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    Dogs of War - Chromehounds tests patience as much as skill

    Like a real war, Chromehounds involves long stretches of tedium, occasionally broken up by a few moments of sheer terror. After what feels like weeks of ponderous marching from point A to point B in your titular "Hound" -- a walking tank -- combat ...

    by Gary Hodges on August 17, 2006
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    Smells Like Victory

    Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford Coppola's harrowing and still-hypnotic Joseph Conrad-in-Vietnam adaptation, the 49-minutes-longer-but-feels-24-minutes-shorter 20...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 17, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 15

    Benito (Lions Gate) Cape of Good Hope (New Yorker) Clark Gable Collection, Volume 1 (Fox) Don't Tell (Lions Gate) The Hard Corps (Sony) Hong Kong Phooey: The Complete Series (Turner) Hoot (New Line) James Stewart: The Signature ...

    on August 17, 2006
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    Women Scorned - Three angry, cuckolded females form Triptych

    When a man can manipulate three smart women into hanging onto his every move, even though he treats them all like dirt, he must be something special. But one of the most intriguing aspects of Edna O'Brien's saucy little melodrama Triptych is that we ...

    by Lee Williams on August 10, 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...

    by Lee Williams on August 10, 2006
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    Too Much Information - Does "The Big Show" really give artists a chance?

    Group shows without themes are almost always problematic. Just when you're getting into a groove, actually beginning to care what this or that artist is trying to do, up pops something completely different and off you go again. Juried shows are even ...

    by Keith Plocek on August 10, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critics' opinion on local exhibits

    "Courbet and the Modern Landscape" Realist painter Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) is widely considered the forerunner of the impressionists for his "radical" self-expression at a time when the popular French Salon championed conservative, narrative pain...

    by Troy Schulze on August 10, 2006
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    Why Do You Do Your 'Dos the Way You Do? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, I just don't get Mexicans and their grooming. The men slick their hair with baby oil, gel or Vaseline, or just shave it all off. The women wear it in ponytails with neon-green hairbands or in pigtails, or wear bangs created with the b...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 10, 2006
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    Ant Wussy - Get out the magnifying glass. It's time to burn a game.

    In 2004, Jason Hall, the head of Warner Bros.' new video game division, did something remarkable: He promised to end bad movie tie-ins. By then, gamers had become well acquainted with the suckiness of movie-based games. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- ...

    by Luke O'Brien on August 10, 2006
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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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