The education of an illusionist, and the rest of this week's screenings | Bleader

The education of an illusionist, and the rest of this week's screenings


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The Tragedy of Man
  • The Tragedy of Man
You may know Ricky Jay as a flinty character actor in films by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) or David Mamet (House of Games, Things Change, Redbelt), but his primary activity is stage magic. Deceptive Practice, the subject of this week's not-so-long review, traces Jay's 50-year career and focuses on some of the great prestidigitators of late vaudeville and early TV who mentored him on his way up.

The Internship
  • The Internship
Also in this week's issue are new reviews of: Becoming Traviata, documenting rehearsals of the Verdi opera for a performance at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France; Born in Chicago, which looks at the middle-class white kids who apprenticed with the electric-blues giants of the 1950s; Chicano Love Is Forever, a 1977 drama that laid down a marker for Latino filmmakers; The East, in which a corporate lawyer infiltrates an ecoterrorist cell; In the Shadow, a Czech drama, set in the 50s, about a police detective who uncovers a government conspiracy; The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as unemployed watch salesmen who score internships at Google; The Kings of Summer, in which three kids decide to spend their school break living as savages in the woods; The Tragedy of Man, an epic Hungarian animation about the downfall of the human race; and Violet & Daisy, with Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel as teenage assassins ordered to take out depressed schmo James Gandolfini.

Passing Through
  • Passing Through
Best bets for repertory: Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951), Monday at the Patio; Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I (2000), Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), Friday, Saturday, and Monday night at the Logan; Larry Clark's Passing Through (1977), Friday at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts; James Cameron's The Terminator (1984), Saturday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Top Hat (1935), Sunday morning at Music Box; and Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo (1970), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box.