This week at Gene Siskel Film Center, Toby Jones stars as a mild-mannered Englishman swallowed up by the Berberian Sound Studio as he mixes the soundtrack for an Italian horror flick—it's the subject of this week's long review. Also in the new issue, check out our reviews of Man of Steel, the new Superman blockbuster, and Dirty Wars, a documentary from Rick Rowley and author Jeremy Scahill (Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army). Scahill attends selected screenings Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre.
More new reviews this week: Don't Stop, about teenage punk rockers chafing against the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic; Fill the Void, about a teenage Israeli girl chafing against her strict Hasidic community; Gideon's Army, about young attorneys chafing against the demands of a public defender's office in the Deep South (it also airs July 1 on HBO); High Tech, Low Life, about "citizen reporters" chafing against the strictures of the Chinese government; Pandora's Promise, about . . . you know, I could keep this up all the way to the end of the list, but let's just drop it, shall we?
Pandora's Promise mounts an attack on nuclear energy from the left, featuring liberals who've seen the (atomic) light. The Purge stars Ethan Hawke in a futuristic tale about an annual holiday when people are allowed to kill each other. Seasons of a Life, part of the Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival, is the story of a housemaid who's impregnated by her boss and bribed to give up the child. Shadow Dancer stars Andrea Risebrough as a member of the Provisional IRA and Clive Owen as an MI5 officer trying to turn her. Somm looks at sommeliers, those guys who know all about wine. The Source Family revisits the utopian community founded by James Baker, aka Father Yod, in the 1970s; the late show Friday includes an appearance by the filmmaker and music by the band Sourcin. And in This Is the End, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and company chafe against the Apocalypse.
The Godfather, Part II
Best bets for repertory: Haile Gerima's Ashes and Embers (1981), Saturday at Black Cinema House; Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future (1985), Saturday and Tuesday at Film Center; Busby Berkeley's The Gang's All Here (1943), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; The Godfather, Part II, Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Logan; Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Swing Time (1936), Saturday morning at Music Box; and on Friday at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art, rare baseball films from the UCLA Film & Television Archive, featuring Joe DiMaggio, Christy Mathewson, Willie Mays, and Hack Wilson.