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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,' 'The Mule' and 'Half the Picture'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'Half the Picture' address gender inequality in Hollywood, and screens at Whitsell Auditorium, Dec. 14.Big screen

Last week, Dec. 7

"Mary Queen of Scots"; "Vox Lux"; "Ben is Back"

This week, Dec. 14

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (SPA/Columbia), PG, 117 minutes

About — Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all. Stars — Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali. Director — Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey/Rodney Rothman.

"The Mule" (WB), R, 116 minutes

About — A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Stars — Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Taissa Farmiga. Director — Clint Eastwood.

"Mortal Engines" (Universal Pictures), PG-13, 128 minutes

About — A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw joins forces with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and outcast Tom Natsworthy to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels. Stars — Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Robert Sheehan. Director — Christian Rivers.

Next week, Dec. 21

"Aquaman"; "Bumblebee"; "Mary Poppins Returns"; "Second Act"; "Welcome to Marwen"

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 Incredibles 2"

2. "The Meg"

3. "The Equalizer 2"

4. "Mile 22"

5. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

6. "Alpha"

7. "Christopher Robin"

8. "Crazy Rich Asians"

9. "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

10. "The Spy Who Dumped Me"

Other recent favorites: "Tomb Raider"; "Hotel Transyl-vania 3: Summer Vacation"

Doc spotlight

"Half the Picture"

The film by Amy Adrion seeks to document the current time in the filmmaking business when systemic gender equality change seems possible, thanks in part to the ACLU and U.S. Department of Justice's EEOC investigation and organizations such as Free the Bid. It asks the question, unlike previous efforts to address gender inequality in Hollywood, "Will this time be different?" It screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Adrion will be in attendance, along with Portland filmmakers, activists, producers and more. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

Upcoming event

• By filmmaker Hao Wu, the documentary "People's Republic of Desire" looks at social media stardom in China, and delves into a world where money is no object and human connection finds a new form, using many unique structural devices designed to plunge us into the virtual.It screens at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

• Reminder: The "Dietrich & Garbo in the 1930s" film festival takes place through Dec. 30 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. For more: www.nwfilm.org.


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