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Book review: Quirky teenager's journey brings growth in 'Mosquitoland'

Book review: Quirky teenager's journey brings growth in 'Mosquitoland'

"MOSQUITOLAND," by David Arnold, Viking Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 352 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)
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This week in movie news: 'Alien Nation,' 'Lex Luthor', and 'Ready Player One'

This week in movie news: 'Alien Nation,' 'Lex Luthor', and 'Ready Player One'

For movie fans, it’s been a full week of rumors, releases and brilliant YouTube videos.
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5 movies about aliens for earthlings

5 movies about aliens for earthlings

March has been associated with a lot of different things for different people. When some think of March, they think of the beginning of spring. Sports fans get excited about March Madness for basketball and spring training for baseball.
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Five for Families: ‘Babe’ teaches viewers to love others

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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'Killing Jesus' takes up middle ground on question of Christ's divinity

'Killing Jesus' takes up middle ground on question of Christ's divinity

In “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis famously argued what is sometimes known as the “Lewis trilemma” — basically, that the one thing people cannot say about Jesus Christ is that he was a great moral teacher but not the Son of God.
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‘MST3K’ skewers turkeys, 5 vintage titles debut on DVD, Blu-ray

‘MST3K’ skewers turkeys, 5 vintage titles debut on DVD, Blu-ray

The latest collection of turkeys being roasted by “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is in release this week, along with five vintage films making their debuts on DVD and Blu-ray.
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What accounts for the cinematic generation gap?

What accounts for the cinematic generation gap?

So my twin boys recently had a late-night 14th birthday bash, and they wanted to watch a scary movie with all of their friends. But there wasn’t much to choose from since they’re not big fans of horror flicks and anything R-rated was out of consideration from the outset.
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Cross-cultural 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' traces a misguided journey of destiny

Cross-cultural 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' traces a misguided journey of destiny

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” could have played out a couple of ways. On paper, it has the potential to be an oddball comedy, and it definitely has its funny moments. Instead, “Kumiko” takes its oddness very seriously, leaving the audience slightly bemused.
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'Home': 3 points for parents

'Home': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Home":
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'Home' is mildly amusing, and highly commercial

'Home' is mildly amusing, and highly commercial

The long post-Oscar winter is drawing to a close, and as spring approaches, the people at Dreamworks have delivered a brand-new animated film for the whole ...
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Netflix dropping 50 titles and adding 56 in April

Netflix dropping 50 titles and adding 56 in April

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — March is quickly expiring and so are 50 titles from Netflix streaming.
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'Pathfinder' fantasy roleplaying adventure is fun, exciting

'Pathfinder' fantasy roleplaying adventure is fun, exciting

Many role-playing games have come and gone over the years and some might argue their prime has past. But "Pathfinder" is a fantasy RPG published by Paizo Publishing that continues to increase in popularity.
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'Insurgent' is a compelling story complete with surprises

'Insurgent' is a compelling story complete with surprises

'Insurgent' (rated PG-13) — 3 stars
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‘Into the Woods,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ ‘Unbroken’ on Blu-ray, DVD

‘Into the Woods,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ ‘Unbroken’ on Blu-ray, DVD

Three films that opened to great success during the recent Christmas season lead new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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5 underrated Disney movies

5 underrated Disney movies

After almost nine decades and despite a few missteps, Disney is still drawing in audiences with animated hits like “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6” as well as Kenneth Branagh’s live-action reimagining of “Cinderella."
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Have You Seen This? You hear that bass mom?

Have You Seen This? You hear that bass mom?



THE DANCE FLOOR — Quite often a little kid will do something that is absolutely hilarious and adorable that would just be completely obnoxious and aggravating if an adult did it.
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Topical ’70s sitcom ‘Maude’ arrives on DVD

Topical ’70s sitcom ‘Maude’ arrives on DVD

Writer-producer Norman Lear had a string of hugely successful and influential sitcoms during the 1970s and '80s, most notably “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” among others.
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Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March head up vintage movies new to DVD

Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March head up vintage movies new to DVD

Humphrey Bogart’s last B-gangster picture and a pair of dramas starring Fredric March at the peak of his stardom lead these vintage movies on home video this week.
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'Clue' 30 years later: where are they now?

'Clue' 30 years later: where are they now?

It’s been 30 years since “Clue” first hit movie theaters.
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Help Mike Tyson and Martin Scorsese make their movie

Help Mike Tyson and Martin Scorsese make their movie



THE RING — News recently broke that acclaimed director Martin Scorsese will direct a biopic about heavyweight legend Mike Tyson with Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx playing the controversial pugilist.
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5 movies about mental illness

5 movies about mental illness

This week, the NCAA basketball tournament, often dubbed “March Madness,” begins. But there is another, much more dire, problem that still many people unfortunately dub as “madness.” Mental illness is a very real, and very serious, problem for millions of people across the United States and around the world. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four American adults (or 61.5 million people) experiences mental illness in a given year. Mental illness affects the sufferer and the people who love them. If you or a loved one has a mental illness, here are five movies ... Read More
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'Red Army' is compelling ... and a victim of bad timing

'Red Army' is compelling ... and a victim of bad timing

“RED ARMY” — ★★ — Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Alexei Kasatonov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Pozner; PG (thematic material and language); Broadway
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‘Penguins,’ ‘Song,’ ‘Annie’ come to DVD, Blu-ray

‘Penguins,’ ‘Song,’ ‘Annie’ come to DVD, Blu-ray

Those Madagascar penguins, starring in their own movie, and other family films lead a mixed bag of new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
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Disney makes 'Cinderella' story worth telling again

Disney makes 'Cinderella' story worth telling again

'Cinderella' (rated PG) — 3½ stars
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'Insurgent' lacks any true rebellious cinematic spirit

'Insurgent' lacks any true rebellious cinematic spirit

Sometimes, going out to see the latest young adult sci-fi flick can feel like going for a frozen yogurt: The names on the front door might be different, but you can count on the same basic ingredients inside.
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'Insurgent': 3 points for parents

'Insurgent': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about he film "Insurgent":
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Lessons learned from the heroes and heroines of young adult literature

Lessons learned from the heroes and heroines of young adult literature

The teen protagonists of young adult literature are awkward, average-looking, most often popular for being unpopular and highly emotional.
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Five for Families: 'Cinderella' teaches kindness

Five for Families: 'Cinderella' teaches kindness

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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Some movie characters are much older than the actors portraying them

Some movie characters are much older than the actors portraying them

In the Sunday Parade Magazine a couple of weeks ago, the “Personality Parade” pointed out that Lily James, who plays the title character in Disney’s “Cinderella,” is only seven years younger than Hayley Atwell, who plays her mother.
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5 basketball movies for March Madness

5 basketball movies for March Madness

It’s that special time of the year again where the NCAA basketball tournament, often known as “March Madness,” reigns. Over the upcoming days, millions of people will fill out brackets trying to predict the crazy upsets and the eventual national champion of the sport. Here are five movies about basketball that will get you ready to watch college basketball for the next month.
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Disney announces date and title of standalone ‘Star Wars' movie

Disney announces date and title of standalone ‘Star Wars' movie

Disney recently held its annual shareholder meeting where chairman and chief executive Bob Iger announced plans for the first-ever standalone Star Wars movie.
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Have You Seen This? The great BASE jump race

Have You Seen This? The great BASE jump race



SOME OLD BUILDING — We’ve all had that moment when we decide to have an impromptu race with a buddy.
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‘Gomer Pyle,’ ‘Quincy’ last seasons arrive on DVD

‘Gomer Pyle,’ ‘Quincy’ last seasons arrive on DVD

“Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and the last season of “Quincy, M.E.” are on DVD this week, along with the miniseries “The Red Tent” and the final three seasons of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”
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'Cinderella' offers enough magic and beauty to become a classic

'Cinderella' offers enough magic and beauty to become a classic

A KINGDOM FAR AWAY — We’re on the precipice of the summer-movie season, and we’re starting to get some of the big studio films in the theater.
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Focus on the Family sees success with 'The Drop Box,' plans for future films

Focus on the Family sees success with 'The Drop Box,' plans for future films

Using film to promote its family oriented message is not a new concept for Focus on the Family.
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Epic Spanish-language ‘Liberator’ leads new movies on video

Epic Spanish-language ‘Liberator’ leads new movies on video

“The Liberator,” a Venezuelan-Spanish co-production, leads these new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
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'Cinderella': 3 points for parents

'Cinderella': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Cinderella":
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What's the point of 'Unfinished Business'?

What's the point of 'Unfinished Business'?

'Unfinished Business' (rated R) — 1 1/2 stars
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Director Kenneth Branagh plays by the book with 'Cinderella'

Director Kenneth Branagh plays by the book with 'Cinderella'

For adults, Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella” will be remembered for what it isn’t. But the little girls who fill theater seats in their princess dresses will still have a great time.
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Five for Families: 'Maleficent' is an emotional retelling

Five for Families: 'Maleficent' is an emotional retelling

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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‘Appropriate’ trailers aren’t always for ‘appropriate’ films

‘Appropriate’ trailers aren’t always for ‘appropriate’ films

A few months ago when trailers started popping up in local theaters for “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Chappie,” both were being sold aggressively as comic fantasy adventures that could appeal to a wide audience.
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5 action movies for guy's night

5 action movies for guy's night

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have encouraged some of my male clients to make sure they continue to make male friends to do “guy things” with and have those needs satisfied.
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Game review: Murano and Patchwork offer family fun

Game review: Murano and Patchwork offer family fun

In Murano, a board game from Mayfair Games, two to four players attempt to become the greatest merchants in Venice. The board depicts a series of islands in the city, each with empty spaces for future construction, and is ringed by canals, separated by spaces, that each feature a unique action. A number of gondolas are then placed in the canal spaces around the board.
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Pixar returns to form with 'Inside Out' trailer

Pixar returns to form with 'Inside Out' trailer



YOUR HEAD — The third and most revealing trailer for Disney Pixar’s latest film “Inside Out” is now online, and it’s 2 1/2 minutes of fun.
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Have You Seen This? Tom Hanks really, really likes you

Have You Seen This? Tom Hanks really, really likes you



HANKSLANDIA — There are a few people on this planet who just exude cool. They can do anything, and we almost instantaneously love it. Some of these people include my brother Dave, that dog from “Frasier” and Tom Hanks.
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10 actresses who should play Lara Croft

10 actresses who should play Lara Croft

THE TOMB — It’s been announced that the popular video game character Lara Croft will get a reboot on the big screen.
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‘Dr. Who,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ ‘CHiPs’ among TV shows on DVD

‘Dr. Who,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ ‘CHiPs’ among TV shows on DVD

Yes, it’s March, but the latest “Doctor Who” Christmas special arrives on DVD this week, along with season sets of the vintage series “Hill Street Blues” and “CHiPs.”
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Have You Seen This? Bison close encounter

Have You Seen This? Bison close encounter



SCARY YELLOWSTONE — Yellowstone is known for its majestic vistas and stunning wildlife. We’re supposed to just sit back and enjoy the scenery, but Tom Carter ended up getting a little too personal with some Yellowstone residents.
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More than just Spock: 8 non-Star Trek movies/TV shows to remember Leonard Nimoy

More than just Spock: 8 non-Star Trek movies/TV shows to remember Leonard Nimoy

The passing of Leonard Nimoy on Feb. 27 has left a hole in the world of pop culture, judging from the outpouring of appreciation coming from fans everywhere, including as high up as the White House.
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'He's not really dead, as long as we remember him'

'He's not really dead, as long as we remember him'

I felt it was my fatherly responsibility to introduce my children to the finer points of geek culture at a very young age.
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