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Friday, August 24, 2012

The boy who wasn't there, and the rest of this week's movies

Posted By on 08.24.12 at 01:53 PM

A reenactment from Bart Laytons The Imposter
  • A reenactment from Bart Layton's The Imposter
This week's long review considers Bart Layton's The Imposter, an engrossing documentary about a French man who managed to pass himself off as a Texas teenager and win entry into the U.S. in 1997. We've also got new reviews of Chicken With Plums, a live-action feature from cartoonist and animator Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis); Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg's adaption of the Don DeLillo novel, with Robert Pattinson; The Expendables 2, a sequel to Sylvester Stallone's geezer actioner; Hit and Run, with Dax Shepard as a man fleeing his witness protection program to drive his wife to a job interview; Patang, a family drama set in Ahmedabad, India, and directed by Chicagoan Prashant Bhargava; Premium Rush, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger being chased around Manhattan by dirty cop Michael Shannon; and Robot & Frank, starring Frank Langella as an old man whose neglectful kids buy him a robot caretaker.

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The Black Harvest Film Festival enters its third week at Gene Siskel Film Center and we have the lowdown on three features: Brooklyn Castle, a documentary about chess revitalizing a Brooklyn junior high school; Father's Day, an indie crime thriller about an Iraq War veteran and his little boy on the run from corporate bad guys; and White Scripts and Black Supermen, a documentary about the black superheroes dreamed up by Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1960s and '70s.

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Best bets for repertory: Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski (1998), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Arthur Penn's The Chase (1966), Wednesday night at the Portage, courtesy of the Northwest Chicago Film Society; Noel Black's cult thriller Pretty Poison (1968), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box; Greg Mottola's Superbad (2007), Saturday at Doc Films; and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre.



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