Brian Miller

Never mind Ballard’s “Missing Link” or the carved-in-stone yet unfunded promise of

Never mind Ballard’s “Missing Link” or the carved-in-stone yet unfunded promise of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. Part of the pleasure of being a regular… Continue reading

Amateur shutterbugs, wedding parties, solitary dope smokers, tired stair-runners, miniskirted riders of

Amateur shutterbugs, wedding parties, solitary dope smokers, tired stair-runners, miniskirted riders of the Party Bus, tourists, dog walkers, and pensive journalists—they all come to Kerry… Continue reading

While his old Microsoft buddy and co-founder Bill Gates is busy fighting

While his old Microsoft buddy and co-founder Bill Gates is busy fighting malaria, the man behind the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has been reshaping… Continue reading

Already a successful local businessman with his family’s Pacific Coast Feather Company

Already a successful local businessman with his family’s Pacific Coast Feather Company (what could be more Northwest than feathers?), Nick Hanauer joined the ranks of… Continue reading

Surveying the homestead site: Cromwell and Bujold.Ken Woroner/Samuel Goldwyn Films

Still Mine Opens Fri., Aug. 2 at Harvard Exit. Rated PG-13. 103

Still Mine Opens Fri., Aug. 2 at Harvard Exit.
Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. You could call this Canadian melodrama of octogenarians aging in place the anti-Amour,… Continue reading

Surveying the homestead site: Cromwell and Bujold.Ken Woroner/Samuel Goldwyn Films
Coyle (center) and Bradley (right) meet the mother alien.IFC Films

Grabbers Runs Fri., Aug. 2–Thurs., Aug. 8 at Grand Illusion. Not rated.

Grabbers Runs Fri., Aug. 2–Thurs., Aug. 8 at 
Grand Illusion. Not rated. 94 minutes. This lighthearted Irish creature-com lays out its premise a little earlier… Continue reading

Coyle (center) and Bradley (right) meet the mother alien.IFC Films
The Act of Killing frames atrocity through absurdity.

The Act of Killing Opens Fri., Aug. 2 at Varsity. Not rated.

The Act of Killing Opens Fri., Aug. 2 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 122 minutes. “It was like we were killing . . . happily.” The speaker is Anwar Congo,… Continue reading

The Act of Killing frames atrocity through absurdity.
Maria Semple has written for several television shows, including <em>Beverly Hills, 90210;</em> <em>Ellen;</em> <em>Mad About You;</em> and<em> Arrested Development. </em>

Formerly a TV writer for Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live, Maria

Formerly a TV writer for Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live, Maria Semple moved to Seattle four years ago and then made her new home… Continue reading

Maria Semple has written for several television shows, including <em>Beverly Hills, 90210;</em> <em>Ellen;</em> <em>Mad About You;</em> and<em> Arrested Development. </em>
Since taking Sundance and SIFF by storm with her breakthrough film Humpday

Since taking Sundance and SIFF by storm with her breakthrough film Humpday

Since taking Sundance and SIFF by storm with her breakthrough film Humpday in 2009, Lynn Shelton has been working at a furious rate, already wrapping… Continue reading

Since taking Sundance and SIFF by storm with her breakthrough film Humpday
Simpson’s Secured Embrace.

Some visual artists leave behind pretty objects or precious trophies for millionaires

Some visual artists leave behind pretty objects or precious trophies for millionaires to collect; others make gestures or create concepts that don’t fit so well… Continue reading

Simpson’s Secured Embrace.
Bonnie Osborne/CBS Films

The To Do List Opens Fri., July 26 at Sundance Cinemas and

The To Do List Opens Fri., July 26 at Sundance Cinemas and other theaters. Rated R. 104 minutes. On the one hand, Aubrey Plaza seems… Continue reading

Bonnie Osborne/CBS Films
Castro’s Juan likes to watch.

Post Tenebras Lux Runs Fri., July 26–Thurs., Aug. 1 at Northwest Film

Post Tenebras Lux Runs Fri., July 26–Thurs., Aug. 1 at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated.
115 minutes. During the past decade, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas has… Continue reading

Castro’s Juan likes to watch.
Fruitvale Station Opens Fri., July 26 at Guild 45th, Meridian, and other

Fruitvale Station Opens Fri., July 26 at Guild 45th, Meridian, and other

Fruitvale Station Opens Fri., July 26 at Guild 45th, Meridian, and other theaters. Rated R. 90 minutes. By an accident of timing, if not craft,… Continue reading

Fruitvale Station Opens Fri., July 26 at Guild 45th, Meridian, and other
Uneasy riders Cera and Hoffman.Sofia Subercaseaux/IFC Films

Crystal Fairy Opens Fri., July 26 at Varsity. Not rated. 98 minutes.

Crystal Fairy Opens Fri., July 26 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 98 minutes. With Arrested Development back on the small screen, the selling point to Sebastian… Continue reading

Uneasy riders Cera and Hoffman.Sofia Subercaseaux/IFC Films
Bell, the forgotten star of Big Star.Magnolia Pictures

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Runs Fri., July 19–Thurs., July 25

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Runs Fri., July 19–Thurs., July 25 at 
Grand Illusion. Not rated. 100 minutes. When Alex Chilton died three years… Continue reading

Bell, the forgotten star of Big Star.Magnolia Pictures
Redford and partners are selling amenities.

Like any director, Robert Redford has had to endure early rough-cut screenings

Like any director, Robert Redford has had to endure early rough-cut screenings of his movies, most recently The Company You Keep, with ordinary viewers in dreary… Continue reading

Redford and partners are selling amenities.
Rockwell as water-park mentor.Claire Folger/Fox Searchlight

The Way, Way Back Opens Fri., July 12 at Guild 45th and

The Way, Way Back Opens Fri., July 12 at Guild 45th and other theaters. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. With its promo push “from the studio… Continue reading

Rockwell as water-park mentor.Claire Folger/Fox Searchlight
Suliman's doctor takes a forensic look at his own marriage.Cohen Media

The Attack Opens Fri., July 12 at Sundance Cinemas. Rated R. 102

The Attack Opens Fri., July 12 at Sundance Cinemas. Rated R. 102 minutes. The stereotype of the suicide bomber, as we all know, is Muslim,… Continue reading

Suliman's doctor takes a forensic look at his own marriage.Cohen Media
Master and pupil: Arterton and Stamp.Nick Wall/Weinstein Co.

Unfinished Song Opens Fri., July 5 at Seven Gables. Rated PG-13. 93

Unfinished Song Opens Fri., July 5 at Seven Gables. 
Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. Terence Stamp has been around a long time, yet he’s paradoxically made… Continue reading

Master and pupil: Arterton and Stamp.Nick Wall/Weinstein Co.
Mikkel (Asbæk) tries to keep cool.

A Hijacking Opens Fri., July 5 at Harvard Exit. Rated R. 99

A Hijacking Opens Fri., July 5 at Harvard Exit.
Rated R. 99 minutes. Movies are good at showing horror or panic or a sudden flight into… Continue reading

Mikkel (Asbæk) tries to keep cool.