Arts & Entertainment

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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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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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"The Wanted 18" is a charmingly subversive human comedy

This highly creative documentary film about Palestine succeeds on many levels.

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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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"Pride" tells of solidarity vs. prejudice, winning vs. losing

In 1984, a small group of London gays and lesbians collected money for the miners and taught a lesson of solidarity that everybody should memorize.

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Book review: "Paul Robeson for Beginners"

A wonderful book that reveals and celebrates the life of an exceptional man who left a majestic and lasting legacy to the world.

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Films from forbidden lands

People in the West rarely get to see films from North Korea, let alone Cuba or Vietnam. Film festivals are often the only source for cinema from the "forbidden" Communist countries.

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