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  • Jul 12-18, 2006
  • Vol. 26, No. 39

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Arts & Culture

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

    Inventive, playful, sprawling and sloppy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a joyously raucous slice of cinematic mayhem. Following up the 2003 surprise hit that grossed nearly $700 million worldwide, Verbinski and his spirited cast shamelessly mug their way through the second chapter of an elaborate pirate trilogy. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, the dandified Keith Richards-y pirate of questionable morality and hygiene. When he learns he owes a Faustian debt to the legendary Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), Jack and his crew desperately search for a mythical buried chest that will grant them control of the Seven Seas. Hot on their trail, however, is the kraken, a terrifying sea creature.
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  • The Heart of the Game

    It’s all too easy to describe The Heart of the Game as “Hoop Dreams for girls,” but this winning documentary reaches beyond the clichés of your typical sports movie. First-time director Ward Serrill takes an in-depth look at Bill Resler, a charmingly rumpled tax law professor who takes a side job coaching a Seattle high school’s female basketball team, the Roughriders. The result is an astounding drama that spans seven years, wrestling with issues of race, gender and class while capturing the struggles of competition with intelligence and intimacy.
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  • Who Killed the Electric Car?

    The timing couldn’t have been better. With gas prices hovering around three bucks a gallon and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth just leaving theaters, Who Killed the Electric Car? hits the mark, but unfortunately may get lost among the summer blockbusters. Charting the celebrated debut, mysterious recall and ultimate demise of the EVI — GM’s electric vehicle — filmmaker Chris Paine presents a whodunit that implicates the usual suspects: oil companies, automakers and politicians.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • A filling station

    There was a time not too long ago when you stopped at a service station for gas and maybe a soft drink or a candy bar. Although most now have morphed into convenience stores offering sandwiches, hot dogs, donuts and slurpies, few if any flaunt the restaurant-quality cuisine turned out at Mr. Kabob, located inside a Sunoco station at the corner of 12 Mile and Coolidge. Considering the fresh ingredients and generous portions, Mr. Kabob ranks high on any cost-benefit ratio. The twelve entrées, which include soup or salad and rice or fries, average around $7 for lunch and $10 for dinner, and many of the sandwich variations of those entrées cost less than $4. Indeed, prices are so moderate that one might consider a small side order of hummus ($3.95), smooth and creamy if a bit light on the garlic, or mujadara ($3.95), a more exotic lentil, wheat and onion combination that might be just a tad too oily. The pita, alas, like that served by most of Mr. Kabob’s competitors, is the plastic-wrapped, store-bought kind, unlike the wonderful fluffy variety baked in-house at La Shish or Assaggi.
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