November movie events and film fests calendar
Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2013 While aimed specifically at children—and also showcasing some films produced by kids—adults can usually find something to love at this weeklong festival going on at Facets and Music Box. For the full lineup, go to cicff.org. Facets Multi-Media and Music Box. Oct 25–Nov 5. $9, kids $6.
Rope Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1948. 80mins. Two men (Farley Granger and John Dall) hide a dead body in a chest whilst hosting a dinner for their professor (James Stewart). Adding to the suspense, the group is dining on that very chest! Based on a stage play inspired by the murder of teen Bobby Franks by University of Chicago students Leopold and Loeb, the film was initially received as a disappointment (even by Hitch himself) but has grown a cult of fans over the years. Gene Siskel Film Center. Nov 1 at 6pm; Nov 2 at 5:30pm. $11, students $7, members $6, SAIC students and faculty $4.
Reeling Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Reeling's 31st year opens with a screening of G.B.F. (2013), a film that pits the most popular girls in school against one another as they seek to win the platonic affections of the titular "gay best friend." For the complete lineup, visit reelingfilmfestival.org. Various venues. Nov 7–14. Check for prices and schedule at reelingfilmfestival.org.
True Romance Dir. Tony Scott. 1993. 120mins. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette joyride to Hollywood, a band of vicious drug dealers on their tail, in the first of two misguided lovers-on-the-lam films Quentin Tarantino wrote but didn't direct. The huge cast includes Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt in one of his earlier roles and the recently deceased James Gandolfini. Gene Siskel Film Center. Nov 9 at 5:15pm; Nov 12 at 6pm. $11, students $7, members $6, SAIC students and faculty $4.
L'Age d'Or Dir. Luis Buñuel. 1930. 63mins. Along with Un Chien Andalou (1929), this film, cowritten by Salvador Dalí is one of the milestones in French surrealist film history, examining many aspects of French bourgeois society. Alliance Française. Nov 13 at 6:30pm. $8.
Pre-Code, Pre-Thanksgiving Double Feature The Northwest Chicago Film Society features two film from before the censors grabbed the horns of Hollywood: Million Dollar Legs (1932), a goofy, surreal W.C. Fields flick, and George Cukor's raunchy farce Girls About Town (1931). Patio Theater. Nov 27 at 7:30pm. $5.
Stand By Me Dir. Rob Reiner. 1986. 89mins. Four boys in the Pacific Northwest search for a rumored dead body in this coming of age classic based on the novella by Stephen King. Along the way, the boys encounter bullies and bond. The ensemble of kids includes the late River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland. Music Box. Nov 29–30 at midnight. $9.25.