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THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN Whoa, this Ernest movie is weird.

THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN Whoa, this Ernest movie is weird.

recommended 2015 British Arrows Awards
See review this issue. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

All the Real Girls
David Gordon Green's 2003 film starring a pre-She and Him, pre-weird ad for cotton, pre-creepy ad for Siri, pre-The Happening Zooey Deschanel. Fifth Avenue Cinema.

B-Movie Bingo
The Hollywood's film series where audiences check off a bingo card full of B-movie clichés. This month's entry: 1990's I Come in Peace, starring Dolph Lundgren. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Brooklyn
With the exception of that time she played an assassin in Hanna, Saoirse Ronan is often confined to roles unworthy of someone who can actually act (see: The Lovely Bones). So it's exciting to see her carry a well-constructed film once again with Brooklyn. MEGAN BURBANK Various Theaters.

recommended The City of Lost Children
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's creepy, beautiful fantasy. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Creed
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

See review this issue. On Demand.

recommended Fargo
See My, What a Busy Week! Laurelhurst Theater.

Getting to Know YouTube
Local presenters fire up YouTube and explore "the boundaries of what tubes and you were meant for." More at Hollywood Theatre.

The Good Dinosaur
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

2004's Catwoman, with the audience's wiseass remarks projected directly onto the screen. Presented as part of the Hollywood's Movies in Black and White series, which aims to bring people together to "watch movies and talk about race, featuring guest panelists from the worlds of film, art, and comedy." Hollywood Theatre.

Homegrown DocFest
Short documentaries made by students in the NW Documentary Workshop, with films taking viewers "from local Buddhist temples to Portland's strip clubs," and proceeds benefiting NW Documentary programs. More at Clinton Street Theater.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part II
Turns out Catching Fire was the Hunger Games' Empire Strikes Back—everything that's come after it is just slightly more mediocre. MEGAN BURBANK Various Theaters.

See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended The Night Before
Perhaps the only Christmas movie that offers both a whole lot of dick pics and the sad, lonely sense of desperation that defines the holidays. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.

recommended Nosferatu
F.W. Murneau's 1922 horror flick, presented with a live score by organist Dean Lemir. Hollywood Theatre.

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
When you're born into enough wealth that you're given leave from worrying about basics like eating and having a roof—and you can move to Europe because it seems like a happening place—it behooves you to put yourself to use. Peggy Guggenheim's is a polarizing example of such a life: Born into one of America's most famous wealthy families, she took her offbeat character to Europe and busied herself with a bohemian life that included bedding many famous artists and writers as well as buying up the so-called "degenerate art" that stuck in the Nazis' craw. Her lifelong collection is one of the world's most impressive, and while one can snipe about the accusations that she relied too much on the advice of men like Marcel Duchamp in lieu of having her own tastes, that's a conversation we'd be far less likely to have had she been a man. Lisa Immordino Vreeland's documentary is a cursory overview, more fit as a compact introduction than an intellectual plunge, but one has to begin somewhere. MARJORIE SKINNER Living Room Theaters.

recommended Rosenwald
The central surprise of this documentary about Julius Rosenwald is the likelihood that you've never heard of him. The one-time owner of Sears, Roebuck & Company was responsible for the creation of almost 5,000 schools for African American children in the South—including notable alumni like Maya Angelou—and grants that furthered the careers of Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois, among many others. MARJORIE SKINNER Cinema 21.

recommended Sicario
Denis Villeneuve's new drug thriller is phenomenal. Its story is both personal and political, a scathing portrait of the drug war, as well as an elemental allegory in which moral dilemmas are depicted by characters crashing violently into each other. NED LANNAMANN Academy Theater, Laurelhurst Theater.

recommended Spectre
Ignore the bad reviews, James Bond lovers: You'll enjoy the new one just fine. NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters.

recommended Spotlight
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Brian d'Arcy James play the Boston Globe's "spotlight" team of investigative journalists who were tasked with looking into child molestation charges leveled at Boston's beloved Catholic Archdiocese. Translating a highly detailed true story to film could sound like a staged reading of a Wikipedia page. However, other than a few hammy moments, this film manages to pull it off. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Various Theaters.

Jeff Preiss' 16mm "feature-length chronicle" of his life, shot between 1995 and 2011. Director in attendance. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

The True Cost
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.

Bryan Cranston plays screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted for being a communist in the 1950s. Look at this weaver of story, this spinner of yarn, making silver-screen pixie dust with every clickity-clack of his typewriter! NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters.

Victor Frankenstein
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended MEANS WE RECOMMEND IT. Theater locations are accurate Friday, November 27-Thursday, December 3, unless otherwise noted. Movie times are updated daily and are available here.



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