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Friday, March 5, 2010

This Week's Movie Action

Posted By on 03.05.10 at 04:51 PM

Baby Face
  • Baby Face

The spring festival season begins with a bang this week, and we have sidebars for the Chicago Irish Film Festival, the Chicago Independent Movies and Music Festival, and the European Union Film Festival. The latter invariably turns out to be one of the best things on the city's annual film calendar; check out our long review of two Romanian entries, Hooked (3/6, 3/11) and The Other Irene (3/12, 3/15).

New movies reviewed this week: Alice in Wonderland, the much-hyped new Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll by director Tim Burton; The Blindness Series, a quintet of experimental videos by the artist known as Tran, T. Kim-Trang; Brooklyn's Finest, the latest cop drama from Training Day director Antione Fuqua; The Crazies, a remake of the old George Romero shocker; The Good Guy, a romantic intrigue from writer-director Julio DePietro; The Paranoids, an Argentinean black comedy about the TV world; and Terribly Happy, a Danish thriller about a disgraced cop sent to a hick town to solve a missing persons case.

This week's repertory picks: the precode classic Baby Face (1933), with Barbara Stanwyck as a woman who knows how to get ahead in business, showing Tuesday night at Film Center; Jesus Camp (2006), a chilling documentary about the Christian right, showing next Thursday night (3/11) at Columbia College; and Jet Pilot (1957), Josef von Sternberg's Cold War romance with John Wayne and Janet Leigh, screening Sunday night at Doc Films.

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