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Tribune movie critic3½ stars (out of four) An extraordinary debut film from Sri Lankan writer-director Vimukthi Jayasundara, "The Forsaken Land," is a stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conflict. In images that sear...
Tribune movie critic3 stars (out of four) Anyone with a real taste for film noir, especially the French variety, should enjoy "13 Tzameti," a hypnotic new thriller by 26-year-old writer-director Gela Babluani, who lives in France but hails from ex-Soviet Georgia....
Times Staff Writer"Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" is a provocative political thriller that is as troubling today as when it came out in 1970. Maybe more so. Directed by Italy's Elio Petri and winner of the Oscar for best foreign-language film as well as a...
Tags: Academy Awards, Criminal Laws, Rome (Italy), Laws, Italy
Not by design, the roll call of 10 best theater productions in this year of big events (the new Goodman, Steppenwolf's 25th anniversary) includes mostly small-scale, small-budget shows presented in theaters ranging from 50 to 167 seats. There are no...
Each year, hundreds of movies open in Chicago's regular first-run theaters -- and those are the films that dominate most "10 best" lists here and elsewhere. But each year, hundreds of films also open in the smaller local venues. These are theaters and...
Special to the TribuneFrom Franz Kafka to Vaclav Havel, playwrights have used dark comedy to rail against the oppressive power of bureaucracy. Such dramatic polemics usually require two main components a faceless functionary who's just following the rules, thank you very...
Tags: Comedy (genre), Death
Special to the TribuneVery few playwrights end up running countries. So it's always interesting to watch the older works of Vaclav Havel and muse on this remarkable artist's bizarre and seemingly paradoxical transition from theatrical gadfly to president of the Czech Republic....
Tags: Czech Republic, Elmer Rice, Entertainment, Gaming
Special to the TribuneOM-2, a high-tech performance group from Tokyo, could easily stand for omnisensory squared. Its new multimedia work, "The Convulsions of Mr. K.," features live performers screaming in anguish and contorting their bodies as six surrounding project maniacal...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Arts, Convulsions, Pina Bausch
Bela Tarr's "Werckmeister Harmonies" - a Hungarian fairy tale about a troubled village that goes mad when the circus comes to town - is a great, haunting film that chills you, changes you. It's a masterpiece of style and mood, a hypnotic, wintry nightmare...
Tags: Circuses, Chicago Tribune, Health, Sports, Behavioral Conditions
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterDaniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal, whose death at the hands of Pakistani kidnappers was announced by the State Department on Thursday, was never a typical business reporter, not even in his earliest days at the country's premier business newspaper....
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday January 13, 1995 Once upon a time, in Dave Borthwick's dazzling "The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb," a poor couple (Nick Upton, Deborah Collard) living in a single drab room off a dark alley are overjoyed when the wife gives birth to a...
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