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Rainforest Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago Rainforest Action Group, the Rainforest Film Festival will run from Saturday, October 21, through Sunday, October 29. Screenings will be held at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield; the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 N. Clark; the Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash; Facets Multimedia Center, […]

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Fat Man and Little Boy

The surprising thing about Roland Joffe’s movie about the building of the first atomic bomb is that, for all its unevenness as filmmaking–with a fragmented story line, unconvincing period dialogue, and a soupy Ennio Morricone score that would be more appropriate in a Sergio Leone epic–it still comes across as an unusually intelligent and provocative […]

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More of the 25th Chicago International Film Festival

The 25th Chicago International Film Festival moves into its second full week with a fair number of worthwhile films, including what are probably the two best parts of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue (the grim A Short Film About Killing and the exquisite A Short Film About Love), Maurizio Nichetti’s hilarious The Icicle Thief, several retrospective items, […]

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A Perfect Victim

A CONSTANT STATE OF DESIRE Karen Finley at Edge of the Lookingglass October 4-8 Karen Finley’s A Constant State of Desire is like a seance, with Finley acting the medium extraordinaire. Finley delivers a series of monologues–for lack of a better term–in a feverish, incantatory cadence meant to evoke the spirits of the characters described. […]

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It Was Thirty Years Ago Today

IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY Second City The quality of improv is not strained. Good trial-and-error sketches build from premise to punch line as naturally as the yuks that follow. Whatever twists occur along the way should feel almost inevitable–not thrown in to perplex us after we’ve given up on any other potential interest. […]