Thursday, October 25, 2012

The 35-millimeter nanny, and the rest of this week's screenings

Posted By on 10.25.12 at 07:31 AM

Wallace and Gromit
  • Wallace and Gromit
Are you looking for someplace good to take your kids? Well, the very best place to take your kids is away from me. The second best is probably the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday, November 4, with most shows at Facets Cinematheque. Our sidebar notes some programs that might interest grown-ups, like the ones featuring guests from Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, the Wallace and Gromit shorts) and Laika, Inc. (Coraline, ParaNorman).

Cloud Atlas
  • Cloud Atlas
We've also got new reviews of: Cloud Atlas, the big-screen adaptation of David Mitchell's epic novel; Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, with four programs this weekend at Chicago Cultural Center and DePaul University; Keep the Lights On, a drama about a gay romance on the rocks, written and directed by Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue); My Home and Reluctant Bachelor, a pair of essay films about the grim economic climate in Iran; No Men Allowed, an Iranian rom-com set at an all-girls academy; The Sessions, with John Hawkes as a quadriplegic man and Helen Hunt as the sex surrogate he hires to relieve him of his virginity; The Seventh Companion, Aleksei Guerman's 1967 Soviet drama about a czarist officer trying to adjust to life under the revolution; Vincent Grenier: Tabula Rasa, a career-spanning collection of shorts from the French-Canadian avant-gardist; and The Whisperer in Darkness, a black-and-white adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story.

The Exorcist
  • The Exorcist
Best bets for repertory: William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), Friday, Saturday, and Monday night at the Logan; John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), at Century 12 and CineArts 6, Lake, Landmark's Century Centre, Logan, and University of Chicago Doc Films; Rupert Julian's Phantom of the Opera (1925), Wednesday at Beverly Arts Center with live organ accompaniment; Isa Takahata's Pom Poko (1994), Friday and Sunday at Doc; Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), Friday, Saturday, and Monday night at the Logan; and Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (1953), Monday at Doc.

And check out these special events: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life screens as part of a three-day celebration of the jazz pianist; Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema continues through next Thursday, with screenings at Northbrook Court in Northbrook; the Englewood Film Festival kicks off with a screening of I Ain't Scared of You—A Tribute to Bernie Mac; Music Box presents Georges Melies Cine-Concert, a program of short films by the pioneering French fantasist, accompanied on piano by his great-great grandson, Lawrence Leherissey-Melies; and University of Chicago Film Studies Center screens the silent Japanese drama Jirokichi the Rat, accompanied by benshi performer Kataoka Ichiro.



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