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.
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.
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