Friday, January 22, 2010

This Week's Movie Action

Posted By on 01.22.10 at 12:46 PM

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
  • The Romance of Astrea and Celadon

I've just returned from vacation, so I'm reading this week's issue cold, just like you. I can tell you one thing: the sausage is a lot tastier when you don't have to watch it being made. Pinch hitter Cliff Doerksen contributes a long review of the Denzel Washington actioner The Book of Eli as well as a Critic's Choice for the new Clair Denis feature, 35 Shots of Rum.

We've also got new reviews of the Uruguayan drama Gigante at Facets Cinematheque; the Argentinean drama Liverpool, also at Facets; the women-in-hip-hop documentary Say My Name, at Chicago Filmmakers; the bottled-water expose Tapped, at Gene Siskel Film Center; and, also at Film Center, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, a worthwhile personal doc about the crusading left-wing attorney, produced and directed by his daughters.

Some revivals you don't want to miss: Elia Kazan's Baby Doll, Saturday afternoon and Thursday night at Film Center; Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders, Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Kazan's A Face in the Crowd, Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night at Film Center; Olsen and Johnson in the rarely screened madcap comedy Hellzapoppin', Saturday night at Bank of America Cinema; Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger, with Jack Nicholson actually acting, Thursday night at Museum of Contemporary Art; Howard Hawks's gangster classic Scarface, Sunday night at Doc Films; and John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Thursday night at Doc.

And here's one you probably won't get another chance to see on the big screen too soon: The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, screening tonight at University of Chicago Film Studies Center as part of a tribute to its late, great maker, Eric Rohmer.

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