by J.R. Jones
Oh, the grief we've given Woody Allen over the years. Year after year, dud after dud, pan after pan, he never quits and neither do we. So take my word for it when I tell you that Midnight in Paris is Allen's funniest comedy since Bullets Over Broadway (1994). The new movie is reviewed this week, paired with Alexandre O. Phillipe's engaging documentary The People vs. George Lucas.
Also check out our new reviews of The Hangover Part II, the much-hyped sequel to the 2009 comedy juggernaut; The Hypnagogic Empiric, a program of experimental shorts by local artist George Monteleone; Sirius, a children's movie by the lionized Czech director Frantisek Vlacil; 13 Assassins, a traditional samourai adventure from Japanese bad boy Takashi Miike; Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie, a documentary profile of the 60s jester and political activist; and This Is My Land . . . Hebron, screening as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Best bets for repertory: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931), Friday and Sunday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Wednesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Manoel de Oliveira's I'm Going Home (2001), Sunday at Doc; Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (1996), Friday and Sunday at Doc; Chaplin's Modern Times (1936), Sunday and Wednesday at Film Center; and David Gordon Green's Undertow (2004), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box.