From now through the end of 2011 you can expect a steady diet of Oscar bait in theaters, which doesn’t at all guarantee good films but offers considerably more promise than the summer blockbuster season. This week the main attraction is Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, a biopic of the storied FBI director. Check out our long review.
Also this week we’ve got a sidebar for week two of Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, with new reviews of Cho Dependent, the new Margaret Cho concert doc, and the Chilean boxing drama My Last Round (yeah, I thought it was about drinking too). Among the other new movies reviewed this week are Bobby Fischer Against the World, an HBO documentary about the larger-than-life chess master; Into the Abyss, Werner Herzog’s documentary about a death-row inmate in Texas; Revenge of the Electric Car, Chris Paine’s sequel to his 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (also screening this week), and The Women on the 6th Floor, a French comedy starring Fabrice Luchini, with a supporting performance from Carmen Maura.