Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Wonder Wheel' and 'I, Tonya'

Big screen

Last week, Nov. 24

"Coco"; "Darkest Hour"; "The Man Who Invented Christmas"; "Chappaquiddick"

This week, Dec. 1

"Wonder Wheel" (Amazon Studios), PG-13, 101 minutes

About — On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-age carousel operator and his beleaguered wife; Stars — Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet; Director — Woody Allen

"The Disaster Artist" (A24), R, 103 minutes

About — When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true; Stars — Eliza Coupe, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Kristen Bell; Director — James Franco

"The Tribes of Palos Verdes" (IFC Films), R, 104 minutes

About — When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness; Stars — Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk; Director — Brendan Malloy/Emmett Malloy

Next week, Dec. 8

"The Shape of Water"; "Just Getting Started"; "I, Tonya"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB,

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"

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'The Force,' showing Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 28-29, and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Whitsell Auditorium, has a local Portland connection.Upcoming events

• A reminder: In the documentary "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. It features Oakland, California's then-Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw, who's now Portland Police Bureau police chief. It was the winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Screenings are 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 28-29, and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $6-$9,

• Opening in theaters next week, "I, Tonya," is the infamous story of the famed Portland ice skater Tonya Harding, whose husband and his cronies — without her knowledge? — try to end the Olympic hopes of her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, with a whack-a-knee in one of the more salacious events in the city's history. It stars Margot Robbie as Tonya, and also Sebastian Stan (Jeff Gillooly, her husband), Bojana Novakovic (Dody Teachman, her coach) and Allison Janey (LaVonda Golden, her mother). Caitlin Carver plays Kerrigan and McKenna Grace is young Tonya. It's rated R.

• Fathom Events presents two interesting upcoming big-screen movies to be shown at some local theaters: rocker Sammy Hagar's "Red Til I'm Dead 70th Birthday Bash," a star-studded filmed party from his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; "Dust 2 Glory," a motorsports documentary by Dana Brown and Bud Brutsman, about the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship season, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. For tickets/theater info:

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