• The Purge: Anarchy

In this week’s issue Ben Sachs reviews The Purge: Anarchy, James DeMonaco’s sequel to his 2013 shocker The Purge. Set in a futuristic United States, it takes place on a national holiday in which scores of people can be shot to death and no one is punished. Or as we call it here in Chicago, “Saturday.”

  • Closed Curtain

Also this week, Tal Rosenberg reviews Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and we have new capsule reviews of And So It Goes, a Rob Reiner comedy for the old folks, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas; Cannibal, a Spanish thriller about a serial killer who never misses a meal; Closed Curtain, the latest from Iranian filmmaker-on-ice Jafar Panahi (Offside, Crimson Gold); Happy Christmas, a Joe Swanberg comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, and Lena Dunham; Honeymoon, an ensemble drama about a wedding gone wrong by Czech director Jan Hrebejk (Kawasaki’s Rose, also screening this week at Gene Siskel Film Center); I Dreamt of You So Much That . . . , a trio of shorts from a work-in-progress by Romanian filmmaker Stefan Constantinescu; I Origins, a moody science-fantasy from the up-and-coming Mike Cahill (Another Earth); Lucy, a new thriller from writer-director Luc Besson, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman; Magic in the Moonlight, this year’s Woody Allen comedy; Mood Indigo, Gallic whimsy from Michel Gondry, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; and A Most Wanted Man, an adaptation of a John le Carre novel, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

Best bets for repertory: John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Vincente Minnelli’s Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin (2004), Friday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Tuesday at Millennium Park with free admission and Thursday at Music Box with Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions; and Kim Ki-duk’s Time (2006), Wednesday at Chicago Cultural Center, screening by DVD projection with free admission.

And this Saturday, the long-running talk show Filmspotting celebrates its 500th episode with a live taping at Music Box.