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  • Dec 31, 2008 - Jan 6, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 12

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  • Valkyrie

    In the waning days of World War II, a group of German officers (Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, Eddie Izzard and a weirdly wasted Kenneth Branagh) come together to assassinate Adolf Hitler and assume control of the government. The chief architect of the plot is Claus von Stauffenberg, a one-eyed, one-handed colonel who daringly uses Der Führer’s own paranoid bureaucracy against itself. Though history spoils the punchline, it’s to Singer’s credit that we’re engaged by the machinations of the men’s scheme. With Hitchcock-like precision, he stages the assassination attempt like a caper, building up a decent amount of suspense — regardless that we know the ending. Still, it’s not terribly clever, and the inevitability of its failure limits our investment.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Beast masters

    This is no ordinary steakhouse or barbecue joint. It’s true that they offer several cuts of beef, all naturally raised and dry-aged for a minimum of 21 days. The same amount of gastronomic attention is paid to the poultry and seafood dishes. Even the optional sides have their own unique signature. Restrained lighting, white linens and floor-to-ceiling windows pervade the two rooms. Oozing from the sound system are chill-out lounge beats at just the right volume. Many of the most interesting dishes appear on the appetizer menu, including a charcuterie and smoked seafood plate for two or more. Both the thick rib-eye and strip steaks are ideally prepared to order and full of flavor with only a simple rub of sea salt and oregano. Optional sauces and toppings are priced separately and include crab Béarnaise, blue cheese onions, salsa verde and roasted wild mushrooms among others. Open 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. No smoking. For more information, see
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