Last week, Feb. 24
"Bitter Harvest"; "Rock Dog"; "Get Out"; "Collide"
This week, March 3
"The Shack" (Lionsgate Entertainment/Summit), PG-13, 132 minutes
About — A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack"; Stars — Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell; Director — Stuart Hazeldine
"Logan" (Fox), R, 137 minutes
About — In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border, but a young mutant pursued by dark forces disrupts his legacy and attempt to hide out; Stars — Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook; Director — James Mangold
"Before I Fall" (Open Road), PG-13, 99 minutes
About — Feb. 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last, as she's stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week; Stars — Zoey Deutch, Liv Hewson, Logan Miller, Jennifer Beals; Director — Ry Russo-Young
Next week, March 10
"Kong: Skull Island"
Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB, www.imdb.com
The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Comscore:
3. "The Accountant"
5. "Boo! A Madea Halloween"
6. "Deepwater Horizon"
7. "Keeping Up With the Joneses"
8. "John Wick"
Other recent favorites: "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"; "Hell or High Water"; "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"
"My Scientology Movie"
It should be an interesting documentary, as a man named Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous church of Scientology. It's a British film, directed by John Dower and features Rob Alter, Tom Cruise, Paz de la Huerta and Tom De Vocht. Watch for it on sale or download.
• Open Signal, a new media arts center in Portland, and Regional Arts & Culture Council, have partnered to support artist-in-residence Kalimah Abioto as part of "Night Lights," a monthly digital media event in which artists project their work onto the north exterior wall of RACC's downtown offices, 411 N.W. Park Ave., on First Thursdays. Abioto's work will be projected on Thursday, March 2. Her work focuses on the Portland and Memphis African-American communities. She has collaborated with producer/ filmmaker Kaeli Casati. local musicians such as Amenta Abioto, dancers Uriah Boyd and House of Flora, prop maker Analise Cleopatra and others to create her film "Sight," which tells the story of three young girls who have the ability to travel to different dimensions and help an adult woman rediscover her own power. For more: www.opensignalpdx.org, www.racc.org.
• The Portland Music Video Festival is a showcase for musicians and filmmakers from Portland and around the world. There'll be more than a dozen videos from local artists and filmmakers, and they'll be in attendance for question-and-answer sessions after screenings. It takes place 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. For more: www.portlandmusicvideofestival.com.
• It's not until October, but take note: Portland'5 and Chamber Music Northwest will present "Dracula: The Music and Film," with original music by Philip Glass, performed by Glass and Kronos Quartet to Universal Pictures' 1931 film classic starring Bela Lugosi. It'll be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are $49-$89, and available at www.portland5.com.