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    Necessary Evil

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling the feature, first watch the documentary in which the families of those who died on the plane give the filmmakers thei...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of September 5

    The Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection, Season One (Passport) Ace Ventura Deluxe Double Feature (Warner Bros.) Amarcord: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Anne of Avonlea (Koch Vision) Blade Runner: Director's Cut (...

    on September 7, 2006
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    Am I Blue? - Ain't nothin' but a thong

    Linda Pollack's not getting older, dammit. She's getting bluer. Pollack has founded a local chapter of the Blue Thong Society, a group of fiftyish women who want more from middle age than just crow's-feet and expanding waistlines. She swears the blue...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 31, 2006
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    Q-Tip Girl - Painter tells swab story

    Lisa Albinger, 30, creates stirring depictions of relationships, womanhood, and growing up with scoliosis, using cotton swabs and paper towels instead of the quintessential brush. She's Wisconsin-born and a practicing Wiccan, and a majority of her wo...

    by Steve Jansen on August 31, 2006
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    Unnatural Beauty - The bare facts

    Photographer Michel Sarda began his career as an architect in Paris. He moved to Phoenix in 1984 after attending the New York Institute of Photography, where his artistic focus shifted from towering edifices to the architecture of the human form. Aft...

    by Wynter Holden on August 31, 2006
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    Brutal 'Scapes - Lost in the wilderness

    Paris-based photographer Maurice Sherif is great at showing viewers everything by showing them nothing at the same time. Unlike "Lumire Mtallique," a Tilt Gallery exhibition in August showcasing Sherif's large-format silver gelatin images captur...

    by Steve Jansen on August 31, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "A Sense of Place" at Herberger Theater Center: The Herberger's collection of interior and exterior landscapes is about one thing: location, location, location. Much like the real estate market, it's a mixed bag. Painter Christine Kierstead transcend...

    by Wynter Holden on August 31, 2006
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    Road Rage - In FlatOut 2, life is a highway strewn with carnage

    Have you ever looked into onrushing traffic and imagined how much damage you would cause with a simple crank of the steering wheel? If so, FlatOut 2 is the racing game for you. The latest entry in a genre best described as Evel Knievel meets NASCA...

    by Luke O'Brien on August 31, 2006
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    The Short Goodbye

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only 13 episodes this time, the result of Fox's inability to attract viewers to one of TV's greatest comedies and the network's unw...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 31, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of August 29

    Akeelah and the Bee (Lions Gate) American Gun (IFC) The Castle of Cagliostro (Manga) Desperate Housewives: Season Two (Buena Vista) Stephen King's Desperation (Lions Gate) Friends With Money (Sony) Iron Island (Kino) Let's Scare ...

    on August 31, 2006
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    Base Hit - The boys of summer

    It's not unfathomable that Richard Greenberg's exuberantly chatty Take Me Out won all the big-deal theater awards in 2003. Greenberg's supple use of language and powerful characterizations make this an entertaining, if not especially enlightening, me...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 24, 2006
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    Joseph Kremer - Rounding third

    He's played everything from a foppish French baron (in Les Liaisons Dangereuses) to a seven-foot-tall singing whisk (in Beauty and the Beast). These days, while he waits to go on as a gay baseball player in Take Me Out, Joe Kremer is learning to play...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 24, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    The Hispanick Zone: This comedy, written and directed by Teatro Bravo founder Guillermo Reyes, launches the company's new season. Set in Arizona in 2006 and told in sketch comedy format, it depicts the world (and the Legislature) as ruled by humorles...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 24, 2006
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    Glacial Profiling - Slow-paced Valkyrie Profile offers dull apocalypse

    For most people, the words "role-playing game" conjure images of sweaty Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed weirdos, wearing cloaks and screaming "Lightning bolt!" at each other. But even non-RPG players gave the genre a try when Final Fantasy VII debute...

    by Chris Ward on August 24, 2006
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    Get a Clue

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves crimes" is bound to make for watchable TV, but who would have expected this? Equal parts 90210 teen soap, murder mystery, and comedy...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of August 22

    The Apartment (Lions Gate) The Bill Cosby Show: Season One (Shout! Factory) The Blue Light (Pathfinder) Conviction: The Complete Series (Universal) Dances With Wolves: Extended Cut (MGM) Film Geek (First Run) House, M.D.: Season Two...

    on August 24, 2006
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    Firmly Planted - Art and soil

    After nearly three decades at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Shelley Cohn departed for civilian life last year. During her stay most of which was spent as the agency's executive director she presided over the commission's arts programs, prot...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 17, 2006
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    Beast in Show - Species reasoning

    Humanity's not looking so good these days. With war overseas, terrorism pushing our borders and serial killers in our midst, maintaining much faith in my fellow human beings proves to be a constant struggle. What does it mean to be human? What se...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 17, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhbitions and installations

    "The Big Lebowski Tribute Show" at Wet Paint Gallery: The thing about a cult classic is that you either love it or you hate it. The same can be said for this funky, eclectic group exhibition paying homage to the Coen brothers' film. Devoted Lebowski ...

    by Wynter Holden on August 17, 2006
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    Dogs of War - Chromehounds tests patience as much as skill

    Like a real war, Chromehounds involves long stretches of tedium, occasionally broken up by a few moments of sheer terror. After what feels like weeks of ponderous marching from point A to point B in your titular "Hound" -- a walking tank -- combat...

    by Gary Hodges on August 17, 2006
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