Have a hearty helping of Hardy this week with our review of Far From the Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan as an eligible young woman besieged by prospective husbands. Ben Sachs takes a look at The D Train, starring Jack Black as a former high school loser now organizing a class reunion and James Marsden as the old classmate he hopes might ignite the party. But whatever you do, don't miss the riotously funny British import Queen and Country, screening one week only at Gene Siskel Film Center. Directed by John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance), it's a sequel to his earlier autobiographical feature Hope and Glory (1987; also screening this week) and a wild service comedy that ranks alongside M*A*S*H and Stripes.
Queen and Country
Check out our new reviews of: About Elly, an excellent 2009 domestic drama from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi that preceded his Oscar-winning A Separation; Aspen, Frederick Wiseman's 1991 documentary about wealthy visitors to the Colorado town and the working-class people who service them; Black Souls, an Italian crime saga with a strong Godfather flavor; Heaven Adores You, a documentary profile of the sorrowful indie-rock balladeer Elliott Smith; Noble, a documentary profile of the charismatic human rights activist Christina Noble; Roar, the notorious Tippi Hedren drama from 1981 that starred her own collection of lions and tigers; and Welcome to Me, a pleasantly weird comedy starring Kristen Wiig as a mentally ill woman who wins the lottery and launches her own TV talk show. The last of these opens tonight at Music Box with appearances by director Shira Piven and costar Joan Cusack.