Guerrillas, gamma people, and the rest of this week's screenings



The Gamma People
  • The Gamma People
Check out this week's issue for our review of Escape From Tomorrow, a guerrilla movie shot at Disneyland and Disney World by actors and crew who were posing as guests at the parks. Ben Sachs recommends Jodie Mack: Let Your Light Shine, a shorts program from the School of the Art Institute alumnus. And we've got new reviews of All Is Lost, with Robert Redford as a solitary boatman lost at sea; Bad Grandpa, the latest from Jackass auteurs Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine; Carrie, with Chloe Grace Moretz taking over for Sissy Spacek as the telekinetic prom queen; The Counselor, a tale of conniving drug dealers south of the border, from director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy; The Gamma People, a 50s sci-fi relic about an Eastern European village controlled by a mad scientist; and Marianna Milhorat: Notions of Space, a program of experimental work by the local artist.

Russian Ark
  • Russian Ark
Best bets for repertory: Hou Hsiao-hsien's City of Sadness (1989), Monday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Michael Reeves's The Conqueror Worm, Saturday and Wednesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; the French documentary Far From Vietnam (1967), with segments by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnes Varda, and Chris Marker, Friday at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art; John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) at Logan, River East 21, and Landmark's Century Centre; last call for the monthlong run of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916), Saturday and Monday at Film Center; John Cassavetes's Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), Wednesday at Doc; Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, all week at Music Box; Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (2002), with four shows this week at Film Center; the George Pal version of The War of the Worlds (1953), Saturday at Music Box, with a lecture about the famous radio version that spooked America; and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man (1973), screening in a new cut with four minutes of restored footage.

This weekend also brings the third Englewood International Film Festival at Chatham 14 and other locations, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival at Music Box and Facets Cinematheque, and Chris & Heather's Halloween Hootenanny, with music and 16-millimeter trailers, at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn.

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