Film critics notebook
• The After Hours Film Society presents Penn & Teller's documentary "Tim's Vermeer" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. General admission costs $9. This investigative doc follows Tim Jenison, an eccentric Texas inventor, as he sets out to show how 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") painted pictures with photo-realistic precision 150 years before the invention of cameras. Rated PG-13 for language. 80 minutes. ★ ★ ★ Go to afterhoursfilmsociety.com.
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• Hollywood superstar Tyrone Power gets a double-bill tribute when the Pickwick Theatre's Classic Film series hosts "In Old Chicago" (1938) and "Jesse James" (1939) at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the theater, 5 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. The actor's daughter, Taryn Power, will be there in person to answer questions about the swashbuckling actor. parkridgeclassicfilm.com.
• Dann & Raymond's Movie Club usually convenes on the first Thursday of the month (that would be May 1) at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg. But a schedule change has bumped us to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15. So, mark your calendars.
Film historian Raymond Benson and I will present a special program devoted to movies we both really like but have never presented so far in our seven-year partnership. Raymond tilted more toward the classics in his choices; I went more for movies I know may be flawed, but I love them nonetheless.
Join us! Film clips! Free admission! Go to stdl.org for details.
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