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Feeling the burn, and the rest of this week's screenings


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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist
This week Ben Sachs benches 1,040 words with his review of Pain & Gain, Michael Bay's satire about three bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) who stumble into a life of crime. I've also got a short review (less than 500 words, but I'm doing a ton of reps) of Persistence of Vision, a documentary about an animator's three-decade quest to complete his masterpiece, and a recommended review of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an adaptation of the international best seller that marks a return to form for Mira Nair (Mississippi Masala, The Namesake).

Iron Man 3
  • Iron Man 3
Check out this week's issue for new reviews of The Big Wedding, a comedy with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton; Hava Nagila (The Movie), about the history of the Jewish folk song; Iron Man 3, the third go-round for Robert Downey Jr. and the military-fanboy complex; Kon-Tiki, a drama about the 1947 Atlantic crossing of explorer Thor Heyerdahl; and My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone, the closing program of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Best bets for repertory: Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames (1983), Saturday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Haile Gerima's Bush Mama (1975), next Thursday at Logan Center for the Arts; Stanley Donen's Funny Face (1957), Thursday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II (1975), Friday and Sunday at Doc; John Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Monday and Sunday at the Patio; and Orson Welles's The Lady From Shanghai (1948), Monday night at Doc, and Touch of Evil, Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box.

Special events worth checking out: Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman presents his documentary Detroit Threat Management, about vigilantes in the Motor City, on Friday at University of Chicago Film Studies Center; admission free. And Beneath the Blindfold, about four survivors of torture now living in the U.S., screens next Thursday at Wellington Avenue Church of Christ, with the documentary makers participating in a panel afterward; tickets are $15.

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