Andrea Gronvall has four stars for 45 Years, a British drama from Andrew Haigh (Weekend) about an elderly couple whose long marriage is rocked by secrets from the past. And we’ve got new reviews of: All Mistakes Buried, an indie crime thriller about a junkie trying to redeem himself; All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, a documentary about the global music retailer that did a billion in sales in 1999 and filed for bankruptcy five years later; Carmen From Kawachi, a hard-charging prefeminist fable (1966) from Japanese B-movie auteur Seijun Suzuki; Censored Voices, a documentary drawn from the testimony of Israeli soldiers in the Six-Day War . . .
. . . The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett’s screen adaptation of his play about the homeless woman who camped out in his driveway for 15 years, played here by Maggie Smith; Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club, a documentary about the midwestern dining establishments that speak to a vanished way of life; A Perfect Day, with Benicio Del Toro, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry, and Tim Robbins as international aid workers during the Balkan conflict; Smashing the O-Line, Suzuki’s 1960 actioner about rival newspaper editors trying to take down a human-trafficking ring; and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Michael Bay’s account of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.
Best bets for repertory: Jan Svankmaier’s Alice (1988), Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles (1974), Wednesday at Doc; Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls (1962), Thursday at Doc; Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton (2007), Thursday at Doc; Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), Monday at Doc; Jean Cocteau’s Testament of Orpheus (1959), Sunday at Facets Cinematheque; Top Hat (1935) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Monday at Doc; Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir (2008), Tuesday at Doc; and George Cukor’s The Women (1935), Wednesday in 35-millimeter at Northbrook Public Library.
Don’t miss these special events: the Palace Film Festival, Friday and Saturday at Studebaker Theater; The Early Films of Kartemquin, Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers and Wednesday at Columbia College Hokin Hall; Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe: City Scene / Country Scene, Friday at Logan Center for the Arts; and WS (WS), Sunday at University of Chicago Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis, room 307.