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Piper Laurie, as the title characters wacky mom, in Carrie (1976)
  • Piper Laurie, as the title character's wacky mom, in Carrie (1976)
This week Ben Sachs joins the Chicago Reader as a contributing film writer. If you aren't familiar with his work, check out his new reviews of Shame, the new drama from Steve McQueen (Hunger), and Letters From the Big Man, which ends a long hiatus for writer-director Christopher Munch (The Hours and Times, The Sleepy Time Gal). Also this week, we have a Reader Recommends box by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky for Bela Tarr's swan song, The Turin Horse, which screens Saturday afternoon at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art.

New movies reviewed in this week's issue: America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments, Darryl Roberts's sequel to his 2007 documentary; Answers to Nothing, an ensemble drama set in Los Angeles; Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, a sequel to the Brazilian action hit, from director Jose Padilha (Bus 174); Liliom, the rarely screened French film directed by Fritz Lang; Passione and Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, John Turturro's pair of documentaries about Italian culture; Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, an investigative report on the human rights abuses committed in the waning months of the country's civil war; Tyrannosaur, the directing debut of actor Paddy Considine, and Zielinski, a documentary about the Iowa photojournalist and conspiracy theorist John M. Zielinski.

Best bets for repertory: Edward L. Cahn's Afraid to Talk (1932), Friday at Block Films; the aforementioned Liliom (1934), which I consider at greater length here, Wednesday at the Portage; Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), Sunday morning at Facets Cinematheque, with a lecture by mystery novelist Sara Paretsky and psychologist James W. Anderson. Last but not least, Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976) screens Sunday afternoon at Music Box as part of Camp Midnight's holiday program, with a personal appearance by actress Piper Laurie.

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