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In Which We Hit It and Quit It

PRINCE AVALANCHE The OshKosh B'Gosh Brigade had seen better days.

PRINCE AVALANCHE The OshKosh B'Gosh Brigade had seen better days.

2 Guns
Here's Denzel Washington in action-hero mode, and Mark Wahlberg in funny-dopey sidekick mode, and Edward James Olmos deliciously slumming his way through a role as a Mexican drug kingpin named Papi, and Bill "Knuckles" Paxton showing up in a few scenes making crazy eyes. There are some cool car chases, a bunch of shooting, a bank robbery, and plenty of quipping. This is all 100 percent fine. But for a B movie that revels in being empty-headed, 2 Guns still comes up a little empty-handed. Even the title smacks of laziness, but it's the absolutely ludicrous plot that hobbles what could have been a fun, thoughtless, chewy genre exercise. NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters.

recommended Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
"This is a dude who, 700 years ago, totally ravaged China—and who, we were told, two hours ago, totally ravaged Oshman's Sporting Goods." Hotel deLuxe.

recommended Blackfish
See review this issue. Cinema 21.

recommended Blue Jasmine
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.

Cycles South
A 1971 motorcycle documentary that sounds way more fun than that snooze-tacular Easy Rider. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Elysium
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

Explorers
Joe Dante's 1985 kids flick. Hollywood Theatre.

Factory of One
A documentary by Portland filmmaker Sage Eaton about "John, an engineer who has been amassing a small factory of tools for one purpose: to build the most amazing structure Burning Man has ever seen." ABORT! ABORT! Whitsell Auditorium.

Gates of Heaven
A 1978 documentary directed by Errol Morris about pet cemeteries! Weeeeeeird. Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Gremlins
"I warned you. With mogwai comes much responsibility. But you didn't listen." Academy Theater.

recommended Kung Fu Theater
A 35mm print of 1971's Forced to Fight, which Hollywood Theatre programmer Dan Halsted claims will "work the audience into a mouth-foaming frenzy." Sold! Hollywood Theatre.

Lovelace
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre, Living Room Theaters.

The Music Films of Les Blank
Short films from Les Blank, covering everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Clifton Chenier, "the self-crowned king of zydeco accordion." Hollywood Theatre.

Musicwood
A documentary in which three guitar makers travel to Alaska to preserve a forest. Just like ¡Three Amigos! With guitars. In Alaska. Hollywood Theatre.

The Other 1970s
Popular films from the '70s, presented by film critic Jeff Jaeckle: Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation, Sleeper, Mean Streets, Badlands, and The Landlord. More info: mcmenamins.com Mission Theater.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended Pina
An early scene in Pina depicts a pack of men and women in sheer negligees, confined to a square plot of soil in a blackened studio. They're performing one of the most notorious pieces in dance history, Le Sacre du Printemps. Sacre's premiere, in 1913 Paris, caused riots; the work's "primitive" dance, sacrificial theme, and Stravinsky's dissonant score came as a shock to classical aesthetics. This reference point of astonishment and innovation is threaded throughout Pina, a hypnotizing, impactful, and pioneering meditation—and the culmination of a longstanding friendship between director Wim Wenders and prominent dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. JENNA LECHNER Clinton Street Theater.

Planes
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended Prince Avalanche
Normally the presence of Paul Rudd signals a few hearty guffaws. Here, not so much. David Gordon Green's latest is a minor key character study that trades in low key desperation and knowing chuckles. It's a welcome return to his sleepy-indie roots. Rudd's Alvin is as listless as he is contemplative. Emile Hirsch is the dim-witted brother of his long-term girlfriend. The two clash and, inevitably, bond while repainting yellow lines along fire-ravaged backwoods roads in West Texas. It's a haunted, lonely landscape that yields quiet, reluctant epiphanies. It won't change your life but it will take you someplace special. JEFF MEYERS Living Room Theaters.

recommended Rebecca
Rebecca marked Hitchcock's move to the United States in 1940, and it represents a rare departure into gothic horror. NED LANNAMANN Fifth Avenue Cinema.

Rerun Theater
A selection of Japanese TV from the '60s. Hollywood Theatre

Southwest
Eduardo Nunes' black-and-white Brazilian drama. Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
"He tasks me! He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round Perdition's flames before I give him up!" Laurelhurst Theater.

recommended Still Mine
James Cromwell shoulders all the emotional weight of this quiet but affecting true story of Craig, a retirement-age farmer who clashes with bureaucracy and legal hoops while building a house better suited to the need of his wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold), who is rapidly succumbing to dementia. As boring as that sounds, Cromwell gives a steady performance as a stubborn and imperfect man (the moments when he loses patience and swears at his wife's inability to remember are cringe-inducing) taking a final stand against the cluttering bullshit of the civilized life he's always sought to avoid. Other than the complaint that Irene is relatively underdrawn, this is a proud, rare, and appropriate tribute to the wisdom of elders. MARJORIE SKINNER Living Room Theaters.

We're the Millers
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

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