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Book review: 'Kickback' a Spenser novel that rolls along, entertains

Book review: 'Kickback' a Spenser novel that rolls along, entertains

"ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK: A Spenser Novel," by Ace Atkins, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $26.95, 304 pages (f)
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Book review: 'Crossing Danger' fun return of mind-reading sleuth

Book review: 'Crossing Danger' fun return of mind-reading sleuth

"CROSSING DANGER," by Colleen Helme, $12.95, 316 pages (f)
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What parents should know about 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'

What parents should know about 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'



CRUISE LAND — Audiences have been excited about the latest Mission: Impossible film, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” to hit theaters. Both “Mission: Impossible III” and “Mission ... Read More
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Pathfinder role-playing game: Unchained review

Pathfinder role-playing game: Unchained review

One of the best things about role-playing games are the ever-expanding rules that allow people to customize the game to their exact liking. Pathfinder role ... Read More
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Game review: Forbidden Stars is a grand science-fiction adventure

Game review: Forbidden Stars is a grand science-fiction adventure

Forbidden Stars, a new strategic light war game from Fantasy Flight Games, is set in the grim Warhammer 40K universe and sees two to four ... Read More
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‘Mystery Science Theater’ episodes make their DVD debut this week

‘Mystery Science Theater’ episodes make their DVD debut this week

Those "Mystery Science Theater" wise guys make fun of 1950s and ’60s low-budget movies in their latest DVD set, which was released this week.
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Have You Seen This? World's longest water slide

Have You Seen This? World's longest water slide



THE WATER SLIDE KINGDOM — Summer may be in its final months, but that hasn't stopped the sun from beating down on us with 90-plus ... Read More
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Where does 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' rank in the series?

Where does 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' rank in the series?

Christopher McQuarrie, writer of “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Jack Reacher,” gives us his take on the Mission: Impossible franchise in this weekend’s “Mission: Impossible ... Read More
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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': 3 points for parents

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation":
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Have You Seen This? Surprise, it's twins

Have You Seen This? Surprise, it's twins



TWINSIES — Keeping a secret is tough, just ask my 4-year-old daughter. Let’s just say my wife knew exactly what she was getting for Christmas ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Insane helicopter crash

Have You Seen This? Insane helicopter crash



SCARY TOWN — We've shown you some crazy videos over the years on our Have You Seen This section, but this is up there as ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Your daily dose of awesome

Have You Seen This? Your daily dose of awesome



MOTIVATION STATION — Some days we wake up and think to ourselves, "I just can't do it today." Life can be tough, but that just ... Read More
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Is 'Ant-Man' tall enough for the Marvel Universe?

Is 'Ant-Man' tall enough for the Marvel Universe?

For anyone following the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Ant-Man” is the final movie in what Disney and Marvel refer to as Phase 2.
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What parents should know about 'Ant-Man'

What parents should know about 'Ant-Man'

THE UNSEEN WORLD — Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is a bit of a departure from its earlier superhero fare. Sure, there is fighting, talk of Avengers and ... Read More
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San Diego's famous Balboa Park hits the century mark

SAN DIEGO — A century ago, the world came to San Diego, a city many didn't know existed, for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition to celebrate ... Read More
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Second season of Hallmark Channel’s ‘Cedar Cove’ series on DVD this week

Second season of Hallmark Channel’s ‘Cedar Cove’ series on DVD this week

The second season of “Cedar Cove” is on DVD this week, along with season sets of “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Little House On the Prairie.”
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'Ant-Man': 3 points for parents

'Ant-Man': 3 points for parents

"Ant-Man:" 3 points for parents
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How 'Ant-Man' puts the Marvel method to the test

How 'Ant-Man' puts the Marvel method to the test

With the release of “Ant-Man” this weekend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3 is officially underway. The event has been met with surprisingly little ... Read More
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Doug's take: 'Terminator Genisys' actually works

Doug's take: 'Terminator Genisys' actually works

"Terminator Genisys" (PG-13) — 3 stars
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'Ant-Man' scores big with comedy, creativity

'Ant-Man' scores big with comedy, creativity

"Ant-Man" is this year’s "Guardians of the Galaxy." It focuses on a peripheral, wisecracking member of the Marvel Universe, adding a generous dose of ... Read More
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Five for Families: 'Minions' provides laughs for families

Five for Families: 'Minions' provides laughs for families

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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‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” a vehicle for comic actor Kevin James, is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with a few other hit-and-miss ... Read More
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'Superman II' can help readers appreciate 'Go Set a Watchman'

'Superman II' can help readers appreciate 'Go Set a Watchman'

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is the closest thing to a perfect novel ever written, so I was thrilled to learn that Harper Lee was going ... Read More
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4 reasons I don’t regret cutting the cord on cable

4 reasons I don’t regret cutting the cord on cable

As much as I would like to deny it, I am a millennial through and through. I’m unabashedly attached to my twitter account, I ... Read More
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Quirky 'Minions' makes for some harmless, goofy family fun

Quirky 'Minions' makes for some harmless, goofy family fun

“MINIONS” — ★★★ — voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney; PG (action, rude humor); in general release
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'Minions': 3 points for parents

'Minions': 3 points for parents

• Violence: Cartoon violence with car crashes and slapstick hits and punches. One man is hit in the head and passes away. A bazooka is shot ... Read More
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'Self/less': 3 points for parents

'Self/less': 3 points for parents

• Nudity/sexuality: A man celebrates his new-found youth by partying with many different women. A man and women are kissing in bed. The woman stops ... Read More
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Our first look of the 2016 'Ghostbusters'

Our first look of the 2016 'Ghostbusters'

Did anyone really think a third Ghostbusters film was happening?
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4 great sci-fi movie sequels

4 great sci-fi movie sequels

Many people remember seeing “Jurassic Park” for the first time, whether in theaters in 1993 or on the VCR at home. Now, 22 years later ... Read More
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‘Brokenwood,’ ‘Cavett’s Vietnam’ lead this week’s TV on DVD

‘Brokenwood,’ ‘Cavett’s Vietnam’ lead this week’s TV on DVD

A new police procedural from New Zealand and Dick Cavett’s PBS documentary about Vietnam are on DVD this week, along with a number of ... Read More
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Some great vintage flicks receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

Some great vintage flicks receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

Some terrific older movies are upgraded to Blu-ray this week, some of them in widescreen editions for the first time.
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Have You Seen This? Pit bulls are strong

Have You Seen This? Pit bulls are strong



PIT BULLINGTON — We always knew pit bulls were strong, but now we have proof that they have superpowers.
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First trailer for the 'Goosebumps' movie

First trailer for the 'Goosebumps' movie



SCARY TOWN — If you were a child sometime between the early 90s until about now, then odds are you know what the Goosebumps series is.
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Despite major shortcomings, 'Max' still an enjoyable film

Despite major shortcomings, 'Max' still an enjoyable film

'Max' (PG) — 2 stars
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Nintendo's ink-based shooter 'Splatoon' is addictive, improving and appropriate for kids

Nintendo's ink-based shooter 'Splatoon' is addictive, improving and appropriate for kids

Wii U owners have been blessed with some excellent multiplayer games recently — e.g. “Mario Kart 8” and “Super Smash Bros. Wii U.,” both of ... Read More
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With a better story, 'Self/less' could've been a sci-fi contender

With a better story, 'Self/less' could've been a sci-fi contender

“SELF/LESS” — ★★½ — Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Derek Luke, Victor Garber; PG-13 (sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language); in general ... Read More
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Charming domestic comedy ‘5 Flights Up’ is now on Blu-ray, DVD

Charming domestic comedy ‘5 Flights Up’ is now on Blu-ray, DVD

Sometimes offbeat casting works, as demonstrated by the new comedy "5 Flights Up," now on Blu-ray and DVD.
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Five for Families: 'Megamind' shows everyone can do good

Five for Families: 'Megamind' shows everyone can do good

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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Even a novice can appreciate 'Doctor Who'

Even a novice can appreciate 'Doctor Who'

Contrary to conventional wisdom, being a geek is not just about keeping your hair unkempt and making poor wardrobe choices.
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5 movie alternatives to the overbearing summer blockbuster

5 movie alternatives to the overbearing summer blockbuster

I took a look at local theater listings the other day and found them overstuffed with big-budget summer blockbusters.
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Movies are becoming more like giant TV shows

Movies are becoming more like giant TV shows

It’s never been quite so tempting — or quite so easy — to become a permanent couch potato as it is today.
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Teaser trailer for Netflix’s ‘Unfortunate Events’ appropriately creepy, but, unfortunately, fake

Teaser trailer for Netflix’s ‘Unfortunate Events’ appropriately creepy, but, unfortunately, fake

YOUTUBIA — A perfectly creepy trailer for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the popular book series “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” has turned ... Read More
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How much PG-13 violence is too much for your pre-teen kids?

How much PG-13 violence is too much for your pre-teen kids?

How much is too much when it comes to violence in movies that are clearly aimed at kids?
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Six great family games from R&R Games' 2015 lineup

Six great family games from R&R Games' 2015 lineup

R&R Games' 2015 lineup contains a full array of fun, family-friendly games of varying types — from strategy, party and family games to dexterity, team ... Read More
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First trailer for 'Rocky' spin-off 'Creed' released

First trailer for 'Rocky' spin-off 'Creed' released



PHILLY — Rocky Balboa is a classic piece of Americana. In 1976 he was the ultimate underdog story; in 1979 he became America’s champion; in ... Read More
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