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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of December 6

    Dirty Love (First Look) Dragonball Movie Boxed Set (Funimation) Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) (Columbia/Tristar) The Future of Food (Cinema Libre) Gilbert Gottfried: Dir...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Happy Trees - Art imitating art

    If you want to see how a painter's brain is different from the gray matter of people who don't know which end of a paintbrush to hold, go look at Jennifer Bartlett's retrospective at Bentley Projects. The show, composed of 30 paintings, sculptures...

    by Leanne Potts on December 8, 2005
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    Made in China - One in five

    Most Americans don't think much about China. The nation that's home to 20 percent of the people on the planet is a murky place that hovers behind low price tags and bird flu. Few of us think of China as a producer of first-rate contemporary art that ...

    by Leanne Potts on December 8, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Big City" at Phoenix Art Museum: There isn't a single image of the PHX among the cityscapes and urban life scenes drawn from PAM's permanent collection. That's odd, seeing as how we're the nation's fifth or sixth largest metropolis. The omission is...

    by Leanne Potts on December 8, 2005
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    Supersize Me - Towering above the competition

    If Hollywood wants to learn from the videogame industry -- which outgrossed the box office last year -- it should pay careful attention to Shadow of the Colossus, a game with the epic scale of a summer blockbuster but the emotional heart of an indie ...

    by Chris Ward on December 1, 2005
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    Homewreckers on DVD

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as to be almost cartoonish. So even though both are better actors than they need to be, they perfectly belong in this goofy, expl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 1, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 29, 2005

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Empire) Caterina in the Big City (Empire) CSI: Five-Season Pack (Paramount) Death to the Supermodels (Columbia/Tristar) Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Columbia/Tristar) Empire (Buena Vista) ...

    on December 1, 2005
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    Not Bad . . . - Make a date

    I usually wind up on the sofa every night, watching those badly dubbed episodes of Sex and the City that are breeding like rabbits all over late-night cable stations. Probably you've seen them, squeezed between carpet-cleaning commercials and sanitiz...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 1, 2005
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    Erika Rolfsrud - Making 'em laugh

    She's played Shakespeare festivals and appeared on soap operas and been directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and right now Erika Rolfsrud is appearing all by her lonesome in Arizona Theatre Company's one-woman Bad Dates. Here, she considers rug burns ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 1, 2005
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    For Those About to Rock - Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11

    Deep down, we all want money for nothing and chicks for free. Back in 1985, when Dire Straits first revealed this eternal truth, it seemed that any goofball with a DayGlo headband could pour himself into package-hugging spandex and become a rock s...

    by Chris Ward on November 24, 2005
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    Your Government at Work

    Punishment Park (New Yorker Video) This 1971 movie from director Peter Watkins could have been made yesterday, which is no doubt why it finally sees video release long after accruing cult status. Born of the filmmaker's outrage over the Kent State...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 24, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 22

    AVP: Alien Vs. Predator -- Unrated Collector's Edition (Fox) Cheaper by the Dozen: Baker's Dozen Edition (Fox) 8MM 2 (Columbia/Tristar) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Buena Vista) The Honeymooners (Paramount) Keane: Strangers (Intersc...

    on November 24, 2005
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    Spin City - Old Urbanism

    There isn't a single image of Phoenix in the "Big City: Cityscapes and Urban Life" exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. Which is odd, seeing as how there are only a handful of cities in the country bigger than this one. Don't we rate at least one tiny w...

    by Leanne Potts on November 24, 2005
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    Star Struck - Keeping art off the street

    Hector Ruiz is one of the most talented artists in the city. His visceral woodblock prints, woodcarvings and papier-mch&ecute; installations show what life in America in 2005 is like for anyone who isn't a white male. He also runs a gallery in an ol...

    by Leanne Potts on November 24, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows

    Ruben Maqueda at Museo Chicano: Ruben Maqueda brings contemporary kick to some of the work in this show of photography and folk art. His glitter-bedecked, candy-colored photos of descansos are digital age-meets-dollar store, a knowing wink at the an...

    by Leanne Potts on November 24, 2005
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    A Lost Soul - A gorgeous but frustrating rehash

    Putting together a sequel to a hit videogame is tricky business. Play it safe and give people more of the same, and it ends up feeling stale. But try to innovate too much, and you dilute what made the game great to begin with. Soul Calibur III so...

    by Gary Hodges on November 17, 2005
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    A Very Long Run

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the classic 1975 album, but the two DVDs that come with it. On one, shot in London in 1975, Bruce and the band tear through most of Born to Run ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 17, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 15

    The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Wellspring) The Ed Sullivan Show Rock & Roll Classics Boxed Set (Sofa Entertainment) Fantasy Island: The Complete First Season (Columbia/Tristar) Friends: The Complete Tenth Season (Warner Bros.) Friends: C...

    on November 17, 2005
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    King of Comedy - Bavarian cream of the crop

    You don't have to know who the mad King Ludwig II is (he ruled Bavaria in the mid-19th century) to enjoy the naughty comedy of Paul Rudnick's remarkably funny Valhalla. You don't even need to know who Rudnick is (for my money, one of the most talente...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 17, 2005
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    Damon Dering, Triple Threat - A Nearly Naked profile

    You'll never find him, as Lee Grant famously uttered in The Valley of the Dolls, "posing undraped on the stage." But director/actor/artistic director Damon Dering, who gave up life as a drag queen to co-found Nearly Naked Theatre some half-dozen year...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 17, 2005
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