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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 13

    Bicycle Thieves: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) The Boy From Lebanon (Picture This) The Butcher Boy (Warner Bros.) The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Tartan) The Departed (Warner Bros.) Devil's Den (Starz) F**K (ThinkFilm) Green f...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Experiment - Moonlight and Magnolias tries to rewrite movie history; Jubilee Theatre makes Crumbs palatable

    If a word of Moonlight and Magnolias, the comedy now on the big stage at Dallas Theater Center, is true, then the movie version of Gone With the Wind could have ended up as The Da Vinci Code of 1939. Ron Hutchinson's play suggests--no, it insists--th...

    by Elaine Liner on February 8, 2007
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    Hand It to Him

    The Science of Sleep (Warner Bros.) Feature films are to video directors what sitcoms are to stand-up comedians, and for every David Fincher and Seinfeld, there are dozens of artists who should have stayed in the field they know best. Michel Gondr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 2007
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    Mustache Ride - In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose

    Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. Nevertheless, here goes: Mario's bizarro-universe twin, the greedy Wario, has invented over 200 absurd micro-games in...

    by Chris Ward on February 8, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 6

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense (Lions Gate) All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal) Anything but Love: Volume One (Fox) Arabian Nights (Universal) Best Picture: Academy Award Winners Collection (Paramount) ...

    on February 8, 2007
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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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