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    Loaded GUN - Activision brings the neo-western to videogames, genocide included.

    The myth of the Wild West has mutated over the past half-century. Where once we thrilled to the wholesome exploits of the Lone Ranger, now we wallow in the mesmerizing depravity of HBO's Deadwood. Film geeks can argue about when it started to chang...

    by Gary Hodges on December 22, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 20

    The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season (Paramount) Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0 (Universal) The Biggest Loser: The Workout (Lions Gate) Bob the Butler (First Independent) Cry_Wolf (MCA) ER: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) ...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Love the Sin

    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of Miller's bone-crunching comics finally gets a rewarding DVD treatment, following a shamefully sparse edition earlier this year...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 15, 2005
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    Virtual Quagmire - The Army's realistic first-person shooter bogs down under fire

    No wonder Iraq is a mess. If the battlefield in America's Army: Rise of a Soldier is an accurate picture of what it's like in the Middle East, we should cut and run ASAP. The United States Army's officially licensed shooter puts you smack in the mid...

    by Luke O'brien on December 15, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 13

    Bad News Bears (2005) (Paramount) The Beautiful Country (Sony) Death Race 2000: Special Edition (Buena Vista) F.I.S.T. (Columbia/Tristar) Gallipoli: Special Edition (Paramount) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) ...

    on December 15, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Artists Among Us Hidden away on the third floor of the shed-like Women's Museum at Fair Park, this show is a terse expos of talent in the metroplex. The work seems a hodgepodge; shared genitalia does not mean shared creative disposition. Luckil...

    on December 15, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Children of Eden Adam (James Wesley) and Eve (Kia Dawn Fulton) dance around the garden with God (Keith Ferguson) and lots of little children dressed as animals. The Stephen Schwartz musical comes nowhere close to the composer's hits, Wicked and ...

    on December 15, 2005
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    Eden Run - Theatre Three gets snakebit with a Bible musical; Winter Wonderettes rattle and roll

    In the beginning, Children of Eden looks like it might have a prayer. What else would you expect from a show that stars God? Adam, Eve and their kids make an appearance. Noah and his bunch come with herds of animals played by adorable young'uns with ...

    by Elaine Liner on December 15, 2005
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    Sweat Along with Russell

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel and the ring was uphill both ways. That's the central message of this well-made if sappy bio of 1930s boxer Jim Braddock. Ron Howard's direction and a stell...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 8, 2005
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    Near Perfect - Perfect Dark Zero isn't a bull's-eye, but it hits the target.

    In less than a decade, first-person shooters like Doom and Halo have grown from a niche genre to a cottage industry. Whether it's our love for their immersiveness, competition, or just old-fashioned bloodlust, the popularity of FPS games shows no sig...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 6.

    Dirty Love (First Look) Dragonball Movie Boxed Set (Funimation) Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) (Columbia/Tristar) The Future of Food (Cinema Libre) Gilbert Gottfried: Dir...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Artists Among Us Hidden away on the third floor of the shed-like Women's Museum at Fair Park, this show is a terse expos of talent in the metroplex. The work seems a hodgepodge; shared genitalia does not mean shared creative disposition. Luckil...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Christmas Carol Dallas Theater Center outdoes every previous production of its annual classic with a new musical adaptation by Richard Hellesen and David de Berry. Actor Robin Chadwick is the quintessential Scrooge, made all the more interesti...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Christmas Brawls - Quad C and DTC do well with cruel Yules; only Poe perks up FIT's variety show

    Christmas may come but once a year, but Clive and Belinda hope to do so several times--and under the tree, no less--in Sir Alan Ayckbourn's bitter farce, Season's Greetings. In the sparkly, punch-drunk production on view at Collin County Community Co...

    by Elaine Liner on December 8, 2005
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    Homewreckers on DVD

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as to be almost cartoonish. So even though both are better actors than they need to be, they perfectly belong in this goofy, expl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 1, 2005
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    Supersize Me - Shadow of the Colossus towers above the competition.

    If Hollywood wants to learn from the videogame industry -- which outgrossed the box office last year -- it should pay careful attention to Shadow of the Colossus, a game with the epic scale of a summer blockbuster but the emotional heart of an indie ...

    by Chris Ward on December 1, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 29, 2005

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Empire) Caterina in the Big City (Empire) CSI: Five-Season Pack(Paramount) Death to the Supermodels (Columbia/Tristar) Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Columbia/Tristar) Empire (Buena Vista) ...

    on December 1, 2005
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    Had a Cow, Dude - Theatre Britain makes Jack and the Beanstalk udderly silly; Magi works its magic again

    Boys will be girls in the British "panto" tradition, carried on again this holiday season by Theatre Britain in their intentionally over-the-top and utterly delightful production of Jack and the Beanstalk. The Brits do love putting actors in women's ...

    by Elaine Liner on December 1, 2005
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    Pirates of Conspiracy - The artists of Oh6 turn assassination into comic revelry

    Nashville and Little Rock have the Trail of Tears. Lower Manhattan has its African slave burial site. The North American Plains lay claim to the mass slaughter of that antediluvian woolly quadruped, the buffalo. And, in more recent time, Dallas calls...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on December 1, 2005
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    Your Government at Work

    Punishment Park (New Yorker Video) This 1971 movie from director Peter Watkins could have been made yesterday, which is no doubt why it finally sees video release long after accruing cult status. Born out of the filmmaker's outrage over the Kent S...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 24, 2005
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