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  • Dec 27, 2000 - Jan 2, 2001
  • Vol. 21, No. 11

News & Views

  • Bang, bang! You lose
  • Bang, bang! You lose

    Detroit Police shootings investigated, strikes settled, racetrack plans fell through (again) ... here's a look back at some of the year's top local and state news stories.

Arts & Culture

  • Farewell to shining stars

    Pause a moment to mark the passing of some of our favorite people -- whether they were worldwide celebrities or local artists, we are all the worse for their departure.

Food & Drink

  • A stroke of potluck
  • A stroke of potluck

    A bountiful office-party buffet gets one MT staffer thinking about the origins of the word "potluck" ... and the unselfish holiday spirit that inspires us to get together in the first place.


Film & Screens


  • Cast Away
  • Cast Away

    The key to Cast Away, which is nearly a one-man show, is Tom Hanks alone on a tropical island, improvising survival tactics to keep himself alive even when hope for rescue runs out. It’s hard to imagine another American actor who could pull this off as gracefully.
  • Chocolat
  • Chocolat

    The main conceit of Lasse Hallström's film is that chocolate is not just the mood-altering sweet that we all know and crave, but also a liberator of the essential life force as well as a powerful aphrodisiac. Though well-filmed and desperate to please, it's flat and predictable — with Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina and Johnny Depp.
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • A Hard Day's Night

    If some of the Beatles’ 1964 feature debut (low-budget, seemingly off-the-cuff and filmed in cheeky black-and-white) now seems quaint, the music still has the ability to charm. Even though as a film it's only good, as a cultural artifact it remains essential viewing.

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