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Chicago Film Critics Festival 

When: May 1-7 2015
Price: $12, $150 festival pass
Curated by the Chicago Film Critics Association, this weeklong festival of indie shorts and features includes local premieres of several films you may be hearing about over the next few months. Chicagoan Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) will open the festival with his latest comedy, Digging for Fire (Fri 5/1, 7 PM), and the following evening his wife, Kris Swanberg, will present her festival favorite Unexpected (Sat 5/2, 7 PM). Bobcat Goldthwait, the greatest comic filmmaker in America (World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America), takes a stab at documentary with Call Me Lucky (Sat 5/2, 9:30 PM), profiling stand-up comedian and children's rights advocate Barry Crimmins; both men will attend the screening. That program ranks as my personal can't-miss event, but a close second would be Results (Sat 5/2, 4:15 PM), the latest from iconoclastic writer-director Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation, Computer Chess). Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen's Raiders! (Fri 5/1, 9:30 PM) dramatizes the story of three Mississippi kids who created their own shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Directed by Roger Allers, The Prophet (Sat 5/2, noon) taps such acclaimed animators as Bill Plympton and Tomm Moore to render scenes from the beloved book by Kahlil Gibran. Douglas Tirola's documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Tue 5/5, 7 PM) explores the history of the hugely influential humor magazine National Lampoon. And The End of the Tour (Wed 5/6, 7:30 PM), a shoo-in for this year's "What the Fuck?" award, stars Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and Jason Segel as his journalistic quarry, superbrain novelist David Foster Wallace. —J.R. Jones

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