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  • Take an old-school-style slasher and cross it with a Hitchcock thriller. Then mix in Jason Bourne and “The Terminator.” Throw in a little bit of Lifetime family drama, and you’ve got Adam Wingard’s “The Guest.” 
  • Willow Bader started hanging her encaustic art in the St. Clouds (1131 34th Ave.) bar three years ago. Now, the restaurant is celebration her ever-changing art with a party on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 
  • Shawn Levy’s “This is Where I Leave You” is yet another ensemble funeral dramedy, a subgenre that feels, overall, a little stale and overdone at this point. 
  • Ned Benson’s somber, artfully made meditation on a modern marriage, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” encompasses many things. It’s about regret, impulse decisions, second chances, fresh starts, reconnecting, uncertainty and drifting in and out of love. 
  • The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will have its big fall book sale this weekend. More than 150,000 items — including of nonfiction, fiction, children’s books, CDs and DVDs — will be available for purchase. 
  • A liquor license discontinuance was issued for Philadelphia Fevre Steak and Hoagie Shop on Madison. 
  • Michael R. Roskam’s latest character-driven, neo-noir “The Drop” takes place in a cold and gloomy working-class neighborhood in New York — the kind of neighborhood where all business and justice are handled outside of the law but within the neighborhood.  
  • The Seattle Japanese Garden (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.) will celebrate the Japanese holiday Respect for Elders Day on Monday, Sept. 15, by admitting seniors age 65 and older to the garden for free. 
  • In honor of national Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 through 27, the Seattle Public Library will host story times and film screenings at several library locations. The events celebrate the freedom to read and encourage discussions on why books are banned. 
  • Jonathan Demme’s “A Master Builder,” based on the play by Henrik Ibsen, finds an aging Wallace Shawn playing Halvard Solness, a master architect nearing the end of his life. 
  • “When you live with people, you know them better than you care to.” Ben (John Lithgow) says to his husband, George (Alfred Molina), over the phone near the middle of Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange.” 
  • From 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, the Seattle Japanese Garden will once again light up lanterns, luminaries and floating boats to welcome the autumn full moon, in keeping with the Japanese tradition of O-tsukimi moon viewing. 
  • Madison Park becomes ‘Julia’s Farm’ in new short film
    Madison Park’s Sudeshna Sen did the unthinkable last year: She quit her job as a university professor to write her first screenplay and produce her first short, “Julia’s Farm.” 
  • FOOD MATTERS | Waiting for brunch
    When “Cider House” took itself to Los Angeles and then to Broadway, Platt teamed up with colleague Paul “Pablo” Butler, the Spanish teacher at Charles Wright, and plunged into the restaurant business. 
  • DASSdance to premiere new show
    DASSdance, which got its start in New York City, will show off its space at the MLK FAME Community Center (3201 E. Republican St.) with its new “Lights, Camera…ACTION!” show on Sept. 20 and 21. 
  • The fifth-annual Madison Park Art Walk will kick off Sept. 12 with a public reception at Starbucks (4000 E. Madison St.), from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music and refreshments. 
  • The Friends of Peppi’s Woods group has been awarded $3,523 from the Department of Neighborhoods’ 2014 Small and Simple Projects Fund. 
  • A sequel to his “The Trip” from 2010, Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip to Italy” is an example of how minimalistic comedy can be done well. 
  • It’s difficult to not let a smile creep onto your face whenever the titular character of Frank (Michael Fassbender) comes on screen in Lenny Abrahamson’s quirky Sundance standout “Frank.” 
  • Pierce Brosnan gets to relive his James Bond glory days in Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man,” as Peter Devereaux, a former CIA operative who’s called out of retirement for one last mission. 
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