Derek Zoolander, Jacques Demy, Henry James, and the rest of this week's screenings | Bleader

Derek Zoolander, Jacques Demy, Henry James, and the rest of this week's screenings


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  • Zoolander
Landmark film, landmark building: Shirley Clarke's audacious Portrait of Jason, a cornerstone of LGBT filmmaking, screens next Wednesday at the Portage Theater, which was awarded landmark status earlier this month by the City Council Music Box. Jason is the subject of this week's long review, accompanied by our coverage of the Asian American Showcase at Gene Siskel Film Center. Also recommended this week: About Sunny, a drama about the working-class poor in Las Vegas, with Penelope Ann Miller and Dylan Baker; Fast & Furious 6, the latest installment in the car-porn franchise; Jacquot, Agnes Varda's 1991 tribute to her husband, director Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg); What Maisie New, a millennial update of the Henry James novel; and Zoolander, the Ben Stiller comedy we've been panning for the past 12 years.

So what else is new? Here's what: Frances Ha, a black-and-white comedy by Noah Baumbach, starring indie "It" girl Greta Gerwig; The Hangover Part III, the last odyssey for the wolf pack; and Post Tenebras Lux, the latest from Mexican confounder Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, Battle in Heaven).

Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Bless Their Little Hearts
Best bets for repertory: Douglas Sirk's All I Desire (1953), Monday at the Portage Patio; Billy Woodberry's Bless Their Little Hearts (1984), Saturday at Logan Center for the Arts, with Woodberry in person; Les Blank's Burden of Dreams (1982), Tuesday at Comfort Station; Orson Welles's F for Fake (1973), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Harold Lloyd's Safety Last (1923), Friday through Monday at Music Box, with live entertainment at the Saturday-night show; Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; David Wain's Wet Hot American Summer (2001), late-night Friday at the Logan; and Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire (1988), late-night next Thursday at the Logan.