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SIGN OF THE TIMES -  3/2/2007
Cheri Jo Bates was the first. In 1966, she was an 18-year-old freshman at Riverside College in Riverside, Calif. On Oct. 30 - "Beggar's Night," as Halloween-celebrating kids call it - she was stabbed repeatedly and her throat slashed so violently, it came close to a beheading.

CHEAP EATS -  3/2/2007
"The menu runs the gamut of Western New York Mexican." After a decade in which Mexican food was underrepresented among Western New York restaurants, they're popping up like cactus blossoms after a desert thunderstorm.

Uneasy riders -  3/2/2007
Too much ham. Not enough wry. Oh gosh. Almost forgot the cheese. That's Disney/Touchstone's recipe for the midwinter comedy "Wild Hogs," which is, embarrassingly, a sort of fun wallow in the sophomoric slop that is "male humor.

In cold blood -  3/2/2007
A lot has been written about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, the attractive young St. Catharines, Ont., couple who sexually attacked and killed three teenage girls (one of them Homolka's younger sister) in the 1990s.

Moment of truth -  3/2/2007
It's so high school. That's the ultimate put-down - and the ultimate virtue - in the teen comedy "Full of It." Like many of its ilk, this is a movie that tries to celebrate the loser everyteen while secretly deifying the cool kids.

Foot soldiers -  3/2/2007
"God Grew Tired of Us: The Lost Boys of Sudan" won the grand jury prize and audience award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and it is the must-see film of 2007.

Movies -  3/2/2007
The News movie review ratings: The following capsule reviews of recent releases, long runs and revivals, are where noted, by The News critics. Unsigned reviews are from services.

Movie Openings -  3/2/2007
BLACK SNAKE MOAN. Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake in Craig Brewer's tale of a retired blues singer in the backwoods who converts the town tramp to righteousness.

Bombs away -  3/2/2007
The mega-blockbuster musical "Rent" is starting to lose its punch. Now in its 11th year on Broadway, the show's rabid following of teens and twentysomethings has grown up, and they are getting a little sick of singing the same songs.

History lesson -  3/2/2007
Most photography exhibits are designed to give viewers an opportunity to gain something from the images. At a new Castellani Art Museum exhibit, with photographs of Native Americans by social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, some viewers will be asked to leave something of themselves behind.

Pastoral pasta -  3/2/2007
Mamma Mia's Pasta House sits in an old farmhouse on the outskirts of "downtown" Eden, which, of course, means it sits in the very center of lush agricultural land. It may be snowy and blustery now, but the sighting of greenhouses and fields on the sides of the road promises that spring is going to come. Eventually.

Second Helpings -  3/2/2007

Impeccable Gordon -  3/2/2007
We're used to relating to popular music in a visual sense these days. Close your eyes at a concert and, likely as not, you'll create your own little music video for the music coming off the stage. Blame it on MTV if you need something to blame, or just admit that we live in an extremely visual-centric culture.

Dylan revisited -  3/2/2007
Recently, Buffalo has struck up a new friendship with the composer John Corigliano. Two weeks ago, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra played his music for the movie "Altered States," with Corigliano on hand to explain it. And this weekend, the orchestra is tackling another Corigliano creation, "Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan."

Music Discs -  3/2/2007
Rock The Arcade Fire Neon Bible [Merge]

Out to launch -  2/23/2007
"Astronaut Farmer" is a beautifully acted, well-photographed movie with an inspirational message about striving to reach for your dreams. It has a noble and unselfish heart that yearns to instill in children the idea that they can become anything they want. It is about family, about love and about never giving up on yourself.

Beyond words -  2/23/2007
At its best, film is multilingual. There's more there than just the script (Woody Allen not withstanding). Films speak visually, and they speak sonically.

Copping attitude -  2/23/2007
Reno Sheriff's Lt. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) is an inspired comic creation. Dressed in shorty shorts, Dangle combines a cop's mustache, aviator sunglasses and unerring, just-the-facts-ma'am demeanor with a self-love for his gams that would make Cyd Charisse blush. When out of his cop's uniform, Dangle dresses as if he can't settle on which other Village Person to be.

Freedom fighters -  2/23/2007
Few Americans have probably heard of William Wilberforce, the British abolitionist and member of Parliament who led the decades-long battle to outlaw the slave trade in England.

Movies -  2/23/2007
The News movie review ratings: The following capsule reviews of recent releases, long runs and revivals, are where noted, by The News critics. Unsigned reviews are from services.

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