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All Roads Film Series This series, presented by National Geographic, features films on indigenous and minority cultures around the world. Tonight's screening is The Hunter, about a young man from Kazakhstan who learns life lessons from a wolf hunter. IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island, 206-855-4399. $5. 3:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 14.
The Animation Show The third annual cartoon anthology features perhaps two dozen short works over 90 minutes, including efforts by series curators Mike Judge (King of the Hill) and Don Hertzfeldt. The expanded DVD comes out the same week. (NR) Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-443-1744. $10. 8 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 17.
Avenging Eagle and Friends The Kung Fu Grindhouse series, "wholly devoted to visceral visual satisfaction," features three Chinese kung fu films from the late '70s Shaw Brothers era: Horse Boxing Killer, Invincible Pole Fighter, and Avenging Eagle. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. Free. 6 p.m. Mon. Jan. 15. 21 and over.
Buyer Be Fair—The Promise of Product Certification The Queen Anne Movie Guild screens this documentary on the global impact of consumer purchases along with the short Malkolm the Birder Boy—Quest for the Bluethroat, about a young camper in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St., 282-5001. Free. 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13.
Diary of a Lost Girl This 1929 film, starring Louise Brooks, is featured tonight in STG's series of German Expressionist Silents. Dennis James plays the Wurlitzer Organ during the screening. The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 682-1414. $12. 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 15.
Double Indemnity SEE THE WIRE, PAGE 23. (NR)
Ghost on the Highway Pioneering LA punk rockers including John Doe, Henry Rollins, and Dave Alvin participate in this documentary salute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce (1958-1996), who never quite achieved the same level of success with his band, Gun Club, though today it's considered a progenitor of the psychobilly genre and an influence on the White Stripes. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380. $5-$8. 7 & 9 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10, 9 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.
Independent Exposure A touring screening program of indie films, videos, and digital art presented by Microcinema. Screenings, on the second Wednesday of every month, are followed by prize giveaways and audience submissions. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 7 & 9 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10.
Karla Misha Collins ("24") and Laura Prepon ("That '70s Show") star in this thriller, which made the festival rounds in 2006. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 7 & 9:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11-Sun. Jan. 14.
The Last Atomic Bomb Documentarian Robert Richter follows a survivor of the Nagasaki nuclear bombing in this rumination on the U.S.'s decision to use the bomb and on what followed. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., www.meaningfulmovies.org. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12.
Mighty Times: The Children's March This 2005 Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary Film examines the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, when 4,000 schoolchildren walked out in protest. A figure from that protest, Mr. Shelly Stewart, will share his story after the film, along with a performance from slam poet Josh Reisberg. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-798-5877, www.washingtonhistory.org. 5 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.
Outfoxed Everybody who watches the Fox News Channel should first be required to watch this 2004 documentary exposé, so as to be inoculated against the infectiously neo-fascist notions hawked by America's most obviously unfair and imbalanced "news" organization. They won't, of course, because, as Robert Greenwald's insta-doc demonstrates, Fox News is a feedback loop of willful ignorance: Studies have shown that the more people watch it, the less they actually know about the world, and the likelier they are to buy simplistic lies, such as that Iraq was behind 9/11 and rife with WMDs. At his punchy best, Greenwald emulates the wham-bam effectiveness of Fox itself, although his film starts droning toward the end. (NR) TIM APPELO One Earth One Design, 14300 Greenwood Ave. N., 418-8120. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes From directing duo the Quay Brothers, a tale of a malevolent doctor and his plans to stage a "diabolical opera." Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935. $5.50-$7.50. 7 & 9 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12-Thurs. Jan. 18. Also 3 & 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Remember when Harrison Ford was actually fun to watch? Flash back to 1981 and Steven Spielberg's tribute to the serial cliffhangers of his youth: The first (and best, and Oscar-winning) installment in the Indy trilogy became one of the biggest and most influential blockbusters of the decade. Ford's wisecracking, swashbuckling character also created a huge surge in men's haberdashery (to say nothing of bullwhip sales). What with the fourth installment now prepared for production, with Ford now aged 66, he may yet do the same for artificial hips. (PG) BRIAN MILLER Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 781-5755. $6-$9.25. Midnight. Fri. Jan. 12-Sat. Jan. 13.
Rural Rock & Roll Director Jensen Rufe is present for the screening of his exploration of Eureka, California's eclectic music scene. Bands from the film, including "construction-working mountain metalheads" The Hitch, goth girls The Ian Fays, and karaoke glam popstars The Buffy Swayze, will perform at the nearby Comet Tavern after the show. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $5-$8. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.
Too Much Note that the GI's zany late-night weekend shows have now been reduced in price. From 1987, this PG-rated paraphrase of A Boy and His Dog amounts to A Girl and Her Japanese Robot. Visiting Tokyo with her businessman father, said girl bonds with her wee mechanical companion (code name "Too Much"); the two set out on the road together when a rival inventor threatens the cute little lump of circuitry. TV actress and future drug casualty Bridgette Anderson stars; ten years later the heroin addict would OD at the age of 22—perhaps the subject of another, more promising movie. (PG) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935. $2.50-$5. 11 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13.
2 Seconds This 1998 film follows fictional French Canadian Laurie and her adventures in cycling and romance. The screening, preceded by shorts, is a benefit for local non-profit bike education group The Bikery. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935. $5.50-$7.50. 11 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12.