Cast a Dark Shadow

In this week’s issue Ben Sachs looks at Digging for Fire, the latest from indie director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas). Elsewhere, I review Cast a Dark Shadow and Corridor of Mirrors, two postwar British noirs screening at Gene Siskel Film Center. And we’ve got new capsule reviews of: student works from the Chicago South Asian Film Festival; Hitman: Agent 47, based on the video game; In the Game, a Kartemquin Films documentary about a girls’ soccer team at a troubled south-side public school; Mistress America, starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Noah Baumbach; Takin’ Place, a documentary about life in Englewood and Washington Park; and Ten Thousand Saints, about a freewheeling pot dealer (Ethan Hawke) and his two families.

In the Game

Best bets for repertory: Sergei Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky (1938), next Thursday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Marshal Neilan’s Amarilly of Clothesline Alley (1918), with Mary Pickford, next Thursday at the Pickwick in Park Ridge as part of the Silent Summer Film Festival; Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven (2007), Friday at University of Chicago Doc Films; and Orson Welles’s F for Fake (1973), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box.