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Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Frosted flowers

Cold-season gardens let you revel in the beauty of the chill.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Winter is the season for armchair gardening — those long, delicious hours spent poring over a seed catalog, imagining what you’ll plant next year and listing the varieties of vegetables and flowers you absolutely must order. But even — or especially — when there’s a foot of snow on...

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Another Ah-nold

Terminating right-to-cloners in the not-too-improbable future.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

In the near future, the first human cloning attempt fails, prompting the federal prohibition of future attempts — but laws are made to be broken. Director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) creates a credible, brave new world that surprises, thrills and puzzles — with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Glory at the highest

When hats speak of the spirit.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Throughout the continent, many Africans believe that the head is where wisdom is housed, and is also the entrance and exit point of the spirits. Therefore, the head is afforded special attention. The hair is adorned directly — or the cranium is crowned with elaborate headdresses constructed of matter possessing...

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Ringside boos & bravos

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

It screams attention, like The Godfather: Part 2 — or so Midway would like the unsuspecting player to believe. But viewing “Ready to Rumble Boxing: Round 2” with even one eye open will reveal its shortcomings most effortlessly, making a Godfather 3 comparison a bit more appropriate (you know,...

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This Is Adelaide

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Experiencing the structured clash of This Is Adelaide is akin to the first time you graphed a parabola: very structured, very nerdy, very magical. The band forms elaborate yet fathomable instrumental phrases and adds voice (either spoken, sung or screamed) only when appropriate. The music has a seriousness and...

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Hey there, kids!

’Tis the season to be young (and silly and delighted) at the movies.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This sure-footed Disney concoction, easily blending canine afection and human romance with thrills and humor, opens on a fascinating note: Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) has been rehabilitated.

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Rififi

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

American director Jules Dassin's best work remains his early artful genre pieces, withRififi – the classic model of the heist movie, it's centerpiece a nearly 30-minute bank job done sans dialogue – offering the grim satisfaction of watching imaginary characters come to a bad end.

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The Horse Thief

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Visually, Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang's only movie to be released in the West is, to revive an overworked word, awesome. He knows how to evoke the melancholy of distance, the terrible placidity of seasonal changes and the overwhelming strangeness of abundant nature.

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Ringside boos & bravos

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

It screams attention, like The Godfather: Part 2 — or so Midway would like the unsuspecting player to believe. But viewing “Ready to Rumble Boxing: Round 2” with even one eye open will reveal its shortcomings most effortlessly, making a Godfather 3 comparison a bit more appropriate (you know,...

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Hey there, kids!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Director Ron Howard succesfully showcases Jim Carrey's antic gifts but fails miserably in building a coherrent movie around him. It doesn't help that Howard trowels on thick, gooey sentimentality.

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