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  • Jun 6-12, 2007
  • Vol. 27, No. 34

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Arts & Culture

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  • I Love You … For a While

    James Auker’s I Love You … For a While is a portrait of a dysfunctional on-again/off-again romance, Auker’s film charts the four-year odyssey of two self-obsessed lovers who seem to have very little in common. Jake is a short and nebbish middle-aged video producer and Morgin is a screwed-up statuesque blond, 15 years his junior. Neither is particularly pleasant and both have problems. They have lots of sex, she emotionally withdraws, he obsesses, she breaks it off and he explodes. Rinse and repeat.
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  • Gracie

    The latest tribute to the glorifying power of shin guards and gutsy goals, has the heart of a winner, but lacks the flash and skill to be a real box-office contender. The story, and stop me if this sounds familiar, involves a soccer-obsessed suburban family in the late 1970’s, rocked by the death of their star athlete eldest son Johnny (Jesse Lee Sofer). Determined to follow in the muddy cleat marks of her beloved brother, Gracie (Carly Schroeder) sets out to make the boys varsity team, and win the big game to lift the spirits of her depressed, hard-ass dad (Dermot Mulrooney) and the whole dang town. What follows is a mish-mash of better sports movies, flavored girl-power and a dash of hazy, coming-of-age nostalgia.
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  • Mr.Brooks

    The titular Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner) is Portland, Ore.’s man of the year, a box mogul (not kidding) with a beautiful house, a beautiful wife (Marg Helgenberger), a beautiful daughter (Danielle Panabaker), and a private studio where he works on ceramics. Oh, and he’s also got this alter ego/invisible friend/whatever named Marshall (William Hurt) who pushes Brooks to do what he really wants — which is his unknown life as the thumbprint serial killer, who sneaks into people’s homes, shoots them, poses the corpses for private photo sessions, and then disappears leaving no clue save a solitary thumbprint.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Topping it all

    Coach Insignia, perched spectacularly on the 71st and 72nd floors of the Marriott Hotel in the Renaissance Center, is not as pricey as rumored, despite the fact that there is no such thing as a cheap lunch at Coach since it is only open for dinner and parking may cost as much as $10 with no validation. Whatever the price, the unsurpassed view is of considerable value. Unlike other restaurants in the clouds where the food is sometimes an afterthought, chef Beau Burnett’s cuisine would be worth sampling in the windowless RenCen basement. Several of the mains come in at under $30, including grilled vegetable Napoleon ($19) and a small center-cut filet mignon($29). The prices do ascend from there, with the budget-busting rack of lamb ($46) or the coconut-curry broth with the hefty helping of seared Ahi ($36). The long and versatile wine list includes a handful of bottles in the low- and mid-twenties.
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