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  • Sep 22-28, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 50

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  • Cellular

    Highly similar to 2002’s Phone Booth, Kim Basinger plays a kidnapped housewife who uses a cell phone to aid her rescue. The concept of these two films — someone trapped on a phone — couldn’t be simpler; but wasn’t that interesting the first time, and merely switching the plot around doesn’t justify a second go at it.
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  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    The sequel to Maromu Oshii’s anime classic, Ghost in the Shell, focuses on two detectives, one human, one cyborg, in the year 2032. The incomprehensible technobabble is forgivable, but the relentless pontification about the human spirit drags on and on, detracting from the real artistry of the film. The rampant navel-gazing gets in the way of enjoying some really cool animation.
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  • The Five Obstructions

    In 1967, Danish director Jorgen Leth made a short film called The Perfect Human. The film has long been an obsession of another and more famous Danish director, Lars von Trier. In this documentary, von Trier challenges Leth to remake his film five times, each time adhering to a set of "obstructions" that von Trier will devise. Although the stipulations include shooting only in Cuba, and turning the film into a cartoon, Leth still produces clever variations. The whole thing is a curio, neither as deep nor lightweight as it might seem at first, but for von Trier fans the film is a must.
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  • Silver City

    A lopsided left-wing political farce, this film starts out well enough but slows to a snail’s pace halfway through. When a gubernatorial candidate reels in a corpse while filming a lakeside campaign commercial, scandal ensues. While the all-star cast (Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Roth and Daryl Hannah) is phenomenally good, the dialogue comes off stilted and stiff more often than not. Nonetheless, it’s a good choice anyone who likes their movies passionate and opinionated.
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Food & Drink

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  • Sardinia in Livonia

    The pizza is great, at least the "al pesto" variety. In fact, if you're seeking a good pizza pie, the fare here is far tastier than hitting the local chain, and far cheaper. Giulio’s also offers four veal dishes — the usual three (Marsala, piccata, saltimbocca) plus a braised veal roast — and a couple of American-sounding steaks — New York strip and filet mignon with zip sauce.
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