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recommended 100 Degrees Below Zero
See review. Clinton Street Theater.

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See review. Various Theaters.

recommended Airplane!
"Oh stewardess! I speak jive." Hollywood Theatre.

Anderson & Fisher
Films from Los Angeles filmmakers Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher, presented by Yale Union. More info: yaleunion.org. Hollywood Theatre.

The Burning Plain
Scrambled plot sequences are kind of Guillermo Arriaga's thing. Having made his name primarily as a writer (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Babel), it's little surprise that his directorial debut, The Burning Plain, showcases his signature nonlinear approach to storytelling, with several seemingly unrelated plot threads that eventually reveal their interconnectedness. Plain—which was partially shot in Portland—performs this trick like a well-trained gymnast, going through the motions in a borderline obligatory fashion. But by now, Arriaga's audience knows how to play these games too, and as puzzles go, the answer isn't a particularly hard one to see coming. Director in attendance. MARJORIE SKINNER Whitsell Auditorium.

The Films of Pierre Étaix
The complete works of French filmmaker Pierre Étaix, all on 35mm, including Le Grand Amour, Land of Milk and Honey, As Long as You're Healhty, Yo Yo, and The Suitor. More info: nwfilm.org. Whitsell Auditorium.

recommended Filmusik
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Jurassic Park 3D
This rerelease made me feel 10 years old again: small, scared, and totally awestruck. Okay, yes, it's kind of bullshit for a studio to rerelease something that already made a bajillion dollars with the cynical intention of making a bajillion more, but come on. It's fucking Jurassic Park. It is always wonderful, best on the big screen, and you don't have to beg for an advance on your allowance to see it this time. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters.

recommended Kung Fu Theater
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.

Molly's Theory of Relativity
A comedy that "depicts a day in the life of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer." Oh, those wacky, beautiful astronomers! Not screened for critics. Living Room Theaters.

recommended No
Advertising, in a post-Mad Men world, is prone to idolization—and in Pablo Larraín's No, the industry gets the rock star treatment. A dramatization of the 1988 Chilean plebiscite that ousted longtime dictator Augusto Pinochet, No specifically focuses on the influence of advertising on campaign politics, with Gael García Bernal playing the hotshit young creative secretly hired to lead the opposition's campaign to vote "no" on Pinochet. MARJORIE SKINNER Cinema 21.

recommended Paths of Glory
See My, What a Busy Week! Laurelhurst Theater.

The Place Beyond the Pines
The latest from Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is made up of three interlocking stories, focusing first on Luke (Ryan Gosling), a stunt motorcyclist who makes his living as a daredevil with a traveling carnival; then on rookie cop Avery (Bradley Cooper), who investigates corruption in the police force; and then Luke and Avery's sons, who, 15 years in the future, meet in high school. Pines is a big, jumpy, restless film, filled with intriguing characters whose motives remain tantalizingly hazy. But it's also got grand ambitions, and these very qualities are what make it frustrating: Despite its plottiness, it's far more effective as a character study than as some epic commentary on fathers and sons. ALISON HALLETT Century Clackamas Town Center, Fox Tower 10.

Portland Stew
A monthly "open screening potluck" that combines food and experimental film. More info: cstpdx.com. Clinton Street Theater.

The Sapphires
Based on a true story, The Sapphires follows a group of Aboriginal Australian girls who escape the racism of their native country to pursue a career as a girl group—as entertainers for US forces fighting in Vietnam! Despite barely knowing where Vietnam is, the group embarks under the managerial leadership of the drunk but protective Dave (Chris O'Dowd). Despite a Disney-like corniness, The Sapphires takes on serious issues of race identity, an offbeat romance, and a few spine-tingling musical numbers with enjoyable aplomb. MARJORIE SKINNER Fox Tower 10.

Scary Movie 5
You get what you deserve, America. Various Theaters.

recommended The Silent Partner
1978's little-known crime flick The Silent Partner is probably little known because it's a crime flick that takes place in Canada, a country where not a single crime has ever occurred. Suspend your disbelief, though, because The Silent Partner is great: Elliott Gould plays an awkward bank teller who, either brilliantly or stupidly, cuts himself in on the job when he gets held up. Funny, clever, and unexpectedly brutal, it boasts a charming Gould, a hammy Christopher Plummer, a script from L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys director Curtis Hanson, and a young John Candy! Because Canada! Screens as part of the Hollywood Theatre's Polyester Pulp: The '70s Crime Series. ERIK HENRIKSEN Hollywood Theatre.

Somebody Up There Likes Me
Somebody Up There Likes Me is about "life," and I think it's supposed to be funny. Main character Max (Keith Poulson) is an unlikable sketch of a man who never seems to age, despite film-time hopping by at five-year intervals. He marries and has a kid, pushes his floppy hair back and flirts with the nanny, and maintains through it all a callow, winking diffidence. It's stylish and vacant and utterly flat; Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson!), as Max's best friend, is the sole purveyor of humor in this ostensible black comedy, and even he's not reason enough to recommend it. ALISON HALLETT Living Room Theaters.

recommended Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
"He tasks me! He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round Perdition's flames before I give him up!" Hollywood Theatre.

Trance
See review. Various Theaters.

Trashed
A documentary in which Jeremy Irons "sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution." HELP US, JEREMY IRONS. YOU'RE OUR ONLY HOPE. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the Portland chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Clinton Street Theater.

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