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    Halo 3 - A promising glimpse of the next Halo.

    Bold proclamation time: There wouldn't even be an Xbox 360 without Halo. Microsoft lost billions on the original Xbox even with its mega-successful sci-fi games, so it's hard to imagine the red ink that would have spilled without them; even suggestin...

    by Gary Hodges on June 7, 2007
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    Sagebrush & Spaghetti

    The Sergio Leone Anthology (MGM) Sergio Leone made westerns like Wagner made ditties. This essential boxed set -- four films with four discs of supplemental material, much of it scholarly and insightful -- shows the Italian director supplanting th...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 7, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 7

    The Abyss: Special Edition (Fox) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Extra Frills Edition (MGM) Bruce Springsteen With the Sessions Band: Live in Dublin (Sony) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: A Re-Imagining of the 1919 Masterpiece...

    on June 7, 2007
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    Treasure Island - Treasure Island -- and Jim Hawkins -- is a drag

    After sitting, slack-jawed and seething, through the Alley Theatre's world-premiere adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure novel, you might be tempted to rename it Ken Ludwig's Pirated Tale, or The Alley at Sea, or Jim Hawkins in Dr...

    by D.L. Groover on May 31, 2007
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    Houston Ballet Premieres - Three Houston Ballet premieres make welcome additions to the repertory

    Mabel Buntz, the school nurse, lumbered into the hall / The scourge of each virus and germ / Though Nurse Buntz was decidedly wider than tall / Her size didn't hamper her movements at all / When she daintily waltzed at the Elephant Ball / A flirtatio...

    by Marene Gustin on May 31, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Design for Living Nol Coward's Design for Living (1933) can be neatly summed up by Leo, one of the trio of main characters, as he explains the situation to Gilda: "The actual facts are so simple. I love you. You love me. You love Otto. I love Otto. ...

    by Lee Williams on May 31, 2007
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    The Halle "Universe" - The MFAH's Latin American Art Department has yet another hit show

    The hits keep coming from the Latin American Art Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The current success is "Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art," organized by Beverly Adams, curator ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 31, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    City Glow Self-styled Pop Art star Chiho Aoshima emerged out of the "factory" art group founded in Tokyo in the late '90s by Takashi Murakami. Her computer-generated images reference manga comics and anime cartoons, with wide-eyed characters and line...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 31, 2007
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    Mexican American Culture

    Dear Mexican, Has the 1965 Immigration Act proved to be a good thing or bad thing for America, and has the recent unprecedented flood of immigrants (both legal and illegal) been an overall good thing or bad thing for America? Please fully explain y...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 31, 2007
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    Student Bodies - Brooktown High takes you under the bleachers.

    Dating games have come a long way since the days when Chuck Woolery invited mullet-sporting contestants to bump uglies on Love Connection. In Japan, the "dating simulator" video game craze has raged stronger than a schoolboy's hormones since the ea...

    by Chris Ward on May 31, 2007
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    DVDs - Cannibal Corpse

    Hannibal Rising (Weinstein) Pointless beyond belief, Hannibal Rising serves more as a cautionary tale than horror story. Made for $50 mil, the movie pocketed half that during its U.S. run and likely wound up in the red -- an appropriate adios for ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 31

    Above the Law (Genius) The Andy Griffith Show: Complete Series Collection (Paramount) Big Train: Seasons One and Two (BBC Warner) Biography: Legends of the Silver Screen (A&E) Circle of Iron: 2-Disc Special Edition (Blue Underground) T...

    on May 31, 2007
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    Twenty Love Songs - Bringing silly back

    Infernal Bridegroom Productions' red-lipped funny-lady Tamarie Cooper spent a decade accumulating fans with her hilariously silly Tamalalia series. Cooper herself was always the annual summer show's main character, and the wonderfully absurd story li...

    by Lee Williams on May 24, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Stephen Sondheim supplied writers Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove with this show's radiantly sunny score and peerlessly clever lyrics. The story's source is arguably ancient Roman "vulgar" comedian Plau...

    by D.L. Groover on May 24, 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 Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 24, 2007
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    Mexican American Culture - Can't take the rancho out of the wab

    Dear Mexican, I was going through a local state college's academic program the other day and found that they offer a bachelor's degree in Chicano Studies. My question is, in what field of work would someone with a bachelor's in Chicano Studies land...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 24, 2007
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    Spider-Man 3 - Spider-Man 3 spins a web of mediocrity.

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles that...

    by Gary Hodges on May 24, 2007
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    Good Clean Smut

    Porky's: The Ultimate Collection (Fox) When writer-director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in April, the obits trumpeted his holiday classic A Christmas Story...but were somewhat reluctant to mention that, oh, yeah, he also wrote and direc...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 24, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 24

    Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Yea...

    on May 24, 2007
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    Nol, Nol - It's a veritable Coward festival - out of the closet and onto the stage!

    he multitalented Nol Coward (English playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, director, producer, superstar) was so circumspect about his gay life, he never mentioned it in his two autobiographies, nor allowed any biographer to hint at it, nor even co...

    by D.L. Groover on May 17, 2007
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