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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Bennett's War,' 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'For Sama'

COURTESY PHOTO: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - Award-winning 'For Sama' screens at Whitsell Auditorium, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.Big screen

Last week, Aug. 23

"Angel Has Fallen"; "Overcomer"; "Ready or Not"; "Brittany Runs a Marathon"

This week, Aug. 30

"Bennett's War" (Forrest Films), PG-13, 95 minutes

About — After surviving an IED explosion in combat overseas, a young soldier with the Army Motorcycle Unit is medically discharged with a broken back and leg, but against all odds he trains to be a motocross racer to support his family; Stars — Michael Roark, Trace Adkins, Ali Afshar, Allison Paige; Director — Alex Ranarivelo

"Don't Let Go" (OTL Releasing), R, 103 minutes

About — After a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, and he's not sure if it's a ghost or he's gone mad; Stars — Byron Mann, Storm Reid, David Oyekowo, Mykelti Williamson; Director — Jacob Estes

"Before You Know It" (1091 Media), NR, 98 minutes

About — A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera; Stars — Linda Arroz, Alec Baldwin, Ben Becher, Blake Berris; Director — Hannah Pearl Utt

"Killerman" (Blue Fox Entertainment), R, 112 minutes

About — Moe Diamond is a New York City money launderer who wakes up with no memory and millions of dollars in stolen cash and drugs. He searches for answers while dodging crooked cops; Stars — Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero, Zlatko Buric; Director — Malik Bader

Next week, Sept. 6

"It, Chapter Two"; "Edie"; "Night Hunter"

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

Movies in the Park

Premovie entertainment (and free popcorn) at 6:30 p.m., movies at dusk at Portland parks, through Sept. 1:

Friday, Aug. 30: "Dumbo," Montavilla Park, 8219 N.E. Glisan St.

Saturday, Aug. 31: "Moana," Overlook Park, N. Interstate Ave./Fremont St.

Sunday, Sept. 1: "Pawn Sacrifice," Gateway Discovery Park, N.E. 106th Ave./Halsey St.

Home rentals

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

1. "Avengers: Endgame"

2. "Long Shot"

3. "Shazam!"

4. "Alita: Battle Angel"

5. "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"

6. "Hellboy"

7. "Uglydolls"

8. "The Intruder"

9. "Pet Sematary"

10. "Captain Marvel"

Other recent favorites: "Aquaman"; "Breakthrough"; "Missing Link"

Doc spotlight

"For Sama"

Northwest Fim Center presents the story of Waad Al-Khateab, a young journalist who documents the story of Syria and president Bashar Al-Assad's crackdown on dissidents, while he also raises a daughter. He navigates his world with rage, wonder and humility. It won Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival. It screens 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $8-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

Upcoming event

• The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., puts on "Godzillathon," four 35mm film on a 50-foot screen: "Destroy All Monsters," 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1; "Godzilla vs. Megalon," 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31; "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla," 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31; "Godzilla on Monster Island," 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. All films have been dubbed in English. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.


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