Film Shorts 

SOLARIS “How you hurt yourself this badly in a padded room is beyond me.”

SOLARIS “How you hurt yourself this badly in a padded room is beyond me.”

recommended Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
"So! We meet again, Count Dracula." Hollywood Theatre.

After Tiller
A documentary about late-term abortion. Bring the kids! If you had them. Living Room Theaters.

Broadway Idiot
A documentary about how Green Day made a Broadway musical out of American Idiot. Hey, remember when you first heard Dookie? My, how far we've come. YOU ARE OLD. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Captain Phillips
See review. Various Theaters.

Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D
"There are many strange legends in the Amazon." Academy Theater.

recommended Deep Red
See My, What a Busy Week!. Hollywood Theatre.

A Fierce Green Fire
A doc about the environmental movement, narrated in part by that pinko commie Robert Redford. Cinema 21.

recommended Gravity
In this Netflix era, it's remarkable to be reminded what going to the movies can feel like: dwarfed by bright images on a massive screen, drenched in sound, hearing a collective gasp rush through a crowd of strangers. So when a big-budget film comes along that works—that hums along with grace and intensity, that makes you feel small, that manages to elicit that gasp—it's worth noting. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.

Hecklevision: Leprechaun in the Hood
Ireland's 2000 submission for Best Foreign Language Film, now presented with your wiseass comments popping up onscreen. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Inequality for All
Here's what's up: Median household income has fallen every year since 2007—we're now back to 1988 levels. In that same time period, the nation's per-person gross domestic product has shot up 40 percent. But when adjusted for inflation, the average male worker makes less than he did in the late '70s, while the top one percent of American earners make twice what they did back then. We're in trouble, is the thing. And if that message comes off as a stale Occupy Wall Street platitude or another grim snippet of economic woe, watch the excellent Inequality for All. Then see how you feel. The documentary is a sharp rejoinder to people who mindlessly trot out the word "communist" at any mention of tax increases on the wealthy, who instill moneyed "job creators" with Christ-like powers, as if there would be jobs to create without the dying middle class. It's an eminently watchable, important, and useful film that will reframe how you view America's economic malaise and the staggering income inequality that fuels it. DIRK VANDERHART Hollywood Theatre.

Machete Kills
Machete returns! (And, presumably, kills.) Not screened for critics; review forthcoming at portlandmercury.com. Various Theaters.

recommended Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Its name might be limited, but the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival brings together a spectrum of sexual orientations, gender identities, and personal experiences under one nonbinary umbrella. More at "Full Spectrum" (Mercury, Oct 2 2013) and at plgff.org. ALISON HALLETT Cinema 21.

Portland Stew
A monthly "open screening potluck" that combines food and experimental film. More at cstpdx.com. Clinton Street Theater.

recommended Ran
See My, What a Busy Week!, this issue. Whitsell Auditorium.

Reel Music
See Film. Mission Theater, Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Rerun Theater
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.

Romeo & Juliet
See review. Various Theaters.

Runner Runner
If Runner Runner had been made years ago—when Ben Affleck was a washed-up former half of Bennifer, and Justin Timberlake was a pop star with Top Ramen hair—it would have been an acceptable effort. "Not bad for a couple of d-bags!" we'd have said. But the world expects a lot more out of 2013 Timberfleck. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters.

Satyricon: Madness & Glory
A documentary that aims to provide "an in-depth look at the notorious night club." Cinema 21.

recommended Scream
"Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!" Laurelhurst Theater.

Sex Workers' Film Series
A series offering "the best films by and about sex workers." This installment: Pay It No Mind, a documentary about "trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, [and] starving actress" Marsha P. Johnson. Clinton Street Theater.

Solaris
Andrei Tarkovsky's disconcerting sci-fi meditation from 1972, later to be improved upon by Steven Soderbergh. (Yeah, we said it.) Fifth Avenue Cinema.

The Summit
See review. Various Theaters.

We Are What We Are
See review. Various Theaters.

Zaytoun
A story set in a Palestinian refugee camp, and "a story of survival, reconciliation and friendship." Starring Stephen Dorff, who was the bad guy in Blade. Living Room Theaters.

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