A Page of Madness
  • A Page of Madness

A few notable events this week for Chicago rock fans: Friday at midnight there’s a free screening at the Music Box of Rafa Alcantara’s documentary Decade of Disturbed, which chronicles ten years in the lifespan of the local band Disturbed. And on Saturday at midnight the local outfit Cursed Bird (with current and former members of Del Rey and Head of Femur) will accompany the silent Japanese drama A Page of Madness (1926) at Facets Cinematheque as part of the venue’s popular Night School series.

This week’s issue brings Critic’s Choice boxes for Lebanon, Samuel Maoz’s antiwar drama about rookie Israeli soldiers trying to hold it together inside a tank during the first war in Lebanon; Mesrine, a hell-for-leather French action picture about the 20-year career of bank robber and kidnapper Jacques Mesrine; and Vengeance, a moody Hong Kong actioner from Johnnie To (Election).

We also have new reviews of Flipped, a coming-of-age story set in the early 60s and directed by Rob Reiner; The Last Exorcism, which almost certainly won’t be and was produced by Eli Roth of Inglorious Bastards and Hostel notoriety; Making Plans for Lena, a French drama with a good performance from the striking Chiara Mastroianni (A Christmas Tale); Piranha, a remake of the old Roger Corman shocker by the stomach-turning Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes); and two new works playing in the final week of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Black Harvest festival, Blues March: Soldier Jon Hendricks and the locally produced documentary On the Frontline: Taking Back Our Streets.

Best repertory this week: Val Lewton’s eerie horror film Cat People (1942) screens Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Brett Morgen’s Chicago 10 screens by DVD projection on Tuesday at Transistor; and Frank Borzage’s Moonrise (1948) screens on Saturday at Bank of America Cinema.

Trailers galore after the jump.