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    Exit the Matrix - The Matrix: Path of Neo is more chop suey than chopsocky

    Pop-culture pundits generally fall into two camps: those who think entertainment encourages a nation of knuckle-draggers, and those who say it's actually making us smarter. In the case of Atari's The Matrix: Path of Neo, both sides have a point. L...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 26, 2006
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    Now Dirtier than Ever

    The Aristocrats (Lions Gate) The single joke around which Paul Provenza's documentary revolves has a standard beginning and ending, like pieces of bread that make a sandwich stuffed with excrement, incest, and whatever other foulness the teller ca...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 26, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 24

    Address Unknown (Tartan) Anyone Can Dance: Nightclub Freestyle (Delta) National Lampoon's Barely Legal (MGM) Dallas: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Educating Rita (Sony) Flightplan (Touchstone) The Fog (2005) (Sony) Go...

    on January 26, 2006
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    High Culture - A wicked little celebration of America's diversity takes over the Alley

    Back in September 2004, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa sneaked in under the radar and landed in Houston from California for an eye-blink of a stay at the Alley. If you were lucky enough to stumble into the show, you were treated to an hour and a half of l...

    by Lee Williams on January 19, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Pardon My English Pardon My English was written back in the 1930s, long before the great American musical came into its own as an art form. Back then, musicals tended to be little more than a bunch of songs stitched together by silly plots that usual...

    by Lee Williams on January 19, 2006
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    Art Scavenger - Robert Gober loads up "The Meat Wagon" with provocative juxtapositions

    In a 1972 codicil to his will, John de Menil explained that his funeral requests didn't stem from vanity, as death would render him a "corpse for the meat wagon." It's a matter-of-fact, blunt view of death. But the stunning collection de Menil and hi...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 19, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Beth Secor: atavistically speaking" Beth Secor loves to tell stories, writing and delivering funny, poignant and autobiographical monologues. In her visual art, she makes portraits inspired by people's stories. Her current show at Inman Gallery pres...

    by Keith Plocek on January 19, 2006
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    Swindled Art

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia) The best two hours you'll ever spend learning about accounting, Enron is one part civics lesson, one part Greek tragedy, and one part political cartoon. Director Alex Gibney makes no pretense of obj...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 19, 2006
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    Monkey Shines - Peter Jackson's King Kong earns its crown

    Movie-based videogames have a well-deserved reputation for sucking. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- a game so ill-conceived that thousands of unsold cartridges were dumped en masse in the desert, creating the crappiest buried treasure of all time -- Ho...

    by Chris Ward on January 19, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 17

    Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Asylum (Paramount) Casino (MCA) Celebrity Mix (TLA) Final Destination: Scared 2 Death Pack (New Line) Gendernauts (First Run) Ghost in the Machine (Anchor Bay) Ind...

    on January 19, 2006
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    A Bounteous Bunch

    Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection (Warner Bros.) At a mere $42 through most websites, this four-film boxed set ranks among the best ever compiled; not only does it contain the restored version of one of the greatest movies of all ti...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 12, 2006
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    Enter the Dragon - Dragon Quest VIII is the biggest thing from Japan since Godzilla

    There's an oft-repeated urban legend about Dragon Quest's popularity in Japan: So many gamers ditched school and work to play that the government decreed that future releases had to take place on weekends. In reality, there's no such law, but as w...

    by Gary Hodges on January 12, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 10

    According to Occam's Razor (Elite Entertainment) Black Books: The First Complete Series (BBC/Warner) The Chumscrubber (DreamWorks) The Constant Gardener (Universal) Dead Poets Society: Special Edition (Touchstone) Ferris Bueller's Day ...

    on January 12, 2006
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    Absolutely Fabulous - This sweet fairy tale will charm even the grumpiest of grown-ups

    Family-friendly theater doesn't get much better than the national tour of the 1977 Tony Award-winning musical Annie. Who cares if it's sentimental fluff? Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin's musical, now playing at the Hobby Center for...

    by Lee Williams on January 12, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Baby: A Musical Stages Repertory Theatre has put together a production of Sybille Pearson, David Shire and Richard Maltby's charming Baby: A Musical, a rich little work about three couples who must deal with the ups and downs of pregnancy in our mode...

    by Lee Williams on January 12, 2006
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    Lawn Signs - File these two exhibitions under "control"

    Government control is everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more so than on the roads. Think about it. You rarely freak out when you see a cop standing inside a building or walking in a park, unless you're a kleptomaniac or a psycho. But how about when you...

    by Keith Plocek on January 12, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Perspectives 149: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" isn't only rock and roll. The exhibition features almost 200 photographs of figures from the history of rock, but there's also a smattering of greats from hip-hop, folk, jazz, soul...

    by Keith Plocek on January 12, 2006
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    Digging in the Dirt

    Broken Flowers (Universal Home Entertainment) Bill Murray, who long ago swapped manic kineticism for melancholy deadpan, is once more mired in a middle-aged funk; what else is new? As Don Johnston, an aging lothario whose latest young girlfriend i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 5, 2006
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    Full-Court Pressure - College Hoops 2K6 will bring out your inner Bobby Knight

    Pity the college basketball coach. He toils endlessly to explain the vagaries of offensive sets and defensive zones. He frets over lineups, injuries, and scouting reports. His job is never safe -- one losing season, and it's back to teaching bounce p...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 5, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 3

    All in the Family: The Complete Fifth Season (Columbia/Tristar) Annie Duke's Beginner's Guide to Texas Hold 'Em (Big Vision) As Time Goes By: Reunion Special (PBS) The Cave (Sony) Dumb and Dumber: Unrated (New Line) Football Collection...

    on January 5, 2006
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