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Onion City experimental festival, now in progress

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Alex Ross Perry and Carlen Altman in The Color Wheel
  • Alex Ross Perry and Carlen Altman in The Color Wheel
The 24th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival opened last night at Gene Siskel Film Center, but there are still plenty of programs to come tonight and tomorrow at Columbia College Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash. Ben Sachs has a roundup of the festival's best offerings in this week's movie section, and you can see a complete schedule here. Also in this week's issue, we recommend Alex Ross Perry's black-and-white indie The Color Wheel, which took the prize for best narrative feature at last year's Chicago Underground Film Festival and returns to Chicago for a weeklong run at Facets Cinematheque.

Check out our new capsule reviews of Bel Ami, a period drama pairing Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattison with Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Kristin Scott Thomas; The Cat Returns, a 2002 fantasy from the Japanese animation outfit Studio Ghibli; Dark Horse, the latest from Happiness director Todd Solondz; Kill Daddy Goodnight, an Austrian drama that follows three families across several generations; Natural Selection, an indie comedy about a Texas woman who sets off in search of her husband's long-lost son; Payback, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth; Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as two people finding each other as an asteroid approaches the earth; and The Woman in the Fifth, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) and starring Ethan Hawke as a novelist who moves to Paris so he can reestablish ties with his estranged daughter.

Best bets for repertory: Julien Temple's rarely screened Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), Saturday at Doc Films; Dennis Hopper's frequently screened Easy Rider (1969), tonight at Doc; Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987), screening by DVD projection on Saturday at Pritzker Military Library; Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1978), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre; John Ford's The Searchers (1956), Wednesday at Century 12 and CineArts 6; and Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box.

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