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  • Jan 16-22, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 14

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Film & Screens


  • Brotherhood of the Wolf

    The pain may be all yours if you gamble your ticket price with the hope of winning more than a few moments of cinematic satisfaction out of nearly two-and-a-half subtitled hours of gothic horror redux. It's a buffet of misogyny, court-conspiracy theory, flat period-costume romance, racist colonial adventure and Hong Kong-styled kung fu fighting.
  • Gosford Park

    Robert Altman's latest offers the odd experience of watching the most loose-limbed of modern directors mingle his multidirectional observational style with the hidebound form of a traditional English murder mystery. The results are like an avant-garde Merchant-Ivory film or one of Agatha Christie's clever constructions gone all cubist.
  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    Writer-director Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) has created a hypertextual book-on-film rooted in the literature of the New Yorker magazine about a family of geniuses and prodigies and those who desperately want to belong with them. With truly human performances from Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, et al.
  • Sy Thai

    This is one restaurant where you ought to take the hot pepper rating seriously; even the mild spice level will prickle your taste buds. The little storefront eatery is a busy, noisy, friendly place, also doing a brisk take-out business. Each of 14 traditional entrées is offered with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, vegetables, shrimp, squid or imitation crab — noodles, curries, fried rice and other dishes load up the menu. Reviewer Elissa Karg liked the fresh steamed mussel appetizer and curry noodles with squid; she'd return again and again for the tom kha soup (coconut milk broth laced with lime, with little straw mushrooms, scallions and fresh basil floating within).

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