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Next week Milestone Film & Video will release a special DVD edition of On the Bowery (1957), Lionel Rogosin's landmark film about skid row in Manhattan; check out our long review of the film and the documentary The Perfect Team, which chronicles the film's innovative and demanding production. We've also got a recommended review of Rampart, a modern LAPD drama by Oren Moverman, and new capsules for Declaration of War, a French drama about the parents of a cancer-stricken boy; In Darkness, a true story of the Holocaust in Poland, directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, The Secret Garden); London River, a racial drama set in the wake of the 2005 terror bombings in the UK, directed by Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory, Outside the Law); Safe House, a Denzel Washington thriller in the Tony Scott vein; The Story of Lover's Rock, a documentary about the eponymous British reggae label; This Means War, a comedy about dueling CIA agents by Charlie's Angels director McG; and The Vow, a romance with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.

Best bets for repertory: Robert Bresson's L'Argent (1983), Saturday and Monday, and The Devil, Probably (1977), Saturday only, at Gene Siskel Film Center; Sergio Leone's Duck, You Sucker! (1971), Wednesday at Doc Films; Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place (1950), Tuesday at Doc; Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2001), Friday at Doc; and David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. (2001), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center.

This week brings some special events: Sunday at Music Box, filmmaker Steve James talks about Barbara Kopple's Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977) as part of the ongoing series "The Film That Changed My Life," and introduces his recent documentary The Interrupters. On Wednesday, filmmaker Bob Hercules and members of the Joffrey Ballet appear at Film Center for the Chicago premiere of his documentary Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. And beginning Friday, Film Center presents a week-long engagement of Kenneth Lonergan's little-seen drama Margaret; starting Monday the Bleader presents a series of commentaries on the film by Tony Adler, Steve Bogira, Deanna Isaacs, Michael Miner, and Sam Worley.

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