New releases in theaters:

Last week

“300: Rise of an Empire”

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

“Tim’s Vermeer”

This week

March 14: “Need For Speed” (DreamWorks), PG-13, 130 minutes

It’s based on the racing video game franchise and is promoted as a return to the car culture films of the 1960s and ‘70s. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time, which starts as a mission for revenge but proves to be redemption.

Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poot

Director: Scott Waugh

Next week

March 21: “Muppets Most Wanted”; “Divergent”; “Elaine Stritch”; “Enemy”

Home rentals

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

1. “Ender’s Game”

2. “Gravity”

3. “Captain Phillips”

4. “The Counselor”

5. “Bad Grandpa”

6. “Last Vegas”

7. “Escape Plan”

8. “Now You See Me”

9. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2”

10. “Thor — The Dark World”

Other favorites recently: “Dallas Buyers Club”; “The Best Man Holiday”; “Baggage Claim”; “About Time”; “Free Birds”

Source: Rentrak Digital Download Essentials Industry Service

Doc spotlight

Info on a local documentary film:

“Who Am I To Stop It”

Cheryl Green, a Portland disability activist and educator with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), has collaborated with independent filmmaker Cynthia Lopez of Eleusis Films to create a feature-length documentary film, “Who Am I To Stop It,” which observes the lives of three Pacific Northwest artists who suffer from TBI. The film seeks to raise awareness and foster acceptance and appreciation of the brain injury community. The film is still in production.

For info: To read about Green’s company, StoryMinders, go to

Event of week

Happening in movies:

“Outsider 16 mm Shorts,” curated by Ian Sundahl, is a cinematic foray into the world of the outsider in society, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Hollywood Theatre ($8). Movies include: “Hold Me While I’m Naked;” “Death of an Anarchist;” “Caught in a Ripoff;” “Le Monde Du Schizophrene;” “Frankie of the Head.”

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