SIFF 2016

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The 42nd Seattle International Film Festival is here! With more than 400 films at the ready, SIFF has expanded into new cities and communities and raised the bar on the number of parties, galas, interviews, red carpet events, and big adventures which await hungry and eager attendees!.

The largest North American Film Festival in existence, SIFF runs from May 19 through June 12 this year. For all the details, visit the home of the Seattle International Film Festival at

This year, Should I See It will be cannonballing into the festival, providing a daily journal with links to the films playing each day all across King County, offering a mix of capsule reviews and full-length reviews, updates, links to the awesome SIFF-related episodes of the popular CinemaSquabble Podcast, links and highlights from other Seattle-area film writers and reviewers covering the festival, and pretty much any other news we can toss your direction.

The 2016 slate of film screenings will canvass several theaters all over the Seattle-area, including, for the first time, expansion into Shoreline (Shoreline Community College) and Ballard (Majestic Bay Theatres), as well as nearby cities Bellevue, Kirkland, and Renton. There really is no excuse to not take in some of the wonderful delights and surprises that SIFF offers you in this and every year.

The common ground with SIFF is that everyone loves a good movie and this year, the festival organizers have outdone themselves, crafting one of the most diverse and expansive festivals we have ever seen.

FEATURED REVIEWS (UPDATED throughout the festival)

Beware the Slenderman

Cafe Society

Kirsten Johnson has spent her life working as a cinematographer and filmmaker on dozens of film projects both big and small. Cameraperson serves as a testimony of countless projects she has been a part of. What initially begins as something of a sizzle reel of this and that, becomes a film of fascinating curiosity and inquisitiveness of the world around us. Brilliantly edited and built, Johnson is rarely seen in the film but her vision is everywhere. We never know what images, stories, or experiences we will be sharing from scene to scene and Johnson’s ability to let us observe much of what she has observed leaves us moved and affected in ways you do not expect once the movie begins.

Dead Slow Ahead

Don’t Think Twice
Mike Birbiglia’s ensemble comedy/drama looks at an improv group teetering on the brink of dissolution, just at the height of their success. On stage, they click and connect perfectly, while off stage, the post-show bar trips and late-night hangs grow ever more caustic and empty. With Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key and Birbiglia leading the way, Don’t Think Twice shows the fragility that comes with being a performer and the inherent need to try and hold on to the spotlight for just one more laugh, one more second, and one last curtain call. Funny, honest, and real.

Finding Kim

The Fits

Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Unique, wacky, and a testament to love and loyalty, New Zealand import
Hunt for the Wilderpeople tells the story of Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a teenage boy taken in by yet another foster family, only to have the woman die unexpectedly. Tired of being bounced around, the teenager runs away, from not only child services but also his tumultuous past. An unlikely savior arrives in disgruntled and now former foster dad Hec (Sam Neill), who joins Ricky on his trek. Fitfully funny, bittersweet at times, Taika Waititi‘s adventure-comedy is a sight to see, beautifully written and uncompromising in how it loves staying rough around its edges.

The Innocents
Haunting atmosphere and palpable fear and intensity line the walls when watching Anne Fontaine‘s French film The Innocents, a harrowing tale of a French Red Cross student who uncovers a number of impregnated nuns hidden away in a convent. Set in 1945, the story is inspired by the stories of writer Philippe Maynial’s aunt, who worked in Poland after World War II. The performances are stunning, the film difficult to watch at times, but exquisitely shot and presented on screen. Featuring nearly all women in front of and behind the camera, The Innocents is an overlooked film that discerning audiences should spend ample time with.


Love & Friendship
Writer/director Whit Stillman gets a career best performance from Kate Beckinsale in his Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, which documents the force majeure that is Beckinsale’s Lady Susan Vernon, as she arrives at her brother-in-law’s estate, adult daughter in tow, seeking new husbands for both of them. Stillman’s movie rips through 1790s England with wicked humor and fast and furious dialogue and a fantastic ensemble keeping things light and frothy. The film is a sight to behold, from the costumes, production design, all the way down the card, but Beckinsale is best in show and worth the price of admission almost by herself.

A Man Called Ove

Morris From America

My Blind Brother

Other People

Rainbow Time

Southside With You

Tower – The Should I See It selection as the #1 film of 2016.


Where Have All The Good Men Gone?




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