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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critic's opinions on local exhibits

    "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 June 1, 2006
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    What Have You Got Against "Hispanic"? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, Why don't Mexicans like being called Hispanics? The Spaniards conquered our ancestors -- that's why we're Spanish-speaking Catholics. Why deny this? Hispanic Doesn't Make Me Panic Dear Spic, Because Mexicans aren't Hispanic --...

    by Gustavo Arellano on June 1, 2006
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    Jesus Wept - Anybody got a good anagram for "crap"?

    If the creepy, self-flagellating albino monk in The Da Vinci Code really wanted to suffer, he'd drop his flesh-shredding cat-o'-nine-tails, pick up a controller, and play The Da Vinci Code videogame. It's that bad. Now it can be told: The Da Vinci...

    by Chris Ward on June 1, 2006
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    Dreams of Syndication

    Will & Grace: Series Finale (Lions Gate) The way this got hustled to shelves, mere days after Will Truman and Grace Adler said their mushy farewells, you'd think this were some classic adios -- another M*A*S*H or Cheers wrap-up. Alas, it was just a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 30

    The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 (Warner Bros.) A Fine Romance (Tango) Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (Dark Sky) Freedomland (Sony) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Fox) Hercules/Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (Image) John Wa...

    on June 1, 2006
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    Blowing Smokey - Inexperienced actors can't carry the Great Caruso's latest show

    "You ain't nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time." Man, oh man, now that's a great pop lyric. It's one of those unforgettable lines that lives way past the generation that made it famous. But then that's the way it is with lots of the great tu...

    by Lee Williams on May 25, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Chalk Garden Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden is an old-fashioned English yarn about a governess with a dark secret who's hired by an eccentric grandmother (Jeannette Clift George) to care for a smart-mouthed, teenage granddaughter (Kacy Smith). A...

    by Lee Williams on May 25, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions about local exhibits

    "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 May 25, 2006
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    Curtain Call - In his MFAH survey, Joseph Havel doesn't play to his own strengths

    The first time I saw "Joseph Havel: A Decade of Sculpture 1996-2006" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, I'd wandered into the middle of a dance performance. Havel's bronze sculptures were fenced by black stanchions, and a modern dance troupe was em...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 25, 2006
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    Where's the Gratitude? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, Why don't Mexicans have enough gratitude for America to learn to speak English? Are they too stupid? Too lazy? What -- they can't learn two or three words a day? Is this asking too much? Took Four Years of Spanish in High School ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 25, 2006
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    Next Big Things - The five biggest attention-getters at E3

    Yet another Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come and gone, and this one was the biggest yet. Exhibitors know all too well that a strong showing at E3 -- an event heavily covered by both industry and mainstream press -- can turn a great produ...

    by Gary Hodges on May 25, 2006
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    Your Show of Shows

    Boston Legal: Season One (Fox) David E. Kelley's latest legal drama is nothing more than a TV show about TV shows; hence the casting of Captain Kirk and Murphy Brown, with guest shots by Diane Chambers, Golden Girl Rose Nylund, and Alex Keaton. It...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 25, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 23

    Africa Screams (Image) April's Shower (Liberation) Back Door to Hell (Fox) Bloodrayne (Uwe Boll Productions) The Closer: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) Deadwood: The Complete Second Season (HBO) The Devil's Miner (First Ru...

    on May 25, 2006
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    Husband Wanted - TUTS's 110 in the Shade may be old-fashioned, but it's a charmer

    These days, lots of American women would rather live their whole lives without a husband than spend their days off tending to a spouse. But 110 in the Shade, a Texas-size musical about a lonely small-town girl who aches for a husband, isn't much conc...

    by Lee Williams on May 18, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Chalk Garden Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden is an old-fashioned English yarn about a governess with a dark secret who's hired by an eccentric grandmother (Jeannette Clift George) to care for a smart-mouthed, teenage granddaughter (Kacy Smith). A...

    by Lee Williams on May 18, 2006
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    Art Remains - Maria Fernanda Cardoso moves beyond fleas

    You might remember Maria Fernanda Cardoso from her amazing "Flea Circus" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston some years back. The Colombian-born artist had a circus tent, death-defying video of flea performers and tiny props littered with dead pe...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 18, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critic's opinions on local exhibits

    "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 May 18, 2006
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    The Brain Game - Can Nintendo really make you smarter?

    Mom always says that videogames rot your brain. Hell, some say that Grand Theft Auto trains kids to kill. So Nintendo's claim that its new portable offering, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!, actually makes players smarter has been rec...

    by Gary Hodges on May 18, 2006
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    This Time It's Serious

    Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from chapter to chapter and see whether they all don't begin with exactly the same image, accompanied by exactly the same sound. There ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 18, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 16

    All You've Got (MTV) American Soldiers (Velocity) The Big Valley: Season One (Fox) Con Air: Unrated Extended Edition (Buena Vista) Crimson Tide: Unrated Extended Edition (Buena Vista) Doogal (Weinstein) Duma (Warner Bros.) Funny ...

    on May 18, 2006
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