• Criterion Collection
  • Blast of Silence

In this week’s issue Ben Sachs and I name our ten favorite movies to premiere in Chicago in 2013. We’ve got recommended reviews for The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s tale of excess in the 90s financial markets, and Blast of Silence, Allen Baron’s 1961 noir gem about a cheap hood trying to kill a mob boss. And check out our new reviews of Cold Turkey, starring Peter Bogdanovich as the morose father of a fractious Pasadena clan; Grudge Match, with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as aging palookas who meet again the ring; Her, Spike Jonze’s much-praised drama about a lonely bachelor in the near future who falls in love with his artificially intelligent computer operating system; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic starring Idris Elba as the antiapartheid leader; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller’s jacked-up adaptation of the old James Thurber story; and Stranger Things, a British debut feature about a college student who strikes up a friendship with a homeless drifter.

  • Jason and the Argonauts

This is your week for repertory programming, no doubt about it. To honor the great animator Ray Harryhausen, who died this year, Gene Siskel Film Center screens Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). Music Box presents a weeklong run of Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and midnight shows of Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45. And the theater’s series of great screen epics continues through Thursday with Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Doctor Zhivago (1965), Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), John Sturges’s The Great Escape (1963), Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (1963), and Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954).