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  • Nov 19-25, 2003
  • Vol. 24, No. 6

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Arts & Culture

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  • The Singing Detective

    As demons of the mind ravage Dan Dark and he rots in his hospital bed, the crime novelist creates B-noir flicks in his mind. The Singing Detective is an inspired re-creation of film noir, brilliantly executed, with a strong showing by Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson. Despite annoying, occasional singing and dancing, The Singing Detective is a great movie.
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  • Tupac: Resurrection

    A documentary portrait of the late rapper Tupac Shakur as a talented ball of confusion. Shakur has an incredible presence on screen, but the film is somewhat less impressive. At an hour and 45 minutes, it feels longer and still leaves points of view unexamined, questions unasked.
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  • Shattered Glass

    Hayden Christensen proves Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones wasn’t his fault by playing hall-of-shame journalist Stephen Glass with the right mix of supplication, enthusiasm and sorrow. Writer-director Billy Ray plays to our fascination with natural-born con men.
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  • Tycoon

    In this fictional version of the rise and fall of post-Soviet businessman Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Mashkov plays a charming schemer with the ratty appeal of a young John Cassevetes. But director and co-writer Pavel Lounguine gives us a film too talky, too long and so laden with arcane references as to need not only subtitles but footnotes.
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Food & Drink

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  • Minor-league grub

    Fans would probably rank this a three-and-a-half star experience, but there’s no reason for hockey agnostics like myself to visit Cheli’s. It’s a barnlike, underheated space with 14 TVs in one room (and one in each restroom) and a familiar menu whose execution ranges from poor to average. For red-and-white-jerseyed boosters, though, it’s a place to exult in pure hockey-ness. The place assumes women aren’t die-hard fans; the TV in the women’s bathroom plays non-hockey fare.
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