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    Say Wa? - In DCT's Miracle Worker, small wonders abound; King of the Road acts the fool

    Great casting makes great theater. For The Miracle Worker to work as well as it does in Dallas Children's Theater's current production, it's not enough just to find a young actress who can fling herself into the furniture portraying blind and deaf He...

    by Elaine Liner on February 1, 2007
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    The Terrorist's Mind

    Catch a Fire (Focus) In his commentary for the underrated, undervalued Catch a Fire, director Phillip Noyce discusses the inspiration: witnessing the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He wanted to comprehend "the terrorist's mind,"...

    by Jordan Harper on February 1, 2007
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    Cold Hearted - Lost Planet delivers, but it's not for the timid.

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to the "Oh, you want some of this?" school of game design. They made you gnash your teeth, throw your controll...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 30

    Academy Awards Collection (MGM) The Comedians of Comedy (Anchor Bay) Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (Warner Bros.) The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid: Ultimate Collector's Edition (New Video Group) Dora the Explorer: Cowgirl Do...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Beeing There - Humble Boy, based on Hamlet, stings the heart; Scapino beats itself to bits

    We know Shakepeare's Hamlet for its famous brace of be's, as in the title character's existential wondering re: "to" or "not to." Charlotte Jones' gentle, witty and enthralling play Humble Boy takes the bare bones of Hamlet, updates the location to a...

    by Elaine Liner on January 25, 2007
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    Classic Coke

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's transformation from a place where old people go to die to a place with so much drug money that the Mercedes dealers were constantly out...

    on January 25, 2007
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    Dr. Feelgood - You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But that doesn't stop us from living vicariously through TV doctors. Now, with Trauma Center: Second Opinion, you ca...

    on January 25, 2007
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    New in DVD

    Brokeback Mountain: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Universal) Cowboy del Amor (Genius) Crooks (Lightyear) Fiddler on the Roof (MGM) The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (Sony) Ghost Encounters: The Queen Mary (Anthem) The G...

    on January 25, 2007
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    Splitting Herrs - Michael Frayn's Democracy gets a case of the Willys about Cold War Germany

    For its first 20 minutes, Democracy painstakingly documents events surrounding the 1969 election of left-leaning politician Willy Brandt to the post of chancellor of West Germany's democratic parliament. If that sentence bores you down to your lederh...

    by Elaine Liner on January 18, 2007
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    Kill All the Critics! - Thumbs up or toes up for reviewers at Pegasus; big voices in Broadway Our Way

    A bad review can be murder. So let's establish right now that actor-writer Kurt Kleinmann and his merry band of Pegasus Theatre players are first-rate, top-notch, good-looking, love-their-shoes artistic geniuses who deserve every kind adjective, gild...

    by Elaine Liner on January 11, 2007
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    Hold Your Horses

    Bandidas (Fox) This review is not long enough for a suitable treatment of the beauty of Penlope Cruz and Salma Hayek. The makers of Bandidas would certainly prefer I tried, though, than to discuss this plodding clich of a western featuring the t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 11, 2007
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    Whip Smart - The new Castlevania lives up to its legacy

    It's been 20 years since the first Castlevania bewitched gamers with its gothic horror. Twenty years of vampire hunters going fist to fang with Lord Dracula. With almost two dozen titles in the series, Castlevania is one of the most enduring and be...

    by Luke O'brien on January 11, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 9

    America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute to Romance (Shout Factory) Behind the Mask (Good Times) Broken Bridges (Paramount) Color of the Cross (Fox) Conversations With Other Women (Hart Sharp) Crank (Lions Gate) Everybody Says I'm Fin...

    on January 11, 2007
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    Tubal Migration - TV brings big Break, hot Lights to Dallas actors; plus, theater's best 10 of 2006

    For nearly a decade, Dallas theaters benefited from an unlikely patron saint: Chuck Norris. With his CBS action series Walker, Texas Ranger, shot in North Texas from 1993 to 2001, Norris employed many a local actor to stand on the receiving end of hi...

    by Elaine Liner on January 4, 2007
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    Weird and Wonderful

    Robert Wilonsky and Jordan Harper recap their top DVDs of 2006: Eraserhead (Absurda/Subversive): Finally available on DVD, David Lynch's debut film is as captivating and frustrating as it ever was. The print looks great in its own weird way, and t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 4, 2007
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    A Legendary Outing - Twilight Princess is the best Zelda ever.

    Despite Link's green tunic and Peter Pan hat, he remains Nintendo's most respected badass. In the long-awaited Twilight Princess for the Wii, the elf hero begins yet another quest to save the world with his trademark bombs and boomerangs. Minor...

    by Chris Ward on January 4, 2007
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    Resistance Isn't Futile - It's just the only standout in an otherwise shameful launch

    Imagine two game producers rushing down the hall. One wants to pitch a WW2 game, the other a sci-fi shooter. They round a corner, crash into each other, and their papers go flying everywhere -- and in one of those great "You got chocolate in my peanu...

    by Gary Hodges on December 28, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 26

    Airwolf: Season Two (Universal) Be With Me (Film Movement) Dane Cook's Tourgasm (HBO) Danica (First Look) Factotum (IFC) The Family Values Tour 2006 (Firm Music) Girls Behaving Badly, Volume One (Starlight) Haven (Fox) Mars In...

    on December 28, 2006
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    Juices Flowing

    Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive. In short: more puke, more blood, more semen (from a horse, consumed nonetheless), more shit, more piss, more everything t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2006
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    Grace Notes - Jubilee sings a joyful noise in Black Nativity

    Part Christmas pageant, part tent revival, Jubilee Theatre's jubilant Black Nativity could make a heathen care about the reason for the season. So full of the spirit are these heavenly hosts--a cast of 11 actor-singers, including Jubilee stalwarts Ro...

    by Elaine Liner on December 21, 2006
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Ochre House Gets Hip to '50s Comic Lord Buckley with The Passing Show

Hipster, flipsters and finger-poppin' daddies, it's time to slip your orbs toward one Lord Buckley. He was a regal cat-daddy, an original, a performer of jazz-infused stand-up drawn from the… More >>

At Kitchen Dog, Gidion's Knot Feels Like Two Hours of Study Hall

It was a mistake to put a clock on the wall of the set for Gidion's Knot, the two-character Johnna Adams one-act now running at Kitchen Dog Theater. Set in… More >>

Second Thought's Nocturne Is Memorable, Thanks to Intense Acting by Drew Wall

Nocturne begins and ends with death and speaks of little else in between. Don't let that put you off. The play by Adam Rapp, now running at Second Thought Theatre,… More >>

In Fort Worth, Soul of Sam: The Sam Cooke Story Brings a Music Legend to Life

A small show that deserves a bigger audience than it's getting is Soul of Sam: The Sam Cooke Story, now on at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Written and… More >>

Tuck Dynasty: Uptown Players Tiara It Up with Pageant: The Musical

For my money, Miss Great Plains was robbed. At each performance of Pageant: The Musical, on now at Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the same six contestants vie… More >>

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