Monthly Archives: August 2015

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1. “Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s ‘Belle’ Perfectly Explains White America’s Response to Racism”: An essential essay from Indiewire‘s Shannon M. Houston. “What activists (and many others suffering from racial discussion fatigue syndrome) have learned in the past year or so is that our definitions of ‘proof’ of racism and racist institutions differ vastly from…

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Z for Zachariah

The Garden of Eden isn’t big enough for three people, it seems. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine’s characters find that out the hard way in “Z for Zachariah,” an adaptation of a posthumously-published novel by Robert C. O’Brien (“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh”). It’s set in the aftermath of unspecified decline-and-fall…

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In a Lonely Place: “Noir City 7” Starts in Chicago

From out of the past and in a lonely place comes Noir City: Chicago 7. The traveling festival, presented by the San Francisco-based Film Noir Foundation, returns Aug. 28 through Sept. 3 for its seventh annual run at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, with 18 gems of the genre—some receiving their first-ever Chicago screenings.…

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We Are Your Friends

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as Those Damn Kids call it, is quite the thing with the aforementioned Damn Kids these days, with their rave and their Molly and whatever the hell else they’re up to. Its synthetic trappings notwithstanding—the “Electronic” part—EDM is dance music, just like Big Band Swing was, just like early rock…

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