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There's still time to see Restrepo, the electrifying Afghanistan war documentary about a 15-man platoon trying to stay alive in the Korangal Valley as Taliban fighters attack on a daily basis. The movie closes today at Century 12 and CineArts 6 in Evanston, but Pipers Alley is hanging on to it for at least another week. My long review of the movie—and of The Oath, about two lackeys for Osama bin Laden and what happened to them after 9/11—is here.
Also in this week's issue, we have a Critic's Choice for the classic Howard Hawks western Rio Bravo, screening Saturday and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center, and new reviews for: GasLand, a documentary about Halliburton's sketchy drilling procedures for natural gas, screening at Chicago Filmmakers; Inception, the latest mindfuck from director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige); The Living Wake, an indie comedy starring Chicago boy Mike O'Connell and Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland), screening at Facets Cinematheque; Predators, the latest installment in the long-running sci-fi/action franchise; Something Better Somewhere Else, an anthology film by local writer-director Ron Lazzeretti, showing at Film Center; The Sorceror's Apprentice, a Disney fantasy with Jay Baruchel and Nicolas Cage; and Wild Grass, a Cannes prize winner by the esteemed French director Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad and Hiroshima, Mon Amour), opening at Music Box.
As far as repertory screenings go, your best bet is probably the aforementioned Rio Bravo. But don't forget about: Ernst Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946), screening Friday at Doc Films; Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993), introduced by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at the Music Box on Wednesday; the Clara Bow silent comedy It (1927), showing Sunday afternoon at the Wilmette; and the Douglas Fairbanks version of Robin Hood (1922), screening Wednesday night at Doc.