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    Turning Japanese - Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun

    From Pokmon to Dragon Ball Z, Japanese pop culture has captured the imagination of American kids. The latest import craze is Naruto. Anyone hip to Harry Potter will find the story familiar: A bunch of otherwise ordinary kids, including titular her...

    by Gary Hodges on July 13, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 11

    Basic Instinct 2 (Sony) Bill Maher: New Rules (HBO) Bridezillas: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons (Weinstein) Care Bears: Hearts at Sea (Family Home Ent.) Dennis Miller: All In (HBO) Dolla Morte (Grimoire) The Dudesons Movie (Rhino)...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Bond in a Bikini

    The Matador (Weinstein) Richard Shepard's spec script, sent to Pierce Brosnan's production company out of desperation, wound up as 2005's best buddy pic -- damned if I can recall a funnier movie from last year, except the one with the middle-aged ...

    by Jordan Harper on July 6, 2006
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    Pong 360 - Like the real thing, Table Tennis shouldn't be played alone

    When Rockstar Games, the company behind the infamous Grand Theft Auto series, announced that it would be making a title for Xbox 360, gamers naturally envisioned a game featuring next-gen hookers. But then Rockstar revealed that the game was actua...

    on July 6, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 5

    Charlie's Angels: The Complete Third Season (Sony) Cyberteam in Akihabara: Complete Collection (ADV) Eastern Horror Double Feature: Satan's Slave and Corpse Master (Brentwood) King of the Cage: The Superstars of KOTC (Brentwood) The Kinks...

    on July 6, 2006
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    Puck Rock - Under the stars, a disco-era Dream; unpleasant peasants mar murky Les Miz

    What fools these mortals be. And what fun the revival of Randy Tallman and Steven Mackenroth's rock comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Musical, now alternating through the summer with a more conventional Tempest at Shakespeare Dallas' outdoor East...

    by Elaine Liner on June 29, 2006
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    Patriot Acts - Art sledgehammers politics with a smile at Barry Whistler Gallery

    If there ever were a time for art that is political, now is the moment. The art of Patriot Acts, a group show at Barry Whistler Gallery, gives body to an alternative--I say much-needed--type of jingoism. The work of Darryl Lauster, Greg Metz, Michael...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on June 29, 2006
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    The Citizen Kane of Crap

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that surpasses it. Grab a 12-pack of Bintang and cue up this jaw-unhinging slab of Indonesian sword-and-sorcery circa 1983--a start-to-fi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 29, 2006
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    The Last Bland - X-Men tie-in is an uncanny bore.

    For comic geeks, an X-Men game that promises to fill in the backstory between movies sounds hotter than a date with Jean Grey. Finally, we get to discover what Wolverine has been up to between films -- besides winning Tony Awards as alter ego Hugh Ja...

    on June 29, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 27

    Commander in Chief: 2-Disc Inaugural Edition Part 1 (Disney) The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (MPI) Cow Belles (Disney) Danger After Dark (TLA) Evil (Magnolia) Is It Really So Strange? (Frameline) Failure to Launch (Paramount...

    on June 29, 2006
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    Le Bon Pain - Toasting DTC's Thom Pain; Kitchen Dog Theater's Raw Vision paints up a storm

    Less is more entertaining in the perversely spare little oddity called Thom Pain (based on nothing), playing in the intimate Bryant Hall at Dallas Theater Center. Clocking in under an hour, Will Eno's one-man one-act unfolds in a nearly bare space (j...

    by Elaine Liner on June 22, 2006
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    Vampires of Moscow

    Night Watch (Fox Searchlight) Every once in a while, Hollywood needs somebody else to steal a genre and totally reimagine it; it keeps old ideas young, like celluloid Botox. Well, Hollywood's gonna need one big needle to absorb Night Watch, an ins...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2006
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    Shark Bites - JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory

    Not long ago, videogames were about collecting coins and rescuing the princess. Now you're more likely to gun her down in a drive-by. Or eat her alive. Welcome to JAWS Unleashed. You're a pitiless great white, hungry for human flesh. Unfortunately,...

    by Luke O'brien on June 22, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 20

    Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Four Seasons (Warner Bros.) The Art of Erotic Dancing (BFS) Austin City Limits 2005 Music Festival (Image) Charlie Chan: Volume One (Fox) The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (The Disinformation Compa...

    on June 22, 2006
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    Standard Transmission - Tune up and laugh at Stanton's Garage; a fun ride into Bombay Dreams

    The day after seeing Stanton's Garage at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, I visited an aunt and uncle who are up in years. They'd just been out in 100-degree heat to have their 1994 Toyota Camry inspected, and it had been an ordeal. The car has only 3...

    by Elaine Liner on June 15, 2006
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    Bring in the Trash

    Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Fox) Behold The Godfather and Godfather Part II of drag-queen cinema -- two movies that provide the gateway to a lifetime of wig addiction. The films couldn't be more different in temperament ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2006
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    Brotherly Love - New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas.

    Gamers are so used to Mario that the fundamental weirdness of his exploits no longer raises an eyebrow: A dumpy Italian plumber journeys through a fairy-tale land, where turtles throw hammers, mushrooms bestow magic powers, and a kingly turtlebeast h...

    on June 15, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 13

    All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise (HBO) Aquamarine (Fox) Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 2 (Paramount) Before the Fall (Picture This) The Betty Grable Collection: Volume 1 (Fox) Cemetery Man (Anchor Bay) End...

    on June 15, 2006
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    Unhinged - DTC's Illusion plays ugly tricks; Communicating Doors plays with time

    You could call The Illusion a comedy. You could call ipecac an after-dinner liqueur. That doesn't make those descriptions accurate. The Illusion is Dallas Theater Center artistic director Richard Hamburger's bitter dose of theatrical medicine after...

    by Elaine Liner on June 8, 2006
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    Ford Tough

    The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in Hollywood history, this 10-disc box spews machismo all over. Wayne and Ford defined not only the western and war-movie genres, but also...

    by Jim Ridley on June 8, 2006
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