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  • Oct 13-19, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 53

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  • Friday Night Lights

    Director Peter Berg brings the camera down to turf level, right in the middle of painful hits and disappointing fumbles in this movie about high school football in small-town Texas. It’s based on the book by H.G. Bissinger, and you likely won’t be wiping tears or chanting “Rudy” by the end, but you will have had an honest, bone-crunching view of the game.
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  • Rosenstrasse

    On a little street in Berlin, a group of gentile women stood up to the Third Reich and demanded the release of their Jewish husbands. Many of them were successful. This fictitious story based on true events is compelling, even though the director’s telling is disjointed at times.
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  • The Yes Men

    This outrageous documentary tells the story of Andy and Mike, high-level pranksters who pose as World Trade Organization representatives at lectures and symposiums. Although the scenes of these irrepressible agitators raging against the WTO machine are entertaining, we are plagued with endless details of each individual stunt’s arrangement. Were they an older and more established outfit, there would be more meat on this film’s bones. As it is, the ratio of prank preparation and actual prank execution seems far off balance.
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  • The Motorcycle Diaries

    Who would’ve thought that a film depicting the early years of Ernesto “Che” Guevara could be so amiably good-humored and studiously tenderhearted? Inspired more by Easy Rider than, say, Malcom X, this film is based on Guevara’s journals and chronicles his 8,000-mile journey in search of fun and adventure with his friend. The film is warm and moving, but can be a little too polished at times.
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  • Taxi

    They’re no Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, of Lethal Weapon fame, but Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah manage a comical chemistry. The most lethal thing about this film is Belle’s (Latifah) wicked driving skills, as she chauffeurs a reject cop (Fallon) through some of the most thrilling high-speed chase scenes ever caught on film. This odd couple gives a new, enjoyable twist on the buddy flick genre.
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  • Cowards Bend the Knee

    This typically unique offering from Montreal-based auteur Guy Maddin began as an art installation: a series of short, filmed chapters, each to be viewed through separate peepholes. A kinky story of love, murder and revenge, it runs just over 60 minutes. The film is silent, shot in black and white with a few blue-tinted scenes and, like every other Maddin movie, has been made to look like the only existing print of a long lost film, halfway on its journey to serious deterioration.
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Food & Drink

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  • Grub heaven

    Zingerman’s Roadhouse presents "unusually good American food," declares a neon sign over the roof, in a setting that harks back to the day when weary travelers could recharge with a comforting meal by the roadside. The Roadhouse is a sprawling place with a semi-open kitchen, full bar, two dining rooms and very good food.
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