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  • Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 50

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  • I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

    After a year of blood, sweat and tears shed over Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, rock band Wilco’s record company requires marketing-driven changes for the album’s release. Leader Jeff Tweedy refuses and this documentary becomes a more archetypical drama: today’s music industry’s David-and-Goliath fable.
  • Wyandotte winner

    There are more than a dozen sandwiches on the menu at this eclectic neighborhood gathering place, including several vegetarian choices. After that, you have a choice of tried-and-true entrées of fish, pasta or meat.There is a full bar, a brief wine list and quality beer on tap. The Newcastle Brown Ale went well with all those anchovies. Draft root beer is an alternative for the young at heart.
  • The Lady and The Duke

    This story of one woman's courage — or obstinacy — during the French Revolution is a rare period piece for octogenarian New Wave veteran Eric Rohmer, though it has the signature approach of his more modern tales, all of which feature characters talking obsessively about ... well, everything.
  • Secretary

    Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a performance both maddening and touching. A girl dying to escape a pathetic home life, she takes a job as secretary to lawyer James Spader, who engages his employee in a bizarre S&M relationship that includes spanking and hunger strikes
  • The Banger Sisters

    Bob Dolman directs his own fun-loving script with the high-charisma trio of Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon (as aging former rock groupies) and Geoffrey Rush. Unfortunately, the film loses its imaginative bite when all the ugly loose ends are neatly and unnaturally tied in a Hollywood bow.
  • Rashomon

    Director Akira Kurosawa's 11th feature (1950), set in medieval Japan, is a film of enduring popularity that manages to be both deeply cynical and cautiously optimistic. Its title has become synonymous with its central concept — that different people can experience and remember the same event in very different ways — with Toshiro Mifune.
  • The Four Feathers

    In this near-epic drenched in sand, longing and plenty of suffering, Djimon Hounsou appears as the desert savior of a disgraced British soldier (Heath Ledger) who, shamed by friends and fiancee, runs off to the Sudan in order to assert his self-worth.

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