The Crime Of Monsieur Lange
(Siskel, opens January 12)
The only good reason this warm, rollicking, if murderous political comedy is one of Jean Renoir’s lesser-known movies is that it’s been out of circulation for years. A savory 4K restoration will put it up there with any Renoir considered his best.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s serenely sensual sub-dom stare-down rom-com is generous, wicked and tailored with surprise after surprise. Another all-American original.
(Landmark Century, opens January 5)
It’s Michael Haneke’s indiscreet, harm-of-the-bourgeoisie apocalypse, we just live in it.
(Music Box, opens January 19)
Jake meets Mati, in the picturesque Porto, Portugal, Gabe Klinger’s first fiction feature.
Stranger Than Fiction
The winter selection of the world doc crop includes fest favorites “Beuys,” “42 Grams,” “No Dress Code Required,” “Tokyo Idols” and “Shadowman.”
Ray Pride is Newcity film critic and a contributing editor of Filmmaker magazine. He is also a photographer: his history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images is forthcoming. Previews on Twitter (twitter.com/chighostsigns) as well as daily photography on Instagram: instagram.com/raypride. Twitter: twitter.com/RayPride. (Photo: Jorge Colombo.)