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  • Nov 10-16, 2004
  • Vol. 25, No. 4

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  • The Incredibles

    The Disney/Pixar collaboration — which brought you Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. — strikes gold again with this tale of superheroes returning to their normal, everyday existence. There’s a stellar lineup of stars lending their voices, among them Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Wallace Shawn and Jason Lee. Oh yeah, and Craig T. Nelson.
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  • Fade to Black

    Fortunately for Jay-Z, the twists on his roller coaster of a year can’t derail the energy that crackles throughout Fade to Black. The documentary tracks the recording of his latest album and captures his groundbreaking Madison Square Garden concert last year, which sold out in two hours. The rapper’s narration peppers the film with reflections on his life and career, but the rare studio footage is where the movie’s real meat can be found.
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  • Primer

    "Murky" is the word for this intelligent but too thickly plotted low-budget sci-fi effort by Shane Carruth. Two friends dicking around in their garage invent something sinister; but the interesting elements are marred by the abnormally high scientific mumble-jumble quotient. However, Carruth deserves some credit for making this occasionally interesting puzzle with a miniscule budget, even if it’s unnecessarily obscure and too clever for its own good.
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  • Ju-on

    This Japanese film is the basis of the new American remake The Grudge, widely panned by critics. However, the original isn’t much more than a well-oiled ghost story machine, more creepy than frightening. It succeeds well enough to make it a solid if not especially memorable genre entry.
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  • Undertow

    Director David Gordon Green’s latest poetic excursion into the grotesque rural South may not provide much in the way of thrills, but for viewers with a taste for the willfully obscure, it might satisfy. The story of two white-trash teenage boys on the run from a sadistic uncle who covets their father’s stash of gold coins, the film is far more interested in idiot-savant character quirks than actual suspense.
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  • Sideways

    Wine, food, the California landscape, life, the meaning of it, your ability to drink from its goodness — these are little bits of what Sideways is about. The entertaining, brutally honest and sometimes hilarious flick follows an odd couple of men in the middle of their lives who go on a road trip and end up finding themselves. Paul Giamatti hits all his marks as a depressed rejected novelist fanatical about wine; as does Thomas Haden Church as a has-been actor trying to get laid before he gets married. It’s a comedy rare for its complexity; funny but smart.
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Food & Drink

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  • Workweek fare

    Other entrées include fettuccine Alfredo, fish and chips (made with whitefish instead of the usual cod), mesquite-grilled shrimp, grilled ham steak (with fresh pineapple and golden raisins in a coconut butter), grilled chicken breast with chili mole, and, of course, steak. Hamburgers are made from sirloin steak, ground right in the kitchen.
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