(Opens Friday, July 22)
Writer-producer-director Jordan Peele’s latest science-fiction parable gets another boost in scale, shot by Hoyte van Hoytema, regular cinematographer of Christopher Nolan and Tomas Alfredson. (He also shot “Spectre,” “Her” and “Ad Astra.”) The daytime images in the film’s final trailer work from brilliance with little shadow. With Daniel Kaluuya.
Both Sides Of The Blade
(Opens at Siskel, Friday, July 15)
For the second time in a decade, French master Claire Denis has taken downtime from a larger picture and made a smaller one rather than cool her heels. Bless “Stars At Noon” for “Both Sides of the Blade,” released in France as “Avec amour et acharnement,” or “With Love and Fury.”
(Siskel, Monday, July 18)
As part of the Siskel’s ongoing “50/50” retrospective, 1999’s film of the year is Claire Denis’ free adaptation of Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd,” masterpiece of men at work, in motion, abstracted, dancing, dancing into the night, to “Rhythm Of The Night.” The body as hell and utopia: Absurdly beautiful.
(Siskel, July 8, 10)
One of Martin Scorsese’s most beloved pictures is part of the Siskel’s “Remembering Ray” series, all in 35mm, which also includes “Something Wild” (July 8, 10) and “Field of Dreams” (July 9, 12).
(Opens Friday, July 29)
B. J. Novak of “The Office” marks his feature directorial debut with the story of a man (Novak) who travels from New York to Texas after a woman he slept with is murdered. With Dove Cameron, Ashton Kutcher, Issa Rae.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published later this year.