Kung fu, women behind bars, Werner Herzog, and the rest of this week's movies | Bleader

Kung fu, women behind bars, Werner Herzog, and the rest of this week's movies


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The Fiancee
  • The Fiancee
Saturday night at the Portage, the Chicago Cinema Society presents a triple feature of kung fu actioners, including Lau Kar-leung's The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. We also recommend The Fiancee (1980), which concludes the Gene Siskel Film Center's month-long series on East German cinema.

More new reviews: Fallada—The Last Chapter, a biopic on the author of Little Man, What Now?; Fourplay, an episodic comedy by Kyle Henry; The Funny Things You Do, a local video about gas-huffing video auteurs; Future Weather, an indie drama about an abandoned teenager who's a science whiz; The Gatekeepers, featuring interviews with former heads of Israeli security; A Good Day to Die Hard, with Bruce Willis; Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, a documentary about Siberian trappers that was edited and narrated by Werner Herzog; and Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution, the latest fashion doc.

The Man Who Laughs
  • The Man Who Laughs
Best bets for repertory: Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1980), Tuesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Leos Carax's Boy Meets Girl (1984), Saturday and Monday at Film Center; Howard Hawks's El Dorado (1966), Monday at Doc; Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together (1997), Wednesday at Doc; Robert Siodmak's The Killers (1946), Thursday at Doc; Orson Welles's The Lady From Shanghai (1948), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Paul Leni's The Man Who Laughs (1928), Sunday at Doc; and Jacques Tati's Playtime (1967), Saturday and Thursday at Music Box.