This Independent Week

Cinema 21
616 N.W. 21st Ave.

“The War Within” 7 p.m. nightly, 1, 3 p.m. Sat – Sun.

A gripping look inside the mind of a would-be terrorist aiming to blow up New Jersey. Will his plot be foiled by slippery Jersey Demos, Jovi and the Boss?


“Margaret Cho: Assassin” 8:45 p.m. nightly, 5 p.m. Sat – Sun.

About a decade ago, Margaret Cho had a special on Comedy Central that ran repeatedly in the late night hours for months. The comedienne wore a tight leather jumpsuit that accentuated her chest in the most alarming way. For some reason, to this day, I am haunted by the vision of Ms. Cho’s protruding anatomy.


2021 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

"March of the Penguins" 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:15, 3:50 p.m. Sun.

This charming French film documenting the plight of the emperor penguin has helped fuel a national debate about the merits of “intelligent design.” Some conservatives see the innate pair bonding of these waddling beasts as a fingerprint of God. While it’s comforting to think that the almighty is diligently working to hook us all up with a little tackle bash, one has to wonder why an all-powerful God would resort to such tactics as “Elimidate” or “I Saw U.” Mysterious ways indeed.


Clinton St. Theater
2522 S.E. Clinton St.


“The Dean’s Wife” 7:30, 9 p.m. Thu., Oct. 20.

The Clinton St. Theater reifies its reputation as the most kick-ass, shit-talking theater on the planet with the screening of this X-rated classic in 35 mm. That’s right porn nerds (is that needlessly redundant?), pony up for some hot swinging action when a group of drugged out weirdoes seduce the stuffy dean’s lady for a sticky morass of sex, drugs and campy rock.



“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” midnight, Sat.

Doing the time warp again, last week’s joke: sexually active drama nerds from the Metro area unite! It’s your time to shine by showing off your pasty skin!


Guild Theater
829 S.W. Taylor St.

"Super-8 Opera Prima Encore" 7 p.m. Thu. Oct. 20

Have you ever wondered what the Super-8 Marvel comic book would be like? I have: Mr. Emulsification, The Framed Girl, Best Boy, Aperture Man, Captain Zoom, Kodak Kid, The Grip and Wolverine would fight the evil Dr. Montage, master of American cinema and all-around snore fest. While that 8-year-old’s dream will never be, this tour through the twisted lens of haphazard 8 mm should come close.


Moreland Theater
6712 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.

"Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit" 5:30, 7:30 p.m. nightly, 1:30, 3:30 Sat – Sun.

Just as animator Nick Park’s first feature-length “Wallace and Gromit” release was hitting theaters, hundreds of items – including the sets of “Chicken Run” – were destroyed in a mysterious warehouse fire in England. Callous publicity stunt? Or curse of the Were-Rabbit? Oooohh. Not very creepy at all.