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    Hell Above - At the Alley, chivalry and honor survive in the face of horror

    A band of March twilight sky is tinged a lurid green by the enemy's flares. We're in no-man's-land, that 100-yard patch of broken, scorched earth separating the Allies from the Germans on the western front during World War I in R.C. Sherriff's Journe...

    by D.L. Groover on March 9, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Bus Stop In the 1950s theater world, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge did for the Midwest what Tennessee Williams did for the South: He brought it sex. His 1955 comedy Bus Stop is a primer on various facets of love: the getting, the los...

    by Lee Williams on March 9, 2006
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    "Girls" Just Want to Have Fun? - Awkwardness, angst and mental illness take center stage at the Blaffer

    The word "girl" has regained currency -- in certain contexts -- as a term for grown women. "Girls' Night Out" at the Blaffer Gallery presents works by women that explore the concept of "girl." Group shows are notoriously uneven, and this one is no ex...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 9, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Alex Katz" Alex Katz made his name with hard-edged, flattened portraits. But just shy of 80, the painter has loosened up considerably. He's still interested in flat color and abstracted form, but his work has gotten looser and brushier. His show at ...

    by John Tompkins on March 9, 2006
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    Ghouls on the Go - A Resident Evil remake captures all the creepy fun of the original

    Ask gamers of a certain age about Resident Evil, and a vivid memory springs to mind: They're inching down a long, quiet hallway. Suddenly, a zombie dog crashes through a window. A ghostly howl. Insatiable jaws. Mommy, can you tuck me in tonight? Th...

    by Luke O'Brien on March 9, 2006
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    This Dogg's Got Bite

    The Tenants (Sony) Fifteen seconds into the video for "Nuthin but a G Thang," it was obvious that Snoop Dog had charisma to spare. More than a decade later, with his performance as '70s-era radical author Willie Spearmint, it's official: The man ...

    by Jordan Harper on March 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of March 7

    The Best of the Best of The Electric Company (Shout Factory) Breaking News (Palm) Buster Keaton: 65th-Anniversary Collection (Sony) The Californians (Hart Sharp) Curse Death & Spirit (Asia Vision) The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (Wa...

    on March 9, 2006
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    Soaring Swan - Stanton Welch pushes a classic ballet to new heights

    What does a 1985 Rutger Hauer flick have to do with a revamped 1895 ballet? Both shows' heroines are birds by day and fair maidens by night. Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch took inspiration from the Hauer/Michelle Pfeiffer vehicle Lady...

    by Marene Gustin on March 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Bus Stop In the 1950s theater world, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge did for the Midwest what Tennessee Williams did for the South: He brought it sex. His 1955 comedy Bus Stop is a primer on various facets of love: the getting, the los...

    by Lee Williams on March 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Andrea Bowers: Letters to an Army of Three" For her installation at the Glassell School of Art, Andrea Bowers has constructed a video around actual letters written to the "Army of Three" Pat Maginnis, Rowena Gurner and Lana Phelan, three women who...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 2, 2006
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    Back to the Future - The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op

    Last fall, Microsoft hyped its pricey Xbox 360 by promising to reinvent gaming as we know it. The blockbuster "next generation" titles were supposed to harness the machine's awesome power to deliver high-definition graphics and impossibly realistic a...

    by Chris Dahlen on March 2, 2006
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    The Great Cash-In

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's most enduring personas -- movies about junkies are a drag to watch. So it's too bad this Johnny Cash biopic is a by-the-n...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 28

    Annie Duke's Conquering Online Poker (Big Vision) The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (A&E) Battle's Poison Cloud (Cinema Libre) Bleak House (BBC Warner) Camara Oscura (Warner Bros.) Charmed: The Complete Fourth Season (Paramo...

    on March 2, 2006
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    Stage Capsules

    Androcles and the Lion It should come as no surprise that great Irish literary lion George Bernard Shaw would write a play with a lion as one of the main characters. In his 1912 "comic fable" based upon the ancient Roman tale, Shaw embroiders the pag...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Back to the Future - Andrea Bowers presents life before Roe v. Wade

    With Samuel Alito in the Supreme Court, the future of the right to a safe and legal abortion seems more uncertain now than at any time since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. If you want to get an idea of what things could be like in the near future, ch...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 23, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    "The Birth of a Nation -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show" Dawolu Jabari Anderson's new works at the Art League Houston use D.W. Griffith's infamously racist 1915 film The Birth of a Nation as a source of inspiration. Anderson creates large paintings on paper ...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Law and Disorder - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is guilty of being bizarre fun.

    Sony's approach with its handheld, the PlayStation Portable, is to carbon-copy its most popular titles for on-the-go gaming. "Enjoy Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation 2?" Sony seems to ask. "Well, here's a version for the PSP. Oh, you're a SOCOM fan? Su...

    by Gary Hodges on February 23, 2006
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    All the President's Men

    (Warner Bros.) It's no mystery why Warner Bros. chose to rerelease All the President's Men now; at last we know how much -- which is to say how little -- Mark "Deep Throat" Felt really looked like Hal Holbrook. A new doc on former FBI second-in-co...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 21

    Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (MCA) The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends (Shout Factory) Domino (New Line) Dorian Blues (TLA) First Descent (Universal) Left of the Dial (HBO) The Memory of a Killer (Sony) Midnight Co...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Baby Steps - Two actors bring a sorrowful script to painful, moving life

    In today's age of medical miracles, it can be easy to forget that doctors can't save everyone from the miseries of illness. We take our loved ones to hospitals expecting everything to turn out fine in the end. When things don't work out, we're often ...

    by Lee Williams on February 16, 2006
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