Iranian westerns, French madwomen, Laotian rocketeers, and the rest of this week's screenings | Bleader

Friday, February 14, 2014

Iranian westerns, French madwomen, Laotian rocketeers, and the rest of this week's screenings

Posted By on 02.14.14 at 07:39 AM

The Rocket
  • The Rocket
Bruno Dumont's harrowing Camille Claudel 1915, opening this week at Gene Siskel Film Center, stars Juliette Binoche in a spellbinding performance as the French sculptor who was the young lover of Auguste Rodin but spent her last 30 years in a series of asylums. We also recommend The Rocket, a swell family film about a Laotian boy who tries to prove himself in a cloud-seeding rocket contest, and Tim's Vermeer, a documentary about the San Antonio inventor with no painting or drawing experience who set out to reproduce Johannes Vermeer's canvas, The Music Lesson.

RoboCop
  • RoboCop
Check out the new issue for reviews of: Detroit Unleaded, a romantic comedy set among Arab-Americans in the title town; In No Great Hurry, a documentary profile of the gifted street photographer Saul Leiter; My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns, an Iranian documentary about a fellow in Shiraz who's been making amateur movies for 35 years; Parviz, the story of a 50-year-old loser cast out of his father's apartment; Robocop, a remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic; Vampire Academy, a screen adaptation of the lead book from Richelle Mead's best-selling young adult series; and Winter's Tale, a romantic fantasy with Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).

Nothing But a Man
  • Nothing But a Man
Best bets for repertory: Spike Jonze's Adaptation (2002), next Thursday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942), with a sweetheart sing-along, Saturday afternoon at Music Box; Michael Roemer's Nothing But a Man (1964), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; King Vidor's Our Daily Bread (1934), Saturday afternoon at Block Museum of Art; Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987), Friday at Music Box; Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Sunday at Doc Films; and Jacques Demy's The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), Saturday and Thursday at Film Center.

Special events this week include Games on Stage, a presentation by Israeli video game artist Eddo Stern at U. of C.'s Logan Center for the Arts; Hump! Film Festival, a collection of amateur porn presented by Dan Savage; and Pictures and Sounds, WHPK and the U. of C.'s Film Studies Center's annual combo of experimental shorts and local music acts.


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