20 Feet From Stardom
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.
Atomic Robo Animation Fest
Bridge City Comics presents the premiere of Atomic Robo: Last Stop!, an animated short based on the comic book Atomic Robo, accompanied by "a dozen other fantastic animated shorts." Hollywood Theatre.
A Band Called Death
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre.
A "gritty, droll, and angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance." Narrated by According to Jim's Jim Belushi! Whitsell Auditorium.
Brian De Palma's 1984 riff on Hitchcock is lurid, sleazy, over-the-top, and pretty great. Sad-sack Craig Wasson (who?) peeps on a neighbor's nightly naked-dance, becoming obsessed with her in the process; along the way, he witnesses a murder and gets drawn into the world of porn. Fun! As a sexy suspense thriller, Body Double works fine. As a sly comedy about obsession, it's even better. Part of the Hollywood's "Deja Vertigo" Brian De Palma series, which goes through July. NED LANNAMANN Hollywood Theatre.
Despicable Me 2
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
An Evening with
the Whiteman Brothers
A screening of works from Portland-based filmmakers Sean and Christof Whiteman, including The Disgusting Little Shiver, a preview of their forthcoming Childhood Machine, and the immaculately titled All Opossums Go to Hell. Directors in attendance. Whitsell Auditorium.
Whichever way you turn the movie, it catches some light: This way, the plight of millennials; that way, the stylistic nods to French New Wave. There's a whole trend piece to be written about the young female writers (star Greta Gerwig co-wrote the script) who are changing the way women are depicted in popular entertainment, and then there's parsing how this generous, optimistic film fits into the context of writer/director Noah Baumbach's previous work. What a tremendous relief it is to find a movie that acknowledges that women are interesting—that a woman can be the protagonist in a story that doesn't end in romance or a makeover, and that all the vitality and confusion and excitement of being young can be refracted just as well through a woman as a man. ALISON HALLETT Kiggins Theatre, Laurelhurst Theater, Liberty Theatre, Living Room Theaters.
A free series featuring "must-see films for fans of garbage cinema." This time around: Street Trash (1987) and They Live (1988). Jack London Bar.
The Hangover Part III
This is a trilogy whose thesis is that there are zero consequences when privileged white men make horrible decisions on cocaine. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters.
Just Like a Woman
Two women "escape the prisons of their unhappy marriages and embark on a revealing journey" in the latest from Oscar-nominated director Rachid Bouchareb (Dust of Life, Days of Glory, Ernest Goes to Africa). Hollywood Theatre.
See Film, this issue. Hollywood Theatre.
The Lone Ranger
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
A remake of the 1980 horror flick. This time it stars Elijah Wood. FRODO GONNA GET YA Living Room Theaters.
More Than Honey
A documentary about "the vexing issue of why bees are facing extinction." Thanks for nothing, Wilsonville Target. Hollywood Theatre.
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado is a snappy, clever play, and quipmaster Whedon is the perfect director to take on the courtship of sharp-tongued Beatrice and equally acerbic Benedick. Whedon's contemporized Much Ado is full of sexual tension, misunderstandings, and only-in-Shakespeare scheming—the verbal sparring that Shakespeare thought of as "foreplay" hasn't been this much fun since Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger (RIP) went at it in 10 Things I Hate About You. The whole thing is high-spirited, silly, and supremely easy to watch. ALISON HALLETT Bridgeport Village Stadium 18, Cinema 21.
Mumblecore Film Festival
Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio hosts a bunch of mumblecore double features, including screenings of Cold Weather, Hannah Takes the Stairs, and Nobody Walks. More info: mcmenamins.com. Mission Theater.
The Muppet Movie
If you don't love this movie, no one wants to know you. Academy Theater.
The Outlaw Josey Wales
See My, What a Busy Week! Laurelhurst Theater.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
"Professor of archeology, expert on the occult, and... how does one say it? Obtainer of rare antiquities." Screening accompanied by "Henry Jones Jr.," a specially brewed pale ale. Burnside Brewing Co.
The Solitude Trilogy
Roberto Rosselini's triptych starring Ingrid Bergman: Stromboli (1950), Europa '51 (1952), and Voyage to Italy (1954). Whitsell Auditorium.
Stories We Tell
With Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley takes on the art of documentary—and not only makes something human and impactful, but folds the genre in on itself. Ostensibly, Stories is a study of Polley's family, centered on her mother Diane, who died of cancer when Polley was 11. With almost cold calculation, Polley puts virtually everyone in her family—siblings, father, aunts, family friends—into the hot seat and tasks them with telling "the whole story": what Diane was like, what her relationship with her father was like, and far into the plot-thickening beyond. MARJORIE SKINNER Laurelhurst Theater.
Twilight Zone! Twilight Zone! Twilight Zone!
A bunch of classic Twilight Zone episodes? Okay! Hollywood Theatre.