Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Burning Hot Summer screens, with air conditioning

Posted By on 07.12.12 at 12:51 PM

Monica Belucci and Louis Garrel in Philippe Garrels A Burning Hot Summer
  • Monica Belucci and Louis Garrel in Philippe Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer
Steven Soderbergh movies are like city buses; if you miss one, another will come along. Actually, it might come sooner than the city bus. In this week's issue Ben Sachs lays out a handy primer on Soderbergh's last five years' worth of dramatic films—Che, The Informant!, The Girlfriend Experience, Contagion, Haywire, and now his male stripper comedy Magic Mike. And Drew Hunt recommends A Burning Hot Summer, the latest from Philippe Garrel (J'Entends Plus la Guitare).

Our print edition misidentifies the venue for Devotional Cinema, a shorts program focusing on experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky—it takes place Fri 7/13, 8:30 PM, at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry. Devotional Cinema is among the subjects of our new capsule reviews this week, along with Elena, a moody mystery from Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return); How to Grow a Band, a documentary profile of bluegrass musician Chris Thile; The Jesus Trip, a 1971 exploitation flick about bikers who take a nun hostage; Neil Young Journeys, the third and reportedly last of Jonathan Demme's Young concert documentaries; Pom Poko, a fantasy animation produced by the Japanese outfit Studio Ghibli and directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbors the Yamadas); Savages, a drug thriller from Oliver Stone; and Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley's fine drama about a married woman pining for the man next door.

Best bets in repertory: Lewis Milestone's powerful All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), restored to its original running length, Sunday and Monday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934), Sunday and Thursday at Film Center; Samuel Fuller's gangland adventure House of Bamboo (1955), starring Robert Ryan, Wednesday at the Portage; Billy Wilder's Kiss Me Stupid (1964), Sunday morning at Music Box; G.W. Pabst's silent Pandora's Box (1928), with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott, Saturday morning at Music Box; and Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (2002), on Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday at Film Center.

Also this week, don't forget the new Sundown in K-Town Film Festival, presented by Facets Multimedia and the Better Boys' Foundation, with free screenings of American Revolution 2 and The Chicago Maternity Center Story.

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