Top movies to see at 2011 Chicago Film Festival

For the record: Film festivals are not totally comprised of nine-hour Hungarian documentaries about poverty. Yes, you could see plenty of heavy, obscure international flicks at the 47th annual Chicago Film Festival (Oct. 6-20), but you can also get an early look at big stars in big upcoming movies, like a career-best Kirsten Dunst in the brilliant apocalyptic epic "Melancholia," soon-to-be-a-household-name Elizabeth Olsen (sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) in the harrowing "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and a radiant Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in the lovely "My Week with Marilyn." (No, the movie's not about the time it took to turn the Hollywood icon into the Michigan Avenue statue whose underwear you couldn't help scoping out.) Here's the best of what I've seen from this year's fest. Most screenings at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. Most tickets $10-$13. See chicagofilmfestival.com for full schedule. -- Matt Pais
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