35mm MTV Videos
Film archivist Dennis Nyback screens a bunch of music videos on 35mm. Mötley Crüe, Iron Maiden, and more await you. Hollywood Theatre.
The 50 Foot Challenge
A program celebrating the 50th birthday of the Super 8mm film format, featuring new short films from Portland filmmakers. J.J. Abrams will be lurking in the back row, breathing heavily. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.
Can't Stop the Serenity
A screening of Joss Whedon's 2005 space western Serenity, with proceeds going to Equality Now. More at cstsgala.org. Melody Ballroom.
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10, Hollywood Theatre.
Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World
A documentary about the irrevocably, irreplaceably, infinitely fuckin' weird little man who created one of the scariest monsters in all of film history. Mission Theater.
A documentary following a small group of avant-garde rock musicians fascinated by the Space Age sounds conjured up by obsolete Soviet-era synthesizers. Hollywood Theatre.
François Truffaut plus Ray Bradbury? Shit yes. Laurelhurst Theater.
Like John Carter! But with Queen? In 35mm. Hollywood Theatre.
So the guy who wrote Westworld and Jurassic Park did a riff on Planet of the Apes? And Bruce Campbell is in it? How could that possibly go wrong? Oh, this month's Hecklevision will show you. Every second of the failure that is Congo will be laid bare, a furry target for the fusillade of texts you will fling at the screen like an angry monkey fastballing its own feces. Hollywood Theatre.
His Girl Friday
Howard Hawks, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, 1940. Hollywood Theatre.
See review this issue. Cinema 21, On Demand.
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
Mad Max: Fury Road
A brutal, beautiful, two-hour action overdose that's injected with a welcome feminist bent. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
Pitch Perfect 2
Anna Kendrick smells of chocolate-chip cookies and lemon verbena. COURTNEY FERGUSON Various Theaters.
Portland Jewish Film Festival
Come for the annual compendium of culturally specific accomplishments; stay for a series that covers a massive amount of ground in theme, geography, and style. MARJORIE SKINNER NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.
The Princess Bride
"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." Academy Theater.
The 1983 slasher flick Sleepaway Camp, presented by drag clown Carla Rossi and preceded by a "dragtastic new horror short." Hollywood Theatre.
A monthly series "showing vintage and contemporary films that are obscure, neglected, and from the fringe." This month: A 16mm print of the 1959 Roger Corman film A Bucket of Blood. Hollywood Theatre.
Andrew Bujalski is one of mumblecore's mumbliest directors. Results is his most conventional film to date, but it's still not very conventional—it's as though Bujalski drew a handful of romcom elements out of a hat (meet cute! Opposites attract! Job that is also a metaphor for loooove!) and dared himself to string together a linear narrative. ALISON HALLETT Cinema 21, On Demand.
Roughly a cross between the movie the Grizzly Man from Grizzly Man might've made and your mom's emails about her cat. VINCE MANCINI Hollywood Theatre.
Don't go to Saint Laurent for information about one of the great geniuses of 20th century fashion. Go to watch gorgeous people in cool clothes take drugs and make out. For two and a half hours. That is all. MARJORIE SKINNER Cinema 21.
It's impossible to illustrate catastrophe without humanity, and the California of San Andreas feels about as lifelike as Sim City (although I suppose one could argue how that's a pretty accurate portrayal of Los Angeles). MORGAN TROPER Various Theaters.
A story of guns and horses and men, and a woman or two—a western, albeit a contemporary, art-laced, off-kilter one. NED LANNAMANN Academy Theater, On Demand.
I had my doubts about Paul Feig's latest Melissa McCarthy vehicle, but right around the moment I realized I'd get to see McCarthy beat the shit out of lunky Bond villains for 120 minutes, I knew they were unfounded. I also physically could not stop laughing. MEGAN BURBANK Various Theaters.
The Tales of Hoffman
A digital restoration of Powell and Pressburger's adaptation of Offenbach's 1881 opera. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.
By the time Tomorrowland ends, the only thing that's clear is that George Clooney might want to fuck an eight-year-old robot. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
While We're Young
Noah Baumbach takes what could have been Look at These Fucking Hipsters: The Motion Picture and transforms it into a hilariously sharp look at the generation gap. ANDREW WRIGHT Academy Theater, Laurelhurst Theater.
Wild Tales restored my ability to laugh at the messy bullshit we all encounter in our pursuit of a nice life, which is all I'd dare to ask of two hours spent in a dark theater. MARJORIE SKINNER Academy Theater, Laurelhurst Theater.
MEANS WE RECOMMEND IT. Theater locations are accurate Friday, June 12-Thursday, June 18, unless otherwise noted. Movie times are updated daily and are available here.