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  • May 7-13, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 30

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  • Sister Helen

    There's no shortage of dramatic developments in this 90-minute documentary about a 69-year-old Benedictine nun who runs a home for recovering addicts in the South Bronx, plus a surprising and very moving ending. It's a tribute to an intrepid soul, minus any maudlin crap and served up straight.
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  • Irreversible

    French director Gaspar Noé's effectively repulsive piece of work is such a raw and determined outrage that it seems pushy and self-indulgent. It may be philosophically trite and gratuitously over the top, but it also offers a startlingly original method of generating serious empathy for unexceptional characters.
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  • Levity

    Veteran comedy writer Ed Solomon has plotted a subtly ironic, modern redemption fable for his directorial feature debut — with Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Billy Bob Thornton (as a secular monk inwardly compelled toward salvation even as he denies it).
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  • Blossoms of Fire

    Myths about the women of southern Oaxaca, Mexico have conjured notions of Eden and the existence of a matriarchal utopia. Determined to crack open the reality beneath the region's fanciful aura, documentary filmmakers Maureen Gosling and Ellen Osbourne try to project a more realistic picture on-screen.
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  • The Scene
  • Winged Migration

    With only a little trickery, this documentary presents a mostly up-close look at, well, winged migration. Full of how-did-they-get-that shots, it makes you see something familiar in a different way, while capturing nature’s enduring grace, mercilessness and mysterious persistence.
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  • XX/XY

    Mark Ruffalo stars in this then-and-now tale of the volatile sexual and romantic relationship between a businessman and a couple of Sarah Lawrence girls. It moves at a snail’s pace through love triangle motions so obligatory and expected that there’s little reason to stick around to see what happens.
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Food & Drink

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  • Let’s get greasy

    A little neighborhood place with all the virtues and vices of down-home cooking. Entrees include chicken (fried, smothered or barbecued), pork chops (ditto) country-fried steak, catfish, perch, wing-dings, shrimp, meat loaf and ribs. All the usual soul-food side dishes can be found here. If you don't want gravy, be sure to say so.
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