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    Love the Sin

    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of Miller's bone-crunching comics finally gets a rewarding DVD treatment, following a shamefully sparse edition earlier this year....

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 15, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 13

    Bad News Bears (2005) (Paramount) The Beautiful Country (Sony) Death Race 2000: Special Edition (Buena Vista) F.I.S.T. (Columbia/Tristar) Gallipoli: Special Edition (Paramount) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) ...

    on December 15, 2005
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    A Real Dog - The astonishingly successful Cats is one of Broadway's greatest mysteries

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's astonishingly successful Cats yowled on Broadway for nearly two decades. In fact, in the summer of 1997, it pranced its way into the record books when it became the longest-running show in Broadway's history. This makes the musi...

    by Lee Williams on December 15, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Christmas Story Country Playhouse bathes Jean Shepherd's nostalgia-laden Christmas memoirs of his 1930s boyhood in a deep autumnal glow that's as toasty and warm as a snowsuit and mittens. Shepherd's short stories from In God We Trust, All Others P...

    by Lee Williams on December 15, 2005
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    Grab Bag - DiverseWorks surveys Texas painting -- good and not-so-good

    "New Texas Painting," curated by DiverseWorks visual arts director Diane Barber, presents work from 14 Texas artists. Regional surveys are often problematic, and with broad categories like "new," "Texas" and "painting" as the organizing principle of ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 15, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "KCHO: Every Man Is an Island" The artist Kcho was born on Cuba's tiny Isla de la Juventud. His work is imbued with melancholy, and this exhibition is filled with references to water, isolation, poverty and escape. Kcho's 2003 installation Para Olvid...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 15, 2005
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    Sweat Along with Russell

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel, and the ring was uphill both ways. That's the central message of this well-made if sappy bio of 1930s boxer Jim Braddock. Ron Howard's direction and a stel...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 8, 2005
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    Near Perfect - Perfect Dark Zero isn't a bull's-eye, but it hits the target

    In less than a decade, first-person shooters like Doom and Halo have grown from a niche genre to a cottage industry. Whether it's our love for their immersiveness, competition, or just old-fashioned bloodlust, the popularity of FPS games shows no sig...

    by Gary Hodges on December 8, 2005
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    Our 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: Dirt...

    on December 8, 2005
  • Error Message - This highly entertaining play will get you thinking

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    Error Message - This highly entertaining play will get you thinking

    Clare Boothe Luce has described her play Margin for Error as a "satirical melodrama." In fact, the work is that and more: It's at least three separate plays -- political drama, murder mystery, comedy of manners -- each with its own style and tone. So...

    by D.L. Groover on December 8, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Christmas Carol This season, the Alley Theatre has cobbled together a new version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and it is as darkly funny and as sweetly tender as Dickens can be. The production features the same script, which was adapted ...

    by Lee Williams on December 8, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    removed Joy Episalla's removed (2000-2002) is one of the worst examples of conceptual art in recent -- and long-term -- memory. I'm betting Episalla was one of those kids with overly supportive parents who convinced her that anything she did was fasc...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 8, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 29

    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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    Supersize Me - Shadow of the Colossus towers 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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    Home Wreckers 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, exp...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 1, 2005
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    Family Tradition - Dance through the Land of Nod at The Nutcracker

    The sweetest of holiday traditions, Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker is once again leaping its way across the stage at the Wortham Center's opulent Brown Theater. And audiences young and old are donning their velvet skirts, patent-leather shoes and st...

    by Lee Williams on December 1, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Align The holidays usually bring frothy good fun to the theater. But A.D. Players, Houston's Christian theater group, have a whole new take on the season. Their Christmas production of Jeannette Clift George's Align is a dour little show about a fami...

    by Lee Williams on December 1, 2005
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    Universal Studio - Tom Burckhardt creates an amazing cardboard atelier

    "Tom Burckhardt: Full Stop," in the DiverseWorks project space, is one of the city's best shows in a long time. Burckhardt has crafted an entire artist's studio out of cardboard, and it's life-size. The installation is something of a surprise for any...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 1, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    removed Joy Episalla's removed (2000-2002) is one of the worst examples of conceptual art in recent -- and long-term -- memory. I'm betting Episalla was one of those kids with overly supportive parents who convinced her that anything she did was fasc...

    by Keith Plocek on December 1, 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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Perhaps our Houston art museums have forgotten where they are. How else to explain the pitiful showing of Houston-made art in their galleries? Of the thousands of objects currently on… More >>

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Das Rheingold Is a Golden Start for HGO Das Rheingold Is a Golden Start for HGO

Well, it's finally arrived! The "it" in question is, of course, Richard Wagner's monumental operatic myth, The Ring of the Nibelung. The four-part epic, being staged by Houston Grand Opera over a… More >>

Capsule Art Reviews: April 17, 2014

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Capsule Stage Reviews: April 17, 2014

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Linguistics and Mexican LoJack Linguistics and Mexican LoJack

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