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  • Axes to Grind - The Guitar Hero frenzy careens toward overkill

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    Axes to Grind - The Guitar Hero frenzy careens toward overkill

    There's a point at which every fad overstays its welcome. Could it be that Guitar Hero is already just a sour note from being booed out of America's living room? For evidence, look no further than the plethora of GH cash-in products hawked at thi...

    by Chris Ward on January 24, 2008
  • Super, Thanks for Asking

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    Super, Thanks for Asking

    Confessions of a Superhero (Arts Alliance) As one of those quoted on the package ("A more beautiful documentary you're unlikely to find"), I can only reiterate my earlier praise: Matt Ogens' doc, about mortals dressed as superheroes trolling Holl...

    by Jordan Harper on January 24, 2008
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    DVD Releases for the Week of January 22

    America! The Complete Series (RHI) Barney Miller: The Complete Second Season (Sony) Best Actress Collection (Fox) Best Picture Academy Award Winners Collection (Fox) Blonde Ambition (Sony) Butterfly Collectors (Koch Vision) The Cat...

    on January 24, 2008
  • Mamet Drives Deep Into the Urban Jungle with Edmond - Also: Not much to like in As You Like it

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    Mamet Drives Deep Into the Urban Jungle with Edmond - Also: Not much to like in As You Like it

    Something terrible befalls the title character in Edmond just before David Mamet's terse little play begins. It's not important what that terrible thing is. Mamet, as is his way, never tells. Best guesses--that Edmond's been fired from his big job o...

    by Elaine Liner on January 24, 2008
  • Unreal Tournament III Blasts New Holes in Old Terrain

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    Unreal Tournament III Blasts New Holes in Old Terrain

    Unreal Tournament III is ideal for overcaffeinated teenage boys with PlayStation 3s, broadband internet connections, extensive online friend lists, hours and hours of time to blow, and -- just for good measure -- a deep appreciation of the steroid-a...

    by Gary Hodges on January 17, 2008
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    DVD Releases for the Week of January 15

    Alex Haley's Queen (Warner Bros.) Amazing Planet Earth (Questar) The Attic (Allumination) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (Warner Bros.) Breaker Morant (Image) Extras: The Complete Series (HBO) Dora the Explorer: Undercover Dora (Pa...

    on January 17, 2008
  • Wookiee Mistake

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    Wookiee Mistake

    Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest (Fox) As someone with no use for Seth MacFarlane's potty-mouthed Simpsons rip, I'll admit to choking out a few giggles during his Star Wars send-up -- though, truth be told, it's slightly less daring than Spaceba...

    by Jordan Harper on January 17, 2008
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    DVD Releases for the Week of January 8

    The All New Super Friends Hour: Season One, Volume One (Turner) American Carny: True Tales From the Circus Sideshow (Koch Vision) Cary Grant: 4-Disc Collector's Set (Republic) Casablanca (Warner Bros.) Death Sentence (Fox) Eagle vs. S...

    on January 10, 2008
  • Shift Happens - Indy Legends brings Brickyard history to life.

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    Shift Happens - Indy Legends brings Brickyard history to life.

    When I was 12, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway totally screwed me over. After visiting the famed Brickyard and eagerly paying 10 bucks to take "a lap around the track," I was placed in a golf cart that putted around the asphalt at a not-entirely-...

    by Chris Ward on January 10, 2008
  • Boy Trouble

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    Boy Trouble

    Joshua (Fox) George Ratliff's movie, a sort of satirical take on Rosemary's Baby, came and went upon its release; seems no one got the joke about how parents (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga, in this case) are scared shitless of their own children ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 10, 2008
  • Embarrassment of Riches - Were there 10 great shows in 2007? More like 11--no, make it 12.

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    Embarrassment of Riches - Were there 10 great shows in 2007? More like 11--no, make it 12.

    A great moment in theater can be as simple as a beam of light on an interesting face. Or it can come in the spectacle of a stage crowded with dancers whirling as music swells from a full orchestra. Dallas area stages in 2007 throbbed with memorab...

    by Elaine Liner on January 3, 2008
  • Black Russian

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    Black Russian

    Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Hitchcock/Cary Grant combo, and the world is a better (and bloodier) place for it. Chucklehead critics too smitten by Cronenberg's "messages" dismissed...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 3, 2008
  • Keep Dreaming - NiGHTS' second coming feels more like a first draft

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    Keep Dreaming - NiGHTS' second coming feels more like a first draft

    The inevitable challenge faced by Wii developers is this: Can you create a game so spectacularly awesome as to prompt a gamer to even consider ejecting Super Mario Galaxy from his console? The gravy train is over; good luck looking consumers in the ...

    by Gary Hodges on January 3, 2008
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    DVD Releases for the Week of January 1

    Billy Jack (Image) The Heartbreak Kid (Universal) Indie Sex: A Revealing Look at Sex in Cinema (IFC) Jimmy and Judy (Anchor Bay) Living & Dying (HBO) Resident Evil: Extinction (Sony) Seaquest DSV: Season Two (Universal) Septembe...

    on January 3, 2008
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    DVD Releases for the Week of December 25

    American Pie Presents: Beta House (Universal) The Brothers Solomon (Universal) Eastern Promises (Universal) Galactica 1980: The Complete Epic Series (Universal) The Heartbreak Kid (Universal) Intimate Affairs (Universal) The Kingdo...

    on December 27, 2007
  • Gaming's Greatest Hits - A look back at the best of 2007

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    Gaming's Greatest Hits - A look back at the best of 2007

    Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS) -- It may not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and mah-jongg hooks you like handheld crack. Already a word-of-mouth hit, despite being released only this month, WordJong is perfect for quiet aft...

    by Gary Hodges on December 27, 2007
  • Pause & Rewind - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

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    Pause & Rewind - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

    Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.): It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-of doc almost as...

    by Jordan Harper on December 27, 2007
  • Review: The Goodbye Girl - Mean guy moves out, nice guy moves in--now everybody sing!

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    Review: The Goodbye Girl - Mean guy moves out, nice guy moves in--now everybody sing!

    With The Goodbye Girl, now playing at Theatre Three, it goes like this: Buy your ticket, sit down, wait four songs and fall in love. That's exactly how long it takes for Dallas actor Gregory Lush to make his first entrance. And when he comes onstage...

    by Elaine Liner on December 27, 2007
  • Xmas Present & Past - How yesterday's games spawned today's best-sellers.

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    Xmas Present & Past - How yesterday's games spawned today's best-sellers.

    Nothing says "holiday spirit" quite like stabbing a terrorist or hammering a goombah, as the hottest games this season invite us to do. But no matter how cutting-edge the stars of 2007 may be, they are also unmistakably familiar. This week, we stack...

    by Gary Hodges on December 20, 2007
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    DVD Releases for the Week of December 18

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two -- The War Years (Paramount) Alien Apocalypse (Anchor Bay) Balls of Fury (Universal) Black Moon Rising (Anchor Bay) Boy Eats Girl (Lionsgate) Braveheart: Special Collector's Edition (P...

    on December 20, 2007
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Is it Time to Bring the Curtain Down on Festival of Indie Theatres?

Like an old actor no longer able to remember his lines, maybe the Festival of Independent Theatres needs to be led gently out of the spotlight for good. The annual… More >>

In Christhelmet, Barflies Find Their Voices at Ochre House

From the first line of Christhelmet, you know you're in for something special in this gritty, great new musical written, directed by and starring Matthew Posey at his 40-seat Ochre… More >>

Festival of Indie Theatres off to Rocky Start Festival of Indie Theatres off to Rocky Start

The annual Festival of Independent Theatres is underway at the Bath House Cultural Center. Opening night featured two of the eight shows by companies too small to have their own… More >>

DTC's Steamy <i>Les Miserables</i> Updates Hugo DTC's Steamy Les Miserables Updates Hugo

Turns out the revolutionary way to stage Les Misérables is to take the French revolutionaries out of it entirely. No frilly shirts. No peasants waving big red flags. None of… More >>

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