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    Willy and Wailin' - Classical Acting Company sells mixed messages in Death of a Salesman

    Like Willy Loman, Classical Acting Company's Death of a Salesman aspires to greatness and comes up well short of expectations. Arthur Miller's 1949 drama is the heaving granddaddy of American tragedies. The play demands so much from its actors, desig...

    by Elaine Liner on September 7, 2006
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    Necessary Evil

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling the feature, first watch the documentary in which the families of those who died on the plane give the filmmakers thei...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 2006
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    Grateful Dead - Dead Rising's zombies will eat your brain--and your free time

    The mall in Dead Rising is pretty much like any other you've visited. There's a bunch of women's clothing stores, a movie theater, and of course the obligatory food court. The only real difference is that it's teeming with enough zombies to fill a...

    by Gary Hodges on September 7, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 5

    The Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection, Season One (Passport) Ace Ventura Deluxe Double Feature (Warner Bros.) Amarcord: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Anne of Avonlea (Koch Vision) Blade Runner: Director's Cut (...

    on September 7, 2006
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    Terror-bly funny - Pocket Sandwich Theatre stirs up a boo-ha-ha with It's a Scream!

    Without actress Trista Wyly, the new show at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre would be just another ho-hum, pleasant little trifle. High art isn't this venue's specialty. Here it's low-brow comedy and melodrama most of the year, with the audience invited ...

    by Elaine Liner on August 31, 2006
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    The Short Goodbye

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only 13 episodes this time, the result of Fox's inability to attract viewers to one of TV's greatest comedies and the network's unw...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 31, 2006
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    Road Rage - In FlatOut 2, life is a highway strewn with carnage

    Have you ever looked into onrushing traffic and imagined how much damage you would cause with a simple crank of the steering wheel? If so, FlatOut 2 is the racing game for you. The latest entry in a genre best described as Evel Knievel meets NASCAR...

    by Luke O'brien on August 31, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 29

    Akeelah and the Bee (Lions Gate) American Gun (IFC) The Castle of Cagliostro (Manga) Desperate Housewives: Season Two (Buena Vista) Stephen King's Desperation (Lions Gate) Friends With Money (Sony) Iron Island (Kino) Let's Scare ...

    on August 31, 2006
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    Tuttle Unbound - Artist Richard Tuttle looses a torrent of idiosyncracy

    There is vomit art. There is garage-sale art. And there is the work of Richard Tuttle. Neither one nor the other, Tuttle's art doesn't so much split the difference down the middle as it ignores the two extremes altogether. It is subtler than the wink...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on August 24, 2006
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    Get a Clue

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves crimes" is bound to make for watchable TV, but who would have expected this? Equal parts 90210 teen soap, murder mystery, and comedy...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 2006
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    Glacial Profiling - Slow-paced Valkyrie Profile offers dull apocalypse

    For most people, the words "role-playing game" conjure images of sweaty Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed weirdos, wearing cloaks and screaming "Lightning bolt!" at each other. But even non-RPG players gave the genre a try when Final Fantasy VII debuted...

    by Chris Ward on August 24, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 22

    The Apartment (Lions Gate) The Bill Cosby Show: Season One (Shout! Factory) The Blue Light (Pathfinder) Conviction: The Complete Series (Universal) Dances With Wolves: Extended Cut (MGM) Film Geek (First Run) House, M.D.: Season Two...

    on August 24, 2006
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    Secrets and Lanais - Three plays send characters out on the porch to get inside their heads

    Funny what a hot day and cold booze will bring out in people. Some hard truths, for one thing. And in James McLure's paired one-acts, Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, now playing for the second time in two years at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, t...

    by Elaine Liner on August 17, 2006
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    Dogs of War - Chromehounds tests patience as much as skill

    Like a real war, Chromehounds involves long stretches of tedium, occasionally broken up by a few moments of sheer terror. After what feels like weeks of ponderous marching from point A to point B in your titular "Hound" -- a walking tank -- combat ...

    by Gary Hodges on August 17, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 15

    Benito (Lions Gate) Cape of Good Hope (New Yorker) Clark Gable Collection, Volume 1 (Fox) Don't Tell (Lions Gate) The Hard Corps (Sony) Hong Kong Phooey: The Complete Series (Turner) Hoot (New Line) James Stewart: The Signature ...

    on August 17, 2006
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    Smells Like Victory

    Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford Coppola's harrowing and still-hypnotic Joseph Conrad-in-Vietnam adaptation, the 49-minutes-longer-but-feels-24-minutes-shorter 20...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 17, 2006
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    Closet Case - With The Normal Heart, Uptown Players find gentle new beats in angry drama

    Perhaps the saddest aspect of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's autobiographical 1985 play about the first wave of AIDS deaths, is that it doesn't feel like a museum piece. If only it did. Two and a half decades into the epidemic that has claimed mill...

    by Elaine Liner on August 10, 2006
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    Whodunnit High

    Brick (Universal) Rian Johnson's feature debut as writer-director will wind up as one of the year's best films. A film noir set in a modern-day high school, it's Sam Spade roaming Ridgemont High; kids get doped up and knocked up and even rubbed ou...

    by Jordan Harper on August 10, 2006
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    Ant Wussy - Get out the magnifying glass. It's time to burn a game.

    In 2004, Jason Hall, the head of Warner Bros.' new videogame division, did something remarkable: He promised to end bad movie tie-ins. By then, gamers had become well acquainted with the suckiness of movie-based games. Ever since Atari's E.T. --a g...

    by Luke O'brien on August 10, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 8

    Adam and Steve (TLA) Back Woods (Terror Vision) Beautiful People: The Complete Series (Sony) Clone (Image) Damon Wayans' Last Stand (Fox) Frat Boy Collection (Fox) Gilles' Wife (Koch Lorber) Ghost in a Teeny Bikini (Image) Gro...

    on August 10, 2006
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