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  • Jul 9-15, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 39

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Arts & Culture

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  • Capturing the Friedmans

    It’s an uncomfortable couple hours watching director Andrew Jarecki revisit the Pandora-like horror of the Friedman family’s late-1980s lives, both because of the bizarre nature of the subjects and the grotesqueness of the sexual crimes that two Friedmans admitted to committing in open court.
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

    This pirate-ghost story film reaches a level of live-action grisliness and mayhem (though not, of course, sexiness) that nudges the Disney studio envelope without quite pushing it. It’s a pleasant time-killer with one very good, very eccentric performance from Johnny Depp.
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  • Under the Skin of the City

    For 90 minutes, the world of Tuba — matriarch of a pitfall-consumed family — unspools. It’s not easy being a woman in Iran and it’s clear where director Rakhshan Bani Etemad’s concerns lie. Her agenda gives her film its much-needed edge — opening Friday at Ann Arbor’s Madstone Theaters.
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  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

    It took three screenwriters to crossbreed the Frank Capra classic, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), with the hit Legally Blonde. But while assembling their baby, they managed to lose most of the brains and heart of the two plot donors.
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Food & Drink

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  • Chain of foods

    Lots of sweets and bagels, sandwiches galore, soups, salads, breakfast sandwiches till 10:30 a.m., specialty coffees and smoothies, all at decent or even bargain prices. If you find favorites, they’re worth returning for, but everything seems homogenized; each food is allotted one flavor and one only.
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