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  • Jan 19-25, 2005
  • Vol. 25, No. 14

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  • Racing Stripes

    Despite the *Mister Ed*-meets-the-computer-age special effects, this Babe rip-off about an out-of-place zebra who dreams of being a racehorse still manages to amuse more than just the kids. Though PG-rated, it appears to target a young Barney-loving audience, oozing with gooey sentimentality and “you can do it” and “it’s OK to be different themes.” The best bits for the grownups come from the stable of B-listers (including David Spade, Steve Harvey and Snoop Dogg) who supply the voices for the supporting cast of animals.
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  • Coach Carter

    Created by MTV Films, this flick is based on legendary basketball coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson), who in 1999 made the controversial move of benching his entire undefeated high school basketball team for having bad grades. It falls into the typical high school sports movie clichés, but the cheese factor is surprisingly tolerable. If a *Lean On Me* meets *Hoosiers* film floats your boat, *Coach Carter* is for you.
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  • Elektra

    *Alias* queen Jennifer Garner emerges from the wreckage of *Daredevil* to begin a comic book franchise of her very own. Though it won’t inspire the devotion of fans of *X-Men*, *Spiderman*, or for that matter, her TV series, *Elektra* scores points merely for being competent, action-packed, and, well, nothing like *Daredevil*.
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  • Assault on Precinct 13

    Ethan Hawke and Lawrence Fishburne head up a ragtag bunch of all-star action flick stereotypes in this Detroit-set remake of John Carpenter’s cult-classic standoff film. The off-the-mark depictions of Detroit are amusing at best, but if you’re looking for action, you’re best advised to keep searching.
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  • In Good Company

    This week’s Dennis Quaid film finds him battling a force stronger than global warming: Topher Grace. As a corporate dinosaur and the “ninja assassin” hired to replace him, respectively, Quaid and Grace have a terrifically believable rivalry, but writer-director Paul Weitz’s follow-up to *About a Boy* ultimately feels thin and underdeveloped.
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  • Malevolence

    If you pine for the heady days of no nonsense brutality, stilted dialogue and bad synthesizer music, look no further than *Malevolence*, a humorless retread of ’80s slasher films. Right from its *Texas Chainsaw Massacre* opening, it plays like a cover band’s blood-soaked medley of the genre’s greatest hits — *Halloween* being the most obvious influence. Some might say the film pays homage to its predecessors by borrowing their ideas, atmosphere and style. However, without finding an original twist to the story, *stealing* might be the more appropriate term.
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Food & Drink

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  • Sugar in the morning

    The Chocolate Gallery Café seems an incongruous name for a breakfast and lunch place, but this little eatery was built on desserts. The chocolate is spectacular and picture-perfect. And there are usually some non-chocolate options like carrot cake or lemon cheesecake. Breakfast choices include eggs and omelets, pancakes (buttermilk, chocolate chip or potato), French toast and eggs Benedict. The prices are sweet, too. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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