Film Shorts 

In Which We Hit It and Quit It

CAN'T STOP THE SERENITY Fun Film Fact! Serenity was recently remade as Guardians of the Galaxy.

CAN'T STOP THE SERENITY Fun Film Fact! Serenity was recently remade as Guardians of the Galaxy.

Alive Inside
Perhaps you remember this viral video from a couple years back: A very old man named Henry, suffering from severe Alzheimer's and barely able to communicate, is played the music from his youth and immediately sparks up—back to life, as it were. Here's the feature-length version of that viral video, but unfortunately, the rather remarkable story of Alive Inside is diminished in this elongated context. Despite the presence of Oliver Sacks and other smart talking heads, the movie can't really explain why this type of music therapy works when other methods have failed these patients. (Short explanation: Music is magic.) Instead, it serves as a 75-minute infomercial for social worker Dan Cohen's campaign to get funding so that sufferers of Alzheimer's and dementia can each have his or her own iPod. And, in what's essentially an ad for their product, it's weird that the Apple company isn't specifically mentioned at all. Perhaps they'd like to cough up some iPods for these needy patients. How about it, Apple? NED LANNAMANN Living Room Theaters.

Big
Penny Marshall's brutal 1988 thriller prophesying Portland's plague of man-children. Academy Theater.

recommended Calvary
See review this issue.

recommended Can't Stop the Serenity
A screening of Joss Whedon's 2005 space western, with proceeds going to Equality Now. More at pdxbrowncoats.com. Clinton Street Theater.

Crazywater
A documentary exploring substance abuse among First Nations communities. Director Dennis Allen in attendance. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Dog Day Afternoon
"Look, I'm here with my partner and nine other people, see. And we're dying, man, y'know? You're going to see our brains on the sidewalk, they're going to spill our guts out. Now, are you going to show that on television? Have all your housewives look at that? Instead of As The World Turns?" Hollywood Theatre.

The Dog
A documentary about John Wojtowicz, the real-life subject of Sidney Lumet's classic Dog Day Afternoon. Hollywood Theatre.

The Expendables 3
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

The Giver
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended Guardians of the Galaxy
Hating Disney purifies my soul and simplifies my worldview, but despite being a mass-market product produced by an evil empire, Guardians of the Galaxy somehow feels like it was made just for me. It's so good! There's no way I'm going to be able to write about it without every word evoking the sound of saliva being sucked over a retainer. Adios, professionalism, you were no match for Chris Pratt and a talking raccoon. VINCE MANCINI Various Theaters.

recommended Land Ho!
See Film, this issue. Cinema 21.

Let's Be Cops
A comedy about two men who pretend to be cops, and a comedy whose press screening was canceled as quickly it was scheduled. Various Theaters.

Magic in the Moonlight
To be fair, Magic in the Moonlight has, in massive, euphoric doses, great heaps of the stuff that makes Woody Allen one of the world's best filmmakers: It's funny and sweet and graceful, almost overwhelmingly charming in its tale of a jaded magician, Stanley (Colin Firth), who's been tasked with using his expertise in sleight-of-hand tricks to learn how an earnest young medium, Sophie (Emma Stone), is conning her wealthy clients. Magic in the Moonlight's sense of escapism is so alluring that it's impossible not to get caught up in the crisp dialogue, magnetic characters, and postcard sights. But also to be fair: As soon as dour Stanley starts to fall for bubbly Sophie, it also became—for me, at least—impossible to forget that Firth is 28 years older than Stone. Huh. That's kind of weird, I thought, after the third or fourth time the spell of Magic in the Moonlight broke. And then: Oh, right—Woody Allen. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.

recommended Pink Flamingos
Watching John Waters' 1972 midnight classic Pink Flamingos is a life-changing experience. With a singing asshole and Divine performing the very first version of Two Girls, One Cup, this awesome gross-out film is the ultimate in bad taste. (Ha! That's probably what Divine said!) COURTNEY FERGUSON Hollywood Theatre.

Repressed Cinema
A monthly series at the Hollywood Theatre, "showing vintage and contemporary films that are obscure, neglected, and from the fringe." This month: "Stoned! 16mm Films About the Evils of Marijuana." Hollywood Theatre.

Step Up: All In
Since I rank movies based on percentage of time the actors spend dancing, I feel safe in declaring this my favorite movie of 2014. So much dancing! ELINOR JONES Various Theaters.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The sentiment was clear among dudes in vintage green graphic T-shirts emerging from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screening: harrumphing disappointment. "Piece of shit," was uttered more than once. Heads shook somberly. A young woman in a skimpy, Turtle-themed cocktail dress seemed downtrodden. Which, frankly, surprised me. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is not good, per se, but it's no piece of shit, either. And it's certainly no worse than the embarrassing cash-ins that have been carried out under the TMNT banner since the world's most fearsome fighting team emerged from the sewers three decades ago. DIRK VANDERHART Various Theaters.

recommended Top Down: Rooftop Cinema
The NW Film Center's rooftop screening series, held on top of the Hotel deLuxe's parking garage. Screening on Thursday, Aug 14 is Vanishing Point; screening on Thursday, Aug 21 is Edward Scissorhands. Hotel deLuxe.

Twillerama
See review this issue. Clinton Street Theater.

Wall Street
Oliver Stone! Michael Douglas! Not one but two Sheens! Hot stockbroker action! Laurelhurst Theater.

recommended Wes' World: Wes Anderson and His Influences
The NW Film Center's series pairs all of Anderson's films (with the exception of his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel) with films that influenced Anderson and his co-creators, including works from Hal Ashby, François Truffaut, Robert Altman, and Werner Herzog. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended What If
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

Willow
"Don't let him talk to you that way, Burglekutt!" Presented by the Portland Geek Council. Hollywood Theatre.

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