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Screening this week: Richard Linklater's Bernie, Andrzej Zulawski's Possession


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The Outfit, Friday through Sunday at Music Box
  • The Outfit, Friday through Sunday at Music Box
In this week's long review, Ben Sachs ponders the national origins of Andrzej Zulawski's Possession, screening at Gene Siskel Film Center for the first time in Chicago in its original, 127-minute cut. We also have a Reader Recommends box for Richard Linklater's Bernie, with Jack Black as a beloved small-town character who murders a rich widow, and a sidebar for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, also at Film Center, which includes the Paul Simon music documentary Under African Skies.

Check out our new capsule reviews for Battleship, a naval adventure with Liam Neeson; Mansome, Morgan Spurlock's comic documentary about male grooming; The Moth Diaries, a lesbian vampire chiller from Canada; The Outfit, a 1974 crime flick with Robert Duvall gunning for mob boss Robert Ryan; Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog, a Japanese documentary about a seeing-eye dog; The Samaritan, a Canadian noir with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkinson; What to Expect When You're Expecting, an ensemble comedy adapted from the self-help book, with Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, and Jennifer Lopez; and Where Do We Go Now?, the latest from Nadine Labaki (Caramel), about a Lebanese village whose women conspire to keep their Muslim and Christian menfolk from each other's throats.

Best bets for repertory: Agnes Varda's Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961), next Thursday at Block Museum of Art; Jean Renoir's The Golden Coach (1952), Monday at Doc Films; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre; Vincente Minelli's Lust for Life (1956), Sunday and next Thursday at Film Center; Bong Joon-ho's Mother (2009), next Thursday at Doc; an archival print of Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore (1973), Saturday afternoon at Block; and Josef von Sternberg's Shanghai Express (1932), Sunday at Doc.

Last but not least, on Friday night Block presents its annual Sonic Celluloid program, which pairs silent and experimental shorts with live music.

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