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In description, Jay Dockendorf's Naz & Maalik sounds like it has a pretty aggressive hook: two black Muslim teens, very much in the closet to their religious families, come under FBI attention for their furtive behavior over the course of an afternoon in Brooklyn. In fact, much of the film consists simply of the two young men (Curtiss Cook Jr. as the wide-smiling, outgoing born salesman Maalik; Kerwin Johnson Jr. as the moodier, conscientious...
Opening the door of Jake’s Handcrafted, you’ll think you’ve been magically transported inside of nearby Fletcher’s. The unmistakable aroma of fire-kissed brisket permeates the room, except instead of being sold by the pound or piled into sandwiches, here, it’s transformed into nubby links of smoke-dark forcemeat and nudged into buns, along with purple kraut and pickles. A redo of the German beer hall, Der Kommissar, the South Slope spot expanded well beyond wurst this past...

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