Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum,' 'Aquaman' and 'Echo in the Canyon'

COURTESY PHOTO - The Oregon-made movie 'Phoenix, Oregon' screens in Portland theaters this week.Big screen

Last week, May 10

"Pokemon Detective Pikachu"; "The Hustle"; "All is True"; "Poms"; "Tolkien"

This week, May 17

"John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum" (Summit/Lionsgate), R, 130 minutes

About — Super assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere; Stars —¬†Keanu Reeves, Asia Kate Dillon, Jerome Flynn, Ian McShane; Director — Chad Stahelski

"The Sun is Also a Star" (WB), PG-13, 120 minutes

About — A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family's life; Stars — Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Faith Logan, Gbenga Akinnagbe; Director — Ry Russo-Young

"A Dog's Journey" (Universal), PG, 108 minutes

About — A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets; Stars — Dennis Quaid, Betty Gilpin, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Kathryn Prescott; Director — Gail Mancuso

Next week, May 24

"Aladdin"; "Booksmart"; "Brightburn"; "The Tomorrow Man"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB,

Home rentals

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

1. "Aquaman"

2. "The Mule"

3. "Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"

4. "A Star is Born"

5. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

6. "Bumblebee"

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

8. "Holmes and Watson"

9. "Mary Poppins Returns"

10. "Replicas"

Other recent favorites: "Vice"; "A Dog's Way Home"

Doc spotlight

"Echo in the Canyon"

From IMDB: Opening in theaters May 24, it's a look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, featuring the music of iconic groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. It features appearances by Lou Adler, Fiona Apple, The Beach Boys and Beck and is directed by Andrew Slater.

Upcoming events

• Reminder: The movie "Phoenix, Oregon," about a couple of men reinventing their lives by restoring a small-town bowling alley and serving the "world's greatest pizza," is showing this week as part of the Portland Circuit, an OregonMade Creative Foundation project to screen films in Portland theaters. It opened Monday at the Hollywood Theatre, and then will be shown at Clinton Street Theater (May 14), Cinema 21 (May 15), Clinton Street Theater and Whitsell Auditorium (May 16).

Gary Lundgren is the writer and director and Annie Lundgren is the producer. All but a few scenes were filmed in Klamath Falls; some exteriors were filmed in Phoenix — yes, Oregon's Phoenix, just north of Ashland. "We live in the (Rogue) valley and we wanted to film there," Annie Lundgren says. "But it was easier to film in Klamath Falls; we found the perfect bowling alley there."

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• The "Saga of Tanya the Evil — The Movie," the highly anticipated next Crunchyroll movie, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at some local theaters. It's a sequel to the anime series and was released in Japan earlier this year. Crunchyroll and Fathom Events previously gave us "Mob Psycho 100 II" and "Yuri!!! on ICE" marathon. It'll show at the Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Century 16 Eastport, 4040 S.E. 82nd Ave., and Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema, 1510 N.E. Multnomah St. For more:

• Another reminder: The 17th annual Filmed By Bike festival brings local and international bike movies to the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Friday-Sunday, May 17-19. We'll have more info later in the Tribune. Festival passes are available at

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