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Underground movies, one flight up—and other notable screenings

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Jan Kwiecinskis Fawns, the standout entry in the anthology The Fourth Dimension
  • Jan Kwiecinski's "Fawns," the standout entry in the anthology The Fourth Dimension
Tonight brings the opening feature of the 19th Chicago Underground Film Festival: The Fourth Dimension, which anthologizes shorts by Harmony Korine (Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, Trash Humpers), Aleksei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls), and Jan Kwiecinski. The festival continues through next Thursday, with all programs at Gene Siskel Film Center; check out our festival sidebar, with reviews of The Fourth Dimension and ten more features.

We've also got a Reader Recommends box for Wes Anderson's latest, Moonrise Kingdom, and new reviews of: Chernobyl Diaries, a horror movie about foolish youngsters touring the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster; For Greater Glory, a historical drama about Mexico's Cristero War of the late 1920s; High School, a comedy about two stoners who decide to get their entire school wasted; I Wish, Hirokazu Kore-eda's Japanese drama about a broken family; The Intouchables, a French comedy about a handicapped millionaire and his Senegalese caretaker; Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, about a self-proclaimed "technologist" hoping to reunite with her Luddite mother; and Snow White & the Huntsman, a big-budget fantasy in which a beautiful young girl is taken into the forest to be killed by former Utah governor Jon Huntsman. Or something like that.

Best bets for repertory: Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), Friday at Doc Films; Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn (2006), Saturday afternoon by DVD projection at Pritzker Military Library; and, at the Portage on Friday, a double feature of two kung fu adventures from Hong Kong's beloved Shaw Brothers Studio, Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) and Fist of the White Lotus (1980).

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