Producer Caryn Capotosto, a Glen Ellyn native who studied film at Columbia College and University of Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles, returns to town this weekend to speak at the 7:15 PM screening of her new documentary Best of Enemies at Landmark’s Century Centre. The movie looks at the prime-time debates between liberal novelist Gore Vidal and conservative magazine editor William F. Buckley Jr., and it’s the subject of this week’s long review. Also in this week’s issue, Ben Sachs samples the Italian drama The Dinner and asks to speak with the chef.
Opening this week, and freshly reviewed: The End of the Tour, about the weeklong encounter in 1995 between Rolling Stone reviewer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and superbrain novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel); Gemma Bovery, a French comedy with Fabrice Luchini as a literature buff, along with a young woman who seems to be the incarnation of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary; The Gift, a thriller from actor-writer-director Joel Edgerton in which a successful businessman (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Rebecca Hall) are stalked by an old grade-school classmate of the husband’s; A Lego Brickumentary, a feature-length commercial for the multicolored plastic bricks; Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Meryl Streep as an aging rocker; The Runner, a political drama starring Nicolas Cage and set amid the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010; Runoff, an impressive first feature about a farming family driven to ecological crime; Shaun the Sheep Movie, the latest clay animation farce from Aardman Animations (Chicken Run); and 3-1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, which documents the trial of a Florida man who opened fire on four black teenagers in a gas station parking lot.
Best bets for repertory: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner’s Ernest & Celestine (2010), Saturday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Orson Welles’s F for Fake (1973), Friday at Doc; Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Wednesday at Doc; Bill Forsythe’s Housekeeping (1987), Wednesday at Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Auditorium; Harun Farocki’s The Interview (1996), Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers and Wednesday at Columbia College Hokin Hall; Welles’s The Lady From Shanghai (1948), Saturday and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Speedy (1928), starring Harold Lloyd, Saturday afternoon at Music Box with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott; and Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), Friday and Saturday at Film Center.
Don’t forget these special events: on Saturday, Black Harvest Film Festival opens at Film Center with the shorts program “A Black Harvest Feast,” and on Wednesday, South Side Projections presents The Shepherd of the Night Flock (1975), about the “jazz ministry” of Rev. John Garcia Gensel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan.