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Backcountry Film Festival — The Winter Wildlands Alliance presents a night of outdoor films that capture the spirit of winter adventure and backcountry snow sports. Benefits Discover Your Forest and Project SNOW. These films screen at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday (early screening sold out) at Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend and 7 p.m. Sunday (sold out) at Sisters Movie House. $15 general admission; $35 admission and WWA membership. Tickets available at discoveryourforest.org. 120 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

— Synopsis from Winter Wildlands Alliance

BendFilm presents: “Coraline” 10th Anniversary Charity Screening — Created by Hillsboro-based LAIKA animation studio, “Coraline” tells the story of an adventurous 11-year-old girl who finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. Benefits wildfire relief efforts in Southern Oregon. This film screens at 7:30 p.m. Monday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend. Cost is $10, tickets at bendfilm.org. 100 minutes. (PG)

— Synopsis from IMDb.com

Best Picture Film Festival — Enjoy seven of the 2019 Academy Award nominees for best picture: “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice.” These films screen at various times starting Friday and continuing through Feb. 24. Cost is $35 for a festival pass with access to all best picture festival screenings or $9.70 to $12.20 for individual screenings. Running times and MPAA ratings vary.

— Synopsis from Regal Cinemas

“Crazy Rich Asians” — This contemporary romantic comedy, based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) to Singapore to meet the ultra-wealthy family of her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding). This film screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rodriguez Annex, Jefferson County Library in Madras. Free. 98 minutes. (PG)

— Synopsis from IMDb.com

“Exhibition on Screen: Renoir — Revered and Reviled” — Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This film — based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia — examines the new direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. This film screens at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Sisters Movie House. Cost is $12:50. 88 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

— Synopsis from Sister Movie House

“Mirai” — In this animated adventure, a young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future. This film screens at 7 p.m. Monday in Japanese with English subtitles at Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX in Bend. Cost is $12.20 for adults and $9.70 for seniors and children (plus fees). 98 minutes. (PG)

— Synopsis from IMDb.com

“Mobile Suit Gundam NT” — In this futuristic anime feature, a Universal Century Charter acknowledges the existence and rights of Newtypes, but prejudice remains. A recent conflict was thought to have ended with the downfall of the Neo Zeon remnants known as Sleeves. However the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03, which disappeared two years earlier, is now about to show itself in the Earth Sphere once more. This film screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX in Bend. Cost is $12.50. 185 minutes. (G)

— Synopsis from Fathom Events

“My Fair Lady” 55th Anniversary— A restored version of the 1964 Oscar-winning musical starring Audrey Hepburn as the disheveled, cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as the snobbish Professor Henry Higgins who tries to groom her into a lady to be presented into high society. This film screens at 1 p.m. Sunday and 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX in Bend. Cost is $12.50. 185 minutes. (G)

— Synopsis from Fathom Events

WHAT’S NEW

“Alita: Battle Angel” () In this over-the-top manga adaptation, rescued cyborg Alita is a blank slate and experiences everything in post-apocalyptic Iron City with a childlike wonder. She also possesses unique fighting skills, which she puts to use defending her loved ones. Director, Robert Rodriguez brings a go-for-broke sense of world-building and fantastical style, but the film is failed by the weak script, tonal inconsistencies and poorly written characters. This film also screens in IMAX 3D. 125 minutes. (PG-13)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Cold War” () This gorgeously fatalistic love story begins in Communist Poland and spans 15 years and several countries across postwar Europe. The movie is fueled by the easy, charismatic chemistry of its stars: Tomasz Kot and especially Joanna Kulig. The exiles belong together and yet they’re impossible together. “Cold War” believes in their beautiful disaster of a love story to the end. 88 minutes. (R)

— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Isn’t It Romantic” () A visually and verbally ingenious sendup of romantic comedies that wears its candy heart on its sleeve. Natalie (Rebel Wilson), an entry-level architect at a New York firm where everyone takes advantage of her, wakes up after a mugging in an alternate universe. Suddenly, she’s the lucky — and literal — star of her own rom-com. But rather than take delight in this new world, she feels instantly trapped. The movie gives its audience credit as it dissects the cliches of the genre with a deft satiric touch. 88 minutes. (PG-13)

— Jane Horwitz, The Washington Post

STILL SHOWING

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films — Animation (star rating unavailable) A screening of each 2019 Academy Award nominee in this category including “Animal Behavior,” “Bao,” “Late Afternoon,” “One Small Step” and “Weekends.” 60 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

— Synopsis from ShortsTV

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films — Documentary (star rating unavailable) A screening of each 2019 Academy Award nominee in this category including “A Night at the Garden,” “Black Sheep,” “End Game,” “Lifeboat” and “Period. End of Sentence.” 111 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

— Synopsis from ShortsTV

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films — Live Action (star rating unavailable) A screening of each 2019 Academy Award nominee in this category including “Detainment,” “Fauve,” “Marguerite,” “Madre (Mother)” and “Skin.” 109 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

— Synopsis from ShortsTV

“Aquaman” () DC Comics superhero Aquaman takes center stage and Jason Momoa’s great in close-up, surly and charismatic. But watching this movie is like getting trapped in a Wisconsin Dells waterpark, over a long weekend. Without a bartender in sight. This film is weighed down by klutzy screenwriting, horror-inspired jump scares and protracted, numbing brutality. 143 minutes (PG-13)

— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“BlacKkKlansman” () Director-co-writer Spike Lee recounts the story of a 1970s police officer (John David Washington, in an immensely entertaining and powerful performance) who went undercover with the Ku Klux Klan, despite being black. Searing, electric and sometimes flat-out funny, it’s one of the best films of 2018. 135 minutes. (R)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Black Panther” () Even if you’re not normally into the superhero genre, if you appreciate finely honed storytelling, winning performances and tons of whiz-bang action sequences and good humor, then you should see “Black Panther.” It’s one of the best times I’ve had at the movies this decade. 140 minutes. (PG-13)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Bohemian Rhapsody” () In this Queen biopic, Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury, channels the dueling relationship between Mercury’s confidence and his insecurity. The rather uneven film is aided by a parade of legendary Queen hit singles. But it’s hard to shake the feeling there’s a far more interesting film about Mercury yet to be made. 134 minutes. (PG-13)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Cold Pursuit” () Liam Neeson stars in what might look like another Liam Neesom thriller, but as the bodies pile up, it quickly becomes evident that this bat-bleep crazy story of a father seeking vengeance is an action comedy, with the emphasis on the comedy. 118 minutes. (R)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Destroyer” () In director Karyn Kusama’s dirge of an LA noir, washed-up detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) is plagued by survivor’s remorse over a undercover job gone wrong 15 years ago. The only interesting part of “Destroyer” exists in flashback, during the undercover operation wherein Erin and Chris (Sebastian Stan) infiltrate a desert crime gang. The script suffers from the hackneyed pretense that for women to be bravely “unlikable,” they have to be ghoulishly ugly, drunk, bad mothers and constantly degraded. 120 minutes. (R)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“A Dog’s Way Home” () Based on a book by W. Bruce Cameron, this film uses formulaic storytelling to spin the tale of Bella, a rescued pit bull who makes her way home after a two-year walkabout. The story is sweet enough, but Bella’s inner monologue is written in such a childish tone it lowers the discursive level of the whole movie to something quite childlike. Even the cute factor can’t obscure this film’s narrative weaknesses. 137 minutes. (PG)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“The Favourite“ () During the 18th-century reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), her longtime friend (Rachel Weisz) and a new servant (Emma Stone) vie for the monarch’s affections. The three stars bring out the best in each other in a bawdy, darkly funny, sharp-edged, foul-mouthed comedy of very BAD manners. 121 minutes. (R)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Free Solo” () This often breathtaking real-life man-against-nature adventure is a spectacular, unnervingly immediate portrait of a climber attempting a death-defying ascent. The filmmakers follow champion free climber Alex Honnold as he sets out to be the first person ever to solo climb El Capitan. 100 minutes. (PG-13)

— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“Glass” () The third installment in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” trilogy is both overwrought and undercooked. After the 15th twist ending, you just want to throw up your hands and yell, “We get it!” There’s a dank, dark air that weighs “Glass” down and it’s only the moments featuring James McAvoy as his “Split” character, Kevin Wendell Crumb (and Kevin’s many alter egos), where it achieves liftoff. 129 minutes. (PG-13)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Green Book” () Viggo Mortensen plays a thick-headed lunk from the Bronx and Mahershala Ali is the musician he’s driving through the South in 1962, and both are nothing but believable. This is a friendship story and one of the best times I’ve had at the movies this year. 130 minutes. (PG-13)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Happy Death Day 2U” () There’s a surprisingly sweet heart lurking beneath all the bloody rinse-and-repeat hijinks in this cheerfully twisted sequel, following up on the college student (Jessica Rothe) who relives her murder over and over. 100 minutes. (PG-13)

— Pat Padua, The Washington Post

“If Beale Street Could Talk” () Based on a novel by James Baldwin and adapted by Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), this gripping movie — a timeless romance, a social commentary and more — features some of the most artfully crafted dialogue and finest performances of any movie this year. Newcomer KiKi Layne makes a spectacular screen debut as a teen in love with a man (Stephan James) falsely accused of rape. 119 minutes. (R)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” () A candy-colored sugar rush with a nonstop parade of pop culture references, famous cameos and inside jokes, “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” doesn’t quite match the original’s spark and creativity, but it’s a worthy chapter in the ever-expanding Lego movie universe. This film also screens in 3D. 93 minutes. (PG)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Mary Poppins Returns” () While it would be all but impossible to match one of the most beloved and acclaimed musicals of all time, “Mary Poppins Returns” is a sequel worthy of the name. Emily Blunt is sensational, along with a stellar supporting cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, in this wall-to-wall smile of a movie: big of heart and large in scale, brimming with show-stopping musical numbers. 130 minutes. (PG)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Miss Bala” () This remake of Mexico’s 2011 Oscar entry stars Gina Rodriguez as Gloria, a young Mexican-American makeup artist from LA who gets caught up in the swirl of corruption and cartels while visiting a friend who is competing in the Miss Baja California pageant. This is a story about a good girl who has to do bad things to survive. But ultimately, Gloria is rewarded, not haunted, by her violent turn. It’s a Hollywood ending that completely misses the point of what “Miss Bala” was and should be. 104 minutes. (PG-13)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“The Mule” () This offensive debacle is adapted by screenwriter Nick Schenk from a New York Times Magazine article, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick. The film is a fairly straightforward adaptation of the true story, but the racist cultural stereotypes and truly appalling treatment of women is all thanks to Schenk and the film’s star, Clint Eastwood. 116 minutes. (R)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“The Prodigy” () Creepy children are a mainstay of the horror genre. This chilling new horror film continues that fine tradition, with one intriguing complication: the young villain is a metaphor for parental failure. When 8-year-old Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) suddenly beats a classmate with a monkey wrench, his alarmed mother, Sarah (Taylor Schilling) takes him to a behavior specialist who suspects that another, more disturbed consciousness may inhabit Miles’s body. 100 minutes. (R)

— Alan Zilberman, The Washington Post

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” () The hapless video game “villain” (John C. Reilly) from “Wreck-It Ralph” and his sharp-witted friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) venture out of the arcade into the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part. There were times when the sweet-natured animated adventure was brimming with so much stimuli, I had to remind myself to laugh. 112 minutes. (PG)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse () The best “Spider-Man” movie yet, and one of the best 2018 films of any kind, is peppered with clever visual touches and crackling good inside jokes. The story about a new Spidey meeting versions of the character in alternate universes is a brilliant, exuberant, soaring and original adventure. 117 minutes. (PG)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Stan & Ollie” () Thanks to the subtle brilliance of Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy, even someone who’s never heard of the 1930s movie comedy duo likely would see how magical these two were together. This Hollywood biopic is sweet-natured, occasionally melancholy and thoroughly entertaining. 97 minutes. (PG)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Time

“A Star is Born” () In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper (also the leading man) strikes the perfect balance between a showbiz fable and an intimate story with universal truths. As the protege who rockets to fame, Lady Gaga is a winning, natural presence, even in the scenes where she’s nowhere near a piano or a microphone. This film also screens in IMAX. 136 minutes. (R)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“They Shall Not Grow Old” () A remarkable new documentary from director Peter Jackson that uses restored footage and oral histories recorded by British veterans to tell the story of the men who fought in World War I . Jackson took this often grainy, black-and-white silent footage from hand-cranked cameras and sharpened it, colorized it, added sound and more. It’s an unexpectedly contemporary-feeling experience and a portrait of humanity and inhumanity. 99 minutes. (R)

— Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“Under the Eiffel Tower” (star rating unavailable) Stuart (Matt Walsh) is having a mid-life crisis. After tagging along on his best friends’ family vacation to Paris and humiliating himself by proposing to their 24-year-old daughter, he teams up with Liam (Reid Scott), a self-proclaimed ladies’ man. The two soon cross paths with Louise (Judith Godrèche). Love is on the horizon, but Stuart’s going to have to get past a few hurdles in order to find it, in this romantic coming-of-middle-age comedy. 87 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

— Synopsis from The Orchard

“The Upside” () Parolee Dell (Kevin Hart) stumbles into a job as the “life auxiliary” to an uber-wealthy quadriplegic man (Bryan Cranston). Their chemistry is easy, unlike the forced bits and riffs, weak writing and shaky character transitions that bedevil the rest of the film. It’s a struggle to find the bright side to this rather hackneyed film. 125 minutes. (PG-13)

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Vice” () Christian Bale inhabits former Vice President Dick Cheney down to his distinctive, sideways grimace and wheezily stentorian inhalations. But strip away the gimmicks and what may seem exhilaratingly brash begins to look glib and relatively tame. Structurally, “Vice” is a mess, leaving few penetrating or genuinely illuminating ideas to ponder. 132 minutes. (R)

— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“What Men Want” () With impeccable comedic timing, Taraji P. Henson is the primary reason why this cheerfully bawdy remake of the Mel Gibson hit “What Women Want” is consistently funny and entertaining. 117 minutes. (R)

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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