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  • Jan 18-24, 2006
  • Vol. 26, No. 14

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  • Glory Road

    You’ve seen this movie before: A fiery, inspiring basketball coach convinces a headstrong team of underdogs to overcome their differences and win a championship. Glory Road is just the latest derivative, heart-tugging sports drama from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “Based on a true story,” Glory Road recounts one team’s rocky rise to stardom at Texas Western University in the mid-1960s. Hired to bring the school’s basketball program up to snuff, strapping young Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) moves his family to the arid, desolate border town of El Paso, where he decides to recruit talented African-American players from the far-reaches of Detroit, New York City and Gary, Ind. When they go on the road, they encounter an opponent far greater than all of them: racism. Glory Road is in many ways a well-made film. But there’s a big, gaping void at the center of Glory Road, and his name is Josh Lucas. He’s not good enough to overcome the script’s hardass coach clichés, and he’s given so little to do with his wife, it’s hard to get a sense of who Don is off the court.
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  • Hoodwinked

    A badly drawn and disappointingly uninspired rehashing of what’s become the standard fare for children’s movies: the fairy tale with a twist. It seems everybody in Hollywood is looking for the next Shrek, so much so that reworking classic tales has become as played out as having someone say "fo shizzle." Regrettably, this movie does both.
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  • Tristan & Isolde

    Based on a Celtic legend from the Dark Ages, this tale of doomed love is set in the years following the Roman Empire’s fall, it charting the tragic life and love of English knight Tristan (James Franco), the adopted son of Lord Marke of Cornwall (Rufus Sewell). A kind and just ruler, Marke struggles to unite the fractured tribes of England against brutal incursions by the Irish. When Tristan is wounded in battle, mistaken for dead and given a burial at sea, his body washes up on the Irish shore and is discovered by Isolde (Sophia Myles), the king’s daughter. While nursing him back to health in secret, the two fall in love — but fate is unkind. When the king’s forces close in, the young knight must flee without his flaxen-haired sweetie. The film asks: Will the couple’s affair survive? The answer, unfortunately, is, “Who cares?” Though handsomely produced and occasionally thrilling, this film is, at best, a mediocre action flick.
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  • Last Holiday

    So, who thought to cast a movie starring hip-hop heavyweights Queen Latifah and LL Cool J alongside renowned French dramatic actor Gérard Depardieu, garnished with a cameo from Emeril Lagasse? Whatever the inspiration, the unlikely casting combination works for director Wayne Wang’s update of the 1950 comedy Last Holiday. Aside from some unfortunate attempts at physical humor, it’s surprisingly charming, thanks mostly to leading lady Latifah.
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Food & Drink

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  • Delectable deco

    Sandwiches and coffee at the new Rowland Café are first-rate, but of necessity they take a back seat to the setting. The café’s small black tables and chairs sit in the middle of the magnificent arched mezzanine of the 1929 Guardian Building, an Art Deco splendor — and National Historic Landmark — that was re-opened to the public in 2004. The café has some of the area’s best artisanal foodmakers as their suppliers, and they’re careful to let customers know where each nosh comes from. Beverages, on the other hand, are mostly from Italy, including fancy teas, San Pellegrino limonata and aranciata (fizzy lemon and orange sodas) and Illy coffee. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday.
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