Last week, Dec. 8
"The Shape of Water"; "Just Getting Started"; "I, Tonya"
This week, Dec. 15
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (LucasFilm), PG-13, 152 minutes
About — It's the latest in the epic saga, and having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks the mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past; Stars — Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher; Director — Rian Johnson (see more info on the movie below)
"Ferdinand" (Fox), PG, 106 minutes
About — In this animated comedy, Ferdinand, the big-hearted bull, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, captured and torn from his home. But he's determined to return to his family and rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure; Stars — Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Bobby Cannavale, John Cena; Director — Carlos Saldanha
"Permanent" (Magnolia Pictures), PG-13, 93 minutes
About — It's a comedy about bad hair, adolescence and socially awkward family members and involves life-altering permanents and poorly made toupees that lead to daily survival issues; Stars — Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson, Kira McLean, Devin Albert; Director — Colette Burson
Next week, Dec. 22
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"; "Pitch Perfect 3"; "Downsizing"; "Father Figures"; "The Post"
Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB, www.imdb.com
The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Comscore:
1. "Cars 3"
2. "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
3. "War for the Planet of the Apes"
4. "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
5. "Wonder Woman"
6. "The Dark Tower"
7. "The Emoji Movie"
8. "Baby Driver"
9. "The House"
10. "The Glass Castle"
Other recent favorites: "Hocus Pocus"; "Annabelle: Creation"; "Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
Calling (diverse) filmmakers
The people behind the new Outdoor-Adventure Film Grant are looking for filmmaking applicants to create a film that specifically showcases the spirit, passion and excitement of the outdoor-adventure or action sports film genres in Oregon.
The grant is worth $18,500, as well as equipment, services and support.
Filmmakers from diverse Oregon communities are encouraged to apply; special consideration will be given to filmmakers of color, LGBTQ, women and candidates from socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
Oregon Film, Travel Oregon, Danner Boots and the Portland Film Office at Prosper Portland have partnered for the funding.
"There is a lack of diverse voices telling outdoor-adventure stories," a news release states. "The OAFG is aiming to help open up this unfolding and evolving conversation of the future of inclusion in storytelling, both in front of and behind the camera while utilizing Oregon's outdoor spaces as a backdrop."
Applications wil be accepted through 5 p.m. Jan 31. For more: www.oregonmade.org/grants.
• Yes, it's the week of the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
It features Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, the former princess; Fisher finished filming her part before her death on Dec. 27, 2016. It also stars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie from the previous "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens." Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro also have roles.
It's directed and written by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. Music is by John Williams, the composer of the previous seven movies. It's made by LucasFilm and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
A sequel, tentatively titled "Star Wars: Episode IX," will be released in two years.
• The "Animating Life: The Art, Science and Wonder of Laika" continues at the Portland Art Museum through May 20. The Northwest Film Center will screen one of Laika's movies, "Paranorman," about a little kid who can speak with the dead, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $6-$9, www.nwfilm.org.
• The "Queer Horror" series at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., celebrates a year of women-centric programming and presents "Batman Returns" in its 25th anniversary year, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. It's hosted by drag clown Carla Rossi and the 35mm holiday spectacle opens with a huge drag and burlesque tribute to Catwoman in all her incarnations. "Batman Returns" stars Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
• Part of Portland Youth Philharmonic, Camerata PYP presents "Voices of Light," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, featuring multiple local vocal artists collaborating on the title oratorio by Richard Einhorn to accompany a screening of Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 silent film, "The Passion of Joan of Arc." It's part of Northwest Film Center's 34th Reel Music Festival. For more: www.portlandyouthphil.org.