Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Deadpool 2,' 'The Greatest Showman' and QDoc

COURTESY PHOTO - Montana nonprofit film collective High Plains and others team up for ecological and social films to be shown at Whitsell auditorium, May 17.Big screen

Last week, May 11

"Life of the Party"; "Breaking In"; "Beast"; "Class Rank"; "Dark Crimes"

This week, May 18

"Deadpool 2" (20th Century Fox), R, 119 minutes

About — The disfigured cafeteria chef/superhero Wade battles ninjas, the Yakuza and a pack of sexually aggressive canines as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship and adventure; Stars — Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Ryan Reynolds; Director — David Leitch

"Book Club" (Paramount Pictures), PG-13, 104 minutes

About — Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading "50 Shades of Grey" in their monthly book club; Stars — Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen; Director — Bill Holderman

"Show Dogs" (Global Road Entertainment), PG, 92 minutes

About — The macho and solitary Rottweiler police dog Mag is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog to avert a disaster; Stars — Will Arnett, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Natasha Lyonne; Director — Raja Gosnell

"First Reformed" (A24), R, 108 minutes

About — A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son, and the suicide of the radical environmentalist husband of church member Mary sets the plot in motion; Stars — Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston; Director — Paul Schrader

Next week, May 25

"Solo: A Star Wars Story"; "How to Talk to Girls at Parties"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB,

Home rentals

The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Comscore:

1. "The Greatest Showman"

2. "The Post"

3. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

4. "The Commuter"

5. "Peter Rabbit"

6. "Justice League"

7. "Molly's Game"

8. "Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi"

9. "Thor: Ragnarok"

10. "Super Troopers"

Other recent favorites: "Maze Runner: The Death Cure"; "All the Money in the World"; "Den of Thieves"; "Coco"; "12 Strong"

Doc spotlight

QDoc Film Festival

The 12th annual event is a four-day, 12-film festival of LGBTQ-themed films at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., May 17-20. It premieres with "50 Years of Fabulous: The Imperial Council Story" and concludes with "The Gospel of Eureka," the latest from Oregon's documentary-making duo of Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri. Tickets and info are available at

Upcoming events

• Opening in theaters this week is "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," a documentary following Pope Francis as he travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope. It includes appearances by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, John Kerry and Angela Merkel.

• Montana nonprofit film collective High Plains, Big Sky Documentary Festival and filmmakers Doug Hawes-Davis and Dru Carr present a program of some of their ecological- and social-themed documentaries, including "The Naturalist," "The Return," "The Buffalo People," "Freezeout" and "Voice of the Hi-Line." The screenings are at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $6-$9,

• Bill Foster, the longtime director of the Northwest Film Center, has announced his retirement after nearly four decades at the helm. The Northwest Film Center was founded in 1971, and Foster has guided a range of cinema showcases, including annual events such as the Portland International Film Festival, Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, Portland Jewish Film Festival and Reel Music, while overseeing year-round exhibition programs, classes and filmmaker service programs that serve 75,000 people annually. Foster's last day will be Aug. 31, at which time an interim team of Rachel Record, Morgen Ruff and Ellen Thomas will be put in place; a national search for a new director will soon begin.

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