Jesse Bernstein in Peter Sillen's I Am Secretly an Important Man
The best thriller I've seen so far this year is Marcin Wrona's Polish drama The Christening, about two old friends who once worked for the same brutal crime boss but are now about to part ways in the most unpleasant fashion. It screens Sunday and Thursday night at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of the European Union Film Festival, along with Andre Techine's Unforgivable. Check out our festival sidebar for more. The new issue also brings reviews of Footnote, Israel's nominee for the Academy Awards; I Am Secretly an Important Man, about the Seattle poet, performance artist, and grunge-rock figure Jesse Bernstein; Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a comedy by the Duplass brothers starring Ed Helms and Jason Siegel; Kill List, a British exploitation film about contract killers; Seeking Justice, a vigilante actioner with Nicolas Cage, directed by Roger Donaldson; The Snowtown Murders, an Australian horror flick with its own vigilante angle; and 21 Jump Street, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as undercover cops in high school.
Best bets for repertory: Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Lucrecia Martel's The Holy Girl (2004), Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center with an introduction by film professor Daniel Eisenberg; and Terence Davies's The Long Day Closes (1992), all week at Music Box. The last of these anticipates the Music Box's March 30 opening of The Deep Blue Sea, Davies's screen adaptation of a Terence Rattigan play.