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Jimi Hendrix, Chris Marker, Charlton Heston, and the rest of this week's screenings

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André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix
  • André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

Did Jimi Hendrix like to whale on his girlfriends? I don't know, but you should always avoid angering a man who can chop a mountain down with the edge of his hand. The controversial new biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side opens Friday at Music Box. We also look at Level Five, Chris Marker's experimental feature about a computer programmer trying to rewrite World War II history, which screens Friday and Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers and one more time on Wednesday at Columbia College.

Rocks in My Pockets
  • Rocks in My Pockets
Check out the new issue for recommended reviews of: Blonde Crazy, a 1931 pre-Code comedy with James Cagney and Joan Blondell; Julius Caesar, a 1950 indie relic shot in Chicago and starring Northwestern University's own Charlton Heston; and Rocks in My Pockets, a feature-length fantasia about bipolar disorder by Latvian animator Signe Baumane. And let me get a couple more licks in for two fine films, reviewed in previous weeks, that you won't be able to catch for much longer: Norte, the End of History, an epic take on Crime and Punishment by Filipino director Lav Diaz, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a powerful drama about a fractured marriage, starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, and Bill Hader.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
More films reviewed this week: The Equalizer, a big-screen remake of the old Edward Woodward spy series, starring Denzel Washington; Hector and the Search for Happiness, with Simon Pegg as a psychiatrist who tours the world looking for the secret of life; Take Me to the River, a documentary about Memphis music, featuring Otis Clay, Mavis Staples, and the North Mississippi Allstars; A Terrible Beauty, a docudrama about the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Dublin; and Tracks, starring Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, who traveled on foot 1,700 miles across the Australian desert in the late 1970s.

Best bets for repertory: Eric Rohmer's Autumn Tale (1998), Tuesday by DVD projection at Transistor; Josef von Sternberg's Dishonored (1931), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), late-night Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan; Howard Hawks's A Girl in Every Port (1928), Friday at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art; Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn's Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (1988), Wednesday by DVD projection at Chicago Cultural Center; and W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man (1934), Tuesday at University of Chicago Doc Films.

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