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    Like Star Trek With Worms

    Dune: Extended Edition (Universal) On paper it sounds insane: A mammoth sci-fi epic directed by David Lynch, based on an intensely weird Frank Herbert novel about ecology and giant worms. What resulted was a flop that has yet to be remedied by mul...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 2, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 31

    Benny Hill: Complete and Unadulterated -- The Hill's Angels Years, Set Four (A&E) Billy Graham Presents: Gift Set (Fox) Bubble (Magnolia) Captains Courageous (1937) (Warner Bros.) Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (Paramount) Extreme Comedy Co...

    on February 2, 2006
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    Woman Pleaser - Arachnophilia

    Richard Trujillo may one day give a more thrilling performance than the one I witnessed on opening night of Actors Theatre's production of Kiss of the Spider Woman. If he does, I hope I'm present to see it. I usually find Trujillo's performances stam...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 26, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Underneath the Lintel: Try though they might, neither actor Christopher Haines, who appears in Glen Berger's one-man one-act, nor Charles St. Clair, its director, can save this sinking ship of a show. Lintel is an exploration of faith that comments...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 26, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits, and installations

    "Lingerie: Secrets of Elegance" at Phoenix Art Museum: Yep, you read that right. Bras, baby doll nighties, and a sunburst display of girdles are just a gallery over from the paintings of dead white guys in powdered wigs. This fascinating fashion exh...

    by Leanne Potts on January 26, 2006
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    Exit the Matrix - The Matrix: Path of Neo is more chop suey than chopsocky

    Pop-culture pundits generally fall into two camps: those who think entertainment encourages a nation of knuckle-draggers, and those who say it's actually making us smarter. In the case of Atari's The Matrix: Path of Neo, both sides have a point. ...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 26, 2006
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    Now Dirtier Than Ever

    The Aristocrats (Lions Gate) The single joke around which Paul Provenza's documentary revolves has a standard beginning and ending, like pieces of bread that make a sandwich stuffed with excrement, incest, and whatever other foulness the teller ca...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 26, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 24

    Address Unknown (Tartan) Anyone Can Dance: Nightclub Freestyle (Delta) National Lampoon's Barely Legal (MGM) Dallas: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Educating Rita (Sony) Flightplan (Touchstone) The Fog (2005) (Sony) Go...

    on January 26, 2006
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    The Parent Trap - Truth is stranger than gossip

    After years of sucking the wind from famous people's sails, New York journalist Jeannette Walls has achieved some fame of her own. Her best-selling childhood memoir, The Glass Castle (the title refers to a solar-powered house that Walls' father dream...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 19, 2006
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    A Fine Mess - Tonight, it's the meaning of life

    Try though they might, neither actor Christopher Haines, who appears in Glen Berger's one-man, one-act Underneath the Lintel, nor Charles St. Clair, its director, can save this sinking ship of a show. Lintel is an exploration of faith that comments o...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 19, 2006
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    Charles St. Clair - Not all fun and games

    Four-time Emmy Award-winning director Charles St. Clair must be exhausted. In between classes at ASU West (where he's a professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance), the co-founder of both the Fairmount Theater of the Deaf and Phoenix's Blac...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 19, 2006
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    Monkey Shines - Peter Jackson's King Kong earns its crown

    Movie-based videogames have a well-deserved reputation for sucking. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- a game so ill-conceived that thousands of unsold cartridges were dumped en masse in the desert, creating the crappiest buried treasure of all time -- H...

    by Chris Ward on January 19, 2006
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    Swindled Art

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia) The best two hours you'll ever spend learning about accounting, Enron is one part civics lesson, one part Greek tragedy, and one part political cartoon. Director Alex Gibney makes no pretense of obj...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 19, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 17

    Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Asylum (Paramount) Casino (MCA) Celebrity Mix (TLA) Final Destination: Scared 2 Death Pack (New Line) Gendernauts (First Run) Ghost in the Machine (Anchor Bay) Ind...

    on January 19, 2006
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    Enter the Dragon - Dragon Quest VIII is the biggest thing from Japan since Godzilla

    There's an oft-repeated urban legend about Dragon Quest's popularity in Japan: So many gamers ditched school and work to play that the government decreed that future releases had to take place on weekends. In reality, there's no such law, but as ...

    by Gary Hodges on January 12, 2006
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    A Bounteous Bunch

    Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection (Warner Bros.) At a mere $42 through most websites, this four-film boxed set ranks among the best ever compiled; not only does it contain the restored version of one of the greatest movies of all time ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 12, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 10

    According to Occam's Razor (Elite Entertainment) Black Books: The First Complete Series (BBC/Warner) The Chumscrubber (Universal) The Constant Gardener (Universal) Dead Poets Society: Special Edition (Touchstone) Ferris Bueller's Day O...

    on January 12, 2006
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    The Layered Look - Collage show tears it up

    One of the hottest trends going in the art world is for artists or groups of artists to work under a pseudonym. The phony name is a protest against commercialism in art, and it's also a heck of a good gimmick. Enter COAX, the nom de brush of a Phoeni...

    by Leanne Potts on January 12, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    Susan Copeland at Burton Barr Central Library: Hey, America, wake up and smell the discrimination. That's the theme of Susan Copeland's exhibition "Refuse," a name that refers to the materials Copeland uses in her mixed-media creations and to treatme...

    by Leanne Potts on January 12, 2006
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    Full Court Pressure - College Hoops 2K6 will bring out your inner Bobby Knight

    Pity the college basketball coach. He toils endlessly to explain the vagaries of offensive sets and defensive zones. He frets over lineups, injuries, and scouting reports. His job is never safe -- one losing season, and it's back to teaching bounce p...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 5, 2006
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The Legos are back. And, once again, these colorful interlocking plastic bricks and mini-figures are housed at a local museum — this time at the Heard, in an exhibition called… More >>

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