Nuns, superspies, wild animals, and the rest of this week's movies



No, Robert Smith hasn't been working out--thats Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place
  • No, Robert Smith hasn't been working out—that's Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place
Roughly 57 million people worldwide have already seen Skyfall, so maybe I won't get the usual golden shower for revealing a few plot details in my long review this week. We've also got a Reader Recommends for Silver Linings Playbook, a fine new comedy from David O. Russell (Spanking the Monkey, Flirting With Disaster, Three Kings, I ♥ Huckabees) and new recommended reviews for The Suitor, another installment in the Film Center's fine retrospective on French comedian Pierre Etaix, and This Must Be the Place, with Sean Penn as a depressed Dublin rocker who sets out to find the Nazi guard who tormented his father (one look at the photo at left was all I needed to put this on my gotta-see list).

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
  • Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
More new reviews comin' atcha: Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), with Keira Knightley as Anna and Jude Law as Karenin; Band of Sisters, a documentary about left-leaning nuns by local filmmaker Mary Fishman; Bestiaire, a Canadian documentary about humans interacting with exotic animals; Chasing Ice, a documentary about National Geographic photographer James Balog, whose Extreme Ice Survey records the shrinking of the earth's glaciers; Land of Milk and Honey, another entry in the Etaix series; 1911 Revolution, Jackie Chan's saga of the nationalist revolution in China; Shaolin, a remake of the old Jet Li favorite The Shaolin Temple; and Sushi: The Global Catch, a documentary about the taste sensation that's imperiling the oceans.

Vincent DOnofrio in Full Metal Jacket
  • Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket
Best bets for repertory: Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; Terence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978), Thursday at the Logan; Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique (1955), Monday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987), Sunday morning at Facets Cinematheque, with Jonathan Rosenbaum leading a postscreening discussion; Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Friday and Sunday at Doc; a $5 double feature of Monkey Business (1931), with the Marx Brothers, and The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935), with W.C. Fields, Wednesday at the Portage, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society; Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan; and Wes Anderson's Rushmore (1998), Wednesday at the Logan.

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