This week we review four films from the Polish Film Festival in America, which opens this Friday and runs through Sunday, November 22, at Facets Cinematheque, Society for Arts, and Rosemont 18 out in the 'burbs. And check out our new reviews of: Barista, a documentary about coffee and the overcaffeinated young people who prepare it; Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, the annual three-day blowout of abstract and experimental work; I Smile Back, starring Sarah Silverman as a suburban wife and mother who can't get enough booze and drugs; Love, an erotic epic (in 3-D, no less) by French bad boy Gaspar Noe (I Stand Alone); Radical Grace, a locally produced documentary about progressive nuns clashing with the Vatican; Spectre, the latest James Bond adventure; and Victoria, a suspense movie shot in one extended take.
Best bets for repertory: John Landis's Animal House (1978), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre; Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Friday and Sunday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Early Spring (1956), Saturday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940), Sunday afternoon at Music Box; Russ Meyers's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Eric Rohmer's Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1986), Monday at Doc; Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), Wednesday at Music Box as part of Sound Opinions at the Movies; Jacques Rivette's Out 1 (1971), all week at Gene Siskel Film Center; and Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly (19761), Wednesday at Doc.