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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Robert Ryman Though working with an economy of means, Ryman's cup runneth over. Ryman has been painting white squares in various sizes and formats with innovative modes of installation for 50 years. This might sound humdrum, but it's not. You'll...

    on March 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Aida Uptown Players present the Elton John/Tim Rice musical loosely based on the Verdi opera about a beautiful princess enslaved by an Egyptian pharaoh. When naval hero Radames (Gary Floyd) dumps the pharaoh's daughter Amneris (Patty Breckenridg...

    on March 2, 2006
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    The Great Cash-In

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's most enduring personas -- movies about junkies are a drag to watch. So it's too bad this Johnny Cash biopic is a by-the-...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 2, 2006
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    Back to the Future - The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op.

    Last fall, Microsoft hyped its pricey Xbox 360 by promising to reinvent gaming as we know it. The blockbuster "next generation" titles were supposed to harness the machine's awesome power to deliver high-definition graphics and impossibly realistic a...

    by Chris Dahlen on March 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 28

    Annie Duke's Conquering Online Poker (Big Vision) The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (A&E) Battle's Poison Cloud (Cinema Libre) Bleak House (BBC Warner) Camara Oscura (Warner Bros.) Charmed: The Complete Fourth Season (Paramo...

    on March 2, 2006
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    Up in Arms - Evita has her moments, and some style, at Lyric; Alabama Sky bright at Jubilee

    "Just a little touch of star quality" is how the chorus of peasants describes the title character in Evita, just opened by Lyric Stage at the Irving Arts Center. It's one of the slyest jokes in the 1975 Webber-Rice rock opera, which depicts the rise ...

    by Elaine Liner on February 23, 2006
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    Deep Thoughts by Redford

    All the President's Men (Warner Bros.) It's no mystery why Warner Bros. chose to rerelease All the President's Men now; at last we know how much -- which is to say how little -- Mark "Deep Throat" Felt really looked like Hal Holbrook. A new doc on...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 23, 2006
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    Law and Disorder - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is guilty of being bizarre fun.

    Sony's approach with its handheld, the PlayStation Portable, is to carbon-copy its most popular titles for on-the-go gaming. "Enjoy Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation 2?" Sony seems to ask. "Well, here's a version for the PSP. Oh, you're a SOCOM fan? Su...

    by Gary Hodges on February 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 21

    Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (MCA) The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends (Shout Factory) Domino (New Line) Dorian Blues (TLA) First Descent (Universal) Left of the Dial (HBO) The Memory of a Killer (Sony) Midnight Co...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Ankh Around the Clock - At Uptown Players, Elton John's Aida does the crocodile rock on the Nile

    Aida the grand opera by Giuseppe Verdi and Aida the Elton John/Tim Rice rock musical now running at the Uptown Players have one thing in common. One thing, that is, besides the title, the setting (Egypt at the time of the pharaohs) and the love trian...

    by Elaine Liner on February 16, 2006
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    White Noise - Painter Robert Ryman does so much with so little

    When you think of Robert Ryman's work, you think white. Ryman has made square paintings in various alabaster hues--waxen, pearly, gray--for the last 50 years. They are carefully wrought surfaces without the avant-garde hullabaloo. His work brings to ...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on February 16, 2006
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    Grind It Out With Pam

    Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson: Uncensored! (Paramount) This sucker's vulgar -- duh -- but not shocking in the least bit; Sarah Silverman swears, and Courtney Love drinks and smokes . . . who knew? That said, this roast ranks among the m...

    by Jordan Harper on February 16, 2006
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    Torino It Off - This horrible Winter Olympics game doesn't even medal.

    Ah, the Winter Olympics. The nip of drama in the Alpine air. The purity of amateur competition. Swedish women in full-body spandex. These are all things we enjoy about the winter games. Now for some things we don't: losing to Canada in hockey, male...

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

    Disney Princess Sing Along Songs, Vol. Three: Perfectly Princess (Buena Vista) Emmanuel's Gift (First Look) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete First Three Seasons (Warner Bros.) The Frisco Kid (Warner Bros.) Gimme a Break!: Seaso...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Dangerous Moves - Liaisons steams up RTC; sexy, smart Devil's Disciple redeems Theatre Three

    Somebody at the Richardson Theatre Centre has been watching late-night Cinemax. Director Regan Adair's production of Christopher Hampton's Dangerous Liaisons throbs with passion, a three-hour make-out marathon replete with pretty babes in clingy ling...

    by Elaine Liner on February 9, 2006
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    Clay's the Thing

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DreamWorks) Not since Finding Nemo has there been a movie so easy to recommend for all ages and tastes. But despite having crafted a near-perfect film, directors Nick Park and Steve Box second-gu...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 9, 2006
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    X-Man Reunited - There's nothing rusty about Mega Man X's old-school 'bots.

    Maybe it's because we're hung up on our past more than ever -- riding a wave of giddy, nonstop nostalgia and absorbing anything that will help recapture the bliss of the good ol' days -- but Capcom's Mega Man X Collection feels more fun than ever. ...

    by Chris Ward on February 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 7

    Bambi II (Disney) The Batman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) The Best of the Electric Company (Shout!) The Best of Youth (Miramax) The Cary Grant Box Set (Sony) Cote D'Azur (Strand) Daltry Calhoun (Miramax) Doom: Unrate...

    on February 9, 2006
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    So Ova It - Joe Egg comes up soft-boiled at DTC; white noise mars Caucasian Chalk Circle

    Say you get some fine pt de foie gras. You spread a big dollop of it on a thick, crusty slice of warm French baguette along with generous slivers of rare black truffle. First-class ingredients all the way around. Gourmet grub. But when you think ab...

    by Elaine Liner on February 2, 2006
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    Like Star Trek With Worms

    Dune: Extended Edition (Universal) On paper it sounds insane: A mammoth sci-fi epic directed by David Lynch, based on an intensely weird Frank Herbert novel about ecology and giant worms. What resulted was a flop that has yet to be remedied by ...

    on February 2, 2006
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