Are you looking for someplace good to take your kids? Well, the very best place to take your kids is away from me. The second best is probably the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday, November 4, with most shows at Facets Cinematheque. Our sidebar notes some programs that might interest grown-ups, like the ones featuring guests from Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, the Wallace and Gromit shorts) and Laika, Inc. (Coraline, ParaNorman).
Best bets for repertory: William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), Friday, Saturday, and Monday night at the Logan; John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), at Century 12 and CineArts 6, Lake, Landmark's Century Centre, Logan, and University of Chicago Doc Films; Rupert Julian's Phantom of the Opera (1925), Wednesday at Beverly Arts Center with live organ accompaniment; Isa Takahata's Pom Poko (1994), Friday and Sunday at Doc; Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), Friday, Saturday, and Monday night at the Logan; and Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (1953), Monday at Doc.
And check out these special events: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life screens as part of a three-day celebration of the jazz pianist; Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema continues through next Thursday, with screenings at Northbrook Court in Northbrook; the Englewood Film Festival kicks off with a screening of I Ain't Scared of You—A Tribute to Bernie Mac; Music Box presents Georges Melies Cine-Concert, a program of short films by the pioneering French fantasist, accompanied on piano by his great-great grandson, Lawrence Leherissey-Melies; and University of Chicago Film Studies Center screens the silent Japanese drama Jirokichi the Rat, accompanied by benshi performer Kataoka Ichiro.