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In this week's long review, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky leaps head-first into Mysteries of Lisbon, an epic narrative puzzle by the late, great Raul Ruiz (Time Regained, Three Lives and Only One Death). The movie, which runs four-and-a-half hours plus an intermission, opens Friday at Music Box, with shows daily at 1:40 and 6:45 PM.
Also in this week's issue, as part of our fall arts package, I profile documentary maker Debra Tolchinsky, whose video about the Northwestern University debate team, Fast Talk, makes its local premiere on October 1 at Gene Siskel Film Center. There are also previews of ten new movies opening through the end of November, including David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, George Clooney's The Ides of March, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, Lars von Trier's Melancholia, Simon Curtis's My Week With Marilyn, and Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In.
Check out the paper for new reviews of: Amigo, the latest from indie legend John Sayles (Matewan, Eight Men Out, Lone Star, Sunshine State); Bellflower, a much-praised (but not by me) debut feature by Evan Glodell; Circumstance, a much-praised (including by me) debut film by Northwestern alumnus Maryam Keshavarz; Daylight, a backwoods thriller about a married couple who foolishly pick up a pair of hitchhikers; Drive, the Hollywood debut of Danish action director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, the Pusher trilogy); Gun Hill Road, with Esai Morales as a jailbird struggling to reintegrate himself into his family's home life; I Don't Know How She Does It, the latest chick flick from screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses); Seen and Heard Music Video Showcase, a selection of underground music clips assembled by Chicago Filmmakers; Straw Dogs, a remake of the Sam Peckinpah bloodbath; and Where Soldiers Come From, a documentary about young men from small-town Michigan who ship off for Afghanistan.
Best bets for repertory: Arthur Penn's Alice's Restaurant (1969), Friday through Sunday at Music Box; Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center; Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Wednesday at the Portage, courtesy of the Northwest Chicago Film Society; and Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy (1986), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box.