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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Serenity,' 'Venom' and Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - An all-time great movie, 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' screens at Whitsell Auditorium, Jan. 27.Big screen

Last week, Jan. 18

"Glass"; "The Heiresses"; "Arctic Justice"

This week, Jan. 25

"Serenity" (Aviron Pictures), R, 106 minutes

About — The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain comes back to haunt him, when his ex-wife tracks him down with a desperate plea for help, ensnaring his life in a new reality; Stars — Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke; Director — Steven Knight

"The Kid Who Would Be King" (20th Century Fox), PG, 132 minutes

About — A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace; Stars — Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Taylo, Patrick Stewart, Rhianna Dorris; Director — Joe Cornish

"The Invisibles" (Menemsha Films), NR, 110 minutes

About — While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin "free of Jews" in 1943, 1,700 Jews managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of World War II. The movie traces four who learned to hide in plain sight; Stars — Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee, Aaron Altaras; Director — Claus Rafle

Next week, Feb. 1

"Jacob's Ladder"; "Miss Bala"; "Arctic"

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. "Venom"

2. "Crazy Rich Asians"

3. "Home Alone" (1990)

4. "Elf" (2003)

5. "A Simple Favor"

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

7. "Mission: Impossible — Fallout"

8. "The Equalizer 2"

9. "Die Hard" (1988)

10. "Smallfoot"

Other recent favorites: "The Predator"

Upcoming events

• Reminders: The fourth annual Studio Ghibli Film Festival continues through Jan. 27 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Empirical Theater, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. For more: www.omsi.edu. ... The 36th annual Reel Music festival features several music documentaries, through Feb. 16 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org. ... At Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., the Portland Motorcycle Film Festival showcases motorcycle filmmaking, with two feature films and shorts screened each night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Admission is $15 each night or $50 for both nights and a VIP pre-party. For more: www.PDXmotorcyclefilms.com.

• "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" is Werner Herzog's crowning achievement, a 1972 film about the ill-fated Spanish quest for El Dorado, the fabled city of gold. Roger Ebert considered it a top-10 movie of all time. It stars Klaus Kinski as the madman Don Lope de Aguirre. It screens at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

• The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 12th annual festival, March 28-31, at the Hollywood Theatre, Clinton Street Theater and Holocene. There were more than 550 films submitted; highlights inlcude a screening by African-American filmmaker Kathleen Collins ("Losing Ground"). The POW Film Fest also will work with Holocene and its live film score series, Fin de Cinema, presenting the silent film "Salome" with a live soundtrack. For more: www.powfilmfest.com.


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