Talking Screens, January 19-25, 2024: Ava DuVernay’s “Origin” Channels Isabel Wilkerson | Deborah Stratman’s “Last Things” Channels Rocks

This week: “Anatomy Of A Fall” at Facets; “Osama” at Logan Center; “Edward Yang: Cities And Souls” series, “Sátántangó,” “Last Things” at Siskel; “Back To The Future,” “Fitzcarraldo” and “Possession” at Doc Films; “The Game,” “Torso” and “The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh” at Music Box; plus “Origin, “The Teachers’ Lounge,” and “Zone of Interest.”

Talking Screens, January 12-18, 2024: Steve McQueen’s Occupied City | A Month of Very Long Films at Siskel | Scott Pilgrim and Phantom Thread

It’s a grabby bag of short runs this week, including quite the run at Doc, with “Nostalghia,” “Phantom Thread,” “May December,” “Heart of Glass” and “Persona;” “Fallen Leaves” moves to Facets; three at the Music Box, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” “Blow Out,” and Yakov Protazanov’s 1924 silent Russian sci-fi “Aelita: Queen Of Mars” from Chicago Film Society; plus “Dead Souls and “Occupied City” at Siskel.

So Far Away, So Close: Tending The Garden In “The Zone Of Interest”

The synopsis is as simple and direct as a placard next to a painting in a gallery, indicating the barest of bones of domestic drama: “The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.”

Talking Screens, January 5-11, 2024: Anthony Hopkins Sparks “Freud’s Last Session” | Andrew Haigh Mystifies with “All of Us Strangers” | Seeing John Malkovich

Opening this week in theaters are “Freud’s Last Session,” “All Of Us Strangers,” and “Coup de Torchon.” Among revival and repertory attractions are Abel Gance’s seven-hour 1923 silent, “The Wheel”; more films by the great humanist Edward Yang; “Jawbreaker” in 35mm; “Charade”; “Con Air” in 35mm; “Run Lola Run”; “Aguirre, The Wrath Of God”; “The Prestige” (35mm); “All That Jazz” (35mm); “Being John Malkovich” and “City of God.”

Film Top 5: January 2024

January is a month best spent in the warm confines of the cinema, immersing yourself in the best of the art-house.

Talking Screens: December 22, 2023-January 4, 2024: The Winning Combination of “American Fiction” | The Emphatic Oomph of “The Color Purple” | “The Crime Is Mine” is Brightly Colored Antic Comedy

This week: “Ferrari”; “American Fiction”; “The Crime Is Mine”; and “The Color Purple.” The Film Center nurtures its look-back at the year in film with”Be Kind, Rewind” and a revival series, “Edward Yang: Cities and Souls.” And a couple Michael Mann films at Drafthouse, “Thief” and “Miami Vice.”

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