In this week's long review Drew Hunt considers The Unspeakable Act, a new indie drama by Dan Sallitt in which a high school senior ponders her intimate feelings for her college-age brother. I review Stories We Tell, a documentary by Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) about her discovery that her biological father was a Montreal film producer with whom her mother had a brief affair. And we've got recommended capsule reviews of Compensation, a Chicago-shot drama by Zeinabu Irene Davis, and Leviathan, a semi-abstract documentary recording the sights and sounds aboard a fishing trawler off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Among the new movies reviewed this week: Almost in Love, in which "privileged 30-somethings whine about their romantic problems"; The Iceman, with Michael Shannon as real-life hit man Richard Kuklinski (too bad he isn't in the previous movie); Peeples, a romantic comedy from the Tyler Perry factory; Pieta, the latest from Korean shock auteur Kim Ki-duk (The Isle; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring); Sharqiya, a comedy about a sad sack bedouin who works security at an Israeli bus station; Star Trek Into Darkness, the latest go-round for the starship Enterprise; When I Walk, in which documentary maker Jason DaSilva chronicles his slow physical deterioration from multiple sclerosis; and White Frog, about a Beverly Hills teenager who suffers from Asperger syndrome.
Best bets for repertory: Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991), Tuesday at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts, with Dash in person; Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1949), Monday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Chris Marker's The Last Bolshevik (1993), Sunday at Doc; Niko von Glasow's Nobody's Perfect (2008), Wednesday at Logan Center as part of the Bodies of Work Festival; Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), Friday night and Sunday afternoon at Doc; Joss Whedon's Serenity (2005), late Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre; Orson Welles's The Trial (1962), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; and John Boorman's Zardoz (1974), Wednesday at the Portage, courtesy of Northwest Chicago Film Society.