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Game review: Mansions of Madness Second Edition is an 'app' board game of mystery and adventure

Game review: Mansions of Madness Second Edition is an 'app' board game of mystery and adventure

Mansions of Madness Second Edition is a board game unlike any other. It's more than a game, it's an experience. From one to ... Read More
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There's a reason there are no Gene Wilder impersonators

There's a reason there are no Gene Wilder impersonators

If you search YouTube, you can’t find any big-name comedians who do a Gene Wilder impression.
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Have You Seen This? The chopstick piano

Have You Seen This? The chopstick piano



FUNKY INSTRUMENT TOWN — I love music. I love to listen to music, I love to see music played live, and I love to pretend to ... Read More
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Believe it or not, Robert Redford is 80

Believe it or not, Robert Redford is 80

Robert Redford turned 80 a week ago (Aug. 18). Hard to believe, I know. Especially if you’ve seen “Pete’s Dragon.”
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Sloppy 'Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon' means well, but can't compete

Sloppy 'Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon' means well, but can't compete

“SPACE DOGS: ADVENTURE TO THE MOON” — 1 star — Voices of Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpson, Sam Witwer, Kira Buckland, Phil LaMarr; G; in general release
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'Pete's Dragon' is a celebration of the family

'Pete's Dragon' is a celebration of the family

I saw a good family movie the other night.
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Sir Patrick Stewart becomes a cowboy singer to raise money for refugees

Sir Patrick Stewart becomes a cowboy singer to raise money for refugees

“Sometimes it takes an Englishman to teach us what’s great about being an American.”
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TV shows on Blu-ray and DVD this week include a remake of ‘Roots’

TV shows on Blu-ray and DVD this week include a remake of ‘Roots’

A lot of TV series season sets are on DVD and Blu-ray this week, led by the History Channel remake of “Roots.”
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‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

One of this year’s overlooked gems is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, an enthralling film that deserves to be seen.
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Excellent 'Kubo and the Two Strings' is latest stop-motion win for Laika Entertainment

Excellent 'Kubo and the Two Strings' is latest stop-motion win for Laika Entertainment

“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS” — 3½ stars — Voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei; PG (thematic elements, scary images, action ... Read More
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25 things you didn't know about 'Ben-Hur'

25 things you didn't know about 'Ben-Hur'

Director William Wyler’s 1959 “Ben-Hur” is perhaps one of the most famous movies ever made — in no small part thanks to its record-setting 11 ... Read More
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A string of forgotten vintage films on DVD this week

A string of forgotten vintage films on DVD this week

The vintage films “Act One” and “A Cry in the Night” make their home-video debuts this week, and “The Deadly Trackers” and “Midnight Run” receive ... Read More
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Documentary about a fan-film remake of ‘Raiders’ is on DVD this week

Documentary about a fan-film remake of ‘Raiders’ is on DVD this week

A documentary on a fan film that took more than 30 years to finish leads movies on DVD this week.
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Cult favorite ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ gets a Blu-ray upgrade

Cult favorite ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ gets a Blu-ray upgrade

Every now and then, a film opens on a Friday without the benefit of having been screened for critics.
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Season 5 of ‘Once Upon a Time’ leads new DVD releases of TV shows

Season 5 of ‘Once Upon a Time’ leads new DVD releases of TV shows

Season 5 of “Once Upon a Time” leads TV shows released on DVD this week.
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Bekmambetov's 'Ben-Hur' plays all the hits but can't answer the big questions

Bekmambetov's 'Ben-Hur' plays all the hits but can't answer the big questions

“BEN-HUR” — 2 1/2 stars — Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Pilou Asbaek; PG-13 (sequences of violence and disturbing images); in ... Read More
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Fraser Heston discusses his father's legacy, the new 'Ben-Hur' movie

Fraser Heston discusses his father's legacy, the new 'Ben-Hur' movie

Fraser Heston, the son of late Hollywood megastar Charlton Heston and 93-year-old actress Lydia Clarke, jokes that he "won the parent lottery."
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'Pete's Dragon': Points for parents

'Pete's Dragon': Points for parents

Points for parents
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The 5 best films of the year so far

The 5 best films of the year so far

Editor's Note: The article was written on July 12 so anything released after that was not included on the ranking. It also does not ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Makeup transformation 'Arrested Development' style

Have You Seen This? Makeup transformation 'Arrested Development' style



THE MODEL HOME — Kiki G is a makeup artist and that's the correct word for it — artist.
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Disney announces long-awaited 'sequel-reboot' to 'The Rocketeer'

Disney announces long-awaited 'sequel-reboot' to 'The Rocketeer'

Far more than comics, San Diego Comic-Con is mostly famous these days as a major venue for movie studios to drop announcements about their highest-profile ... Read More
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A pair of faith films debut on home video this week

A pair of faith films debut on home video this week

A pair of faith films on video this week are based more on screenwriters’ imaginations than the Bible.
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Streep toes the line between heartbreak and hilarity in 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

Streep toes the line between heartbreak and hilarity in 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

“FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” — 3 stars — Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg; PG-13 (brief suggestive material); in general release
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‘Supergirl’ TV series is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘Supergirl’ TV series is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

“Supergirl” is a highlight among TV series that have been released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, a sure sign that fall season premieres can ... Read More
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Atmospheric 'Pete's Dragon' is a radical departure from the 1977 Disney original

Atmospheric 'Pete's Dragon' is a radical departure from the 1977 Disney original

“PETE'S DRAGON” — 3 stars — Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban; PG (action, peril and brief language); in ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Solving a Rubik's Cube

Have You Seen This? Solving a Rubik's Cube



THE CLASSROOM — I don't know about you, but I like learning new things. I think it's an amazing feeling to figure something out ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Paratrooper static line jump

Have You Seen This? Paratrooper static line jump



BELLY OF THE BEAST — I have the utmost respect for the brave men and women who serve in the United States armed forces, and it ... Read More
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Wide variety of offbeat movies on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Wide variety of offbeat movies on Blu-ray, DVD this week

A surprising number of offbeat and downright strange new movies are on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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Have You Seen This? Close encounters of the whale kind

Have You Seen This? Close encounters of the whale kind



THE OCEAN — I'd like to say I have a great respect for the ocean, but that's a lie. The truth of the matter ... Read More
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Who is on DC's Suicide Squad?

Who is on DC's Suicide Squad?

Most people recognize a character such as the Joker from his numerous film and TV appearances over the years, whether it’s Cesar Romero’s ... Read More
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Watching a great movie in a great theater is great fun

Watching a great movie in a great theater is great fun

Back in April while my wife was out of town for a few days, I went by myself to see the 1963 all-star epic chase ... Read More
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A nine-point review of 'Nine Lives'

“NINE LIVES” — 1½ stars — Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Christopher Walken, Cheryl Hines, Mark Consuelos; PG (thematic elements, language and some rude humor); in ... Read More
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Leto and Robbie can't keep 'Suicide Squad' from going kamikaze

Leto and Robbie can't keep 'Suicide Squad' from going kamikaze

“SUICIDE SQUAD” — 2 stars — Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne; PG-13 (sequences of violence and ... Read More
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Blu-ray and widescreen upgrades complement vintage movies this week

Blu-ray and widescreen upgrades complement vintage movies this week

Vintage-movie releases this week are highlighted by a number of Blu-ray upgrades and films in widescreen for the first time since their initial theatrical releases.
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Vintage Grand Ole Opry musical performances are on DVD this week

Vintage Grand Ole Opry musical performances are on DVD this week

Country greats sing their hits in live performances gleaned from Grand Ole Opry telecasts in a new DVD set.
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Have You Seen This? Trumpeters play 'Star Wars' theme outside John Williams’ house

Have You Seen This? Trumpeters play 'Star Wars' theme outside John Williams’ house

GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY — They say you should never meet your heroes. If that’s true, then you really should never play your hero’s ... Read More
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‘Batman v Superman’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD this week

‘Batman v Superman’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Despite taking a drubbing from both critics and fans, “Batman v Superman” earned more than $300 million domestically and rests at the No. 6 spot ... Read More
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No, you will not be arrested for sharing your Netflix password

No, you will not be arrested for sharing your Netflix password

Americans had a collective gulp and momentary bad conscience when it was widely reported several weeks ago that the U.S. Ninth Court of Appeals ... Read More
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Glamorous 'Café Society' explores the shallowness of fame and fortune

Glamorous 'Café Society' explores the shallowness of fame and fortune

“CAFE SOCIETY” — 3 stars — Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell; PG-13 (some violence, a drug reference, suggestive material and smoking); in general release
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Heart-pounding 'Jason Bourne' makes the most of a familiar routine

Heart-pounding 'Jason Bourne' makes the most of a familiar routine

“JASON BOURNE” — 3 stars — Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language); in ... Read More
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Big screen spectacle 'Star Trek Beyond' pays tribute to Nimoy, Yelchin

Big screen spectacle 'Star Trek Beyond' pays tribute to Nimoy, Yelchin

“STAR TREK BEYOND” — 3 stars — Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg; PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi action and violence); in general release
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'Ghostbusters' 2016 is pleasant but pointless

'Ghostbusters' 2016 is pleasant but pointless

In a recent column, I confidently predicted the new “Ghostbusters” movie would be the biggest box-office bomb of 2016. That seemed to me like a ... Read More
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Hilarious 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is your antidote for the summer blockbuster blues

Hilarious 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is your antidote for the summer blockbuster blues

“HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE” — 3½ stars — Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata; PG-13 (thematic elements, including violent content, and for some language); Broadway
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Some big stars are in more throwaway movies than box-office hits

Some big stars are in more throwaway movies than box-office hits

These days, character actor Donald Sutherland is primarily known to younger audiences for his appearances as President Snow in the Hunger Games movies. But he ... Read More
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Tech-heavy 'Nerve's' style wrestles its substance into a cinematic stalemate

Tech-heavy 'Nerve's' style wrestles its substance into a cinematic stalemate

"NERVE" — 2 stars — Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer; PG-13 (thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content ... Read More
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‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Ice Cube’s third Barbershop movie leads new films on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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