• Mysteries of Lisbon

In this week’s long review, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky leaps head-first into Mysteries of Lisbon, an epic narrative puzzle by the late, great Raul Ruiz (Time Regained, Three Lives and Only One Death). The movie, which runs four-and-a-half hours plus an intermission, opens Friday at Music Box, with shows daily at 1:40 and 6:45 PM.

Also in this week’s issue, as part of our fall arts package, I profile documentary maker Debra Tolchinsky, whose video about the Northwestern University debate team, Fast Talk, makes its local premiere on October 1 at Gene Siskel Film Center. There are also previews of ten new movies opening through the end of November, including David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, George Clooney’s The Ides of March, Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Simon Curtis’s My Week With Marilyn, and Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In.