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    The Sympathetic Spy

    The Lives of Others (Sony) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film, easily the best of last year, exists on many levels: as tragedy, dark comedy, and love story -- not between a man and a woman, but between two seemingly opposite men bound by the ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 23, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Broken English (Magnolia) The Ex (Weinstein) Exorcism: Special Edition (BCI) The Far Side of Jericho (First Look) The Films of Michael Haneke (Kino) House of Games: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) House: Season Three (Universal...

    on August 23, 2007
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    French Diss - Sadism all around

    Has it really been three years since I last saw a production of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade? It seems like only yesterday I was...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 16, 2007
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    Wes Martin - Everything's up to date in Kansas City

    Hes a Shakespeare fan, a one-time Bill Thompson impersonator (he played Wallace in a series of Ladmo-centric plays), and an actor/director whos worked with practically every theater company in town. In his spare time, Wes Martin is the founder of b...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 16, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews of what's running now

    Pump Boys and Dinettes: It sounds like the name of an orgiastic furniture store, but Pump Boys and Dinettes is a musical tribute to life by the roadside along Highway 57, to be exact somewhere between fictional Frog Level and the town of Smyrna. ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 16, 2007
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    Fill in the Blank - Picross DS proves there's life after sudoku

    Ask a random person five years ago what sudoku is, and you'd be lucky if they mumbled something about Japanese ritual suicide. But go down any supermarket's magazine aisle today, and you'll find whole racks stuffed with cheapie newsprint books full o...

    by Gary Hodges on August 16, 2007
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    Keeping the Meter Running

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore." Martin Scorsese's 1976 vision of Hell as city-of-night New York rips through the reverential treatment on this special edit...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 16, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    All Creatures Great & Small: The Complete Collection (BBC Warner) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD (Turner) Back to School: Extra-Curricular Edition (MGM) The Black Widow (First Look) Charlie Chan Collection: V...

    on August 16, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Fausto Fernandez at The Latin American Art Gallery: We all need a little instruction something to give us direction and guidance. Without it, we'd be flailing aimlessly in this life, accidentally screwing each other over in a nonsensical world of n...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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    Star Dreck - Alien Syndrome will alienate some, infect others

    Stupid video-game logic, rule no. 154: When thousands of fugly, bloodthirsty aliens take over a spaceship, it's best to send in a lone woman with a flamethrower. That's the entire plot of Alien Syndrome, a pseudo sequel to Sega's 1987 "run 'n' gun...

    by Chris Ward on August 9, 2007
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    Forever Young - And temporarily 21

    A 21st birthday usually means bar-hopping, endless rounds of shots, and plenty of post-partying puke. Thankfully, Lisa Sette decided to skip the debauchery and celebrate her 21st year in business with "7+7+7=21 Summer Group Show," in which an excelle...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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    Elvis Is Everywhere

    Bubba Ho-tep Limited Edition (MGM) Intentional camp is difficult to do well. It's a contradiction that usually comes off cutesy and forced. The old Batman series pulled it off, and it's been B-movie god Bruce Campbell's livelihood. But in a long c...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 9, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Beneath (Paramount) Brigitte Bardot 5-Film Collection (Lionsgate) Luis Bunuel: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Lionsgate) Disturbia (DreamWorks) The Dog Problem (THINKfilm) The Dresden Files: The Complete First Season (Lionsgate) 8 Simp...

    on August 9, 2007
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    To Preach His Own - Finding humor in religion, and vice versa

    Kjel Alkire, 31, believes in God and goes to church. But don't make any assumptions. Alkires art performances promote a healthy, challenging conversation about Christianity, supported by art that sports a zany sense of humor and a dose of religion ...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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    The Robbie Awards - Third annual gala bitchfest

    If it's true that all the world's a stage, then it's entirely possible that that world resides in a galaxy made up of phony awards programs, at least in the minds of pretend theater critics who have a deadline to meet and a column to write. Therefore...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 2, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

    Beehive: What would summer in Phoenix be without an endless parade of jukebox musicals? Beehive is that genre's queen and, like the monsoon, it arrives every year usually in August and usually at a wee theater that can't afford a book musical this ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 2, 2007
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    Trick Play - NFL greats shake off the rust in All-Pro Football

    The concept behind All-Pro Football 2K8 is simply wonderful: Imagine a fantasy football league where you draft from a pool not of this season's top players, but of the greatest NFL players of all time: Joe Montana, John Elway, Dick Butkus, Jerry Rice...

    by Gary Hodges on August 2, 2007
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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 hund...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 2, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Archie Show: The Complete Series (Genius) Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (Warner Bros.) The Best of the Kids in the Hall: Volume 2 (A&E) Bloodlines (THINKfilm) Creature (MGM) A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (Docurama) Dallas: The Co...

    on August 2, 2007
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    Prints and the Revolution - Graphic depictions

    I've always been a sucker for the graphic print. Today, printmaking is considered a valid process used by high-end visual artists. But the medium hasn't always been held in such regard. Because they could be produced quickly and in mass volume, p...

    by Lilia Menconi on July 26, 2007
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