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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Insidious: The Last Key,' 'American Assassin' and 'Kangaroo - A Love-Hate Story'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'My Life as a Zucchini' screens at Whitsell Auditorium, Jan. 14.Big screen

Last week, Dec. 29

"All the Money in the World"; "Molly's Game"; "Phantom Thread"

This week, Jan. 5

"Insidious: The Last Key" (Universal), PG-13, 103 minutes

About — Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet, in her own family home; Stars — Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo; Director — Adam Robitel

Next week, Jan. 12

"The Commuter"; "Paddington 2"; "Proud Mary"

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. "American Assassin"

2. "Elf"

3. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

4. "The Hitman's Bodyguard"

5. "Home Alone"

6. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

7. "Polar Express"

8. "Wind River"

9. "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

10. "Wonder Woman"

Other recent favorites: "War for the Planet of the Apes"

Doc spotlight

"Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story"

The documentary about Australia's iconic animal screens at Cinema 21, 616 N.W. 21st Ave., on Jan. 25. There'll be a Q&A with filmmakers, as well as vegan influencers, animal rights activists and more. The movie is set in distinctive Australian landscapes and explores the complex and conflicting opinions surrounding this unique marsupial at the center of the largest mass destruction of wildlife in the world, as many consider them pests to be shot and sold for food and profit. It's written, produced and directed by Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre.

Upcoming events

• The Laika exhibit continues at the Portland Art Museum, and films have been run in conjunction with it at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Northwest Film Center, along with Laika's Mark Shapiro, presents "Animated Worlds: Stop-Motion Shorts," featuring a seleciton of award-winning stop-motion films that reveal the diversity of styles and techniques at play in the medium. They include: "Closed Mondays," by Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner; "Fresh Guacamole," by PES; "Neighbours," by Norman McLaren; "Creature Comforts," by Nick Park; "Head Over Heels," by Timothy Rickart; "Vincent," by Tim Burton; "Noah's Ark," by Bill Justice; "Bottle," by Kirsten Lepore; "Late Edition — Conversation Pieces," by Peter Lord and David Sproxton. Shapiro will be in attendance for the show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. Tickets: $6-$9, www.nwfilm.org.

Claude Barras' "My Life as a Zucchini" will screen at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. It's a funny and brightly colored stop-motion film that tells the story of 9-year-old Icare, known to his friends as Courgette (Zucchini), who lost his mother and is taken in by a friendly police officer. It was Switzerland's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Tickets: $6-$9, www.nwfilm.org.

• The Northwest Film Center's Reel Music 35, a festival of film and music, takes place Jan. 12-30 at Whitsell Auditorium. The films are for fans of jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical or any other music. It starts with "Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars," directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, Jan. 12. We'll have more later; for now, check out www.nwfilm.org/festivals/reel-music-35.

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