John Ford on tap, and the rest of this week's movie coverage



Mitzi Gaynor washes that man right out of her hair in South Pacific
  • Mitzi Gaynor washes that man right out of her hair in South Pacific.
As part of the Reader's bar guide, Ben Sachs and I spent some time at the Red Lion on Rockwell near Lawrence, shooting the shit with owner Joe Heinen about the great John Ford; you can read the whole nerdy thing here. This week we've got reviews for week three of the European Union Film Festival, including the latest from Anne Fontaine, Ulrich Siedl, and Alain Resnais. And there are new capsule reviews of The End of Love, a low-budget drama about an actor raising his son after his wife dies; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, with Steve Carell as a Vegas magician; Koch, a flattering biography of the late New York mayor; The Silence, a Swedish serial killer movie; Upside Down, a digital fantasy starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess; and Reincarnated, a documentary about Snoop Dogg going Rastafarian.

Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968), late next Thursday at the Logan; Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Jack Arnold's The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), tonight at University of Chicago Logan Center; Samuel Fuller's Park Row (1952) on Monday and Howard Hawks's Only Angels Have Wings (1939) on Wednesday, both at the Portage; Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man (2009), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls (1995), midnight tonight at Music Box.

Special events this week: on Monday at the Wilmette, Tim Kazurinsky leads a local cast in a staged reading of Terry Southern and Stanley Kubrick's screenplay for Dr. Strangelove, and on Tuesday at Music Box, Mitzi Gaynor appears in person with Leonard Maltin for a screening of South Pacific (1958), part of Turner Classic Movies' "Road to Hollywood" series.

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