PURPLE RAIN Easily the best superhero film of the 1980s.

recommended Action, Anarchy, and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective
Emphasizing visual style and mood, maverick director Seijun Suzuki dispenses with the formalities of film grammar and tosses narrative along the wayside whenever he sees fit, jettisoning continuity, character, and genre conventions with it. A touring collection of Suzuki's work passes through the NW Film Center for the month of April, and the bracing, elusive films bleed with the Japanese director's strikingly surreal style. NED LANNAMANN NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

B-Movie Bingo
The Hollywood's film series where audiences check off a bingo card full of B-movie clichés. This month's entry: Shadow Warriors. How a 1997 schlock-action grease fire like this, starring Carl Weathers, Hulk Hogan, and Skinemax royalty Shannon Tweed, ever escaped your radar, lord only knows—but this is your chance to rectify that oily, leather-clad, cheese-stuffed oversight on the big screen. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Barbershop: The Next Cut
One could assume that I'm not the target demographic for this movie because I'm white, and Hollywood tells us movies with all-white casts are for everybody, but movies with all-black casts are just for black people. But B:TNC is good for everybody. It's funny, smart, and sincere without being corny. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters.

Erasures and Spaces: The Revisionist Films of Salise Hughes
A series of shorts from the experimental Seattle animator, highlighting her unique style of sampling and remixing found footage. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended High-Rise
See review, this issue. On Demand.

Keanu
See review, this issue. Various Theaters.

Little Miss Sunshine
The path of this little indie-that-did-but-should-it-have is a weird one. In 2006, it blows up and becomes an awards-circuit behemoth. It then immediately gets written off as an annoying, saccharine trifle and finds itself filling those wire-mesh baskets of three-for-$5 DVDs at Wal-Mart. But how is it now, with a decade of distance and resultant nostalgia smoothing things out? Will you rediscover the quiet magic that made it an enjoyable surprise in the first place? Or will you leave the theater sad-eyed and bearded like Steve Carell? BOBBY ROBERTS Academy Theater.

Mother's Day
Review forthcoming. Various Theaters.

Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time
The local premiere of a sci-fi comedy shot in the Northwest over the course of a decade, about an special agent adventuring through time to capture his nemesis, a man named Mad Scientist. Starring David Ogden Stiers and Walter Koenig. Well, they're not really starring in it. They're just in it. But when you've been making a movie for over 10 years and you've got Ensign Chekov and Major Winchester? You promote that shit. Hollywood Theatre.

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
See review, this issue. Fox Tower 10.

Purple Rain
"Let's have some action! Let's have some asses wigglin'... I want some perfection!" RIP, Prince. 99W Drive-In, Laurelhurst Theater.

Ratchet & Clank
See review, this issue. Various Theaters.

REAK: Trance Music and Possession in West Java
A documentary by Northwest artist Arrington de Dionyso, made during his tour of Indonesia. Director in attendance. Fifth Avenue Cinema.

recommended (Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints
A newly-restored print of John Huston's 1971 comeback picture, Fat City—it not only beat Rocky to big screens by about five years, but might beat Rocky, period. Jeff Bridges and Stacy Keach play fighters on the opposite ends of a career path that clearly, painfully highlights just what a pugilistic flight of fancy Stallone's been on since 1976. Between this and Scorsese's Raging Bull, it's a miracle anyone still thinks the sport is worth a shit. Come to think of it, now that Mayweather's done with it, I guess it isn't. Good riddance, boxing! BOBBY ROBERTS NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Re-run Theater
For many kids, Saturday morning in the '80s consisted of pouring a big bowl of puffed corn and cow juice, laying two feet away at most from the family's tube TV, jamming your elbows into the carpet, the heels of your hands under your chin, mainlining poorly animated 30-minute toy commercials into your eyeballs. This is your chance to relive all of that, but with beer, pizza, and the Hollywood's big screen replacing that tube TV as the medium (barely) containing the furry majesty of Thundarr the Barbarian and the animated glory of Flash Gordon. And if you really want that bowl of cereal? The Hollywood will provide, just for you. BOBBY ROBERTS Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Saboteur
For those of you who think Hitchcock begins and ends with Psycho and Vertigo, do yourself a favor and check out 1942's Saboteur. That's not to say those other movies aren't classics, because holy shit they're amazing, but there's a lot more where that came from, and when you get a chance to see any Hitchcock on a big screen, you should take it. Especially a film as non-stop as this one, with uncredited rewrites from the legendary Dorothy Parker, to boot. Laurelhurst Theater.

Sing Street
See review, this issue. Various Theaters.

This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein's best-selling book about capitalism's effect on the climate becomes a globe-spanning documentary from producers Alfonso Cuarón, Danny Glover, and Seth MacFarlane, and director Avi Lewis. Laurelhurst Theater.

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema
The National Endowment for the Arts and the UCLA Film & Television Archive curate a program of must-see Native American filmmaking from the last 25 years. More at nwfilm.org. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

The Witch Who Came From the Sea
Wyrd War celebrates Walpurgisnacht with a screening of Matt Cimber's 1976 cult thriller about a young woman attaining self-awareness in a mythologically murderous manner. Hollywood Theatre.


recommended MEANS WE RECOMMEND IT. Theater locations are accurate Friday, April 29-Thursday, May 5, unless otherwise noted. Movie times are updated daily and are available here.