Doc Films didn’t release their spring calendar until after we went to press, so we couldn’t list in our print edition what they’re showing next week. But it’s a fine program, and the opening week is loaded with classics. On Monday Wild Boys of the Road (1933), one of director William Wellman’s finest Depression-era dramas, kicks off a series on road movies. On Tuesday a series devoted to trailblazing experimental filmmakers Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland begins with Snow’s famous Wavelength (1967). M*A*S*H* (1970) begins a Robert Altman retrospective on Wednesday, while a program of early shorts by Alain Resnais (including the 1955 Night and Fog) begins a Thursday night series on the recently departed French master. Also on Thursday nights is a series of recent arty horror movies, starting next week at 9 PM with the Austrian version of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997). Rounding out the program are a Pixar Studios retrospective on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons and a ten-film Ernst Lubitsch series on Sunday nights, both of which begin next weekend.
What do we cover in this week’s print edition? Just plenty, thank you. J.R. Jones has medium-length reviews on the Chicago-set Divergent, currently the nation’s top box office attraction, and the Memphis-shot indie What I Love About Concrete, which kicks off this year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival on Wednesday at 8 PM. We also have recommended capsule reviews of Cesar Chavez, a star-studded biopic about the labor-rights leader, and Michael Winterbottom’s new drama Everyday, which screens tonight and tomorrow in the European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Not in this week’s issue but opening today is David Ayer’s brutal actioner Sabotage, starring the former governor of California.
Rounding out the new reviews are write-ups of: Breathe In, the latest from writer-director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy); The Human Scale, an architecture documentary also playing at the EU Film Festival; New York director Eliza Hittman’s debut feature It Felt Like Love, screening all week at Facets Multimedia (I discussed it at greater length on the blog yesterday); and Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about an ambitious sci-fi film that cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky never got to make.
Outside of Doc Films, the best bets for repertory screenings are: Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain (1973), screening tonight and tomorrow at midnight at the Music Box; William Klein’s pop art satire Mr. Freedom (1968), screening Tuesday at 6 PM at the Siskel Center; Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943), screening Sunday at 11:30 AM at Music Box; and on Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the Patio, Northwest Chicago Film Society will present Milos Forman’s little-seen American debut Taking Off (1971). Along with the movies at Doc, all of these are screening from film. Keep up the good work, Chicago programmers!