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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our 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...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Lion King The Elton John/Tim Rice international mega-hit returns to Houston, with all its glaring faults and scenic wonders intact. For its transfer to the stage in 1997, the Disney cartoon was given a novel update by avant-garde theater director...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Turning Japanese - Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun

    From Pokmon to Dragon Ball Z, Japanese pop culture has captured the imagination of American kids. The latest import craze is Naruto. Anyone hip to Harry Potter will find the story familiar: A bunch of otherwise ordinary kids, including titular hero ...

    by Gary Hodges on July 13, 2006
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    Grand Prix

    Grand Prix (Warner Bros.) John Frankenheimer, as underrated as he was brilliant, made a racing picture in 1966 that's yet to be topped 40 years later. James Garner suffered through the director's churlish demands (which Frankenheimer reveals and o...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 11

    Basic Instinct 2 (Sony) Bill Maher: New Rules (HBO) Bridezillas: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons (Weinstein) Care Bears: Hearts at Sea (Family Home Ent.) Dennis Miller: All In (HBO) Dolla Morte (Grimoire) The Dudesons Movie (Rhino)...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans want to take back California? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, What is it with you Mexicans who want to take back California? Is it that conquistador blood that's driving you? Go Back to Granada Dear Gabacho, Besides beards, light skin and bad wine, the Spanish conquistadors brought wit...

    by Gustavo Arellano on July 6, 2006
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    Fantastic 4 - The CAMH showcases a group of highly individual Houston artists

    A hefty woman lies on the bathroom floor next to the toilet, her shirt hunched up around her waist, her pants at her ankles and her crotch in full view. There's a trail of unspooled toilet paper on the floor, and a man and a woman are crouched beside...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on July 6, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our 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 6, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Hotter than Houston St. Peter doesn't know what to do with Stan Wetzel. Stan's not bad enough for hell, but he's certainly not worthy of heaven. There aren't enough stars for good deeds tallied on St. Pete's celestial tote board. Not yet, anyway. "Ca...

    by D.L. Groover on July 6, 2006
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    Bond in a Bikini

    The Matador (Weinstein) Richard Shepard's spec script, sent to Pierce Brosnan's production company out of desperation, wound up as 2005's best buddy pic -- damned if I can recall a funnier movie from last year, except the one with the middle-aged ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 6, 2006
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    Pong 360 - Like the real thing, Table Tennis shouldn't be played alone

    When Rockstar Games, the company behind the infamous Grand Theft Auto series, announced that it would be making a title for Xbox 360, gamers naturally envisioned a game featuring next-gen hookers. But then Rockstar revealed that the game was actu...

    by Gary Hodges on July 6, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 5

    Charlie's Angels: The Complete Third Season (Sony) Cyberteam in Akihabara: Complete Collection (ADV) Eastern Horror Double Feature: Satan's Slave and Corpse Master (Brentwood) King of the Cage: The Superstars of KOTC (Brentwood) The Kinks...

    on July 6, 2006
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    Why Did You Mispronounce the Word Paciencia on TV? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, I caught your appearance on the June 19 edition of The Colbert Report. I admire your insight and cultural references, but I noticed you mispronounced the Spanish word "patience." You told Colbert that the word was pacencia instead of ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on June 29, 2006
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    Shine It Up - With its sluggish pace and fuzzy focus, Sparkle lacks luster

    For a musical that preaches against the evils of drug use and graphically shows the deleterious effects upon abuser and loved ones alike, Sparkle needs a jolt of speed. Now playing in a drugged-out, somnambulistic production at Ensemble Theatre, t...

    by D.L. Groover on June 29, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go There's a play buried somewhere inside Catherine Filloux's comedy/drama about transvestites vs. the Amish (yes, you read that correctly), but you'd be hard-pressed to find a coherent one in this messy production, now ...

    by Lee Williams on June 29, 2006
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    Picking Icky - Kaneem Smith's sculptures avoid easy beauty

    Kaneem Smith doesn't make pretty sculptures. Her work conjures up the same kind of queasy fascination you get looking at some weird dead thing on the sidewalk, trying to figure out if it's animal or vegetable. There's usually something slightly icky ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on June 29, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Drawing Inside/Out" This sprawling drawing show is housed way up on Lawndale's third floor. Curated by Michelle White, Lawndale programming committee member and curatorial assistant at the Menil Collection, the show features an assortment of artists...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on June 29, 2006
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    The Citizen Kane of Crap

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that surpasses it. Grab a 12-pack of Bintang and cue up this jaw-unhinging slab of Indonesian sword-and-sorcery circa 1983 -- a start-to-...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 29, 2006
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    The Last Bland - X-Men tie-in is an uncanny bore

    For comic geeks, an X-Men game that promises to fill in the backstory between movies sounds hotter than a date with Jean Grey. Finally, we get to discover what Wolverine has been up to between films -- besides winning Tony Awards as alter ego Hugh Ja...

    by Chris Ward on June 29, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 27

    Commander in Chief: 2-Disc Inaugural Edition Part 1 (Disney) The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (MPI) Cow Belles (Disney) Danger After Dark (TLA) Evil (Magnolia) Is It Really So Strange? (Frameline) Failure to Launch (Paramount...

    on June 29, 2006
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