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    Whodunit High

    Brick (Universal) Rian Johnson's feature debut as writer-director will wind up as one of the year's best films. A film noir set in a modern-day high school, it's Sam Spade roaming Ridgemont High; kids get doped up and knocked up and even rubbed out ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 8

    Adam and Steve (TLA) Back Woods (Terror Vision) Beautiful People: The Complete Series (Sony) Clone (Image) Damon Wayans' Last Stand (Fox) Frat Boy Collection (Fox) Gilles' Wife (Koch Lorber) Ghost in a Teeny Bikini (Image) Gro...

    on August 10, 2006
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    Magic and Death - Shakespeare explores redemption and revenge

    One of the sweetest lines Shakespeare ever wrote comes from The Tempest, a romance that takes place on an enchanted island rich with spirits, monsters and young lusty love. The line comes toward the end of the story, when Prospero, the central charac...

    by Lee Williams on August 3, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Black Comedy The Alley Theatre's Summer Chills season is supposed to provide Houstonians breezy, easy shows that will distract us from the dreadful Gulf Coast heat. Happily, that's exactly what Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy does. An English farce writ...

    by Lee Williams on August 3, 2006
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    Howie Wowie - McMurtrey Gallery scores with "Venti Americano"

    Howard Sherman's work is all over the place. Happy, violent, dark, bright, expressive, figurative, abstract, narrative -- these are the contradictions that run throughout his latest round of paintings, on view at McMurtrey Gallery in "Venti Americano...

    by Keith Plocek on August 3, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critics' opinions on local exhibits

    "Frank Stella - 1958" So here's a painter who became one of the leading lights of minimalism in painting in the '60s, one of the real names of the art world for the last half of the 20th century. A grad student and museum curator together track down ...

    by Troy Schulze on August 3, 2006
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    Am I Wrong to Laugh at Nacho Libre? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, I'm a culturally sensitive, PC Asian-American who laughed my head off at Jack Black's imitation of a Mexican in Nacho Libre. Is this wrong? Vietnammy Mammy Dear Chinita, Wrong? Of course not. While Latino activists weep and mo...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 3, 2006
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    Trail of Tears - Prey should be called Dances with Tedium

    Native American heroes are a rare commodity in video games. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, released a decade ago, is the most prominent example. Now Turok finally has company. The best way to describe Prey is "Doom meets Cherokee mysticism." And while ...

    by Chris Ward on August 3, 2006
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    Shut Up, Already

    V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.) Illustrator David Lloyd calls this adaptation of the comic he made with writer Alan Moore "very good" -- so why did Moore beg to have his name removed? The intentions are noble, sure; name another big-studio blockbus...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 3, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 1.

    Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 3 (Paramount) Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf (Panik House) Broken Saints: The Animated Comic Epic (Fox) Dallas: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) Elvis: '68 Comeback (BMG Heritage...

    on August 3, 2006
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    Trailer Camp - Stages celebrates white-trash ladies and the men they love

    With the Houston heat index rising well above a hundred degrees, now is no time for serious, head-scratching theater. That sort of artistic experience takes too much darned work in this kind of weather. Thankfully, the folks at Stages Repertory Theat...

    by Lee Williams on July 27, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Black Comedy The Alley Theatre's Summer Chills season is supposed to provide Houstonians breezy, easy shows that will distract us from the dreadful Gulf Coast heat. Happily, that's exactly what Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy does. An English farce writ...

    by Lee Williams on July 27, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critic's views on local exhibitions

    "Fellowship Series XI: Expositions" CACHH's fellowship series exhibitions continue to offer up interesting, bite-size selections of work from its grant recipients. This time the featured artists are Beth Secor, Angela Fraleigh and Darryl Lauster. Sec...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on July 27, 2006
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    Why Don't More Mexicans Care About Mexican Politics? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, The Mexican presidential elections have been a freaking mess. I voted for the conservative candidate, Felipe Caldern, who almost everyone agrees won the election. But the leftist Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador is making a mess out of th...

    by Gustavo Arellano on July 27, 2006
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    Over Your Head - Over G Fighters: Only slightly easier than real flying

    Flight sims -- games that emulate the experience of being in a cockpit -- are plenty popular on PCs, but have never taken off on home consoles. This is partly due to their inherent complexity. When it comes to recreating an entire cockpit's worth o...

    by Gary Hodges on July 27, 2006
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    Eating for Two

    Feed (TLA) Remember the old jokes about "What's grosser than gross"? The makers of Feed do, as they prove in the first 10 minutes -- one-upping their opening scene featuring a voluntary victim of cannibalism by bringing in a guy who gets nekkid an...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 25

    2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (Magnolia) Animaniacs: Volume 1 (Warner Bros.) Ask the Dust (Paramount) Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (ThinkFilm) The Benchwarmers (Sony) Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (Shout! Factory) B...

    on July 27, 2006
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    Private Perfection - The lost art of fun is rediscovered at Main Street Theater

    No other play so perfectly embodies the spirit of Art Deco than Private Lives, Nool Coward's brittle, comedic battle of the sexes, which is now playing in a well-nigh perfect production at Main Street Theater. Simple but elegant, the plot's construct...

    by D.L. Groover on July 20, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Incorruptible The Company OnStage, out at old Westbury Square, is true old-fashioned community theater. There's a casual ease to the place, and all the volunteers seem to have a fine time serving coffee and directing folks to their seats or to the ba...

    by Lee Williams on July 20, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critics' opinions on local exhibitions

    "Bringing Shadows to Light: Contemporary Argentine Photography" Addressing subjects as diverse as war, the tango and the country's current economic crisis, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a good small survey of contemporary Argentine photog...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on July 20, 2006
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