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From now through the end of 2011 you can expect a steady diet of Oscar bait in theaters, which doesn't at all guarantee good films but offers considerably more promise than the summer blockbuster season. This week the main attraction is Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, a biopic of the storied FBI director. Check out our long review.

Also this week we've got a sidebar for week two of Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, with new reviews of Cho Dependent, the new Margaret Cho concert doc, and the Chilean boxing drama My Last Round (yeah, I thought it was about drinking too). Among the other new movies reviewed this week are Bobby Fischer Against the World, an HBO documentary about the larger-than-life chess master; Into the Abyss, Werner Herzog's documentary about a death-row inmate in Texas; Revenge of the Electric Car, Chris Paine's sequel to his 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (also screening this week), and The Women on the 6th Floor, a French comedy starring Fabrice Luchini, with a supporting performance from Carmen Maura.

Best bets for repertory: Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol (1948), Sunday morning at Music Box; Lewis Milestone's The Front Page (1931), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; the 80s restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1926), with a synth-rock score by Giorgio Moroder, midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), Wednesday at Doc Films; Herbert Brenon's silent fantasy Peter Pan (1924), Saturday afternoon at Music Box with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott; Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert (1964), screening daily at Film Center; and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), Friday and Tuesday night at Film Center.

Last but not least, two special events this week: on Sunday afternoon at Auditorium Theatre, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005) screens as part of a program to include a panel discussion and performances of music, poetry, and essays inspired by the movie; and on Friday at Music Box, the editors of Found magazine and the curators of the Found Footage Festival present Found vs. Found, a calvalcade of weird shit they've dug out of the garbage.

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