• Chris Sader in Sadermania: From Fanship to Friendship

In this week’s long review Drew Hunt takes dead aim at the online phenomenon of “vulgar auteurism,” a school of criticism elevating contemporary schlock meisters to the level of Ford, Hawks, and Hitchcock. His case in point: Paul W.S. Anderson, director of such fanboy favorites as Mortal Kombat, Death Race, and now Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment in the durable movie/video game franchise. We’ve also got recommended reviews for How to Survive a Plague, David France’s documentary about the AIDS political action group ACT UP, and The Master, the latest from the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson (you can’t keep your auteurs straight without a scorecard). And the United Film Festival—Chicago runs Saturday through Thursday at Music Box; our sidebar features reviews of the local productions Chicago Farmer, Fast Talk, and Sadermania: From Fanship to Friendship.