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    Super Paper Mario - Super Paper Mario is flat-out fun.

    After starring in 20 years' worth of video games, the Super Mario Brothers have been spread mighty thin. The mustachioed heroes' latest outing, however, takes this concept to a literal extreme. Paradoxically, Super Paper Mario is like every Mario g...

    by 108 on May 3, 2007
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    Crisis in Suburbia

    Little Children (New Line) In the eyes of Hollywood, our American suburbs are so filled with perversion and treachery that it seems the government ought to crack down on something. Until then, we can count on movies like Little Children to keep us...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 3, 2007
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    Top DVDs - Our picks for the week of May 3

    Alpha Dog (Universal) An Officer and a Gentleman: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (Shout) Beverly Hills 90210: The Second Season (Paramount) Clint Eastwood: Western Icon Collection (Un...

    on May 3, 2007
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    I Am My Own Wife - A hero turns out to be human in Stages Repertory production

    Time and history kick us in the backside every few years, transforming our heroes into evildoers, our villains into saviors. Hindsight and perspective can change the stories we live by, making all the difference in the world. Just when we think we've...

    by Lee Williams on April 26, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Ada Giuseppe Verdi's Ada (1871) is supposed to knock our socks off aurally and visually, with moonlit temples on the banks of the Nile, sumptuous palace interiors, mysterious inner sanctums filled with incense and gloom, a split-level set (his own ...

    by Lee Williams on April 26, 2007
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    "Sam Gilliam: a retrospective" - Sam Gilliam's experimental art comes to the CAMH

    In 1968, Sam Gilliam dispensed with the convention of wooden painting stretchers and simply used the canvas itself, gathering, draping and suspending it. Gilliam's "draped" paintings were a groundbreaking idea from an artist unafraid of experimentati...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 26, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the images...

    by Troy Schulze on April 26, 2007
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    Five Wonders of the World

    Planet Earth Roll over, Marlin Perkins, and tell Jacques Cousteau the news: There's never been another nature series like this. You will spend forever glued to this five-disc collection, finding among such holy-shit discoveries a herd of never-before...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 26, 2007
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    Top DVDs - Our picks for the week of April 26

    Al Franken: God Spoke (Docurama) Code Name: The Cleaner (New Line) Columbo: Mystery Murder Collection 1989 (Universal) Dj Vu (Buena Vista) The Documentaries of Louis Malle (Criterion) The Drew Carey Show: The Complete First Season (...

    on April 26, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - Ask a Mexican! hits the stalls

    Dear Readers, The Reconquista has arrived! On May 1, Ask a Mexican! comes out in book form gracias to the literary madmen at Scribner. Expect more of the same, but ms: more essays, more illustrations from Mark Dancey (the gabacho who created this...

    by Gustavo Arellano on April 26, 2007
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    300: March to Glory - PSP players, tonight you game in hell

    A game based on 300 has no excuse not to kick ass. Just picture yourself leading 300 Greeks (that's 1,800 abs) against the Persian empire's massive armies, led by the evil, pierced, and preening King Xerxes. Since your Spartans are the deadliest sold...

    by Gary Hodges on April 26, 2007
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    Ada - If Ada's grand opera, where's the grand?

    Remember cheesy B-movies? Set in exotic locales, feebly constructed out of pasteboard and duct tape, these camp quickies were shot on the run (usually without retakes, which were too expensive) and acted in a broad, pantomime-driven style. Houston Gr...

    by D.L. Groover on April 19, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Corpus Christi Unhinged Productions presents a play that, in 1998, inspired both American Catholic condemnation and a London-based Islamic fatwa -- it was pronounced blasphemous before either group read or saw it. But Terrence McNally's gay-based lif...

    by Lee Williams on April 19, 2007
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    Retinal Redux - Two artists show their optically supercharged works

    There's some optically supercharged work currently on view in Houston. Sicardi Gallery presents "Carlos Cruz-Diez," an exhibition of work by the 83-year-old veteran of optically kinetic art. Meanwhile, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery is showing "Wi...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 19, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the images...

    by Troy Schulze on April 19, 2007
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    Cooking Mama - for the Wii looks good enough to eat

    We've all seen Super Mario eat copious amounts of mushrooms, but have you ever considered the care that goes into preparing such delicacies? In Cooking Mama: Cook Off for the Wii, Wolfgang Puck wannabes are thrust into the kitchen alongside "Mama...

    by Chris Ward on April 19, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture

    Dear Mexican, Have you seen the e-mail flying around, allegedly from country rock star Charlie Daniels? What's your reaction? The Mexicans Went Down to Georgia Dear Gabacho, I love it. For ustedes readers who don't know what we're talking a...

    by Gustavo Arellano on April 19, 2007
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    What Garry Didn't Know

    Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show (Sony) The greatest boxed set ever not so much for the made-up irritainment as for the real thing, which this collection serves up by the ton. There are 23 brilliant episodes of the HBO show here, but ...

    on April 19, 2007
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    To Kill a Mockingbird - The Alley presents a rather austere production of an old warhorse

    Almost anyone with a high school diploma has memories of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been a favorite since it was published in 1960. Google the title, and more than a million hits appear offering everythin...

    by Lee Williams on April 12, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Anna in the Tropics In this show, the heat's on right from the beginning. Awaiting the new "lector" who's been hired to read to them while they roll cigars, three women daub their faces and wipe the sweat from their necks during the Gulf summer of 19...

    by Lee Williams on April 12, 2007
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