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This week we review Beeswax, the third feature by the sure-handed indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation). The movie screens all week at Gene Siskel Film Center, and Bujalski will attend the 8 PM screening on Friday, the 5 and 7:45 PM screenings on Saturday, and the 3 PM screening on Sunday.
Also in this week's issue are Critic's Choice boxes for Fish Tank, the new feature by Andrea Arnold (Red Road), and The Last Station, a drama about the last days of Leo Tolstoy, starring Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy, Kerry Condon, and Helen Mirren in an Oscar-nominated performance.
New films reviewed this week include: Black Mail, a video by local hero Hurt McDermott; Dear John, an egregious chick flick with Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum; Edge of Darkness, featuring Mel Gibson's return to the screen after causing all the wars in the world; From Paris With Love, a lame thriller with John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; Frozen, a variation on Open Water with snow intead of water; Lady Terminator, screening Saturday at midnight as part of Facets Night School; Mystery Team, a goofy comedy with midnight shows Friday and Saturday at Music Box; The Necessities of Life, about an Inuit hunter imprisoned in a wretched TB hospital; Ward No. 6, which kicks off Film Center's month-long series of Chekhov adaptations; and When in Rome, a rom-com with Kristen Bell of Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Topping this week's revivals are Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), screening next Thursday at Doc Films; Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), screening in 35-millimeter next Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Jacques Tati's Jour de Fete (1949) Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953), which kick off Film Center's month-long retrospective on the French comedy director; Erich von Stroheim's Queen Kelly (1928), screening Friday and Tuesday night at Film Center; John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952), showing next Thursday at Doc Films; and Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. (1924), screening Friday night at Symphony Center with live orchestral accompaniment.