Friday, July 6, 2012

Take This Waltz, and more in this week's (and next week's) notable screenings

Posted By on 07.06.12 at 10:46 AM

From Hayao Miyazakis Castle in the Sky
  • From Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky
If you’re a fan of Away From Her, Sarah Polley’s exceptional 2006 directorial debut, then you’re in luck: her second directorial effort, Take This Waltz, opens next week at the Landmark Century. J.R. Jones’s long review of the film appears in our current issue, since Waltz was supposed to open this week but got pushed back at the last minute. Take it as an opportunity to refamiliarize yourself with Polley’s career before checking out her latest effort—or as motivation to see Away From Her, if you never did.

As for movies you can see in theaters this week, our current issue recommends: Beasts of the Southern Wild, an American independent feature that recently won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Castle in the Sky, Hayao Miyazaki’s vibrant 1986 animated fantasy; Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper comedy (and 70s Hollywood tribute) Magic Mike; and the spectacularly titled Norwegian comedy Turn Me On, Dammit!

We also have new reviews of The Day He Arrives, the latest from South Korean director (and School of the Art Institute grad) Hong Sang-soo; the Duplass brothers’ possibly autobiographical comedy The Do-Deca-Pentathlon; Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, a hagiographic documentary from Israel; Savages, which was directed by Oliver Stone and thus probably not worth your time; The Ocean Waves, a rarely screened Studio Ghibli feature; Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy Ted; and The Amazing Spider-Man.

There are plenty of great revival screenings this week, meaning you’ve got a place to go every night of the week if this awful heat wave continues. The Siskel will present Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Steven Spielberg’s Jaws , both from new 35-millimeter prints; Doc Films will screen Michael Mann’s Manhunter, the Shaw Brothers’ kung-fu classic The Water Margin (directed by Chang Cheh, their most reliable contract director), and Buster Keaton’s comic masterpiece The General; the Music Box has weekend matinees of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, one of the quintessential black-and-white wide-screen films; and the Northwest Chicago Film Society will screen Preston Sturges’s Christmas in July (also a comic masterpiece) at the Portage Theater on Wednesday.

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