Notable new releases:

• Last week

“Noah”; “Cesar Chavez”; “Sabotage”; “The Lunchbox”

• This week

April 4:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Marvel), PG-13, 136 minutes

Our patriotic hero faces a new threat from a Cold War foe, “Winter Soldier” from the Soviet Union.

Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D” (WB), G, 39 minutes)

It’s a documentary about Dr. Patricia C. Wright’s quest to help the island’s endangered lemurs.

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Patricia Wright

Director: David Douglas

“Finding Vivian Maier” (IFC), not rated, 83 minutes

The documentary examines the extraordinary life of the prolific photographer.

Stars: John Maloof, Phil Donahue, Mary Ellen Mark

Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Also: “The Raid 2” opens at Cinema 21.

• Next week

April 11: “Rio 2”; “St. Vincent”; “Draft Day”; “Under The Skin”; “Jodorowsky’s Dune”; “The Unknown Known”


The top 10 digital movie purchases based on consumer transaction rate, by Rentrak:

1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

2. “12 Years A Slave”

3. “Gravity”

4. “Frozen

5. “Thor: The Dark World”

6. “Captain Phillips”

7. “Blue Jasmine”

8. “Nebraska”

9. “Bad Grandpa”

10. “Ender’s Games”

Other favorites recently: “Last Vegas”; “The Counselor”

Source: Rentrak Digital Download Essentials Industry Service


Info on a local documentary: “Off the Rez”

With the NCAA Women’s Tournament going, and Shoni Schimmel’s Louisville reigning as one of the best teams, it’s a good time to download the movie about the Schimmel family, namely Shoni, who played two years of prep basketball at Franklin High in Portland after living most of her life on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in Eastern Oregon. It’s available on iTunes; it’s been in the top 10 among downloaded documentary films recently.


A significant movie happening on the horizon:

Care to learn more about how Big Oil has impacted our world? The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., will be showing the documentary “Big Men,” April 5 and 6 (tickets $6 check for times). It’s a fast-paced documentary through the world of African oil deals, eavesdropping on meetings where the fate of billions of dollars has to sometimes go through the terror of armed militants who’ve given up on the money trickling down. The film follows explorers of Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy, which discovered and developed the first commercial oil field in Ghana.

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