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A 1984 thriller by Michael Crichton (Coma, Looker), set in a not-too-distant future where a police sergeant in charge of stopping runaway robots (Tom Selleck) comes up against an evil genius (Gene Simmons of Kiss) who has found a way to program them to kill. With Cynthia Rhodes, Kirstie Alley, and Stan Shaw. PG, 100 […]

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My Way Home

Captured by the Russian army in its 1945 advance across Hungary, a boy is put to work herding cows with a young Russian soldier. The two become friends, but when the boy is released at the end of the war, he is punished for collaboration. A 1964 film by Miklos Jancso (Red Psalm), it’s said […]

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The Ascent

India’s land reform policies are attacked in a 1982 feature by Shyam Benegal, which follows four intertwined stories of peasants forced from their farms despite the government’s guarantees of protection. The central figure is a sharecropper who takes his case to court; his experiences turn him into a political activist.

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An early (1964) film by Hungary’s Miklos Jancso, made between his documentary and experimental phases. A young doctor wanders the white corridors of a hospital, searching for human compassion in what seems to be a wholly impersonal system.

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Public Hero Number One

G-man Chester Morris gets the goods on underworld czar Joseph Calleia with the help of the mobster’s right-thinking sister, Jean Arthur. An MGM programmer from 1935 with a good reputation; the director was J. Walter Ruben, the cinematographer Gregg Toland. With Lionel Barrymore, Paul Kelly, and Lewis Stone.

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Movie Sidebars

FESTIVAL Red Diva: Lyubov Orlova, First Lady of Soviet Cinema In 1999, when the Moscow daily Komsomolskaya Pravda asked readers to name the most beautiful women of the 20th century, the number five spot went to Soviet matinee idol Lyubov Orlova, who starred in a series of musical comedies in the 30s. (Marilyn Monroe came […]

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Boutique of the Week

I can’t even tell you how many times people have asked me, “When is Zara coming to Chicago?” The massive Spanish retailer is beloved by budget-minded style hunters for its dedication to cosmopolitan style and up-to-the-last-second mimicking of street trends—designs can hit the stores just two weeks off the drawing board. And now I can […]

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What Are You Wearing?

The Collector Mel Racho, 27, is a video artist who teaches motion graphics at Columbia College and Web-site construction at After School Matters. She lives in Logan Square. Tell me about your outfit. I’m wearing capri pants for a really tall woman, but they are regular-length jeans on me. My bow tie… I teach at […]

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Restaurant Reviews

Comfort in a Pot Thirteen Asian noodle joints Amarind’s Thai Restaurant6822 W. North | 773-889-9999 F 7.0 | S 7.6 | A 7.6 | $$ (5 reports) Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday; Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday | Closed Monday | Vegetarian friendly If Arun Sampanthavivat’s posh restaurant doesn’t fit your budget, try this serene Thai eatery owned by chef […]