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JACKPOT RECORDS FILM FESTIVAL

For the fifth time, Jackpot Records is sponsoring five nights of music-centric movie screenings. All films show at the Hollywood Theatre, and admission is free for each film. More info: jackpotrecords.com.

H BLACK SABBATH LIVE & MYSTERY FEATURE

Just in time for Iron Man comes concert footage of Sabbath in action, before Ozzy got all depressing. Followed by a top-secret "mystery feature."

recommended HIPHOP NIGHT

A bunch of vintage hiphop videos, spanning from the early '80s to the mid '90s, and featuring everyone from LL Cool J to Schoolly D to Common, "back when he was called Common Sense."

THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS: BOUND TO LOSE

Folk rockers the Holy Modal Rounders get a career-spanning documentary.

recommended NORTHWEST PASSAGE: THE BIRTH OF PORTLAND'S DIY CULTURE

Lovingly assembled by Portland renaissance man extraordinaire Mike Lastra, Northwest Passage will fill most of the remaining potholes in your lexicon of Portland's music scene of yore. By focusing on the burgeoning DIY scene between '78 and '83, Northwest Passage succeeds where other punkumentaries have failed. With awesome footage of tons of bands (Poison Idea, Sado-Nation, Wipers, Neo Boys, Lastra's own Smegma, and Fred Cole's the Rats) in the throes of creativity fever, Northwest Passage is as entertaining as it is educational. LANCE CHESS

recommended PSYCHE/GARAGE NIGHT

It's undeniably a mixed bag, but nuggets of purest garage gold can always be found in the shaky kinetoscopes and videos exhumed for Jackpot's annual psyche/garage night. You'll see footage of bands you know well (but have probably never seen on film before), alongside wonders that never were and abominations that never should have been. It's all good fun, with goofy hippie-dippie garb, lamentable dance moves, fab vintage gear, cheesy camera smiles, primitively trippy camera effects... and, more often than not, damn good rock 'n' roll. NED LANNAMANN

NOW PLAYING

88 Minutes
A new thriller starring Al Pacino. Not screened in time for press; see portlandmercury.com on Friday, April 18 for our review. Various Theaters.

A Yeti in the City
A "fantastical allegorical adventure" told via live action and animation. Worksound.

recommended Back to the Future
"No McFly ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley!" Pix Patisserie (North).

Blindsight
A documentary about six Tibetan mountain climbin' teenagers... who are also blind! Wha-huh? Hollywood Theatre.

Bomb It
See review. Clinton Street Theater.

Bunny Lake is Missing
Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological thriller. Fifth Avenue Cinema.

recommended California Split
Inspired by Robert Altman's own gambling addiction, California Split (1974) occupies the "degenerate gambler buddy flick" section of the video store. Elliot Gould is the stoner-y half of the duo: the type of guy who dashes off to Mexico without a moment's notice and returns with an enormous sombrero, bashful grin, and fistful of cash. George Segal plays a magazine writer whose addiction goes the other way—loss, desperation, groveling. Together, Segal and Gould are incredible: a couple of unforgettably awesome fuckups who get their asses kicked in racetrack bathrooms, eat Froot Loops with beer, spy on prostitutes like a couple school kids, and hang on to the elusive dream of a winning streak. Filmed in Reno with tons of real-life gamblers, California Split shows both Altman and Gould at their loosest, smartest, and irreverent best. CHAS BOWIE Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Double Feature: Law of Desire & Labyrinth of Passion
An Almodóvar double feature! The Waypost.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
This propaganda-y documentary—in which the dude from those Visine commericals who says "Bueller... Bueller... Bueller..." pretends to examine the intelligent design controversy—wasn't screened for Portland critics. That was probably a good idea on the filmmakers' part, since elsewhere, Expelled is getting viciously ripped apart by anyone who's not a superstitious Jesus freak. According to the filmmakers of Expelled, there's a "modern day witch hunt" going on, with the goal of firing, ridiculing, and ostracizizng those who teach intelligent design as legitimate science. Huh. Maybe our opinion would have changed had we actually been allowed to see the movie, but since we weren't, we think it's pretty safe to go with our gut on this one: When it comes to dipshits teaching creationism, we're big fans of witch hunts. Fox Tower 10.

The Forbidden Kingdom
See review. Various Theaters.

recommended Forgetting Sarah Marshall
See review. Various Theaters.

The Getaway
Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill's 1972 heist flick. Living Room Theaters.

recommended Last Year at Marienbad
See review. Cinema 21.

Lit Up
See review. Bagdad Theater.

The Living End
Gregg Araki's 1992 drama, remastered. Living Room Theaters.

recommended The Magnificent Seven
"We deal in lead, friend." Laurelhurst.

recommended Noise
Based on the opening scene, it's easy to imagine the Australian Noise is a simple horror film: An attractive female walks onto a subway car, only to find everybody on the train is dead. She panics, we fade to black, and the rest of the film is spent piecing together what happened. But excepting those first few minutes, this isn't a horror flick—it's an intense crime thriller that, ironically, doesn't focus on the crime. DREW GEMMER Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
See Feature. Hollywood Theatre.

Schindler's Houses
Heinz Emigholz's examination of buildings designed by Viennese architect Rudolph M. Schindler. Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Audiorium.

Seattle Women in Film
A program of short, independent films from Seattle filmmakers who happen to be women. Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Audiorium.

Super High Me
It began as a joke: If Morgan Spurlock could make Super Size Me, a film about eating McDonald's for 30 days, can't comedian Doug Benson try the same experiment with weed? The documentary that results is severely scattered, but frequently hilarious... quite like an aimless afternoon with a bag of weed, actually. MARJORIE SKINNER Various Theaters.

recommended Tanner '88
The Gary Trudeau-penned miniseries, directed by Robert Altman. Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

Vincent and Theo
Robert Altman's biographical drama about Vincent Van Gogh, played by Tim Roth. Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended The Visitor
See review. Various Theaters.

recommended Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
See review. Various Theaters.

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