Here at the Reader we pride ourselves on covering yesterday’s films today, so in this week’s issue we review Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, which got a big promotional push a week ago. What, you’ve forgotten already? Well, this will remind you. Also this week, Ben Sachs reviews Tommy Lee Jones’s new western The Homesman, and we’ve got a roundup of the first Chicago Italian Film Festival, screening all week at Music Box
New movies reviewed this week: Coming to Terms, a masterful drama about assisted suicide from veteran independent (and Chicago native) Jon Jost, who attends the screenings; Force Majeure, a Swedish drama about an upper-class family vacationing unhappily in the French Alps; Foxcatcher, the latest from director Bennet Miller (Moneyball, Capote), starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, the latest installment in the young-adult sci-fi franchise; and National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman’s three-hour documentary study of the London art museum.
Best bets for repertory: Josef von Sternberg’s The Devil Is a Woman (1935), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low (1962), Wednesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Alain Berliner’s My Life in Pink (1997), Monday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957), Saturday and Wednesday at Film Center; and Walter Hill’s The Warriors (1979), Wednesday and Thursday at the Logan.