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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'The Rhythm Section,' 'Joker' and 'Quezon's Game'

COURTESY PHOTO: JOHN COHEN - 'You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard,' screening Friday, Feb. 7, is part of Reel Music film festival.
Big screen

Last week, Jan. 24

"The Gentlemen"; "The Turning"; "The Last Full Measure"

This week, Jan. 31

"Gretel & Hansel" (United Artists Releasing), PG-13, 87 minutes

About — A long time ago in a distant fairy tale land, a young girl leads her little brother into dark woods in desperate search for food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil; Stars — Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babaloa; Director — Oz Perkins

"The Rhythm Section" (Paramount Pictures), R, 109 minutes

About — A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family; Stars — Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Mays; Director — Reed Morano

"The Assistant" (Bleecker Street), R, 85 minutes

About — A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive, as she becomes aware of the insidious abuse that threatens her position; Stars — Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth; Director — Kitty Green

Next week, Feb. 7

"Birds of Prey"; "The Lodge"

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

Home rentals

The latest top 10 digital Video On Demand movies based on transaction rate, by Comscore:

1. "Joker"

2. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

3. "Hustlers"

4. "Judy"

5. "Rambo: Last Blood"

6. "Ad Astra"

7. "The Lighthouse"

8. "Angel Has Fallen"

9. "Downton Abbey"

10. "Abominable"

Other recent favorites: "It: Chapter Two"; "Good Boys"

Upcoming events

• Reminder: The 37th Reel Music festival, which features films focused on music and musical artists, is put on by the Northwest Film Center and continues through Feb. 16 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Genres include jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world and classical. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

• "Quezon's Game" is based on a true story of Holocaust heroism during World War II in the Philippines by Filipino President Manuel L. Quezon, who rescued persecuted Jews. It screens at Century 16 Eastport Plaza, 4040 S.E. 82nd Ave., on Friday, Jan. 31.


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