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The Many Flavors of Flowers of Vietnam

Korean fried caramel chicken wings at Flowers of Vietnam in Detroit

Located in the heart of Mexican Town in southwest Detroit, Flowers of Vietnam is a small restaurant that occupies the old Vernor Coney Island. The original Coney neon sign is still blazing in the window.

Marche du Nain Rouge

A man marching with the mache du nain holding a sign that says Detroit heart Nain

On March 25 in Detroit at Second and Canfield, the Nain Rouge – “red dwarf” – taunted the crowd by proclaiming, “I’m on a continuous loop of despair.

Getting to the Heart of “Annihilation”

Lighthouse scene from “Annihilation”

“Annihilation,” based on the 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, and starring Natalie Portman as cellular biologist and former soldier, Lena, seeks to make the abstract cinematic.

“Tomb Raider:” Decent Movie, Better Game

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in “Tomb-Raider” holding a bow and arrow

Tomb Raider is a franchise that has been around since its debut on the Sony Playstation in 1996. With a current total of 17 video games and the release of the third movie on March 16, the franchise has undergone quite the change.

Subject: “Love, Simon”

Poster ad for Love, Simon courtesy 20th Century Fox

Dear Readers,

“Cloverfield” Tries to Expand to Netflix

Cloverfield Paradox poster showing a closeup of female astronaut in distress.

“Cloverfield Paradox,” now streaming on Netflix, is the third film in the Cloverfield franchise. The film is an attempt to tie the stories of “Cloverfield” and “10 Cloverfield Lane” together and expand the vast dystopian universe.

“This Is Us” Brings Out the Best in Us

A collage of images from the series This Is Us

As Dan Fogelman’s beautiful, award-winning drama comes to a second season close, its indisputable popularity confirms that America is saying “This Is Us” also.

Speaking from the African Continent: “Black Panther” Gets It

Image of group of characters from the black panther movie

Directed by Ryan Coogler, featuring a predominantly black cast, Disney and Marvel Studio’s “Black Panther,” not to be mistaken for the 1960s Civil Rights movement of the same name, brings to life the first known black superhero in mainstream American c

M Cantina? Pleased to Meet You

Cinco Leches Cake with Café de Olla Cream

Tucked away in a small strip of businesses on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn is a contemporary shoebox shaped establishment where you can find gourmet nuevo Latino street food and an assortment of Mbar juices filled with exotic flavors.

The Beauty within “The Shape of Water”

Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito in “The Shape of Water”

Guillermo del Toro created a masterpiece directing his most recent film “The Shape of Water.”

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