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One of the city’s grittiest emcees finds polished 'fame' in L.A.
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Looking back on 30 years of Metro Times
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Charlie Slick's west side Ann Arbor apartment
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Why we could use a constitutional convention
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Community input and lots of meetings are the right way to rethink Detroit
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Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The fable follows fledgling barn owl Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess) as he and his brother Klud (Ryan Kwanten) are kidnapped by evil owls called the Pure Ones. Held prisoner, they meet Metal Beak (Joel Edgerton) and his wicked queen Nyla (Helen Mirren), who are turning young owlettes into laboring zombies, building a fearless owl army and, with bats as allies, constructing a terrible weapon. Klud gives over to the dark side, but Soren escapes, and, with a team of feathered friends, seeks out the Guardians of Ga’Hoole — legendary owl warriors who fight against evil. There are unexpected betrayals, thrilling tests of courage and faith, and several Aussie thespians (Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia) providing voices for their barely expressive characters.
Catfish Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Early twentysomething photographer Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, his brother Ariel and filmmaker Henry Joost share a Manhattan production office working on docs about ballet and modern dance. Nev begins corresponding with an 8-year-old named Abby from the U.P.’s Ishpeming; she’s a little girl who paints impressive-for-her-age watercolors based on his published photos. Over months Nev also begins chatting with Abby’s sexy twentyish older sister Megan and their mom Angela. Captivated by her Facebook photos, Nev starts exchanging messages, endless texts and occasional phone calls with Megan, which grow increasingly intense and romantic, all documented by ever-present cameras. Eventually curiosity takes over, especially when some of Megan’s details seem suspicious, and the guys decide to take an impromptu road trip to visit the family that so fascinates them. That things aren’t quite what they seem when they get there isn’t so much a surprise as a revelation, and from here the film spins into fascinating and deeply discomforting territory.
Lebanon Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Set on the first day of the war in Lebanon, we’re crammed inside a rattling tank with four inexperienced Israeli soldiers who’ve been sent on a dangerous mission they don’t understand. Their only connection to the outside world is what’s on they hear on the unit radio, see through their gun sights, or learn from a brusque senior officer (Zohar Strauss) who drops in periodically with orders. Eventually, things run off the tactical rails as the unit gets lost in hostile territory, is forced to transport a Syrian prisoner, and must rely on the help of violent Phalangists to get them to safety. Paranoia and confusion quickly set in.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Money Never Sleeps opens with Gordon Gecko released from jail and no one to pick him up. Flash forward seven years (yeah, it’s that kind of movie) and we meet Jake (Shia LaBeouf ), a young hotshot trader with dreams of fully funding a green fusion-energy company. The only problem is that his firm is choking on toxic assets and his beloved mentor (Frank Langella) commits suicide after a rival hedge-fund manager (Josh Brolin) guts the company. Jake’s also engaged to … wait for it … Gecko’s estranged daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan). Meanwhile, Gordon has been peddling his book Is Greed Good? while lambasting 2008’s steroidal stock schemes. Jake, hoping for revenge against Brolin, enlists Gecko’s aid. But the master manipulator’s assistance comes with a price — he wants Jake to help him mend fences with Winnie. Is it fatherly love that motivates Gecko? Or something more calculating?
Lockhart's BBQ Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
Lockhart’s, named after a town reputed to be the barbecue capital of Texas, is in Royal Oak opposite City Hall. Handsomely retrofitted on the high-ceilinged first floor of an old bank building, with distressed brick framing huge picture windows that look out at the street traffic at the corner of Third and Williams, it can handle as many as 150 at its bare wooden tables. Diners are greeted with a complimentary mason jar full of spicy pickled vegetables, which is among the most incendiary preparations on the thin paper menu. In his stainless-steel open kitchen, Bubba turns out reasonably priced, hefty portions, with appetizers averaging around $8, sandwiches with one side around $9 and barbecue plates with two sides around $13. Among those appetizers, it is difficult to resist burnt ends, little brisket cubes that have been double-rubbed and double-smoked. The mains, served authentically on paper in metal trays and with a white bread sopper, involve brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and ham, and combinations thereof, all smoked ever so slowly over local white oak and hickory. One can sample most of the meats in the “special” combo of brisket, half-rack of ribs, sausage and pulled pork. The thin slices of brisket are well-trimmed and tender, as are the ribs. Barbecue is best washed down with beer. All 15 beers on tap ($6.50 a pint) are from Michigan.