This week we review four films from the Polish Film Festival in America, which opens this Friday and runs through Sunday, November 22, at Facets Cinematheque, Society for Arts, and Rosemont 18 out in the ‘burbs. And check out our new reviews of: Barista, a documentary about coffee and the overcaffeinated young people who prepare it; Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, the annual three-day blowout of abstract and experimental work; I Smile Back, starring Sarah Silverman as a suburban wife and mother who can’t get enough booze and drugs; Love, an erotic epic (in 3-D, no less) by French bad boy Gaspar Noe (I Stand Alone); Radical Grace, a locally produced documentary about progressive nuns clashing with the Vatican; Spectre, the latest James Bond adventure; and Victoria, a suspense movie shot in one extended take.
Best bets for repertory: John Landis’s Animal House (1978), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark’s Century Centre; Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Early Spring (1956), Saturday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; Walt Disney’s Fantasia (1940), Sunday afternoon at Music Box; Russ Meyers’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Eric Rohmer’s Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1986), Monday at Doc; Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975), Wednesday at Music Box as part of Sound Opinions at the Movies; Jacques Rivette’s Out 1 (1971), all week at Gene Siskel Film Center; and Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly (19761), Wednesday at Doc.
There are so many special events this week, I hesitate to call them special. But they are! Clint Eastwood’s divisive American Sniper screens Wednesday as part of Columbia College’s Cinema Slapdown series. The Chicago Comedy Film Festival runs Friday and Saturday at the New 400. Filmmaker Josh Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) comes to town for a screening of his latest documentary, The Look of Silence. Mostra: Brazilian Film Series continues this week, with screenings all over town. And Music Box hosts a program with David Mitchell, author of the sci-fi novel Cloud Atlas, and filmmaker Lana Wachowski (The Matrix), who brought it to the screen.