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The Big Screen

Notable new releases:

Last week

“The Other Woman”; “The Railway Man”; “Finding Vivian Maier”

This week

May 2:

“Blue Ruin” (Radium-TWC), R, 92 minutes

About — Opening at Cinema 21, an outsider and wannabe assassin returns to his hometown for vengeance; Stars — Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves; Director — Jeremy Saulnier

“Only Lovers Left Alive” (SPC), R, 123 minutes

About — A little sister disrupts a musican’s relationship with his lover; Stars — Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska; Director — Jim Jarmusch

Next week

May 9: “Locke”; “Fed Up”

Home rentals

The top 10 digital movie purchases based on consumer transaction rate, by Rentrak:

1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

2. “August: Osage County”

3. “Frozen”

4. “The Wolf of Wall Street”

5. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

6. “Grudge Match”

7. “Ronin”

8. “American Hustle”

9. “Delivery Man”

10. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”

Other favorites recently: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”; “Saving Mr. Banks”; “12 Years A Slave”; “Gravity”; “Veronica Mars”

Source: Rentrak Digital Download Essentials Industry Service

Doc spotlight

“Forefathers of Portland Wrestling”

Matthew Merz, aka “Matt Legit,” wrote the Tribune to let us know that the 90th anniversary of the Owen Family’s Portland Wrestling promotion will be coming up next year, and he has been working on his third documentary about Portland Wrestling, while also launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund it. Merz has shot and produced more than 400 weekly episodes of local wrestling in the past decade, and he holds the largest archive of Portland Wrestling footage, which he shares at www.YouTube.com/LegitProWrestling.

Upcoming event

A significant happening on the horizon:

The family of Oregon’s first Oscar-nominated filmmaker, James Blue, plans to bequeath his life’s archive to the University of Oregon, as well as launch a nonprofit foundation and James Blue Award for socially engaging filmmakers. Blue attended Jefferson High, graduating in 1948, and University of Oregon with contemporary Ken Kesey. Blue, who died in 1980 at age 49, became a Cannes Critics’ Prize award-winning filmmaker and education, teaching the likes of Jim Morrison and Francis Ford Coppola at UCLA. He directed “The March,” a 1964 documentary on the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.” His film “A Few Notes on Our Food Problem” was nominated for an Oscar. He has been a relative unknown because he made propaganda films for the United States Information Agency, which prevented his films from being shown in the U.S. For more info: www.jamesblue.uoregon.edu.