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  • Mar 19-25, 2008
  • Vol. 28, No. 23

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  • Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!

    Screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul pad this children's classic with a cleverly expanded narrative that introduces some evocative ideas without undermining the charm and creativity of the original story. Similarly, directors Jimmy Haywood and Steve Martino have muzzled Carrey’s over-the-top mugging and effectively capitalized on his goofball sense of innocence. Smartly teaming him with Steve Carell, as the ridiculed mayor of Whoville, the filmmakers deliver a flick that’s both respectful and respectable. In other words, aside for a few comic missteps, the heart of Geisel’s brave little tale remains intact. And the visuals are stunning.
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  • Never Back Down

    The stock hero is Jake (Sean Faris), a high school football stud from Iowa who’s uprooted to Florida (Florida, of course!) by his widowed mom, and he’s predictably sulky about it. At the new school, instead of fitting in and becoming the instant jock icon he’d likely be, Jake’s an instant target for the after-school fight-club clique and their obnoxiously smug, blond leader Ryan (Cam Gigandet). If there’s any reason to see this turkey, it’s for this amazingly snarky, one-note performance: Gigandet commits to his superior sneer with a thickheaded obliviousness that’d make Dolph Lundgren blush. Though Ryan appears so wispy soft that Ian Zeiring could kick his ass, he wipes the floor with farm boy, because he’s mastered the fighting disciple of MMA, which Jake gets to learning quickly. Chief among the flick’s host of problems is that while strategy and unpredictability make MMA exciting on TV, it doesn’t lend itself to compelling big screen choreography, so the director simply zooms in and cranks up the bone-crunching audio.
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Food & Drink

  • Comfort zone
  • Table and Bar
  • Comfort zone

    Proprietor Steve Goldberg has added everything but his bubbe’s kitchen sink to the menu — from salmon teriyaki to Cajun-blackened chicken to English-style fish and chips. That's 92 sandwiches and burgers, for pity’s sake, not to mention 45 breakfast choices, before you even get into the Thai stir-fry and the Italian meatballs. But you can also stick with the traditional Jewish-American foods that were the deli’s stock in trade 46 years ago. The menu boasts that recipes for chopped liver, gefilte fish and meat loaf were created by Steve’s bubbe (grandmother). Some of these time-honored dishes may be most enjoyed by those with warm childhood associations. The corned beef sandwich gets piled very high. Potato latkes, deep-fried in vegetable oil, have crisp exteriors and melt-in-your-mouth interiors. The Stage serves smoked fish platters with cream cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and an egg bagel. Some of the Deli’s prices are high, but you’ve got to ignore the cost of the raw materials and appreciate the love.
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