Next to Her, screening at the Chicago International Film Festival
  • Next to Her, screening at the Chicago International Film Festival

Week one of the Chicago International Film Festival isn’t even over yet, and already we’ve got ten more new reviews of movies screening during the second week, along with repeat screenings of movies that premiered last week and two notable revivals (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Roger and Me, the second introduced by filmmaker Michael Moore).

  • Whiplash

New movies reviewed this week include: The Best of Me, with Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as former high school sweethearts reunited two decades later; The Book of Life, a Pixar knockoff based on the Mexican Day of the Dead folklore; Expedition to the End of the World, a Danish documentary about a crew of scientists exploring the snow-covered fjords in northeast Greenland that are no longer snow-covered; Fury, a big-budget World War II adventure starring Brad Pitt; The Green Prince, a documentary about the son of a Hamas leader who became a mole for the Israeli secret service; Keep On Keepin’ On, which documents the friendship between nonagenarian jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and the young pianist Justin Kauflin; Rudderless, starring Billy Crudup as a man who uncovers and begins performing songs his son left behind at his death; St. Vincent, Bill Murray’s doomed 2015 Oscar quest; 20,000 Days on Earth, a blend of fiction and documentary starring Australian rocker Nick Cave; Whiplash, a drama about a young jazz drummer and his sadistic teacher at a New York music conservatory; and The Yank, a comedy about an Irish-American finding love in Dublin, which opens this year’s Chicago Comedy Film Festival.

  • Gremlins

Best bets for repertory: Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), late-night Tuesday through Thursday at the Logan; Nagisa Oshima’s The Ceremony (1971), Saturday and Wednesday, and The Man Who Left His Will on Film, Saturday and Thusday, at Gene Siskel Film Center; Joe Dante’s Gremlins (1984), late-night Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan; John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), late-night Tuesday through Thursday at the Logan; Richard Pryor—Live in Concert (1979), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, the second show introduced by Jonathan Rosenbaum; and Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen (2009), Sunday and Monday at Film Center.

  • Screening as part of the Massacre at the Portage Theater

Special events this week include a David Bowie film festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago Film Archives’ open screening for home movies in 8-millimeter, 16-millimeter, and Super-8; and the Massacre, a 24-hour marathon of horror flicks at the newly reopened Portage Theater.