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  • Feb 14-20, 2001
  • Vol. 21, No. 18

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Arts & Culture

  • Head Over Heels
  • The Scene
  • Head Over Heels

    Mark Waters, who made the flawed but intriguingly creepy House of Yes (featuring Freddie Prinze Jr. prior to his teen-dream days), approaches this material with the dubious philosophy that anything goes. Someone should have warned him before he slid directly to romantic-comedy hell.
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  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Scene
  • In the Mood for Love

    Set in 1962 Hong Kong, the new film by director Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express) is the story of two people, each married to someone else, who slowly drift together for a tenuous romance. Wong’s dramatic, eroticized images smolder and roil with emotion — with the exquisite Maggie Cheung.
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  • Suzhou River
  • The Scene
  • Suzhou River

    Director Lou Ye's style is so glib he seems to have almost accidentally made a deeply affecting film, aided by a wonderful performance by Zhou Xun, as both a femme-fatale mermaid and young innocent. Her beguiling presence makes it work as a mystery, a fable and a sad love story.
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Food & Drink

  • Fast fish
  • Fast fish

    Superior Fish Company in Royal Oak procures seafood from "all the waters of the world." An Icelandic halibut or a Lake Victorian Nile perch could be on your plate within 24 hours of being caught.
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  • Essential elegance
  • Table and Bar
  • Essential elegance

    With a menu pared down to 14 entrées, Essence has a spare but lavish approach to dining. Fresh seasonal ingredients are used, and executive chef Mike Trombley prefers to do things "the old way, producing just about everything in-house." The dining room is simple but nicely appointed with white linens, and a fireplace makes it a cozy place to sit on a winter night. There's an impressive wine list, as well as 41 martini varieties.
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