Arts & Entertainment

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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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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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Television news criticized in "Nightcrawler"

Most of the reviews call "Nightcrawler" a gorefest, made-for-Halloween, shocker. But there's a lot more to it.

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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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"Interstellar" says the world may not end

If you are still marveling over Stanley Kubrick's great sci-fi film 2001, released 46 years ago and still stunning, you will probably like Interstellar.

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From “hear” to eternity: Philosopho-palooza in "Discord"

Scott Carter's "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord" can "talk the legs off of a Japanese table."

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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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Iran at the Chicago International Film Festival

The Best Picture Award winner at the 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival went to the stunning Iranian film "The President."

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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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"Citizenfour": "The Shock Doctrine" plays out in the Patriot Act

The NSA and the National Security State have committed possibly irreparable damage to democracy itself, which depends on free speech and liberty of thought.

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