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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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    They've Got Game - Barbarians, brain-eaters, and beagles round out the best of 2005

    2005 may be the last hurrah for this generation's aging consoles, but sugar, they're going down swingin'. The PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Game Cube age gracefully, pushing their hardware to the limit one last time and developing some brilliant games ...

    by Chris Ward on January 5, 2006
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    Generation Next - Microsoft's Xbox 360 fires the first shot in the next-gen console war

    Microsoft isn't described as an underdog very often. But in the world of video games, Sony's PlayStation is king, and all others fight for scraps. While Microsoft's Xbox managed to bump the once-great Nintendo into third place, it nevertheless remain...

    by Gary Hodges on January 5, 2006
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    Digging in the Dirt

    Broken Flowers (Universal Home Entertainment) Bill Murray, who long ago swapped manic kineticism for melancholy deadpan, is once more mired in a middle-aged funk; what else is new? As Don Johnston, an aging lothario whose latest young girlfriend i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 5, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 3

    All in the Family: The Complete Fifth Season (Columbia/Tristar) Annie Duke's Beginner's Guide to Texas Hold 'Em (Big Vision) As Time Goes By: Reunion Special (PBS) The Cave (Sony) Dumb and Dumber: Unrated (New Line) Football Collection...

    on January 5, 2006
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    Random Notes, circa 2005 - Of good mistakes and bad nostalgia

    Okay, so I saw a bunch of crap this past year. But I also saw some amazing stuff on local stages -- things that made me hopeful that local theater is not destined to repeat the same four musicals (another production of Cabaret, anyone?) and three Nei...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 5, 2006
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    This Game Bites - The new Castlevania is the last nail in the franchise's coffin

    With a Blade TV show in the works from Spike TV and powder-faced My Chemical Romance fans carrying the goth torch at Hot Topic, this would seem the perfect time to resurrect the Castlevania franchise. Castlevania debuted 20 years ago on the Ninte...

    by Chris Ward on December 29, 2005
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    Cult Hit for Nobody

    Nowhere Man (Image Entertainment) There's good reason why you've never heard of this UPN show from the mid-'90s, which lasted 25 episodes before getting shuttled off to, well, nowhere. It's a convoluted mind-fuck that owes its existence as much to...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 29, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of December 27

    Ab-Normal Beauty (Tartan) Art of the Devil (Tokyo Shock) Bram Stoker's Dracula/Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Sony) Caged Heat (Buena Vista) Dark Water (Buena Vista) Diary of a Mad Black Woman: The Play (Lions Gate) Empire of the Wolv...

    on December 29, 2005
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    Life's Work - Rudy awakening

    One of the perks of being an artist is that you usually end up with a fabulous art collection, compensation for all those years of living in an unheated studio and subsisting on beans and ramen noodles. An artist's private stash is generally the p...

    by Leanne Potts on December 29, 2005
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    Life's Lumps - Caro's vision darkens

    British sculptor Anthony Caro is most famous for the lean, linear metal abstractions he made in the 1960s, playful pieces that seemed to float in the air. So it's surprising to see the lumpy, earthbound assemblages of clay and steel in "A Life in...

    by Leanne Potts on December 29, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits, and installations

    Eric Finzi at Perihelion Arts: It's a pop culture tenet that Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was a perv whose fascination with little girls appears, to contemporary eyes, to be very Michael Jackson. Maryland painter Eric Finzi explor...

    by Leanne Potts on December 29, 2005
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