Chicago in the lens, and the rest of this week's screenings | Bleader

Chicago in the lens, and the rest of this week's screenings



Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
  • Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
In this week's issue I revisit some of the Chicagoans who appeared in Haskell Wexler's 1969 political drama Medium Cool, and also take a look at Michael Winterbottom's The Look of Love, with Steve Coogan as the British sex impresario Paul Raymond. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, reviewed earlier this year when it played at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, returns for shows Monday and Wednesday at Music Box.

How to Make Money Selling Drugs
  • How to Make Money Selling Drugs
We've got new reviews of Crimes Against Humanity, in which a University of Chicago dean's assistant investigates a possible satanic cabal in the ethnomusicology department; Dealin' With Idiots, with Jeff Garlin as a comedian who aspires to write a movie about kids' baseball; How to Make Money Selling Drugs, an interesting take on the drug war by Matthew Goode, who produced and edited Deliver Us From Evil; Pacific Rim, a summer behemoth from Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth); 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary about rock and pop backup singers; and The Vikings, a 1958 historical epic with Kirk Douglas that screens Wednesday at the Patio, the new home of the Northwest Chicago Film Society.

Grave of the Fireflies
  • Grave of the Fireflies
Best bets for repertory: Satyajit Ray's Charulata (1965), Saturday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), with three shows at Gene Siskel Film Center; Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies (1988), with four shows at Film Center; Blake Edwards's The Pink Panther (1963), screening outdoors Wednesday at Northwestern University Norris Center; Hayao Miyazuki's Princess Mononoke (1997), Sunday and Thursday at Film Center; Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955), next Thursday at the Logan; and Tod Browning's The Unholy Three (1925), noon Saturday at Music Box with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott.

Don't miss these free special events: "In the Shadow of His Airness", collecting short films from the Michael Jordan era, screens Saturday at South Side Community Arts Center, and Stanley M. Freehling: Chicago's Man of the Arts, a portrait of the local arts patron and administrator, screens Sunday morning at Facets Cinematheque, with a reception afterward.