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  • Jan 23-29, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 15

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  • Charlotte Gray

    Perhaps if you live on a diet of romance paperbacks and keep your TV glued to Lifetime with a hanky handy, you might like this movie, but Charlotte Gray pales in comparison to Armstrong’s Australian work — with Cate Blanchett.
  • Blood simple

    Ridley Scott blows us out of our seats and leaves us in the dark.
  • Dark Blue World

    The story of World War II Czech pilots who fought for the British RAF, only to be persecuted back home, is from director Jan Sverák and his screenwriter-actor father Zdenek, the same team who made the 1997 foreign-language Oscar winner Kolya. A timidly conventional film about extraordinary heroics.
  • Fighter

    This video documentary by Amir Bar-Lev is an unusual addition to existing Holocaust-related material, sometimes comic, often devastating and wholly original. It introduces us to two Czech-Americans (formerly persecuted Czech Jews) who have developed a tenuous friendship.
  • Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this salsa-paced comedy about a big-city dentist flung into a small-town wilderness due to unforeseen circumstances that flip-flop his squeaky-clean, nicely flossed world. Definitely geared toward the little tykes, the humor is self-aware and well perpetrated by an unusually high-caliber cast.
  • Soul & heart

    The prices here are family-oriented (lots of food at low cost). Sweet, cheerful-yellow cornbread comes with your entrée, and you get the traditional choice of two sides. The menu here is from the upscale end of the soul spectrum — no chitterlings or pigs’ feet, but three kinds of steak. Best of all are the short ribs: tender beef on the bone, slow cooked with mushrooms and a luscious gravy. Baby-back ribs and the marinated chicken breast are also delicious. For dessert, the house-made peach cobbler a la mode is highly recommended — it's spiced with cinnamon and served warm.

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