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How many times can you ride the same roller coaster before those initial feelings of terror disappear? Oh, it can be so surprising the first time around, when you don’t know exactly how fast you will go, how deep the drops will be, how loudly you’ll scream when you go into that hairpin turn. 


Imagine what you’d get if Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram were consolidated into one company.

Odds are, you’d wind up with something that looked very much like “The Circle,” the fictitious Internet giant that is on its way to world dominance in director James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of the Dave Eggers’ best seller. 


Some people seem to have more of a rapport with animals than they have with other humans, and Antonina Zabinska is an excellent case in point. She’s the sensitive, secretive title character in director Niki Caro’s screen adaptation of “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” and she is played with enormous warmth and nuance by Jessica Chastain. 


Filmmaker Tom Ludwig
Tom Ludwig

This summer, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing movies by local and regional filmmakers. Tom Ludwig will show some of his short films on Thursday, June 9th. Chicago filmmaker Chris Hefner’s movie The Poisoner will screen on July 14th. Both films start at 6:30 p.m.


It's been 25 years since Julia Roberts became a certifiable superstar, with two back-to-back Oscar-nominated performances. First, she played the feisty but ill-fated Shelby in Steel Magnolias, then she became the street-wise but soft-hearted hooker, Vivian, in Pretty Woman. The rest, as they say, was history.


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