John Wojtowicz in The Dog
  • John Wojtowicz in The Dog

Dog Day Afternoon was based on true events, but the you can get the real story in The Dog, Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s documentary about John Wojtowicz, whose infamous bank heist inspired the New Hollywood staple. You can see The Dog, which earned three stars from J.R. Jones, all week at Facets. Meanwhile, Ben Sachs takes a look at the evangelical fantasy actioner Left Behind—three guesses as to how many stars he gave it—and considers the long, strange career of Nicolas Cage.

  • Men, Women & Children

In the new issue, we have a recommended review of Last Days in Vietnam, a documentary about Vietnam and the fall of Saigon screening at the Music Box. More films reviewed this week: Gone Girl, the new David Fincher thriller based on the popular novel by local writer Gillian Flynn; Last Weekend, with Patricia Clarkson as the matriarch of a dysfunctional affluent family; and Men, Women & Children, a melodrama about the dangers of sex and technology directed by Jason Reitman (Juno).

  • In The Realm of the Senses

Best bets for repertory: Avanti!, the Billy Wilder film, introduced by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum Tuesday at the Gene Siskel Film Center; Francois Ozon’s 8 Women, Tuesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses and Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, screening in a double feature Saturday and kicking off an ongoing Oshima series at the Gene Siskel Film Center; and Josef Von Sternberg’s Shanghai Express, Saturday and Sunday at Music Box.