Alfre Woodard in The Killing Floor (1984), screening next Thursday at University of Chicago Film Studies Center
This week I write long on God Bless America, the lacerating new comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait. We also have new capsule reviews of Bad Fever, an indie drama about a small-town loser who wants to be a stand-up comedian; Close Quarters, a locally produced comedy with improv veterans Tim Kazurinsky, Susan Messing, Dave Pasquesi, and T.J. Jagodowski; Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's big-screen remake of the supernatural soap opera; Headhunters, a Norwegian thriller about a corporate recruiter who doubles as an art thief; The Killing Floor, a historical drama about labor troubles at the Chicago stockyards during the World War I era; The Perfect Family, with Kathleen Turner as a mother whose gay daughter and philandering son threaten her chances of being named Catholic Woman of the Year; Sound of My Voice, in which a couple of documentarians try to infiltrate a cult; and The World in His Arms, a 1952 adventure by the great Raoul Walsh, with Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn.
Best bets for repertory: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve (1950), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise (1945), screening in a digitally restored print all week at Music Box; Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), tonight at Doc Films; Alan J. Pakula's Klute (1971), Sunday morning at Music Box; Josef von Sternberg's Morocco (1930), Sunday at Doc; John Woo's Red Cliff (2008), Thursday at Doc; Jean Renoir's The River (1951), Monday at Doc; Wes Anderson's Rushmore (1998), midnight tonight and Saturday at Music Box; Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998), Tuesday at Doc; and Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979), tonight and Saturday at the Logan.
This week also brings three notable shorts programs: tonight University of Chicago Film Studies Center has short works by 70s avant-gardist Chris Langdon; on Saturday, Chicago Filmmakers presents a shorts program as part of its monthly "Dyke Delicious" series; and on Tuesday, Film Center screens a program of new short documentaries from Kartemquin Films.