This week we take a look at Results, the latest comedy from indie stalwart Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Computer Chess), and Inside Out, the latest Pixar animation. Guess which one is going to make a yawning ass-load of money this weekend?
Check out the new issue for reviews of: The Face of an Angel, a fictionalized drama about the Amanda Knox murder case, directed by the indefatigable Michael Winterbottom (The Trip, The Look of Love, Everyday); From Mayerling to Sarajevo, a little-seen historical romance by the great Max Ophuls (Letter From an Unknown Woman, The Earrings of Madame de . . .); Grand Central, a French drama about love on a nuclear reactor work site; Heaven Knows What, an indie scuzzfest about teenage junkies in NYC; To See the Sea, a Czech comedy about a teenager who launches an investigative documentary to expose his father’s extramarital affair; The Wolfpack, a documentary about seven children who were kept under virtual house arrest for years; and The Yes Men Are Revolting, the latest collection of politically pointed pranks from Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (The Yes Men, The Yes Men Fix the World).
Best bets for repertory: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), Saturday afternoon at Music Box with a lecture by Field Museum ornithologist Josh Engel, and Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil (1958), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box. And don’t forget these special events: Chicago Curiosities, Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers and Wednesday at Columbia College Hokin Hall, features short works by local artists Andy Resek, Tom Palazzolo, and Heather McAdams; Chicago Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Saturday at Century 12/CineArts 6 in Evanston; The Thieves, a Korean heist film, screens by DVD projection on Wednesday at Chicago Cultural Center, with free admission; and What Happened, Miss Simone?, a documentary about singer Nina Simone, screens Tuesday at Music Box.