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Friday, September 14, 2012

A four-star movie, and the rest of this week's screenings

Posted by on 09.14.12 at 07:39 AM

Maurice Pialats We Wont Grow Old Together (1972)
  • Maurice Pialat's We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)
If you picked up our print edition and read Ben Sachs's long review of Tonight You're Mine, you're probably wondering why there's a blank space where the star rating ought to be. We're still trying to figure out why the stars didn't print; my own theory is that they're so distant their light takes years to reach the earth, so they're there but we just can't see them yet. For the record, Sachs gives the film four stars; he also recommends Maurice Pialat's 1972 drama We Won't Grow Old Together, screening this week at Gene Siskel Film Center

Susan Morgan Coopers Mulberry Child
  • Susan Morgan Cooper's Mulberry Child
Also in this week's issue we've got new capsule reviews of: Arbitrage, with Richard Gere as a hedge fund manager in hot water; The Cold Light of Day, an espionage thriller directed by Mabrouk El Mechri (JCVD) and starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver; Family Portrait in Black and White, a Canadian documentary about a Ukrainian woman raising some two dozen foster children; Honey, a Turkish feature about a young boy growing up in a village near the Black Sea; Magnificat: Films by Pat O'Neill, a program of experimental shorts by the successful Hollywood special effects technician; Mulberry Child, a documentary about a Chicago woman whose family suffered through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s; Polluting Paradise, in which Turkish filmmaker Faith Akin (Head On, The Edge of Heaven) revisits the village where his grandparents lived and finds it a toxic disaster; Side by Side, a documentary about the growing primacy of digital video over cellulloid; and The Words, with Bradley Cooper as a struggling novelist who passes off another writer's manuscript as his own.

Theresa Harris and Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face (1933)
  • Theresa Harris and Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face (1933)
Best bets for repertory: Alfred E. Green's precode classic Baby Face (1933), screening uncut at Music Box with matinees Saturday and Sunday; Shirley Clarke's The Connection (1961), with five shows this week at Gene Siskel Film Center; Eran Riklis's The Human Resources Manager (2010), screening Saturday and Wednesday at Film Center as part of a series on the independent distributor Film Movement; Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; and Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense (1984), Monday at Music Box following the theater's in-person discussion with David Byrne and Bettina Richards.

Don't forget these special events: Chicago Film Archives and Northwest Chicago Film Society present Home Movies and the Avant-Garde on Sunday at Cinema Borealis; Errol Magidson presents The Making of a Documentary: Chicago's Only Castle, a multimedia presentation about the creation of the eponymous video, at Beverly Arts Center; and Terror in the Aisles 12 includes the horror flicks The Stuff, introduced by director Larry Cohen, and Frankenhooker, introduced by star Patty Mullen.



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The Qualms Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater
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