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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Coco,' 'War for the Planet of the Apes' and 'The Force'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'The Force' shows at Whitsell Auditorium, Nov. 28-Dec. 2.Big screen

Last week, Nov. 17

"Justice League"; "Wonder"; "The Star"

This week, Nov. 24

"Coco" (Disney), PG, 109 minutes

About — In this animation, aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery; Stars — Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach; Director — Lee Unkrich/Adrian Molina

"Darkest Hour" (Focus Features), PG-13, 125 minutes

About — During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds; Stars — Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn; Director — Joe Wright

"The Man Who Invented Christmas" (Bleecker Street), PG, 104 minutes

About — It's the story of the journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday; Stars — Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow; Director — Bharat Nalluri

"Chappaquiddick" (Entertainment Studios), PG-13, 107 minutes

About — Ted Kennedy's life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne; Stars — Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Ed Helms; Director — John Curran

Next week, Dec. 1

"Wonder Wheel"; "The Disaster Artist"; "The Tribes of Palos Verdes"

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. "War for the Planet of the Apes"

2. "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

3. "Cars 3"

4. "Wonder Woman"

5. "The Emoji Movie"

6. "Hocus Pocus"

7. "Annabelle: Creation"

8. "Baby Driver"

9. "The House"

10. "Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Other recent favorites: "The Dark Tower"; "The House"; "Transformers: The Last Knight"

Doc spotlight

"The Force"

Filmmaker Peter Nicks spent two years embedded with the Oakland Police Department to chronicle its efforts to recast itself as a positive force in the community. The film features Oakland's then-Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw, who's now Portland Police Bureau police chief. It's the winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Screenings are 7 p.m. Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $6-$9, www.nwfilm.org.

Upcoming event

• Through Dec. 30 at Whitsell Auditorium, the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center host "Pre-Code Cinema: Classics and Rarities," films that honestly addressed social issues and moral codes in "talkies" before the Motion Picture Production Code and censorship was enforced beginning in July 1934. For more: www.nwfilm.org.

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