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Once more with feeling: Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right) stars as the title character in Jane Eyre, the umpteenth remake of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel and the best one I've seen for sure. It's the subject of this week's long review. Also in the new issue are Critic's Choice boxes for Certified Copy, the latest by Abbas Kiarostami; Limitless, a new thriller by Neil Burger (The Lucky Ones, The Illusionist); and Paul, a sci-fi comedy from the guys who brought you Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Beginning Saturday at 11:30 AM the Music Box presents the fifth annual Sci-Fi Spectacular, a marathon of sci-fi flicks with personal appearances by directors Mick Garris (Critters 2: The Main Course) and Chuck Russell (The Blob). And Gene Siskel Film Center enters week three of its annual European Union Film Festival, with screenings of The Arbor, a documentary about the young, doomed English playwright Andrea Dunbar; The First Beautiful Thing, an Italian drama about a man's troubled relationship with his free-spirited mother; Letters to Father Jacob, in which a lifer gets assigned to assist a blind priest in answering letters from troubled souls; Nenette, a documentary about a 40-year-old orangutan at a Paris menagerie; Le Quattro Volte, an Italian art film about death and generation; and the paired documentaries Rabbit a la Berlin and The Invisible Frame, both offbeat looks at the legacy of the Berlin Wall.
We have new capsule reviews this week for The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal thriller starring Matthew McConaughey; Monogamy, a low-key drama by the director of the documentary Murderball; and Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, a documentary about the 60s hair stylist who became a brand name.
Fans of Turner Classic Movies won't want to pass up the change to breathe the same oxygen as host Robert Osborne when he turns up at the Music Box, with actress Jane Powell in tow, for the cable station's Classic Film Festival screening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other good bets for repertory this week include Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973), screening Tuesday at Film Center with an introduction by Jim Trainor; Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), showing at the Mayne Stage in Evanston with live accompaniment by ace guitarist Marc Ribot; Dziga Vertov's The Man With the Movie Camera (1928) with a new live score at Links Hall on Thursday; Harold Lloyd in Movie Crazy (1932), presented by the Northwest Chicago Film Society at the Portage on Wednesday; and Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) on Sunday morning at Music Box.
Last but not least, Music Box presents a weeklong retrospective on French actress Catherine Denueve, which includes such auteurist faves as Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965) tonight; Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour (1967) and Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) on Sunday, Francois Ozon's 8 Women (2002) on Monday, and Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro (1980) on Tuesday, along with the Chicago premiere of Ozon's Potiche on Wednesday.