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“The Third Murder” plays this weekend only at SIFF Cinema Uptown: Aug. 24 ,...

The Third Murder opens with the visceral shot of a burning body. Unfortunately, what follows over the course of the next two hours is much less interesting. Koji Yakusho stars as Misumi, a previously convicted...

Film documentarian Li-Shin Yu: “Issues about race and everything that is on fire today...

For all the atrocities that the current administration is committing – the systematic purges of immigrants, the ban on individuals from certain countries entering our borders, the cruel severing of family units – most...

“Ask the Sexpert” tells the story of India’s foremost sex expert

For nearly a decade, nonagenarian and retired gynecologist Dr. Mahinder Watsa has been writing a daily sex column for the Mumbai Mirror newspaper. His candor and humor are legend amongst the city’s urban dwellers...

Pham’s Nailed It digs into Vietnamese American resilience

In any given metropolitan area or strip mall in America, chances are there are at least a few Vietnamese-owned nail salons. Tracing the roots of the industry to the diaspora precipitated by the Vietnam...

“Haikara-San” plays at the Grand Illusion Cinema June 9-11.

The first installment of a two-part adaptation of the popular manga from the ‘70s, Haikara-San is a fun jaunt through Japan’s Taisho era, as seen through the eyes of the headstrong, adolescent tomboy Benio...

“The Doctor From India” plays at the Northwest Film Forum June 6-10.

Septuagenarian Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the world’s leading experts in Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine, hasn’t let age slow him down one bit. Lanky, bespectacled and speaking in evenly measured tones, his...

South Korean movie “The Day After” plays at Northwest Film Forum May 25-27

South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, indie master of realist cinema, shows that the web of lies spawned by a middle-aged publisher’s affair in The Day After is anything but the black and white palette...

Animated Japanese cult hit “Mind Game” is at Grand Illusion Cinema for one week

Coming to the Grand Illusion Cinema for a week-long limited engagement, Masaaki Yuasa’s 2004 cult hit Mind Game, based on Robin Nishi’s manga of the same name, remains as vibrant and evocative as ever,...

Half Life in Fukushima documents life in the “red zone”

Playing this weekend at the Northwest Film Forum, Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi’s haunting 2016 documentary Half Life in Fukushima follows Naoto Matsumura, a middle-aged former rice farmer who tends to the animals left...

This week: Northwest Film Forum shows “The China Hustle” and “Dream Empire”; Chinese animated...

  The China Hustle Dir. Jed Rothstein USA, 2017 “There are no good guys in this story, including me,” says Dan David, co-founder of GeoInvesting, to the camera. Like countless other investors post 2008 crash, David thought he’d...