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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Hellboy,' 'Instant Family' and Northwest Tracking

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - The Northwest Film Center's Northwest Tracking presents The Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series and more.Big screen

Last week, April 5

"Shazam!"; "Pet Sematary"; "The Best of Enemies"; "High Life"; "Peterloo"; "Teen Spirit"; "Billboard"; "Storm Boy"

This week, April 12

"Hellboy" (Lionsgate), R, 120 minutes

About — Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy is caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human and battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge; Stars — David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Penelope Mitchell; Director — Neil Marshall

"Missing Link" (United Artists), PG, 95 minutes

About — In the new Laika film, Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, they travel the world to help their new friend; Stars — Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Hugh Jackman, Emma Thompson; Director — Chris Butler

"After" (Aviron), PG-13, 106 minutes

About — Based on a novel by Anna Todd, a young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret, and the two embark on a rocky relationship; Stars — Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair, Josephine Langford, Jennifer Beals; Director — Jenny Gage

Next week, April 19

"The Curse of La Llorona"; "Penguins"; "Breakthrough"

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. "Instant Family"

2. "Mary Poppins Returns"

3. "Aquaman"

4. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

5. "Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2"

6. "Creed II"

7. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

8. "A Star is Born" (2018)

9. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

10. "Vice"

Other recent favorites: "The Favourite"; "Free Solo"; "Venom"

Upcoming events

• If you're inclined to go on a road trip to watch movies, the Ashland Independent Film Festival takes place April 11-15 in Ashland. For more: www.ashlandfilm.org.

• The Northwest Film Center's Northwest Tracking program showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest. It includes single-artist retrospectives, features, documentaries and short works. The series starts with "This Mountain Life," directed by Grant Baldwin, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. It's about individuals who venture into the mountains year-round, including Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother, Tania, who attempt a 2,300-kilometer ski trek from Canada to Alaska through coastal mountains, a journey that has been completed only once (and never by a female duo). The story is interspersed with those of mountain people, including a group of nuns who inhabit a retreat high atop a peak to be closer to God.

The rest of the lineup: "The Last Gospel of the Pagan Babies," April 24; "Prospect," May 1; "Karen Doesn't Dream," May 2; The Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series, May 18; "Zulu Summer," May 23; Whitman at the Whitsell, May 30.

Screenings are at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $8-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

• The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., will feature the short films being shown at its Portland Airport location, on Concourse C, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14. The hourlong program will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

• The Northwest Film Center also presents its Case of the Mondays series, which starts with "The Juniper Tree," 7 p.m. Monday, April 15 at the Whitsell. The rest of the lineup: "Tomorrow Never Knows," April 22; "Nude on the Moon," April 29; "Yellow is Forbidden," May 13; "Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus," May 20. For more: www.nwfilm.org.


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