries.By speaking to some of the greatest living exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work. Phil Grabsky hopes that Haydn will reach a wider audience who will be surprised, entertained and enthralled by Haydn’s wit, humanity and insatiable creativity.

Screened in honor of Haydn’s birthday!

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The Burnt Orange Heresy

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Playing at Pickford Film Center
399 minutes, UK, Italy, In English, Action, Drama, Thriller
Rated R: (for some sexual content/nudity, language, drug use and violence)


The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi’s elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy. Set in present day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis. He’s a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his deep ambition, whilst she’s an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy. Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney, the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost.

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Playing at Pickford Film Center
101 minutes, USA, UK, In English, Drama
Rated NR: .


Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery, and compassion.

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Welcome to the Dollhouse

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Playing at Limelight Cinema
88 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Drama
Rated R: (adult situations/language)


An unpopular seventh-grade girl finds her life a living hell, thanks to the ridicule of her peers and the indifference of her family. This critically acclaimed, entirely unsentimental dark comedy depicts her struggles to survive this incredibly awkward age.

“I couldn’t think of any American films that dealt in any serious way with childhood. Children in American films were either cute like a little doll or evil demons. The early drafts of Dollhouse were all darker and more depressing; it took time to find the right level of bleakness.” — Director Todd Solondz on Welcome to the Dollhouse.

Sponsored by ModSock, located down the street from the Limelight. So many socks you’ll puke.

Third Eye Cinema is a staff and volunteer-curated film series of all of our favorite flicks — the cult classics, the ones you might have missed, the ones you need to revisit. This month’s movie chosen by our sponsors at ModSock!

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La bohème (Royal Opera House)

La bohème (Royal Opera House)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
155 minutes, USA, In Italian w/ English subtitles, Opera
Rated NR: .


Richard Jones perfectly captures the blend of tragedy and comedy in La bohème, and provides an acute analysis of Puccini’s young would-be artists and their lovers, the soulful Mimì and spirited Musetta. Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve.

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.

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Eating Up Easter (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Eating Up Easter (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
70 minutes, USA, In Chile, USA, English and Spanish w/ English subtitles
Rated NR: .


Easter Island is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Native Rapanui grapple with a booming tourism trade that rakes in money, but brings about a changing climate that threatens the fragile ecology on the island. Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu gives voice to his fellow islanders, who struggle to balance their strong cultural heritage with modern-day challenges.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.

Admission is free. Tickets available at box office only.

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PJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money

PJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, Ireland, UK, USA, In English, Documentary, Music
Rated NR: .


A Dog Called Money is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record.

Writer and musician Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy sought first-hand experiences of the countries she wanted to write about. Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected images.

Back home, the words become poems, songs and then an album, which was recorded in an unprecedented art experiment in Somerset House, London. In a specially constructed room behind one-way glass, the public – all cameras surrendered — are invited to watch the five-week process as a live sound-sculpture. Murphy exclusively documents the experiment with the same forensic vision and private access as their travels.

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The Hunger Games (Kid Pickford)

The Hunger Games (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
142 minutes, USA, In English, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Family Friendly
Rated PG-13: (for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens)


In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.

Kid Pickford tickets are always just $1 thanks to our generous sponsors at Bank of the Pacific. Tickets may be claimed at the box office only.

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Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
85 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history.

From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day.

Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

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The Climb

The Climb

Playing at Pickford Film Center
94 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Drama
Rated R: (for language, sexual content, some nudity and brief drug use)


Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond — until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane, and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.

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This Island Earth (1955)

This Island Earth (1955)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
86 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Rated NR: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

Scientist Cal Meacham (Rex Reason) solves a mysterious puzzle that allows him access to a highly secretive program — led by the mysterious Exeter (Jeff Morrow) — that has assembled the world’s greatest scientific minds in an attempt to quickly learn how to generate and store nuclear power. But with the help of fellow scientists Ruth Adams (Faith Domergue) and Steve Carlson (Russell Johnson), Meacham soon discovers that his host is not what he claims to be.

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Leonardo 500 (Great Art on Screen)

Leonardo 500 (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, Italy, In English and Italian w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo Da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.

Through the use of decades-long studies and research by leading international experts, technicians and engineers, the event film exclusively analyzes the theories and modern implications behind Da Vinci’s work, allowing audiences to witness the genius of Leonardo with new and insightful perspectives.

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Waldo on Weed

Waldo on Weed

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


When their son Waldo is just six months old, Brian and Danielle Dwyer notice that he’s experiencing difficulties with his vision. Receiving the devastating diagnosis of eye cancer, the parents follow doctors’ orders and begin chemotherapy on their infant. But when the chemo causes Waldo to become violently ill, they begin a desperate search for alternative therapies, and what they come across is an all-natural, chemical-free option: weed.

Alienating their friends, colleagues, and family—and without telling their pediatrician—Brian and Danielle make the controversial decision to treat Waldo with CBD oil. The triumphant results are captured in the film which includes joyous footage of the family as they uplift their lives from Philadelphia and build a new home on a cannabis farm. This documentary is a love letter from father to son.

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A Touch of Sin (Cinema East)

A Touch of Sin (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
130 minutes, China, Japan, France, In Mandarin and Cantonese w/ English subtitles, English, Action, Drama
Rated NR: .


“A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, A Touch of Sin is at once monumental and human scale. A story of lives rocked by violence, it has the urgency of a screaming headline but one inscribed with visual lyricism, emotional weight and a belief in individual rights. You can feel the conviction of its director, Jia Zhang-ke — one of the few filmmakers of any nationality who weighs the impact of social and political shifts on people — in every shot. In A Touch of Sin, the world isn’t an amorphous backdrop, pretty scenery for private dramas, it is a stage on which men and women struggle to fulfill basic moral obligations, including recognizing one another’s humanity.” —The New York Times

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The Old Dark House (1932)

The Old Dark House (1932)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
72 minutes, USA, In English, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

Driving through a brutal thunderstorm in Wales, three travelers take refuge in an eerie house owned by the Femm family. Reluctantly admitted by Horace Femm (Ernest Thesiger), the three sit down to a strange dinner. Horace is neurotic; mute butler Morgan (Boris Karloff) is an alcoholic; and Horace’s sister, Rebecca (Eva Moore), raves about chastity. When the storm brings in an industrialist and chorus girl Gladys DuCane Perkins (Lilian Bond), Morgan’s lust and Rebecca’s ire are ignited.

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The Cellist / Dances at a Gathering (Royal Ballet)

The Cellist / Dances at a Gathering (Royal Ballet)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
160 minutes, UK, In Nonverbal, Ballet
Rated NR: .
Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet presents the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s first work for the Company on the Main Stage alongside a revival of Jerome Robbins’s timeless classic of pure dance.

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

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Enormous: The Gorge Story

Enormous: The Gorge Story

Playing at Pickford Film Center
65 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


One night only.

Enormous: The Gorge Story carves out the never-before-told story of the world’s most iconic music venue,The Gorge Amphitheatre. This music film investigates the venue’s unlikely evolution from a small winery created by a neurosurgeon to becoming one of the greatest outdoor music destinations in the world. Sign up to our mailing list for updates and original music content.

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Fidelio (Royal Opera House)

Fidelio (Royal Opera House)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
155 minutes, UK, In German w/ English subtitles, Opera
Rated NR: .
Royal Opera House

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle and ended when Marion passed away in 2012. In total, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, and catastrophes that tell us who we were and how television has shaped the world of today.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.

Admission is free. Tickets available at box office only.

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Billy Elliot (Kid Pickford)

Billy Elliot (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
110 minutes, UK, France, In English, Comedy
Rated R: (for language)


The life of a miner’s son in Northern England is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class on his way to boxing lessons. Joining the class and keeping it a secret from his widowed father and overbearing brother, 11-year-old Billy finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class’s exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson. She encourages him to try out for the Royal Ballet. But when his father and brother find out and forbid him to continue, Billy is torn between his responsibility to his family and to the gift with which he has been blessed. His overwhelming desire to dance has become much more to him that simply a means of self-expression. It is his passion and it is his destiny.

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Hermitage: The Power of Art (Great Art on Screen)

Hermitage: The Power of Art (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, Italy, In Italian w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.

The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations.

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The Cloud-Capped Star (Cinema East)

The Cloud-Capped Star (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
126 minutes, India, In Bengali w/ English subtitles, Drama
Rated NR: .


“Arguably Ghatak’s finest work, The Cloud-Capped Star is a dark melodrama set in late 1950s Calcutta about a refugee family and the struggle of Nita, the oldest daughter, to keep them afloat and together. It is a bitter critique of the family as institution and also of the harsh social and economic conditions arising from Partition – the trauma that defined Ghatak as an artist. With its sparse script, audacious expressionist soundtrack and a startling cinematic elegance, The Cloud-Capped Star is undoubtedly a modern masterpiece – infinitely compassionate and humane while remaining resolutely unsentimental.” —BFI

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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Playing at Limelight Cinema
111 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015, and nearly two dozen deeply revealing and personal interviews with family members, colleagues, patients and close friends.

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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
81 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction, Horror
Rated NR: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

While on a boating trip, Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is exposed to a radioactive cloud. Nothing seems amiss at first, but several months later Scott realizes that he’s shrunk in height by several inches. He sees a doctor, who admits that he’s baffled. As Scott continues to shrink, decreasing to three feet tall, he becomes bitter, and lashes out at his wife, Louise (Randy Stuart). He begins to fear a cure will never be found — since even as he becomes a national sensation, he’s still shrinking.

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Swan Lake (Royal Ballet)

Swan Lake (Royal Ballet)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
180 minutes, UK, In Nonverbal, Ballet
Rated NR: .
Royal Ballet

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece refreshed for a new generation. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

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Dinosaurs (Great Art on Screen)

Dinosaurs (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
80 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Everybody knows the T-Rex and the other dinosaurs we normally hear about and see on exhibition in natural history museums. But where do they come from? How do these giant creatures of the past end up on display?

The documentary event film “Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts. This is a thrilling journey that takes viewers to the world’s most exclusive galleries and auction houses, where wealthy collectors and prestigious scientific institutes go to great lengths to acquire the world’s rarest specimens.

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The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy (1932)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
73 minutes, USA, In English, Arabic, and French w/ English subtitles, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

A team of British archaeologists led by Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron) discover the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian prince Imhotep (Boris Karloff), along with the legendary scroll of Thoth. When one of the archaeologists recites the scroll aloud, Imhotep returns to life, but escapes. Several years later, Imhotep has taken on the guise of a wealthy man, as he searches Egypt for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated as the lovely Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann).

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Hotel by the River (Cinema East)

Hotel by the River (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
96 minutes, South Korea, In Korean w/ English subtitles, Drama
Rated NR: .


An aging poet, Younghwan (Ki Joobong), summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo and Yu Junsang) to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women (Kim Minhee and Song Seonmi) out walking in the new-fallen snow.

“There was a children’s show, in the sixties, on which the host would invite children to draw several random lines on a big piece of paper and the host would then incorporate them into a drawing. The South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, who has lately been making two or three films a year (fourteen features in the past decade, twenty-three in all so far), does something of the sort with his own life. Working fast and on a low budget, he pulls together a few sprigs of experience and ideas and, inwardly observing the pattern that they make together, creates a sort of cinematic crystal structure that’s compact, hard-edged, sharp-pointed, and sometimes dazzlingly intricate.” —The New Yorker.

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Spy Kids (Kid Pickford)

Spy Kids (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
88 minutes, USA, In English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Action, Comedy, Family Friendly
Rated PG: (for action sequences and brief language)


Two young kids become spies in attempt to save their parents, who are ex-spies, from an evil mastermind. Armed with a bag of high tech gadgets and out-of-this world transportation, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) will bravely jet through the air, dive under the seas and crisscross the globe in a series of thrilling adventures on a mission to save their parents … and maybe even the world.

Kid Pickford tickets are always just $1 thanks to our generous sponsors at Bank of the Pacific. Tickets may be claimed at the box office only.

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The Welkin (National Theatre)

The Welkin (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
120 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .
National Theatre

Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.

When Sally claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

James Macdonald (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.

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The Space Children (1958)

The Space Children (1958)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
69 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction
Rated NR: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

Dave Brewster (Adam Williams) arrives to take his new job as an electronics technician at a top-secret Air Force base in California. With him are his wife Anne (Peggy Webber) and their two children, Bud (Mikel Ray) and Ken (Johnny Crawford), who are all apprehensive about this sudden transplant, as well as the spartan existence that all of the families live under. No sooner do they arrive, however, then Bud and Ken see a strange light in the sky pointing to the beach, and soon after that seem to be receiving increasingly powerful — and detailed — telepathic communications from an unseen source. The boys are drawn, along with the children from the other families, to a lonely cave near the beach, where an alien presence, in the form of a huge (and ever-growing) brain, has hidden itself.

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Wunderkammer (Great Art on Screen)

Wunderkammer (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
87 minutes, Italy, France, UK, In English, Italian, and French w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


The Wunderkammer – also known as “cabinets of curiosities” – emerged among sovereigns and elite collectors in the 16th century.

There are extraordinary rooms all over the world: the Renaissance cabinets that became some of today’s major museums over the course of the 18th century, and those of the present, whose contents come from the most prestigious galleries displayed in amazing villas and castles.

The documentary event film allows viewers a never-before-seen look into these secret places filled with eccentric and priceless oddities in private collections to reveal the wonder that lies inside them.

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The Invisible Man (1933)

The Invisible Man (1933)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
71 minutes, USA, In English, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

While researching a new drug, Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) stumbles on a potion that can make him invisible. When he reveals his new ability to his old mentor (Henry Travers) and his fiancée (Gloria Stuart), it’s clear that a side effect of the potion is insanity. Jack goes on a violent rampage, and the police struggle to hunt him down, unable to see their target, while his mentor and his former partner (William Harrigan) desperately try to devise a plan to capture him.

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Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Royal Opera House)

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Royal Opera House)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
190 minutes, UK, In Italian w/ English subtitles, Opera
Rated NR: .
Royal Opera House

Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Players) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act, but they were written independently. Cavalleria rusticana came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo. His Pagliacci in 1892 was another triumph. The two works, each undeniable masterpieces of the verismo tradition of realism, share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy.

Damiano Michieletto’s production was an Olivier-Award-winning hit when first presented in 2015. He sets both operas within the same village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other and offering theatrical realism within visuals that are modern and yet timeless. The production was widely praised at its premiere, and summarized by the Financial Times as ‘a gripping evening all round.’

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Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, this documentary explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.

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The Dante Project (Royal Ballet)

The Dante Project (Royal Ballet)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
120 minutes, UK, In Nonverbal, Ballet
Rated NR: .
Royal Ballet

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In his new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor creates a world premiere in collaboration with an award-winning team – contemporary conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

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The Black Cat (1934)

The Black Cat (1934)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
65 minutes, USA, In English, Latin, and Hungarian w/ English subtitles, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

The first cinematic teaming of horror greats Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi is a bizarre, haunting, and relentlessly eerie film that was surprisingly morbid and perverse for its time. Peter (David Manners) and Joan Allison (Julie Bishop) are honeymooning in Budapest when they meet mysterious scientist Dr. Vitus Verdegast (Lugosi) aboard a train. When the trio’s bus from the train station gets into an accident, the young couple accompanies Verdegast to the castle of the spectral Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff), an architect and the leader of a Satanic cult.

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Bernini (Great Art on Screen)

Bernini (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
86 minutes, Italy, In Italian w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


“No artist defined 17th-century Rome more than Gian Lorenzo Bernini did, working under nine popes and leaving an indelible mark on the Eternal City. And there is probably no better place to appreciate his talent and genius than the Borghese Gallery in Rome… But during the remarkable exhibition titled ‘Bernini,’ visiting may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” – The New York Times

The selection of more than 60 masterpieces on display at the Villa Borghese in Rome has been defined by art experts as Bernini’s return home. Five centuries have passed since the birth of the artist’s magnificent sculptures and through exclusive, never-before-seen footage, the curators of this stunning exhibition uncover the details of these treasures, on loan from the world’s most prestigious museums for this extraordinary cinematic experience.

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Elektra (Royal Opera House)

Elektra (Royal Opera House)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
120 minutes, UK, In German w/ English subtitles, Opera
Rated NR: .
Royal Opera House

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
75 minutes, USA, In English, Horror
Rated NR: .


It’s Alive!

After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.

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