Also in this week's issue we have a long review of 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy's sequel to her 2007 screwball comedy 2 Days in Paris. Delpy stars as a woman whose boyfriend (Chris Rock, replacing Adam Goldberg from the original movie) has to contend with her obnoxious relatives when they pay a visit to the couple in Brooklyn. There's also a recommended review of ParaNorman, the latest animation from the Oregon-based Laika Studio, which made Coraline, and new critical capsules for Beyond the Myth, a local documentary about the bad rap against pit bulls; The Contradictions of Fair Hope, which looks at the "benevolent societies" that aided free blacks during Reconstruction; Englewood (The Growing Pains in Chicago), a local drama about three friends toughing it out in the title 'hood; Free Men, a French drama about the real-life Muslim cleric who helped save French Jews during the Nazi occupation; The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a children's drama from the man who wrote What's Eating Gilbert Grape; and Why Stop Now, an indie comedy featuring the unlikely trio of Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan.
Best bets for repertory: did I mention Noir City: Chicago 4? Also, check out Jacques Rivette's Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), screening daily in a new print at Gene Siskel Film Center; F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, Saturday at University of Chicago Doc Films; and Robert Redford's Quiz Show (1994), Monday night by DVD projection at Transistor, for free.
Last but not least, tonight at Hideout, Chicago Film Archives holds its CFA Media Mixer. A benefit for the archives, one of the city's great cinema resources, the event includes live music, a screening of commissioned shorts, and other fun stuff. Tickets are $15; click here to order.