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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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    Fractured Fairy Tales - Three merry musicals sing their way to happy endings (wink, wink)

    Once upon a time there were two musicals that began with the words "Once upon a time." Into the Woods, now at WaterTower Theatre in Addison, and Brooklyn the Musical, on a national tour stop at the Music Hall at Fair Park, are tuneful fairy tales wit...

    by Elaine Liner on August 3, 2006
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    Shut Up, Already

    V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.) Illustrator David Lloyd calls this adaptation of the comic he made with writer Alan Moore "very good" -- so why did Moore beg to have his name removed? The intentions are noble, sure; name another big-studio blockbust...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 3, 2006
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    Trail of Tears - Prey should be called Dances With Tedium

    Native American heroes are a rare commodity in videogames. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, released a decade ago, is the most prominent example. Now Turok finally has company. The best way to describe Prey is "Doom meets Cherokee mysticism." And while m...

    by Chris Ward on August 3, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 1

    Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 3 (Paramount) Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf (Panik House) Broken Saints: The Animated Comic Epic (Fox) Dallas: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) Elvis: '68 Comeback (BMG Heritage...

    on August 3, 2006
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    The Fragile Fourth Wall - Details, details: This year's FIT stands or falls on the little things

    That devil, always messing with the details, like a naughty kitten who won't be deterred from pawing a flower arrangement. With the slightest curious swipe of the paw, the whole thing comes crashing down. It's much like what happened during the first...

    by Andrea Grimes on July 20, 2006
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    Piano Works - The architect Renzo Piano makes high design for our local culture of kitsch

    The Italian architect Renzo Piano designs jewel-box buildings. High levels of invention in the realm of engineering--from the ferro-cement ceiling louvers of The Menil Collection in Houston to the glass-sheathed earthquake-proof tower, the Maison Her...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on July 20, 2006
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    Way Out of Sync

    Edison Force (Sony) Gritty cop stuff must write itself -- just make sure everyone's tough, corrupt, and talking like they stole Mickey Spillane's thesaurus. Then cast Justin Timberlake. Screech! Employing the talented (at music) popster as a crusa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 20, 2006
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    Cyber Shula - NFL Head Coach wants to make a legend out of you

    The history of football videogames is one of adding layer upon layer of complexity. Tecmo Bowl, the first great football game, had just four plays to choose from. Fast-forward to the latest Madden, and it's more like 400. The logical result of this...

    on July 20, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 18

    The Best of She-Ra Princess of Power (Brentwood) Carnivale: The Complete Second Season (HBO) The Cavern (Sony) Clean (Palm) Don't Move (Wellspring) An Early Frost (Wolfe) Flash Gordon: The Complete Series (Brentwood) The Incredib...

    on July 20, 2006
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    ABBA Fab - Mamma Mia! makes merry at Fair Park; All About Bette gets eyes rolling

    Mamma Mia!, defying critical drubbings for half a decade, has been called a Twinkie of a musical. But that's an insult to spongy Hostess snack cakes that have stood the test of time. Think of it as more of a theatrical baklava: layers of tissue-thin ...

    by Elaine Liner on July 13, 2006
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    Engines Running Hot

    Grand Prix (Warner Bros.) John Frankenheimer, as underrated as he was brilliant, made a racing picture in 1966 that's yet to be topped 40 years later. James Garner suffered through the director's churlish demands (which Frankenheimer reveals and o...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2006
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