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This week's movie action

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In this week's long review I take a look at the recently released box set Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection, which compiles all the sound films made by the comedy team during their salad days at Hal Roach Studios. After spending about a week laughing at this stuff, I had to go out and see Young Adult and The Sitter—the experience was like having the greatest sex of my entire life and then pounding a nail into my own face.

Also this week we've got new reviews of Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, a documentary about the enduring ska-funk-punk-soul-metal band; No Skin Off My Ass, the 1993 debut feature of new-queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce; Silent Souls, a Russian drama that Ben Sachs describes as "part road movie, part ethnography," and Young Goethe in Love, a romantic biopic about the German poet.

Best bets for repertory: Vincent Minnelli's The Band Wagon (1953), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; William Desmond Taylor's Huckleberry Finn (1920), a rarely screened silent version of the Mark Twain classic, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society at the Portage; and W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man (1934), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box.

Here's two events you don't see every day: On Friday night, from 8 to 11 PM, a three-hour excerpt of Andy Warhol's eight-hour Empire (1964) will be projected onto the Aon Center from Millennium Park. And on Sunday at 6 PM, Delilah's will show the excruciating Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), which still makes George Lucas flinch.


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