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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Escape Room,' 'Smallfoot' and the Studio One Theaters

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'Reel Music 36' is coming up.Big screen

Last week, Dec. 28

"Holmes & Watson"; "Vice"; "Destroyer"; "On the Basis of Sex"; "Stan & Ollie"

This week, Jan. 4

"Escape Room" (Columbia), PG-13, 81 minutes

About — Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive; Stars — Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller; Director — Adam Robitel

"Great Great Great" (A71 Entertainment), NR, 80 minutes

About — A young couple's decision to get engaged threatens to break them apart; Stars — Sarah Kolasky, Dan Beirne, Richard Clarkin, Meredith Cheesbrough; Director — Adam Garnet Jones

Next week, Jan. 11

"The Upside"; "A Dog's Way Home"; "Perfect Strangers"; "Replicas"; "The Untold Story"; "Sgt. Will Gardner"

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. "Smallfoot"

2. "Crazy Rich Asians"

3. "Elf" (2003)

4. "The Predator"

5. "The Equalizer 2"

6. "Mission: Impossible — Fallout"

7. "The Nun"

8. "The Incredibles 2"

9. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)

10. "Home Alone" (1990)

Other recent favorites: "The Meg"; "Searching"; "Mile 22"

Doc spotlight

"Reel Music 36"

The 36th annual festival features several documentaries across many genres, movements, labels, bands and solo artists. It takes place Jan. 18-Feb. 16 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org. We'll have more later.

Upcoming events

• From the Sellwood Bee:

A new concept in theme-based movie viewing is coming — apparently, quite soon — to the business complex at Southeast Cesar Chavez and Powell boulevards.

Studio One Theaters, to be located on the northeast corner of the busy intersection, is owned by Rudyard Coltman and Shelly Stevens-Coltman. There will be seven small theme-based theaters, a performance stage in the lobby, a full-service kitchen, and servers for drinks and meals available to visitors, prepared on-site.

It's 12,000 square feet in space.

"There will be four small theaters and three larger ones, each one serving about 200 people. A connecting hallway with a row of advertising TVs will feature a 'living wall', with vines and other plants, and the walkway will have fish under glass panels," general contractor Dennis Sallee says.

Co-owner Stevens-Coltman says, "Each theater is designed to look like a penthouse, with custom furnishings that match a theme: New York, Paris, Portland, Rio, Tokyo and Istanbul. Each has an electric fireplace and a variety of flooring materials and furniture. We feature Dolby-Atmos sound, and all of our projectors are laser projectors, which have high-definition colors.

"We'll show first-run movies — or, families can rent a space to show their own movies. … But since we'll have a liquor license, ages under 21 can only remain on-site until 6 p.m. We'll serve 50 wines by the glass, and 12 beers on tap."


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