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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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The Cold War plays at Toronto Film Festival

The Soviet Union was obsessed with two sports: hockey and chess. For decades, they held the championship in both arenas. Two new films bring back memories of those days.

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