Notable new releases in theaters:

Last week

“The Immigrant”; “Blended”; “X-Men: Days of Future Past”; “For No Good Reason”

This week

May 30:

“Maleficient” (Disney), PG, 97 minutes

About — A troubled fairy searches for peace, even after putting a curse on her potential savior, an infant princess; Stars — Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharito Copley; Director — Robert Stromberg

“Cold in July” (IFC), unrated, 109 minutes

About — Tension boils as a father and an ex-con associate with each other amid lies and violence and introspection; Stars —Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson; Director — Jim Mickle

Next week

June 6: “Edge of Tomorrow”; “The Fault in Our Stars”

Home rentals

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

1. “Ride Along”

2. “The Legend of Hercules”

3. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

4. “Frozen”

5. “Labor Day”

6. “The Wolf of Wall Street”

7. “The Nut Job”

8. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

9. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

10. “August: Osage County”

Other favorites recently: “American Hustle”; “A Day’s Work”; “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”; “12 Years A Slave”; “Saving Mr. Banks”

Source: Rentrak Digital Download Essentials Industry Service

Doc spotlight

Info on a documentary film:


The 74-minute film about “Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland,” about the city’s bicycle culture and vision, debuted recently at Clinton Street Theater, and will surely be available for mass consumption soon. It had premiered in Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area and Eugene. To stay up to date on film news, visit

Upcoming event

A significant happening on the horizon:

• The Level Ground Film Festival, based in Los Angeles, uses art to create safe space for dialogue about faith, gender and sexuality, and it’s coming to Portland, May 30 to June 1 at The Cleaners/Ace Hotel, 1022 S.W. Stark St. The Portland roadshow will feature films, speakers, musicians and artists to connect with folks around issues of identity and sexuality. For info:

• Fathom Events and Mattel are presenting “Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome,” a larger-than-life feature-length event that will introduce cinema audiences to a new band of characters who are tasked with stopping a mysterious black car that is transforming the sleepy town of Hilly Woodlands into a dangerous mess. It shows at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, at the following local movie theaters: Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Drive, Beaverton; Clackamas Town Center with XD, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave.; Lloyd Center 10 with IMAX, 1510 N.E. Multnomah St. Tickets are available at

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