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 V.13 No.23 | June 3 - 9, 2004 
Tipping the Velvet

Reel World

Get OUT—The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe is hosting its inaugural Way OUT West festival, which the center hopes will become Santa Fe's premier queer film festival. Progressive, exciting and—most of all—entertaining, the lineup of this year's festival looks like a great start.

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“Who here wants a good stick beating?”

Film Review

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Stylish sequel transforms pedestrian plot into movie magic

Given the near incalculable popularity of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, it's probably a given that any film based on them—no matter how simplistic or slapdash—would be a huge box office success. We should probably be thankful then that the two films produced so far—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets—have proved to be such bright entertainment. With spot-on casting, imaginative production design and zippy direction on the part of Chris Columbus (Home Alone), the films have made themselves able companions to Rowling's brilliant literary creations.

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“Now that’s what I call a damn fine hole in the ground.”

Film Review

I'm Not Scared

Sharp Italian thriller says the kids are not all right

Remember when you were a kid and you got out of school for summer break? Freed from educational and parental constraints, you and your preteen compatriots were free to roam the neighborhoods, invent rules to your own impromptu games and set up your own Lord of the Flies-style empires—at least until September. I'm Not Scared starts out that way, with 10-year-old Michele and his friends spending the long days of summer bicycling around the countryside, playing in the wheatfields and generally doing whatever they please until some parental unit shouts out that it's time for dinner.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 3

“Come To Papa” (KOB-4 7:30 p.m.) Comedian Tom Papa (who, apparently, used to warm up the studio audience on “Seinfeld”) created this self-reflexive series about a struggling New Jersey comedy writer named Tom Papa. NBC is using the new series to stem the tide of viewers abandoning Thursday's “Must See TV” lineup because it's now “Already Seen It TV.”

Friday 4

They Live (AMC 8:30 p.m.) If you thought John Carpenter's sci-fi parody about evil space aliens who become Republicans, wipe out the environment and control the population through subliminal advertising was eerily prescient during the Reagan administration, check it out during the Bush administration.

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Idiot Box

Poker? I hardly know her

“Celebrity Poker Showdown” on Bravo

I've spent the last several months trying to figure out why poker is suddenly the “in” thing. I mean, poker is great, but why the sudden flood of poker-based TV shows? Why is it now the cool thing for celebrities—everybody from Ben Affleck to Tobey Maguire—to be spotted at the poker tables of Vegas?

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 9)

Get Your Gay Geek On

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Out actor/comedian Tom Lenk (star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” The Cabin in the Woods and Transformers) is the special guest at this year's 13th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He'll be talking about his “dorkumentary” Nerdgasm, in which he travels to England to fulfill his lifelong dream…
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