• Dallas Buyers Club

This week the Polish Film Festival in America, the largest of its kind outside Poland, celebrates its 25th annual gathering in Chicago, opening Saturday with Andrzej Wajda’s long-awaited biopic Walesa, Man of Hope. And the LGBT fest returns after a one-year hiatus, rechristened Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival; Drew Hunt has four stars for Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake.

We also recommend Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto; Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, Saturday at Nightingale (check out Jake Fried’s Down Into Nothing on Vimeo); The Motel Life, an adaptation of the Willy Vlautin novel; and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, a new documentary by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground). The apocalyptic teen romance How I Live Now and the Marvel Comics fantasy Thor: The Dark World? Not so much.

  • Duck Soup

Best bets for repertory: Claire Denis’s Beau Travail (1999) and Nenette and Boni (1996), kicking off a monthlong retrospective on the French filmmaker at Gene Siskel Film Center; David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and even Zeppo in Duck Soup (1933), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Good Men, Good Women (1995), Monday at Doc; Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky (1976), Wednesday at Doc; Haile Gerima’s Sankofa, tonight at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts; and Ben Stiller’s Zoolander (2001), Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan.

Don’t forget the ambitious Mostra IV: Brazilian Film Series in Chicago, with more shows around town through Thursday, or Natural Life, a documentary about young people serving sentences of life without parole, at Film Center with director Tirtza Even attending.

* This week’s screenings.