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  • May 23-29, 2007
  • Vol. 27, No. 32

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  • Shrek the Third

    Every fairy tale has a core of hidden wisdom, and the moral of this soggy third adventure of everyone’s favorite Ogre seems painfully clear: Beware of sequelitis. Overstuffed, overloaded and underfunny, Shrek the Third commits every sin in the sequel handbook, a shame; since the hero of this once-subversive series is the kind of lovable malcontent that uses rules for toilet paper. Worst of all are the confirmed sequel ruiners — the babies. Not just slime-spewing ogre tots, but the weirdly fugly-cute offspring of Donkey and Dragon, a coupling still too freaky to imagine. They don’t add much to the storytelling, but they sure make for cuddly dolls, and that adds to the franchises bottom line, which for Dreamworks at least, means a happy ending after all.
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  • The Princess Bride

    Though the movie helped solidify Rob Reiner’s career as a director, the real credit goes to William Goldman’s clever and eminently quotable script, which carefully walks the line between satire and sincerity. Adapting his own novel — written for his daughters — Goldman’s fairytale pokes fun at sword and sorcery epics even as it revels in their swashbuckling heroism and declarations of true love. Chock-full of witty repartee and over-the-top conceits, The Princess Bride has real thrills, real romance and a really good time.
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Food & Drink

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  • Frijoles off the freeway

    The menu at this kitsch-clogged Mexican restaurant (in a former Denny's) is dominated by tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos and fajitas with the spice and fire level toned down for tender Midwestern palates. The portions are generous, and they offer 31 combination dinners ($6.50 to $7.50) that mix and match endless varieties of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and chalupas with chile relleno, beans, rice, sour cream and the more obscure tostaguac, a crispy corn tortilla with beans, beef, lettuce, tomatoes and guacamole. The affordable price structure prevails with the drinks, with 10 Mexican beers going for $3.50 each, and a liter of sangria or house wine that may set a local record at an incomprehensible $9.50.
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