The Sessions, screening this week at the Chicago International Film Festival
Last week our package for the Chicago International Film Festival included 25 new reviews, and this week our package includes ten new reviews. If you look at the online version of our package, where the two weeks are combined, it comes to 35 reviews. Of course, it's unseemly to brag about the size of your package. But when you've got a package as big as our package, people ought to know just how large, how incredibly enormous, your package is.
Poster art for You've Been Trumped
In addition to our great, vast, humbingly huge package, we've also got new reviews of ten features screening this week: Alex Cross, with Tyler Perry as the psychologist-detective of James Patterson's best-selling thriller novels; Easy Money, in which a Swedish economic student gets in over his head with drug dealers; The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter, a 1984 Hong Kong action classic from the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio; For Ellen, starring Paul Dano as a mangy rocker meeting the six-year-old daughter he's about to lose custody of in a divorce settlement; Middle of Nowhere, a melodrama about a nurse torn between her incarcerated husband and a charming bus driver; Mourning, an Iranian drama about two deaf-mute spouses driving to a family funeral; Sinister, with Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer getting swept into a supernatural killing; Smashed, the story of married alcoholics and what happens when the wife decides to sober up; War of the Buttons, a French drama about warring schoolboy gangs during the Occupation; and You've Been Trumped, a documentary about Donald Trump's attempt to crush some uncooperative Scottish locals as he builds a gold resort in Aberdeenshire.
Best bets for repertory: Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky (1986), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Claude Sautet's Classe Tous Risques (1960), Monday at Doc; Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell (2009) and Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), screening separately on Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan; William Wellman's Night Nurse (1931), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall (1957), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with an introduction by Fred Camper on Tuesday; and Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (2004), Sunday and Monday at the Vic.
Some special events worth noting: visual artist Steve McQueen introduces his two films, Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011), tonight at the Art Institute's Rubloff Auditorium; Don Mullan, author of the oral history Bloody Sunday, speaks at a screening of the Paul Greengrass movie adapted from the book, next Thursday at DePaul University Daley Building; and Terror in the Aisles presents its annual 24-hour horror marathon, The Massacre, beginning noon Saturday at the Portage.