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This week's issue also has new reviews of: The Butler, a historical epic by love-him-or-hate-him director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy); The Canyons, a collaboration between love-him-or-hate-him director Paul Schrader (Hardcore, Affliction) and love-him-or-hate-him author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero); The Day of Two Noons, an experimental feature by local filmmaker Mike Gibisser; Expose Me, Lovely, an only-in-the-70s hybrid of Raymond Chandler and hard-core pornography (I posted something about it yesterday); Hannah Arendt, a biopic about the philosopher by Margarethe von Trotta (which screens only in Highland Park this week; it will open at the Gene Siskel Film Center in October); In a World . . ., a comedy that marks the directorial debut of actress Lake Bell; Jobs, a biopic about the Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs; Kick-Ass 2, a sequel to the 2010 comic book adaptation; Prince Avalanche, David Gordon Green's return to low-budget art house filmmaking; Sabata, a cult-classic spaghetti western starring Lee Van Cleef; and two strong narrative features playing in the Siskel Center's Black Harvest Film Festival, the Jamaican-set melodrama Home Again and the U.S. period piece The Retrieval, which concerns the capture of runaway slaves.
Best bets for repertory screenings (apart from Ulzana's Raid): tonight at the Des Plaines Theater the Silent Film Society of Chicago presents F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926) with live musical accompaniment; on Saturday night Doc Films screens one of John Ford's greatest films, the Eugene O'Neill adaptation The Long Voyage Home (1940); on Wednesday at the Patio the Northwest Chicago Film Society revives Diamond Jim (1935), an early screenwriting effort by the great Preston Sturges; and the Siskel Center continues its David Fincher series with Zodiac (2007) and Panic Room (2002) and screens a new print of Jean-Luc Godard's second feature, Le Petit Soldat (1960). Check the theater's website for showtimes.