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Pencil This In

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 10, 2009 3:00PM

Titus Andronicus in a rare moment of relaxation
Titus Andronicus pens desperate caterwauling stadium punk that steamrolls over everything in its path. And by that description you might think this band cares nothing for nuance, but there are subtleties buried in the layers of guitars fighting their way to singe your eyebrows clean off your head. They're opening for country-punkers (although that description doesn't really do 'em justice) Lucero -- who always draw a large Chicago crowd, so get there early and secure a sweet spot in which to not-so-gently rock.

Metro, 3730 N Clark, 8:30 p.m., $16, 18+

Based on the commercials running on TV right now, a lot of people are going to be incredibly shocked by what kind of movie Observe And Report actually is. It is not a agoofy slapstick comedy. It is not a chronicling of the misadventures about a bunch of mall rent-a-cops. It is not a Judd Apatow-esque dude comedy. What it is is a dark, eye popping, stunning, at times belly laugh funny, at times nail digging in the armrest disturbing, and extremely accomplished film, especially when it comes to making its point and attaining its goals. I've heard some compare the film to Taxi Driver, and in that escalation of delusion and its consequences when the unhinged come in contact with reality's walls the comparison is fairly accurate. At the same time it has the funniest sequence involving the phrase "fuck you" we think we've ever seen.

Observe And Report, opens today in theaters everywhere