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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'The Upside,' 'Venom' and 'Extra Ordinary'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - Julie Perini works, including 'White Lady Diaries,' will be screened at Whitsell Auditorium, Jan. 16.Big screen

Last week, Jan. 4

"Escape Room"; "Great Great Great"

This week, Jan. 11

"The Upside" (STX Entertainment), PG-13, 125 minutes

About — A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him; Stars — Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Julianna Margulies; Director — Neil Burger

"A Dog's Way Home" (Sony/Columbia), PG, 95 minutes

About — A dog travels 200 miles in search of its owner; Stars — Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Jonah Hauer-King; Director — Charles Martin Smith

"Replicas" (Entertainment Studios), PG-13, 107 minutes

About — A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident; Stars — Alice Eve, Keanu Reeves, Emily Alyn Lind, Emjay Anthony; Director — Jeffrey Nachmanoff

"Sgt. Will Gardner" (Cinedigm), NR, 125 minutes

About — A troubled Iraq War veteran struggling to reintegrate into society sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his young son; Stars — Dermot Mulroney, Elisabeth Rohm, Robert Patrick, Lily Rabe; Director — Max Martini

Next week, Jan. 18

"Glass"; "The Heiresses"; "Arctic Justice"

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. "Venom"

2. "The Equalizer 2"

3. "Smallfoot"

4. "Simple Favor"

5. "Mission: Impossible — Fallout"

6. "Peppermint"

7. "Elf" (2003)

8. "Crazy Rich Asians"

9. "White Boy Rick"

10. "Home Alone"

Other recent favorites: "The Predator"; "The Nun"; "The Incredibles 2"; "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989); "Home Alone" (1990)

Doc spotlight

"Extra Ordinary"

Short films and videos about everyday life by Julie Perini are featured by the Northwest Film Center: "Minute Movies," in which she uses a Flip camera to create 60-second documentaries of locations, angles, times of day, mundane activities or simple moments of improvised interactions with space. They include "They Have a Name For Girls Like Me," clips of when "Julie" was mentioned on screen; "Girl Next Door," about perceived notions of people around us; "White Lady Diaries," clips with overlaid text exploring notions of white privilege. The program, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, screens at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

Upcoming event

• The Studio Ghibli Film Festival opens Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Jan. 10-27. There'll be screenings of 18 of Japan's Studio Ghibli films, including such popular favorites as "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Spirited Away." First-time inclusions include: "Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki," a documentary about Miyazaki's attempt to use CGI animation for the first time; "Only Yesterday," Isao Takahata's ode to nature and self-realization; "The Wind Rises," Miyazaki's historical biography about Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi. For more: www.omsi.edu.

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