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The European Union Film Festival invades Chicago, plus more new reviews and notable screenings

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Maps to the Stars
  • Maps to the Stars
No fewer than 61 international features make their Chicago debuts this month as part of the European Union Film Festival at Gene Siskel Film Center; our searchable roundup of week one is here, and we'll be reviewing more titles from the fest in subsequent weeks. We've also got new reviews of: Chappie, the latest SF actioner from South African writer-director Neil Blomkamp (District 9); Encounters: Experimental Film and Video From Croatia, which surveys the last half century of experimental work in the Balkan nation; The Hand That Feeds, a documentary about a Manhattan pizza place trying to unionize, part of the Music Box's new Tuesday-night series of recent documentaries; Kung-Fu Elliot, a Canadian documentary about an amateur filmmaker who wants to be the next Chuck Norris; The Lazarus Effect, a horror flick from the folks who gave you the Paranormal Activity cycle; Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg's tinseltown horror movie; Road Hard, starring stand-up comedian Adam Carolla as a fictionalized version of himself; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a sequel to the hit Anglo-Indian geezer rom-com; and Unfinished Business, with Vince Vaughn as a small-business owner trying to close a big deal with no help from his witless subordinates Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson.

The Missing Picture
  • The Missing Picture
Best bets for repertory: Paul Feig's Bridesmaids (2011), Tuesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Amy Heckerling's Clueless (1995), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; the 4 Marx Bros. in Duck Soup (1933), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box; D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916), featuring live musical accompaniment by the Bangkok Orchestra's Somtow Sucharitkul, Saturday at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts with free admission; Rithy Pahn's The Missing Picture (2013), Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Andrzej Zulawski's Possession (1981), Friday at Logan Center with free admission; and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), Friday and Sunday at Doc.

And don't forget the Chicago Irish Film Festival, continuing through Saturday at Music Box and Society for Arts.

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