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Go viral at the Grand Cinema with ’12 Monkeys’

Before Brad Pitt was fighting infected zombies in “World War Z” he was battling his own disease-creating father in “12 Monkeys.”

Viruses are the topic of discussion and entertainment when the Grand Cinema and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department collaborate for an evening of “Science on Screen” on June 27.

A talk about dangerous viral outbreaks by emerging diseases expert Dr. James Bales and disease outbreak control public health leader Nigel Turner will be followed by a screening of the 1995 Brad Pitt/Bruce Willis film “12 Monkeys.”

The Grand Cinema received a grant from the

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‘Chasing Ice’ comes to the Grand with special events

“Chasing Ice” – the documentary about global warming – is getting near universal great reviews. (Ours runs Friday in GO). National Geographic photographer James Balog set up time lapse cameras over a period of years to capture astounding images of glaciers melting before the cameras’ unblinking eyes.

The film is coming to the Grand Cinema on Friday and the theater has a couple of events lined up in conjunction with the screenings.

First, after the 6:35 p.m. Friday screening Point Defiance Zoo staff will be lead a discussion. John Garner, Curator of Education; Neil Allen, Curator of Aquatics;

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Oscar shows his shorts at Grand Cinema this week

UPDATE: The Grand tells me they are going to show the Nominated Animated Shorts once per day for the entire upcoming three-day President’s Day weekend. (11:50 a.m. Saturday-Monday)

The Grand Cinema is a third of the way through screening all of this year’s Oscar-nominated shorts.

(The animated shorts were shown last week. A bout of pneumonia interrupted my journalism. Apologies.)

You can still catch live action shorts on Tuesday and Documentary shorts on Feb. 19. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Showtimes: 2:20 and 6:30 p.m.
Academy Award Nominated

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Demented Santa makes his annual visit to the Grand

The Grand Cinema’s annual Christmas tradition, “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale,” returns to the Tacoma theater again starting Friday.

There’s no Rudolph or Whoville in this R rated film about a dig in Finland that surreptitiously unearths a long-buried Santa Claus. But Santa’s not the benevolent soul he’s made out to be and soon children start disappearing. A boy and his father capture Santa, hoping to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. But Santa’s evil elves have other ideas.

The film will run Friday through Thursday, December 20 with showings at 7:15 p.m. and

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Tacoman’s epic kayak journey down the Congo to screen at Grand Cinema

Steve Fisher was born in South Africa and lives in Tacoma but it’s the mighty Congo River that takes him to the Grand Cinema on Thursday.

“Congo: The Grand Inga Project” documents Fisher’s kayak expedition down the African river – the first ever.

Fisher, who will introduce the film, says the movie appeals to a wider audience than just paddling fans. It focuses on the history and details of the first decent of the world’s biggest rapids.

This is no shabby hand-held production. Footage was shot from helicopters and cameras mounted on helmets and on the kayaks themselves.

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‘Sister’ director is a rising star in indie film

Seattle film director Lynn Shelton’s career has ascended along the same trajectory as Seattle’s indie film scene. Each film she makes climbs one rung higher in critical acclaim and distribution.

Shelton’s just-released film, “Your Sister’s Sister,” opens Friday at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema, and just finished its run at Olympia Film Society’s Capitol Theater. The film – shot entirely on an undisclosed San Juan island and in Burien over two weeks – has been getting widespread praise, from Sundance Film Festival to The New York Times.

“Your Sister’s Sister” follows an aimless man (Mark Duplass) as he tries

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Grand Cinema to host Oscar party in Tacoma

The Grand Cinema is once again hosting an Academy Awards Party. This year’s is on February 26 (the night of the Oscars, naturally.)

Tickets are on sale now and are $25 general admission or $20 for Grand Cinema members.

The event is not at the non-profit movie theater but instead at Theater on the Square where attendees will watch the Oscars on a movie screen. Included in the ticket price is a box lunch made by Maxwell’s Restaurant.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with a red carpet event “Tacoma-style” (I’m not sure what that means) followed

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Come meet demented Santa today

Last week I told you about the new holiday tradition at the Grand Cinema: the showing of the Finnish film “Rare Exports.” The film is centered around a demented and evil Santa.

Today at the 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. showings, the Grand will have a demented Santa on hand at the screenings. Bring your camera and he’ll pose with you for photos – I can’t promise he’ll be happy about it, though. He is evil after all.