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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Joker,' 'Men in Black: International' and 'The Wonders of the Sea 3D'

COURTESY PHOTO - The Portland Dance Film Festival takes place at Whitsell Auditorium, Oct. 3-5. It's a big collaborative event with Northwest Film Center and others.Big screen

Last week, Sept. 27

"Abominable"; "Judy"; "The Day Shall Come"

This week, Oct. 4

"Joker" (WB), R, 112 minutes

About — It's a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society (and made famous in "Batman" cartoons, shows and movies); Stars — Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Jolie Chan; Director — Todd Phillips

"Pain and Glory" (Sony Pictures), R, 113 minutes

About — A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him; Stars — Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas; Director — Pedro Almodovar

"War" (Yash Raj Films), NR, 150 minutes

About — It follows an Indian soldier who is assigned to eliminate his former mentor, who has gone rogue; Stars — Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana; Director — Siddharth Anand

"Lucy in the Sky" (Fox Searchlight), R, 124 minutes

About — Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small; Stars — Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens; Director — Noah Hawley

Next week, Oct. 11

"Gemini Man"; "The Addams Family";

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB,

Home rentals

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

1. "Men in Black: International"

2. "Dark Phoenix"

3. "It" (2017)

4. "Godzilla: King of the Monsters"

5. "Avengers: Endgame"

6. "Aladdin"

7. "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum"

8. "Rocketman"

9. "Booksmart"

10. "The Hustle"

Other recent favorites: "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"; "Brightburn"; "Aladdin" (1992)

Doc spotlight

"The Wonders of the Sea 3D"

The film from explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children, Celine and Fabien, and their ocean journeys from Fiji to the Bahamas is now available on 4K Blu-ray. It involves three years of research into new filming techniques to capture the beauty and mystique of the sea. It features narration by Arnold Schwarzenegger. For more:

Upcoming events

• Reminders: The Sci-Fi Film Festival continues at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., through Nov. 6. Tickets: $6-$7, $25-$30 passes, ... The Northwest Film Center is honoring late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami with a retrospective series of films through Oct. 28 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $5-$10, ...The H.P. Lovercraft Film Festival, which features literary horror and weird tales and more on screen, is Oct. 4-6 at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E.Sandy Blvd. For more: ... The German Film Festival is Oct. 4-8 at Cinema 21, 616 N.W. 21st Ave. For more:

• The Portland Dance Film Festival continues to get bigger and better, as the Northwest Film Center, White Bird, Oregon Film, Pro Photo Supply and Design By Goals collaborate on three nights of unique screenings involving dance, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 3-5 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $12 per night, $15 at door, $30 festival pass, There'll be several events associated with the festival. The closing night party and live dance film creation is at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Portland Art Museum's Fields (sunken) Ballroom, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.; it's free to attend.

• "Strong, The Destry Abbott Story" is the newest action film by Media66, about the off-road motorcyclist. It screens at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Tickets: $20,

• The BendFilm Festival is Oct. 10-13 at several locations in Bend. For complete info:

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