This Week's Movie Action

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Everything Strange and New
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In the new issue I review Death at a Funeral, Chris Rock's new remake of the 2007 British farce. Andrea Gronvall has a Critic's Choice box for The Secret in Their Eyes, the Argentinean thriller that won this year's Oscar for best foreign film. And we have a sidebar for the second and last week of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, with new reviews by me, Gronvall, Cliff Doerksen, Joshua Katzman, and Peter Margasak.

Other films newly reviewed this week: The Back-up Plan, a tepid rom-com that brings Jennifer Lopez back to the screen; Everything Strange and New, an impressive feature debut by Oakland indie Frazer Bradshaw; The Losers, a watchable comic-book adaptation with Zoe Saldana and Jason Patric; Pomegranates and Myrrh, a drama about Palestinian newlyweds that screens as part of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival; Rebuilding Hope and 22 Years From Home, a pair of documentaries about the Lost Boys of Sudan; A Shine of Rainbows, with Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen as an Irish couple uneasily adopting a young boy; and Soundtrack for a Revolution, a musical documentary about the civil rights movement with performances by John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, Richie Havens, the Roots, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Notable repertory screenings this week include Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), which screens Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), showing Friday and Tuesday in 35-millimeter at the Gene Siskel Film Center; I'm No Angel (1933) with Mae West, screening Saturday at Bank of America Cinema; and Louis Malle's Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), which shows Sunday night at Doc Films.

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