Deadpool, the new Marvel Comics adaptation, broke countless box office records during the past week, and this week it claims another distinction: the first Marvel release to earn three stars from the Reader. Leah Pickett has our long review about the movie’s crafty appropriation of the 70s antihero formula. Also this week, we’ve got new reviews of: The Camera Obscura, a 2008 drama about a Russian-Jewish refugee who becomes the unhappy wife of an Argentinian farmer, presented by the Spertus Institute and introduced by critic Alejandro Riera; Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Peter Greenaway’s re-creation of the Mexican travels of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein; Race, a biopic of Olympic great Jesse Owens; Risen, a Christian mystery thriller about a Roman soldier charged with finding the missing body of Jesus . . .
. . . Rolling Papers, a documentary about the new marijuana editor at the Denver Post; Time to Love, a new Iranian drama with Leila Hatami and Shahab Hosseini of A Separation; Touched With Fire, starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as bipolar poets in love; and We Are Twisted Fucking Sister!, about the early days of the Long Island glam rockers.
Best bets for repertory: Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief (1948), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with a lecture by Pamela Robertson Wojcik at the Tuesday screening; Erich von Stroheim’s Greed (1925), Saturday afternoon at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art with live piano accompaniment by David Drazin; Mel Brooks’s High Anxiety (1977), Wednesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Kutlug Ataman’s Lola + Bilidikid (1998), Thursday at Block with Ataman attending and free admission; Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965), Thursday at Doc; Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2014), Thursday at Doc; and Charles Walters’s Summer Stock (1950), Monday at Doc.
Don’t miss these special events: at Block Museum of Art, veteran experimental filmmaker Saul Levine presents a retrospective of his work as part of a series celebrating film and video by School of the Art Institute students. And Music Box kicks off its massive, three-week 70-millimeter film festival with screenings of Vertigo, Ghostbusters, The Master, The Wild Bunch, and Inherent Vice.