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AC Food Fight: Poke
Ola Poke and Poke Poke get raw
Food Column  November 17, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...True, yesterday's Pogs are no doubt being worked into crochet vests by some spirit healer on Venice Beach and forgotten JNCOs have a little utility left in them as deeply practical carryalls, but most of our fancies deserve to be forgotten. But not poke – that delicious Hawaiian fish salad that this year has become as trendy as the Mannequin Challenge..."

AC Date Night: Mongers and Café No Sé
Poke two ways
Food Story  August 11, 2016, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...Reared in the islands of Micronesia, I curiously explored an abundance of Asian-Pacific flavors at a very young age – and my love for this cuisine has only grown. So, naturally, I'm thrilled that several Austin restaurants are luring in diners with their respective takes on poke, a classic Hawaiian appetizer that incorporates some of my most-craved ingredients...."

Toy Story 2
The title says it all: If you (or your kids) loved Toy Story, you'll like Toy Story 2 as well. Just don't expect any big surprises. Pixar and Disney's historic...
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Film Review  November 26, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...As the film opens, we're told that young Andy, the human owner of the toys, is maybe not so young anymore. Heading off to Cowboy Camp one summer, Andy leaves behind his treasured cowboy rag-doll Woody (Hanks) , who, in a bit of plotwork finesse too convoluted to go into here, is eventually “kidnapped” by the portly and greedy toy collector Al McWhiggin (Knight), a scheming, nefarious, and altogether hilarious poke at those among us caught up in the current craze of colectible toy fever (think Todd McFarlane via Seinfeld's Newman)..."

No. 1 Troublemaker
The guts and the glory (don't forget the gory)
Screens Story  March 2, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...It was done with needle and thread. Just poke, poke, poke..."

There Be Dragons
Roland Joffé wrote and directed this drama set during the Spanish Civil War in which one of the protagonists is Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá.
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Film Review  May 6, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The past is dredged up when Robert (Scott) prepares to write a book about Escrivá, and discovers early in his research that his own estranged father was a childhood friend of the priest. He proceeds to poke around in the past, a place where we are warned “there be dragons.” Sure enough there are reasons, Robert’s father never talked about his war years or his relationship to Escrivá..."

Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck's feature directing debut is strong on atmospherics and moral quandaries.
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Film Review  October 19, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...(Ryan delivers an impressive performance as a wretch of a mother – someone you'd readily nominate for court-ordered sterilization.) One clue eventually leads to the next, and the mystery appears to be solved around the film's halfway point. Yet a stray comment eats at Patrick, and he continues to poke at the case after it's closed..."

The Guardian
Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher co-star in this action drama about the Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, which is a surprisingly engaging character-driven picture.
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Film Review  October 6, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...The Guardian occasionally gets lost in timeworn tropes about the ennobling power of selflessness, but director Davis (The Fugitive, Holes) and writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff also manage to poke a few holes in the hero myth to show how psychologically damaging and alienating a life spent rescuing others can be..."

End of the Spear
Members of the violent Waodani tribe of Ecuador kill five Western missionaries, but as a result they choose to abandon their kill-or-be-killed ways.
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Film Review  January 27, 2006, by Steve Davis
"...Objectively speaking, End of the Spear is not without its many faults, the most troublesome of which is its tendency to veer from the subtle and head full tilt toward the mawkish. (For example, the filmmakers have no qualms about cutting to a shot of ominous, dark clouds just before the unsuspecting men are massacred.) Even for the least cynical, it is easy to poke fun at the film simply based on its production values, though some of the aerial photography is spectacular..."

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Dopey comedy is good fun.
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Film Review  July 30, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...Scott, makes a compelling argument that the film represents a sort of multiculturalization of the stoner genre (the title’s Harold and Kumar are, respectively, Korean-American and Indian-American), and that, even more interestingly, though that multiculturalization may provide a wellspring of humor, any indignation or social instruction is served up mostly on the sly. First-time writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg poke the issue of racial identity just hard enough to land an equal-opportunity punchline..."

Where's the Party Yaar?
An indie comedy about ethnic identity.
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Film Review  November 7, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...Naturally he’ll go apeshit in a 99-cent store and drink chai from a saucer while floating in the pool. But if the filmmakers (most of whom are first-generation immigrants themselves) do crack jokes at the expense of recent arrivals, they also poke fun at the pimpmobiles, fashion obsessions, and suburban McMansions of second-generation arrivistes..."

A Mighty Wind
Christopher Guest and his recurring cast of players give Sixties-era folk music a gentle poke in the ribs.
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Film Review  May 9, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...Master mockumentarian Guest’s latest effort doesn’t exactly skewer its subject, the sometimes precious, frequently fatuous world of 1960s-era folk music. A Mighty Wind is more like a gentle poke in the ribs..."

Gosford Park
The servants know all in this Altman mystery set in a British countryside estate in the Thirties.
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Film Review  January 11, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...Disappointingly, the film loses some steam when it sidetracks into a murder mystery. Though it's great fun watching Altman poke fun at those pokey Agatha Christie whodunits (a bottle of poison is labeled such in big black letters, and every suspect gets their cheesily ominous close-up), the addition of plot points somewhat needles away from the real joy of the piece, which is the diamond-in-the-rough characters..."

Boys Life 3
The five short films that comprise Boys Life 3 aren't going to set the world on fire, but together, they make for a solid enough third entry in this series...
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Film Review  April 20, 2001, by Marrit Ingman
"...(It's a bit hard to accept that the cute, bumbling son of celebrities would have to look for love in West Hollywood and would instead find Platonic companionship with sweaty, corpulent paparazzo Jon Polito, but whatever.) “$30” has the most contrived set-up -- a sensitive gay teen (Erik MacArthur) visits the sympathetic prostitute entrusted with his deflowering (Sara Gilbert) -- but it's acted honestly and directed with restraint. “Just One Time” is a seven-minute, one-joke relationship comedy with a gay twist intended to poke holes in Every (Straight) Man's Fantasy..."

Next Friday
Ladies and gentlemen: the No. 1 movie in America? Five years after the release of Friday, rapper Ice Cube's comedy about pot and potty humor in South Central, the film...
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Film Review  January 21, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...After Craig catches wind that his mighty nemesis Deepo (Lister, reprising his role from the original) has escaped jail and is cracking his knuckles for revenge, Craig is ushered to the suburban home of his uncle, who fled the ghetto after his million-dollar lotto win. With its tagline -- “the suburbs make the hood look good” -- one might expect Cube to poke a little fun at the area's homogeneity, false sunniness, or nosy busybodies..."

Frogs for Snakes
With an all-star cast like this, you'd think Poe's film would be a knockout indie smash, a character-driven acting spree or maybe a quiet reflection on the fine art of...
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Film Review  May 28, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...On paper, Poe's humorous take on actors and gangsters and the merging of the two (he also penned the script) must have read like comic gangbusters, but the finished product is more histrionics than hysterical. Poe (Alphabet City, Blank Generation) has indie cred to burn, and from the looks of Frogs for Snakes, he's been busy banking the pyre for some time, leaving the audience to poke amongst the embers for signs of a salvageable story..."

Spice World
“How bad is it?” “Imagine as bad as it could possibly be....” “Yes?” “It's much worse than that.” Believe it or not, that's actual dialogue from Spice World, the first...
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Film Review  January 23, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Albert's Hall. Along the way, they poke fun at the media, themselves, the recording industry, themselves, filmmaking in general, and, of course, themselves..."

The Last Hero in China
From Wong Jing, the director of the endearingly silly Jackie Chan vehicle City Hunter and the God of Gamblers series, comes this equally ridiculous picture, a goofy send-up of the...
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Film Review  July 28, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...From Wong Jing, the director of the endearingly silly Jackie Chan vehicle City Hunter and the God of Gamblers series, comes this equally ridiculous picture, a goofy send-up of the legend of real-life Chinese patriot Wong Fei-hung. This 1993 film, which was made after chopsocky icon Jet Li Lien-jie angrily left Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China film series to produce the delightful Legend of Fong Sai-yuk, finds Li quickly returning to his most famous role -- this time to poke fun at his own stoic performances as Wong in Hark's epics..."

Last Action Hero
Overflowing with stunts, one-liners, and cameos, this would-be blockbuster overflows with unfulfilled potential.
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Film Review  June 25, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Slater, a fictional cross between Bruce Willis, Van Damme, Sly Stallone, and others, is the sort of film character Schwarzenegger was born to play -- it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role. When Danny receives a magic ticket at a private screening of Jack Slater IV, he finds himself catapulted through the screen and into Slater's “reality,” a place where all the women are California knockouts, the good guys always win, and you can't say four-letter words because “this movie's PG-13.” Director McTiernan uses this alternate world as a means to poke fun at Schwarzenegger's rugged persona and that of action films in general..."

Overseas
Three French sisters live the lives of detached colonialists in late-Forties Algeria in this auspicious directing debut by Rouan (who also stars as one of the sisters). Their world is...
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Film Review  May 1, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...What's most striking and memorable about Overseas is its unusual narrative structure that is both familiar and disorienting in its repetitive, backtracking, repositioning points of view. It relies too much of the time on the threadbare conventions of standard “women in love” stories, but its unconventional narrative format allows it to burrow in and poke intelligently through the ruins...."

Review: Delicious
Lamar Union concept clears its name
Food Story  December 15, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...The trio of raw offerings stand out – especially an effervescent aguachile ($14) that contrasts tender scallops with crisp radish and jicama and crunchy pepitas, all in a verdant jalapeño/cucumber puree. Neither the ahi poke (served in a beautiful swirl of thinly sliced avocados – $14) nor the wagyu tartare ($15) quite held my interest quite as effectively, but the tartare had spunk from a house hot sauce and the poke from judiciously sprinkled togarashi..."

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