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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

A number of notable 2016 movies have been released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, including “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
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Have You Seen This? Little girl meets a robot

Have You Seen This? Little girl meets a robot



THE SUPER HAPPY ROBOT FACTORY — Robots are a tricky thing. On the one hand, you have great robots like Wall-E, the Iron Giant, Johnny 5 ... Read More
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More ‘MST3K’ episodes make their DVD debut this week

More ‘MST3K’ episodes make their DVD debut this week

TV shows on DVD this week are led by newly released episodes of “MST3K” and a “Swan Princess” sequel.
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Maybe going to the movies has always been a repetitive experience

Maybe going to the movies has always been a repetitive experience

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as noted by 19th-century writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in a famous epigram.
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Have You Seen This? How to beat traffic

Have You Seen This? How to beat traffic



RUSH HOUR — Few things are more aggravating than getting stuck in traffic.
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‘Brokenwood Mysteries’ on Blu-ray, DVD; ‘When Calls the Heart’ on DVD

‘Brokenwood Mysteries’ on Blu-ray, DVD; ‘When Calls the Heart’ on DVD

A popular New Zealand mystery show and a Hallmark Channel favorite make their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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How was 'Boss Baby' conceived?

How was 'Boss Baby' conceived?

THE MOVIE THEATER — Do you remember how the last few weeks of grade school before summer break would drag on forever? After watching Dreamworks newest ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Wind ruins bike race

Have You Seen This? Wind ruins bike race



WIND TOWN — I own a road bike.
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Routine 'Power Rangers' tacks a dramatic finale on a sci-fi 'Breakfast Club' story

Routine 'Power Rangers' tacks a dramatic finale on a sci-fi 'Breakfast Club' story

“POWER RANGERS” — 2½ stars — Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G.; PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language and some ... Read More
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Beyond Monopoly: The growing world of alternative tabletop gaming

Beyond Monopoly: The growing world of alternative tabletop gaming

When most people browse their board game cupboard, they will find classic titles like Monopoly, Risk, Sorry or Trivial Pursuit. Fewer people are familiar with ... Read More
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Why does Marvel's 'Iron Fist' divide audiences and critics?

Why does Marvel's 'Iron Fist' divide audiences and critics?

Yes. I’ve watched all 13 episodes of Marvel’s “Iron Fist” on Netflix already. They were just released on Friday. I have no excuse ... Read More
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Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has been taken over by Star Wars

Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has been taken over by Star Wars

A couple of months ago, I flippantly suggested in my column that since there are so many Star Wars franchise spinoffs on the boards, this ... Read More
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Animated ‘Sing’ comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week

Animated ‘Sing’ comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week

The cartoon movie “Sing” is on Blu-ray and DVD, along with a new film that boasts it is a faithful biblical adaptation.
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‘Loving,’ ‘Eagle Huntress,’ ‘Spirit of the Game’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

‘Loving,’ ‘Eagle Huntress,’ ‘Spirit of the Game’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Two of last year’s best movies, “Loving” and “The Eagle Huntress,” are on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with the LDS faith film ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Slow-mo train collision with snowbank

Have You Seen This? Slow-mo train collision with snowbank



SNOWMAGEDDON — As we have all heard, the east coast is getting hit with snow. I'd feel bad for them, but we dealt with that ... Read More
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From 'Pokemon' to 'Power Rangers': Why ’90s pop culture is making a comeback

From 'Pokemon' to 'Power Rangers': Why ’90s pop culture is making a comeback

This week, American film audiences can head to their local theater for the release of "Power Rangers," a live-action movie based on the popular martial ... Read More
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Harried 'Space Between Us' wastes interesting premise on rushed delivery

Harried 'Space Between Us' wastes interesting premise on rushed delivery

“THE SPACE BETWEEN US” — 2 stars — Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Janet Montgomery, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino; PG-13 (brief sensuality and language); in general release
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Book review: 'Doctor Who: The American Adventures' provides out-of-this-world adventure

Book review: 'Doctor Who: The American Adventures' provides out-of-this-world adventure

"DOCTOR WHO: THE AMERICAN ADVENTURES" by Justin Richards, Penguin Group UK, $14.99, 180 pages (f)
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Monster flick 'Great Wall' puts corny B-movie twist on Asian history

Monster flick 'Great Wall' puts corny B-movie twist on Asian history

“THE GREAT WALL” — 2½ stars — Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe; Andy Lau, Kenny Lin, Eddie Peng; PG-13 (sequences of fantasy action violence); in general ... Read More
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2017 'Beauty and the Beast' updates the animated classic into a live-action visual spectacle

2017 'Beauty and the Beast' updates the animated classic into a live-action visual spectacle

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” — 3½ stars — Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson; PG (action violence, peril and frightening images ... Read More
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'Eating You Alive' trumpets a plant-based solution to America's health crisis

'Eating You Alive' trumpets a plant-based solution to America's health crisis

“EATING YOU ALIVE” — 2½ stars — Suzy Amis, Neal Barnard, James Cameron, Samuel L. Jackson; not rated, probable PG-13 for some images of medical gore and ... Read More
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Veteran Broadbent anchors cryptic 'The Sense of an Ending'

Veteran Broadbent anchors cryptic 'The Sense of an Ending'

“THE SENSE OF AN ENDING” — 3 stars — Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode; PG-13 (thematic elements, a violent image, sexuality and ... Read More
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Haunting 'My Life as a Zucchini' is a stop-motion gift for a more grown-up audience

Haunting 'My Life as a Zucchini' is a stop-motion gift for a more grown-up audience

“MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI” — 3 stars — Voices of Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz; PG-13 (thematic elements and suggestive material); Broadway
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‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Allied’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Allied’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

“Doctor Strange” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with “Moonlight” and “Allied.”
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Oscar-nominated ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Manchester By the Sea’ on Blu-ray, DVD

Oscar-nominated ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Manchester By the Sea’ on Blu-ray, DVD

The Academy Award-nominated films “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Manchester by the Sea” are on Blu-ray and DVD this week. (The Oscars will be presented Sunday, Feb ... Read More
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1980s ‘Twilight Zone,’ first season of ‘Dynasty’ on DVD this week

1980s ‘Twilight Zone,’ first season of ‘Dynasty’ on DVD this week

The 1980s version of “The Twilight Zone” is on DVD this week in new packaging, along with the first season of “Dynasty.”
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10 things you didn’t know about Groundhog Day

10 things you didn’t know about Groundhog Day

Everyone knows the classic 1993 Bill Murray movie, and almost everyone knows the basics of the holiday it’s named after: Each year on Feb ... Read More
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St. Patrick's Day honors the patron saint of Ireland

St. Patrick's Day honors the patron saint of Ireland

March 17 honors St. Patrick, the missionary and patron saint of Ireland.
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Have You Seen This? Jetpack skiing

Have You Seen This? Jetpack skiing



THE MOUNTAIN — The snow is finally starting to melt here in the valleys, but for awhile I figured snowshoes would be a better alternative to ... Read More
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Sci-fi thriller ‘Arrival’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Sci-fi thriller ‘Arrival’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Several recent theatrical releases have found their way to DVD and Blu-ray this week, chiefly the well-reviewed sci-fi thriller “Arrival.”
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Is the DC movie universe in trouble?

Is the DC movie universe in trouble?

News broke on Monday that the Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck — who, in addition to reprising his role as Bruce Wayne, had been attached to ... Read More
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Love and politics clash in historical drama 'A United Kingdom'

Love and politics clash in historical drama 'A United Kingdom'

“A United Kingdom” — 3 stars — David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Terry Pheto; PG-13 (language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality ... Read More
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Blu-ray upgrades ‘Cinema Paradiso,’ ‘Love in the Afternoon,’ ‘The Boy Friend’

Blu-ray upgrades ‘Cinema Paradiso,’ ‘Love in the Afternoon,’ ‘The Boy Friend’

A number of popular vintage movies have received Blu-ray upgrades, which should please their fans.
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'A Dog's Purpose' offers a curious batch of reincarnation and canine philosophy

'A Dog's Purpose' offers a curious batch of reincarnation and canine philosophy

“A DOG'S PURPOSE” — 2½ stars — Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, K.J. Apa, voice of Josh Gad; PG (thematic elements and some peril); in general ... Read More
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Game review: Braintopia is an exciting, fast-paced competition of the mind

Game review: Braintopia is an exciting, fast-paced competition of the mind

When it comes to party games, there are so many with similar play mechanisms, it's hard to know which games are worth the time ... Read More
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Netflix’s belated sequel to ‘Full House’ is on DVD this week

Netflix’s belated sequel to ‘Full House’ is on DVD this week

A sequel series to a sitcom favorite is on DVD this week, along with a variety of other TV shows.
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Hilarious and heartwarming 'Table 19' skewers wedding culture and celebrates true love

Hilarious and heartwarming 'Table 19' skewers wedding culture and celebrates true love

“TABLE 19” — 3½ stars — Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow, June Squibb, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori; PG-13 (thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and ... Read More
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Concert-staged ‘Carousel,’ ‘Mama’s Family,’ ‘The Americans’ on DVD

Concert-staged ‘Carousel,’ ‘Mama’s Family,’ ‘The Americans’ on DVD

A performance of “Carousel,” a collection of the vintage sitcom “Mama’s Family” and the latest season of “The Americans” are on DVD this week.
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Faith-based 'The Shack' is a thought-provoking but flawed book-to-film effort

Faith-based 'The Shack' is a thought-provoking but flawed book-to-film effort

“THE SHACK” — 2½ stars — Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell, Avraham Aviv Alush; PG-13 (thematic material, including some violence); in general release
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Wacky 'Kong: Skull Island' is a campy, crazy monster-movie throwback

Wacky 'Kong: Skull Island' is a campy, crazy monster-movie throwback

"KONG: SKULL ISLAND" — 3½ stars — Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly; PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief ... Read More
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What parents should know about 'Kong: Skull Island'

What parents should know about 'Kong: Skull Island'

THE MOVIE THEATER — From the moment I saw the “Kong: Skull Island” preview, I was at once excited and reluctant to see it. Excited because ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Kids crash BBC interview

Have You Seen This? Kids crash BBC interview



THE HOME OFFICE — Being a parent is not an easy job. Kids are demanding, exhausting and really do whatever they want even though we naively ... Read More
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Disney’s ‘Moana’ among five cartoon movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Disney’s ‘Moana’ among five cartoon movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Disney’s Oscar-nominated “Moana” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with a four other animated features and a variety of new movies.
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Have You Seen This? The baby bottle robot

Have You Seen This? The baby bottle robot



THE DON'T BUY THIS WAREHOUSE — My third child is 9 months old, and she has started sleeping through the night.
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How Disney has transformed classic tale of 'Beauty and the Beast' from the original

How Disney has transformed classic tale of 'Beauty and the Beast' from the original

Jill Rudy was surprised when she heard her 2-year-old niece utter the phrase, “Once upon a time.”
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Quirky 'Tim Timmerman' is a flawed but hopeful celebration of 1990s pop culture

Quirky 'Tim Timmerman' is a flawed but hopeful celebration of 1990s pop culture

“Tim Timmerman, Hope of America” — 2 1/2 stars — Eddie Perino, Chelsea Maidhof, Andrew Caldwell, Stephanie Drapeau, Drue Knapp; PG-13 (brief drug content and suggestive ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Drone captures lava fire hose

Have You Seen This? Drone captures lava fire hose



THE MAGMA LAYER — For the past month, videos of this lava fire hose have popped up online after a piece of cliff broke off and ... Read More
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I turned off the Oscars before the best part!

I turned off the Oscars before the best part!

“So who wants to watch the Academy Awards with me?” my mother asked.
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