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Obviously the action this week is at River East 21, where most screenings take place for the Chicago International Film Festival. You can check out our extensive coverage here, and Ed Koziarski has a story on the local "Illinois[e]makers" series. The festival runs through Wednesday, October 20.
Also in this week's issue is a Critic's Choice box for It's Kind of a Funny Story, a deft comedy by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar) that features Zach Galifianakis, Aasiv Mandvi, and Jim Gaffigan. We have new reviews for I Spit on Your Grave, a remake of the notorious 70s shocker; Internal Systems, a program of experimental shorts from the 70s by School of the Art Institute alumnus Coleen Fitzgibbon; Life As We Know It, the latest Katherine Heigl rom-com; War Don Don, a documentary about the civil war in Sierra Leone; and The White Meadows, an Iranian drama by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iron Island, The Twilight).
This week also brings the sixth annual Music Box Massacre, which runs 24 hours from 11:30 AM on Saturday through Sunday morning. You can tell school's back in by all the great repertory stuff this week: Delmer Daves's Dark Passage (1947), screening Wednesday night at Northbrook Public Library; Howard Hawk's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), all week at Gene Siskel Film Center; Frank Tashlin's The Girl Can't Help It (1955) at the same venue on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday; Raoul Walsh's High Sierra (1941) at Film Center on Saturday and Monday; Charles Burnett's debut film Killer of Sheep (1977), showing Thursday at Block Films; Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962) on Wednesday at Doc Films; Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali (1955), screening Thursday at Doc; and an archival print of Anthony Mann's Reign of Terror on Tuesday at Film Center.