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V.27 No.21 | 5/24/2018
1945

Film Review

1945

Stark drama tackles postwar Europe’s Dirty Little Secret

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1945 plays out as an inevitable march toward an unavoidable, dreadful confrontation. A bill is coming due, and there are a lot of people unwilling to pay up.

V.27 No.20 | 5/17/2018
Combination beef soup
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Friendly Staff, Friendlier Prices

Viet’s Pho serves hospitality and huge portions

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At Viet's Pho, Vietnamese restaurant veterans show immense care and hospitality.

Deadpool 2

Film Review

Deadpool 2

The Merc With a Mouth comes again

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If you have no idea who freakin’ Shatterstar is, you’re still going to get some rock solid belly laughs out of Deadpool 2, but the deeper your knowledge of early-’90s comic books, the more you’re going to feel fan-serviced.

V.27 No.19 | 5/10/2018
Broken tacos with veggies
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Bar is Where It’s At

Brixens makes fine drinks and casual fare for out-of-towners

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Brixens is one part dressed-up sports bar and one part standard American casual restaurant.

V.27 No.18 | 5/3/2018
Kosmic burger and Spudnik fries
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Kosmos is Big on Atmosphere

New arts-forward restaurant serves local brews and tasty burgers

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In a busy Downtown dining scene, The Kosmos is a secret getaway. The menu is simple, and like the artists around them, seems to focus on doing whatever they do well.

V.27 No.17 | 4/26/2018
You Were Never Really Here

Film Review

You Were Never Really Here

Art house action flick and its main character both feel bad

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You Were Never Really Here enters the genre of cathartically violent shoot-’em-up story of emotionally wounded assassins and their doomed betrayers/targets but fails to provide an overall logic to the bloody proceedings.

Chef’s choice board
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Charcuterie Joint Serves Fancy Fare

Prices notwithstanding, Salt and Board’s food and drink is excellent

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If you love good food and drink, Salt and Board has both in spades, the star of the show being the charcuterie board featuring three cured meats and three cheeses.

V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
"Ice cream? ... My treat."

Film Review

Final Portrait

Artistic biopic revels in surface details

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Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.

V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy

Film Review

Back to Burgundy

Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly

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Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.

Book Review

Beyond Ink and Whiskey

Leslie Jamison's newest work is full of feeling and analysis that leads the way to truth

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The heart of Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is the grip of alcohol, its reputation as the literary choice of romantic self-destruction. It's not so much the substance itself so much as “the surplus of mystical properties” that people assign to it.

V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Roma Bakery
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Simple Quality and Charm That’s Hard To Beat

Roma Bakery and Deli will become your local go-to

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Breakfast or lunch, you’ll be tempted (and rightly so) by the delightful daily array of baked treats at Roma Bakery and Deli.

Isle of Dogs

Film Review

Isle of Dogs

Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey

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Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.

V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
The Death of Stalin

Film Review

The Death of Stalin

Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire

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The Death of Stalin is a manic comedy with occasional doses of slapstick, with some of the bleakest gallows humor in recent memory.

V.27 No.12 | 3/22/2018
Loveless

Film Review

Loveless

Icy family drama will make you glad you don’t live in Russia

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Loveless is a stark, dark, often beautifully bleak “feelbad” family drama wrapped around the hardened core of a procedural crime thriller. It is, in short, an extraordinarily Russian film.

V.27 No.11 | 3/15/2018
24 Frames

Film Review

24 Frames

Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ruminates on time, art and image with final film

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Abbas Kiarostami evidently began what became 24 Frames by speculating on great works of art. Paintings are designed to capture one specific moment in time. What, he wondered, happened immediately before and after those famous “freeze frames” that the artists chose?

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