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This Week's Movie Action

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Never Let Me Go
  • Never Let Me Go

Heavy precipitation is expected this weekend as two movies with Carey Mulligan open simultaneously: Never Let Me Go, the screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel by director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 high-finance drama Wall Street. I lost count of how many tears silently well and drop down Mulligan's cheeks in these two movies combined, but it's probably in the double digits.

Henri-George Clouzots Inferno
  • Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno
Never Let Me Go is the subject of this week's long review, along with Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, a fascinating documentary about the abandoned 1964 psychodrama by the legendary French director (The Raven, The Wages of Fear, Diabolique, La Verite). Our two Critic's Choices this week are Enter the Void, a psychedelic head trip from director Gaspar Noe (I Stand Alone, Irreversible), and Chicago Architecture in Motion, a program of short films at Chicago Filmmakers.

New capsule reviews this week: Buried, with Ryan Reynolds as a contractor in Iraq who's buried alive by insurgents; Catfish, another is-it-or-isn't-it-a-documentary, about a New York photographer who drives out to Michigan to meet his online fan club and gets a surprise or two; Centurion, a sword-and-sandals epic by Neil Marshall (The Descent); Colin, a low-budget zombie flick that unfolds from a zombie's point of view; Devil, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense); I'm Still Here, a head-slapping new take from Cliff Doerksen in the wake of the news that the documentary was a big hoax; and Jack Goes Boating, a romantic drama that marks the directing debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Best bets for repertory include Egon, a fanciful biopic of the expressionist painter Egon Schiele by underground filmmaker Keith Dukavicius, next Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center; The Fearmakers (1958), a horror-noir hybrid that wraps up the Music Box's month-long series on director Jacques Tourneur; Golub (1988), a Kartemquin Films documentary about the artist Leon Golub, next Thursday at Block Museum at Northwestern; Killer's Kiss (1955), the debut of director Stanley Kubrick, screening Wednesday at Block Films; Little Women (1994), Gillian Armstrong's (1933), George Cukor's adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, next Thursday at Doc; and Whirlpool (1949), Otto Preminger's thriller about a kleptomaniac controlled by a hypnotist, Friday and Tuesday night at Film Center.

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