Dinosaur 13 tells the true story of the legal battle that followed the 1990 discovery of Sue the dinosaur in South Dakota, before she came to the Field Museum—except that it’s not the truth, or at least the whole truth. Our long review is here. Also this week, Ben Sachs considers A Summer’s Tale (1996), Eric Rohmer’s classic story of young love, and we have a recommended review of Land Ho!, a lovely little indie starring Paul Eenhoorn (This Is Martin Bonner) and directed by Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) and Martha Stephens.
Check out our new reviews of: Are You Here, a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis that marks the feature film debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (for some bizarre reason, no one in Chicago would book it, so you’ll have to trek out to Barrington to see it): The Forgotten Kingdom, a children’s film from South Africa about a man who returns to the village where he grew up and reconnects with his tribal heritage; From Above, a children’s film about the lifelong romance between a farmer’s son and a Native American woman who yearns for the big city; If I Stay, with Chloe Grace Moretz as a high schooler who survives a car crash but slips into a come and has an out-of-body experience; Moebius, an extreme sexual psychodrama by Korean bad boy Kim Ki-duk; The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss as unhappy spouses who make a weekend getaway and encounter dopplegangers of themselves; Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a sequel to the 2005 neonoir hit Sin City; The Trip to Italy, a sequel to the 2011 road comedy The Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Bryson; Waltzes From Vienna, an early and uncharacteristic Alfred Hitchcock drama about composer Johann Strass II; and When the Game Stands Tall, an inspiration football drama with Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, and Laura Dern.
Best bets for repertory: James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), screening outdoors Wednesday at Millennium Park; Howard Hawk’s The Dawn Patrol (1930), Saturday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Frank Borzage’s History Is Made at Night (1937), Wednesday at Doc; David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (2001), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Mel Brooks’s The Producers (1968), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Bill Duke’s A Rage in Harlem (1991), Sunday at Gene Siskel Film Center; and Hitchcock’s Under Capricorn (1949), Thursday at Doc.
Also this week, Terror in the Aisles presents the 1989 shocker Night of the Demons at the Davis in Lincoln Square, with a personal appearance by star Linnea Quigley, and Nightingale presents two shorts programs: Dearest Chicago, Please Love Me! Yours Truly, Detroit and Basement Media Fest: Lo-Def, Lo-Tech, Lo-Fi.