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    Maim That Tune - Sour notes (on purpose!) at Theatre Three; at DCT's Rabbit, the paw that refreshes

    Ear-bruising vocals and eye-stinging costumes are no strangers to Theatre Three. But with Glorious! this impecunious 45-year-old theater in the Quadrangle near downtown finally grabs hold of a show that demands those things. Talk about a perfect fit....

    by Elaine Liner on November 23, 2006
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    Bad News With Al

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get happier, and there are no twists to decipher with repeated viewings. The producers hope instead that you buy it and share...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 2006
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    Encore Performance - Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.

    Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year and one of the most attractive to n...

    by Chris Ward on November 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 21:

    American Slapstick (Image) Alias: The Complete Fifth Season (Buena Vista) Boston Legal: Season Two (Fox) The Cry Baby Killer (Buena Vista) Devil Times Five (Code Red) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two (Paramount) Fall Out...

    on November 23, 2006
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    Flimflam Ma'am - The sting's the thing in Stage West's Bees; actor Wold gets elf control at WTT

    Revenge is for suckers," says Henry Gondorff, Paul Newman's character in The Sting. Among con artists the rule is you get stung, you move on. Don't try to get even. Because if the grifter is good, you'll end up getting taken all over again. That's ...

    by Elaine Liner on November 16, 2006
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    When the Stars Came Out

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece--the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist--at last gets its proper due; this double-di...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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    Hands Off - Final Fantasy XII: Role-playing on autopilot.

    Final Fantasy is to role-playing games as the Yankees are to baseball. The series -- now almost 20 years old -- practically redefined the genre with Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation, the first console RPG that captured a mainstream aud...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 14

    Brothers of the Head (IFC) Cary Grant: The Franchise Collection (Universal) CSI: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount) Cream: Royal Albert Hall (Rhino) 49 Up (First Run) Friends: The Complete Series Collection (Warner Bros.) The Gre...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Lifer Partners - Thrill Me sings pretty songs of twisted love; CAC conjures a magic Trick

    The title--Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story--sends chills all by itself. There's a musical about America's most infamous "thrill killers"? How could...? Why would...? It's a grim affair all right, real musical theater noir. And Uptown Players'...

    by Elaine Liner on November 9, 2006
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    Burning the Yule Log

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of Will...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 2006
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    Coke Dreams - In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game

    In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves after Montana (Scarface of the Geto Boys and Tony Yayo of G-Unit), and Nas borrowed Montana's slogan for h...

    by Luke O'brien on November 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 7

    Anna Karenina (Kino) Arrested Development: Seasons One-Three (Fox) The Best of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (ESPN) Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Cinema Paradiso (Weinstein) The Fallen Idol (Criterion) ...

    on November 9, 2006
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    Grass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams lights up Frulein with kooky comedy; Frozen sends chills at T3

    No secret what Tennessee Williams might have been inhaling as he worked his chubby fingers over the typewriter keys creating The Gndiges Frulein. This bizarrely funny absurdist one-act, now on view in a production by WingSpan Theatre Company at the...

    by Elaine Liner on November 2, 2006
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    Impossibly Passable

    Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound like they've fallen in love; you might say they complete each other's sentences, except that's just Cruise interrupting t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 2006
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    Dej Dance - Newest DDR: Same game, fresh set list

    Few phenomena are as hugely popular and bitterly mocked as the Dance Dance Revolution series. That's probably because humanity falls into two camps: fleet-footed whiz kids and rhythm-impaired klutzes. This reviewer falls into the latter category, d...

    by Chris Ward on November 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 31

    Baywatch: Season 1 (First Look) The Benny Hill Collection (Music Video Dist.) CSI: Miami -- The Complete Fourth Season (Paramount) Down to the Bone (Hart Sharp) Future-Kill: Limited Collector's Edition (Subversive) Ghost in the Shell S...

    on November 2, 2006
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    Cat and Souse - Maggie and Brick try to pull a big one over on Big Daddy at DTC

    Leave it to Tennessee Williams to pick the perfect name for a character in the throes of an emotional breakdown: Brick. Failed pro football player, miserable husband to the sexually pent-up Maggie, Brick Pollitt is a crumbling hulk of a man, one of t...

    by Elaine Liner on October 26, 2006
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    These Dogs Still Hunt

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary (Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all its tricks done far better by now. From the nonlinear storytelling to the pop-culture gabfests to the shameless cr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 2006
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    Latin Bummer - Just Cause features acres and acres of . . . foliage.

    Viewed from an airplane high over the islands of San Esperito, the land seems to stretch out endlessly. The sun slowly rises over the ocean, bathing the clouds in ochre and throwing stark shadows on the lush jungle below. If only there were somethi...

    on October 26, 2006
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    The Addams Family: Season One (MGM)

    An American Haunting (Lions Gate) Astaire and Rogers: The Complete Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Freak-Out (Anchor Bay) Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies (Shout!) Justice League Unlimited: Season One (Warner Bros.) La Commune ...

    on October 26, 2006
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