November 22-29, 2006

They are the knights who say “Ni!” Plus other local film events.

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Back to the Future A whole lotta fun from 1985, Robert Zemeckis' time-travel comedy makes fine use of its stars (Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Elizabeth Shue, and Crispin Glover). It's a very family-friendly flick, if no sci-fi classic, with enough action and laughs to make you almost excuse Fox's guitar antics and the notion of a white guy teaching Chuck Berry to rock. (PG) BRIAN MILLER Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684, $5. 3:30, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 24-Sun. Nov. 26.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma The 2005 documentary attempts to expose "the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances, created, for capital gain" by the for-profit health care industry. Following the film, a director for Washington Community Action Network will lead a discussion on how to approach issues of universal health care and pharmaceutical costs. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N., 206-632-6021. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 24.

The Big Sleep Bogie & Bacall are sharp as knives in this 1946 thriller, second in the Grand Illusion's series of the pair's classic films. Adapted from the novel by Raymond Chandler, hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) finds more than one kind of dangerous curve while sleuthing on Mulholland Drive. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5.50-$7.50. 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. Fri. Nov. 24-Thurs. Nov. 30. 4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

CLUE With Tim Currey as Wadsworth, Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White, and Michael McKean as Mr. Green, this mystery—based on the board game—effectively makes light of murder. Each showing features one of the movie's three original endings. (PG) Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6.25-$9.25. Midnight. fri. Nov. 24-Sat. Nov. 25.

Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival SEE THE WIRE. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-684-4757,, $7. 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 25.

Days of Heaven SEE THE WIRE. (PG) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $6-$8. 7 & 9 p.m. Fri. Nov. 24-Thurs. Nov. 30.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail The coconuts. The French tower guard. The killer rabbit. The knights who say "Ni!" They're all here in Python's 1975 sendup of all things Arthurian, and they're all just as funny as ever. Brace yourself, however, for what will probably be an interactive audience experience not unlike The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's likely that most viewers will know every line of dialogue in advance, and you'd be a killjoy to shush them as they shout out their favorite bits (or at least mutter under their breath). But what do elderberries actually smell like? (PG) BRIAN MILLER Varsity, 4329 University Way N.E., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Fri. Nov. 24-Thurs. Nov. 30.

Twisted Flicks: Earth vs. the Flying Saucers SEE THE WIRE. Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way N.E., 206-781-3879, $10. 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 25.

We Found it in the Basement "Director: some guys/19eh . . . whatever, Planet Earth/Color and B & W and pink, 35mm" is how this ragtag film footage, assembled from the Grand Illusion's secret trove of celluloid oddities, is described. The 100-minute montage is a visual mash-up of cartoons, previews, industry shorts, and God only knows what else. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $2.50-$5. 11 p.m. Fri. Nov. 24-Sa. Nov. 25.

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