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  • Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 20

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  • The Big Animal

    This modest ’70s fable from Poland balances absurdist humor and social commentary. A circus ditches a camel, which is in turn adopted by a man and his wife. This makes for considerably merriment for the village, until officials decide to intervene. Starring and directed by Jerzy Sturh, this is more bittersweet than tragic and obviously allegorical. In Polish with subtitles.
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  • Against the Ropes

    The story of groundbreaking Detroit boxing promoter Jackie Kallen falls short of being the next Norma Rae or Erin Brockovich. Starring Meg Ryan as Kallen, Omar Epps as boxer Luther Shaw and substituting Cleveland for Detroit, this is a mostly flat and problematic drama with a few moments of comedy, romance and interracial tension.
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  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    The usually pedestrian director Jacques Becker rises to the challenge of a compelling script and a cast that includes Jean Gabin, an actor who was as iconic to the French as Humphrey Bogart or John Wayne was to Americans. The result is a prime example of hard-boiled existentialism and tough guy gloom. The 1954 film is newly restored, subtitles and all.
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  • Welcome to Mooseport

    Mooseport is a harmless, fictitious place where an ex-president (Gene Hackman) can end up running against his plumber (Ray Romano) for mayor. Meanwhile, the plumber’s girlfriend catches the ex-president’s divorcee eye, and a double-headed crisis rears its fuzzy antlers. It’s all so inoffensive as to be barely there.
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  • Eurotrip

    From the producers of Road Trip and Old School comes a sexified comedy of delightful errors and running jokes that manage to stay funny all the way through. See American teens set free from high school and hungry for wild European sex! See full frontal (and rear-al) male nudity! And it's OK. Remember, they’re in Europe. With Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts.
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Food & Drink

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  • Taste of the past

    Vince’s is the kind of place you’d like to like, for nostalgia’s sake. A dose of ’50s-era Italian-American spaghetti served by waitresses who call you "honey" can be calming and restorative. But most of Vince’s dishes have little flavor.
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