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    Fuzz Busters

    Hot Fuzz (Universal) The second feature from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) has been available on home video for decades: Hot Fuzz is, after all, a witty and wisecracking montage of clips from some hu...

    by Jordan Harper on August 2, 2007
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    Silent Treatment - A comedy knockout from The Boxer at FIT; a sucker punch from Sugar Bean Sisters

    The less said, the better The Boxer is. The new play by Dallas writer and Bootstraps Comedy Theater founder Matt Lyles, who also directs this production, is a clear audience favorite at the current Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath House ...

    by Elaine Liner on July 26, 2007
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    Chow Time Again

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the overworked Chow Yun-Fat and the undercover Tony Leung) gunning for the Hong Kong Triads, is still the "ultimate" edition. It ha...

    by Jim Ridley on July 26, 2007
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    Roky's Picture Show

    You're Gonna Miss Me (Palm) A hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival two years ago, Keven McAlester's doc about the Papa of Psychedelia, Roky Erickson, at long last gets its proper release. But time has done McAlester a tremendous favor: Had ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007
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    All Class - The Wii's Big Brain Academy makes summer school cool

    One of the best new video games on the market requires you to take math tests. During summer break, no less. But before you cue up "Night on Bald Mountain" and run like hell, you really should play Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree. Any "party title" t...

    by Chris Ward on July 12, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release on July 10

    After the Wedding (IFC) The Astronaut Farmer (Warner Bros.) Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (Funimation) Brutal (Lionsgate) The Comedy Collection (Lionsgate) Elizabeth Taylor Collection (St. Clair) Extras: The Complete Second Season (HBO...

    on July 12, 2007
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    When He Was Small

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time star at the get-go of his career: Clive Owen, looking all of 12 years old and 73 pounds, is a sacked investment banker who...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007
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    It Takes a Village - The terrorizing townsfolk of Resident Evil 4 shamble onto the Wii.

    When Resident Evil 4 was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, the game reinvented a lot of what had grown tiresome about the series. Most obvious were the setting and enemies you faced: Instead of the various building-overrun-by-zom...

    on July 5, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release on July 3

    Baa Baa Black Sheep: Volume 2 (Universal) Baseball's Most Unbreakable Feats (Shout!) Batfink: The Complete Series (Shout) Disappearances (Universal) Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer (Paramount) Degrassi: The Next Generation -- Season...

    on July 5, 2007
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    Spamalittle - Not exactly Dead Parrot: The Musical, but close; new season lineups promise star turns

    Enough with the meta-musicals, where are the meaty musicals? Monty Python's Spamalot, now at the Music Hall at Fair Park, is the latest light-bite Broadway hit to make comic hash of the Broadway smash. The Producers--like Spamalot, a musical comedy b...

    by Elaine Liner on June 28, 2007
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    Crackers & Cheese

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would be a Mississippi drive-in circa 1972. His tale of a black bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who chains up a seething, scantily clad c...

    by Jim Ridley on June 28, 2007
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    Bored Games - All the beer in the world can't save Mario Party 8

    Everyone's got a different sense of what makes a killer party. For kids, maybe it's whacking a piata and overdosing on cake. For adults, it could be sticking a beer bong down your gullet and declaring yourself Mayor of Schlitz City. But since 1999, ...

    on June 28, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 26

    The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series (Shout!) Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Anchor Bay) Dead Silence (Universal) Echo & the Bunnymen: Dancing Horses (MVD) Film School (Docurama) Frankenstein Conquers...

    on June 28, 2007
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    Tale o' the Pup - Sylvia sends a husband to the doghouse; End Times stirs memories of the Dust Bowl

    Who wouldn't want to take Sylvia home? Talk about adorable. Young, blond, frisky--she's every middle-aged man's fantasy. She also has four legs, a tail and fleas. A.R. Gurney's fluffy comedy Sylvia, currently playing at Contemporary Theatre of Dall...

    by Elaine Liner on June 21, 2007
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    Maybe Too Hard

    Die Hard Collection (Fox) You don't need to watch the included preview of Live Free or Die Hard to know it's going to blow; as this set proves, only odd-numbered Die Hards are any good. The first one, of course, is the perfect popcorn flick, and t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007
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    Elf Life - Shadowrun is fresh and exciting--and on its way to being obsolete

    Once upon a time, the world breathed magic. Some believed this magic should belong only to the powerful, while others felt it was for everyone. So all the world's beings went to war. The first battle took place in Brazil, where a lone elf with a snip...

    by Gary Hodges on June 21, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 19

    Animaniacs: Volume 3 (Warner Bros.) Bridge to Terabithia (Buena Vista) Gray Matters (Fox) Harrison's Flowers (Lionsgate) If . . .: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (THINKfilm) Lucille Ba...

    on June 21, 2007
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    Boom Times - Different and wonderful, three small-scale musicals make room for big voices

    Hear that? It's the happy hum of satisfied theatergoers enjoying a harmonic convergence of musical theater. At Fair Park you've got a stripped-to-the-beautiful-bones Chicago sporting a jim-dandy cast of singers and dancers--plus Lisa Rinna, a not-so-...

    by Elaine Liner on June 14, 2007
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    Beat the Crowd

    Glastonbury (THINKFilm) Only a Julien Temple concert doc would get the R rating--for nudity (male, mostly, and not terribly flattering at that), drug use (weed, mostly--yawn), language and sexual content. Also dig the overwrought BBC narration, in...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 14, 2007
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    Car Lust - Take a ride with Forza 2, the greatest car sim ever

    I was driving home from work the other day when it occurred to me that, despite being college-educated and reasonably intelligent, I have no idea how my car works. I know the gas goes in, because I do that part. But after that it gets fuzzy. When the...

    by Gary Hodges on June 14, 2007
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