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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Shazam!,' 'Pet Sematary,' 'Aquaman' and 'Amazing Grace'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'Sennan Asbestos Disaster' is part of Japanese Currents.Big screen

Last week, March 29

"Dumbo"; "The Beach Bum"

This week, April 5

"Shazam!" (WB), PG-13, 132 minutes

About — We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out, and Billy Batson only has to shout out the word "Shazam!" and the streetwise 14-year-old foster kid turns into an adult superhero; Stars — Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Borth, Mark Strong; Director — David F. Sandberg

"Pet Sematary" (Paramount Pictures), R, 101 minutes

About — Louis Reed and his wife and children move into a rural home, where they are welcomed by an eerie "Pet Sematary" nearby. After a cat is killed by a truck, Reed resorts to burying it in the graveyard, which is definitely not as it seems; Stars — Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jete Laurence; Director — Kevin Kolsch/Dennis Widmyer

"The Best of Enemies" (STX), PG-13, 133 minutes

About — Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, N.C., over the issue of school integration; Stars — Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche; Director — Robin Bissell

"High Life" (A24), R, 110 minutes

About — A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation; Stars — Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Andre Benjamin, Mia Goth; Director — Claire Denis

Also: "Peterloo"; "Teen Spirit"; "Billboard"; "Storm Boy"

Next week, April 12

"Hellboy"; "Missing Link"; "After"

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

Home rentals

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

1. "Aquaman"

2. "Instant Family"

3. "Creed II"

4. "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralphs 2

5. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

6. "Spider-Man: The Spider-Verse"

7. "A Star is Born" (2018)

8. "The Favourite"

9. "Free Solo"

10. "Venom"

Other recent favorites: "Robin Hood" (2018); "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"; "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

Doc spotlight

"Amazing Grace"

Opening in theaters this weekend, the documentary presents Aretha Franklin with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in 1972. It's directed by Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack.

Upcoming events

• The 12th annual "Japanese Currents" by Northwest Film Center features noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to documentary to comedy, while exploring contemporary Japanese issues. It takes place April 5-14 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. For more/lineup: http://www.nwfilm.org.

• There'll be another showing of "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70mm at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E Sandy Blvd. For more: http://www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

• Here's a festival not for everybody, but some, anyway: It's the first "SPLIFF!" festival, which organizers characterize as "made by the stoned, for the stoned." It's original short films for filmmakers, artists, animators and potheads April 20 at Revolution Hall. For more: http://www.splifffilmfest.com.


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