by J.R. Jones
The Chicago International Film Festival continues through next Thursday, and this week's issue includes reviews of several new films: Carancho, an Argentinean thriller starring Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes); Fair Game, with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts as Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame; Hereafter, the latest from Clint Eastwood; The Housemaid, a caustic South Korean thriller by Im Sang-soo (The President's Last Bang); The Minutemen, a documentary on the eponymous immigration vigilantes; and Trust, with Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as the parents of a girl victimized by an online predator.
Winnebago Man, Ben Steinbauer's hilarous and provocative documentary about viral-video phenomenon Jack Rebney, was the subject of a long review back in June, when it previewed at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It returns this week for a full run.
New capsule reviews this week: Inside Job, a documentary by Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) about the 2008 financial meltdown ; Last Train Home, a documentary about Chinese families struggling to survive the nation's new economic realities; My Soul to Take, the latest Wes Craven horror flick; Nowhere Boy, a biopic of John Lennon that focuses on the musician's teenage years; RED, with Bruce Willis as a retired CIA agent rounding up his fellow oldsters (Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich) for one last adventure; Sailor's Luck, a little-known 1933 comedy by the great Raoul Walsh; Skirt Day, with Isabelle Adjani as a French high school teacher who takes her class hostage; and Tehran Tehran, a two-part Iranian film centered on the title city.
Best bets for repertory: Bram Stoker's Dracula, Francis Ford Coppola's experiment in Grand Guignol, at Century 12 and CineArts 6; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), the German expressionist masterpiece, Tuesday at the Portage; Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) the Kubrick classic, Wednesday at Doc Films; The Lady From Shanghai (1948), Orson Welles's film noir classic; McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), the inimitable revisionist western by Robert Altman, Monday at Doc; The Trial, Welles's screen version of the Kafka novel, next Thursday at Block Museum; and Walsh's incendiary White Heat (1949), with James Cagney as the world's most dangerous mama's boy, Saturday and Wednesday at Film Center.