The Chicago Underground Film Festival is already in progress, and we've got new reviews of seven features, among them Pig Death Machine, the first work in over a decade by Jon Moritsugu (Scumrock); A Body Without Organs, in which video maker Steve Graves considers his gravely ill father; and Vigilante Vigilante, Max Good's documentary about urbanites who paint over graffiti. This week also brings week two of the European Union Film Festival and the Chicago opening of Barbara, the latest (and, to my mind, most satisfying) import by German suspense filmmaker Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow).
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Check out the new issue for new reviews of: The ABCs of Death, a horror anthology with an alphabetical theme, late tonight and Saturday at the Logan; Emperor, starring Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur; The Monk, French religious pulp with Seymour Cassel as a naughty Capuchin brother; No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as an Argentinean ad man during the plebiscite that removed Pinochet; Oz the Great and Powerful, with James Franco as the man about to head behind the curtain; Somebody Up There Likes Me, an indie comedy from the resourceful Bob Byington (RSO); and Yossi, Eytan Fox's sequel to his 2002 Israeli romance Yossi & Jagger.
Best bets for repertory: Michael Curtiz's The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939), Sunday afternoon at the Pickwick; King Vidor's The Crowd (1928), Sunday night at University of Chicago Doc Films; Pearl Gluck's Divan (2003), Wednesday at Harold Washington Library Center with Gluck in person; Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise (1991), Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan; and Wong Kar-wai's 2046 (2004), Wednesday at Doc.
And don't forget these two special events over the weekend: the Peace on Earth Film Festival continues through Sunday at various locations, and the Sci-Fi Spectacular, a 24-marathon of vintage features in 35-millimeter, kicks off noon Saturday at the Portage.