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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 14

    Brothers of the Head (IFC) Cary Grant: The Franchise Collection (Universal) CSI: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount) Cream: Royal Albert Hall (Rhino) 49 Up (First Run) Friends: The Complete Series Collection (Warner Bros.) The Gre...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Natural Instincts - Mother of invention

    Mother Nature is no pushover. Nudge gently and she'll deliver food, fresh drinking water and fossil fuels. Take too much and she fights back with hurricanes, earthquakes and tidal waves, as the world has recently relearned. The impact of humanity on ...

    by Wynter Holden on November 9, 2006
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    Going Nowhere - In search of a city

    I admit it. I hate change. I balked when our local co-op, Gentle Strength, moved to accommodate the light rail, and I was furious when expensive lofts began to dominate my once-affordable neighborhood. But I know that it isn't all bad. My beloved Gen...

    by Wynter Holden on November 9, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, installations, and exhibitions

    Jessica Joslin and Nissa Kubly at Lisa Sette Gallery: The Dadaists may have pioneered found-object assemblage, but artist Jessica Joslin's zoomorphic sculptures constructed from animal bones and metal hardware venture beyond their grasp of the craft....

    by Wynter Holden on November 9, 2006
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    Coke Dreams - In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game

    In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves after Montana (Scarface of the Geto Boys and Tony Yayo of G-Unit), and Nas borrowed Montana's slogan for ...

    by Luke O'Brien on November 9, 2006
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    Burning the Yule Log

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out clay animation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 7

    Anna Karenina (Kino) Arrested Development: Seasons One-Three (Fox) The Best of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (ESPN) Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Cinema Paradiso (Weinstein) The Fallen Idol (Criterion) ...

    on November 9, 2006
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    Design Flaw - Agoraphobia goes public

    The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow provides proof that a talented cast can sometimes triumph over mediocre material. The good folks at Actors Theatre have pulled out all the stops in an attempt to patch the elephant-size holes in Rolin Jones' high-...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 2, 2006
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    Enemy of the Status Quo - Filling artistic cavities

    Actors Theatre artistic director Matthew Wiener (who's directing The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) claims he doesn't know what he's doing, but he managed to save one of our best Equity houses from an untimely death last year, so he must be bluffi...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 2, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Fat Pig: Tom is surprised to find himself falling in love with Helen, an intelligent, witty, and very overweight librarian. His friends and colleagues don't approve, and rather than forging ahead with a post-PC "love is love, darn it" attitude, he hi...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 2, 2006
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    Dj Dance - Newest DDR: Same game, fresh set list

    Few phenomena are as hugely popular and bitterly mocked as the Dance Dance Revolution series. That's probably because humanity falls into two camps: fleet-footed whiz kids and rhythm-impaired klutzes. This reviewer falls into the latter category, ...

    by Chris Ward on November 2, 2006
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    Impossibly Passable

    Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound like they've fallen in love; you might say they complete each other's sentences, except that's just Cruise interrupting th...

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

    Baywatch: Season 1 (First Look) The Benny Hill Collection (Music Video Dist.) CSI: Miami -- The Complete Fourth Season (Paramount) Down to the Bone (Hart Sharp) Future-Kill: Limited Collector's Edition (Subversive) Ghost in the Shell S...

    on November 2, 2006
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    Urban Cowgirl - It's (vegetarian) gravy

    Melissa McGurgan, 24, is a consummate perfectionist with OCD tendencies and a perky, polite faade she attributes to her upbringing in rural Georgia. Like most Southern girls, she likes bluegrass and soul food. But the bold, graphic installations she...

    by Wynter Holden on October 26, 2006
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    Urban Evolution - Old and new under the sun

    In early October, the Paper Heart announced its impending demise, and the country's third-longest-running poetry slam folded after its longtime home, an independent coffee house in Mesa, went under. That same week, Phoenix City Council members approv...

    by Wynter Holden on October 26, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Artists of the Black Community" at West Valley Art Museum: Arizona's African-American community offers a collection of paintings and sculptures as colorful as its members, eschewing muted Southwest pastels in favor of unconventional shades like amet...

    by Wynter Holden on October 26, 2006
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    Latin Bummer - Just Cause features acres and acres of . . . foliage

    Viewed from an airplane high over the islands of San Esperito, the land seems to stretch out endlessly. The sun slowly rises over the ocean, bathing the clouds in ochre and throwing stark shadows on the lush jungle below. If only there were someth...

    by Gary Hodges on October 26, 2006
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    These Dogs Still Hunt

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary (Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all its tricks done far better by now. From the nonlinear storytelling to the pop-culture gabfests to the shameless cr...

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

    The Addams Family: Season One (MGM) An American Haunting (Lions Gate) Astaire and Rogers: The Complete Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Freak-Out (Anchor Bay) Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies (Shout!) Justice League Unlimited: Sea...

    on October 26, 2006
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    I Scream for Scream Queens - Tuneful, campy fun

    Thirty years ago, it was considered clever to spoof obscure science-fiction films. Stage musicals like The Rocky Horror Show and movies like Phantom of the Paradise were all the rage, and movie nerds who knew our George Pal and our Herschell Gordon L...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 19, 2006
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