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    Sibling Ribaldry - David and Amy Sedaris preach the gospel of satire in a perspiring Book of Liz

    What a friend she has in cheeses. Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, member of an obscure offshoot of the Amish called the "Squeamish," is the goddess with gouda in Amy and David Sedaris' lactose-irreverent one-act comedy The Book of Liz. Bootstraps Comed...

    by Elaine Liner on May 17, 2007
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    More Shriek Than Shrek

    Pan's Labyrinth (New Line) Guillermo Del Toro has made a career of mixing slam-bang special effects (Hellboy, Blade II) with creepy atmospheres (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone). But with Pan's Labyrinth, he's used his entire palette for what will li...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 17, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 15

    Army of Shadows: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Arthur & the Invisibles (Genius) Bill/Bill on His Own (Brentwood) Bunny Whipped (Think) Caddyshack: 20th Anniversary (Warner Bros.) Chasing Liberty (Warner Bros.) Curse of the Z...

    on May 17, 2007
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    Balls of Fury - Marble Mania rolls out a winner for the Wii

    If you're looking for a laugh, find a kid raised on Grand Theft Auto and introduce him to Pac-Man for the first time. As he stares at you blankly, explain the addictive joy of eating dots and the simplistic genius of the neon-blue maze. When he sne...

    on May 17, 2007
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    Hitchcock on Holiday

    To Catch a Thief: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Starring Cary Grant as a cat burglar and Grace Kelly as a hot-to-trot heiress, this is easily one of Alfred Hitchcock's slightest films, especially coming on the heels of Rear Window; indee...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 10, 2007
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    Lousy Hustler - Paul Newman and Larry Flynt would be ashamed of Pocket Pool

    There was a time in my life when I might have actually enjoyed Pocket Pool a little bit. Back when I was 12, giving myself migraines from staring at scrambled cable porn, the notion of a game where I could "win" pictures of girls in their underwear w...

    by Gary Hodges on May 10, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 8

    Because I Said So! (Universal) Breaking and Entering (Weinstein) The Bridge on the River Kwai: Collector's Edition (Sony) Cagney & Lacey: The True Beginning (MGM) The Caine Mutiny: Collector's Edition (Sony) Catch & Release (Sony) D...

    on May 10, 2007
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    The Wiz That Was - Wicked's second visit to DSM breaks the spell; T3's Odd Couple cleans up nicely

    The road tour of Wicked first blew into town during the 2005 State Fair with a company that rivaled the Broadway originals for sheer gut-busting star power. The Glinda and Elphaba from that production are playing leads on Broadway right now--Kendra K...

    by Elaine Liner on April 26, 2007
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    Five Wonders of the World

    Planet Earth (BBC/Warner Bros.) Roll over, Marlin Perkins, and tell Jacques Cousteau the news: There's never been another nature series like this. You will spend forever glued to this five-disc collection, finding among such holy-shit discoveries a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 26, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 24

    Al Franken: God Spoke (Docurama) Code Name: The Cleaner (New Line) Columbo: Mystery Murder Collection 1989 (Universal) Dj Vu (Buena Vista) The Documentaries of Louis Malle (Criterion) The Drew Carey Show: The Complete First Season (...

    on April 26, 2007
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    This Is Madness - PSP players, tonight you game in hell

    A game based on 300 has no excuse not to kick ass. Just picture yourself leading 300 Greeks (that's 1,800 abs) against the Persian empire's massive armies, led by the evil, pierced, and preening King Xerxes. Since your Spartans are the deadliest sold...

    by Gary Hodges on April 26, 2007
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    Laughing Mater - Mommies dearest and queerest in new shows at Contemporary Theatre and Uptown Players

    There's a happy, bouncy lilt to the writing of Preston Jones and Charles Busch. Their plays are nothing alike, but, man, their use of language surely is music to the ears. In new productions of Jones' lovely 1974 comedy Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlan...

    by Elaine Liner on April 19, 2007
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    What Garry Didn't Know

    Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show (Sony) The greatest boxed set ever--not so much for the made-up irritainment as for the real thing, which this collection serves up by the ton. There are 23 brilliant episodes of the HBO show here, bu...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 19, 2007
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    Hot Mama - Cooking Mama for the Wii looks good enough to eat

    We've all seen Super Mario eat copious amounts of mushrooms, but have you ever considered the care that goes into preparing such delicacies? In Cooking Mama: Cook Off for the Wii, Wolfgang Puck wannabes are thrust into the kitchen -- alongside "Mam...

    by Chris Ward on April 19, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 17

    Brute Force: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Cutie Honey: The Movie (Bandai) Double Happiness (Image) Forgiving Dr. Mengele (First Run) Freedom Writers (Paramount) George Lopez: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons (Warner Bros.) H...

    on April 19, 2007
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    Imaginary Fiends - Mr. Marmalade, Lawrence & Holloman buddy up to the absurd; Parade's a main drag

    With friends like these--oh, boy. Two new stage productions--each disquieting, amusing and refreshingly brief--explore the absurd lengths to which some lonely souls go to find a boon companion. The surprise in both works is what happens when the rela...

    by Elaine Liner on April 12, 2007
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    Her One Little Secret

    Sleeping Dogs Lie (First Look) Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait takes a subversive concept (honesty is overrated) and marries it to an outrageous scenario (a woman's family learns that she once, uh, performed for a dog) to create . . . a romantic...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 12, 2007
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    Olympian Gold - God of War II enters the pantheon of classic games.

    The residents of Mount Olympus haven't gotten a good night's sleep since Kratos moved in. Not only is the new god of war a grumpy, self-professed god-hater, he got the throne by killing Ares, something that naturally makes the other gods a little . ....

    by Gary Hodges on April 12, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 10

    The Aura (Genius) Avatar: The Last Airbender -- Book 2: Earth, Volume 2 (Paramount) The Batman: The Complete Third Season (Warner Bros.) Beneath Still Waters (Lions Gate) Bobby (Weinstein) Coming Soon (Lions Gate) Dead and Deader (...

    on April 12, 2007
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    Theory's Company - Big Bang wastes no time with facts in a mad, mad musical history of the world

    Imagine Ben-Hur acted out on a stage the size of a twin bed and you've got The Big Bang. Pure madness is what it is, the funniest, sweatiest three-man musical ever to condense the history of civilization to less than an hour and a half. They start th...

    by Elaine Liner on April 5, 2007
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