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  • Feb 6-12, 2008
  • Vol. 28, No. 17

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  • Over Her Dead Body

    Eva Longoria Parker plays Kate, the title corpse, a rampaging bridezilla who dies on her big day, only to hang around and haunt hapless groom Henry (Paul Rudd), preventing him from moving on and finding bliss. That bliss comes in comely Ashley (Lake Bell), a caterer-psychic who’s supposed to be helping Henry contact his lost fiancee. But she begins having visions of walking down the aisle. This doesn’t sit well with cranky Kate, of course, who, in the meantime, has been evicted from Heaven’s waiting room until she loses her ’tude, which she does by marching down to earth and getting right in with everybody’s business. This ought to be ample material to kill 90 minutes, right? Hardly. What's worse, the film's overly cluttered subplots suck screen time from Bell, the movie’s one asset. She’s at once striking, lovely and gawky, with a likeable comedic presence that’ll grow once she shakes off her TV-friendly mannerisms.
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  • War/Dance

    Sean and Andrea Fine’s luscious and leering documentary tries to tell the inspirational tale of traumatized children achieving grace through artistic expression. The former National Geographic filmmakers dangerously toe the line between uplift and exploitation. Rose, Dominic and Nancy are young teens living in the Northern Ugandan refugee camp Patongo. A dangerous and isolated place, they and 60,000 other Acholi tribe members live in dusty destitution, fearful that murderous rebels — the Lord’s Resistance Army — will steal them away in the night. Survivors of unthinkable tragedies, the children’s one shining hope is a chance to win the National Music Competition in Kampala. Against all odds, their elementary school has qualified to compete, but resources are scarce and few instructors are willing to brave the trip to rehearse them. Undaunted, the children spend every moment of their free time practicing and dreaming … and you’d have to be a total bastard not to be moved by the strength of their spirit.
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  • Caramel

    Set in a smallish beauty salon in an unglamorous corner of Beirut, this tale of interweaving lives of women has the salon as its nexus of activity, gossip and sisterly bonding. The setting is exotic but the characters are familiar types. Of course, some of the dilemmas they face are somewhat different. What are for these women everyday nuisances, like being harassed by the police for simply sitting in a car with a man at night, might shock Western audiences. Or consider the silent struggle of young shampoo girl Rima, who longs for one of her lovely lady customers, but is so deeply closeted it’s never an option. Upping the realism is that most of the actors aren’t professionals, yet they give nuanced, instinctive performances without the slightest hint of forcing it.
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Food & Drink

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  • True East

    Golden Harvest is quiet, and the décor is mainly soothing blue, in a former catering hall in an unlikely spot on 12 Mile Road across from the GM Tech Center. Recommended for its specialty, its seafood and its daily dim sum, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Golden Harvest also keeps live fish and lobsters. The soft-shell crabs and “assorted seafood with spicy salt (hot)” are excellent, and one of the most popular dishes is walnut shrimp. Eggplant lovers should not miss deep-fried stuffed eggplant with black bean sauce.
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