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    Grass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams lights up Frulein with kooky comedy; Frozen sends chills at T3

    No secret what Tennessee Williams might have been inhaling as he worked his chubby fingers over the typewriter keys creating The Gndiges Frulein. This bizarrely funny absurdist one-act, now on view in a production by WingSpan Theatre Company at the...

    by Elaine Liner on November 2, 2006
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    Impossibly Passable

    Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound like they've fallen in love; you might say they complete each other's sentences, except that's just Cruise interrupting t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 2006
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    Dej Dance - Newest DDR: Same game, fresh set list

    Few phenomena are as hugely popular and bitterly mocked as the Dance Dance Revolution series. That's probably because humanity falls into two camps: fleet-footed whiz kids and rhythm-impaired klutzes. This reviewer falls into the latter category, d...

    by Chris Ward on November 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 31

    Baywatch: Season 1 (First Look) The Benny Hill Collection (Music Video Dist.) CSI: Miami -- The Complete Fourth Season (Paramount) Down to the Bone (Hart Sharp) Future-Kill: Limited Collector's Edition (Subversive) Ghost in the Shell S...

    on November 2, 2006
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    Cat and Souse - Maggie and Brick try to pull a big one over on Big Daddy at DTC

    Leave it to Tennessee Williams to pick the perfect name for a character in the throes of an emotional breakdown: Brick. Failed pro football player, miserable husband to the sexually pent-up Maggie, Brick Pollitt is a crumbling hulk of a man, one of t...

    by Elaine Liner on October 26, 2006
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    These Dogs Still Hunt

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary (Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all its tricks done far better by now. From the nonlinear storytelling to the pop-culture gabfests to the shameless cr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 2006
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    Latin Bummer - Just Cause features acres and acres of . . . foliage.

    Viewed from an airplane high over the islands of San Esperito, the land seems to stretch out endlessly. The sun slowly rises over the ocean, bathing the clouds in ochre and throwing stark shadows on the lush jungle below. If only there were somethi...

    on October 26, 2006
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    The Addams Family: Season One (MGM)

    An American Haunting (Lions Gate) Astaire and Rogers: The Complete Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Freak-Out (Anchor Bay) Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies (Shout!) Justice League Unlimited: Season One (Warner Bros.) La Commune ...

    on October 26, 2006
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    Quixote Pie - In Man of La Mancha, nobody expects songs with the Spanish Inquisition

    If ever a role called for heaps of bravura, it's Don Quixote. Errant knight, madman, tilter at windmills, storyteller--Quixote is the blazing sun around which all elements revolve in Man of La Mancha, now playing at Addison's WaterTower Theatre. Qu...

    by Elaine Liner on October 19, 2006
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    Took a Shot

    American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good), About a Boy (great), In Good Company (absolutely perfect). But this, er, satire about a dumb American president (Dennis Quaid,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 2006
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    Cold as Ice - NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.

    Ice hockey isn't for the weak of heart. It's a bruising, fast-paced game, featuring large sticks, razor-sharp blades, and far too many angry Canadians. Of course, hockey's scrappy style is exactly why people love the blue-collar sport. For chrissak...

    by Luke O'brien on October 19, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 17:

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two (Universal) Anytown USA (Film Movement/Repnet) Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (Fox) The Big Black Comedy Show (Fox) Big Love: The Complete First Season (HBO) The Break-Up (Universal) Clean,...

    on October 19, 2006
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    Who's on Faust? - Heavy bargaining for souls at Jubilee Theatre, Lyric Stage; hell is Glory of Living

    How far will a man go to win back his own soul? That question drives the drama of two new productions, Jubilee Theatre's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Lyric Stage's Cabin in the Sky. Each tells the story of a troubled man who finds himself driven to...

    by Elaine Liner on October 12, 2006
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    Brush With Greatness - Okami shows that videogames can be art

    You've seen Bob Ross -- the afro-sporting TV artist who painted "happy trees"? Well, if he had redesigned Legend of Zelda, it would look a lot like Okami. That may sound like an unlikely premise, but this is no ordinary game. In Okami, to save the ...

    by Chris Ward on October 12, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 10

    The Andy Milonakis Show: The Complete Second Season (Paramount) The A-Team: Season Five, the Final Season (Universal) Bloodied but Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life in the Trenches (Bloodshot) Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached (Paramount) ...

    on October 12, 2006
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    The Delightful Dud

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, etc. -- that wears its smile bright and wide looked for all the world like a summertime sleeper hit....

    by Robert Wilonsky And Jordan Harper on October 12, 2006
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    Teutons of Fun - Uptown Players romp through uber-gay Valhalla; CTD stages laid-back Whorehouse

    With Paul Rudnick's Valhalla, the Uptown Players plunge right into the sticky-sweet center of a gooey comic confection. This company specializes in gay-themed shows, and if this one were any gayer, Elton John could wear it, Tom Cruise could sue it an...

    by Elaine Liner on October 5, 2006
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    Pimpin' With a Mullet - Artist Ryan Humphrey riffs on hot-rod and rocker culture

    Like a souped-up, tricked-out rocker's van, Ryan Humphrey's work jumbles the signs of clashing cultures: It's Pimp My Ride meets Van Halen. References to Eddie Van Halen's red-, white- and black-striped Kramer 5150 guitar sit opposite an homage to th...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on October 5, 2006
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    Lewis Blows His Top

    Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed (HBO) Like many other Daily Show success stories, Lewis Black is a comedian made for these times; his facial contortions and verbal tics are expressions of the Bush-era phrase "outrage overload." But unlike other ...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Copycat Killer - Saints Row shamelessly apes Grand Theft Auto.

    Let's not beat around the bush: Saints Row is creatively bankrupt. The latest in a long list of Grand Theft Auto imitators, this clone replicates Rockstar's controversial games so closely that the uneducated eye could mistake it for the real deal....

    on October 5, 2006
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