With the rollout of fall's higher-profile “prestige” pictures still a week away (including Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious FBI director), a pair of lesser-known films open here this week that are worthy of your attention.
Steve James is apparently incapable of making an uninteresting
documentary, even when his subject matter might presumably be
thoroughly played out. James, who has already garnered enough
film-festival awards to merit multiple mantelpieces, tackles
Chicago's soaring crime rate, and in particular the work of
CeaseFire, a community-based interventional program founded by
epidemiologist Gary Slutkin.