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  • Sep 12-18, 2007
  • Vol. 27, No. 48

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  • The Boss of It All

    Billed as the first comedy from Dogme95 co-founder Lars von Trier, The Boss of It All is actually the latest mindfuck from the Danish provocateur. There is nothing innocuous about a von Trier project, even one in which the filmmaker himself appears in the opening scene (reflected in the windows of an office building) to placate his audience. “Although you see my reflection, trust me,” he coos, “this film won’t be worth a moment’s reflection.” Don’t bet on it.
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  • Shoot ’Em Up

    It takes all of 10 minutes to decide whether or not you’re on board with writer-director Michael Davis’ giddy, balls-to-the-wall celebration of handheld ballistics. That’s when Clive Owen, mid-gun-battle, shoots off the umbilical cord of the infant he’s just delivered. Yow. If the flash flood of hysterical violence, visual puns and bad one-liners in the opening scene turns you off, you won’t enjoy the rest of the movie. Because it gets crazier. Forget plot, character or thematic subtext, every scene in this breezy but bloody matinee flick is there to set up the next action sequence, constantly upping the ante on preposterous mayhem. It ain’t called Shoot ’Em Up for nothing.
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  • Lady Chatterley

    When Lady Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) accidentally comes upon Parkin (Jean-Louis Coulloc’h) as he’s washing up, there’s something about his broad, muscular back that completely unnerves her. Ferran doesn’t film this as a Harlequin moment, but a shock of recognition, a reminder of the corporeal world. As she begins regularly visiting the hut where Parkin breeds birds, and basks in its isolation, she moves from Lady Chatterley to Connie, and finds equanimity with this taciturn man of the woods.
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  • The Brothers Solomon

    John (Will Arnett) and Dean (Will Forte) Solomon are brothers who want to have a baby before their father dies to fulfill his dream of becoming a grandfather. Their social ineptness and seemingly innocent baby-making motives scare Jeanine (Kristen Wiig), the lucky surrogate, at first. As the movie goes on, Jeanine convinces the brothers that only the most prepared men will be allowed to touch her child, so the two shape up. Despite their baby-proofing and diaper training efforts, Jeanine has a change of heart after seeing an ecstatic new mother come into her Lamaze class, and reconsiders giving her baby to the brothers.
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  • 3:10 to Yuma

    Based on an early Elmore Leonard story that’s a marvel of tick-tock efficiency, building tension every step of the way on the road to a fateful climax, Yuma is stark and focused with only the mildest distractions spoiling its ride. Bale plays wounded Civil War vet turned rancher Dan Evans, struggling with drought and debt to keep his meager land and protect his family, when he stumbles into a violent robbery in progress. A stagecoach is being plundered by the sinister and seductive Ben Wade (Crowe), a mythic bad guy with a nagging streak of decency, who lets Evans and his sons go in exchange for their silence. That agreement lasts until Wade is captured in town and a railroad exec offers Evans $200 help escort the outlaw to Yuma on the train. Hot on their heels is Wade’s cutthroat gang, led by his vicious, crazy-eyed deputy Charlie, in a borderline campy, scene-stealing performance by Ben Foster.
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Food & Drink

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  • Far-out fare

    The setting is exquisite. Tapawingo, the Native American name for the land that the restaurant occupies, is a remodeled handsome country home, bordered front and back with lush gardens. Tapawingo’s prix-fixe dinners run from $50 to $65 for three courses — appetizer, entrée and dessert. The menu changes frequently through the seasons, as does the consistently creative complimentary amuse-bouche that amounts to a mini-course. For mains, try a surprisingly meaty Cornish game hen, or the moist chunk of perfectly grilled sturgeon. All of this culinary sophistication may sound intimidating, but the experience is lightened by the accomplished and helpful servers. On all accounts then, from the lovely surroundings, the gracious service and the fascinating dishes, Tapawingo lives up to its national reputation. The only thing is, it's 265 miles away.
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