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    Chick Flick

    Shut Up & Sing (Genius) It's a shame that one of 2006's best documentaries is being released without extras; it would have been nice, for instance, to hear feisty Natalie Maines talk with directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck about her reactio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 22, 2007
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    Channel Surfing - There's more than one way to play with your Wii

    So you've beaten Zelda and can hurl a 90 mph fastball in Wii Sports without shattering your 50-inch plasma. Now what? It's time to explore the rest of the "channels" -- some of them included with your Wii, and most free to download. Like cable TV, ...

    by Chris Ward on February 22, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 20

    Apartment Zero (Anchor Bay) Babel (Paramount) The Bros. (Lions Gate) Crooked (Lions Gate) Crossover (Sony) Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories (Universal) Dark Castle Horror Collection (Warner Bros.) Flushed Away ...

    on February 22, 2007
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    Joy of Sects - CTD's Shadowlands chronicles the unlikely love between C.S. Lewis and a brash American

    The box of Kleenex on each table is the tip-off. Shadowlands, the latest production at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, is a four-tissue romance about an unlikely couple and the deep love they share only when one of them is dying. The story's a hear...

    by Elaine Liner on February 15, 2007
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    Royal Flush

    Marie Antoinette (Sony) Sofia Coppola's third feature grabs you by your frilly lapels from the jump, with Gang of Four's "Natural's Not in It" showering guitar chords all over the credits as Kirsten Dunst nods to the audience, as if to say, Hang t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 2007
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    Do Not Disturb - Hotel Dusk is a great game for people who haven't heard of "books"

    Lately, the Nintendo DS has become a virtual Monster.com. You can play a defense attorney (Phoenix Wright), surgeon (Trauma Center), and even a cook (Cooking Mama). Now, thanks to Hotel Dusk: Room 215, you can add private eye to that list. But don...

    by Gary Hodges on February 15, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 13

    Bicycle Thieves: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) The Boy From Lebanon (Picture This) The Butcher Boy (Warner Bros.) The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Tartan) The Departed (Warner Bros.) Devil's Den (Starz) F**K (ThinkFilm) Green f...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Experiment - Moonlight and Magnolias tries to rewrite movie history; Jubilee Theatre makes Crumbs palatable

    If a word of Moonlight and Magnolias, the comedy now on the big stage at Dallas Theater Center, is true, then the movie version of Gone With the Wind could have ended up as The Da Vinci Code of 1939. Ron Hutchinson's play suggests--no, it insists--th...

    by Elaine Liner on February 8, 2007
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    Hand It to Him

    The Science of Sleep (Warner Bros.) Feature films are to video directors what sitcoms are to stand-up comedians, and for every David Fincher and Seinfeld, there are dozens of artists who should have stayed in the field they know best. Michel Gondr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 2007
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    Mustache Ride - In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose

    Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. Nevertheless, here goes: Mario's bizarro-universe twin, the greedy Wario, has invented over 200 absurd micro-games in...

    by Chris Ward on February 8, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 6

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense (Lions Gate) All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal) Anything but Love: Volume One (Fox) Arabian Nights (Universal) Best Picture: Academy Award Winners Collection (Paramount) ...

    on February 8, 2007
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    Say Wa? - In DCT's Miracle Worker, small wonders abound; King of the Road acts the fool

    Great casting makes great theater. For The Miracle Worker to work as well as it does in Dallas Children's Theater's current production, it's not enough just to find a young actress who can fling herself into the furniture portraying blind and deaf He...

    by Elaine Liner on February 1, 2007
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    The Terrorist's Mind

    Catch a Fire (Focus) In his commentary for the underrated, undervalued Catch a Fire, director Phillip Noyce discusses the inspiration: witnessing the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He wanted to comprehend "the terrorist's mind,"...

    by Jordan Harper on February 1, 2007
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    Cold Hearted - Lost Planet delivers, but it's not for the timid.

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to the "Oh, you want some of this?" school of game design. They made you gnash your teeth, throw your controll...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 30

    Academy Awards Collection (MGM) The Comedians of Comedy (Anchor Bay) Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (Warner Bros.) The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid: Ultimate Collector's Edition (New Video Group) Dora the Explorer: Cowgirl Do...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Beeing There - Humble Boy, based on Hamlet, stings the heart; Scapino beats itself to bits

    We know Shakepeare's Hamlet for its famous brace of be's, as in the title character's existential wondering re: "to" or "not to." Charlotte Jones' gentle, witty and enthralling play Humble Boy takes the bare bones of Hamlet, updates the location to a...

    by Elaine Liner on January 25, 2007
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    Classic Coke

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's transformation from a place where old people go to die to a place with so much drug money that the Mercedes dealers were constantly out...

    on January 25, 2007
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    Dr. Feelgood - You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But that doesn't stop us from living vicariously through TV doctors. Now, with Trauma Center: Second Opinion, you ca...

    on January 25, 2007
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    New in DVD

    Brokeback Mountain: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Universal) Cowboy del Amor (Genius) Crooks (Lightyear) Fiddler on the Roof (MGM) The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (Sony) Ghost Encounters: The Queen Mary (Anthem) The G...

    on January 25, 2007
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    Splitting Herrs - Michael Frayn's Democracy gets a case of the Willys about Cold War Germany

    For its first 20 minutes, Democracy painstakingly documents events surrounding the 1969 election of left-leaning politician Willy Brandt to the post of chancellor of West Germany's democratic parliament. If that sentence bores you down to your lederh...

    by Elaine Liner on January 18, 2007
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