by Ben Sachs
This week's issue contains new reviews of: Beyond the Hill, a Turkish art movie playing at the Siskel Center this week; An Evening With Ximena Cuevas, a spotlight on the Mexican video artist playing in the Siskel's Conversations at the Edge series; Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, a documentary about the confrontational conservative broadcaster; Massacre (1934), a pre-Code melodrama that the Northwest Chicago Film Society is screening at the Patio on Wednesday night; The Muslims Are Coming!, an amiable documentary by and about Muslim standup comics; Populaire, a French romantic comedy set in the late 50s; and A Teacher, an indie drama getting a weeklong run at Facets Multimedia.
As for repertory screenings, the Music Box has some great ones this weekend. On Saturday at 11:30, they're showing an early John Ford western called Straight Shooting (1917); and on Sunday at the same time, they've got the arty Burt Lancaster vehicle The Swimmer (1968). The Siskel Center has Angels With Dirty Faces (on Friday and Tuesday as part of a crime movie series), Arthur Ripley's The Chase (1946), Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1949), Francois Truffaut's The Green Room (1978), and best of all, a two-week run of Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (1983) in a new 35-millimeter print. And the Northbrook Public Library, always a sure bet for rep screenings, is screening Josef von Sternberg's Underworld (1927) this Wednesday as a last-minute replacement for the originally scheduled Docks of New York (1928).