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Before getting into this week's new reviews, there are two other special screenings worth noting. On Monday night the Northwest Chicago Film Society will present Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man at the Patio Theater at 7:30 PM—the screening marks the first time in roughly a decade that Chicagoans will get to see this major work on 35-millimeter. On Tuesday the Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multimedia kick off the annual Sundown in K-Town Film Festival, a series of free outdoor screenings of socially relevant documentaries. You can read more about it here.
And now, the new reviews. This week's issue features write-ups of: The Hunt, a stark Danish drama that's being praised as a return to form for director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration); The Mercenary, a 1968 Sergio Corbucci joint playing in the Music Box Theatre's spaghetti western series; The Painting, a French animated fantasy that riffs on the work of various modern artists; Wasteland, a British heist picture from first-time writer-director Rowan Athale; and The Wolverine, last week's number-one box-office attraction.
A few other revival screenings of note: this week the Siskel Center kicks off a complete David Fincher retrospective with Seven (Saturday at 3 PM and Thursday at 6 PM) and Alien 3 (Saturday at 5:45 PM and Wednesday at 6 PM); tonight at 8 PM the Silent Film Society of Chicago screens a rare 1920 comedy called The Flapper at the Des Plaines Theater; and on Wednesday at 7:30 PM the Northwest Chicago Film Society screens Swing High, Swing Low, a 1937 comedy-drama by Mitchell Leisen, a studio-era director whose work cries out for rediscovery.