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    Now Watch This - Coming soon to an air-conditioned theater near you

    Summer movie season has arrived. There are an insane number of films on the following list, and plenty of room for optimism. To that end, we've tried to cut back on the snarky comments about pointless sequels and loathsome actors although it's near...

    by Chuck Wilson on June 7, 2007
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    It's a Dry Rain - Life in the great Northwet

    After living in Phoenix for more than 30 years, I wanted some rain. I figured I was owed some rain. So when my husband was accepted into the graduate program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, I almost ran there. I made him accept the scho...

    by Laurie Notaro on June 7, 2007
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    There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going To Hell - (Laurie Notaro)

    Art definitely imitates life in Laurie Notaro's new book, her first novel, in which a young wife packs up and leaves Phoenix for her husband's new job at a small, northwestern university. If you're lucky enough to escape town this summer, take Notaro...

    on June 7, 2007
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    Amblin' Man - The "topical pop" creations of a bass-playing adventurer

    Ian Wender, 42, has spent most of his life crisscrossing Earth searching for adventure and inspiration. Whether globetrotting in service of the armed forces or braving the Appalachian Trail, the hippie-ish painter and occasional photographer set foot...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on May 31, 2007
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    Feminine Mystique - Overwritten and understated

    The best part of any art history class is learning whom an artist was sleeping with when she painted her masterpiece. It's natural the thirst to hear the dirt behind the work. And the backstory often fuels the interpretation. In the case of the pho...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 31, 2007
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    Play Ball - Engage against the machine

    The other day, I found myself swooping a glowing green ball in front of me as I stepped forward, kneeled to the floor, and then scooted to the side. I was in the middle of the Americas Gallery at ASU Art Museum, and I looked like a conceptual interpr...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 31, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    "Automotivated" at the Phoenix Art Museum, Fashion Design Gallery: If the cars in PAM's "Curves of Steel" show weren't enough to get you revved up, check out the fashion gallery for more aerodynamic designs. The dresses on display are sleek, shimmeri...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 31, 2007
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    Student Bodies - Brooktown High takes you under the bleachers

    Dating games have come a long way since the days when Chuck Woolery invited mullet-sporting contestants to bump uglies on Love Connection. In Japan, the "dating simulator" video game craze has raged stronger than a schoolboy's hormones since the e...

    by Chris Ward on May 31, 2007
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    Cannibal Corpse

    Hannibal Rising (Weinstein) Pointless beyond belief, Hannibal Rising serves more as a cautionary tale than horror story. Made for $50 mil, the movie pocketed half that during its U.S. run and likely wound up in the red -- an appropriate adios for ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 29

    Above the Law (Genius) The Andy Griffith Show: Complete Series Collection (Paramount) Big Train: Seasons One and Two (BBC Warner) Biography: Legends of the Silver Screen (A&E) Circle of Iron: 2-Disc Special Edition (Blue Underground) T...

    on May 31, 2007
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    My Bad - Rhoda hell

    The play Bad Seed opened recently at the Herberger. (See capsule). Fans of Bad Seed know there's no "The" in the title of the play but that there is one in the title of the movie. They know that Monica's lovebirds and that pesky lightning storm occur...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 24, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Reviews and previews of what's running now

    The Life: Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman wrote the music and lyrics for this seldom-seen Tony Award winner, with a book by Coleman, Gasman, and playwright David Newman, and we have Black Theater Troupe's David Hemphill to thank for bringing it to town. Th...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 24, 2007
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    Superzero - Spider-Man 3 spins a web of mediocrity

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles that...

    by Gary Hodges on May 24, 2007
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    Good Clean Smut

    Porky's: The Ultimate Collection (Fox) When writer-director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in April, the obits trumpeted his holiday classic A Christmas Story . . . but were somewhat reluctant to mention that, oh, yeah, he also wrote and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 24, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 22

    Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Yea...

    on May 24, 2007
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    Nice Ride - View with a vroom

    Maybe I'm a judgmental jerk, but when I think "car show," I picture a trashy model in a hot pink thong bikini, draped over a gleaming hood and circled by ogling men who don't stand a chance in hell of taking either commodity home. That's what I us...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 17, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Brandon Maldonado at Perihelion Arts: Maldonados paintings have a quirky and innocent appeal at first glance, but a closer look reveals surrealistic and complicated storytelling and a bubbly, and somewhat raunchy, illustrative style. He really shows...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 17, 2007
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    Balls of Fury - Marble Mania rolls out a winner for the Wii

    If you're looking for a laugh, find a kid raised on Grand Theft Auto and introduce him to Pac-Man. As he stares at you blankly, explain the addictive joy of eating dots and the simplistic genius of the neon-blue maze. When he sneers, "That's it? I...

    by Chris Ward on May 17, 2007
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    More Shriek Than Shrek

    Pan's Labyrinth (New Line) Guillermo Del Toro has made a career of mixing slam-bang special effects (Hellboy, Blade II) with creepy atmospheres (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone). But with Pan's Labyrinth, he's used his entire palette for what will like...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 17, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 15

    Army of Shadows: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Arthur & the Invisibles (Genius) Bill/Bill on His Own (Brentwood) Bunny Whipped (Think) Caddyshack: 20th Anniversary (Warner Bros.) Chasing Liberty (Warner Bros.) Curse of the Z...

    on May 17, 2007
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