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Blu-ray upgrade of ‘Escape From New York’ leads vintage films on video

Blu-ray upgrade of ‘Escape From New York’ leads vintage films on video

Following his unexpected success with “Halloween” in 1978, filmmaker John Carpenter did fairly well with “The Fog” in 1980, but then hit it bigger the next year with “Escape From New York.” A hit when it opened, “Escape” has only increased in popularity over the years.
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'Monkey Kingdom' is fun, visual and does some good

'Monkey Kingdom' is fun, visual and does some good

'Monkey Kingdom' (G) — 3 stars
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Vintage and new TV shows on DVD

Vintage and new TV shows on DVD

The family-friendly TV series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the vintage Western “The Dakotas” are on DVD this week.
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Marvel movies ranked worst to best

Marvel movies ranked worst to best

THE MARVEL UNIVERSE — After wading through months of bad movie after bad movie with a decent one popping its head up from time to time, we’re finally on the cusp of the summer movie season.
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Five movies for families: 'Monkey Kingdom' teaches positive messages

Five movies for families: 'Monkey Kingdom' teaches positive messages

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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Family friendly musical drama leads new movies on DVD this week

Family friendly musical drama leads new movies on DVD this week

It’s a week for low-budget independent productions on DVD, led by a family friendly musical drama.
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'Little Boy': 3 points for parents

'Little Boy': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Little Boy":
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True story 'Desert Dancer' stumbles onto the big screen

True story 'Desert Dancer' stumbles onto the big screen

“Desert Dancer” is based on a true story, and maybe that’s its problem.
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'Age of Adaline': 3 points for parents

'Age of Adaline': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Age of Adaline":
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Respect for faith sets 'Daredevil' apart

Respect for faith sets 'Daredevil' apart

I’m going to say some nice things about Marvel’s “Daredevil” TV series for Netflix, and I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.
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'Age of Adaline' explores the downside of immortality

'Age of Adaline' explores the downside of immortality

“The Age of Adaline” is a fairy tale that doesn’t feel like a fairy tale; it’s science fiction that doesn’t feel like science fiction. It does such a good job of grounding itself in reality that you forget the fantastic premise it’s trying to sell you.
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'Little Boy' explores faith, racism on its way to inspiration

'Little Boy' explores faith, racism on its way to inspiration

There’s been a lot of traffic in the inspirational film category over the last couple of years. Films based on biblical stories or contemporary efforts with religious themes have come with regularity, often with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s names attached.
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5 must see sci-fi movies on Netflix

5 must see sci-fi movies on Netflix

Science-fiction films seem to be flooding the box office this month beginning with “Interstellar” and “Big Hero 6.” We know it can sometimes be difficult to make it to the theater, so here are five sci-fi movies available to stream from Netflix in the comfort of your own home.
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Sheriff of Nottingham: A merry tale of fun, laughter and negotiation

Sheriff of Nottingham: A merry tale of fun, laughter and negotiation

One of the board games making a big splash last year was Sheriff of Nottingham by Arcane Wonders. It’s for three to five players and involves some role-playing, bluffing and memory. Played with the right group, this game will create fun, laughter and great memories.
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Adventures Ahead

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Adventures Ahead

For an exciting roleplaying game experience, player characters need some sort of quest or adventure to undertake. The Pathfinder Roleplaying game offers adventure paths that create a continuous story arc, taking an adventurer from humble beginnings to legendary status. A great adventure is what propels the game forward.
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'Planetary' celebrates Earth Day with inspiring visuals and shallow analysis

'Planetary' celebrates Earth Day with inspiring visuals and shallow analysis

“PLANETARY” — 2½ stars — documentary about the way our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet; not rated but probable G (no offensive content)
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New ‘Jurassic World’ trailer shows a park full of problems

New ‘Jurassic World’ trailer shows a park full of problems

ISLA NUBLAR — It’s been over 20 years since the release of “Jurassic Park,” but while technology is smarter, humans aren’t.
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First teaser trailer for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'

First teaser trailer for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'



METROPOLIS — Director Zack Snyder announced a few days ago that a trailer for the highly anticipated “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” would be showing in IMAX theaters and audiences could buy a ticket to see the preview.
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Have You Seen This? Don't mess with gorillas

Have You Seen This? Don't mess with gorillas



THE ZOO — The zoo is a place where we can see the animals we’ve always loved up close and personal. At times, however, we forget these are wild animals and not the adorable cuddly stuffed animals we grew up with. Nature has a way of reminding us that animals can be terrifying.
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‘Foyle’s War’s’ final season on Blu-ray, DVD

‘Foyle’s War’s’ final season on Blu-ray, DVD

Leading TV shows released on DVD and Blu-ray this week is the British mystery series “Foyle’s War,” a mixed blessing for fans. We’re happy to have three new feature-length episodes, but sad that this marks the end of the show.
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'Monkey Kingdom': 3 points for parents

'Monkey Kingdom': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Monkey Kingdom":
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'Queen and Country' suffers a big-screen identity crisis

'Queen and Country' suffers a big-screen identity crisis

“QUEEN AND COUNTRY” — two stars — Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Vanessa Kirby, Tamsin Egerton; not rated but probable R (nudity, sexual situations, profanity); Broadway
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Influx of Christian programming at Easter prompts mixed reactions

Influx of Christian programming at Easter prompts mixed reactions

As the biblical epic continues to make strides, however awkwardly, toward a full-fledged comeback in Hollywood, Christian programming is doing its part on TV — at least during the weeks leading up to Easter.
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Stan Freberg was a comic genius whose influence is still apparent

Stan Freberg was a comic genius whose influence is still apparent

Radio was once the primary source of entertainment in the average American household, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. And although dozens of programs — dramatic and comedic — were popular, you can link radio’s season of dominance directly to “The Jack Benny Program,” which ran from 1932 to 1955 before switching to television.
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Mixed bag of hit-and-miss movies on Blu-ray, DVD this week

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

There’s not much to shout about among new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week. These are very much a mixed bag of hit-and-miss titles.
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Five for Families: 'Star Wars: A New Hope' offers an unforgettable ride

Five for Families: 'Star Wars: A New Hope' offers an unforgettable ride

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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Despite Sparks' recent track record, 'The Longest Ride' is likable

Despite Sparks' recent track record, 'The Longest Ride' is likable

Well, I might be drummed out of the Utah Film Critic Association for this, but I’m man enough to admit that I actually like the new film “The Longest Ride,” based on a Nicholas Sparks story.
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'Monkey Kingdom' is educational, entertaining and very funny

'Monkey Kingdom' is educational, entertaining and very funny

“MONKEY KINGDOM” — three stars — narrated by Tina Fey; G (nothing offensive); in general release
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3 family flicks about leadership

3 family flicks about leadership

FAMILY TIME — Movies have a way of teaching us essential life lessons, sometimes without us even realizing it. Interestingly enough, some of the best lessons come from films made for children that the whole family can enjoy together.
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Have You Seen This? Dog walks boy

Have You Seen This? Dog walks boy



DASHCAMINGTON — It seems Russia, or Czech Republic in this case, is the dashcam capital of the world. Because of this, we get to indulge in some pretty crazy and funny stuff. This video is an example of the latter.
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‘Book of Negroes,’ ‘Manhattan’ arrive on DVD this week

‘Book of Negroes,’ ‘Manhattan’ arrive on DVD this week

The acclaimed TV miniseries “The Book of Negroes” and a new show set in the 1940s about the Manhattan Project have been released on DVD this week.
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Documentaries on the Holocaust lead vintage films on DVD, Blu-ray

Documentaries on the Holocaust lead vintage films on DVD, Blu-ray

A collection of documentaries about the Holocaust has been released on DVD for the first time, along with a variety of vintage films ranging from melodramas and comedies to horror and a spaghetti Western.
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'The Longest Ride': 3 points for parents

'The Longest Ride': 3 points for parents

‘The Longest Ride’: 3 points for parents
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Boring 'Longest Ride' feels like Nicholas Sparks Lite

Boring 'Longest Ride' feels like Nicholas Sparks Lite

Husbands and boyfriends, be warned: It’s been less than a year since the last Nicholas Sparks film, but “The Longest Ride” is here to threaten your date nights.
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Mirren and Reynolds explore the nature of motive in 'Woman in Gold'

Mirren and Reynolds explore the nature of motive in 'Woman in Gold'

Last year, “The Monuments Men” addressed the Allied effort to reclaim precious works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Now, director Simon Curtis explores the same topic from a more personal perspective in “Woman in Gold.”
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'Gremlins' remake gets a writer

'Gremlins' remake gets a writer

The “Gremlins” remake is one of those stories that gets an update about every six months or so, usually when movie news is a bit slow, and content sites are looking for traffic.
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U-nerded we stand: 'Daredevil' gets its due and Deadpool shows his suit

U-nerded we stand: 'Daredevil' gets its due and Deadpool shows his suit

Welcome to a place for nerds who just want to be safe from the outside world and enjoy some news about comics, movies, games and hopefully anything else nerdy out there.
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Defining ‘film noir’ and other film-buff stuff for the casual movie watcher

Defining ‘film noir’ and other film-buff stuff for the casual movie watcher

Recently some friends asked about a term they saw on a Netflix movie listing but had never noticed before: “Film noir.”
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Five for Families: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a ‘miracle’ for all ages

Five for Families: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a ‘miracle’ for all ages

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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Film takes the 'Age of Aviation' to gorgeous heights and beautiful places

Film takes the 'Age of Aviation' to gorgeous heights and beautiful places

LOS ANGELES — Brian J. Terwilliger, director of "Living in the Age of Airplanes," was waiting to board a plane when he participated in a phone interview this week.
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‘A Most Violent Year’ leads new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘A Most Violent Year’ leads new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week

An excellent character-driven crime thriller leads new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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Evolution is survival board game of dinosaur species

Evolution is survival board game of dinosaur species

Evolution from North Star Games is one of the most well-designed board games on the market. It feels more like a game system than a collection of game mechanics. The gameplay is smooth, intuitive, easy to learn and keeps up to six players constantly engaged for about an hour.
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Have You Seen This? Wardrobe malfunction can't stop weather forecast

Have You Seen This? Wardrobe malfunction can't stop weather forecast



THE NEWSROOM — Meteorologists have it tough. I mean, can you imagine watching screens and pointing at maps for 21 minutes a day.
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4 book-to-movie adaptations of 2015

4 book-to-movie adaptations of 2015

Hollywood has big plans for 2015, and those plans include some great book-to-film adaptations. Here are just a few to keep in mind if you like to read the book before seeing the movie.
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5 great independent movies anyone will love

5 great independent movies anyone will love

I was chatting with Celeste Rosenlof a few weeks ago when she asked if I’d ever considered writing articles about great independent movies.
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'A.D. The Bible Continues' does not disappoint

'A.D. The Bible Continues' does not disappoint

With 2013’s “The Bible,” Roma Downey and Mark Burnett proved there was an audience for Christian programming. Just in time for Easter Sunday, “A.D. The Bible Continues” picks up where that series left off.
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2 British crime series lead TV shows new to DVD

2 British crime series lead TV shows new to DVD

A pair of British crime series have arrived on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
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Music inspires life in powerful documentary 'Seymour: An Introduction'

Music inspires life in powerful documentary 'Seymour: An Introduction'

“Sometimes I think that playing life more beautifully is what I’m after,” Ethan Hawke says in the documentary, “Seymour: An Introduction.”
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Disney classics that should get the live-action treatment

Disney classics that should get the live-action treatment

LIVE ACTIONTON — Disney has officially boarded the live-action remake train with recent releases like “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” Several more movies are in the pipeline and Megan Marsden Christensen gave us a great little write-up of what live-action adaptations we can look forward to.
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'Furious 7': 3 points for parents

'Furious 7': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Furious 7":
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