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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'The Angry Birds Movie 2,' 'Shazam!' and 'The Chunta'

COURTESY PHOTO: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'The Chunta,' a film by Genevieve Roudane and about a small town in Mexico's gender-bending festival, screens at Whitsell Auditorium, Aug. 15.Big screen

Last week, Aug. 9

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"; "The Kitchen"; "Dora and the Lost City of Gold"; "The Art of Racing in the Rain"; "After the Wedding"; "Brian Banks"; "The Peanut Butter Falcon"

This week, Aug. 16

"The Angry Birds Movie 2" (Columbia/SPA), PG, 96 minutes

About — The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their feud to the next level; Stars — Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader; Director — Thurop Van Orman

"Good Boys" (Universal), R, 89 minutes

About — Three sixth-grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while accidentally carrying stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party; Stars — Jacob Tremblay, Molly Gordon, Lina Renna, Will Forte; Director — Gene Stupnitsky

"47 Meters Down: Uncaged" (Entertainment Studios), PG-13, 89 minutes

About — Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they've entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves; Stars — Nia Long, Sistine Rose Stallone, John Corbett, Brianne Tju; Director — Johannes Roberts

"Blinded by the Light" (WB), PG-13, 117 minutes

About — In 1987 during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen; Stars — Viveik Kaira, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Aaron Phagura; Director — Gurinder Chadha

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" (Annapurna Pictures), PG-13, 130 minutes

About — A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery; Stars — Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne; Director — Richard Linklater

Next week, Aug. 23

"Angel Has Fallen"; "Overcomer"; "Ready or Not"; "Brittany Runs a Marathon"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB,

Movies in the Park

Premovie entertainment (and free popcorn) at 6:30 p.m., movies at dusk at Portland parks, through Sept. 7:

Thursday, Aug. 15: "Slumdog Millionaire," Laurelhurst Park, S.E. 37th Ave./Oak St.

Friday, Aug. 16: "Captain Marvel," Dawson Park, 2926 N. Williams Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 17: "Bumblebee," Gateway Discovery Park, N.E. 106th Ave./Halsey St.

Sunday, Aug. 18: "Incredibles 2," Hamilton Park, S.W. 47th Drive/44th Ave.

Home rentals

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

1. "Shazam!"

2. "Long Shot"

3. "Alita: Battle Angel"

4. "The Lion King" (1994)

5. "Uglydolls"

6. "The Curse of La Llorona"

7. "Hellboy"

8. "Breakthrough"

9. "Pet Sematary"

10. "Captain Marvel"

Other recent favorites: "Dumbo"; "Missing Link"; "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)

Upcoming events

• Reminder: By Portland filmmaker Genevieve Roudane, "The Chunta" is a film about a festival in a small town in Mexico where men transform into women and two gender-bending gangs of dancers face off in a struggle between queer identity and powerful traditions. Roudane will be in attendance for a post-movie question-and-answer session. It screens at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $8-$10,

• Another reminder: It's time for The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular!, Aug. 14-17 at the Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive. The movie lineup: "Star Wars, Episode IV A New Hope," Aug. 14; "Planet of the Apes," Aug. 15; "Alien," Aug. 16; "Little Shop of Horrors." Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movies begin at dusk. There'll be car clubs, entertainment, short films, a beer garden, food vendors and music. For more:

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