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Tired, lackluster 'Ice Age' 5 would be better off frozen

Tired, lackluster 'Ice Age' 5 would be better off frozen

"ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE" — 1 star — voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez; PG (mild rude humor and some action ... Read More


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Why ‘Rogue One’ will be more than just another new Star Wars movie

Why ‘Rogue One’ will be more than just another new Star Wars movie

For a lot of Star Wars fans, it’s still sinking in that, from now on (for the foreseeable future anyway), there will be a ... Read More
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2016’s remakes, reboots and sequels show how special effects have evolved

2016’s remakes, reboots and sequels show how special effects have evolved

The expression “what’s old is new again” applies these days when it comes to Hollywood’s big-budget tentpole movies. This weekend’s release of ... Read More
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Several vintage movies make their Blu-ray and DVD debuts this week

Several vintage movies make their Blu-ray and DVD debuts this week

A bevy of vintage titles from several genres debuts on Blu-ray and DVD this week, led by Debbie Reynolds in her only Oscar-nominated role.
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‘Miracles from Heaven’ has come to Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘Miracles from Heaven’ has come to Blu-ray and DVD this week

The faith film “Miracles from Heaven” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with a number of other recent pictures.
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Filmmakers often have an urge to remake classic movies

Filmmakers often have an urge to remake classic movies

We've all had the experience of falling in love with a painting or a book or a movie or some other work of art ... Read More
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CBS and Paramount have a new set of guidelines for anyone making Star Trek fan films

CBS and Paramount have a new set of guidelines for anyone making Star Trek fan films

Fan films are nothing new, and especially among so-called “Trekkies”/“Trekkers” — the poster-child fan group for the kind of die-hard devotion every franchise wishes it ... Read More
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Disappointing 'Ghostbusters' has its moments, but is a weak reboot of the 1984 classic

Disappointing 'Ghostbusters' has its moments, but is a weak reboot of the 1984 classic

“GHOSTBUSTERS” — 2½ stars — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth; PG-13 (supernatural action and some crude humor); in general release
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Have You Seen This? Cutting hair with fire

Have You Seen This? Cutting hair with fire



ITALIA — As a man, getting my haircut is usually just a matter of finding the cheapest barber. I know that's not the case for ... Read More
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VidAngel prepares for battle with some of Hollywood's largest studios; here's what you need to know

VidAngel prepares for battle with some of Hollywood's largest studios; here's what you need to know

The demand for family-friendly entertainment is nothing new. While some Hollywood directors and producers have answered calls in recent years with projects that attempt to ... Read More
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A variety of TV series have arrived on DVD this week

A variety of TV series have arrived on DVD this week

A wide variety of TV shows have come to DVD and Blu-ray this week.
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Moving 'Music of Strangers' celebrates the cultural voices of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble

Moving 'Music of Strangers' celebrates the cultural voices of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble

“THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS” — 3½ stars — Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor, Cristina Pato and Wu Man; PG-13 (brief strong language); Broadway Centre
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Have You Seen This? Fourth of July, Alaska-style

Have You Seen This? Fourth of July, Alaska-style



ALASKA — I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July filled with family, food, fireworks and freedom. If you were in Glacier View, Alaska, then ... Read More
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Sexism or no sexism, 'Ghostbusters' doesn't look very funny

Sexism or no sexism, 'Ghostbusters' doesn't look very funny

With “The BFG” being the latest big-budget studio release to go down in flames, this summer is now officially littered with unprecedented fallout from box-office ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? A plan, a motorcycle and a tight rope

Have You Seen This? A plan, a motorcycle and a tight rope



STUNTLAND — We all love a good stunt. But we see them so often now thanks to YouTube and our smartphones that we constantly need bigger ... Read More
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Build a LEGO version of Cinderella's castle for $350

Build a LEGO version of Cinderella's castle for $350

DISNEYLAND — If a dream is a wish your heart makes, then a lot of Disney enthusiasts’ dreams are about to come true thanks to LEGO.
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11 popular misconceptions about Tarzan and his adventures

11 popular misconceptions about Tarzan and his adventures

There’s no question, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan is one of the most enduring characters around. In 2012, he celebrated his 100th birthday, and with ... Read More
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Streaming is making inroads but DVDs and Blu-rays are far from 'dead'

Streaming is making inroads but DVDs and Blu-rays are far from 'dead'

Way, way back in the day, when I was doing call-in radio, one of the most frequently asked questions was “Can you tell me if ... Read More
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Eclectic mix of movies in various genres arrives on DVD, Blu-ray this week

Eclectic mix of movies in various genres arrives on DVD, Blu-ray this week

An inspirational documentary about a rape survivor leads an eclectic array of movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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'Secret Life of Pets' is more or less your standard talking animal movie

'Secret Life of Pets' is more or less your standard talking animal movie

“THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS” — 2½ stars — Voices of Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell and Eric Stonestreet ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? The Sunday morning breakfast machine

Have You Seen This? The Sunday morning breakfast machine



THE MAD SCIENTIST'S HOUSE — When you wake up on a Sunday, you want breakfast but you don't want to make it. This guy ... Read More
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A sitcom starring Ryan Reynolds makes its DVD debut this week

A sitcom starring Ryan Reynolds makes its DVD debut this week

Cashing in on the success of the theatrical blockbuster “Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds’ 1998 sitcom “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” — later renamed “Two ... Read More
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‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,’ ‘Victor/Victoria’ earn Blu-ray upgrades

‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,’ ‘Victor/Victoria’ earn Blu-ray upgrades

A new Blu-ray upgrade makes the Monument Valley locations in John Ford’s “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” even more vibrant. Also on Blu-ray for ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Seal jams with a busker

Have You Seen This? Seal jams with a busker



THE STREETS — Making a living as a busker isn't easy, but every once in a while you have good day. This video captures one ... Read More
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Drone-warfare thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

Drone-warfare thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

The new drone-warfare drama “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren, is on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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Have You Seen This? You never expect John Cena

Have You Seen This? You never expect John Cena



UNEXPECTEINGTON — Even if you're not a fan of the WWE, there is a good chance you know who John Cena is. He's that ... Read More
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Taking 'different steps': Experts explain the challenges, advantages of adapting novels into films

Taking 'different steps': Experts explain the challenges, advantages of adapting novels into films

Tarzan was introduced to the world through the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs in “Tarzan of the Apes,” which was first published over a century ... Read More
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Spielberg's 'The BFG' meanders its way through Dahl's magical and macabre world of giants

Spielberg's 'The BFG' meanders its way through Dahl's magical and macabre world of giants

“THE BFG” — 3 stars — Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader; PG (action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor); in ... Read More
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'Legend of Tarzan' looks great but can't hide its campy content

'Legend of Tarzan' looks great but can't hide its campy content

“THE LEGEND OF TARZAN” — 3 stars — Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Rory J. Saper, Christoph Waltz; PG-13 (sequences of action and violence, some ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Give up on your dreams

Have You Seen This? Give up on your dreams



ACEEPTANCEVILLE — All our lives we're told to follow our passion and to never give up on our dreams. This seems like great advice, but ... Read More
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Poor ending kills otherwise decent shark thriller 'The Shallows'

Poor ending kills otherwise decent shark thriller 'The Shallows'

“THE SHALLOWS” — 2 stars — Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge; PG-13 (bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language); in general ... Read More
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Netflix makes another serious bid to become the go-to streaming platform for families

Netflix makes another serious bid to become the go-to streaming platform for families

Netflix has dominated the world of subscription streaming services for a long time now. Last year, Time reported that during peak evening hours, Netflix usage ... Read More
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Extraterrestrial encounters: A look at 10 films that portray the existence of aliens

The notion that we are not alone in the universe has provided fodder for cinematic adventures for more than a century. In 1902, during the ... Read More
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Slapstick comedy is given a bad name by chaotic modern comedies

Slapstick comedy is given a bad name by chaotic modern comedies

I made a big mistake last weekend. I went to see “Central Intelligence.” A better title would be “Central Stupidity.”
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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Nia Vardalos and the cast of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” were reunited for a sequel earlier this year, and now that romantic comedy is ... Read More
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Hollywood's treatment of the disabled leaves a great deal to be desired

Hollywood's treatment of the disabled leaves a great deal to be desired

I’m going to reveal serious spoilers for two films: this summer’s romance “Me Before You” and 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby.” If you ... Read More
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'Resurgence' is a weak payoff for fans of 1996's 'Independence Day'

'Resurgence' is a weak payoff for fans of 1996's 'Independence Day'

“INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE” — 2 stars — Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward; PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi action and destruction ... Read More
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Vintage TV series ‘Daniel Boone’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ are now on DVD

Vintage TV series ‘Daniel Boone’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ are now on DVD

The vintage TV series “Daniel Boone” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” are on DVD this week.
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