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Bush’s Disapproval Rating

Dear editor, As the Michael Moore movie Fahrenheit 9/11 continues to gain attention, money, and controversy [“The Screed We Need,” June 25], I can’t help but wonder why critics of the film (such as the right-wing group Move America Forward) deem it “anti-American.” The latest polls reveal that the majority of Americans now believe that […]

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Season on the Brink

In the week before the All-Star break, the Cubs put their season in jeopardy. Having swept the White Sox at Wrigley Field, they appeared to experience an emotional letdown in Milwaukee and were swept in turn by the Brewers. They scored a total of two runs in the three games. They then had to marshal […]

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The Clay Bird

Hypnotic musical sequences link parallel stories in this absorbing 2002 drama, set in eastern Pakistan on the eve of its 1971 secession and rebirth as Bangladesh. Determined to shield his son from multicultural influences, a rigidly pious Muslim villager sends the boy away to study at a madrassa, where he befriends a disturbed orphan. Back […]

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Steamboat Bill Jr.

Buster Keaton was never one of Hollywood’s biggest stars; even in his heyday he was eclipsed by Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, and his two greatest films, The General and Steamboat Bill Jr., both tanked at the box office. But the restoration of his silent classics for a series of video boxes in the mid-90s […]

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Savage Love

I’m a 28-year-old guy. When I make out with a girl, I produce lots of precome. It is often so much that my pants get wet. And it’s tons worse if there’s petting involved. This can be very embarrassing, especially if we’re in public. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll wear a pair of […]

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Unsafe at Any Size

A month ago I attended back-to-back press screenings of two major documentaries, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Corporation, which finally opened here last week. Though it would have broken with industry protocol to have said so at the time, before both movies had opened, it was clear that The Corporation—a 2003 Canadian film by […]

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King Arthur and Original Sin

Dear Chi Reader, Hank Sartin writes [in his July 9 review of King Arthur] that “the real Pelagius was a theologian better known for his heretical rejection of the doctrine of original sin than for any advanced political ideas.” While the Pelagius of the movie under review may not correspond with the Pelagius known by […]

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Your Time Will Come

YOUR TIME WILL COME, Clay Frog Productions, at Stage Left Theatre. “What do you think happens when you die?” four teenagers ponder, before moving on to talk of burgers and babes–an opening that instantly has us predicting someone’s death. Playwright Trevor Anthony Pitzel surprises us a little when not one but two characters are killed, […]

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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth do nothing on Sonic Nurse (DGC) they haven’t done before. Kim Gordon is still yelping hoarsely about celebrity, this time on “Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream” (originally titled “Mariah Carey and…”), where she asks, “How was your date with Eminem?” The guitars still swell and ebb and clink and approximate […]

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Turn on Your Shit Detector

If Mark Athitakis can correctly surmise that Madonna is full of shit [Critic’s Choice, Section Three, July 9], why didn’t you, Bob Mehr [The Meter, July 9], conclude that Thaione Davis is a double dip of the same concoction? In fact nitwit Davis’s favorite word is shit, when he is not using motherfucker. Most sane, […]