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Also in this week's issue we have a sidebar for the Chicago International Children's Film Festival and a Reader Recommends box for Margin Call, an incisive new drama about the 2008 financial meltdown. Other new films reviewed this week include Fireflies in the Garden, a family drama starring Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts; The Mill & the Cross, Lech Majewski's meditation on the Pieter Bruegel painting The Way to Calgary; The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodovar's creepy tale of a plastic surgeon with a scalpel to grind; Texas Killing Fields, about a serial killer roaming the bayou; The Three Musketeers, which is filled with chocolatey nougat; and With or Without Love, a musical romance that opens the Film Center's Festival of New Spanish Cinema.
Best bets for repertory: Woody Allen's Bananas (1971), tonight at Doc Films; Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934), next Thursday at Doc; Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn's Golub (1988), Sunday at Doc, and The Last Pullman Car (1984), Saturday at the Pullman State Historic Site; Jules Dassin's Rififi (1955), Tuesday at Doc; Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center; and Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Wednesday at Beverly Arts Center.
But there are three extra-special revivals this week. Beginning today, Film Center will present a weeklong run of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's World on a Wire (1973) and Music Box will present the weeklong series Universal Horror!, with daily double features of the studio's beloved black-and-white horror classics. And on Sunday night Cinema Borealis will screen a print of the early Rolling Stones concert documentary Charlie Is My Darling (1965).