In this week’s issue Ben Sachs reviews Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus
, a new Chilean feature by Sebastian Silva (The Maid
) in which Michael Cera talks some pals into going in search of a hallucinogenic desert plant, and I review Rufus Norris’s Broken
, a British reworking of To Kill a Mockingbird
starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy. We’ve also got recommended reviews for Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station
, which re-creates the 2009 killing of an unarmed Oakland man by transit police, and Chad Hartigan's This Is Martin Bonner
, about two isolated middle-aged men inching toward friendship.
But that wasn’t enough, so we’ve coughed up more reviews of The Conjuring
, a haunted-house flick with Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Patrick Wilson, and Vera Farmiga; Death Rides a Horse
, a 1967 spaghetti western with Lee Van Cleef; Girl Most Likely
, a screwball family comedy with Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon; Grown Ups 2
, the latest from Adam Sandler and company; Oconomowoc
, an offbeat comedy about a loser moving back in with his alcoholic mom; Only God Forgives
, the latest collaboration from Ryan Gosling and director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive
); and Terms and Conditions May Apply
, a documentary about the ubiquitous surveillance of the Internet age.
Best bets for repertory: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Part II
(1974), Saturday and Wednesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Spencer Williams’s Juke Joint
(1947), screening outdoors Friday at Black Cinema House; Don Siegel’s The Lineup
(1958), Monday at the Patio, presented by Northwest Chicago Film Society; Nicholas Ray’s The Lusty Men
(1952), Saturday at University of Chicago Doc Films; and Luis Bunuel’s Mexican Bus Ride
(1952), Wednesday at Doc.
The annual Silent Summer Film Festival, left without a Chicago venue after the shuttering of the Portage Theater, moves out to the Des Plaines Theater this year, with an opening-night screening of The Sheik
(1921), starring Rudolph Valentino, and live organ accompaniment from Jay Warren; check out the 2013 schedule here
. And South Side Projections presents the documentary-shorts program Black Panthers in Their Own Words
at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts.