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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film' and Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective

COURTESY PHOTO: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - Northwest Film Center is hosting a 50-year retrospective of documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert (above in 1973), Jan. 11-19.Big screen

Last week, Jan. 3

"The Grudge"

This week, Jan. 10

"Like a Boss" (Paramount Pictures), R, 83 minutes

About — Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical and the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle; Stars — Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, Tiffany Haddish, Jennifer Coolidge; Director — Miguel Arteta

"Underwater" (20th Century Fox), PG-13, 95 minutes

About — Aquatic researchers work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory, but the crew has more than the seabed to fear; Stars — Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel; Director — William Eubank

"The Informer" (Avalon Pictures), NR, 113 minutes

About — An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison; Stars — Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen; Director — Andrea Di Stefano

Next week, Jan. 17

"Bad Boys for Life"; "Dolittle"

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. "Joker"

2. "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood"

3. "Elf" (2003)

4. "Ad Astra"

5. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)

6. "It Chapter Two"

7. "Polar Express" (2004)

8. "Home Alone"

9. "A Christmas Story" (1983)

10. "Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi" (2017)

Other recent favorites: "Angel Has Fallen"; "Hustlers"; "Dora and the Lost City of Gold"; "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum"; "Spider-Man: Far From Home"; "The Peanut Butter Falcon"

Doc spotlight

"Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film"

Northwest Film Center examines the 50-year career of the American documentary maker, who blazed a path for young filmmakers to make and self-distribute their work in lieu of commercial distribution. She formed New Day Films in the 1970s. The lineup at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.: "Growing Up Female," "Methadone: An American Way of Dealing," "Sparkle," 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11; "American Factory," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12; "9to5: The Story of a Movement," 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13; "Union Maids," "The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant," "Making Morning Star," 7 p.m. Jan. 17; "Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists," 7 p.m. Jan. 18; "A Lion in the House," noon Jan. 19. Reichert and collaborator Steven Bognar will discuss films Jan. 12-13. Tickets: $8-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

Upcoming event

• The fifth annual Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective opens Thursday, Jan. 9, and continues through Jan. 26 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. The studio produced some beloved animated movies, including "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Spirited Away." New to the retrospective this year is "When Marnie Was There," the story of a lonely young girl and her mysterious new friend Marnie.

Among the related events is a Jan. 10 discussion by Rob Ribera, Portland State University Film Studies instructor, about the history of Studio Ghibli. On Jan. 14, Kristin Faurest, director at the Japanese Garden Training Center, will speak on activism, protest and exploitation in conjunction with Isao Takahata's folk tale "Pom Poko." On Jan. 22, Ribera returns to examine the topic of war against the backdrop of Takahata's haunting "Grave of the Fireflies."

For a schedule and more, see www.omsi.edu.

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