Spotlight event:

Haven’t seen a good movie in a while? How about two? The Ann
Arbor Showcase has both “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Lost in
Translation” playing on its screens and it’d be a big mistake for
you to bypass these Asian culture-obsessed masterpieces. Make a
double feature of it. Word to the wise: “Kill Bill” is not a great
date movie.

Films opening

Le Fils (The Son) Don’t worry. It may seem that we’re being
bombarded by new French movies this week, but if we band together
and remain strong, everything should be OK. At Madstone: 1:00,
3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:45.

Mystic River No offense to Clint Eastwood, but who could make a
bad movie with this cast?!? He’s got Oscar winners and industry
notables coming out of his ass! At Showcase: 12:45, 1:15, 3:45,
4:15, 6:45, 7:15, 9:35, 10:05, 12:15 (Fri and Sat). At Madstone:
1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45.

Runaway Jury You can smell John Grisham a mile away. Be wary. Be
very wary. At Showcase: 1:10, 4:00, 7:10, 9:50, 12:25 (Fri and
Sat). At Madstone: 1:00, 3:35, 7:00, 9:35.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Does leatherface really deserve all
of these damned movies about him? Hollywood has already exploited
the sheepish sociopath’s story for this movie’s first edition,
“Silence of the Lambs,” and countless other crappy biopics. Our
time spent riding his coattails should have ended long ago. At
Showcase: 12:20, 12:50, 1:20, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:45, 5:15, 5:45,
7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:10, 9:40, 10:10, 11:30, Midnight (Fri and Sat)
and 12:30 (Fri and Sat)

Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (The Girl From Paris) If you
like Parisian girls, country farm settings and goat cheese
e-businesses, then I’ve got a movie for you. At Madstone: 1:15,
3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:40.

Veronica Guerin At first glance, this movie looks intriguing.
Then, right after you’ve been hooked, your eyes aimlessly wander to
the credits to find no others than Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel
Schumacher. That’s right, they’re the fellows who respectively
polluted our minds with a “Bad Boys” sequel and ruined completely
the “Batman” series. Can’t wait to see this one. At Showcase: 1:05,
3:15, 5:25, 7:40, 9:50, 11:50.

Films holding

The Fighting Temptations It’d be great if once in a while those
in charge at the theaters would vindicate the words of us critics.
We’ve been bashing the hell out of this movie for at least a month,
but it still remains – in theaters. At Showcase: 1:25, 4:00, 6:35,
9:10, 9:40, 11:45, 12:15 a.m. (Fri. and Sat.).

Good Boy! Sometimes movies really make you wonder why you stay
in this business. But hey, I guess some people find dumbass kids
and space dogs amusing. Who are we to judge? At Showcase: 12:35,
2:35, 4:35, 6:40, 8:45, 11:00.

House of the Dead There must be some lucre available in the
horror movie business, because there is no other apparent reason
that all these worthless flicks keep getting churned out. At
Showcase: 1:25, 3:35, 5:50, 8:15, 10:30, 12:30.

Intolerable Cruelty It seems as though the Coens have had enough
of their usual fare of dismally dark comedy and funny violence.
That’s not necessarily a good thing, so don’t get your hopes up. At
Showcase: 12:25, 12:55, 2:55, 3:25, 5:05, 5:35, 7:20, 7:50, 9:30,
10:00, 11:35, 12:05 (Fri and Sat). At Madstone: 1:10, 3:15, 5:20,
7:25, 9:40.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 Making a movie about hot ninjas, kung fu
fighting and a vehicle called the “pussy wagon” brings to
Tarantino’s heart the same lustful joy that the inaugural strip
club visit kindles in perverted teenage boys. At Showcase: 12:30,
1:30, 2:50, 4:10, 5:10, 5:40, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05, 9:25, 9:55, 10:25,
11:40, 12:10, 12:40. At Madstone: 1:00, 2:00, 4:30, 5:00, 7:00,
7:45, 9:30, 10:15.

Lost in Translation It seemed for a while that Bill Murray’s
career was lost. Not in translation, but I think you get the gist.
At Showcase: 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 6:55, 9:15, 11:25.

Out of Time Denzel is a natural- born ass kicker. He should play
characters who kick ass and take names; he shouldn’t play a silly
cop fleeing the law. Things just weren’t meant to be that way. They
were meant for him to kick ass and take names. At Showcase: 1:00,
3:20, 5:30, 7:45, 10:15, 12:20 (Fri and Sat) At Madstone: 1:25,
3:45, 7:25, 9:45.

The Rundown It’s useless trying to insult the Rock. He’s got
only two percent body fat, is on the cover of GQ and has a sharper
wit than any action stud in recent times. Our time will be better
spent making fun of old guys, Diane Lane and other bums who don’t
have so surefire a defense. At Showcase: Noon, 8:10, 12:35 (Fri and

The School of Rock You ought to like the way Jack Black works
it, no diggity. In the hands of ninety-nine percent of comedians,
this movie and concept would be junk. Actually the movie and
concept are junk, but at least Jack Black is passable. At Showcase:
12:10, 12:40, 2:40, 3:10, 5:00, 7:25, 9:45, 11:55.

Secondhand Lions “Seabiscuit” gave viewers all the sappy charm
they could handle for this calendar year. Find a new gig, Duvall,
you old schmo. But someone should give Michael Caine an Oscar right
now. Yeah, I’m talking to you, the Acadeemy. At Showcase: 12:05,
2:20, 4:30

Under the Tuscan Sun Diane Lane is more a part of a plague than
a worthwhile actress. She and her menacing pals need to stop giving
women reasons to drag men to crappy movies. At Showcase: 1:05,
4:05, 6:30, 9:00, 11:20.

Underworld Oh, how convenient: Werewolves have been on the
losing end of the power struggle for millennia. Just because my
back’s hairy means that I’m an imbecile and can’t defend myself?
Don’t make me phone Reverend Jackson! At Showcase: 2:45, 5:20,
10:20. At Madstone:



The American Soldier We here in America care more about our
soldiers than, say, soldiers from New Zealand. But not by much.
State Theater: 7:15. 9:45.

Lost in Translation See above. Michigan Theater: 7:00, 9:45.

Thirteen Ahh, so even teenage girls serve a purpose. Excellent.
State Theater: 7:00, 9:30

The Weather Underground Man, the suburbs are so boring. I’ve got
it! Let’s overthrow those bastards in D.C. Michigan Theater: 7:15,


Boxcar Satan “Jesus loves me / This I know / For the Bible tells
me so.” Elbow Room, 6 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 10 p.m. $5.

DA’JA Pronounce their name properly and get in free. Hint: The
apostrophe is silent. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 8 p.m.
$10. 662-8310.

Mega ’80s Only great things start with “Mega.” Mega Man, Mega
Man II, Mega Man III, Mega Man V, Mega Man VII anyone? Blind Pig,
208 S. First St., 9:30 p.m. $7 ($10 under 21). 996-8588.

La Venexiana Through their musical interpretations, this
seven-member group celebrates the contrasts between the refined and
the popular, the sacred and the profane that characterize our
culture today. 8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, $25 –
$35; 734-764-2538.


Just Sitting Down to Dinner This play is a student-written
one-act about the trials and tribulations of American Families and
the relationships that surround them. 8 p.m., RC Auditorium, East
Quad, $3.



The American Soldier State Theater: 7:15. 9:45.

Lost in Translation See above. Michigan Theater: 7:00, 9:45.

Thirteen See Thursday. State Theater: 7:00, 9:30

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen This movie features Jeremy Irons,
you know uncle Scar from the “Lion King.” Poor Simba. Michigan
Theater: 7:15, 9:45


Wynton Marsalis Quintet If you like jazz, you probably don’t
read the Daily. So screw you. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.,
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $18-$40 & $22-44. 668-8463.

Joe Henry Split this heart. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., 8 p.m.
$15. 761-1451.

Pride “What more in the name of love?” The Necto, 516 E. Liberty
St., 10 p.m. $5 ($10 under 21). 994-5436.


Just Sitting Down to Dinner See Thursday, 7 p.m. & 9:30



And Now Ladies and Gentlemen See Friday. Michigan Theater: 4:00,
7:00, 9:45

The American Soldier See Thursday. State Theater: 7:15.

Thirteen See Thursday. State Theater: 7:00, 9:30


Tony Monaco Come for the free vibes, stay for the fiery jazz
organ. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $15 ($10 stu).

Midwest Product Dance you fucker! Dance! Blind Pig, 208 S. First
St., 9:30 p.m. $8. 996-8588.

Gene Ludwig Pittsburgh native trades away Lofton, Simon and
Rameriez; watches NLCS from home. The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley
St., 10 p.m. $12. 665-9090.


Miami City Ballet As part of the University of Michigan’s
Celebrating St. Petersburg Festival, the Miami City Ballet returns
to Ann Arbor with a program of Balanchine choreography set to
Stravinsky’s music. 1 p.m. & 8 p.m., Power Center, $14 –



Just Sitting Down to Dinner See Thursday, 7 p.m. & 9:30



Bird Jazz Jam Session Band promises heady lot scene; threaten
the hood of your car. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $3.


Miami City Ballet See Saturday, 2 p.m.

Phone Numbers: Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Quality 16: 827-2837;
Showcase: 973-8380; State: 761-8667.

Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times
at State Theater are effective for Saturday and Sunday only.


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