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  • Apr 21-27, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 28

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Arts & Culture

  • The Scene
  • Broken Wings

    A dysfunctional Israeli family living in Haifa teeters on the edge of falling apart as the subject of writer-director Nir Bergman’s debut feature film. Serious money troubles, teenage alienation, bed-wetting — there’s an abundance of misery here, but also an understanding of the durability of family ties. In Hebrew with English subtitles.
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  • Mayor of the Sunset Strip

    Scenester-for-life Rodney Bingenheimer hung out with and/or boosted the careers of stars from Elvis to the Strokes. And most of them are in this George Hickenlooper documentary on the host of the influential "Rodney on the Roq" show on L.A.’s KROQ. But Hickenlooper also finds his subject to be a sad and lonely figure at the end of the day.
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  • The Scene
  • Games People Play: New York

    Six attractive, *uninhibited* New Yorkers (three men, three women) perform soap opera-esque skits and take their clothes off, sing in make-shift trios and take their clothes off, seduce delivery boys and take their clothes off, ... and, you get the picture. Reality TV for the big screen.
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  • The Scene
  • The Punisher

    Compared to X-Men, the Hulk and Spiderman, the Punisher is a lesser god in the Marvel Comics pantheon. No powers, no fascinating psychological issues, just an ex-law enforcement type done wrong (real wrong) and out for blood. A stock translation of a skin-deep comic character. With Tom Jane in the title role, John Travolta as the villain and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as the stock could-be girlfriend.
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  • The Scene
  • Early Spring

    Yasujiro Ozu’s 1956 film is cautionary tale of an office drudge, his faltering marriage and his dangerous affair. It’s a soap opera, a character study and a dead-on indictment of modern corporatism and worth experiencing, even if it is 30 minutes too long. Starring Ryo Ikebe, Chikage Awashima and Keiko Kishi.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Crepe nuts

    If you want it done right, do it yourself. At Josephine, the patés and the wines are all made on the premises, with outstanding results. And co-owners Jeanine Henson and Bob Zagar work the floor themselves, resulting in professional, knowledgeable, caring service. They’re serving a short menu of French or French-inspired dishes that begins and ends with crêpes but also includes onion soup, coq au vin and beef bourguignon. Forget preconceptions about puny crêpes. At Josephine, an entreé crêpe is both filled and topped with goodies, and, with its sides, it's plenty for a meal. What's more, their sidewalk café offers 12 seats. Open 4:30-10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 4:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
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