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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Life of the Party,' 'The Greatest Showman' and silent film fest

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'The Cage Fighter' is a documentary about Joe Carman, and it screens at Whitsell Auditorium, May 10.Big screen

Last week, May 4

"Overboard"; "Tully"

This week, May 11

"Life of the Party" (WB), PG-13, 105 minutes

About — After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-age mother returns to college to complete her degree and fun ensues; Stars — Gillian Jacobs, Melissa McCarthy, Debby Ryan, Adria Arjona; Director — Ben Falcone

"Breaking In" (Universal Pictures), PG-13, 88 minutes

About — A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion; Stars — Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus; Director — James McTeigue

"Beast" (30 West), R, 107 minutes

About — A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders; Stars — Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle; Director — Michael Pearce

"Class Rank" (Cinedigm), 108 minutes

About — Two high school outsiders join forces in an attempt to overtake the local school board and, guided by their families, they enter the perilous world of politics and learn about love; Stars — Skyler Gisondo, Olivia Holt, Kristin Chenoweth, Bruce Dern; Director — Eric Stoltz

"Dark Crimes" (Saban Films), R, 92 minutes

About — Based on the 2008 article "True Crimes — A postmodern murder mystery" by David Grann, a murder investigation of a slain businessman turns to clues found in an author's book about an eerily similar crime; Stars — Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas, Kati Outinen; Director — Alexandros Avranas

Next week, May 18

"Deadpool 2"; "Book Club"; "Show Dogs"; "First Reformed"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB, www.imdb.com

Home rentals

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

1. "The Greatest Showman"

2. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

3. "Molly's Game"

4. "Maze Runner: The Death Cure"

5. "Star Wars: Episode VIII, the Last Jedi"

6. "Thor: Ragnarok"

7. "All the Money in the World"

8. "Den of Thieves"

9. "Coco"

10. "12 Strong"

Other recent favorites: "Justice League"; "Father Figures"; "The Shape of Water"; "Insidious: The Last Key"; "Ferdinand"

Upcoming events

• Northwest kids under age 20 will have their films shown, accompanied by live music, in the ninth annual International Youth Silent Film Festival, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, May 9-10, at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

• Northwest Film Center presents a screening of the documentary "The Cage Fighter," about 39-year-old Joe Carman and his quest to be a successful mixed martial arts fighter while juggling a private life that includes a job in a boiler room on a ferry, an angry ex-wife, four daughters and an alcoholic father; and, his current wife doesn't know he has started fighting again. It was filmed over the course of three years. It screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $6-$9, www.nwfilm.org. Filmmaker Jeff Unay will be in attendance.

• The Hollywood Theatre's micro-cinema at Portland International Airport will feature the "Airport Cinema Showcase," an hourlong showing of shorts. Patrons won't have to go through security to reach the venue on Concourse C. It happens at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

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