Ben Sachs contributes a long review to this week's issue, comparing the South Korean classic The Housemaid (1960) with the new remake by Im Sang-soo (The President's Last Bang, A Good Lawyer's Wife). We also have a Critic's Choice by Andrea Gronvall for the locally made documentary Louder Than a Bomb, which screens all week at Gene Siskel Film Center with filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel appearing at selected shows.
New movies reviewed this week include: Breath, a moody drama by Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring) about an unhappy wife who strikes up a relationship with a death-row inmate; Lemmy: 49% Motherf**cker, 51% Son of a Bitch, which profiles the heavy-metal icon Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead; The Regretters and The Devilles, two short documentaries playing on a double bill tonight at Chicago Filmmakers; and The Wild Triumphs of Martha Colburn, a program of experimental animation next Thursday at Film Center.
Your best bet in repertory this week is Gene Siskel Film Center's weeklong engagement of Luchino Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard (1963), screening in a new restoration from Martin Scorsese and the film's cinematographer, Giuseppe Rotunno. Other worthwhile oldies playing this week: Georges Franju's French horror classic Eyes Without a Face (1959), Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night at Film Center (check out Jonathan Rosenbaum's archival review); Howard Hawks's Gentlemen Prefer Blonds (1953), with Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, tonight at Block Museum; Scorsese's gangster epic Goodfellas (1990), Wednesday at Doc Films; Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock (1957), introduced by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions, Wednesday at the Music Box; W.C. Fields in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941), next Thursday at Doc; Ernst Lubitsch's One Hour With You (1932), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali (1955), Monday at Doc; and Roberto Rossellini's postwar drama Stromboli (1949), starring Ingrid Bergman, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at Music Box.