The Hollywood's series features B-movies, with the audience marking down clichés on a custom-made bingo card. This time around: 1989's Collision Course, starring Jay Leno and Pat Morita. Hollywood Theatre.
Big Trouble in Little China
"Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake." Laurelhurst Theater.
A Birder's Guide to Everything
A coming-of-age story (and unofficial prequel to The Birds) in which a 15-year-old birding fanatic and his friends attempt to "solidify their place in birding history." Clinton Street Theater.
Divergent's concept reads like someone ran the SparkNotes plot summary of The Hunger Games through Google translate several times, then read it aloud in a mocking voice after six tequila shots. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.
Jake Gyllenhaal's mild-mannered professor becomes obsessed with his doppelganger (also Jake Gyllenhaal), a small-time actor he spots in a rented video. Director Denis Villeneuve's claustrophobic picture is captured in jaundiced yellow, filled with heavy-handed symbolism (tell me what the spider represents, please), and moves far too slow for its first hour—but it picks up steam and intrigue when the two Jakes cross paths. The film's final shot, which I won't spoil, has got to be one of the most what-the-fuck endings of all time. In the end, it's worth the slog. NED LANNAMANN Living Room Theaters.
The NW Film Center's monthlong tribute to cinema's second greatest Burt winds down with two great Burt Lancaster films. 1968's The Swimmer, based on a John Cheever short story about a man going pool-hopping through an affluent Connecticut suburb, is surreal and overwrought, but weirdly intoxicating (plus, you see Lancaster's bare ass). 1980's Atlantic City is goofy and elegiac and sweet, a Louis Malle-directed picture about a mob flunky who staves off old age and irrelevance by spying on a hot neighbor (Susan Sarandon) and getting mixed up in a drug scam. Lancaster's damaged but majestic performance is outstanding. Lancaster's daughter, Joanna Lancaster, in attendance for the Sat March 29 screening of The Swimmer and the Sun March 30 screening of Atlantic City. NED LANNAMANN Whitsell Auditorium.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The excellent phrase "a glimmer of civilization in the barbaric slaughterhouse we know as humanity" is used twice in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Those words could refer to 1) the Grand Budapest Hotel, a pink and white and pristine resort that, like a colossal, obnoxiously ornate gâteau, sits high in the mountains of the Republic of Zubrowka. Or they could refer to 2) M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the revered concierge of said establishment. Or those words might refer to: 3) Wes Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
The Hollywood's series, in which heckle-worthy movies are shown on the big screen—and you can text your smartass remarks from your phone, then see them pop up onscreen. This time around: 1994's Street Fighter, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue, and a final, heartbreaking performance from Raul Julia. Hollywood Theatre.
Isaac Olsen's 2013 expressionist film in which a murderous "creature boy" terrorizes a rural German town. Director in attendance. Whitsell Auditorium.
The Lady from Shanghai
A 1947 noir starring Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles. Not to be confused with Shanghai Noon, a 2000 noir starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Whitsell Auditorium.
A funny, relatable film in which a seemingly ideal, near retirement aged British couple take a weekend in Paris to celebrate their anniversary. The resultant kaleidoscope of whimsy, humor, sadness, and complexity is wholly entertaining. MARJORIE SKINNER Fox Tower 10.
A young woman carefully packs lunch every day for her unappreciative husband; when the lunch is mistakenly delivered to a sour, lonely accountant, a friendship blossoms via notes passed through the daily lunchbox. Despite the premise, this isn't a meet-cute, but rather a thoughtful look at how relationships affect the texture of our lives. Plus, all of the food looks amazing. ALISON HALLETT Fox Tower 10.
Mistaken for Strangers
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre, On Demand.
Muppets Most Wanted
More or less impossible not to enjoy, unless you're Statler or Waldorf. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
See review this issue. Cinema 21, Hollywood Theatre, On Demand.
Portland Latin American
The annual Portland Latin American Film Festival branches out to monthly screenings with movies from Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. First up: 2011's The Clown. More at pdxlaff.org. Hollywood Theatre.
Rocco and His Brothers
Luchino Visconti's 1960 "chronicle of family loyalty and disintegration." Whitsell Auditorium.
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
Science on Screen
A series "of classic, cult films, and documentaries with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts." This time around: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Hollywood Theatre.
Sex Worker Film Series
A series offering "the best films by and about sex workers." This week's selection: Scarlet Road. More at cstpdx.com. Clinton Street Theater.
Yes, you read that correctly. Clinton Street Theater.
Stranger by the Lake
This French film barely qualifies as anything other than pornography. It's set entirely on a gay nude/pickup beach, and the camera follows its characters into the bushes for no-holds sex scenes, money shots and all. The plot revolves around a mystery that is laughably un-mysterious, so come for the dick play, not the story. MARJORIE SKINNER Living Room Theaters.