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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Thursday August 27, 2015 at 10:08 am Times and listings are for Friday 8/28 through Thursday 9/3

OPENING THIS WEEK^ back to top


Airplane!

The beautifully silly 1980 comedy classic Airplane! returns for another theatrical flight. Feel free to quote along. ... "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue." ... "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" ... "It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now." ... I could do this all day. 88 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 8/30)
Century 14 Downtown Sun 2:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00
Century Rio Sun 2:00; Wed 2:00, 7:00

Citizenfour

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong to meet with NSA whistleblower-on-the-run Edward Snowden. Whether you think of him as a traitor or a patriot, this even-keeled collection of up-close-and-personal interviews (recorded over the course of eight days) will make you think twice about the former CIA analyst's narrative concerning abuse of government power in the data age. 114 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/3)
SUB Theater Thu 1:00, 3:30

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

British TV actress Bel Powley stars as a teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco who has an affair with her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgrd). This bawdy, funny, sensitive indie is based on Phoebe Gloeckner's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age graphic novel. 102 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/28)
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sun 11:30am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Mon-Thu 1:30am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:55am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05
High Ridge Fri-Sun 12:25, 3:40, 7:25, 10:15; Mon-Thu 12:25, 3:40, 7:25

Elektro Moskva: The Secret History of Soviet Space-Age Electronic Music

The bleeps and bloops in this musical documentary belong to the avant-garde rock musicians who made up the Soviet Union's long-lost, Space-Age dance music scene. From the groundbreaking work of inventor Leon Theremin to interviews with a brand new generation of Russian collectors bent on embracing the crude synthesizers and "cosmic chill-out tunes" of mid-century Moscow, this cheeky documentary celebrates its love for primitive electronic tuneage. In Russian with English subtitles. (Opens Tuesday 9/1)
Guild Cinema Tue-Thu 6:30

Fantastic Journey: Animated Shorts--Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015

From the Children's Film Festival in Seattle (and all around the world) comes this collection of high-quality animated shorts. We get zebras from Germany, singing octopi from America, cooking-obsessed kids from France, stuffed tigers from Russia, enchanted forests from Canada and more. There are 11 films in total. Selections are either in English or nonverbal in content, so little ones won't have to read subtitles. 65 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 8/29)
Guild Cinema Sat-Sun 12:00

Filmage: The Story of the Descendents/All

Shortly after making a name for themselves in the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore punk scene, the members of The Descendents broke up in spectacular fashion--with guitarist Frank Navetta setting fire to his gear and disappearing, bassist Tony Lombardo rejecting the rock lifestyle in favor of a suburban home and iconic frontman Milo Aukerman going off to college to become a scientist. That left drummer Bill Stevenson to carry the torch for the last three decades. Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) reveal the untold tale of these musical legends and their oddball legacy. 91 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 9/1)
Guild Cinema Tue-Thu 4:30, 8:30

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Ten international directors (led by The Lion King's Roger Allers) tackle Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran's much-loved collection of prose poetry. The spiritual life lessons of Ghibran's text have been reduced to three-minute stranzas, and an overarching story has been added--something about an exiled artist fleeing his homeland with daughter and housekeeper in tow. It's imaginative, but choppy. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek and Quvenzhane Wallis provide the voices. PG. (Opens Friday 8/28)
High Ridge Fri-Sun 12:55, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25; Mon-Thu 12:55, 3:55, 7:10

An extreme sports enthusiast, getting high.

Meru

This jaw-dropping documentary about high-altitude climbing follows three friends up the slopes of the infamous "Shark's Fin" on Northern India's Mount Meru. After enduring storms, setbacks, injuries and near-starvation, the men gave up, calling the mountain unclimbable. Astonishingly, they tried again three years later. Somehow--based in what happend to the men in the intervening years--this gorgeous, frightening film makes that seem less like an act of insanity and more like an inspiring, spit-in-the-face-of-mortality challenge. FULL REVIEW: High-altitude documentary hits viewers like an avalanche by Devin D. O’Leary (8/27/2015). 87 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/28)
High Ridge Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:50, 7:40, 10:35; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 7:40

Phoenix

A disfigured concentration camp survivor (Nina Hoss from A Most Wanted Man), unrecognizable after plastic surgery, searches postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who may have betrayed her to the Nazis. While it sounds melodramatic, this German offering toes the line between twisty, Hitchockian drama and allegorical war story. In English and German with English subtitles. 98 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 8/28)
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:35, 3:30, 7:05, 9:55

Tu Dors Nicole

Twentysomething Nicole (Julianne Cote) is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end job in her tiny Quebec hometown and spending evenings with her best pal Veronique. When her older brother unexpectedly shows up with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls' lazy summer, it becomes clear to Nicole that something has to change. Funny, melancholy and shot in a luminous black-and-white, this Canadian indie is like Noah Baumbach for Canucks. In French with English subtitles. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/28)
Guild Cinema Fri-Mon 6:00

Turbo Kid

This ridiculous, infectious, faux-'80s flashback finds a gang of BMX-riding teen rebels battling a tyrannical overlord (cult actor Michael Ironside) in the post-apocalyptic "future" world of the 1990s. This one's an intoxicating mix of synth-heavy music, crazy violence and sweetly retro Saturday afternoon matinee nostalgia. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/28)
Guild Cinema Fri-Sat 10:30

War Room

From the writer-director of such Christian films as Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous comes this drama about a "seemingly perfect" African-American family who try to fix their problems (hubby grapples with "temptation"--maybe from Ashley Madison?) with the help of an older, wiser, Bible-endorsing woman. Spoiler alert: All they need is prayer. 120 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 8/28)
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:50am, 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7:00, 10:00
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

We Are Your Friends

Why aren't there more dramas about aspiring EDM DJs? Just wondering. In this one High School Musical's Zac Efron plays a twentysomething who dreams of playing sweet MP3s on his laptop for stoned-out dudebros and drunk girls in Yeti boots. He finds a mentor in big-shot California DJ Wes Bentley (Ricky from American Beauty). Like Mariah Carey in Glitter and so many more show-biz wannabes before him, will our protagonist abandon his homies on his meteoric rise to fame or stay true to his crew? 96 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 8/27)
Century 14 Downtown Fri 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05; Mon-Thu 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:05am, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:40am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:30am, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

Welcome to Me

Former "SNL" star Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unbalanced woman who wins the Mega-Millions lottery. Naturally, she quits all her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show so she can broadcast herself to the world. 87 minutes (Opens Thursday 8/27)
SUB Theater Fri 6:00, 8:00; Sat 6:00, 8:00; Sun 1:00, 3:00
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