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Last week, Jan. 29

“Kung Fu Panda 3”; “The Finest Hours”; “45 Years”; “Fifty Shades of Black”; “Jane Got a Gun”; “Son of Saul”

This week, Feb. 5

“The Choice” (Lionsgate), PG-13, 111 minutes

About — Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s events. Stars — Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker. Director — Ross Katz.

“The Lady in the Van” (SPC), PG-13, 144 minutes

About — A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway. Stars — Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent. Director — Nicholas Hytner.

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (Screen Gems), PG-13, 108 minutes

About — Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies. Stars — Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith. Director — Burr Steers.

“Hail, Caesar!” (Universal), PG-13, 100 minutes

About — A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line. Stars — Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes. Director — Ethan Coen/Joel Coen.

Next week, Feb. 12

“Deadpool”; “Zoolander 2”; “How To Be Single”; “Where To Invade Next”

(Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB, imdb.com)

Home rentals

The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Rentrak:

1. “Sicario”

2. “The Martian”

3. “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

4. “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

5. “Hotel Transylvania 2”

6. “The Walk”

7. “Hitman: Agent 47”

8. “The Intern”

9. “Pan”

10. “Sleeping With Other People”

Other favorites recently: “Ant-Man”; “Inside Out”; “The Perfect Guy”

Upcoming events

n We’ll have more later on the 39th Portland International Film Festival, which begins Feb. 11 with an opening-night film (Klaus Haro’s “The Fencer”) at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. (7:30 p.m.), and Fox Tower, 846 S.W. Park Ave. (7:15 p.m.), as well as the opening-night party ($25, nwfilm.org). The festival goes through Feb. 27. “The Fencer” is Finland’s Oscar submission that focuses on the story of a Russian asylum seeker whose successful fostering of an Estonian youth fencing team poses a threat to his freedom. The festival will be held at several venues, and include the PIFF After Dark program.Tickets are $12, $11 for Portland Art Museum members, students and seniors, and $9 for children. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., or by phone at 503-276-4310. For info: nwfilm.org.

n The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., has announced the lineup for the fourth annual Portland Black Film Festival, Feb. 10-27, for which special guest Fred “The Hammer” Williamson will be in attendance for the season-closing film. There’ll be seven programs, showcasing the achievements of African-American stars and filmmakers and films about the black experience in America.The lineup: “Buck and the Preacher” (1972), Feb. 10; “Santa Fe Satan (Catch My Soul)” (1974), Feb. 13; “Penitentiary” (1979), Feb. 17; “A Ballerina’s Tale” (2015), Feb. 18; “Spirits of the Rebellion,” Feb. 20; “Rap City,” Feb. 24; “Black Caesar” (1973), Feb. 27 (Williamson, who stars, makes an appearance for film showing). Tickets are $8 each. See hollywoodtheatre.org for more.

n The Hollywood also will host the Portland Kids’ Film Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, an international festival that will feature animated shorts and live action shorts. It closes with Academy Award-nominated “Ernest and Celestine.” For more: hollywoodtheatre.org.