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Top 10 books of 2014: a holiday reading list

The holidays are upon us in earnest. It's an ideal time to put down the smartphone or iPad and curl up with a good book.

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"I Was Nineteen": Movies you might have missed

The 1968 film "I Was Nineteen" was written and directed by Konrad Wolf, who used the film to relate his experiences in the closing weeks of World War II.

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A life forsaken (with apologies to Robert Frost fans)

"Two men converged on Canfield Drive, one man just walking down the middle. My squad car passed him and I stopped; would I make this something big or little?"

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Revolutionary Soviet ballet premieres in the U.S.

It took a full 82 years, but a revolutionary Soviet-era ballet that was purported to be Joseph Stalin's favorite has finally come to American shores.

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Heart of lightness: "Florencia en el Amazonas"

Who says the operatic art form is dead? Simply put, Florencia en el Amazonas is among the finest operas this reviewer has ever seen.

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Ursula LeGuin says up with fantasy, down with capitalism

"Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art."

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Movies you might have missed: "We’ll Live Till Monday"

This film is "an honest portrayal that also deals frankly with the complex human problems that are involved in molding the communist man and woman."

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Hurry! Hurry! Two great events at Lincoln Center, NYC

Two great events of transcendent cultural significance are taking place at or across the street from Lincoln Center in Midtown Manhattan.

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Florence of Suburbia: “The Vortex” in review

While "The Vortex" contains more than its fair share of sharp banter, it is also a powerful dramedy.

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Russian films at Chicago International Film Festival

New themes are appearing in Russian films that expose the extent of government corruption, which decimates a people subjected to an increasing supply of drugs, crime, and violence.

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