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More new movies reviewed this week include: Lads & Jockeys, a Frederick Wiseman-style documentary about French boys training to become horse jockeys; The Last Circus, a tale of monstrous clowns by Spanish director Alex de la Iglesias (El Crimen Perfecto); New Year's Eve, the latest rom-com from Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Valentine's Day); Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law's second outing as Holmes and Watson; The Sitter, with Jonah Hill as a babysitter who drags his spoiled charges into an urban nightmare; and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, an adaptation of the John le Carre spy novel starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, and Ciaran Hinds.
Best bets for repertory? Well, it's the week before Christmas, so of course White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life are screening at the Music Box, with audience sing-alongs between the screenings. If you've been there and done that, here are a couple more options: Hiroshi Teshigahara's Antonio Gaudi (1984) screens all week at Gene Siskel Film Center; The Johnny Cash Christmas Special from 1978 shows by TV monitor on Tuesday at Delilah's; Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) screens Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night (1940) screens Wednesday at the Portage, presented by the Northwest Chicago Film Society; and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) shows at Delilah's on Sunday and the Music Box on Monday and Tuesday.
Last but not least, Alejandro Jodorowsky's rarely screened Santa Sangre screens at the Portage on Saturday as part of a double feature with The Last Circus (see above); the program is the inaugural event of the newly formed Chicago Cinema Society.