Gwynedd Stuart ditches the small screen for the big one this week with her long review of Aloha, the latest rom-com from Cameron Crowe (Say Anything . . . , Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Meanwhile, I ditch the big screen for the small one, after a fashion, with my review of Entourage, the motion picture.
We’ve got new reviews of: Aloft, a magical-realist drama from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow) starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy; Hard to Be a God, a Russian sci-fi epic about earth scientists trying to help out a planet that lags 800 years behind our own; The Icing, a comedy from Czech director Jan Hrebejk (Up and Down) about a wedding party gone wrong; Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment of the family-friendly horror franchise; Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano as the young Brian Wilson and John Cusack as the old one; The Nightmare, a documentary by Rodney Ascher (Room 237) about people who suffer from sleep paralysis; Spy, an espionage comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids); Tonnerre, a low-key French psychodrama in which a thirtysomething rock musician falls for a college student; and A Wolf at the Door, a Brazilian crime drama about cops trying to solve a child abduction.
Best bets for repertory: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1940), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box; Tsai Ming-liang’s Rebels of the Neon God (1992), Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; and Frank Tashlin’s Who’s Minding the Store? (1963), with Jerry Lewis, Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films. Last but not least, new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy”—Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), and The World of Apu (1959)—screen all week at Music Box.
Don’t forget these special events: Group 312 Films 2014 Annual Report, Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers and Wednesday at Columbia College; Retour de Flamme featuring Serge Bromberg, Saturday at Music Box, and The Russian Woodpecker, Tuesday at Music Box as part of the Docs at the Box series.