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  • Oct 2-8, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 51

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Arts & Culture

  • Moonlight Mile

    Though the inspiration for director Brad Siberling’s latest movie was the murder of his actress girlfriend, his trauma, once filtered through his conventional imagination, emerges here as an old-fashioned piece of Hollywood uplift — with Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon.
  • Rain

    New Zealand director Christine Jeffs’ feature debut is as visually assured as it is dramatically sluggish. It's a mood piece with a slow accretion of character detail favored over more linear plotting. But the "persons under 18 not admitted" warning posted by the DFT for this film is a little puzzling.
  • Just a Kiss

    Fisher Stevens hasn’t made a decent movie since his turn as evil Iggy Koopa in Super Mario Bros. The streak continues with his directorial debut, which jumps back and forth through the cross-pollinated love lives of seven monogamy-challenged New Yorkers.
  • Lan Yu

    Lan Yu modernizes the classic tragic love story and elegantly boxes it in the formal compositions of director Stanley Kwan’s (The Actress) moving pictures. Despite its soap-operatic ending, it’s a remarkable treatment of gay sexuality in China.

  • Sweet Home Alabama

    Is Witherspoon doomed to be Reese Withering-Away in the shallow lands of vacuous blondes? It's painful to watch her talents wasting away inside unnecessary films like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Abomination, I mean Alabama.
  • Snipes

    Does violence lead to rap, or does rap lead to gangs, guns, girlfriends on the side and eternal youth — the hard way? Introducing Snipes, where Mafia, rap stars and hood rats butt their ugly heads in a regurgitation of cinematic violence that gives brutal birth to an unlikely, but likable, hero.

Food & Drink

  • Tops in truffles

    One reason to choose Pasticcio above the many other restaurants along Windsor's "Via Italia", is its new terrace. Among the pastas, I liked the mushroom choices: fettucine ai funghi porcini, pungent and simple in a big white bowl, or rigatoni alla boscaiola, musky with long-stemmed mushrooms.


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