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Showing at SIFF 2015 now, the doc License to Operate examines the volunteer organizations that have formed in L.A. in an effort to curb violence and create lasting lines of communications between the neighborhoods and civic officials (police included).

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In My Skinny Sister (Swedish: Min lilla syster), Swedish pre-teen Stella (Rebecka Josephson) is having a hard enough time navigating the minefield that is adolescence without the passive torment doled out by her big sister, Katja (Amy Deasismont).

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Set Fire to the Stars stars Elijah Wood as real-life poet John Brinnin, who in 1950 arranged the first American reading tour for the Welsh literary legend, Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones).

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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, Breathe Umphefumlo is a witty, thoughtful, and enjoyable take on a classic opera standard.

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Currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, Cub follows a troop of Belgian boy scouts on an excursion into the French countryside for a multi-night camping trip.

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2015’s opening night revelry lived up to this proud, boozy tradition, and got yet another festival underway with a bloody, profane spy-themed comedy that set a magnificent tone for things to come.

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Currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, Personal Gold is a personal experience gilded in the minds of those who participated and filmed it. For anyone else watching, it’s an infomercial wrapped in a rote exercise in pedantic feel-good documentary filmmaking. This is like going to a baseball game that has a 20-minute time-share pitch before the first at-bat, and again between every half-inning.

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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, fans of dark, twisted, mean-spirited Sci-Fi could do a hell of a lot worse than Circle.

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Mark Duplass, star of the film, was in attendance for SIFF’s closing night, and answered a few questions for Scene-Stealers.

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The notion that we are all putting on a show during the first phase of a relationship, and that this false presentation must inevitably end, is at the crux of ‘The One I Love,’ a movie that explores the necessities of living honestly in a partnership with another human being.

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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, Half of a Yellow Sun is a hard, emotional, bloody, yet ultimately worthwhile look at an African independence movement through the eyes of people who, fifty years later, still seem entirely familiar.

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The central premise of Mirage Men, a documentary currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, is that all of this alien abduction hoopla, all this U.F.O. and conspiracy theory enthusiasm, is the intended byproduct of a deliberate government-sanctioned disinformation campaign.

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Rookie director Jake Wilson has crafted a light, quirky, but always humorous movie about one woman’s adventures navigating the treacherous waters of a late-twenty-something N.Y.C. existence.

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Paul Wright’s debut feature ‘For Those in Peril’ taps into the ennui of community isolation, personal shame, and catastrophic loss without ever confronting the meaning of any of these issues for its characters or their world.

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A direct follow-up to 2009’s Dead Snow, director Tommy Wirkola is back with another take-no-prisoners examination of how bad it could get if not just zombies, but Nazi-zombies mucked about and started some shit.

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