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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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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Annette Lawrence: Edge Annette Lawrence makes flat striations of color that sit against the wall, what some might call "painting," from stacked two-inch strips of hand-torn paper. Ultimately, though, the pieces that make up this work, July-Octob...

    on November 24, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Morning's at Seven Paul Osborn's lovely three-act dramedy looks at an extended family dominated by four elderly sisters and their husbands. When one sister's shy son (Halim Jabbour) finally brings home his girlfriend of 12 years--only to break u...

    on November 24, 2005
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    Homo for the Holidays - Visit Queertown for all-out comedy; Morning's at Seven awakens a need for nostalgia

    "There is no amendment against same-sex comedy," warns comic actor Paul J. Williams in his introduction to another performance by Queertown, the seven-member comedy troupe that commands the stage at the West End Comedy Theatre. They're gay, all right...

    by Elaine Liner on November 24, 2005
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    A Very Long Run

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Edition (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the classic 1975 album, but the two DVDs that come with it. On one, shot in London in 1975, Bruce and the band tear through most of Bor...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 17, 2005
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    A Lost Soul - Soul Calibur III is a gorgeous but frustrating rehash.

    Putting together a sequel to a hit videogame is tricky business. Play it safe and give people more of the same, and it ends up feeling stale. But try to innovate too much, and you dilute what made the game great to begin with. Soul Calibur III som...

    by Gary Hodges on November 17, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 15

    The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Wellspring) The Ed Sullivan Show Rock & Roll Classics Boxed Set (Sofa Entertainment) Fantasy Island: The Complete First Season (Columbia/Tristar) Friends: The Complete Tenth Season (Warner Bros.) Friends: C...

    on November 17, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth Anselm Kiefer is one of the few artists in the world who knows how to make the same old thing interesting. Though he's been making monumental, craggy-surfaced and quasi-spiritual paintings for 30 years, they conti...

    on November 17, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Visiting Mr. Green A young man visits an old Jewish widower every week for six months. They talk, they eat kosher chicken soup, they sip tea. Wisdom is shared, secrets revealed. Sound like Tuesdays with Morrie? Well, kinda. Actually Jeff Baron's...

    on November 17, 2005
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