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  • Jan 2-8, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 12

News & Views

  • Year-end yammerings
  • Year-end yammerings

    No lame Clement Moore parodies here (well, not really) ... Instead find a sampler of the Detroit scene, from hip-hop to hipster, represented at the annual Robert Stanzler / Made in Detroit / Bob "Kid Rock" Ritchie holiday soiree.

Arts & Culture


Film & Screens


  • Ali

    Somehow — regardless of Will Smith’s months of physical, mental and spiritual preparation — his performance as the charismatic poet-of-the-ring only completely gels for brief moments before it falls apart, perhaps under Ali’s colossal weight or is swallowed by the Greatest’s shadow.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    Sampling tales of boyhood adventure that have lit up both the small and big screens for over 50 years, this cartoon feature is "B" quality at best, but it does take you for a few thrilling rides; it has some laughs, and it assures us that if you scratch a nerd deeply enough, you’ll find a hero within.
  • The Shipping News

    Swedish director Lasse Hallström has become an American master of middlebrow literary adaptations (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat), but fans of author E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will find little to love in this one — with Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Judi Dench.
  • The Affair of the Necklace

    While director Charles Shyer ably moves from light comedy (Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, I Love Trouble) to costume drama, he never delivers the gravitas needed for this tale of intrigue. He forgets the cinema’s prime directive — show, don’t tell — and never convincingly makes his point. With Hilary Swank.
  • History & hamburgers
  • History & hamburgers

    Named after the railroad tycoon, Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro started as a bar and hamburger joint; it's celebrating its 47th year in business, and its 10th year in the Novi Town Center. The menu begins with bar food — "I still say we have the best burger around," says executive chef Mary Brady — but it goes on in all kinds of interesting directions, such as sweet potato burritos, shepherd's pie, and fresh fish. A full bar and a reasonably priced wine list, plus imported beers, homemade soups and classic dessert selections round out the menu.

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