Pittsburgh City Paper | Issue Archives | Feb 4, 2010
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  • Feb 4-10, 2010
  • Vol. 20, No. 5

News+Features

  • News
  • Permit Pulled

    DEP action halts construction of Robinson waste-coal plant

Food+Drink

  • Baba D's
  • Dining Reviews
  • Baba D's

    Cuisine to reawaken the most jaded palate to the pleasures of Middle Eastern cuisine

Music

Screen

  • Edge of Darkness
  • Movie Reviews + Features
  • Edge of Darkness

    When his daughter is murdered, Boston detective Tom Craven (Mel Gibson) searches for who killed her and why. Assorted clues point to a politically connected defense contractor, and an ever-growing web of conspiracy. This drama, directed by Martin Campbell, is adapted from a 1985 BBC mini-series, which, I suspect, filled in a lot more detail. What the film offers is akin to a line drawing, where we see the basic plot outlines, but little color to satisfyingly flesh it out. As such, the intricacies of the plot can be a bit of a challenge to follow -- there are a lot of shadowy white guys in suits with unclear intentions to keep straight. But since nearly all of the plot and the characters are standard to thrillers, a seasoned viewer can stay on track by employing assumptions. But for chilly winter respite, Edge is entertaining enough, thanks mostly to Gibson and British actor Ray Winstone, who plays a shadowy pro operating in the dark side. (Al Hoff ) [2.5 out of 4 stars]

Arts

Views

Books

Stage

  • Theater Reviews + Features
  • Rent

    The Pittsburgh Musical Theatre production features a first-rate cast of young performers grabbing hold of these songs and lifting them up to the rafters.

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Spotlight Events

  • Abraham Lincoln Exhibit @ Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

    • Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 31
  • The Liar @ Henry Heymann Theatre

    • Sundays, 2 p.m. and Through July 29, 8 p.m. Continues through July 30
  • Oaths and Epithets — Works by Sonya Clark @ The Society for Contemporary Craft

    • Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 19

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