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  • Dec 20-26, 2000
  • Vol. 21, No. 10

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Arts & Culture

  • Party pressure
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  • Party pressure

    The ultimate New Year’s soiree is about more than just paper hats and noisemakers....
  • Proof of Life
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  • Proof of Life

    In Proof of Life, based on William Prochnow’s Vanity Fair article, "Adventures in the Ransom Trade," war is business and business war. Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan depict the dilemma of their characters with depth and intelligence, both bound by duties that seem to go increasingly against their hearts.
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  • An Affair of Love
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  • An Affair of Love

    In this film, the French title of which is Une Liaison Pornographique, a woman (Nathalie Baye) and man (Sergi Lopez) initially meet for a one-time tryst. Their anonymous affair, initiated to fulfill a sexual fantasy, develops into something more.
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  • Dude, Where’s My Car?
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  • Dude, Where’s My Car?

    This stoner mystery recycles tried and occasionally true gags packaged for today’s teenage audience. But some things are funny no matter how many times you see them. And at the heart of this film is the timeless struggle between stoners, jocks and nerds, something we can all relate to.
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  • What Women Want
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  • What Women Want

    What women want, in director Nancy Meyers’ opinion, is a little respect. It’s a ballsy move for pretty-boy action hero Mel Gibson to tackle a role where he’s not just parodying a sensitive man but actually becomes a vulnerable one. Gibson delivers — with Helen Hunt and Alan Alda.
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  • Vertical Limit
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  • Vertical Limit

    The world of this flick is Hollywood big with hyperreal climbing stunts, explosions and computer graphic-enhanced avalanches: It’s a thrill ride. But as Hollywood as it looks, at its heart a family drama motivates this tale of man (and woman) against nature.
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  • The Emperor’s New Groove
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  • The Emperor’s New Groove

    A cavalcade of cartoon characters — mutated from American pop culture, inexplicably, as Mayans — plays out a failed version of Disney’s routine tale of adventurous, comic redemption in the studio’s latest animated feature: with no groove, no soul at all.
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  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
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  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

    While the kindergarten set snickers at the jokes, the butt of which are ... well, butts, Mommy and Daddy might find a social satire under the "ripey diapies." The Rugrats could be called the baby-in-laws of TV's "The Simpsons" fostered by the same producer, Gabor Csupo.
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  • State and Main
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  • State and Main

    As director David Mamet (House of Games, The Winslow Boy) deftly shows in his new film about filmmaking, it takes just as much effort and commitment to make a bad movie as it does to make a good one — with Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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  • Visual Art
  • Cheapskate celebration

    When an occasion is truly special, home is the only place to celebrate in a way that defines your personal style. All it takes is a few significant items, a special place, and the right combination of reverence and fun.
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Food & Drink

  • Gadgets galore
  • Gadgets galore

    A simple pickle picker-upper was responsible for starting an ever-growing collection of kitchen gadgets ... try one or two of our gadget-collector's favorites.
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  • Savory Spanish holiday
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  • Savory Spanish holiday

    Authentic Flamenco over dinners of tapas and paella, all in your local Holiday Inn. Empanadas, three varieties of paella, plus a variety of seafood, meat and poultry entrées. Desserts include a classic flan, very rich, sitting in a pool of caramelized sugar with its lingering smoky flavor.
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