CUFF, CLFF, and the rest of this week's screenings

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Noah
  • Noah
When it rains, it pours: this week brings both the Chicago Underground Film Festival, with screenings through Sunday at the Logan, and the Chicago Latino Film Festival, with shows through April 17 at River East 21 and other area venues (including Gene Siskel Film Center, which presents a retrospective of Oscar-nominated films from Spain and Latin America). When it pours, we reign: check out this week's issue for 23 new reviews of both festival offerings and regular commercial releases. I think our all-time record was 56 new reviews in one issue, but that was a long time ago, when paper was a lot cheaper.

Finding Vivian Maier
  • Finding Vivian Maier
Opening this week: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, a documentary about the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas dustup back in 1991; Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the latest superhero romp from the Marvel Comics folks; Ernest & Celestine, a Belgian animation that was among this year's Oscar nominees; Finding Vivian Maier, a documentary about the Chicago street photographer who labored in obscurity throughout her life and has since been recognized as a major artist; Noah, adapted from the Book of Genesis (or is it the Bill Cosby routine?); Nymphomaniac: Volume II, the concluding half of Lars von Trier's four-hour erotic drama; and Sabotage, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a DEA agent whose team steals $10 million from a drug cartel and pays dearly.

Brewster McCloud
  • Brewster McCloud
Best bets for repertory: Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970), Wednesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Roberto Galvadon's Macario (1959), Monday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Pier Paolo Pasolini's Mamma Roma (1962), Saturday and Wednesday at Film Center; and Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise (1932), Sunday at Doc.

And don't forget the Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film, with screenings Friday and Saturday at Loyola University. Capping off the Friday-night program is Igor Drljaca's 2012 drama Krivina, about a Bosnian man in Toronto who learns that his former friend—missing for 20 years and wanted for his war crimes during the Balkan conflict—has resurfaced back home; Drljaca takes questions after the screening.


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At the Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film

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