Ben Sachs is attracted to and repelled by The Tribe, a Ukrainian drama set at a boarding school for deaf children; the subject of this week's long review, it opens Friday at Music Box. Gwynedd Stuart has the lowdown on The Gallows, the latest mock-verite horror flick from the folks who gave you Insidious and Paranormal Activity.
Check out our new issue for capsule reviews of: Amy, documenting the rise and precipitous fall of British singer Amy Winehouse; Batkid Begins, about the 2013 phenomenon in which much of San Francisco cooperated with a leukemia-stricken child's desire to be the Caped Crusader for a day; Cartel Land, about the citizens' militias that went head-to-head with drug cartels in Mexico; From Caligari to Hitler, a critical study of the proto-fascist movies made in Germany between the world wars; Jimmy's Hall, Ken Loach's drama about the Irish communist James Gralton; A Murder in the Park, a report on the murder case that helped end the death penalty in Illinois but discredited the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University; Self/less, in which dying billionaire Ben Kingsley pays a mysterious corporation to transfer his mind into the body of Ryan Reynolds, and Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman as an Australian mother whose two children disappear in a dust storm.
Way Down East
Best bets for repertory: Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud, Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers; Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), Saturday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Dave and Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (1939), Wednesday at Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Auditorium; and D.W. Griffith's Way Down East (1920), Saturday afternoon at Music Box with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott.