Behind the White Glasses
Valerio Ruiz’s documentary about Lina Wertmuller, the first woman to receive Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film, featuring interviews from internationally admired artists and critics. Hollywood Theatre.
A psychological thriller about an Afghanistan veteran who finds post-war work as a bodyguard for the wife of a wealthy businessman, but has a really hard time figuring out which potential threats are real, and which ones are only in his head. Living Room Theaters.
Dracula: A Modern Silent Film
An adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, occupying the space between graphic novel and silent movie, directed by Mark Andres, with score composed by Rachel Knight. Director and composer in attendance. Hollywood Theatre.
Fall Science Fiction Silent Movie Series: A Trip to the Moon & The Lost World
The Hollywood Theatre’s latest throwback series pairs up the 1902 Méliès classic A Trip to the Moon (it’s the first sci-fi film ever, AKA the one where the moon gets something stuck in its eye) with the 1925 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dinosaur thriller, The Lost World (not to be confused with the Spielberg movie in which a 12 year-old gymnast kicks a velociraptor in the face). Live score provided by Dean Lemire on organ. Hollywood Theatre.
Hands of Stone
Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro attempt to prove there was much more to boxer Roberto Duran than his career-defining mumble of “No más.” Co-starring Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard because sure, why not. Not screened for critics. Various Theaters.
47th Cinema presents a special screening of 16mm treasures from the earliest days of televised superheroics, featuring appearances by barely-animated Spider-Man and Thor, and—of course—live action, wave-surfing Batman. Vintage commercials will be peppered throughout the program. Hollywood Theatre.
Jason and the Argonauts
Ugh. There’s that Jason guy, trying to make fleece cool again. Academy Theater.
Somehow the sequel to Jason Statham’s (relatively) low-key remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson crime classic has become a thing that looks a lot like a fucking Mission: Impossible movie, but with Jason Statham’s shiny-ass dome copy-and-pasted over Tom Cruise’s toothy visage. Various Theaters.
Noche de Película 2016
A series of four documentary shorts presented by PDX Latinx Pride, celebrating Latinx and LGBTQ communities. Q&A to follow screening. Hollywood Theatre.
Portland Film Festival
The Portland Film Festival enters its fifth year with a slew of films you’ve likely never heard of before (and likely won’t hear of again), along with workshops, panels, and networking parties. Judging by PFF’s previous years, the films won’t be much to write home about—PFF often feels less like a film fest and more like a precious parade of vanity projects—but this year the screenings are at a centralized location (the Laurelhurst), with features, docs, and shorts alongside repertory screenings of movies both respected (My Own Private Idaho) and... not (Short Circuit). Questionable quality aside, it’s worth noting that this year, PFF did something too few festivals do: Put an emphasis on selecting work from women filmmakers. Still, if that matters to you—and it should—you’re better off waiting until March for the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival. More at portlandfilmfestival.com. ERIK HENRIKSEN Laurelhurst Theater.
Wyrd war’s Punk Rock Summer Bummer
Wyrd War celebrates the career of director Penelope Spheeris by inviting you to spend a couple days inside the Hollywood Theatre with her in attendance as she screens Dudes on Thursday, August 25 and Suburbia on Friday, August 26, plus the complete collection of all her short films on both nights. Also see Film, this issue.. Hollywood Theatre.
Once upon the ’80s, there was a Hasselhoff, and he had a Cylon sportscar he called KITT, who sounded like Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World when he talked. Unfortunately—as was bound to be the case with such a show (even in the ’80s)—ratings began to go down. That was when producers had a great idea: What if we put a mustache and a soul-patch on our curly-headed hunk of glistening beefcake, made him the hero’s evil twin, gave him a Cylon monster truck, and made the whole thing a feature-length two-part television blowout? Guess what? It fuckin’ worked. So well, in fact, that you could take that two-parter, throw it up on the Hollywood’s big screen (with vintage commercials and music videos during the breaks) and have it play just as gangbusters as it did back then. BOBBY ROBERTS Hollywood Theatre.
Southside With You
In 1989 Chicago, a young legal associate goes out on a first date-but-not-really-a-date with a lawyer. They hit up an art museum, they watch a Spike Lee movie, they kiss and have ice cream. You might be going “Huh. That almost makes it sound like the story of how Barack and Michelle Obama got together.” It is. Cinema 21.
A special 35mm screening of F.W. Murnau’s first American production, which won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture in 1929, proving there was a time when the film industry actually gave a fuck about being unique and artistic. Fifth Avenue Cinema.
Kim Seong-hun’s latest tells the story of a man trapped under a collapsed tunnel with nothing but two bottles of water, some of his daughter’s birthday cake, and a phone with 78 percent battery life. Century Eastport 16.
MEANS WE RECOMMEND IT. Theater locations are accurate Friday, August 26-Thursday, September 1, unless otherwise noted. Movie times are updated daily and are available here.