Century 16 Deer Park; Century 12 Evanston/CineArts 6 & XD; Cinemark @ Louis Joliet Mall;
Cinemark @ Seven Bridges and IMAX, Woodridge; North Aurora, Cinemark Tinseltown USA
"West Side Story" ¿¿¿¿ (U.S.; Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins, 1961). The wonderful film version of Romeo and Juliet translated to 1960s New York and its West Side rival gangs of street kids. Though Wise wisely opened it up to real Manhattan sites, there's one major flaw: the unfortunately dubbed Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as lovers Maria and Tony. But Jets gang leader Russ Tamblyn and Oscar winners George Chakiris and Rita Moreno dance up a storm, and the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song score and Jerome Robbins' mean streets choreography remain revelations. 2, 7 p.m. Wednesday
University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St.
"No Country for Old Men" ¿¿¿¿ (U.S.; Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007) We're back in the geographical vicinity of "Blood Simple," the 1985 Texas noir that put the Coens on the map. Adapting Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel, the script begins with the Tommy Lee Jones character, our lifeline in a sea of troubles, speaking in voice-over about his job as county sheriff, the changing times, the gathering storm clouds. The title comes from a line in the Yeats poem "Sailing to Byzantium," and the story pits a good man, the sheriff, against a very bad one, Chigurh (Javier Bardem). He is the hired gun bent on retrieving $2.4 million in drug money. The third point in the triangle is Llewelyn Moss, a largely silent but crucial character played by Josh Brolin, who at this point in his career has gotten interesting enough to do very little on screen and make it stick. 7, 9:30 p.m., 11:59 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Sunday
"Samsara" ¿¿¿ (U.S.; Ron Fricke, 2011)Gorgeous and a tiny bit bubble-headed, full of ancient ruins and marvelous faces and time-lapse landscapes of crazed LA freeways in action, "Samsara" takes its title from a Sanskrit word that translates, roughly, to "the ever-turning wheel of life." 7, 9:30 p.m. Saturday
2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
"Thelma and Louise" ¿¿¿¿ (U.S.; Ridley Scott, 1991) This great feminist chase thriller, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri, galvanized audiences in 1991. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are suburban housewives turned reluctant fugitive/outlaws who find love and strength on the run. 11:15 p.m. Friday
The Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.