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Family flicks for the Fourth of July

Family flicks for the Fourth of July

FAMILY TIME — This weekend we celebrate Independence Day. Whether you are headed out of town or staying close to home, most families have some big plans to celebrate our country.
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Book review: 'The Heir' takes readers into another Selection

Book review: 'The Heir' takes readers into another Selection

"THE HEIR: The Selection, Vol. 4," by Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 342 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)
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Jurassic World: the parental perspective

Jurassic World: the parental perspective

I don’t think there’s anyone reading this article that isn’t aware people die in the latest Jurassic chapter.
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Five for Families: 'Inside Out' portrays 'strong values'

Five for Families: 'Inside Out' portrays 'strong values'

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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New Tom and Jerry, Curious George cartoons on DVD this week

New Tom and Jerry, Curious George cartoons on DVD this week

Three new videos demonstrate an interesting trend for children’s shows — feature-length cartoons and live-action movies that debut on multiple non-theatrical platforms, meaning DVD and/or Blu-ray, along with various streaming sites.
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Vintage thriller ‘The Whistler’ comes to DVD for the first time

Vintage thriller ‘The Whistler’ comes to DVD for the first time

If you know the quote “I am the Whistler, and I know many things,” you know what to expect with 1940s “Whistler” movies, some of which are on home video for the first time.
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'Inside Out' is creative, original

'Inside Out' is creative, original

'Inside Out' (PG) — 4 stars
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'Max': 3 points for parents

'Max': 3 points for parents

‘Max’: 3 points for parents
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Netflix adding 57 titles; dropping 53 in July

Netflix adding 57 titles; dropping 53 in July

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time to find out what is coming and going from Netflix this July.
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Runaway third act ruins strong start in 'Max'

Runaway third act ruins strong start in 'Max'

“MAX” — ★★½ — Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Mia Xitlali; PG (brief language, action violence); in general release
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Carole King concert, Wim Wenders documentary on Blu-ray, DVD

Carole King concert, Wim Wenders documentary on Blu-ray, DVD

A tribute concert for singer/songwriter Carole King leads this week’s new movies on Blu-ray and DVD.
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Indie video games offer alternative to pass the summer

Indie video games offer alternative to pass the summer

For movies, the summer months mark the biggest season of the year. Ticket sales from May through August typically account for roughly 50 percent of the annual box office, and the vast majority of the releases carry a rating of PG-13 or below and are aimed at broad audiences as studios try to cash in on summer break.
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Quirky 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' is a heartwarming sermon on friendship

Quirky 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' is a heartwarming sermon on friendship

“ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL” — ★★★★ — Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Moolly Shannon, Connie Britton, Nick Offerman; PG-13 (sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements); Broadway
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Meet the MCU’s new Spider-Man

Meet the MCU’s new Spider-Man

The search for a high school-aged Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally over. Marvel and Sony have selected their new wall-crawler, and even though his name might not be familiar to a lot of people, there are some good reasons to be excited about the choice.
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'Jurassic World' breaks Pixar's streak

'Jurassic World' breaks Pixar's streak

It turns out they don’t call it the Indominus rex for nothing.
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Netflix Original ‘Chef’s Table’ not just for foodies

Netflix Original ‘Chef’s Table’ not just for foodies

I’m not exactly what someone would refer to as a “food person.” Sure, I love a going out to a fancy restaurant and enjoy a good meal as much as anyone else.
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Have You Seen This? Bears can do anything

Have You Seen This? Bears can do anything



THE UNITED STATES OF BEARMANIA — You're right, I write about bears a lot, but it's for your safety. I am here to warn you that these beasts are constantly training for the day they'll finally take over and make the human race their subjects in the newly formed United States of Bearmania.
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Have You Seen This? Stick to cars, cops

Have You Seen This? Stick to cars, cops



THE ONE AND ONLY IDAHO — Police officers in Rexburg, Idaho, got themselves some Segways to patrol the city, but I don't think they realized the small vehicles also came with bruised egos and sore backs.
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2 classic Japanese animated films receive Blu-ray upgrades

2 classic Japanese animated films receive Blu-ray upgrades

Two classic Japanese animated films are now on Blu-ray for the first time, thanks to Disney Home Video.
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Universal taps big talent for Transformers think tank

Universal taps big talent for Transformers think tank

Fans of the Transformers movies could be getting a lot more of the battling bad-guy and good-guy robots. Plans for a shared cinematic universe based on Hasbro’s classic 1980s toy line are starting to take shape at Universal, and already it’s attracting some big talent.
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Have You Seen This? Kids vs the Blob

Have You Seen This? Kids vs the Blob



SUMMER — The rain has subsided and temperatures are rising, which means summer is finally close enough to touch.
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Good news for 'Peanuts,' 'Hotel Transylvania' fans; bad news for 'Princess Diaries' subjects

Good news for 'Peanuts,' 'Hotel Transylvania' fans; bad news for 'Princess Diaries' subjects

HOLLYWOOD — This week brought the release of some highly anticipated movie trailers, as well as a blow to fans of a royal franchise.
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The critics get it right with Pixar's 'Inside Out'

The critics get it right with Pixar's 'Inside Out'

If you’ve taken any interest in Pixar’s latest summer offering, “Inside Out,” you may have raised an eyebrow at the virtual Care Bear stare critics have been beaming at the project.
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Christopher Lee was baby boomers’ Frankenstein, Mummy, Dracula

Christopher Lee was baby boomers’ Frankenstein, Mummy, Dracula

After the death of Christopher Lee last week, it was interesting to see that so many of the stories about his death spent so much ink on his having been a participant in the Star Wars prequels and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.
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'Jurassic World' fails to capture the magic of 'Jurassic Park'

'Jurassic World' fails to capture the magic of 'Jurassic Park'

'Jurassic World' (PG-13) — 3 stars
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5 great dad moments in movies

5 great dad moments in movies

DADDYTON — Father’s Day is upon us and it gets us thinking about our old man and why we love to celebrate this holiday with him.
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Five for Families: ‘Jurassic World’ is fun, but parents should be cautious

Five for Families: ‘Jurassic World’ is fun, but parents should be cautious

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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Charming 'Inside Out' is a clever, animated look at the relationship between joy and sadness

Charming 'Inside Out' is a clever, animated look at the relationship between joy and sadness

Pixar favorites like “Toy Story” and “Monsters, Inc.” have always been built on the strength of imagination. But the studio's newest offering, “Inside Out,” might be the first to do it literally.
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'Inside Out': 3 points for parents

'Inside Out': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Inside Out":
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Hal Holbrook as ‘The Senator’ makes its DVD debut this week

Hal Holbrook as ‘The Senator’ makes its DVD debut this week

Of the many forgotten TV series that disappeared after an initial run, “The Senator” stands out as one deserving of a resurrection. And after 45 years, this week it’s making its DVD debut.
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What parents should know about 'Jurassic World'

What parents should know about 'Jurassic World'

"Jurassic World" is already a smash at the box office. In grossing over $200 million dollars just on opening weekend, it’s clear this movie is popular with almost everyone.
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'Inside the mind': Pixar film represents new and personal frontier for veteran producer-director tea

'Inside the mind': Pixar film represents new and personal frontier for veteran producer-director tea

Over the years, Pixar has explored places as vast as the earth’s oceans and the infinite frontier of outer space. But according to producer Jonas Rivera, “the biggest set we’ve ever produced is inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl.”
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The Star Wars universe will expand with Anthology films

The Star Wars universe will expand with Anthology films

With Star Wars' cinematic return in “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” this Christmas, fans are already looking ahead to the vast possibilities of Disney's announced Star Wars Anthology films, which are poised to tap the rich mythos of the Star Wars universe.
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'Jurassic World' is no 'Jurassic Park'

'Jurassic World' is no 'Jurassic Park'



THE PARK — Hold onto your butts because “Jurassic World” is finally ready to premiere.
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Have You Seen This? American stereotypes

Have You Seen This? American stereotypes



STEROTYPELAND — Stereotypes can be a dangerous thing. What we may think is normal for other cultures or races may often be our own ignorance. Some stereotypes we know are just mean, hateful and untrue. But others may be from our lack of knowledge or what we’ve seen on TV or film.
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1939 classic movies receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

1939 classic movies receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

Golden oldies earn Blu-ray upgrades this week, led by “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Dark Victory,” “Dodge City” and “Ninotchka.”
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The entire ‘Parks and Recreation’ sitcom is on DVD this week

The entire ‘Parks and Recreation’ sitcom is on DVD this week

The sitcom “Parks and Recreation” wrapped up a few months ago and now the entire series is on DVD, along with season sets of “Hart to Hart,” “The Facts of Life,” “The Last Ship” and “Falling Skies.”
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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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'Jurassic World': 3 points for parents

'Jurassic World': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Jurassic World":
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Cultures collide in mysterious 'When Marnie Was There'

Cultures collide in mysterious 'When Marnie Was There'

“When Marnie Was There” is a curious piece of Japanese animation based on a novel by a British author.
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Mixed bag of movies on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Mixed bag of movies on Blu-ray, DVD this week

A documentary about Cold War hockey leads a mixed bag of new movies released this week on Blu-ray and DVD.
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Bringing dinos to life: 22 years ago, 'Jurassic Park' set industry standard with its CGI, animatroni

When “Jurassic Park” premiered 22 years ago — almost exactly to the day — it transformed visual effects in movies.
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Things 'Jurassic Park' got wrong about dinosaurs

Things 'Jurassic Park' got wrong about dinosaurs

When “Jurassic Park” came out in 1993, it was the most scientifically accurate depiction of dinosaurs ever put on film.
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'Jurassic World' is a safe, exciting echo of Steven Spielberg's ’93 classic

'Jurassic World' is a safe, exciting echo of Steven Spielberg's ’93 classic

Halfway through “Jurassic World,” two characters stumble on the ruins of the original Jurassic Park headquarters. Everything is dark and overgrown with foliage, and the familiar “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” banner still lies in tatters on the floor.
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Now on Netflix: 5 feel-good documentaries

Now on Netflix: 5 feel-good documentaries

It may not seem like it when you get stuck in particularly heinous traffic or spend an afternoon waiting in line at the DMV, but the world is full of inspiring people doing remarkable things. Luckily for us, it’s not that difficult to be reminded of that fact; all you need is Netflix. In between binge-watching episodes of “Friends” or “Daredevil,” you can turn on one of these five documentaries that are sure to lift your spirits and restore your faith in humanity.
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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' trailer has finally arrived

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' trailer has finally arrived



DISTRICT 13 — The Hunger Games movie franchise will come to a close in November, and it's easily one of the most anticipated films of 2015. While we still have to wait in agony for nearly half a year before we get to see the finale, we can at least now find a small amount of comfort in a trailer with new footage for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."
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'Sunshine Superman' takes a dive into the history of BASE jumping

'Sunshine Superman' takes a dive into the history of BASE jumping

“I feel that when I jump off a cliff, I’m obeying (the) laws of the universe.”
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Is ‘Spy’ worth a trip to the movies?

Is ‘Spy’ worth a trip to the movies?

“Spy,” a new comedy directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, crashed into theaters this past weekend, and here are a few things you should know before you go.
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Have You Seen This? Don't park like a jerk

Have You Seen This? Don't park like a jerk



THE PARKING LOT — We’ve all seen it, a car parked illegally while the rest of us are just trying to follow the law. Because none of us have ever parked illegally, right?
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Do you miss David Letterman yet?

Do you miss David Letterman yet?

Before everything went digital, watching a TV show at a time other than when it was broadcast required the ability to stop the digital clock from blinking “12:00” on your VCR. Then you had to set a timer and get a tape and hope that you weren’t recording over a home video or something.
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