In this week's long review Ben Sachs looks at Le Week-end
, the latest from British screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette
, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
); Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star as a long-married couple hoping to salvage their relationship with a trip to Paris. And I review Divergent
, the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling young-adult sci-fi novel.
Check out the latest issue for new reviews of: Bad Words
, with Jason Bateman as a 40-year-old who enters a national spelling bee; Class Enemy
, a Slovenian feature about high schoolers who blame their German teacher for the suicide of a classmate; just plain Enemy
, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a history teacher who meets his doppelganger; Exhibition
, with former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine and conceptual artist Liam Gillick as a married couple more in love with their London apartment than with each other; Love & Air Sex
, a romantic comedy set amid the Air Sex World Championships in Austin, Texas; Muppets Most Wanted
, the latest outing for Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang; and Nymphomaniac: Volume I
, the first half of Lars von Trier's unrated, four-hour fuck fest (part two opens April 4).
Best bets for repertory: Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville
(1965), all week at Music Box in a restored print; Robert Kramer's Ice
(1969), Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; and Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes
(1938), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box.
And don't forget these special events: Genealogies of the New Aesthetic, a multimedia lecture by Christiane Paul on image-making in the age of the Internet, next Thursday at Film Center; Stress/De-Stress, which combines music, readings, and projector performance, Sunday at Museum of Contemporary Art; and Logan Square Home Movie Day, a program of celluloid home movies centered on the eponymous neighborhood, Wednesday at Comfort Station.