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European Union Film Festival kicks off Friday, plus more new reviews and notable screenings

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click to enlarge Tale of Tales, screening as part of the European Union Film Festival
  • Tale of Tales, screening as part of the European Union Film Festival
The European Union Film Festival, always a highlight of the year's filmgoing calendar, opens Friday with Joost van Ginkel's The Paradise Suite, which Bill Stamets calls "a medley of interpersonal crises [that] widens into a moving vista of modern Europe." Check out our 16-film roundup of the festival, which runs all through March. Also this week, Fred Camper has the lowdown on the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, with four installations and nine shorts programs screening through the weekend at Defibrillator Gallery. And check out our new issue for capsule reviews of: London Has Fallen, an action flick about terrorists swinging England like a pendulum; The Wave, billed as the first Norwegian disaster flick; and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey as an American journalist in Kabul. 

click to enlarge Solitary Acts #4-#6, screening as part of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival
  • Solitary Acts #4-#6, screening as part of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival
Best bets for repertory: Vincente Minnelli's The Band Wagon (1953), Monday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Joel and Ethan Coen's Fargo (1996), daily at Facets Cinematheque; the Marx Bros. in A Night at the Opera (1935), Thursday at Pickwick in Park Ridge; Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), Thursday at Doc; Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010), Friday and Sunday at Doc; and, as part of the Music Box 70-millimeter Film Festival, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963), Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (2014), David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Robert Wise's West Side Story (1961).

click to enlarge A Night at the Opera
  • A Night at the Opera
Don't forget these special events: the Chicago Irish Film Festival runs through Sunday at Logan and Society for Arts, and Peace on Earth Film Festival runs through Sunday at Chicago Cultural Center, with free admission.



Following are some recommended films from the European Union Film Festival:


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