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  • Mar 17-23, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 23

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  • The Only Son

    In Son, a widowed mother reluctantly decides to further her young boy’s education though she knows she can barely afford it and will have to continue to toil in a silk factory. The boy leaves their provincial home for Tokyo, and 12 years later she visits him there. Although she tries to, she can’t hide her chagrin when she sees how little his higher education has come to. In Japanese with English subtitles.
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  • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

    Writer and director Larry Blamire brilliantly nails every bad horror and sci-fi convention in The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. It’s been done before, but so what? Dr. Paul Armstrong (Blamire) and his bouncy and terminally Caucasian wife Betty (Fay Masterson) are pitted against evil scientist Dr. Roger Fleming (Brian Howe). Both scientists are looking for atmospherium, an element contained within a recently fallen meteorite. A couple of aliens, Kro-Bar (Andrew Parks) and Lattis (Susan McConnell) complicate the search, especially when their pet monster, The Mutant, escapes.
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  • Kitchen Stories

    Written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer and set in the early ’50s, it’s a satirical yet gloomy comedy assailing the postwar belief in benign and quantifiable progress. The Swedish Home Research Institute studies the kitchen habits of Swedish housewives and bachelors. Bachelors are assigned observers from the Institute who examine the subjects as they go about their business. In Swedish and Norwegian with English subtitles.
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  • Secret Window

    Johnny Depp’s big-screen charisma and a typically macabre Stephen King yarn can’t quite fill out this lazily directed thriller about a dysfunctional writer (Depp) who finds himself accused of stealing one of his stories. The plagiarized author (John Turturro) starts a campaign of homespun terrorism and ups the criminal ante to arson and murder. Screenwriter-director David Koepp’s thriller seems workmanlike, lacking the nimble juggling act between horror, black comedy and irony that many better thrillers demonstrate.
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  • What Alice Found

    The film starts in New Hampshire, where young Alice (Emily Grace) is packing her things and getting the hell out of town. Fresh out of high school and hating her job at the grocery store, she steals some money from work, and splits town. When her car dies, she unwittingly accepts the generosity of a truck-stop whore and pimp. What follows is a descent into prostitution and alt-country ballads.
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Food & Drink

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  • For soup nuts

    Rich broths and bisques are celebrated with exuberance at Le Soups! in Ferndale. Chesapeake cheddar and crab, gumbo, lobster, mushroom and tomato basil bisques, creamy artichoke and chicken, beef barley, green chili corn chowder … you can enjoy a different soup every day, and it’ll take a while before you repeat yourself because every day there is a selection of ten soups: five regulars, five specials.
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