Son of Saul opens at Music Box, plus more new reviews and notable screenings
By J.R. Jones
on 01.29.16 at 07:00 AM
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- Cemetery of Splendor
László Nemes’s acclaimed Holocaust drama Son of Saul opens Friday at Music Box, and longtime Reader contributor Jonathan Rosenbaum weighs in with a four-star review. We’ve also got new reviews of: Anesthesia, an indie ensemble drama featuring Kristen Stewart, Sam Waterston, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams, and Tim Blake Nelson (who also directed); The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young, a documentary about the annual footrace that leads through Tennessee’s treacherous Frozen Head State Park; Cemetery of Splendor and Mekong Hotel, the two most recent films by Thai filmmaker (and SAIC graduate) Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who will attend the Monday screening of Cemetery; The 5th Wave, a sci-fi adventure about invading aliens that stars Chloe Grace Moretz; and The Finest Hours, a Disney drama about the daring U.S. Coast Guard rescue of a commercial tanker that split in two during a storm off the Massachusetts coast in 1952.
- 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
Best bets for repertory: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin (2015), Saturday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Ronit Bezalel’s 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green (2015), Friday through Sunday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Carl Reiner’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), Wednesday at Doc; Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990), Friday and Sunday at Doc; Fred Zinnemann’s Julia (1977), Thursday at Doc; Charles Chaplin’s The Kid (1921), Tuesday at Film Center with a lecture by Pamela Robertson Wojcik of Notre Dame University; John Stahl’s Leave Her to Heaven (1945), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s On the Town (1949), Monday at Doc; Seijun Suzuki’s Pistol Opera (2001), Saturday at Film Center; and Steve James’s Stevie (2002), Friday at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art, with James attending.
Don’t miss these special events; As Above So Below, a program of award-winning local shorts from last year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival, Friday at Co-Prosperity Sphere; Paul Sharits, a documentary on the experimental filmmaker, Thursday at Block; and Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms (1918), Friday at Filament Theatre, presented by the Silent Film Society of Chicago.