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The Hitch-Hiker

Actress Ida Lupino (High Sierra) enjoyed a second career as a director of B movies in the late 40s and early 50s, and this hell-for-leather 1953 noir demonstrates her facility with actors and flawless pacing. Two pals (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy, both excellent) head off for a fishing trip in Mexico but get carjacked […]

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Zazie in the Metro

Arguably Louis Malle’s best work (1960). Based on Raymond Queneau’s farcical novel about a little girl (Catherine Demongeot) left in Paris for a weekend with her decadent uncle (Philippe Noiret), this wild spree goes overboard reproducing Mack Sennett-style slapstick, parodying various films of the 1950s, and playing with editing and color effects (Henri Decae’s cinematography […]

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Kimberly Akimbo

What’s a playwright to do when mere family dysfunction is no longer enough to carry a script? If you’re David Lindsay-Abaire, you toss a rare disease into the mix. The title character in this 2003 comedy is a 16-year-old rapidly aging because she has progeria, living in a family whose nonstop acrimonious screeching makes them […]

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I’m sure lots of people thought hell would freeze over before this sick ‘n’ twisted New York MC went straight. It must be snowing in the underworld right now, because the erstwhile Chris Palko has ditched the drugs, and on the new Hell’s Winter (Definitive Jux) he’s dropped the viciously misogynistic lyrics too. His cartoonishly […]

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Children–Hope for Tomorrow?

This daylong program of documentaries about the rights of children, selected from the United Nations Association’s annual touring film festival, takes place Saturday, November 19, from 9 AM to 5 PM at Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash. Suggested donation is $10 per half-day session; admission is free for Columbia College students. For more […]

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The Monocle

Only three ideas in this sluggish evening are potentially funny, and uninteresting performances render them only slightly amusing: a sketch depicting the letter u caught in a stifling relationship with q, an ad for a cologne that keeps the girls away when a guy just wants to watch the game, and a series of bits […]

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The Straight Dope

I was reading a Wikipedia article about two-time Medal of Honor winners the other day, one of whom was General Smedley Butler. He claimed to have unmasked the “business plot,” also known as the “White House putsch,” a scheme to install a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. Supposedly some congressional committee confirmed Butler’s claims. Did […]

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Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters

Chicago Shakespeare Theater may be the current best local presenter of international theater. And in a city renowned for its improvisational comedy, what could be a more appropriate import than a classic work of commedia dell’arte? Piccolo Teatro di Milano makes its first appearance here with this effervescent, ingenious production of Carlo Goldoni’s 17th-century farce. […]