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  • Mar 2-8, 2005
  • Vol. 25, No. 20

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  • Sky Blue

    A post-apocalyptic science fiction story, this marks Korea’s first foray into big budget anime. Borrowing shamelessly from films like Metropolis, Blade Runner, and Road Warrior, Sky Blue doesn’t have an original idea in its head. Despite these shortcomings, however, the film’s visuals are nothing short of astonishing. One arresting image after another seduces you into ignoring the overly familiar plot.
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  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    Newcomer Annasophia Robb channels the cheerful innocence of Little Orphan Annie and Lassie’s Timmy in this film adaptation of the best-selling children’s book, Because of Winn-Dixie. The film does deal with tough issues, but the stories of pain and abandonment are handled on a level appropriate for a young audience. The soundtrack is refreshing, but for every honest emotion director Wayne Wang manages from his cast (which also includes Jeff Daniels and musician Dave Matthews), there’s a “Lassie, come home!” scene pandering right behind.
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  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman

    A message to folks who are fed up with black stereotypes in the movies: give Diary of a Mad Black Woman a chance. Although the film adaptation of playwright-actor Tyler Perry’s hit stage play caters to a few overused caricatures, it also has its share of insightful moments. Despite a bumpy beginning littered with cultural clichés, the film manages (barely) to separate itself from yet another pedestrian black flick written to play on stereotypes.
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  • Cursed

    The Scream team — writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven — warm up some leftover would-be thrills for this bloodless, gore-free teen werewolf flick. About the only thing that separates Cursed from one of those ancient B-horror movies shown on USA Up All Night is a decent cast and some severely fake-looking CGI creatures.
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Food & Drink

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  • Here's a 'Fly' we want open

    You can get a burger and fries, or bacon and eggs, but after that the menu goes in all sorts of interesting directions, including sandwiches with such names as the Pea Patch or the charmoula chicken. And vegetarians have as interesting a selection as carnivores. Of the seven dinner entrées, only one contains meat, another is fish, and one has a choice of pork, chicken or tofu.
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