Now playing: Dark Shadows, Headhunters, and God Bless America | Bleader

Now playing: Dark Shadows, Headhunters, and God Bless America

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

Alfre Woodard in The Killing Floor (1984), screening Thursday at University of Chicago Film Studies Center
  • 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.

Add a comment