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Under the Same Moon Review


Unbearable
"Somewhere Out There," the maudlin theme song to Disney's animated An American Tail, is audio torture. It's not just Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram's warbling. It's the heavy-handed longing -- important to the song -- that is betrayed by bogus lyrics like "And even though I know how very far apart we are / It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star."

Patricia Riggen's Under the Same Moon takes the song's phony concept even further. It swipes the faux sentimentality of "Somewhere" and duct tapes it to our nation's very real border-crossing dilemma. It pretends to address a serious issue but ends up degrading an entire race.

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Picture - Adrian Alonso Los Angeles, California, Tuesday 11th March 2008

Adrian alonso Tuesday 11th March 2008 Premiere of 'Under The Same Moon' at the Egyptian Theatre Los Angeles, California

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The Legend of Zorro Review


OK
The Legend of Zorro is sure to please those who dug the fancy swordplay and acrobatics of The Mask of Zorro. For those who enjoyed the 1998 summer hit for the romantic byplay between co-stars Antonio Banderas and then-unknown Catherine Zeta-Jones -- as well as the sheer absurdity of Anthony Hopkins playing a Hispanic -- well the recently released special edition DVD will do just nicely.

The sequel picks up 10 years later in 1850, where lovers Alejandro (Banderas) and Elena (Zeta-Jones, again convincing everyone she's not European) are now married. Alejandro is still working around the clock as Zorro to help the oppressed of California, a situation Elena is none too pleased with since she feels he's neglecting his family. After an especially nasty argument with Elena, Alejandro leaves his estate to get some space and to save some more peasant families. Several days later, he's handed divorce papers and a reason to start drinking.

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