Marx of the Vampire

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In this week's issue, Noah Berlatsky looks past all the heavy breathing and abstinence allegory to explore the buried class issues in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. I don't guess the above headline would ever have made the print edition, but on the Internet no pun is too obscure.

Restrepo
  • Restrepo

Also this week, we have a Critic's Choice for the Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo, screening at Pipers Alley and Century 12/CineArts 6. Directed by Tim Hetherington (who was also on assignment for Nightline) and Sebastian Junger (who also reported his experiences in Vanity Fair and the nonfiction bestseller War), the movie chronicles the 15-month deployment of a platoon in the Korangal (or Korengal) Valley, nicknamed "the Valley of Death" and considered one of the most dangerous assignments in the world.

Not too many new releases this holiday weekend, but we do have new reviews of the biopic Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (not to be confused with last year's Coco Before Chanel, which screens Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center); Let It Rain, the latest from French writer-director Agnes Jaoui (Look at Me, The Taste of Others); and Love Ranch, which features the first starring performance from Joe Pesci since he bailed on the movie business in 1998.

If you're looking for something to do this week besides listen to firecrackers, check out these repertory screenings: the 50th-anniversary restoration of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) screens Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Preston Sturges's wonderful farce Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) shows Friday night at Doc Films; Reservoir Dogs (1992) opens a month-long Film Center retrospective of films by Quentin Tarantino, as well as those that influenced him, like Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969); and Music Box has Friday and Saturday midnight shows of Michael Showalter's swell cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer.

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