Catching up with R.I.P.D before it dies, and the rest of this week's screenings | Bleader

Catching up with R.I.P.D before it dies, and the rest of this week's screenings

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Ryan Reynolds, Mary Louise Parker, and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D.
  • Ryan Reynolds, Mary Louise Parker, and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D.
Last week the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. opened to general disinterest and mostly negative reviews. It failed to enter the top five on the U.S. box office chart, which must hold significance for people who like to talk about money rather than movies. Personally, I think it's loads of fun. Director Robert Schwentke conveys a sincere love of animated cartoons in the movie's streamlined movement and detail-packed frames, and Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker are a hoot. I recommend seeing it on a big screen while you still have the chance—but if you go, don't bother paying extra to see it in 3-D; the effects are largely superfluous. If you'd rather go to a movie that's received more positive reviews, Wim Wenders's beloved Wings of Desire screens this Sunday as part of the Music Box's Chicago French Film Festival, which we cover in this week's issue.

This week we also have new reviews of: Blackfish, a muckraking documentary about SeaWorld and similar operations; Girl Most Likely, an eccentric family comedy from the directors of American Splendor; The Happy Poet, a charming low-budget production from Austin screening at the Siskel Center this Monday with writer-director-star Paul Gordon in attendance; The Late George Apley, an early directorial effort from Joseph L. Mankiewicz, screening Wednesday at the Patio; Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which screens as part of the Siskel Center's Studio Ghibli series; Red 2, a lackluster sequel to another Robert Schwentke production; The Sleeping Tiger (playing at Doc Films on Wednesday), a 1954 British melodrama directed by Joseph Losey after he fled the United States; Still Mine, a Canadian drama opening at the Landmark Century; and The To Do List, a rare teen-sex comedy that centers on female, rather than male, sexual initiation.

Best bets for repertory screenings: Ernst Lubitsch's silent feature Lady Windermere's Fan screens at Doc Films tonight at 7 and 9:30 PM; also tonight the annual Silent Summer Film Festival begins at the Des Plaines Theater with a 1926 feature called Kid Boots; Francis Ford Coppola's fascinating failure One From the Heart screens at the Northbrook Public Library on Wednesday at 1 and 7:30 PM; and Gone With the Wind and Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence screen in state-of-the-art 4K DCP at the Siskel Center.

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