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This week the Music Box presents the British crime trilogy Red Riding, with a $21 pass good for all three movies. Our new issue includes a long review of the trilogy and individual write-ups of Red Riding: 1974, Red Riding: 1980, and Red Riding: 1983.
The European Union Film Festival continues this week, and we have capsule reviews of six features: Bluebeard, Cell 211, The Collectress, Father of My Children, Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss, and Katanga Business. See also last week's long review of the Romanian feature The Other Irene, which screens this week as part of the festival.
Other new movies reviewed this week include Don Argott's The Art of the Steal, about the political battle over the art collection of pharmaceutical baron Albert C. Barnes; Green Zone, the latest thriller from Bourne collaborators Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass; Our Family Wedding, a romantic comedy by Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar); Remember Me, with Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson; Films by Lynne Sachs, a pair of shorts that deal with "family, history and oblivion"; and The Yellow Handkerchief, adapted from a short story by Pete Hamill.
Among this week's best repertory offerings: Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, screening Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box (not midnight, as listed in the paper—sorry!); Rian Johnson's Brick, screening Saturday at midnight as part of the Facets Night School series;
Judith Malina's Shirley Clarke's The Connection, showing Friday night at University of Chicago Film Studies Center; Bela Tarr's The Man From London, showing all week at Facets Cinematheque; George Cukor's remake of A Star Is Born, starring James Mason and Judy Garland and screening Tuesday night at Film Center; and Walter Hill's street-gang classic The Warriors, screening Friday and Saturday at midnight at Music Box.