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  • Feb 28 - Mar 6, 2007
  • Vol. 27, No. 20

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  • Reno 911!

    Comedy Central’s cops spoof has made the wholly unnecessary but occasionally hilarious jump to the cinema. The premise is utterly simple: The inept cops of the Washoe County Nevada Sheriffs department have been invited to a national cop convention in Miami. Their exasperated leader is LT. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon), who has lately been thinking career advancement. Opportunity strikes when a terrorist chemical attack quarantines every other available officer inside the convention center, and the Reno gang jumps at the chance to go big time, if they don’t manage to destroy the city first.
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  • CINEMA REVIEW

    For their second feature-length film the Quay Brothers, identical twins and stop-action animators, have chosen a live-action narrative to showcase their obsession with all things antique, decaying, dehumanized and obtuse. Exquisitely detailed and meticulously crafted, this nightmarish tale of a beautiful opera singer, a mad scientist and a beguiled piano tuner is as visually audacious as it is dramatically impenetrable.
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  • Astronaut Farmer

    Billy Bob Thornton builds a rocket ship in his barn, an entirely functional, full-scale Mercury-style rocket on his downtime from tending to his sprawling Texas ranch. He slips on a space suit and his most earnest smile to star as the conveniently named Charlie Farmer, a former NASA candidate who had to abandon the stars to rescue the family farm. Of course big dreams die hard, so despite the concerns of friends, the government and rules of logic, he can’t be dissuaded from reaching for the cosmos.
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  • Number 23

    Joel Schumacher’s glossy and persistently bizarre thriller sure looks pretty. Jim Carrey struggles mightily to keep his twitchy performance in check in a genre far beyond his comfort zone. Even this failed effort is more engaging than some "serious" actor’s best stuff. His manic energy and quirky magnetism keep the films watchable long after the script’s freaky brew of numerology, paranoia and pop psychology grows irritating.
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  • Amazing Grace

    William Wilberforce’s (Ioan Gruffud) tries to abolish the English slave trade. The script smartly steers clear of dwelling on the horrors of the slave trade and focuses on the politics and morality of those who held the reins of power. Unfortunately, his characters are terribly opaque. There are no personal epiphanies or internal conflicts for Wilberforce to resolve, only the stoic certainty of his cause.
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  • Flannel Pajamas

    This relationship-under-a-microscope drama has nothing to say. For two overly long and chatty hours, writer-director Jeff Lipsky drags us through the highs and mostly lows of New York couple Stuart and Nicole’s courtship, marriage and prolonged disintegration. In the end, we’re drowning in second-rate banter, in tears of boredom and wishing we could sign the divorce papers ourselves and get this mess over with.
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Food & Drink

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  • Home slices

    As in most older pizza palaces, the kitchen first made thin-crusted round pies and only added the deep-dish variety around seven years ago. Both come in four sizes from 10 inches ($5.35-$5.95) to 16 inches ($10.50-$11.95) with the 10-inch mini suitable for two. The price structure here and throughout the menu is quite reasonable, another explanation for the Green Lantern’s popularity.
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