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V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014
The Book of Life

Film Review

The Book of Life

Mexican-themed cartoon offers unexpected seasonal treats

By Devin D. O’Leary
Whimsically dark animted film The Book of Life takes a fantastical look at Mexico’s Day of the Dead traditions.
Tofu salad
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

From Banana Beef to Elephant Ears

Café Da Lat’s wondrous soups outpace competition

By Ari LeVaux
Wherein pho enthusiast Ari LeVaux investigates Café Da Lat and finds it a veritable Vietnamese soup paradise.
Skandalon

Book Review

Fame and Misfortune

Review by Courtney Foster

Skandalon

From the author of graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color comes Skandalon, the story of a rock god who comes to loathe his worshippers.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014
Now make a wish and blow out your homework.

Film Review

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Kid-centric comedy is better than its many adjectives

By Devin D. O’Leary
Cinematic adaptation of popular kids’ book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day chooses unusual director.
A Tear-Stained Letter: Surviving Multiple Sclerosis and My Wife's Suicide

Book Review

Ending It

Review by Barbara Korbal

A Tear-Stained Letter: Surviving Multiple Sclerosis and My Wife's Suicide

Vern Beachy’s memoir isn’t afraid to delve into the tough questions and emotions surrounding the self-inflicted death of his soul mate.
V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014
“You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?” “Yeah ... snacks.”

Film Review

The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)

WWII chiller illuminates the art of survival

By Mark Lopez
Insular WWII drama delves into two young brothers’ survival training.
Karen Strange preparing pour-over coffee.
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Blessed Are the Humble

New coffee shop offers neighborliness, Pop-Tarts

By Ty Bannerman
Have a cappucino and a “pie-tart” at this new café near the University.
V.23 No.39 | 9/25/2014
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina

Film Review

Love Is Strange

Older couple opts for marriage, ends up out on the street in quietly emotional love story

By Devin D. O’Leary
Older gay couple gets married, touching off a quiet string of tragedy in empathatic indie Love Is Strange.
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Book Review

Lestat Can Suck It

Review by Holly von Winckel

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Vampires minus supernatural elements equals some bloody visceral fiction.
V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014

Film Review

Tusk

Kevin Smith delivers the Canada-mocking, furry-loving, surgical horror-comedy you’ve been waiting for

By Devin D. O’Leary
Kevin Smith’s newest film, Tusk, is a WTF? combination of silly Canadian jokes and gory body horror.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Waffle Heaven

TIa B’s La Waffleria

By Ty Bannerman
Ty Bannerman goes to waffle heaven.
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V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014
“It’s a children’s book I’ve been working on. I hope you like it.”

Film Review

The Drop

Noted author Dennis Lehane tries his hand scripting his own slow-burn crime drama

By Devin D. O’Leary
James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, takes a stroll on the seedy side of Brooklyn.
V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Fresh Fish by a Ghostly Sea

Down N Dirty Seafood Boil

By Gail Guengerich
Gail Guengerich gets deliciously messy on the shores of a prehistoric ocean.
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Cigars and Jiffy Pop? Now that’s camping.

Film Review

Land Ho!

Old friends are the best friends in slow-moving road trip through Iceland

By Devin D. O’Leary
Old friends reunite for a slow-moving road trip through Iceland in the indie comedy Land Ho!
V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014
Hug it out, boys. Hug it out.

Film Review

Frank

Left-of-center musical comedy finds art in the craziest places

By Devin D. O’Leary
Heady black comedy Frank takes music to a strange, new place.
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