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We try not to fling around the stars too much around here, so that when we publish a four-star review it actually means something. This week we've got two: Ben Sachs writes about The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki's feature-length animation about the real-life aeronautics engineer who designed many of Japan's warplanes during World War II, and I review In Secret, an excellent period noir adapted from Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin and starring Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac.About Last Night, a remake of the old Rob Lowe-Demi Moore rom-com; Black Out, a crime comedy from the Netherlands that recycles the premise of The Hangover; The Bright Day, an Iranian drama in which a schoolteacher tries to save a convicted murderer from execution; Endless Love, a remake of the old Brooke Shields heart-tugger; The Girls in the Band, a documentary about the forgotten women of jazz; The Last of the Unjust, Claude Lanzmann's latest documentary exploration of the Holocaust; The New Black, which investigates the schism in the African-American community over gay marriage; The Pretty One, starring Zoe Kazan as identical twins; and Wedlock, an Iranian drama about two couples whose different social views threaten their friendship. Bringing Up Baby (1938), Monday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures and Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising (both 1963), Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Ernest Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper's King Kong (1933), Friday at Block Museum of Art; Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Jacques Demy's Model Shop (1969), Saturday and Monday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Preston Sturges's Unfaithfully Yours (1948), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box; and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987), Wednesday at Doc.
On the special-events beat, consider Hate Crimes in the Heartland, a documentary chronicling the dark racial history of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Films by Steve Delahoyde, a program of comedy shorts by the local artist; and Chicago Filmmakers' first annual Student Shoot-Out, a short-film competition open to any work submitted for a filmmaking class in Chicago.