The best, the worst, and the rest of this week's movies

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This dog wont hunt: Darling Companion, among the years worst movies
  • This dog won't hunt: Darling Companion, among the year's worst movies
This week, to augment the Photo Issue, Ben Sachs, Drew Hunt, and I are calling our favorite films of the year. If you're a sucker for this sort of year-end blather, check out the Bleader for our 2012 genre picks (animation, human-interest doc, comedy, political doc, sci-fi/fantasy movie, action/suspense movie, horror movie), plus the year's best revival and the worst of 2012.

John Magaro in Not Fade Away
  • John Magaro in Not Fade Away
As you know, the big Christmas releases are flooding theater screens, but there are a couple of stragglers looking for a curious eye this week. Check out our new reviews of The Big Picture, a French mystery by Eric Lartigau about a Paris businessman who suspects his wife is cheating; Not Fade Away, the big-screen debut of Sopranos creator David Chase, a tale of New Jersey youth intoxicated by the Rolling Stones in the late 60s; Parental Guidance, with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as an elderly couple babysitting their grandchildren; and Promised Land, with Gus Van Sant directing Matt Damon and John Krasinski in a script they cowrote, based on an environmental-themed story by Dave Eggers.

Best bets for repertory: David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), daily at Music Box; Michael Roemer's classic Nothing But a Man (1964), Friday and Saturday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Pim de la Parra's One People (1976), daily at Facets Cinematheque; F.W. Murnau's majestic Sunrise (1927), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box; and Anthony Mann's Winchester '73 (1950), Sunday and Thursday at Film Center.

Sunrise and Nothing But a Man follow below in their entirety—happy new year to all!

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