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Friday, February 24, 2012

This week's movie action

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Its Such a Beautiful Day
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The famously sober Frederick Wiseman takes it off, takes it all off, with Crazy Horse, a documentary about the venerable Parisian nude cabaret. It's the subject of our Reader Recommends box this week. You'll also find a long review of Oren Moverman's Rampart, starring Woody Harrelson as an out-of-control LAPD officer, and new capsule reviews for Chico & Rita, a Spanish-British animation feature that's up for an Oscar on Sunday; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a sequel to the 2007 hit; Hell and Back Again, about a U.S. marine trying to recover after being critically injured in Afghanistan; An Evening With Don Hertzfeldt, Wednesday at Music Box, which includes the Chicago premiere of Hertzfeldt's latest, It's Such a Beautiful Day; My Way Home, the last installment in Bill Douglas's autobiographical trilogy; On the Ice, a noir-ish indie set among the Inupiat Eskimos under the midnight sun of Barrow, Alaska; Thin Ice, a noir-ish indie set among Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup under the occasionally visible sun of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Videos by Laure Prouvost, which combines work by the French artist with early experimental shorts that influenced her.

Best bets for repertory: Don Siegel's Charley Varrick (1973), Thursday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Otto Preminger's Daisy Kenyon (1947), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest (1950), Saturday and Monday, and Lancelot du Lac (1974), Saturday and Wednesday, at Gene Siskel Film Center; Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Mikio Naruse's Her Lonely Lane (1962), Monday at Doc; Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love (1990), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center; and Howard Hawks's Twentieth Century (1934), Wednesday at Portage, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society.

Last but not least: Instituto Cervantes presents two dance documentaries, Flamenco School and The Spanish Room, as part of its annual flamenco festival; University of Chicago Film Studies Center presents a two-day symposium on the work of British experimentalist Andrew McCall; and Peace on Earth Film Festival continues through Sunday at Chicago Cultural Center.

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