Friday, April 20, 2012

Slow good

Posted By on 04.20.12 at 02:59 PM

Patrick Wang, Sebastian Brodziak, and Trevor St. John in Wangs debut feature, In the Family
  • Patrick Wang, Sebastian Brodziak, and Trevor St. John in Wang's debut feature, In the Family
I must confess, I've grown disenchanted with the so-called "slow cinema" movement as languid but emotionally arresting dramas like The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Police, Adjective, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days have given way to dull pseudo-profundities like Aurora and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. When I learned that Patrick Wang's debut feature, In the Family, ran a whopping 168 minutes, I braced myself for another long haul, but it's one of the best, most involving dramas I've seen this year. It opens tonight at Music Box.

This week's issue includes sidebars for the first week of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival, running tonight through May 3 at Gene Siskel Film Center, and the second week of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, through April 26 at multiple venues around town. And we have new reviews of Fake It So Real, a documentary about a wrestling federation in North Carolina; The Lady, Luc Besson's biopic of the Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, which screens up north at Renaissance Place; The Lucky One, the latest hanky-wringer from a novel by Nicholas Sparks; Marley, an in-depth documentary about reggae icon Bob Marley; and Think Like a Man, an ensemble rom-com with Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Romany Falco, etc.

Best bets for repertory: Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985), Wednesday at Doc Films; Michael Haneke's Cache (2005), tonight and Tuesday at Film Center, the second screening with a lecture by Daniel Eisenberg; Jean Rouch's Chronicle of a Summer (1961), tonight at Block Museum of Art with an introduction by Jonathan Rosenbaum; Bob Rafelson's Head (1968), screening by DVD projection tonight at Facets with an introduction by Joel Wicklund; Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006), Thursday at Doc; Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice (1986), Tuesday at Doc; and Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry (1955), Wednesday at the Portage, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society.

Last but not least, Nightingale and Columbia College Film Row Cinema present a four-program retrospective on documentary maker Les Blank, who will introduce the screenings, and Dr. Elise Auerbach of Amnesty International leads a discussion on human rights in Iran following Facets Cinematheque's Monday-night screening of Iranian Taboo.

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