Freshly nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category, Jehane Noujaim’s The Square chronicles the Egyptian Revolution from Mubarak to Morsi and beyond, focusing on a small group of protesters who occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square and watched their crusade for more representative government yield an elected government that didn’t represent them. It opens Friday for a weeklong run at Gene Siskel Film Center, and it shouldn’t be missed.
Check out this week’s issue for new reviews of: The Best Offer, a new feature by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), starring Geoffrey Rush as an icy art dealer; Big Bad Wolves, Israeli torture porn about a disgraced cop and a vigilante sticking it to a suspected child killer; The Legend of Hercules, an action flick by Cutthroat Island auteur Renny Harlin; Mortified Nation, a documentary in which people read from the diaries they kept as teens; Old Goats, a “fiction-documentary hybrid” about a trio of oldsters macking on the ladies; and Propaganda, a found-footage documentary in the form of a North Korean diatribe against the West.
Best bets for repertory: Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991), next Thursday at Doc; George Stevens’s Gunga Din (1939), next Thursday at the Pickwick in Park Ridge; George Cukor’s Little Women (1933), Monday at Doc; Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita (1962), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; and Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession (1981), Sunday and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center (check out Ben Sachs’s long review here).
Local-history buffs take note: next Thursday, South Side Projections presents Picasso and the Mayor, a program of two 1967 shorts commenting on the iconic sculpture in Daley Plaza; filmmaker Tom Palazzolo attends.