Now that spring has sprung, you may be less inclined to sit in a movie theater, but this weekend brings a number of strong new releases: Cheap Thrills, a potent indie about two guys down on their luck and the asshole millionaire who throws cash at them to hurt and degrade themselves; Dom Hemingway, a British comedy starring Jude Law as a an angry ex-con; Hide Your Smiling Faces, a low-key regional effort about two brothers dealing with the death of a friend; Joe, starring Nicolas Cage as a brooding loner who takes a teenager under his wing; and Under the Skin, a moody sci-fi effort with Scarlett Johansson as a space alien stalking a series of men.
The Chicago Latino Film Festival continues at River East 21 and other area venues; check out our updated sidebar, with four new reviews. Also opening this week: Cuban Fury, with Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) as an office schlub with a secret passion for salsa dancing; Documented, part of the Asian American Showcase at Gene Siskel Film Center; Draft Day, with Kevin Costner as general manager of an NFL team; and The French Minister, a political satire by the venerable French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight).
Best bets for repertory: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Hawks and Sparrows (1965), Saturday at Film Center; Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012), Tuesday at Columbia College Film Row Cinema; Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975), Wednesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Ernst Lubitsch’s One Hour With You (1932), Sunday at Doc; Larry Clark’s Passing Through (1977), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center; Joyce Wieland’s Reason Over Passion (1969), Tuesday at Doc; Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948), Sunday morning at Music Box; Alejandro Amenabar’s The Sea Inside (2004), Monday at Film Center; Juan Jose Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Saturday at Film Center; Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Monday at Doc; and Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan.
Last but not least, the Sci-Fi Spectacular moves to the Patio this year, with 16 straight hours of fantasy and science fiction features, including Legend, Pan’s Labyrinth, Night of the Living Dead, and Escape From New York.