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  • Feb 23 - Mar 1, 2005
  • Vol. 25, No. 19

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  • Moolaade

    The twelfth feature by Senegalese writer/director Ousmane Sembene, Moolaade is a fictional tale of four pre-adolescent girls who are supposed to undergo a genital mutilation ritual, but flee and take refuge with a woman who challenges tradition. The woman offers the girls moolaade, a form of protection which tradition must honor. But her rebellious actions throw the village into upheaval. Sembene has taken a subject which most people would rather not think about, and created a compelling drama with shattering emotional moments and, against great odds, an uplifting ending.
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  • Sunrise

    Released in 1927 at the tail-end of the silent era, Sunrise was the first American film made by famed German director F. W. Murnau. Considered by some to be a perfect film, or at least a perfect silent film, its odd structure makes the film dramatically uneven. A country farmer, besotted by a vamp from the city, struggles with his conflicted emotions. Throughout the film, one gets the sense of guiding intelligence shaping the visual details of each scene. Aside from being a technical marvel, Sunrise is also a beautiful film, dream-like and extraordinary.
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  • Notre Musique

    The eternally avant-garde French film maker Jean-Luc Godard’s latest cryptogram is structured like Dante’s Divine Comedy, layered in the three sections of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. Obviously this is territory for buffs and not just film buffs. Godard peppers the soundtrack with re-contextualized quotes, offering snippets of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius and aphoristic insights from Dostoevsky. The result is pellets of high (and low) culture raining down on the viewer in a seemingly free-associative manner.
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  • Heaven doesn’t want you …

    … and hell is full

    Based on the critically acclaimed Hellblazer comic book, this film is a triumph of style over substance. Keanu Reeves stars as a chain-smoking, misanthropic devil-slayer who must thwart the arrival of the Antichrist. Reeves, however, is the wrong choice for this unique antihero. Visually stunning andoverflowing with arresting imagery, the film has no shortage of ideas … just a lack of restraint and subtlety.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • More than just green beer

    In these days when almost every restaurateur will tell you he’s trying to run a "neighborhood place," Baile Corcaigh achieves that feel — even if many of the patrons travel far to get there. The restaurant serves spuds in leek pie, Connemara broth, Irish stew, and fish and chips. What this place does with humble root vegetables is impressive.
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