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The Big Screen

Notable new releases:

Last week

“Heaven is For Real”; “Transcendence”; “Bears”; “A Haunted House 2”

This week

April 25:

“The Other Woman” (20th Century Fox), PG-13, 109 minutes

About — Spurned women plot revenge on a cheating man in this romantic comedy; Stars — Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton; Director — Nick Cassavetes

“The Railway Man” (Weinstein), R, 116 minutes

About — A former British officer finds out his Japanese prison camp nemesis is still alive; Stars — Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard; Director — Jonathan Teplitzky

“Finding Vivian Maier” (IFC), not rated, 83 minutes

About — The documentary examines the extraordinary life of the prolific photographer; Stars — John Maloof, Phil Donahue, Mary Ellen Mark; Director — John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Next week

May 2: “Blue Ruin”; “Only Lovers Left Alive”

Home rentals

The top 10 digital movie purchases based on consumer transaction rate, by Rentrak:

1. “The Wolf of Wall Street”

2. “Frozen”

3. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

4. “American Hustle”

5. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

6. “Delivery Man”

7. “Saving Mr. Banks”

8. “12 Years A Slave”

9. “Gravity”

10. “Veronica Mars”

Other favorites recently: “Captain Phillips”; “Thor: The Dark World”

Source: Rentrak Digital Download Essentials Industry Service

Doc spotlight

“Black Girl in Suburbia”

A young African-American woman, Melissa Lowery, made her first documentary about her experiences growing up as an African-American in the suburb of West Linn. She touches on many topics, including race and diversity in the classroom and in the community, from the perspective of women of color. She says, in an email: “My purpose for the film is to spark dialogue and create a new awareness of an experience that has not been addressed.” The film premieres in June. For info and a look at the trailer, go to www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com.

Upcoming event

The Oregon Historical Society will present an evening of silent film at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24. General admission is $8 and tickets are available at the door.

The screenings celebrate preservation efforts, notably the restoration of the 1914 silent film “The Boy Mayor.”

For info: www.ohs.org.