What would you call someone who suffers from delusions of grandeur and can turn violent at a moment’s notice? “Psychotic”? No, I’m sorry, the correct answer is “famous.” David Cronenberg nails it with his latest nightmare, Maps to the Stars, and our review is here. Also this week, Drew Hunt reviews Joel Potrykus’s outsider indie drama Buzzard, screening midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Hunt joins Potrykus for an onstage Q&A on Saturday at 10 PM.
Just off the presses, new reviews of: Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh’s live-action remake of the Disney animation classic; The Duke of Burgundy, a new melodramatic puzzle from the director of Berberian Sound Studio; Life of Riley, the last film from revered French director Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad), screening as part of the European Union Film Festival; Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, another EU offering, about a Spanish man whose Beatlemania drives him to Almeria to meet John Lennon as he shoots How I Won the War; Merchants of Doubt, a documentary about the PR hacks who earn their paycheck confusing the issue of climate change; Run All Night, a gritty crime drama starring Liam Neeson and Ed Harris; La Sapienza, a drama about a French professional couple, vacationing in Italy, and their new friends, a pair of siblings whose problems mirror their own; ’71, a real-time drama about British soldiers in Northern Ireland; She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary about the emergence of the modern women’s movement in the late 1960s; and Stations of the Cross, an antireligious drama about a Catholic girl in the process of crucifying herself.
Best bets for repertory: Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012), Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Chistopher Nolan’s Interstellar (2014) at Doc; Dziga Vertov’s The Man With a Movie Camera (1929), Sunday at Doc; Tomm Moore’s The Secret of Kells (2009), Saturday at Facets Cinematheque; Frank Borzage’s Seventh Heaven (1927), noon Saturday at Music Box with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott; Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Friday at Symphony Center, with live accompaniment by the CSO; and Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box.
Don’t forget these special events: Reader contributor Andrea Gronvall and Columbia College associate professor Julian Grant argue the merits of Disney’s Frozen as part of the Cinema Slapdown series, Monday at Columbia College Film Row Cinema; Maidan, a Russian documentary about the Ukrainian uprising of 2014, screens Tuesday at Music Box, with an introduction by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, as part of its monthlong series Get Real: Docs at the Box; and The Touch of an Angel, a documentary about the legal immigration of Polish Jews during the Nazi occupation, screens through Sunday at Society for Arts.