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Friday, July 22, 2011 - Page updated at 02:30 p.m.

'War of the Worlds' faux doc and 'Casablanca' highlight special films

By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times movie critic

"War of the Worlds: The True Story," a faux documentary directed by Timothy Hines and inspired by the famous 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast, will have three screenings Saturday night to launch the film's 50-city tour of the U.S. and Canada. Several Seattle-based actors appear in the film, including Jack Clay (professor emeritus of the UW's School of Drama), John Kaufmann and Floyd Reichman. 7, 9 and 11 p.m. at the King Cat Theater at Sixth Avenue and Blanchard Street in downtown Seattle; tickets are $10 and available at the door or through www.etix.com.

For more information on the film, see www.waroftheworldsthetruestory.com.

This week's outdoor-movie offerings (should the weather cooperate) include "Megamind" (Tuesday; Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park), "Despicable Me" (Saturday, Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights, Kirkland), "How to Train Your Dragon" (Friday, Everett Cinema Under the Stars, and Thursday, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park), "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" (Saturday, Fremont Outdoor Movies), "Grease" (Friday, Moonlight Movies in Renton), "Ghostbusters" (Wednesday, Movies at Marymoor Park) and "Predator" (Thursday, Moonlight Cinema at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville).

For additional information on any of these screenings, go to www.seattletimes.com and search for the article "Outdoor movies: Neighborhoods light up summer nights."

Rob Reiner's coming-of-age tale "Stand By Me," starring the late River Phoenix, celebrates its 25th birthday this year and comes to the Grand Illusion this week. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.

You must remember this: "Casablanca" plays at the Historic Everett Theater this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 at the door. 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; 425-258-6766 or www.everetttheatre.org.

And finally, John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club," starring Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall (remember them?), is this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian. Friday and Saturday, 805 E Pine, Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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