Heavy precipitation is expected this weekend as two movies with Carey Mulligan open simultaneously: Never Let Me Go, the screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel by director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 high-finance drama Wall Street. I lost count of how many tears silently well and drop down Mulligan's cheeks in these two movies combined, but it's probably in the double digits.
New capsule reviews this week: Buried, with Ryan Reynolds as a contractor in Iraq who's buried alive by insurgents; Catfish, another is-it-or-isn't-it-a-documentary, about a New York photographer who drives out to Michigan to meet his online fan club and gets a surprise or two; Centurion, a sword-and-sandals epic by Neil Marshall (The Descent); Colin, a low-budget zombie flick that unfolds from a zombie's point of view; Devil, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense); I'm Still Here, a head-slapping new take from Cliff Doerksen in the wake of the news that the documentary was a big hoax; and Jack Goes Boating, a romantic drama that marks the directing debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Best bets for repertory include Egon, a fanciful biopic of the expressionist painter Egon Schiele by underground filmmaker Keith Dukavicius, next Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center; The Fearmakers (1958), a horror-noir hybrid that wraps up the Music Box's month-long series on director Jacques Tourneur; Golub (1988), a Kartemquin Films documentary about the artist Leon Golub, next Thursday at Block Museum at Northwestern; Killer's Kiss (1955), the debut of director Stanley Kubrick, screening Wednesday at Block Films; Little Women
(1994), Gillian Armstrong's (1933), George Cukor's adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, next Thursday at Doc; and Whirlpool (1949), Otto Preminger's thriller about a kleptomaniac controlled by a hypnotist, Friday and Tuesday night at Film Center.