This week's movie action

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We Bought a Zoo
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This week we introduce a new issue on the people who make Chicago tick, two of whom will (or should) be familiar to anyone involved in the city's cinema culture: Christy LeMaster, director of the Nightingale Theatre, and Charles Coleman, programmer for Facets Cinematheque. If you picked up the print edition, be aware that longer versions of their first-person narratives can be found online by clicking the links above.

All the big holiday movies open this week, and we've got reviews of The Artist (highly recommended), Michel Hazanavicius's loving tribute to the silent cinema; The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg's motion-capture animation based on the beloved Belgian comic books; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher's take on the best-selling mystery novel; Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, the live-action debut for animation director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille); War Horse, Spielberg's period piece set during World War I; and We Bought a Zoo, a family drama by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire). Also reviewed, and screening at smaller venues around town, are Miss Minoes, a children's film about a cat who transforms into a woman; My Afternoons With Margueritte, a French drama starring Gerard Depardieu; and Three Stars, a documentary about nine restaurants featured in the Michelin Red Guide.

Repertory pickings are pretty slim this week, but if you've got wheels, you should check out the 35-millimeter screening of James Whale's Showboat (1936) at Northbrook Public Library. The best thing going on in town is Music Box's Hitchcock for the Holidays series: on Sunday and Monday, Rear Window (1954) and Rebecca (1940); on Tuesday and Wednesday, Rope (1948) and Strangers on a Train (1951); and on Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30, To Catch a Thief (1955) and Vertigo (1958). The series continues next weekend with North by Northwest (1959), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Marnie (1964), and The Birds (1963).

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