Through July 3 the Gene Siskel Film Center hosts the touring series “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema”—including, this week, Krzysztof Zanussi’s Camouflage (1977) and The Constant Factor (1980). Ben Sachs has the lowdown in our long review. We also recommend The Dance of Reality, the latest from cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, which also screens this week), and Heroes for Sale, a Depression-era drama from “Wild Bill” Wellman (The Public Enemy).
Check out our fresh reviews of: American Jesus, a documentary about commerce and Christianity in America; Black Box, the latest from local writer-director Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids); Chinese Puzzle, a screwball comedy from French director Cedric Klapisch (When the Cat’s Away); Cold in July, a Texas noir starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson; Just a Sigh, with Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne as two strangers who become lovers in Paris; Manakamana, an ethnographic art film from the producers of Leviathan; A Million Ways to Die in the West, a western comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane; The Supreme Price, chronicling the efforts of M.K.O. Abiola and his family to bring democratic reform to Nigeria; and X-Men: Days of Future Past, the seventh—seventh!—installment in the superhero franchise.
Best bets for repertory: Michael Snow’s *Corpus Callosum (2002), Tuesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940), noon Sunday at Music Box with Chicago Opera Theater performing excerpts from its stage adaptation of the film; Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Friday at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art; Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (1942), Sunday at Doc; Pete Docter and Bob Peterson’s Up (2009), Friday at Doc; and Walter Hill’s The Warriors (1979), Monday at Doc.