* 13 Going on 30
It's 1987 and 13-year-old Jenna wants nothing more than to grow up and become the editor of her favorite fashion mag, Poise. In her way is a group of horrid junior high bitches, and her fat neighbor who carries a Casio and a huge crush. After a particularly traumatic experience, Lil' Jenna uses "wishing dust" to become Big Jenna--a 30-year-old knockout with a closet full of shoes, a hot boyfriend, and her dream job. But what's this? She still has her 13-year-old brain! Which means she doesn't know shit about sexual relationships, backbiting co-workers, or how to insert a tampon. Regal Cinemas, etc.

* 2 POP Summer Film Series
A grab bag of short underground films presented by Peripheral Produce including There, There Square by Jackie Goss, A Selective Representation of Robert Hooke's Micrographia by Ivan Ross, No Downlink by Joshua Thorson, and Another Clapping by Chi-Jang Yin. The Know

* 39 Steps
Robert Donat is wrongly accused and on the run, and unfortunately for Madeline Carroll, she's handcuffed to him. Part of Cafe Nola's Wednesday night Alfred Hitchcock series. Cafe Nola

* Amélie
With an amazing turn away from the cynicism of Delicatessen, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes no bones about being sweet and charming. A quick-moving narrative about a shy, sexy, and dreamy Parisian who helps friends and strangers fulfill their fantasies while shying away from her own. Pix Patisserie

Angel on the Right
As part of the Film Center's series of films from "emerging nations," a story about a young man who is tricked into returning to his hometown only to find that debts, emotional baggage, and other unclaimed issues lay in wait. Guild Theater

* The Battle of Algiers
Director Gillo Pontecorvo manages to re-create the fighting in the streets of Algiers with breathtaking honesty. Shot in stark black and white, the camera often handheld, the film achieves a level of realism that is quite startling. (Bradley Steinbacher) Cinemagic

Behold A Pale Horse
Manuel Artiguez refuses to stop fighting the good cause, even though the Spanish Civil War has been lost. Flash forward to 20 years later; Manuel is bored and apathetic. But a young boy tries to lure him back into the fight. Whitsell Auditorium

* Bon Voyage
Bon Voyage has a big theme (Germany's invasion of France), big actors (in terms of reputation), and big emotions (a young man's eternal love for a famous but shallow movie actress). The speed of the film's narrative is always high, and the characters are kept in constant motion, rarely stopping to rest and look at the world around them. If this were an American movie, it would have been described as intelligent and even profound; but as a French movie, it is big, dumb, and lots of fun. (Charles Mudede) City Center 12, Fox Tower 10

Breakin' All the Rules
Jamie Foxx gets dumped by his girlfriend and then writes a book about it. Division Street, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV, Tigard Cinemas

* Dogville
Dogville is far from perfect--Lars von Trier's insistence on stilted dialogue (translated from Dutch to English) makes a few of his actors look like amateurs, and things drag seriously in the final stretch. But for every audience groan there are numerous gasps of perverse delight, the most memorable of which are supplied by Nicole Kidman. Not to be outdone by Breaking the Waves' Emily Watson or Dancer in the Dark's Bjork, Kidman submits to von Trier's scriptural sadism with gusto, bringing a piercing humanity to a character that is admittedly a superhuman ideal. (David Schmader) Laurelhurst

* Donnie Darko
The teenage son of a functional-but-unpleasant, upper-middle-class family, Donnie starts having visions of a six-foot-tall demonic-looking bunny named Frank, who warns him of an impending apocalypse. Fifth Avenue Cinemas

* Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This is a film that travels far beyond most of our imaginations. It is also one of the most beautifully assembled romances you will ever see. City Center 12, Fox Tower 10, Lloyd Cinemas, Moreland Theater, Tigard-Joy Theater

* Film Jeopardy!
Watch local celebrities and film afficianados battle for the title of "ultimate film geek" in this live trivia battle. It's a five dollar admission, but that's a small price to pay for an education. Hollywood Theatre

* Forest Film Festival
A collection of experimental shorts, documentaries, and animation by independent filmmakers. The Thursday May 13th program includes Short Fictions, Friday is Animations and Experimentals, Saturday is another roundup of Short Fictions, and Sunday is TBA. See their website www.forestfilmfest.com for a comprehensive schedule of each evening of film. Clinton Street Theater

Gloomy Sunday
A hit song during the 1930s, "Gloomy Sunday" was composed by a beautiful young pianist at the request of a wealthy restaurant owner for his lover. Sounds romantic? Well, yes, except the restaurant owner also falls in love with the pianist who also happens to be coveted by a Nazi officer. Ouch. It gets complicated so fast. Fox Tower 10

* Good bye, Lenin
In 1989, Alexander Kerner (Daniel Brühl) is a young East Berliner not beginning, as he had hoped, a career in space, but one as a TV repairman. Though not happy about his situation, Alexander is not an angry youth, nor is he openly hostile to his mother, whose faith in the Socialist Party contradicts his emerging political beliefs. During a protest against the state, which is brutally repressed by the police, Alexander's mother chances to see him being beaten and arrested by the very cops who serve the party that she is devoted to. The mother faints and has a heart attack, which sends her into a coma. During her sleep, the Berlin Wall falls, East Germany dissolves into West Germany, and the society changes its money, its clothes, its entire mode of material existence. After eight months, the mother awakes, but because she is frail, the doctor strongly recommends that her recovery not be shaken by shocks and surprises. It's at this point that Good Bye, Lenin! becomes interesting. (Charles Mudede) Laurelhurst

* The Hidden Side of Documentary: Sound
A seminar held by Jason Edwards and Tamara Turner exploring the importance of sound in documentary filmmaking. Nocturnal

* I Like it When Things Fall Apart, A Night of Short Animated Movies
Chicago's independently run art space, Texas Ballroom, screens a selection of animated work from their show "I Like it When Things Fall Apart." Pacific Switchboard

* I'm Not Scared
The advertising slogan for Gabriel Salvatore's I'm Not Scared, 'Who can you trust when everyone's a suspect?' lends a poignant and desperate resonance to the film's unsettling plot. In an isolated village in southern Italy, 10-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) gradually uncovers an inhumane and jarring secret about his family. Michele's distrust of the people around him grows, and the young actor skillfully expresses the revelatory pain that arrives with the betrayal of unflinching childhood trust. Intense, subtle performances make it difficult to keep a critically objective distance as the film works to articulate a painful and eventually cathartic conflict between the loving abandon of childhood and fearful confusion of growth. The adults in the film are depraved and frightened, and Michele must shoulder the immense responsibility of remaining courageous in the face of their repression and threats. A devastating and provocative film capable of provoking uncomfortable philosophical illuminations. (Evan James) Fox Tower 10

* Inherit the Wind
Spencer Tracy and Gene Kelly star in this 1960 classic, based on a true story, about a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. PSU Smith Memorial Union Rm 225

Kitchen Stories
A spoof on how science can make for more efficient living, the fictional Swedish Home Research Institute sends observers to examine kitchen habits in 1950s Norway. The subtext of this gentle comedy is a homosexual love story. The "text" is much less interesting. Beware: your grandparents will love it. (Andy Spletzer) Cinemagic

* The Laws of Attraction
Laws of Attraction is a flawlessly functional romantic comedy. I highly recommend it for those desiring heartwarming love-resolutions, or researching how to write romantic comedy screenplays. And, if I remember correctly, we get to see Pierce Brosnan with his shirt off three or four times, and once in a pair of skimpy black briefs. (Evan James) Regal Cinemas, etc.

Man on Fire
Now, I've nothing against revenge tragedies. However, director Tony Scott (Enemy of the State, Top Gun) is a worthless washed-up hack that should've been kicked out of Hollywood years ago. A lobotomized monkey couldn't ruin a movie with Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning--and yet somehow? Tony Scott has managed to rise to the task. (Wm. Steven Humphrey) Regal Cinemas, etc.

Mango Yellow
The Robert Altman of Brazil, director Claudio Assis debuts a wild kaleidoscope of personal stories from a steamy, hormone crazed coastal town. Whitsell Auditorium

Margarette's Feast
Sometimes a picture is worth more than 1000 words. A silent film that is touching, funny, and engaging. After losing his job, Hique Gomez (who also composed the film's soundtrack) must figure out how to host his wife's extravagant birthday party. Whitsell Auditorium

* MC5--A True Testimonial
Just about everything you ever wanted to know is included in this band bio of the legendary MC5, even childhood photos. The only disappointing omission is that there's nary a mention of guitarist Wayne Kramer and drummer Dennis Thompson letting famous groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster make molds of their dicks. Otherwise, all the glory days are here, with shots of them humping girls, tales of pissing off Cream, and getting arrested for the famous "Kick out the jams, moootheerfuuuucker!!!" that singer Rob Tyner let out onstage in front of some cops. One of the main characters in the film is Detroit itself, and the impact their hometown had on their development. All the band members are portrayed as maniacally aggro, catapulting through their youth with a feral vitality that's steeped in a love/hate relationship with their home and the establishment. See this documentary now because legal issues may be sending it into obscurity from here on out. (Marjorie Skinner) Clinton Street Theater

* Mean Girls
Mean Girls is no Heathers--it lacks the surreal quality of the teenage years, the quality that's found a strange but correct analogue in supernatural teen dramas like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch--but it's pretty good. Really, when you think about what sort of crap is out there for teenagers, about how teenagers live and interact and what Hollywood thinks is at stake for them (Chasing Liberty, anyone?), Mean Girls starts to look great. It's funny, lively, and smart, with a couple of characters who seem realer than not, and had I seen it as a teenager it might have changed something for me. Regal Cinemas, etc.

New York Minute
The Olsen twins are agents of socialization in a conservative America; New York Minute is loaded with superficial morals ranging from familial friendship and personal responsibility, to a half-baked swipe at the evils of pirated music. What's worse, though, is that NYM's screenplay has some, hmm... racially unsound moments written by screenwriters apparently thinking with less depth than the Olsen's pedicurist. There is the stereotypical Asian bootlegger, the stereotypical black salon, with the stereotypical gay black barber. The film's primary antagonist, played by Eugene Levy, follows them into the ghetto--East 125th, which puts them, oh, about right in the middle of Harlem--and flashes a cop's badge: all the black men in the street involuntarily put up their hands, as though they have been caught doing something. These sorts of gnarly scenes were bad enough in the culturally unenlightened '80s (Gung Ho, anyone?), but in 2004--in a film whose primary consumptive audience is young girls and pre-teens--that shit is straight-up appalling. (Julianne Shepherd) Regal Cinemas, etc.

Nothing
A lighthearted comic film about a bored, sweetheart postal clerk in Cuba. Displacing her desires for a better life, the postal clerk begins to steal mail and rewrite letters to help brighten lives and fix broken relationships. Guild Theater

* One Minute Film Festival
Low budget independent films are a crapshoot and this film fest knows it. That's why you won't be committed to any one filmmaker's vision for longer than a minute. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life--and the spice of a bitchin' film fest. Check it... See My What a Busy Week pg 15 for more details. Pacific Switchboard

* The Prisoner, episode 14 & 15
The Mission is spotlighting this terrific cult television series starring Patrick McGoohan as a retired spy who finds himself imprisoned in a very mysterious village. A guaranteed marijuana freakout! Mission Theater

Rachida
Algiers is one of the most frightening and unsettled places in the world. When a beautiful school teacher survives a terrorist attack, she must suddenly deal with the constant threat of terrorism. Whitsell Auditorium

The Saddest Music In the World See review this issue. Cinema 21

* The Seagull's Laughter
A young beautiful Icelandic woman returns to her fishing villiage after her American serviceman husband is killed. She turns heads all over town with her fashionable American clothing and grabs the attention of the most eligible bachelor. Exotic scenery and quirky Icelandic locals add to the film's charm. Hollywood Theatre

* Shooting Nick
Daniel Yost co-wrote Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy and has written, directed, and edited this crime caper flick Shooting Nick. Sabala's Mt Tabor Theatre

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring See review this issue. Fox Tower 10

* Strangers on a Train
Two men meet on a train and jokingly concoct a plan to each murder a person from the other's life. For Bruno it's his father, for Guy it's his ex-wife, and because the two men are strangers they figure they'll be free from suspicion. Trouble arises when Bruno takes the plan seriously and decides to act. A 1951 Hitchcock suspense film. Laurelhurst

Student Video & Animation Fest
The showcase from a film geek summer camp. More than 50 local kids between 5th and 12th grades made animated films. Now they want to show 'em. Guild Theater

* Supersize Me See review this issue. Fox Tower 10

Troy See review this issue. Regal Cinemas, etc.

Van Helsing
Hugh Jackman plays Van Helsing, a long-haired Nancy-boy, who is paid by the Vatican to run around Europe and kill monsters, and who's eventually sent to Transylvania to kill Dracula. On his journey, he meets up with a sweet piece of ass (Kate Beckinsale) who also wants to kill Dracula because--surprise!--he killed her family. BUT! Unbeknownst to them, Drac has an evil scheme in mind! Sadly, the plot of Van Helsing is nonsensical, the monsters unbelievable, the action computer-generated, and it's neither scary, funny, nor exciting. And did I mention the title was stupid? If you're looking for a scary time with monsters, trust me--you'd be better off staring at a box of Count Chocula for two hours. (Wm. Steven Humphrey) Regal Cinemas, etc.

Viva La Muerte
With a swirl of father/mother complexes, political dissatisfaction and cinematic genius, the story is told about an angry boy in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. Guild Theater

What the Fuck Do We Know?
Mark Vincente's What the #$*! Do We Know?, is a tidy, slick, and thoroughly compelling documentary-infused narrative, which attempts to break the ice of quantum physics without putting us to sleep. The dramatized portions follow a few days in the life of Portland photographer Amanda, affectionately played by Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, as she deals with her separation from a cheating husband. These scenes were filmed at various sites around Portland, which adds a certain resonance to the action. Interspersed throughout the narrative, noted quantum physicists break it down, posing huge questions about reality, and our perceptions thereof. Bagdad Theater

* Wu Tang Clan
Not to be redundant, but a film featuring tons of footage of your old pals, the Wu Tang Clan. Ohm

Young Adam
The compression of desire, enhanced by wanting badly what one can't have and then taking it anyway, makes for some incredibly hot sex scenes--if only Tilda Swinton didn't look like such a wilted weed the whole time. But the real problem is that Young Adam (based on the book by Alexander Trocchi) builds up a steamy focal point for the movie, only to shift to something broader that never seems to pull the same weight. (Jennifer Maerz) Fox Tower 10

* Zardoz
Sean Connery stars in director John Boorman's sci-fi film set in 2293. Connery is a supervisor who oversees laborers, the Brutals, on Earth's polluted surface. Plus, everyone worships a flying stone head called Zardoz. Fifth Avenue Cinemas