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  • Jan 21-27, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 15

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  • The Scene
  • Along Came Polly

    Hollywood needs a big Band-Aid for this sorry, forgettable story, which features shticks such as a guy getting the squirts in the bathroom of his girl-of-interest’s apartment or playing basketball with sweaty, hairy-backed men. It seems director/writer John Hamburg works better in collaborations — he had a hand in the scripts for Meet the Parents and Zoolander. This time, he must accept all the blame for Polly’s overflow of hackneyed crap, because you’d be hard-pressed to collect a more likable cast, including Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hank Azaria and Alec Baldwin. Do actors read scripts before accepting these parts?
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  • The Scene
  • The Fog of War

    You can tell that this is an Errol Morris documentary because it isn’t boring, even though it’s essentially two long interviews with Robert S. McNamara, former secretary of defense under Kennedy and Johnson, focusing on his experience in WWII and as a Vietnam War policy maker. There’s no guarantee that a long interview can be made into an interesting cinematic experience, but Fog is helped along by a Philip Glass score and stylistic flourishes. This documentary paints a bleak but seemingly truthful picture of war.
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  • The Scene
  • Torque

    Like a music video, Torque lingers on one shot only long enough to grab its visual essence, before racing on to the next image. And the images don’t add up to much. But they serve their purpose: helping you accept the worst dialogue ever committed to film. But leave your too-clever sarcasm in the lobby and simply enjoy watching crotch-rocket pilot Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) battle crotch-rocket pilot Henry James (Matt Schulze) in a world where nobody ever dies or gets closed-head injuries from falling off their machines. Thunderous, stupid fun.
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  • Eyes Without a Face

    This French ’50s horror film is a cut above your usual slice of Euro-horror. It tells the story of a mad scientist who kidnaps women for their skin, which he grafts onto his daughter, who was disfigured in a car accident. With moments of eerie beauty, this pedigreed horror flick is directed, scored and written by veterans of French cinema, and features memorable French actors. In French, with English subtitles.
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Food & Drink

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  • Table and Bar
  • Faves & surprises

    Proprietor Sameer Eid has been serving meticulously prepared mideastern food to the locals since 1970. He knows his way around the market and the kitchen, and gives a more sophisticated spin to the well-known litany of shish kebab, shish kafta, baked kibbee and lamb chops. Seafood dishes are also specialties.
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