Tipping Point: Our picks and pans
286 Main St., Old Saybrook
Nori, which opened in November, serves “French inspired Japanese dishes,” according to its website. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I can say for certain that the food there is pretty darned good. Friends and I shared a quartet of dishes and were quite happy. My favorite was probably the salmon avocado roll ($12), which was fresh and delicious, but that’s no shade on the spicy tuna dumplings ($16), crispy sea bass ($18) and shrimp tempura ($16) that we also sampled.Next time I head to Nori, I’ll try the specialty rolls.
— Kristina Dorsey
Let me just say that I was in my early 20s when “Good Will Hunting” came out, and it was a formative movie for me, so I feel like my seat at the Ben Affleck-Matt Damon table is well earned. Anyway, this movie isn’t about Michael Jordan, really. And it’s not even about the Air Jordan sneakers that became and still are a cultural touchstone. It’s about an idea, and how far you’d go to turn that idea into a reality. It’s also about faith, and what it means to believe in something against most odds. The script is great, and nothing against superhero movies, but I wish Hollywood would greenlight more movies like this. The inside jokes and clever writing will make you pause and bring you back to 1984, and you can see how the seeds planted back then have come to fruition.
— Owen Poole
The Lost King
This is one of the most British films I’ve ever seen. Everything about it is reserved, although there are some slight shimmers of Brit wit, and it’s about correcting the historical record about King Richard III. Sally Hawkins plays a mournful woman named Philippa Langley who is struggling with being underappreciated at work, even as she is trying to deal with a divorce and a case of chronic fatigue syndrome. She becomes obsessed with Richard III. Prompted in large part by Shakespeare’s play about him, Richard III is viewed as a murderous usurper with a hunchback. Philippa wants to find where his body was buried – no one had found it – and to clear his name. This is based on a real story, and it builds – in its understated way – to a satisfying, if never flashy, conclusion.
— Kristina Dorsey
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