Arts & Entertainment

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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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Inside Syria: New book sheds needed light

Reese Erlich's informative and insightful book "Inside Syria" brings to mind the Greek myth of a vast maze under the palace at Knossos.

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New directions for LA opera: "Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle"

LA Opera's edgy double feature takes this august art form in other directions and shows the possibilities of different modes of expression for the operatic medium.

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"Season of the Witch" examines occult history of rock

Speaking as an occult enthusiast, I prepared myself for the possibility that this book would consist of clichéd assumptions about the occult. Fortunately, the author doesn't go that route.

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Scandinavia at the Chicago International Film Festival

Scandinavia showed up in full glory at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. A Swedish film even won the coveted Best Foreign Film Audience Award.

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Brad Pitt fires last shot in “Fury”

The film does boast some excellent performances, but by the second half, the script turns utterly preposterous.

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Freedom of the press? "Kill the Messenger" in review

Kill the Messenger raises daunting questions about the role of the press in society. This passion play is a piece of our nation's recent and ongoing history.

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French New Wave classic flows back onto the screen

The late 1950s and early 1960s was a pivotal, heady, historic time for French cinema, as Nouvelle Vague or New Wave classics flowed onto the screen.

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The Revolution is coming to a theater near you: 1969 in review

One of the great things about the theater is that it can dramatize history, and the people who make it and shake it.

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Chicago International Film Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

The longest-running competitive film festival in America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

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