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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Whatever they’re watching, it’s not a very popular movie.

Film Review

Life Itself

Poignant documentary points the camera at the life of movie critic Roger Ebert

Filmmaker goes from being reviewed by Roger Ebert to making a movie about the famed critic’s final days in Life Itself.

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Book Review

First World Problems

Hard to Be a God

Don Rumata seems like any other obnoxious noble with money to spend and ladies to court, but he’s actually a Communist operative from Earth.

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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Variety Comes to Old Town

Taking in the breeze at Backstreet Grill

Ty Bannerman checks out the newest reason for locals to swing by Old Town.

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This is what we call the money shot.

Film Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Apes + machine guns = awesome

Smart, surprising Dawn of the Planet of the Apes proves the old axiom that apes + machine guns = awesome.

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Book Review

Bourbon Snow Cones and Falling Veils

Made to Break

Tragic and transformative, Made to Break by debut novelist D. Foy focuses on a group of self-absorbed, drug-addled friends on an ill-advised trip to the country.

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V.23 No.28 | 7/10/2014
“Strolling around Paris with my lover, Olivia Wilde? God, I’m so depressed.”

Film Review

Third Person

Paul Haggis explores the audacity of despair in morose, muddled anthology

The man behind Crash tries his hand at another all-star anthology with the confused, contrived melodrama Third Person.

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Linguini pomodoro
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Big Eyes, Little Plates

Cherry picking at Piattini

Gail Guengerich checks out a new Italian restaurant that’s rigged for sharing.

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Book Review

O Canada

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

Crazy Town is a good read for reasons that transcend the engrossing Rob Ford scandal.

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V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014
“Magic and wonderment, everybody. Magic and wonderment. ... OK, 10 percent less wonderment, Ella.”

Film Review

Earth to Echo

Found-footage sci-fi film is a weak echo of earlier, better efforts

Found-footage, sci-fi film Earth to Echo aims for Spielbergian nostalgia, but is just a faint echo of earlier, better efforts.

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Takoyaki balls
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Beyond the Hot Pot

Ramen comes of age at O Ramen and Curry House

A new Asian restaurant in the university area is taking ramen beyond the hot pot.

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Book Review

Friendship, Death and Sports

Papers in the Wind

This humorous novel of soccer, love and loss follows a group of buddies who try to remain tight in the wake of their close friend’s death.

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V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
The Editor (pulled pork marinated in red chile BBQ sauce)
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The People in Your Neighborhood

Duggan’s Coffee

Grab a cup of joe, pull up a chair and relax at this new University Heights café.

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Not even a half-caf mocha frap can save this day.

Film Review

Obvious Child

Pro-choice dramedy is pregnant with possibility

Comedian Jenny Slate impresses in mood-straddling abortion-based dramedy Obvious Child.

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Book Review

The Mighty Booch

Kombucha Revolution: 75 Recipes for Homemade Brews, Fixers, Elixirs and Mixers

Welcome to the strange, delicious and healthful world of fermented “mushroom tea.”

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V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
Now that’s an album cover.

Film Review

We Are the Best!

Spirited Swedish flashback gives audiences punk-rock girl power times three

Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson gives audiences an ’80s flashback with punk rock girl power pic We Are the Best!

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