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BEWARE OF MR. BAKER Many wampas died to bring us this coat.

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER Many wampas died to bring us this coat.

40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Two films—Jane: An Abortion Service and The Abortion Diaries—accompanied by speakers. Clinton Street Theater.

recommended 56 Up
See review this issue. Cinema 21.

All the Little Things
Director Jeff Streich's documentary about the 2003 conviction of 18-year-old Ben Cramer for the murder of his friend Cossondra Brown. Director in attendance. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

Amour
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.

recommended Beware of Mr. Baker
Ginger Baker, the flame-haired madman drummer for '60s British power trio Cream, is given the documentary treatment by journalist Jay Bulger. Bulger's just as much of a scoundrel as Baker, lying about being a writer for Rolling Stone in order to gain access to Baker's secluded South African compound. As it turns out, Bulger's piece actually did get published in Rolling Stone, and Baker, a seemingly nasty, bitter, violent old man—at one point he smacks Bulger in the face with his cane, causing the filmmaker to bleed profusely—has a soft spot for his many dogs and polo horses. He's also one leaping fuck of a great drummer. The must-see Beware of Mr. Baker is the evil flipside to the uplifting Searching for Sugar Man, but it's perhaps even more fascinating. NED LANNAMANN Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Black Sunday
The first time I saw Black Sunday was with my dad, during a lazy '80s Sunday afternoon, just after Channel 12 finished barfing up yet another Star Trek rerun. And then this piece of work started playing, concerning a terrorist plot to use the Goodyear blimp to bomb the Super Bowl. Directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) from a story from Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs), Black Sunday (actually filmed at Super Bowl X) was some scary shit back then; time has only made its paranoia more pungent. BOBBY ROBERTS Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Bubba Ho-Tep
Throughout history, cinema has told many great stories—stories that revolutionize cultures, that meditate upon emotion and philosophy, that attempt to define what it means to be this thing we call "human." All of those stories are shit compared to Bubba Ho-Tep, a film in which Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and JFK (Ossie Davis) fight an evil mummy in a retirement home. ERIK HENRIKSEN Hollywood Theatre.

recommended The Comedy
See review this issue. Clinton Street Theater.

Flight
A clumsy, preachy, feature-length infomercial for AA. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.

recommended Grindhouse Film Festival
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.

img src="/images/rec_star.gif" alt="recommended" /> Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

Jan Švankmajer: Conspirator of Pleasure
A series celebrating wacky ol' Jan "Švanky" Švankmajer. This week's films include Faust and Conspirators of Pleasure. More info: nwfilm.org. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

The Last Stand
The Last Stand plays like a commercial for a videogame meets a commercial for a car meets a trailer for "Arnold Schwarzenegger: Movie Star." It's both too dumb and not dumb enough. VINCE MANCINI Various Theaters.

Les Misérables
It's like Trapped in the Closet for white people who aren't in on the joke. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.

Mahler on the Couch
How crazy was Gustav Mahler's marriage? So crazy he had to get advice about it from Sigmund Freud! [INSERT RECORD SCRATCH NOISE] Living Room Theaters.

Mama
You're going to hear the word "mama" about 12,567 times in the new supernatural horror flick Mama. Here, I'll fortify you in advance with some plaintive whimperings of "mama," "mama," "mama." A few other expectations you might want to shake hands with: This isn't the scariest creepy-kid picture you're ever going to watch, the ghost gets boring to look at after you've seen her nearly as many times as those kids mewling the word "mama," and lowered expectations make the sum of Andy Muschietti's debut film better than its parts. COURTNEY FERGUSON Various Theaters.

Movie 43
A not-screened-for-critics comedy. Various Theaters.

Parker
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

PDX African American Film Festival
The festival returns for its sixth year, with offerings as diverse as Red Tails, Bob Marley documentary Marley, Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement, Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, and 1959's The World, the Flesh, and the Devil. More info: pdxaaff.com. Mission Theater.

recommended Promised Land
There are a lot of good intentions muddled up in Promised Land, and a lot of talent, too—the frustrating, almost-great film is directed by Gus Van Sant, with a story by Dave Eggers and a screenplay from costars John Krasinski and Matt Damon. Promised Land is a film with an agenda disguised as a film with no agenda, and if that sort of thing doesn't make you a little bit mad, well... then you should go see it! 'Cause otherwise it's really good. ALISON HALLETT Academy Theater, Laurelhurst Theater.

Quartet
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.

Sound City
A Dave Grohl-directed documentary about "America's greatest unsung recording studio." Not screened for critics. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
"This is going to be the best movie ever! It's a foreign film from Canada!" Laurelhurst Theater.

recommended Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years
A series of new 35mm prints of some of Universal's best and most famous movies. This week's selections include The Sting, Winchester '73, and Imitation of Life. More info: nwfilm.org. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

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