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Friday, April 12, 2024

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To make fantasies a reality, open up

My boy has a consistent bedtime routine: He brushes his teeth, sets his alarm and logs on to to check his fantasy baseball ranking and the homepage of his beloved Astros. I quickly learned I could tease him about his OCD-esque nightly redundancy, but I could never slight his Houston heroes.

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360 or PS3? You be the judge

It's a bloody war, and the air is filled with smoke and fire. Partisan fanboys catcall from the battlefield, where Microsoft and Sony haul their guns to bear. And big guns they are, my friends: Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 finally hit their long-delayed strides come autumn, as wave after wave of triple-A titles stream to our poor, budget-restricted arms. BioShock, Mass Effect and the quintessential Halo 3 face off against Haze, Lair and Heavenly Sword; the financially average student is going to need to pick a side.

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Mr. Woodcock: One Joke, 90 Minutes

"Mr. Woodcock" is a textbook example of the preview showing all the funny parts of a movie. After an hour and a half, I can safely say there was only one scene not revealed in the previews worthy of a laugh. That's it. Only one. The rest of the film plods along with all the enthusiasm of a mollusk.


Kanye album top of its class

With record sales way down and a general lack of memorable rap releases so far this year (sans U.G.K., Common and Talib Kweli), Kanye West hopes to make it his year with his third album, "Graduation," set for release Tuesday.


Top of the Tapas

With so many Latin restaurants in town, how do you know which ones are the real deal? Where can you get an authentic media noche? Who makes the best guava puff pastry? Which place can satisfy your Latin food addiction? Eight of the most popular places are reviewed here to let you know what's fabuloso and what's not.

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