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African American Film Festival: Stormy Weather
The African American Film Festival kicks off with 1943's Lena Horne flick Stormy Weather. More info: pdxaaff.com. Mission Theater.

recommended Black Cat
See review this issue. Cinema 21.

recommended Calvin Marshall
Calvin Marshall (Alex Frost) is a terrible baseball player, a perky overachiever, a player composed solely of enthusiasm with zero discernable skill to show for it. As a film, Calvin Marshall is the cinematic equivalent of its title character. The low-budget production is pristine, and its overcast backdrop will look familiar to most Oregonians (it was filmed in both Ashland and Medford). The cast is equally as impressive, with the wide-eyed Frost, Steve Zahn as his troubled coach, and Michelle Lombardo as the out-of-his-league love interest. And while Calvin Marshall's script can't quite match its ambitious production values, its cast, or its robust soundtrack of Portland bands, the film is a determined effort that's as delightful to watch as the player himself. EZRA ACE CARAEFF Clinton Street Theater.

Due Date
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

Enter the Void
People get addicted to crack. Heroin, alcohol, meth, ecstasy, sure—but it's unusual to find someone claiming "junkie" status in regards to a psychedelic like DMT. Director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) just might be one of these rare cases who, if not physically addicted, is so in love with the visual hallucinations and sense of mind-blowing wonder that psychedelics provide that he pays tribute in a nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long simulacrum of the circular epiphany familiar to anyone who ever ate a bitty piece of paper and thought Big Thoughts. The acting is abysmal, and the "plot" (reincarnation à la The Tibetan Book of the Dead, as is explicitly articulated at least twice) only exists to provoke explicit sex scenes (including a triumphant money shot from inside the cervix), startling bloodshed, and nauseating humanity delivered in nervous, stuttered flashes of editing. To many people, this will be a form of Hell. MARJORIE SKINNER Cinema 21.

Fair Game
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.

recommended Fargo
"Okay, so we got a trooper pulls someone over, we got a shooting, these folks drive by, there's a high-speed pursuit, ends here, and then this execution-type deal." Laurelhurst Theater.

Filmed by Bike: The Best of the Worst
The organizers of the Filmed by Bike film festival present some of the very worst submissions they've received. The Art Department.

Filmusik: The Little Prince
Will Vinton Studios' 1979 claymation adaptation of the The Little Prince, presented by Filmusik with live sound effects, music, and voiceovers from the original cast. Hollywood Theatre.

For Colored Girls
Tyler Perry's latest, based on the Ntozake Shange play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Not screened for critics. Various Theaters.

recommended Grindhouse Film Fest: Crippled Avengers
Chang Cheh's 1978 kung-fu epic, starring the Venom Mob as the Crippled Avengers: "One is blind, one is deaf and mute, one legless, and one mentally handicapped." Still, it is advisable not to fuck with them. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Inside Job
"The crisis was not an accident," wholesome narrator Matt Damon tells us at the beginning of Charles Ferguson's Inside Job, referring to the 2008 economic crash that crippled the world's economy, kicked off a seemingly endless run of foreclosures and job losses, and destroyed several generations' faith in economic systems. "It was caused by an out-of-control industry," Damon continues, and then Inside Job proceeds to show us how—not only how the crisis happened but, more terrifyingly, how easily it could happen again. ERIK HENRIKSEN Fox Tower 10.

recommended Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
See My, What a Busy Week! Pix Patisserie (North).

Last Train Home
A documentary following one family through "the world's largest human migration"—which happens, every year, when 130 million migrant Chinese workers travel home for the New Year holiday. Man. There are a lot of Chinese people. Living Room Theaters.

recommended Le Amiche
A restored print of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1955 drama. Hollywood Theatre.

Louisiana Story
Cinema Project and the Reed College English Department team up to present Robert Flaherty's Oscar-nominated drama from 1948, about a young Cajun boy whose life is disrupted by an oil rig. More info: cinemaproject.org. Clinton Street Theater.

Mademoiselle Chambon
"An unexpected romance between a married man (Vincent Lindon) and his son's homeroom teacher (Sandrine Kiberlain)." Original soundtrack by Van Halen. Fox Tower 10.

Megamind
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Local podcasters Cort and Fatboy and the Mercury (hey! that's us!) present John Hughes' flick from 1987. Or you could go see Due Date. Bagdad Theater.

recommended Psycho
"Twelve cabins. Twelve vacancies." Living Room Theaters.

Queer Talking Picture Show
The monthly Queer Talking Picture show offers films screened on DVD, giving "an opportunity for queers, allies, and the rest to dress up and enjoy the spectacle of fine queer cinema." This month: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Fifth Avenue Cinema.

Reel Nordic Film Fest
A selection of free Nordic films. That's how the Norse Hall rolls, yo. Norse Hall.

Saw VII
You already know if you want to see Saw VII: If you think Milton Bradley's Mousetrap would be improved by a bear trap mask that ripped people's heads open, then this is the movie for you. Just like the last six. DAVE BOW Various Theaters.

recommended Something's Gonna Live
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Tamara Drewe
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.

recommended The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector
Phil Spector is equal parts genius and madman. Despite director Vikram Jayanti's sledgehammer editorializing, this documentary, built solely around footage of Spector's 2007 murder trial and a queasily candid interview with the famous producer, is haunting and watchable. DAVE BOW Cinema 21.

recommended Thumbsucker
Shot in the suburbs of SW Portland, Thumbsucker works so well because each character—from 17-year-old thumbsucker Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci) to Vincent D'Onofrio's remote, macho father—is treated as a complex, real person, rather than a stock character courtesy of central casting. In one excellent scene, Justin briefly meets a cheesy TV star (Benjamin Bratt); their brief and hilarious conversation is balanced with gross-out humor and a tenderness that stands in sharp relief to mainstream Hollywood releases. CHAS BOWIE Fifth Avenue Cinema.

Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker
The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Fest) teams up with Portland State to show a documentary about "the outrageous life and times of the banned American writer." Fifth Avenue Cinema.

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
A selection of "enironmental and adventure films" sponsored by Willamette Riverkeeper, accompanied by "live music, local filmmakers, raffle prizes, and of course, inspiration." Bagdad.

recommended Winter's Bone
Like Deliverance, Winter's Bone will make urbanites never ever want to venture into the woods. Ever. Fucked-up shit happens out there, you guys. And like The Road—a book and film with which it shares a few similarities—Winter's Bone is bleak, wearying, and haunting. It'll wear you down as you watch it, and after it ends it'll clatter around in your head for days. ERIK HENRIKSEN Academy Theater, Laurelhurst Theater.

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