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Have You Seen This? The snake whisperer

Have You Seen This? The snake whisperer



DON'T DO THIS TOWN — I am terrified of bears, and I'm not a huge fan of snakes, but I have this uncanny ability ... Read More

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The good message in 'Believe' gets lost in busy script

The good message in 'Believe' gets lost in busy script

"BELIEVE" — 1 1/2 stars — Ryan O'Quinn, Shawnee Smith, Danielle Nicolet; PG (some violence, thematic elements and brief mild language); The District
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Derivative 'Incarnate' mixes sci-fi with horror, but forgets to be scary

Derivative 'Incarnate' mixes sci-fi with horror, but forgets to be scary

"INCARNATE" — 1 star — Carice van Houten, Aaron Eckhart, David Mazouz; PG-13 (intense sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images, brief strong language, sensuality and thematic ... Read More
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J.J. Malone was right about 'Christmas Shoes'

J.J. Malone was right about 'Christmas Shoes'

Now is the time of year when Christmas music saturates the airwaves, and many of my Facebook friends have told me that it’s not ... Read More
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Have You See This? The spa-musement park

Have You See This? The spa-musement park



THE SPACOASTER — I love amusement parks. I've visited several across the U.S. and hope to visit many more. With that, I have had ... Read More
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Music, schools, cooking & animals subjects of a number of fine documentaries that have arrived on DV

Music, schools, cooking & animals subjects of a number of fine documentaries that have arrived on DV

If you like documentaries, this is your week, as a number of fascinating subjects are deftly explored on newly released DVDs.
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Have You Seen This? Balancing a bike 650 feet in the air

Have You Seen This? Balancing a bike 650 feet in the air



INSANIVILLE — Once in junior high I received my midterm report card and somehow I miraculously had a GPA of .32. That is not a typo ... Read More
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Get to know the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

ENDOR — The announcement of the new cast for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has people excited and wondering who these actors are. Well, don’t fret ... Read More
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'The Imitation Game' trailer; true story of Alan Turing and World War II

ENGLAND; CIRCA WORLD WAR II — The first trailer for the story of mathematician Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game,” has been released.
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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies': 3 points for parents

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
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'Into the Woods': 3 points for parents

'Into the Woods': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Into the Woods."
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First full trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

SPACE — The first full trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is now online.
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Ranking movies from best to worst

Ranking movies from best to worst

I saw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” the day it came out, and since then, I’ve had several different variations of the following conversation.
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'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb': 3 points for parents

'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."
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'Mrs. Doubtfire 2' in the works

SAN FRANCISCO — News has dropped that the 1993 comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire” is getting a sequel.
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3 reasons 'Transcendence' isn't worth your time — unfortunately

SOME SCIENCE LAB — The cerebral sci-fi thriller “Transcendence” opened and while the movie has a lot going for it, it just can’t get its ... Read More
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Modern Christmas movies embrace cynicism, eschew warmth

Modern Christmas movies embrace cynicism, eschew warmth

Before the movie actually began, the one we paid to see, my wife and I endured the usual string of “trailers” or “previews of coming ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? OK Go does it again

Have You Seen This? OK Go does it again



THE STUDIO — Even if you don't immediately recognize OK Go's music, you undoubtedly recognize their music videos. These are the guys who gave ... Read More
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A new ‘MST3K’ collection highlights TV shows on DVD this week

A new ‘MST3K’ collection highlights TV shows on DVD this week

Four more episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” are on DVD this week for your viewing pleasure.
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Nichols' 'Loving' paints low-key portrait of humble interracial couple in 1950s Virginia

Nichols' 'Loving' paints low-key portrait of humble interracial couple in 1950s Virginia

"LOVING" — 3 stars — Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton; PG-13 (thematic elements); in general release
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'Pokemon Go' launches Thanksgiving Day event. But will it be safe?

'Pokemon Go' launches Thanksgiving Day event. But will it be safe?

For Thanksgiving, "Pokemon Go" hopes you invite Pikachu to dinner.
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Beatty's Hughes looms over nostalgic, ambiguous 'Rules Don't Apply'

Beatty's Hughes looms over nostalgic, ambiguous 'Rules Don't Apply'

“RULES DON'T APPLY” — 3 stars — Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Warren Beatty; PG-13 (sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements ... Read More
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Here's all you need to know about the Mike Pence 'Hamilton' kerfuffle

Here's all you need to know about the Mike Pence 'Hamilton' kerfuffle

It’s kind of remarkable that in the wake of Donald Trump’s upset presidential victory, the thing people have found most upsetting is how ... Read More
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Animated charmer ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

Animated charmer ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

An animated feature that slipped in and out of theaters under the radar leads these movies that are new to Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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Have You Seen This? The power of the sea

Have You Seen This? The power of the sea



THAT LIGHTHOUSE — I have recently admitted in a Have You Seen This article that I have a healthy respect for the ocean. Who am I ... Read More
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Netflix's 'The Crown' may well be the best anti-smoking ad ever filmed

Netflix's 'The Crown' may well be the best anti-smoking ad ever filmed

I’ve only seen four episodes of Netflix’s new prestige series “The Crown,” which will follow the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the ... Read More
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'Moana's' cultural celebration is a high-water mark for 2016 big-screen animation

'Moana's' cultural celebration is a high-water mark for 2016 big-screen animation

“MOANA” — 4 stars — Voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Alan Tudyk; PG (peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements); in general ... Read More
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Arctic adventure 'Long Way North' recounts a perilous hero's journey

Arctic adventure 'Long Way North' recounts a perilous hero's journey

“LONG WAY NORTH” — 3 stars — Voices of Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine, Antony Hickling, Tom Morton; PG (some peril and mild language); in general release
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Have You Seen This? Drone hammock

Have You Seen This? Drone hammock



THE RELAXING SKIES — I don't speak Dutch, but I don't care, because this dude can say anything and it won't change my ... Read More
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‘Goodbye Girl’ on Blu-ray, ‘Cats Don’t Dance’ on DVD

‘Goodbye Girl’ on Blu-ray, ‘Cats Don’t Dance’ on DVD

Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl” gets a Blu-ray upgrade this week and “Cats Don’t Dance,” which has been out of print, is revived ... Read More
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10 movies for families to be released this holiday season

10 movies for families to be released this holiday season

For some moviegoers, the magical one-two punch of “Doctor Strange” and this weekend’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” might be enough to ... Read More
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‘Finding Dory’ and a variety of other films on Blu-ray, DVD this week

‘Finding Dory’ and a variety of other films on Blu-ray, DVD this week

The year’s biggest hit is on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Hint: It’s a sequel. On second thought, given all the sequels around ... Read More
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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' marks a more grown-up return to Rowling's wizard world

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' marks a more grown-up return to Rowling's wizard world

“FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM” — 3 stars — Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler; PG-13 (fantasy action violence); in general ... Read More
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ other Christmas flicks on Blu-ray, DVD

‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ other Christmas flicks on Blu-ray, DVD

As October rolled out, Christmas Blu-rays and DVDs began to show up, but, hey, November is soon enough to alert you to what’s out ... Read More
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Uneven 'Almost Christmas' marks a rocky start to the holiday season

Uneven 'Almost Christmas' marks a rocky start to the holiday season

“ALMOST CHRISTMAS” — 2 stars — Danny Glover, Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Kimberly Elise; PG-13 (suggestive material, drug content and language); in general release
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Have You Seen This? Twin finds out she's one minute younger than sister

Have You Seen This? Twin finds out she's one minute younger than sister



REALIZATION TOWN — I know all you older siblings think the youngest child is always so spoiled, but you're wrong. So, so wrong.
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Strolling through the landmines of language is a delicate process

Strolling through the landmines of language is a delicate process

Language has been on my mind quite a bit lately. And I suspect I’m not alone.
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Netflix documentary 'The Ivory Game' infiltrates poaching system

Netflix documentary 'The Ivory Game' infiltrates poaching system

"THE IVORY GAME" — 3 1/2 stars — directed by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio; not rated; Netflix
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‘IT Crowd,’ ‘The Lucy Show’ new to DVD this week

‘IT Crowd,’ ‘The Lucy Show’ new to DVD this week

TV shows newly released on DVD this week include “The IT Crowd,” “The Lucy Show” and “Anne of Green Gables.”
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'Doctor Strange' could have learned some lessons from 'Dune'

'Doctor Strange' could have learned some lessons from 'Dune'

The 1986 cinematic adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel “Dune” is largely considered one of the worst movies of all time, although I think that ... Read More
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What the new 'Snow White' announcement says about Disney’s live-action remake strategy

What the new 'Snow White' announcement says about Disney’s live-action remake strategy

Another month, another announcement from Disney about a live-action adaptation of one of its animated classics. And this time around, it’s a biggie. According ... Read More
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Heady 'Arrival' focuses on the brainy side of alien contact

Heady 'Arrival' focuses on the brainy side of alien contact

“ARRIVAL” — 3 stars — Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma; PG-13 (brief strong language); in general release
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'Harry & Snowman' blends a cautionary character sketch with its tale of redemption

'Harry & Snowman' blends a cautionary character sketch with its tale of redemption

“HARRY & SNOWMAN” — 3 stars — Harry deLeyer, Harriet deLeyer, Andre deLeyer, Marty deLeyer, Willy deLeyer; not rated; Broadway
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Have You Seen This? Amazing video of snakes chasing baby iguana

Have You Seen This? Amazing video of snakes chasing baby iguana

Possibly the greatest scene in documentary history. Incredible. #PlanetEarth2 pic.twitter.com/01dDjDJcdX

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