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  • Nov 12-18, 2003
  • Vol. 24, No. 5

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Arts & Culture

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  • Suddenly

    Argentinian writer/director Diego Lerman’s feature debut, filmed in black and white, begins with a certain harshness and then melts into something bittersweet. The directorial choices go a great distance in making a slight story seem nearly profound, with a layer of visual drama and poetry to the film.
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  • The Matrix Revolutions

    Why aren’t the musings about artificial intelligence, control, power and consciousness really that important in The Matrix Revolutions? Because all the energy you expend in imagining this is really good sci-fi is thoroughly insulted by the 15-minute jujitsu/machine gun/crouching tiger jumps you have to swallow. Overkill city.
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  • Elephant

    Gus Van Sant’s latest film follows its young cast as they walk through an insipid high school journey. You’ve read and seen all there is to read and see about the Columbine High School slaughter, but this film will make you "feel" it. It is a terrifying, beautiful thing to witness.
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  • Love Actually

    I don’t know who invented the term "emotional pornography," but after seeing Love Actually, I know its definition. This movie by makers of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones’ Diary abandons story, logic and any connection with reality, throwing more than a dozen different characters on screen to make sure not a moment passes without another attempt at cheap sentiment.
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  • Everybody Says I'm Fine

    Rahul Bose’s hit-and-miss fantasy about a mind-reading hairdresser is set largely in an upper-class Bombay salon. Up to the point that Bose loses control of his material, this is an odd and interesting film.
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  • Elf

    With Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Ferrell starring, Elf is a gut-buster of laughs, but little more. It smartly pays tribute, with some humorous effects, to the old favorites, such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, but becomes a mostly predictable rehash of the Christmas-spirit-conversion story. Undeniably cute, but not destined to become a Christmas classic.
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Food & Drink

  • Here's the beef
  • Table and Bar
  • Here's the beef

    Steak dominates the fare and there’s nothing on the menu that would make a meat-and-potatoes lover squirm. Six dishes under the heading “VIP” are flambéed at two stations in the dining room. All of the entrées we tried were very good: seafood strudel ($16.95), fettuccine carbonara (prepared with chicken), veal Marsala, seafood marinara ($17.95). Sides are predictable, such as green beans. Soup or salad comes with entrees; the clam chowder, which we had in both the New England and Manhattan variations, is terrific. Ssrvice is a serious issue that needs attention from management.
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