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  • Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2005
  • Vol. 26, No. 7

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Arts & Culture

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  • Rent

    True to the play but utterly unimaginative, Rent may pacify the scores of high-school drama troupes who saved up their allowance to see the traveling production of the live show, but it’s unlikely to win over any new converts.
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  • Pulse

    Kurosawa’s tale of specters invading our world through the Internet comments on the alienating effects of technology. With haunting imagery, the director captures the loneliness and despair that plague disaffected youth and posits a depressingly apocalyptic outcome.
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  • Saraband

    Reunions aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, especially if the reunion in question involves two characters from a 30-year-old Ingmar Bergman movie. Endless talk of death, cancer, regret, betrayal, disability and emotional impotence: It’s all just another night at the movies for the famed Swedish master of mortality. Although he’s been churning out the occasional script, the 87-year-old vowed long ago never to direct another film. He came out of his self-imposed isolation to craft this swan song, a compact, biting follow-up to 1975’s brilliant relationship drama, Scenes from a Marriage. If you’re a fan of that film, Saraband will provide some closure to the off-again, on-again affair between Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and her poisonous ex-husband Johan (Erland Josephson). But be warned: No one ever really gets closure in a Bergman film.
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  • Just Friends

    Over the course of a decade, portly, maladroit teen Chris (Ryan Reynolds) transforms himself into a callous, hunky record exec. Stranded in his New Jersey hometown for the holidays with Samantha, his multiplatinum brat of an ex-girlfriend, Chris tries to win the affections of "best friend" Jamie (Amy Smart), who rebuffed his advances in their senior year. He may be built like a god and driving a Porsche, but Chris learns he must lose his new asshole persona and gets in touch with his once-sensitive teen self. Along the way, he has to fight off competition from Dusty (Chris Klein), another geek-turned-hunk, as he tries to keep Samantha under wraps and out of the clutches of his horndog little brother (Chris Marquette). The one interesting idea in Just Friends — that you can transform your body and still have an unattractive personality — is buried under an avalanche of pointless car chases and groin-injury jokes. This is one of those comedies that feels like it’s been re-shot, re-edited and audience-tested within an inch of its life, to the point where only the broadest, most crowd-pleasing moments remain.
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Food & Drink

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  • A chain of noodles

    Noodles & Company’s fast food is made with fresh vegetables and organic tofu. The menu is internationally inspired, and includes specialties from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia (mushrooms stroganoff with egg noodles), the Mediterranean, the United States and, of course, Italy.
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