by J.R. Jones
One of the year's best movies—and definitely the longest—screens this weekend at Music Box: the full-length, 330-minute cut of Carlos, which chronicles the 20-year career of the international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal (our long review is here). Contary to the popular wisdom that attention spans are continuously contracting, Music Box has programmed three epic thrillers this year: the French gangster saga Mesrine (two parts, 246 minutes), the British police procedural Red Riding (three parts, 295 minutes), and now this (a 165-minute cut screens Monday through Friday for the faint of heart, or faint of ass, I should say).
Also this week, we have a Critic's Choice for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a shoo-in for the Oscars, and new reviews of: 1929, the Great Depression, a short documentary that parallels the 1929 stock market crash with the 2008 financial meltdown; Paths of Glory: Anatomy of a Film, in which local director David Spodak dissects the classic antiwar film by Stanley Kubrick; and Welcome to the Rileys, an indie drama with James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Kristen Stewart.
Best bets for repertory: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker's Airplane! (1980), with the late Leslie Nielsen, Saturday and Monday through Thursday at the Vic; Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; and Joseph H. Lewis's So Dark the Night (1946), Friday and Tuesday night at Gene Siskel Film Center.
I should also note that some of the better-reviewed movies from earlier this year are getting end-of-the-year return engagements on local screens, so if you want to get an early start on that Oscar ballot, Luca Guadignino's I Am Love, with Tilda Swinton, screens Friday night and Sunday afternooon at Doc Films; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is showing at Doc on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon; and the cooking doc Kings of Pastry returns to the Film Center with shows daily.