by J.R. Jones
We also have new reviews of Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion, starring Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton as a rich married couple who lose their dog (yeah, that's the whole movie); Nicholas Stoller's The Five-Year Engagement, a rom-com with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt; Daniel Nettheim's The Hunter, with Willem Dafoe as a mercenary who agrees to stalk an endangered species in Australia; Josef Astor's Lost Bohemia, a documentary about the fabled artist studios above Carnegie Hall; Percy and Felix Adlon's Mahler on the Couch, about the romantic travails of the great composer; Think Like a Man, a rom-com based on the Steve Harvey self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man; and Dan Tanz's Triumph67, screening as the closing-night program of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival.
Best bets for repertory: Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973), Tuesday at Doc Films; Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski (1998), kicking off a new midnight-movie series Friday at Landmark's Century Centre; Johnnie To's Election (2005), next Thursday at Doc; Charles Crichton's A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Wednesday at Doc; Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Sunday at Doc; Hong Sang-soo's Night and Day (2008), Thursday at Doc; John Boorman's Point Blank (1967), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Joss Whedon's Serenity (2005), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927), Friday at Block Museum of Art, with live organ accompaniment; and William Wellman's Wild Boys of the Road (1933), Wednesday night at the Portage, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society.
Some special events you should know about: Melbourne film critic Adrian Martin presents Cinema Invents Ways of Dancing, a lecture on how dance has been presented in movies, and cartoonist Heather McAdams presents her new documentary My Dad along with a collection of her trailers and Scopitones. And don't forget the Sci-Fi Spectacular at Portage, a 14-hour marathon of sci-fi and fantasy films, screening in 35-millimeter, with vintage trailers and other treats.