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  • May 19-25, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 32

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  • Secret Things (Choses Secrètes)

    Fired (to put it mildly) from the club where they worked, a stripper and a bartender end up bound together against men as they dive into the world of sexual dares. Sort of a distaff answer to In the Company of Men with echoes of Mulholland Drive, Eyes Wide Shut and Secretary to boot. Unfortunately, writer-director Jean-Claude Brisseau stoops to contrivance toward the end.
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  • Troy

    The story has it all. Adultery. Politics. Epic battles. Ponderous monologues. CGI. Homer. Das Boot director Wolfgang Petersen. Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Peter O’Toole. And much more in 163 minutes.
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  • Super Size Me

    Despite a central thesis that blames the corporate victimizer and absolves the consumer victim, this documentary about a man on an all-McDonald’s diet was recommended with gusto by a reviewer of certain libertarian leanings. Director Morgan Spurlock (who plays his own human guinea pig) took a "Directors Award" at Sundance Film Festival for this.
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  • Dragnet Girl

    Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu paid homage to Warner Brothers gangster flicks and Josef von Sternberg's romances in this 1933 silent film. It shows a lot about what he liked and offers glimpses of the cinematic genius he would become.
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  • I’m Not Scared

    In this story of a pivotal summer in the life of a 10-year-old Italian boy, innocence is lost with the discovery of a naked, bleeding boy stuck in a hole. Which leads to further dark discoveries in a tiny village. A beautiful, poetic film by Italian director Gabriele Salvatores.
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Food & Drink

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  • Al-Ajami

    Al-Ajami is no worse than, but no better than, a slew of other Middle Eastern restaurants, with uneven quality to its cuisine and cleanliness. So what does Al-Ajami do right? It’s less expensive than La Shish. Chef and co-owner Stephan Ajami offers 15 seafood dishes. Also good are the chicken lemon, which combines grilled chicken and pilaf with vegetables doused in lemon butter, a terrific chicken rice soup, and a good lentil soup. Servings are enormous.
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