Freshly nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category, Jehane Noujaim's The Square
chronicles the Egyptian Revolution from Mubarak to Morsi and beyond, focusing on a small group of protesters who occupied Cairo's Tahrir Square and watched their crusade for more representative government yield an elected government that didn't represent them. It opens Friday for a weeklong run at Gene Siskel Film Center, and it shouldn't be missed.
Check out this week's issue for new reviews of: The Best Offer
, a new feature by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso
), starring Geoffrey Rush as an icy art dealer; Big Bad Wolves
, Israeli torture porn about a disgraced cop and a vigilante sticking it to a suspected child killer; The Legend of Hercules
, an action flick by Cutthroat Island
auteur Renny Harlin; Mortified Nation
, a documentary in which people read from the diaries they kept as teens; Old Goats
, a "fiction-documentary hybrid" about a trio of oldsters macking on the ladies; and Propaganda
, a found-footage documentary in the form of a North Korean diatribe against the West.
Best bets for repertory: Tim Burton's Beetlejuice
(1988), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust
(1991), next Thursday at Doc; George Stevens's Gunga Din
(1939), next Thursday at the Pickwick in Park Ridge; George Cukor's Little Women
(1933), Monday at Doc; Stanley Kubrick's Lolita
(1962), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; and Andrzej Zulawski's Possession
(1981), Sunday and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center (check out Ben Sachs's long review here
Local-history buffs take note: next Thursday, South Side Projections presents Picasso and the Mayor, a program of two 1967 shorts commenting on the iconic sculpture in Daley Plaza; filmmaker Tom Palazzolo attends.