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"Lucky Them" stars Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and the city of Seattle.

Tom Tangney's best bets for SIFF

KIRO Radio's award-winning movie critic shares his best bets for this year's Seattle International Film Festival ...

Slideshow: Tom's Best Bets for SIFF

Boyhood Watch the trailer

Fresh off his ground-breaking indie trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, Richard Linklater gives us this even more innovative movie. Literally filmed over 12 years, Boyhood follows the same boy actor from age of 6 to 18 in a fictional story about growing up.

May 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre; June 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Harvard Exit

Lucky Them Watch the trailer

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffith's follow-up to her harrowing movie about sex slavery (Eden) in this airy but poignant romantic comedy about a music critic trying to track down a rock legend who disappeared a decade earlier. The film stars Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and the city of Seattle.

May 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center; May 23, 2014at 9:15 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

Obama Mama Watch the trailer

SIFF has the world premiere of this documentary about the unusual and distinctive life of the President's mother, Stanley Anne Dunham, who spent her teenage years on Mercer Island.

May 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center; June 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Harvard Exit

Fly Colt Fly: The Legend of the Barefoot Bandit Watch the trailer

Using a nice mix of animation, reenactments, and talking heads, this film recounts the still-hard-to-believe teenage exploits of Colton Harris-Moore.

May 29, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema Uptown; May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

The Trip To Italy Watch the trailer

The team that brought you the brilliantly improvised comedy The Trip - Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and director Michael Winterbottom - is back with another road trip comedy. Even if it's only half as funny as its predecessor, it'll be the funniest movie of the year.

May 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema Uptown; May 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

Abuse of Weakness Watch the trailer

Director Catherine Breillat is a natural born provocateur, usually making films that challenge, if not upend, generally accepted norms of sexuality, body image, and even narrative. Her latest movie stars the great French actress Isabelle Huppert playing a character based on Breillat herself.

June 5, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema Uptown; June 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Watch the trailer

A documentary about an Internet prodigy, the brilliant Reddit founder and open source activist Aaron Swartz who tragically killed himself as the authorities closed in.

May 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center; June 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Harvard Exit

Begin Again Watch the trailer

I'm a big fan of the film "Once" which focused on an unlikely musical and romantic pairing, an Irish busker and an Eastern European pianist. Director John Carney tries to capture magic in a bottle once again with this story of a recently dumped songwriter who pairs up with a down-on-his-luck producer. Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo star.

May 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre; May 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

Bound: Africans versus African-Americans

It's an intriguing and controversial documentary by a Kenyan-born filmmaker about the ways Africans and African-Americans size each other up.

June 7, 2014 at the 5:30 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema Uptown; June 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

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