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  • Mar 18-24, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 23

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  • Last House on the Left

    This remake is little more than a glossed-up, pointless exercise in graphic violence, materially different from the original only in higher production values and the sad fact this stuff shocked back in ’72. The well-heeled Collingwood family checks in at their remote lakeside summer home, and teen daughter Mari promptly takes the car into town and hangs with her saucy pal Paige (Superbad cutie Martha MacIsaac). Soon enough a cadre of cookie-cutter movie maniacs, with jailbreaks and cop-killings in their wake, capture the girls and hole up in a dingy hotel room. For 40 minutes, we’re forced to watch them, in deplorable detail, screech and writhe in the dirt, abused, beaten and defiled by these psychos. When the thugs take refuge from a storm in the Collingwoods’ home, the tables turn — the vengeful parents get all medieval on their asses.
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  • Race to Witch Mountain

    This snappy spit-shine of the ’70s movies cranks up the effects, action and excitement, despite being disposable and formulaic. Dwayne Johnson (no more “Rock” please) has had spotty success as a major action star, but when it comes to family fare, dude is money. He’s perfectly suited to the role of cynical ex-mob man Jack Bruno — who warms up as the kids’ protector — and we can thank our lucky stars that it wasn’t Vin Diesel, as the five people who saw Babylon A.D. will surely attest. Johnson is nicely re-teamed with his Game Plan director Andy Fickman — who, by the way, won’t be confused with Steven Spielberg but knows enough to hit the throttle early and not let off.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • A natural selection

    A new dining destination for raw food enthusiasts, serving scrumptious, cashew-strewn fare, with vegetables, nuts, fruits, sprouts and seeds — plain, grated, mashed, pulverized and liquefied. Salads feature a ton of ingredients, such as spinach with tomato, onion, carrots, currants, apples and pecans. A sweet beet slaw tosses in apples, raisins, lemon juice and agave nectar. In addition there are juice blends, smoothies and shakes. Raw food doesn’t have to be served cold or room temperature. Red Pepper uses a dehydrator, which doesn't get much hotter than 100 degrees, to make “stir fries.”
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