by J.R. Jones
Looking for a holiday movie to scandalize Grandma? Look no further: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star as prison lovers who refuse to be separated in I Love You Phillip Morris, the directorial debut of Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It's the subject of this week's long review.
We also have new reviews of: Bhutto, a documentary about the assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto; Close to Home: Great Short Films of 2010, which screens Friday only at Chicago Filmmakers; Heartless, with Jim Sturgess as a young photographer who makes a deal with the devil; Johnny Mad Dog, whose title character is a ruthless child soldier in Liberia's civil war; Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, about a meek fishwife who doubles as a contract killer; Tibet in Song, a documentary about the Chinese persecution of Tibetan musicologist Ngawang Choepel; and Tiny Furniture, a semi-autobiographical indie about a young filmmaker returning from college to live with her mother and sister in Manhattan.
Best bets for repertory include: Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen's Oscar winner, screening Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Coup de Torchon (1981), an adaptation of Jim Thompson's classic pulp novel Pop. 1280 by French director Bertrand Tavernier, screening Friday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art; and George Cukor's classic comedy Holiday (1938), with shows Wednesday afternoon and evening at Northbrook Public Library.