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  • May 12-18, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 31

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Arts & Culture

  • The Scene
  • Godsend

    Director Nick Hamm practically begs you not to like his film. Besides using one of the most blatantly derivative and stupid scripts ever written, Hamm will go down in history for allowing Robert DeNiro to give one of the absolute worst performances of his career. Please, don’t find out for yourself. Just walk away.
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  • Bon Voyage

    If you’ve got a hankering for a bullet-flinging romantic film noir, Bon Voyage is the ticket. The film is set in 1940’s France, but filmed in present day full-color. Isabelle Adjani plays a stunning screen star, while Gérard Depardieu makes a characteristically strong showing in a film that questions the role of entertainment in matters of love and war. In French with subtitles.
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  • The Scene
  • Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

    A Vincent & Theo relationship told with the absurd humor of Harold and Maude. Lone Scherfig, the Danish director of Italian for Beginners, holds to the goal of pulling truth out of characters and settings, an approach at odds with an industry hooked on razzmatazz.
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  • Since Otar Left

    This is a prime example of a uniquely European entity, a film whose effectiveness relies largely on the performance of an extremely old person. In this case it’s Esther Gorintin who plays an octogenarian of a family in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The interrelation of three generations of women living under one roof, depicted in a realistic and low-key manner.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Eastern elements

    Like all the best ethnic restaurants, you’ll find Sukhothai in a seedy strip mall. Here you'll find Koong Houm Pa, an appetizer in which a spring roll wrapper is folded into a triangle around ground pork and a jumbo shrimp, with the shrimp tail forming a handle (think of a flat ice cream cone), then deep fried. It is served with a sweet plum dipping sauce. The crispy spring rolls were also delicious.
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