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  • They Killed the Dog

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    They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 30, 2007
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    Pillzapoppin'! - In Valley of the Dolls, heavy doses of camp with strong comic side effects

    You've got to climb to the top of Mount Everest to reach the Valley of the Dolls. That's the opener of Jacqueline Susann's crapgasmic 1966 novel, and the first words spoken in a new Valley of the Dolls theatrical adaptation now running at Uptown Pla...

    by Elaine Liner on August 23, 2007
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    The Sympathetic Spy

    The Lives of Others (Sony) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film, easily the best of last year, exists on many levels: as tragedy, dark comedy and love story--not between a man and a woman, but between two seemingly opposite men bound by the sa...

    by Jordan Harper on August 23, 2007
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    Keep the Meter Running

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore." Martin Scorsese's 1976 vision of hell as city-of-night New York rips through the reverential treatment on this special edi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 16, 2007
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    Senioritis - In Social Security, Grandma's on the move and the family's in a tizz

    As likable as it is, Social Security suffers from a serious case of the coots. The two-act comedy by Andrew Bergman, now onstage at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, wants to be a smart and witty farce about three generations of mother-daughter power ...

    by Elaine Liner on August 16, 2007
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    Fill in the Blank - Picross DS proves there's life after Sudoku

    Ask a random person five years ago what Sudoku was, and you'd be lucky if they mumbled something about Japanese ritual suicide. But go down any supermarket's magazine aisle today, and you'll find whole racks stuffed with cheapie newsprint books full ...

    by Gary Hodges on August 16, 2007
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    DVD Releases for the Week of August 14

    All Creatures Great & Small: The Complete Collection (BBC Warner) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD (Turner) Back to School: Extra-Curricular Edition (MGM) The Black Widow (First Look) Charlie Chan Collection: Volume 3 (Fox...

    on August 16, 2007
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    Limbo Party - Purgatory's the place in sketchy Heaven Forbid(s)!; all black notes in White Music

    Think universally, laugh locally. Big themes come laced with oodles of hometown references in Heaven Forbid(s)!, the biting new comedy written by and starring Marco Rodriguez, now playing at the itty-bitty Ice House Cultural Center in Oak Cliff. ...

    by Elaine Liner on August 9, 2007
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    Elvis Is Everywhere

    Bubba Ho-tep Limited Edition (MGM) Intentional camp is difficult to do well. It's a contradiction that usually comes off cutesy and forced. The old Batman series pulled it off, and it's been B-movie god Bruce Campbell's livelihood. But i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 9, 2007
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    Star Dreck - Alien Syndrome will alienate some, infect others

    Stupid video-game logic, rule no. 154: When thousands of fugly, bloodthirsty aliens take over a spaceship, it's best to send in a lone woman with a flamethrower.That's the entire plot of Alien Syndrome, a pseudo sequel to Sega's 1987 "run 'n' gun" ar...

    by Chris Ward on August 9, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Beneath (Paramount) Brigitte Bardot 5-Film Collection (Lionsgate) Luis Bunuel: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Lionsgate) Disturbia (DreamWorks) The Dog Problem (THINKfilm) The Dresden Files: The Complete First Season (Lionsgate) 8 Simple Rules: The Comp...

    on August 9, 2007
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    Hand Jive - A stumper with Risk Theatre's All of the Above; T3's Mack & Mabel sends bad vibrations

    Saw a strange new play about a handsome thief named Edward whose hands are amputated by court order. New ones are transplanted onto the stumps. The convicted thief is white. The recycled mitts are brown. The thief begins channeling the thoughts of t...

    by Elaine Liner on August 2, 2007
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    Fuzz Busters

    Hot Fuzz (Universal) The second feature from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) has been available on home video for decades: Hot Fuzz is, after all, a witty and wisecracking montage of clips from some hu...

    by Jordan Harper on August 2, 2007
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    Silent Treatment - A comedy knockout from The Boxer at FIT; a sucker punch from Sugar Bean Sisters

    The less said, the better The Boxer is. The new play by Dallas writer and Bootstraps Comedy Theater founder Matt Lyles, who also directs this production, is a clear audience favorite at the current Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath House ...

    by Elaine Liner on July 26, 2007
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    Chow Time Again

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the overworked Chow Yun-Fat and the undercover Tony Leung) gunning for the Hong Kong Triads, is still the "ultimate" edition. It ha...

    by Jim Ridley on July 26, 2007
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    All Class - The Wii's Big Brain Academy makes summer school cool

    One of the best new video games on the market requires you to take math tests. During summer break, no less. But before you cue up "Night on Bald Mountain" and run like hell, you really should play Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree. Any "party title" t...

    by Chris Ward on July 12, 2007
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    Roky's Picture Show

    You're Gonna Miss Me (Palm) A hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival two years ago, Keven McAlester's doc about the Papa of Psychedelia, Roky Erickson, at long last gets its proper release. But time has done McAlester a tremendous favor: Had ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release on July 10

    After the Wedding (IFC) The Astronaut Farmer (Warner Bros.) Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (Funimation) Brutal (Lionsgate) The Comedy Collection (Lionsgate) Elizabeth Taylor Collection (St. Clair) Extras: The Complete Second Season (HBO...

    on July 12, 2007
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    When He Was Small

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time star at the get-go of his career: Clive Owen, looking all of 12 years old and 73 pounds, is a sacked investment banker who...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007
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    It Takes a Village - The terrorizing townsfolk of Resident Evil 4 shamble onto the Wii.

    When Resident Evil 4 was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, the game reinvented a lot of what had grown tiresome about the series. Most obvious were the setting and enemies you faced: Instead of the various building-overrun-by-zom...

    on July 5, 2007
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