Chicago International Film Festival 2011: A day-by-day guide to week one
We review 70 titles in a definitive guide to the festival's first week.
All screenings take place at the AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St) unless otherwise noted.
For advance tickets, call 312-332-FILM, go to ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival or stop by the festival office (30 E Adams St, Suite 800). For passes, go to chicagofilmfestival.com.
7pm The Last Rites of Joe May Dir. Joe Maggio. 2011. 103mins. USA. The festival shows off its Chicago cred with this year’s opening-night movie, produced by Steppenwolf Films and shot entirely in our city. Maggio (last year’s Bitter Feast) does a credible job with this story of a small-time operator (Dennis Farina) so ineffectual that when he’s hospitalized for pneumonia, everyone assumes he’s dead. Predictably, he finds redemption caring for a battered single mother and her kid. The movie is watchable, but there’s barely a scene in it that’s not a cliché. Harris Theater (205 E Randolph St).—Ben Kenigsberg