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  • Apr 17-23, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 27

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  • Comic belief
  • Comics
  • Comic belief

    The WitchDoctor (Protector of the People) and Kenjji (his Detroit-based artist-creator) plan to erase comics' boundaries of race, age and income.
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Arts & Culture

  • The Scene
  • Pauline and Paulette

    Watching the feature debut by Belgian director Lieven Debrauwer, one becomes increasingly dismayed at the gap between what the film aspires to be and what's actually on the screen. It plods along with steady and shallow steps, alternately clichéd, cute and appallingly sentimental.
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  • The Scene
  • Frailty

    Directed by and starring Bill Paxton, Frailty has a weakness for perversely parodying ’60s TV shows and Christian family values. The title may be the only perfect thing in this changeling of a horror flick that ends up shifting its bad religion from the psychological to the supernatural.
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  • The Scene
  • Changing Lanes

    Random chance or divine intervention puts two men on a literal crash course. But car crashes don’t drive this flick; they just start it up and shift it into high gear as it breaks open a view of an America where races, classes, and power and ethics clash. For a Hollywood movie, that’s a welcome change — with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson.
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  • The Scene
  • Behind the Sun

    Brazilian director Walter Salles' film is a visual step up from his last (and Oscar-nominated) feature, Central Station, while again sentimentalizing its story by having a young boy as a central character. It's an entertaining little tale, if you like the lavishly downbeat.
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  • The Scene
  • The Sweetest Thing

    In this romantic comedy, romance is just an excuse for a string of very funny shtick — featuring the dazzling Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate as her best friend. It’s a lot of laughs, poking fun at both men and women, with a split-your-gut dream sequence (girls, you gotta see this one).
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  • Dance of the dolls
  • Stage
  • Dance of the dolls

    The contemporary ballet Cendrillon (Cinderella), performed by France's Lyon Opera Ballet at Ann Arbor's Power Center, is both unsettling and wonderfully miraculous.
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