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  • Dec 12-18, 2001
  • Vol. 22, No. 9

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Arts & Culture

  • The Scene
  • Ocean's Eleven

    Screenwriter Ted Griffin (Best Laid Plans) and Oscar award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) have used irony to build a new Ocean’s Eleven from the ground up, with excellently performed, quirky (if shallow) characters, clever laughs and even suspense — with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia.
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  • Tape

    Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman give some of the best performances of their careers in director Richard Linklater’s rogue’s gallery of slackers. A film that poses the question: Do overage frat-boy behavior and grassroots criminality make a guy a "dick"?
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  • La Bûche

    Director Danièle Thompson’s film opens like a Christmas present to Paris, then becomes just a clever, well-produced soap opera begging comparison to Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters — with Françoise Fabian and Emmanuel Béart.
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  • Come Undone

    While it often seems like the French believe they discovered genitalia and are anxious to share this with the world, the sexual explicitness that films such as this story of gay love use so casually reveals more than flesh. Director Sébastian Lifshitz bathes this brand of raw realism in a rich, cinematic glow.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Mangia, mangia

    Thousands of people love this place, a fast-growing chain that attempts to re-create the Southern Italian immigrant experience of the 1950s. The surprising thing is that the food is really good — not to mention cheap. The corporate mission is to take diners back to the ’50s, when families were large and the meatballs were too. The marinara is pleasingly chunky with tomatoes; the Caesar salad actually includes anchovies. Tiramisu is dense and superior, and the wine list includes Chianti in a basket.
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