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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Adventures of Aquaman (Warner Bros.) The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One (Paramount) Battleship Potemkin (Kino) Breathless: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Commune (First Run) The Company (Sony) Fantastic Plan...

    on October 25, 2007
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    Fear and Fun in Phoenix

    With Halloween just around the corner, time is running out for urbanites of the PHX to conjure up a killer costume for the annual celebration of everything thrilling and chilling. So whatcha gonna be? Better come up with something good, ace, and not ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 18, 2007
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    Scenes From a Mall - Et tu, Orange Julius?

    After more than a year of scouring my wee brain to come up with a reason not to hate the never-gonna-get-here light rail, I've finally come up with something: This looming transit system may very well bring about the resurrection of Christown Mall, a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 18, 2007
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    Cel Yourself - Surreal world: Mesa

    Every once in a while, no matter how good life is, you just want to get the hell out. Sadly, many of us resort to booze and drugs for our mental vacations. But if you're wanting to put the bottle on the shelf, good art can provide an excellent me...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 18, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Paintings by Xiao Shunzhi at Calvin Charles Gallery: After a few hours of viewing art, I sometimes feel as if Ive rubbed my eyeballs with sandpaper. The visual wear makes everything blurry, and the only thing that brings focus back is seeing somethi...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 18, 2007
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    Playing Dumb - Jackass presents the world's biggest waste of time

    Love him or despise him, head Jackass Johnny Knoxville has made millions from getting kicked in the yambag. Had YouTube arrived before Jackass, Knoxville, Steve-O, and the show's other gutterpunk masochists might still be slinging French fries, ge...

    by Chris Ward on October 18, 2007
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    Genuine Fake Robots

    Transformers (DreamWorks) No doubt, Michael Bay's slam-bang action-figure commercial doesn't play nearly as well on TV, no matter how high-def your screen; this demands to be seen on a screen the size of a skyscraper and heard on speakers as large...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 18, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    AC/DC: Plug Me In (Sony) Bob the Builder: Ultimate Adventure Collection (Hit Entertainment) Bully 911: Stop Being a Victim (Bayview) Believers (Warner Bros.) Best Picture Collection (MGM) The Hoax (Miramax) Hollow Man: Director's Cu...

    on October 18, 2007
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    Twice Bitten - Transylvania mania is all in vein

    Welcome to Phoenix, where the sun never sets and one can typically find on local stages the same half-dozen shows (Little Shop of Horrors, Forever Plaid, West Side Story always among them) playing pretty much year-round. Sometimes, one can even find ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 11, 2007
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    Shane Dean - The private passions of Little Almost Annie

    He's one of three Draculas currently flapping their capes on local stages, but future Oscar contender Shane Dean is not willing to take third place or any crap about his use of Mop & Glo, either. I knew I wanted to be in show business when I saw M...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 11, 2007
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Forever Plaid: They're dead and they like to sing close harmonies, so what's not to love about The Plaids, a fictional guy group that's become a fixture of sorts in local theater? This time, they're brought to you courtesy of Copperstate Dinner Theat...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 11, 2007
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    Hype Machine - Does Halo 3 live up to its billing?

    What's left to say about Halo 3? How about this: All the pomp and circumstance surrounding its launch sure have been distracting. Commercials that look like clips from a Hollywood movie, extravagant collectors' sets that sell for $130, limited-editio...

    by Gary Hodges on October 11, 2007
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    You'll Laugh Dying

    You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a drunken hit man's boss in The Matador, to which this feels like a slapshtick-noir sequel. It's also the photonegative of Sexy Beast: Onc...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 11, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Three (Universal) Black Sheep Unrated (Genius) Bob Mould: Circle of Friends (Granary) Bruce Springsteen: Under Review-1978-82: Tales of the Working Man (Sexy Intellectual) Concert for Diana (Universal) ...

    on October 11, 2007
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    History Lessen - Cool old buildings face developmental challenges

    Mr. Blackwell has his annual Best Dressed List. Cond Nast Traveler has its Best Destinations List. And Phoenix, Land of a Thousand Demolitions, apparently keeps a list, too of important buildings that are in danger of being demolished. The Most En...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 4, 2007
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    Hot Spot - New lakeside gallery wetting the appetite

    When I first heard the title "But It's a Dry Heat," Tempe Center for the Arts' inaugural show, it was mid-August and I was automatically turned off. In my sweaty misery, I was in no mood to hear any excuses for summer's jerk behavior. But despite my ...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 4, 2007
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    Freeze Frame - Photo show stops time to reveal micro-mysteries

    When I was 14, my best friend and I stayed up all night in her parents' backyard, sprawled on the trampoline, discussing the relevance of time as we stared into the night sky and chain-smoked a pack of stolen cigarettes. While I don't remember the de...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 4, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Paintings by Xiao Shunzhi at Calvin Charles Gallery: After a few hours of viewing art, I sometimes feel as if I've rubbed my eyeballs with sandpaper. The visual wear makes everything blurry, and the only thing that returns focus is seeing something t...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 4, 2007
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    Party Pooper - The Wii's latest pool game is a cue stick in the mud

    Billiards is one of the few sports that's as taxing on a computer screen as it is in real life. It's played in pubs, after all, and its legendary star was named "Fats." Unfortunately, most virtual billiard games are behind the 8-ball in terms of q...

    by Chris Ward on October 4, 2007
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    Fist Things First

    Caligula: Imperial Edition (Penthouse) (Spoiler alert: Fisting!) One day back in the swingin' '70s, somebody mentioned how "absolute power corrupts absolutely," and then Bob Guccione, Gore Vidal, Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, and Peter O'Toole s...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 4, 2007
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