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    "Imperfect" Is Right - Boring game play mars Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.

    We've all been kicked in the junk by Marvel superheroes before. Watching Elektra was like two hours of nut-pummeling by a relentless, sac-hating donkey. But superhero films -- even bad ones -- gross bazillions of dollars. So it's no surprise that Mar...

    by Chris Ward on October 27, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 25.

    ABBA: The Movie (Universal) AC/DC: And Then There Was Rock (Chrome Dreams) Alias: The Complete Fourth Season (Buena Vista) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony) The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Wellspring) Bewitched (Columbia/Tristar) The ...

    on October 27, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art Before you stammer in disbelief, yes, Iraqi artists are making contemporary art. And, yes, it's good. This show educates and enthralls through form, disabusing you of any misconceptions you might have had abo...

    on October 27, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    (The) Book of Matches Our Endeavors Theater Collective cooks up a tribute to Marcel Duchamp performed inside the exhibit of the Dada-ist's work at the Dallas Museum of Art. John Flores, Lulu Ward and Lainie Simonton eat up 40 minutes with bizarr...

    on October 27, 2005
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    Duchamping at the Bit - Two shows say Dada and take wobbly baby steps into absurdist comedy

    Oprah Winfrey needed to prove the depth and breadth of Sir Anthony Hopkins' talent. So the other day on her show she asked the Oscar-winning actor to read aloud from the Chicago Yellow Pages. He played right along, declaiming with great flourish: "Pr...

    by Elaine Liner on October 27, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Warner Home Video) There's good reason to be skeptical of an eight-disc Batman set that forces you to buy the campy Joel Schumacher movies (Batman Forever, its title a veiled threat, and Batman & ...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Puppy Love - Nintendogs' charm will win over the most jaded of gamers.

    It's ugly to watch a grown man gush over a puppy. The kissing. The cooing. The "widdle-doggie" talk. Embarrassing stuff. So it was with trepidation that I approached Nintendogs, the cuddly dog-rearing sim for Nintendo DS. A million and a half peopl...

    by Luke O'brien on October 20, 2005
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    Dallas Observer's top DVD picks for the week of October 18

    The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) American Movie Musicals Collection (Columbia/Tristar) Batman Begins (Warner Bros.) Bruce Lee: Ultimate Collection (Fox) The Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (Lions Gate) Th...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Bill Owens: Leisure So that's the way we all became the Brady Bunch. Bill Owens' black-and-white and color shots illustrate what makes American life so distinctively indistinct: the leisurely whiles of suburbanites on vacation and everyday events of...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Crowns Regina Taylor wrote and directed (with an assist from Rene Moreno) this musical about African-American women and their Sunday hats. Six women, ranging in age from teen to grandma, step forward to share their stories about headwear, anecdo...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Say Amen, Somebody - In Crowns, glory in the gospel of Sunday hats; Handler rattles different religious prey

    Miracles abound in Crowns at Dallas Theater Center and Handler at Quad C Theatre in Plano, two shows that explore faith, love and redemption. DTC's cast of seasoned Equity professionals (including two local favorites) gets into the old-time religion ...

    by Elaine Liner on October 20, 2005
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    Why We Need DVDs

    Arrested Development: Season Two (Fox Home Entertainment) The best show on TV--which you'd know, if you actually watched the thing--also serves as one of the best reasons for the existence of DVD; no show has ever rewarded multiple viewings the wa...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Prophecy Not Fulfilled - Indigo Prophecy offers creepy fun, but fails to live up to the hype.

    Waking from a trance, you find yourself in the restroom of a diner. You just stabbed a complete stranger to death as he urinated. Blood is on everything -- including you. And to make matters worse, a police officer is sitting outside, drinking coffee...

    by Gary Hodges on October 13, 2005
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    Scene's top DVD picks for the week of October 11.

    Alicia Keys: Unplugged (J) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony Music) The Best of the Chris Rock Show: Volumes 1 and 2 (Warner Bros.) Bomb the System (UMVD) The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Warner Bros.) The Dresden Dolls: Paradise (Fontana) ...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Wicked The story of the Wonderful Wizard of you-know-where is re-imagined as a lavish musical by composer Stephen Schwartz and writer Winnie Holzman (adapted from Gregory Maguire's novel, which was based on L. Frank Baum's books). Now the focus ...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics survey the local art scene

    Bill Owens: Leisure So that's the way we all became the Brady Bunch. Bill Owens' black-and-white and color shots illustrate what makes American life so distinctively indistinct: the leisurely whiles of suburbanites on vacation and everyday events of ...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Wicked Good - Why is this trip to Oz a dream come true? Because, because, because, because...

    Because of the wonderful things she does, Stephanie J. Block makes Wicked a magical ride. Same goes for Kendra Kassebaum, David Garrison, Carol Kane, Paul Slade Smith, Jenna Leigh Green, Logan Lipton, Derrick Williams and the rest of the marvelous ca...

    by Elaine Liner on October 13, 2005
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    Me, Myself and I, I, I - Trenton Doyle Hancock recovers the "I" in imagination

    Trenton Doyle Hancock's installation at Dunn and Brown Contemporary gives life-form to the figures of his somersaulting imagination--St. Sesom and his band of not-so-merry Vegans, Color Mounds and Miracle Machines. Hancock's St. Sesom and the Cult of...

    by Charissa N. Terranova on October 13, 2005
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    Another Look at a Legend

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Universal Studios) Alfred Hitchcock may be the best pop filmmaker in our history, and this gorgeous 14-film set is certainly worthy of the master. Licensing issues kept it from being as "definitive" a...

    on October 6, 2005
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    Dallas Observer's top DVD picks for the week of October 4

    The Amityville Horror: Special Edition (Columbia/Tristar) Beyond the Gates of Splendor (Fox) The Black Keys Live (Fat Possum) Christmas With SCTV (Sony Music) Count Duckula: The Complete First Season (Koch Vision) Cream: Royal Albert H...

    on October 6, 2005
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