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Gire: Hollywood Palms hosts 'No Place Like Home' benefit

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Film critics notebook

• A 75th anniversary screening of MGM's classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" will benefit Aurora's Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 Route 59, Naperville. The film is part of a bigger program called "There's No Place Like Home" scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Its goal is to raise $100,000 to build a home for Cheryl Williams, an Aurora single mother with two daughters. Oswego's Carissa Robbins, a sophomore elementary education major at Aurora University, will portray Dorothy onstage. Call (630) 859-3333 or see foxvalley habitat.org.

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• The After Hours Film Society presents Roman Polanski's controversial, seemingly autobiographical drama "Venus in Fur" (translated from a French play) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. General admission is $9. Go to afterhoursfilmsociety.com.

• Here's a chance to see Orson Welles' 1958 classic "Touch of Evil" on the silver screen the way Mother Nature intended. The Chicago Film Critics Association presents it at 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, as part of the Critics' Classics series at the Elk Grove Cinema, 1050 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. CFCA board of directors member Peter Sobczynski will introduce the drama and conduct a brief Q-and-A following the screening. Go to classiccinemas.com or chicago filmcritics.org. Admission costs $5.

• It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Dann & Raymond's Movie Club's presentation of "The Greatest Super Hero Movies" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. ahml.info. Free. The event features film clips from 15 of the most significant super hero movies created. The program marks the seventh season of Dann & Raymond in Arlington Heights.

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