• Stand Up Guys

The Chicago International Film Festival opens tonight with a gala screening of Stand Up Guys, a crime comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin, all of whom will reportedly attend. (The properly punctuated title, of course, would be “Stand-Up Guys”—or, given the stars’ ages, “Stand Up, Guys.”) The movie wasn’t previewed for the press, but plenty of the other features screening through Thursday, October 25, were. Our week one coverage includes 25 new reviews of films making their Chicago premieres, including new work by Olivier Assayas, director of Summer Hours; Cristian Mungiu, director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; and Ken Burns, director of The Civil War (the PBS documentary, not the actual war).