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Who is Valerian and why haven’t Americans heard of him before?

Who is Valerian and why haven’t Americans heard of him before?

Along with Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and the raunchy female-led comedy “Girl Trip,” the other major release hitting theaters this weekend ... Read More


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Parents Guide: 'Dunkirk' is PG-13 but not for the reasons you would expect

Parents Guide: 'Dunkirk' is PG-13 but not for the reasons you would expect

THE MOVIE THEATER — There are some movies for which the traditional movie ratings do not apply. "Dunkirk" is a beautiful and intense war movie that ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Man free dives deepest pool in the world on one breath

Have You Seen This? Man free dives deepest pool in the world on one breath



THE POOL — Remember when you were a kid and you were in the tub and you'd yell to your mom, "Hey, mom. Imma hold ... Read More
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'Dunkirk' uses spectacular visuals and non-stop intensity to re-create a famous WWII evacuation

'Dunkirk' uses spectacular visuals and non-stop intensity to re-create a famous WWII evacuation

“DUNKIRK” — 3½ stars — Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh; PG-13 (intense war experience and some language); in general release
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With Emmy nominations, do we really care about other shows besides 'Stranger Things'?

With Emmy nominations, do we really care about other shows besides 'Stranger Things'?

Last week, the Television Academy announced its annual awards, the Emmys, for programs from the previous year, and of the four major award shows (the ... Read More
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Disneyland tips and tricks only experienced theme-park visitors know

Disneyland tips and tricks only experienced theme-park visitors know

Don't be caught at Disneyland waiting in the slow lines.
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Have You Seen This? Man holds world's most venomous spider

Have You Seen This? Man holds world's most venomous spider



SCARY TOWN — As a husband and a father I try to act like a brave soul when one of my kids or my wife tells ... Read More
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‘Tommy’s Honour,’ ‘Kong: Skull Island’ on video platforms this week

‘Tommy’s Honour,’ ‘Kong: Skull Island’ on video platforms this week

You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy “Tommy’s Honour,” but you will have to be a monster movie fan to get ... Read More
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Martin Landau, George Romero both left their mark on American cinema

Martin Landau, George Romero both left their mark on American cinema

The first time I sat up and took notice of Martin Landau was in 1959, when Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” was released. It ... Read More
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The definitive ranking of Jane Austen movies

The definitive ranking of Jane Austen movies

July 18 is the 100th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 1817 at the age of 42. In honor of this day, I have ... Read More
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Charming 'The B Side' celebrates a photographer and her vanishing medium

Charming 'The B Side' celebrates a photographer and her vanishing medium

“THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN'S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY” — 3 stars — Elsa Dorfman; R (graphic nude images and brief language); Broadway
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Campy 'Wish Upon' flirts with cult movie greatness, but stumbles into horror mediocrity

Campy 'Wish Upon' flirts with cult movie greatness, but stumbles into horror mediocrity

“WISH UPON” — 2 stars — Joey King, Ryan Phillippe; Ki Hong Lee, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park; PG-13 (violent and disturbing images, thematic elements and language); in ... Read More
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Thoughtful 'The Women's Balcony' looks at gender roles in religious communities

Thoughtful 'The Women's Balcony' looks at gender roles in religious communities

“THE WOMEN'S BALCONY” — 3 stars — Avraham Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Orna Banai, Sharon Elimelech, Evelin Hagoel, Einat Sarouf; not rated; Broadway
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One fan's top 10 Marvel Universe films, now ranked with more Spider-Man

One fan's top 10 Marvel Universe films, now ranked with more Spider-Man

Two weeks ago I posed this question: With "Spider-Man: Homecoming," would our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler climb up the spout again, or would this third version ... Read More
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Dramatic 'War for the Planet of the Apes' caps the prequel trilogy with a spectacular finale

Dramatic 'War for the Planet of the Apes' caps the prequel trilogy with a spectacular finale

“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” — 3½ stars — Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller; PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi violence and ... Read More
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How to throw a Shark Week party

How to throw a Shark Week party

The countdown is on: We have less than two weeks before Shark Week swims back into our lives and takes a bite out of our ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Firefighters capture mesmerizing sulfur fire on video

Have You Seen This? Firefighters capture mesmerizing sulfur fire on video



WOW-LAND, WYOMING — As wildfires burn in our state and the risk of fire is high all over the country, our firefighters are on high alert ... Read More
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‘Fate of the Furious’ leads new movies on video platforms this week

‘Fate of the Furious’ leads new movies on video platforms this week

The latest Fast & Furious sequel is on Blu-ray, DVD and various streaming platforms this week, along with “The Lost City of Z,” “A Quiet Passion ... Read More
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Try some of these great movies about the importance of the Fourth Estate

Try some of these great movies about the importance of the Fourth Estate

Late in the film “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the title character’s mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), tells Peter Parker (Tom Holland) that reporters he has ... Read More
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Flawed 'The Journey' imagines the end of the Northern Ireland Troubles

Flawed 'The Journey' imagines the end of the Northern Ireland Troubles

“THE JOURNEY” — 2½ stars — Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens; PG-13 (thematic elements including violent images and language); in general release
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'The Big Sick' puts a sweet and serious cultural twist on romantic comedy

'The Big Sick' puts a sweet and serious cultural twist on romantic comedy

“THE BIG SICK” — 3 stars — Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Ramano, Anupam Kher; R (language, including some sexual references); in general release
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Hey, moms — the new Yoplait commercial wants you to stop worrying about being judged

Hey, moms — the new Yoplait commercial wants you to stop worrying about being judged



I was watching TV when I saw a new ad come on that began with a woman breastfeeding in public.
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Have You Seen This? The dullest man on earth

Have You Seen This? The dullest man on earth



DULLINGTON — When I was in high school a friend of mine and I were all about creating ridiculous nonofficial clubs.
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‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ leads new movies/TV shows on video this week

‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ leads new movies/TV shows on video this week

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is on various video platforms this week, and on DVD are the complete TV series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and ... Read More
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Why we needed another Spider-Man

Why we needed another Spider-Man

For a lot of diehard comic fans, this weekend’s release of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a dream come true. The opportunity to see ol’ Webhead ... Read More
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The Clean Cut: 5-year-old girl becomes prime minister of Canada

The Clean Cut: 5-year-old girl becomes prime minister of Canada

A 5-year-old girl named Ella became Canada's youngest prime minister … for a day.
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Excellent 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' breathes new life into the web-slinger franchise

Excellent 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' breathes new life into the web-slinger franchise

"SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” — 3½ stars — Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Zendaya; PG-13 (sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments); in ... Read More
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Five for Families: Movie trilogies hope third time is the charm

Five for Families: Movie trilogies hope third time is the charm

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider.
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Everything old is young again in Hollywood's digital Fountain of Youth

Everything old is young again in Hollywood's digital Fountain of Youth

In 1932, when he was in his mid-40s, Boris Karloff played “The Mummy,” wearing old-age makeup for most of the film. But during a flashback ... Read More
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The Clean Cut: Patriotic chicken plucks out 'America the Beautiful' on the keyboard

The Clean Cut: Patriotic chicken plucks out 'America the Beautiful' on the keyboard

Why did the chicken cross the road?
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Have You Seen This? Newest orchestra member is a good boy

Have You Seen This? Newest orchestra member is a good boy



THE STAGE — Many people have tried to add to orchestras over the years.
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Indie pictures dominate this week’s new movies on video platforms

Indie pictures dominate this week’s new movies on video platforms

The best of this week’s new movies on video platforms is a little British effort that succeeds as a bit of British whimsy.
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'Dean' explores the relationship between humor and grief

'Dean' explores the relationship between humor and grief

“DEAN” — 2½ stars — Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Rory Scovel, Mary Steenburgen; PG-13 (language and some suggestive material); Broadway
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Elliott's strong performance strains to keep 'The Hero' afloat

Elliott's strong performance strains to keep 'The Hero' afloat

“THE HERO” — 2½ stars — Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman; R (drug use, language and some sexual content); Broadway
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Why 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines don't want you to call them lucky

“Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are living the American dream, but they would like to make one thing very clear:
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12 fads from the past 6 years we may have forgotten

12 fads from the past 6 years we may have forgotten

Fads are something that have been around throughout history. We often see a cycle of people getting hooked on one thing very intensely for a ... Read More
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Messy 'Despicable Me 3' offers a few laughs, but not enough heart

Messy 'Despicable Me 3' offers a few laughs, but not enough heart

“DESPICABLE ME 3” — 2½ stars — Voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews; PG (action and rude humor); in ... Read More
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‘Joe Versus the Volcano’ leads Blu-ray upgrades for vintage movies

‘Joe Versus the Volcano’ leads Blu-ray upgrades for vintage movies

Several vintage movies have landed on Blu-ray for the first time, led by a quirky comedy from 1990.
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Kinetic 'Baby Driver' is a fairy tale triumph of style, substance and a killer soundtrack

Kinetic 'Baby Driver' is a fairy tale triumph of style, substance and a killer soundtrack

"BABY DRIVER" — 3½ stars — Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Elza Gonzalez, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx; R (violence and language throughout); in general release
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The Clean Cut: Be prepared for this epic Disney villain medley

The Clean Cut: Be prepared for this epic Disney villain medley

A capella is having a moment right now, and with the help of YouTube personalities Peter Hollens and Whitney Avalon, it’s unlikely to fade ... Read More
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Peter Sellers’ ‘Pink Panther’ movies debut on Blu-ray this week

Peter Sellers’ ‘Pink Panther’ movies debut on Blu-ray this week

If you are of a certain age, you know that 1964 was the year of the British invasion as John, Paul, George, Ringo and Peter ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Ben Folds composes song for orchestra in 10 minutes

Have You Seen This? Ben Folds composes song for orchestra in 10 minutes



THE SYMPHONY — Recently, I met up with an old friend from high school who is a couple of years younger than me.
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Bleep Podcast: How 'Wonder Woman' redefines the superhero movie genre

Bleep Podcast: How 'Wonder Woman' redefines the superhero movie genre

The new movie "Wonder Woman" opened to box office success, critical praise and positive fan reception. What elements made it such a good movie?
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Have You Seen This? Gorilla dances like no one is watching

Have You Seen This? Gorilla dances like no one is watching



THE DANCIN' POOL — Everyone, I'd like you to meet Zola. Zola is a gorilla at the Dallas Zoo and, apparently, he likes two things ... Read More
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Accusatory 'Beatriz at Dinner' leaves subtlety on the table

Accusatory 'Beatriz at Dinner' leaves subtlety on the table

“BEATRIZ AT DINNER” — 2 stars — Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, David Warshofsky; R (language and a scene of violence); Broadway
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