Fred Camper contributes this week's long review, considering the comic use of synchronous and asynchronous movement in the films of Jacques Tati. Gene Siskel Film Center screens restored prints of Tati's six features this month, and this week is your chance to see Mon Oncle (Sat 2/13, 3 PM; Wed 2/17, 6 PM) and Traffic (Sat 2/13, 5:15 PM; Mon 2/15, 6 PM).
Also this week, check out our new reviews of Gone Rogue: An Iconoclastic Look at Church and State, which collects four shorts by local filmmaker Tom Palazzolo; Life As Lincoln, a new Split Pillow documentary about three men who make public appearances as the 16th president (see also the Our Town story by Ed M. Koziarski); Orgasm Inc., a documentary about Big Pharma's pursuit of the Big O; Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, adapted from the young-adult novel by Rick Riordan; Saint John of Las Vegas, an offbeat comedy with Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Peter Dinklage, and Sarah Silverman; Still Bill, a profile of 70s singer-songwriter Bill Withers ("Lean on Me"); Valentine's Day, a star-heavy rom-com by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall; and The Wolfman, with Benicio Del Toro becoming a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.
In addition to the Tati movies, there are some swell revivals this week: John Ford's The Searchers at Doc FIlms (Thu 2/18, 7 PM); Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's Singin' in the Rain at Gene Siskel Film Center (Fri 2/12, 6 PM); the madcap comedy Hellzapoppin', introduced by cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, at Doc Films (Tue 2/16, 9:35 PM); and John Badham's disco sensation Saturday Night Fever, introduced by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions, at Music Box (Tue 2/16, 7:30 PM).
Looking for a movie to share with that special someone? Music Box screens Casablanca (Sun 2/14, 2 PM), Bank of America Cinema has Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night (Sat 2/13, 8 PM), and Doc Films presents Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli (Sun 2/14, 7 PM) and Lars von Trier's Antichrist (Sat 2/13, 7 and 9:15 PM, and Sun 2/14, 1 PM).
Oh wait, scratch that last one.