Arts & Entertainment

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Human interest stories shine at Full Frame film festival

Full Frame offers a full plate of, shall we say, heavy fare: Very serious issues not ordinarily treated with a light touch. 

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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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Hits and misses at Chicago International Film Festival

There were many great films at the Chicago festival, including several great bio docs about formidable persons in the arts.

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Alice in Blunderland: "The Dance of Death" and war between the sexes

This production of the Swedish playwright August Strindberg's 1900 "The Dance of Death," now playing in Pasadena, is expertly acted and directed.

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From Congo to North Dakota, films examine the human condition

Several films screened at the recent 2014 Tribeca Film Festival deal with the search for peace and justice, or for truth and understanding. They offer much valuable food for thought.

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“The Summit:” Adventure, death, jaw-dropping cinematography

The Summit provokes many questions, but should appeal to aficionados of adventure (in particular mountaineering).

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A feast of films from Traverse City Film Festival

Another film feast for discerning viewers of progressive cinema has come to an end; here's the round up.

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Theater review: "Chaplin, the Musical"

It's a well-worth-seeing tribute to the greatest and most responsible of artists, Charley Chaplin.

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Skyfall: powerful entry in James Bond series

Bond endures, and as much as one can credit the simple virtues of a well-conceived fantasy figure, it's also due to producers who felt they owed the character a fresh approach.