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    Bad News With Al

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get happier, and there are no twists to decipher with repeated viewings. The producers hope instead that you buy it and share...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 2006
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    Encore Performance - Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act

    Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year and one of the most attractive to n...

    by Chris Ward on November 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 23

    American Slapstick (Image) Alias: The Complete Fifth Season (Buena Vista) Boston Legal: Season Two (Fox) The Cry Baby Killer (Buena Vista) Devil Times Five (Code Red) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two (Paramount) Fall Out...

    on November 23, 2006
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    Not Neighborly - If Barbra's Wedding were a sitcom, it just might work

    Noisy neighbors can ruin a perfectly good day. Nobody knows that better than Jerry Schiff, the down-on-his-luck character at the center of Daniel Stern's Barbra's Wedding, now playing at Theater LaB Houston. Anyone who's seen Home Alone or the sitcom...

    by Lee Williams on November 16, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Antigone When Sophocles wrote this most stereotypical political tragedy about how a citizen questioning authority can devastate a community, he should have called it Creon. The king of Thebes, Antigone's uncle (Raven Peters), is the one who changes t...

    by Lee Williams on November 16, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans and Irish get along so well?

    Dear Mexican, My fianc is trying to learn Spanish so he can speak to my grandmother when we get married next month. Lately, he's been listening to CNN en Espaol to get an ear for the language. A couple of days ago, he told me that, after several ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 16, 2006
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    Hands Off - Final Fantasy XII: Role-playing on autopilot.

    Final Fantasy is to role-playing games as the Yankees are to baseball. The series -- now almost 20 years old -- practically redefined the genre with Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation, the first console RPG that captured a mainstream aud...

    by Gary Hodges on November 16, 2006
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    When the Stars Came Out

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist -- at last gets its proper due; this doubl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 16

    Brothers of the Head (IFC) Cary Grant: The Franchise Collection (Universal) CSI: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount) Cream: Royal Albert Hall (Rhino) 49 Up (First Run) Friends: The Complete Series Collection (Warner Bros.) The Gre...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Andy Moses: Vuelta" Andy Moses's work looks like interstellar plein-air paintings -- sunrises and sunsets from some other planet. Using pearlescent pigments, Moses creates luminous bands of color by what appears to be a combination of pouring and sq...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 16, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans love dancing so much?

    Dear Mexican, Not long ago, I attended a Los Tigres del Norte concert at a small hall with no dance floor. The people attending were supposed to sit down and enjoy the music. Five minutes into the music, these jumping beans started dancing in the a...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 9, 2006
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    Coke Dreams - In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game.

    In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves after Montana (Scarface of the Geto Boys and Tony Yayo of G-Unit), and Nas borrowed Montana's slogan for h...

    by Luke O'Brien on November 9, 2006
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    Burning the Yule Log

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of Wi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 9

    Anna Karenina (Kino) Arrested Development: Seasons One-Three (Fox) The Best of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (ESPN) Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Cinema Paradiso (Weinstein) The Fallen Idol (Criterion) ...

    on November 9, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad" This exhibition, organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald and Tumelo Mosaka, does not set out to make a sweeping statement about contemporary Afric...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 9, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Bad Night's Sleep This crazy-quilt revue from the loons at Radio Music Theatre is really a show about nothing, but RMT out-Seinfelds Seinfeld -- and is much funnier to boot. Although one of the 14 Fertle Family shows, Sleep keeps our favorite famil...

    by D.L. Groover on November 9, 2006
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    Swiss Miss - The CAMH showcases the lush video works of Pipilotti Rist

    "Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist" is one of the best installations in recent memory. The survey of the Swiss video artist's work, organized by curator Paola Morsiani, has wonderfully transformed the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 9, 2006
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    Playing Nice - This version of West Side Story lacks the danger factor

    With music from Leonard Bernstein, lyrics from Stephen Sondheim and a Shakespearian love story filled with melodrama, West Side Story has remained one of Broadway's most loved musicals. Add in some of the smoothest jazz moves ever performed on the Gr...

    by Lee Williams on November 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    A Bad Night's Sleep This crazy-quilt revue from the loons at Radio Music Theatre is really a show about nothing, but RMT out-Seinfelds Seinfeld -- and is much funnier to boot. Although one of the 14 Fertle Family shows, Sleep keeps our favorite famil...

    by Lee Williams on November 2, 2006
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    Authors of "Authenticity" - Contemporary Africa -- with a theme

    In 2005, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston organized "African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection." With work by 33 artists from 15 countries -- all part of one Swiss guy's collection -- the show purported to represent the state of ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 2, 2006
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