This week's long review considers three video compilations of moments from Sesame Street, and appearances by the Sesame Street Muppets on network and syndicated television, that screen as part of the Gene Siskel Film Center's annual Jim Henson retrospective. Muppet performer Fran Brill will attend the Saturday 7:30 PM screening of Sesame Street at 40: Milestones on the Street, and the Reader is hosting a reception afterward.
In this week's issue you'll find Critic's Choice boxes for Unstoppable, a runaway-train thriller by Tony Scott (Top Gun), and sidebars for the second week of the Polish Film Festival in America and Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival.
We also have new reviews of Cool It, an eco-documentary by Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg; Four Lions, a British comedy about bumbling Islamic terrorists trying to blow themselves up at the London Marathon; The Freebie, a romantic comedy with Dax Shephard and Katie Aselton, the latter of whom directed; Garbo, the Spy, a documentary about Spanish anti-Nazi spy Juan Pujol; In My Sleep, a drama about a sleepwalker who begins to suspect he may be a murderer; Left Bank, a first-rate horror flick from Belgium; Morning Glory, with Rachel McAdams trying to revitalize a low-rated TV morning show; 127 Hours, the much-hyped Danny Boyle drama about a rock climber who gets himself into a real jam; Rabia, a Spanish thriller about a Colombian guest worker who conceals himself in the house where his girlfriend is a maid; Reenactments, a program of experimental shorts; and Room in Rome, a Spanish romance about two women tourists mating and debating in a swank hotel room.
Best repertory this week: Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour (1967), showing Wednesday at Alliance Francais; David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), screening in a new print all week at Music Box; King Vidor's The Fountainhead (1949), screening from an archival print on Friday at Block Films; Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), showing Monday at Doc Films; Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960), showing Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), screening Wednesday at Doc; and Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. (1927), screening Sunday afternoon at the Wilmette.