Friday, July 5, 2013

Almodovar takes flight, and the rest of this week's screenings

Posted By on 07.05.13 at 10:19 AM

A Hijacking
  • A Hijacking
In this week's issue Ben Sachs gives four stars to Pedro Almodovar's latest, I'm So Excited, and Drew Hunt has a three-star review of Julian Roman Polsler's philosophical fantasy The Wall. You'll also want to check out A Hijacking, a first-rate thriller about a Danish shipping vessel overtaken by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. And we've got new reviews of Despicable Me 2, a sequel to the 2010 children's animation; The Hellbenders, a 1967 spaghetti western by Sergio Corbucci (Django, Navajo Joe); Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, a comedy concert shot at a sold-out Madison Square Garden; The Lone Ranger, with Armie Hammer as the masked man and Johnny Depp as Tonto; Midnight's Children, which marks the screenwriting debut of novelist Salman Rushdie; and The Way Way Back, a coming-of-age comedy with Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and some kid.

The Leopard
  • The Leopard
Best bets for repertory: Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Monday at the Patio, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society; Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (2002) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) at Gene Siskel Film Center; David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Saturday and Wednesday at Film Center; Luchino Visconti's The Leopard (1963), Saturday and Monday at Film Center; Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu (1952), Friday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Jean-Luc Godard's Masculine-Feminine (1966), Saturday at Doc Films; and Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979), Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan and Landmark's Century Centre.

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