• Gambit

In this week’s long review, Ben Sachs looks at two indie dramas featuring name actors—Gambit, with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz; Blood Ties, with Clive Owen and Billy Crudup—that went begging for distribution and ultimately wound up at your friendly neighborhood Redbox. We’ve also got new reviews of: As It Is in Heaven, an indie drama about a religious sect in rural Kentucky whose latest member claims to be a prophet; Colette, a Czech drama adapted from Arnost Lustig’s novel The Girl From Antwerp; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second installment in the sci-fi franchise reboot; The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a documentary about strange events on a Pacific island in the 1930s; and A Run for Your Money, a 1949 British comedy about two Welsh coal miners traveling to London to collect a sweepstakes prize.

  • Snowpiercer

I know you were busy last weekend shooting off fireworks outside my bedroom window, so here are a few titles still playing this week that you might have overlooked: Begin Again, the latest soft-rock musical by John Carney (Once); Life Itself, Steve James’s documentary portrait of movie critic Roger Ebert; The New Rijksmuseum, a three-hours-plus documentary about the ten-year renovation of the venerable Amsterdam museum; Snowpiercer, a dystopian sci-fi thriller from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host); and Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy as an unhappy woman who hits the road with pill-popping grandma Susan Sarandon.

  • Fat Girl

Best bets for repertory: Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl (2001), screening by DVD projection at Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, with free admission; Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night (1964), daily at Music Box; Robert Hamer’s Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Saturday and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center; George Roy Hill’s Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Friday at University of Chicago Doc Films; and David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960), and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), all screening as part of Music Box’s “Son of 70mm Film Festival.”