Special films

The Good Earth and the Good Bard

Everett’s First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., has resumed its Reel World film series. The series continues with three screen adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays. The Friday night film nights begin with a potluck at 6 p.m., movie at 7 and discussion following the film. The films:

June 13 (note new date), “Much Ado about Nothing”: (Joss Weadon, 2012). This film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy set in director Joss Weadon’s own house in California. Filmed in black and white, misplaced expectations, wacky characters plotting mischief and shrewdly drawn dialogue has never been so wondrously displayed.

June 20, “Henry V”: (Kenneth Branagh, 1989). An epic battle for the honor of England forms the storyline here. Young Henry has been insulted by the French, but he must overcome his own inner doubts and terrible odds to win the day at Agincourt. A favorite British production in times of crisis, the multitalented Branagh wrote the script, starred and directed, including the incomparable Derek Jacobi.

“Blazing Paddles”

See some of the best films from the Naitonal Paddling Film Festival at 7 p.m. May 29 at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The award-winning films feature whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, stand-up paddling and surf skiing in locations around the world.

“Blazing Paddles” is a benefit event for Washington Water Trails Association. Win a new paddle, a three-season tent, a dry bag, or other great paddling/camping gear, provided by sponsors. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for sale. Tickets, $18 or $16 for EdCC students, are available at blazingpaddles.brownpapertickets.com/. For more information go to www.paddle4ever.com/BlazingPaddles.html.

Dial H for Hitchcock

A yearlong series of 12 of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films will be shown on the last Wednesday of the month at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett; call 425-257-8250. A screening and discussion will start at 1:30 p.m. and a screening only will start at 6:30 p.m.

May 28, “Lifeboat”: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak and Hume Cronyn are among the survivors when a ship is torpedoed (1944).

June 25, “Notorious”: A woman is asked to spy on Nazis in South American; with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant (1946).

July 30, “Rope”: Two friends commit the perfect murder. Stars Dick Hogan, John Dall, Farley Granger and Jimmy Stewart (1948).

Aug. 27, “Strangers on a Train”: A socialite plots a double murder; with Robert Walker and Farley Granger (1951).

Sept. 24, “Dial M for Murder”: A tennis pro (Ray Milland) plans to murder his wife (Grace Kelly), but things go awry (1954).

Oct. 29, “Rear Window”: Jimmy Stewart, laid up with a broken leg, and Grace Kelly, in designer clothes, suspect a neighbor of murder (1954).

Nov. 26, “Vertigo”: A retired detective (Jimmy Stewart) becomes obsessed with a friend’s wife (Kim Novak) in San Francisco (1958).

Dec. 31, “North by Northwest”: A New York executive (Cary Grant) becomes embroiled with spies; he meets Eva Marie Saint as he flees across the country (1959) (No 6:30 showing).

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