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‘Black Swan’

A slight madness seemed to set in upon leaving Century Theatres after watching Darren Aronofsky’s hyper-psychological “Black Swan.” Though the latest dissection of the obsessed from the stylistic auteur (“Pi,” “Requiem for a Dream”) was extraordinary, at times a reprieve – jotting notes for this review – was welcome. Mr. Aronofsky is so unnervingly adept […]

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Independent Film Spirit Lands in Evanston

The second annual Talking Pictures Festival took place in Evanston last weekend. Co-founded by local independent filmmakers and presenters of the Reeltime film and discussion series Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer, the fest showcased a diverse buffet of independent features, short films and documentaries throughout Evanston at such venues as Hotel Orrington, Cinemark Theatres, Next […]

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Next Theatre Gives Local Artists a Voice With ‘Dark Night’ Series

Since its inception in 1981, the Next Theatre Company has produced over a hundred productions in its compact, 167-seat space within the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.  In the past decade alone, the theatre has received critical acclaim for staging works such as “The Overwhelming,” “Yellowman,” “Omnium Gatherum,” “The Adding Machine,” and more.  Throughout its history, […]

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‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

Former Monty Python ensemble actor/comedian Terry Gilliam has a directorial resume full of eccentric characters and eclectic visual motifs. “Brazil,” “Twelve Monkeys” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” are about as odd as anything by Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel. Even the Python films he directed had his undeniably mad vision stamped over the […]