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The Big Screen


Last week, Jan. 8

“The Revenant”; “The Forest”; “Anesthesia”; “Anomalisa”

This week, Jan. 15

“Norm of the North” (Lionsgate), PG, 90 minutes

About — Displaced from their Arctic home, a polar bear named Norm and his three lemming friends wind up in New York City, where Norm becomes a mascot of a corporation tied to the fate of his homeland; Stars — Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Rob Schneider, James Corden; Director — Trevor Wall

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (Paramount), R, 147 minutes

About — Based on the true story, an American ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense of the chaos; Stars — Tony Stephens, John Krasinski, Freddie Stroma, Pablo Schreiber; Director — Michael Bay

“Ride Along 2” (Universal), PG-13

About — As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his future brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying Atlanta dealers; Stars — Olivia Munn, Kevin Hart, Glen Powell, Ice Cube; Director — Tim Story

Next week, Jan. 22

“Dirty Grandpa”

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

Home rentals

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

1. “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

2. “Elf”

3. “Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

4. “American Ultra”

5. “Inside Out”

6. “Vacation” (2015)

7. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

8. “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

9. “Terminator Genisys”

10. “Home Alone”

Other recent favorites: “The Age of Adaline”; “Ricki and the Flash”; “Spy”; “San Andreas”

Upcoming events

• Reel Music Festival 33

The lineup for the music/sound/image Reel Music Festival 33 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. ($9, $8 students/seniors, $6 children, nwfilm.org): “The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock and Roll,” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15; “Roxy: The Movie,” 9:15 p.m. Jan. 15; “Concerto: A Beethoven Journey,” 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16; “The Amazing Nina Simone,” 7 p.m. Jan. 16; “Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents,” 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16; “Korla,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan 17; “Bill Evans, Time Remembered” and “Chuck Israels: Rhythm and Dance,” 7 p.m. Jan. 17; “Lee Scratch Perry: Visions of Paradise,” 7 p.m. Jan. 22; “We Are Twisted F***ing Sister,” 9:15 p.m. Jan. 22; “Seymour: An Introduction,” 3 p.m. Jan. 23; “The Man with a Movie Camera” with live score by Tom Peters, 7 p.m. Jan. 23; Sons of the Wind,” 7 p.m. Jan. 24; “Landfill Harmonic,” 7 p.m. Jan. 26; “The Glamour & The Squalor,” 7 p.m. Jan. 29; “Mavis!,” 9 p.m. Jan. 29; “Everybody’s Cage,” 5 p.m. Jan. 30; “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King,” 7 p.m. Jan. 30; “Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows,” 7 p.m. Jan. 31; “Cool Cats,” 7 p.m. Feb. 2; “Magicarena,” 7 p.m. Feb 4; “American Epic,” 5 p.m. Feb. 5.

• The folks at RiffTrax take on “RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers” on Jan. 14 and “RiffTrax Live: The Room” on Jan. 28 at Cedar Hills Crossing 16, Clackamas Town Center, Century 16 Eastport, and Lloyd Center 10 with IMAX. For tickets: www.FathomEvents.com.