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  • Dec 8-14, 2004
  • Vol. 25, No. 8

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Arts & Culture

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  • Sex is Comedy

    Neither sexy nor particularly comedic, writer/director Catherine Breillat’s Sex Is Comedy is a sometimes-intriguing look at the difficulties in making a sexually explicit movie, especially when it involves an antagonistic female director and an uncooperative leading man.
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  • Closer

    The truth can bite you on the ass, and honesty takes a brutal toll in Closer, Mike Nichols’ film adaptation of Patrick Marber’s acclaimed play about a bizarre love rectangle. The tale of seduction and jealousy stars Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive Owen as four lovers caught in a tangle of hookups and breakups — a love story without sweetness. The story is mired in extreme heartache and pain, so much so that it becomes hardly bearable. With one dramatic blow-up after another, each scene plays as if it were the climax — leaving one to ask, where’s the foreplay?
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  • I Am David

    A young boy makes a treacherous journey on foot from Bulgaria to Denmark in I Am David, a big-screen adventure from Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig. Along with Finding Neverland, the film gives smart, sensitive preteens and their parents a reason to wander into the multiplexes again.
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  • Blade: Trinity

    It sucks. Blade gets a cadre of nubile young ass-kickers to help him defeat yet another Euro-trash Dracula. Lacking the expert pacing or lush atmosphere of the first two installments, we’re left to contemplate stilted dialogue, paper-thin characters and a chaotic script where story ideas are picked up and dropped with alarming frequency. Even the brilliant Parker Posey is wasted. Tsk, tsk. It looks like Wesley Snipes, a once-talented actor, has become a leather-clad Rambo for the new millennium.
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  • The Machinist

    Forget Dr. Atkins — actor Christian Bale shows off his plan for maximum weight-loss as the emaciated basket case Trevor Reznik in the psychological horror flick The Machinist. Despite some freaky images, most of them provided by Bale’s caved-in torso, the film’s plot winds up being a few bites short of a full meal.
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Food & Drink

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  • Getting pie-eyed in Birmingham

    Brooklyn is considered the home of the North American pizza, and the owners of Brooklyn Pizza describe their pies as New York-style pizza cooked in a brick oven, fueled by coal or wood. This method creates a thin, crisp crust that snaps and shatters when you take a bite. This is one place where you can still watch the pizza chefs flip a disk of dough in the air. Ice cream, gelato and Italian ices are made on the premises.
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