"Once again, the Seattle International Film Festival is filling theaters with more films than would be humanly possible to watch in a feeble earthbound lifetime," writes Lindy West, introducing the Stranger's annual guide. "With 256 features and 150 shorts from a staggering 67 countries, it's easy to start crying and never stop." At least there's plenty of time to tackle that lineup, as the festival opens tonight with Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's The Extra Man and runs through June 13. One does not SIFF by the Stranger alone, of course. The Parallax View's created what amounts to a portal to ongoing coverage.
"Casablanca kicks off the Paramount Theatre's annual summer series," announces Kimberley Jones, introducing the Austin Chronicle's package of eleven reviews of eleven films. Tonight on into September.
"Charles R Knight, father of modern paleo-art, did for the long-extinct what John James Audubon did for American flora and fauna," writes Nick Pinkerton at the top of his Voice overview of Prehistoric Special Effects: The Art of Charles R Knight, running today through Sunday at BAMcinématek. Andy Newman has more, including a slide show, in the New York Times. Steve Dollar covers this and more NYC events for the Wall Street Journal.
And in the Los Angeles Times, Susan King rounds up local goings on.
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