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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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    Tae Kwon Ho - Dead or Alive 4 finally gets hardcore.

    Every fighting game needs a hook to stand out: Mortal Kombat has gore, Soul Calibur has weapons, Def Jam has hip-hop stars. And Dead or Alive? It has boobies. The DOA series -- developed by Tecmo -- made its name with a cast of fighters who look...

    by Gary Hodges on February 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 31

    Benny Hill: Complete and Unadulterated -- The Hill's Angels Years, Set Four (A&E) Billy Graham Presents: Gift Set (Fox) Bubble (Magnolia) Captains Courageous (1937) (Warner Bros.) Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (Paramount) Extreme Comedy Co...

    on February 2, 2006
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    Go With the Flow - Urinetown, the Musical makes a splashy debut; Average Day overcomes unusual night

    Urinetown is running at the WaterTower Theatre. Perfect. What a relief that it's such a wonderful production. Otherwise the next few paragraphs of this review would overflow with wordplay about the show going into the dumper or not being worth two ...

    by Elaine Liner on January 26, 2006
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    Electric Avenue - Erwin Redl's light installation sits quietly next to Fahamu Pecou's in-your-face painting

    The acidly brilliant art historian Rosiland Krauss once described the mythic power of the grid in terms of its opposites. The grid is a cipher at once of materialism, science and logic as well as belief, illusion and fiction. It is the fount of sheer...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on January 26, 2006
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    Now Dirtier Than Ever

    The Aristocrats (Lions Gate) The single joke around which Paul Provenza's documentary revolves has a standard beginning and ending, like pieces of bread that make a sandwich stuffed with excrement, incest, and whatever other foulness the teller ca...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 26, 2006
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    Exit the Matrix - The Matrix: Path of Neo is more chop suey than chopsocky.

    Pop-culture pundits generally fall into two camps: those who think entertainment encourages a nation of knuckle-draggers, and those who say it's actually making us smarter. In the case of Atari's The Matrix: Path of Neo, both sides have a point. L...

    on January 26, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 24.

    Address Unknown (Tartan) Anyone Can Dance: Nightclub Freestyle (Delta) National Lampoon's Barely Legal (MGM) Dallas: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Educating Rita (Sony) Flightplan (Touchstone) The Fog (2005) (Sony) Go...

    on January 26, 2006
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    The Luce-y Show - With The Women, CTD tests the Clare-voyance of a 1930s single-sex comedy

    Besides being Friday the 13th, the opening night performance of The Women, the Clare Boothe Luce comedy at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, unfolded under a big, fat full moon. With 19 actresses playing the 42 women's roles (there are no men in the sh...

    by Elaine Liner on January 19, 2006
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    Swindled Art

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia) The best two hours you'll ever spend learning about accounting, Enron is one part civics lesson, one part Greek tragedy, and one part political cartoon. Director Alex Gibney makes no pretense of ob...

    on January 19, 2006
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    Monkey Shines - Peter Jackson's King Kong earns its crown.

    Movie-based videogames have a well-deserved reputation for sucking. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- a game so ill-conceived that thousands of unsold cartridges were dumped en masse in the desert, creating the crappiest buried treasure of all time -- Ho...

    by Chris Ward on January 19, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 17.

    Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Asylum (Paramount) Casino (MCA) Celebrity Mix (TLA) Final Destination: Scared 2 Death Pack (New Line) Gendernauts (First Run) Ghost in the Machine (Anchor Bay)

    on January 19, 2006
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    A Bounteous Bunch

    Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection (Warner Bros.) At a mere $42 through most Web sites, this four-film boxed set ranks among the best ever compiled; not only does it contain the restored version of one of the greatest movies of all ti...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 12, 2006
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    Enter the Dragon - Dragon Quest VIII is the biggest thing from Japan since Godzilla.

    There's an oft-repeated urban legend about Dragon Quest's popularity in Japan: So many gamers ditched school and work to play that the government decreed that future releases had to take place on weekends. In reality, there's no such law, but as w...

    by Gary Hodges on January 12, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 10

    According to Occam's Razor (Elite Entertainment) Black Books: The First Complete Series (BBC/Warner) The Chumscrubber (Universal) The Constant Gardener (Universal) Dead Poets Society: Special Edition (Touchstone) Ferris Bueller's Day...

    on January 12, 2006
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    Sing Out, Louise - Gypsies make Broadway Our Way a gay old time; Pegasus back in black and white

    What started four years ago as a one-night-only fundraiser for the upstart Uptown Players has evolved into such a sell-out event that they now stretch Broadway Our Way over two weekends. This year's edition, subtitled Divas Unleashed, is a ferociousl...

    by Elaine Liner on January 12, 2006
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    Digging in the Dirt

    Broken Flowers (Universal Home Entertainment) Bill Murray, who long ago swapped manic kineticism for melancholy deadpan, is once more mired in a middle-aged funk; what else is new? As Don Johnston, an aging lothario whose latest young girlfriend i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 5, 2006
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    Full Court Pressure - College Hoops 2K6 will bring out your inner Bobby Knight.

    Pity the college basketball coach. He toils endlessly to explain the vagaries of offensive sets and defensive zones. He frets over lineups, injuries, and scouting reports. His job is never safe -- one losing season, and it's back to teaching bounce p...

    by Luke O'brien on January 5, 2006
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