Bad Turn Worse
A punchy little teenage neo-noir, Bad Turn Worse features an attractive cast of 25-year-olds playing 18-year-olds who occasionally talk like 30-year-old screenwriters. The plot gets bafflingly convoluted, as these things are wont to do, but the central lust triangle between Bobby (Jeremy Allen White), B.J. (Logan Huffman), and Sue (Mackenzie Davis) is strong, with the natural chemistry between the three helping explain their increasingly stupid decisions. Davis, in particular, shines in one of those "smart but pretty but also tough" roles that can sink less talented actors. BEN COLEMAN Clinton Street Theater, Kiggins Theatre.
There's no doubt that Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest is very clever about what it says. The question is if it has anything to say. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
Blood Creek Woodsman
A premiere screening for local filmmaker Joe Sherlock's homage to B-horror films, about a hooded killer loose in a small Oregon town. Filmmakers in attendance. Clinton Street Theater.
David Bowie Is
An exhibition of David Bowie esoterica at London's Victoria and Albert Museum has been turned, reasonably successfully, into a documentary that serves as a scrapbook of the chameleonic rock star's career. It's for Bowie fanatics only—his pre-fame years are cataloged pretty well, but any attempt at biography is abandoned in favor of showcasing his outrageous stage costumes. Speakers like Jarvis Cocker and designer Kansai Yamamoto comment on Bowie's impact (and Sir Christopher Frayling, the greatest commentary-giver in the history of DVD bonus materials, nails his presentation). The end product is a convenient alternative to visiting the David Bowie Is exhibition in any of its touring cities, none of which are Portland. NED LANNAMANN Hollywood Theatre.
Dumb and Dumber To
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.
The Mercury's annual amateur porn festival, featuring hilariously sexy and hot five-minute videos made by dirty birds just like YOU—is upon us! It all goes down November 12-16 at Cinema 21... but rest assured, every one of these screenings WILL SELL OUT (because they always do!). For a full schedule of showings and to buy tickets, go to portlandmercury.com/hump. Cinema 21.
Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner
A doc about architect John Lautner, the man who inspired Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear." Hollywood Theatre.
To say too much about the journey of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his small team of astronauts—Amelia (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley), Romilly (David Gyasi), and two friendly robots (!)—would kneecap Interstellar's eye-widening moments of fear, excitement, melancholy, and above all else, discovery. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
An underdog baseball team in 1930s Taiwan captures the community's imagination. Director Umin Boya in attendance. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.
Movies in Black & White
A series that brings people together to "watch movies and talk about race, featuring guest panelists from the worlds of film, art, and comedy." This time around: Rocky III (the one with Mr. T!), with panelists David Walker, Anthony Lopez, and Jason Lamb. Hollywood Theatre.
In its scope of submissions, the NW Film Center's festival is unchanged: Entries come from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana, as well as Oregon and Washington. But films created and based in the more rural areas of our region set the tone for this year's programming, including strong Native American perspectives and an emboldened ecological bent. For more, see "These Trees Have Eyes," Nov 5. MARJORIE SKINNER NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre.
Portland film critic and author Shawn Levy introduces a 35mm print of Raging Bull and signs copies of his new Robert De Niro biography, De Niro: A Life. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.
The Red Violin
François Girard's 1998 drama about (yep) a red violin, with Elizabeth Pitcairn appearing at the Hollywood to play "the actual red violin upon which the movie is based." Somebody request "Freebird"! Hollywood Theatre.
A monthly series "showing vintage and contemporary films that are obscure, neglected, and from the fringe." This month: a whole bunch of vintage 16mm television reels. Hollywood Theatre.
Fans of British comedy need no introduction to The Black Adder—comedian Rowan Atkinson's side-splitting, insanely smart romp through British history. Re-run Theater has chosen four of the best episodes from each season (spanning from the reign of Richard III to World War I) for a Black Adder Marathon that's sure to win over newbies and history-haters alike! (Seriously, this is one of the funniest TV shows ever produced. See it!) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Hollywood Theatre.
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
Experimental filmmaker Kasumi's narrative is told via the use of over 25,000 short film clips, using both original footage and public domain movies to tell the story of a murderer's traumatic childhood. Hollywood Theatre.
Trance and Travel:
The Work of Ben Russell
Cinema Project presents a two-day program of Ben Russell's films. At their best, they explore the medium of film by playing with rhythm, sound, and expectations; at their worst, they feel like a parody of themselves, filled with art school clichés like abrupt cuts and drawn-out voiceovers of philosophical texts. Included is Russell's series Trypps, which has seven parts, one of which is a long shot of faces in a crowd at a noise rock concert. The films are slow and demanding but sometimes worthwhile, as when the noise or imagery numbs you into a space-out trance. The artist will be in attendance. JENNA LECHNER Hollywood Theatre.
World War I on Film
Four films presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museuem's This Is War! Graphic Arts from the Great War, 1914-1918 exhibit. Films include 1937's The Grand Illusion, 1930's All Quiet on the Western Front, 1925's The Big Parade, and 1957's Paths of Glory. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.