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The Clean Cut: Lego celebrates 40 years of Star Wars with tribute to  'A New Hope'

The Clean Cut: Lego celebrates 40 years of Star Wars with tribute to 'A New Hope'

The first Stars Wars film, “Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope,” entered the world of cinema 40 years ago on May 25, 1977. Audiences ... Read More


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‘My Life As a Zucchini,’ ‘Get Out’ on Blu-ray, DVD, streaming

‘My Life As a Zucchini,’ ‘Get Out’ on Blu-ray, DVD, streaming

A wide variety of genres are among new movies on home-video platforms this week.
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The British miniseries ‘Dark Angel’ is on Blu-ray, DVD this week

The British miniseries ‘Dark Angel’ is on Blu-ray, DVD this week

The pitch-black British program “Dark Angel” is on home video this week, along with other TV and streaming shows.
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'My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea's' creative animation can't mask its weak story

'My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea's' creative animation can't mask its weak story

“MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA” — 2 stars — Voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon; PG-13 (some images ... Read More
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Game review: Brutal kingdom, the struggle in the king's court

Game review: Brutal kingdom, the struggle in the king's court

The card game Brutal Kingdom by Kosmos is about influence and intrigue. Artwork on the box depicts the commanding presence of a bird man draped ... Read More
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Bloated 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' is a mile wide and six inches deep

Bloated 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' is a mile wide and six inches deep

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES” — 2 stars — Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario; PG-13 (sequences of adventure ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Two accordions take on 'Star Wars'

Have You Seen This? Two accordions take on 'Star Wars'



THE DEATH STAR — So the accordion has never been my instrument of choice.
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‘Accidental Tourist,’ ‘7 Days in May’ given Blu-ray upgrades

‘Accidental Tourist,’ ‘7 Days in May’ given Blu-ray upgrades

Vintage movies from Hollywood and elsewhere in the world are making their Blu-ray debuts this week.
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Ariana Grande's mom helped people to safety after concert bombing

Ariana Grande's mom helped people to safety after concert bombing

On Monday night, 22 people died and dozens more were injured in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena in England.
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Jessica Simpson explains why she doesn't want to have another child

Jessica Simpson explains why she doesn't want to have another child

Jessica Simpson said she doesn’t plan to have anymore children.
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The Beatles’ influential ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album is a half-century old

The Beatles’ influential ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album is a half-century old

There are many things these days that remind me I’m an old codger:
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Emma Stone and Steve Carell duke it out on the tennis court in new movie 'Battle of the Sexes'

Emma Stone and Steve Carell duke it out on the tennis court in new movie 'Battle of the Sexes'

Not all tennis matches begin with love — or end with it either.
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ABC cancels 'Last Man Standing,' fans wonder if it was because of the show's conservative values

ABC cancels 'Last Man Standing,' fans wonder if it was because of the show's conservative values

Comedian-actor Tim Allen broke his silence this week on ABC’s decision to cancel “Last Man Standing.”
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Have You Seen This? The coolest kid at the bounce house

Have You Seen This? The coolest kid at the bounce house



THE BOUNCE — Whether we admit it or not, we all want to be cool.
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Sterile 'Everything, Everything' is a linear, unmoving teen romance

Sterile 'Everything, Everything' is a linear, unmoving teen romance

“EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING” — 2 stars — Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Taylor Hickson; PG-13 (thematic elements and brief sensuality); in general ... Read More
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Middling 'Alien: Covenant' merges high-minded mythology with sci-fi horror

Middling 'Alien: Covenant' merges high-minded mythology with sci-fi horror

“ALIEN: COVENANT” — 2½ stars — Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride; R (sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity); in general release
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Low-brow potty gags help tedious 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul' live down to its name

Low-brow potty gags help tedious 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul' live down to its name

“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL” — 1½ stars — Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright; PG (rude humor); in general release
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Documentaries on WWI, Africa, Australia and Puerto Rico are on video

Documentaries on WWI, Africa, Australia and Puerto Rico are on video

A wide array of documentaries are on DVD this week, with subjects ranging from World War I to such far-flung locales as Africa, Australia and ... Read More
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'Better Call Saul' has some prequel problems

'Better Call Saul' has some prequel problems

We’re now about halfway through the third season of AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” the prequel series to “Breaking Bad.” And now, finally and ... Read More
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8 mobile games that won't rot your brain

8 mobile games that won't rot your brain

It's no secret that smartphone mobile games are a huge industry. Hugely popular titles like Clash of Clans, Pokemon GO and Candy Crush have ... Read More
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‘Things to Come,’ ‘Space Between Us,’ ‘Rock Dog’ on home video

‘Things to Come,’ ‘Space Between Us,’ ‘Rock Dog’ on home video

New movies on home video platforms this week include a French melodrama, an offbeat sci-fi romance, and a pair of children’s films about, respectively ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Perfect Nerf shot at mom

Have You Seen This? Perfect Nerf shot at mom



THE HOUSE — Let's face it, moms endure a lot.
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Have You Seen This? Ink in water is gorgeous

Have You Seen This? Ink in water is gorgeous



THE WATER — I don't know if this is a universal thing or just me, but I love watching things move naturally, especially in slow-motion.
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Your next celebrity president may be...

Your next celebrity president may be...

Dwayne Johnson wants to be "the rock" America can lean on in tough times.
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Foul language is just lazy screenwriting, in movies and TV/streaming shows

Foul language is just lazy screenwriting, in movies and TV/streaming shows

My parents never sat me down for a lecture on language. That is, they never told me I should be civil or that I should ... Read More
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Idling 'Lowriders' muses on art, family and car culture

Idling 'Lowriders' muses on art, family and car culture

"LOWRIDERS" — 2½ stars — Gabriel Chavarria, Demian Bichir, Theo Rossi, Rony Revolori, Melissa Benoist; PG-13 (for language, some violence, sensuality, thematic elements and brief drug use ... Read More
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Flawed '3 Generations' overcomplicates the complicated story of a transgender NYC teen

Flawed '3 Generations' overcomplicates the complicated story of a transgender NYC teen

“3 GENERATIONS” — 2 stars — Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Linda Emond; PG-13 (mature thematic content, some sexual references and language); Broadway
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'Last Magnificent' is an insightful documentary of influential chef Jeremiah Tower

'Last Magnificent' is an insightful documentary of influential chef Jeremiah Tower

“JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT” — 3 stars — Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Francesca De Luca; R (language); Broadway
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Ritchie's 'Legend of the Sword' is a fun, stylish take on the legend of King Arthur

Ritchie's 'Legend of the Sword' is a fun, stylish take on the legend of King Arthur

“KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD” — 3 stars — Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana; PG-13 (sequences of violence and action, some ... Read More
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Shameful ending mars otherwise excellent war drama 'The Wall'

Shameful ending mars otherwise excellent war drama 'The Wall'

“THE WALL” — 2½ stars — Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli; R (language throughout and some war violence); in general release
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Documentary 'Risk' offers an intimate if one-sided perspective on WikiLeaks founder

Documentary 'Risk' offers an intimate if one-sided perspective on WikiLeaks founder

“RISK” — 3 stars — Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum; not rated; Broadway
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23 new family movies coming out this summer

23 new family movies coming out this summer

This summer’s looking just like all the ones before — sequels and superhero movies as far as the eye can see, aliens, a ridiculous number ... Read More
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‘Streets of San Francisco,’ ‘Mannix’ on DVD this week

‘Streets of San Francisco,’ ‘Mannix’ on DVD this week

Before going on to an Oscar-winning film career, Michael Douglas earned stardom with his TV series “The Streets of San Francisco,” which is on DVD ... Read More
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‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Heat’ reissued as new ‘director’s cut’ Blu-rays

‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Heat’ reissued as new ‘director’s cut’ Blu-rays

Four vintage flicks receive Blu-ray upgrades this week, “Saturday Night Fever,” “Heat,” “The Wheeler Dealers” and “From Hell it Came.”
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Welcome back, 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'

Welcome back, 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'

The year was 1985, and I was suffering through a screening of “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” I find violence and gore to be extremely ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Bear chases bikers

Have You Seen This? Bear chases bikers



BEAR COUNTRY — If you were to create a list of the scariest things on the planet — scratch that, the universe — there is no question in ... Read More
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3 things we already know about 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3'

3 things we already know about 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3'

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hit theaters last Friday, but some tidbits are already known about its successor.
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Book review: 'Hidden Deception' keeps mind-reading heroine busy

Book review: 'Hidden Deception' keeps mind-reading heroine busy

"HIDDEN DECEPTION: A Shelby Nichols Adventure," by Colleen Helme, $12.99, 294 pages (f)
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‘La La Land,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ may have revived musical movies

‘La La Land,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ may have revived musical movies

Earlier this year, my wife and I went to a couple of musical movies that played in the wake of “La La Land,” whose huge ... Read More
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New trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' offers a glimpse at heart-stopping film to come

New trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' offers a glimpse at heart-stopping film to come

The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s newest film dropped on Friday.
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'A Quiet Passion' illustrates the conflicted life of poet Emily Dickinson

'A Quiet Passion' illustrates the conflicted life of poet Emily Dickinson

“A QUIET PASSION” — 3 stars — Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May; PG-13 (thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material); Broadway
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Are these really the top 50 Star Wars characters of all time?

Are these really the top 50 Star Wars characters of all time?

May 4 is often considered the unofficial Star Wars holiday for fans.
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Have You Seen This? Pedestrian's close call with train

Have You Seen This? Pedestrian's close call with train



SCARY TOWN — I'll be the first to admit that I have a tough time paying attention occasionally.
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Video: Mark Hamill becomes Darth Vader in surprising video for charity

Video: Mark Hamill becomes Darth Vader in surprising video for charity

It’s official. Luke Skywalker turned to the dark side.
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Book review: 'The Lightless Sky' tells modern-day refugee story

Book review: 'The Lightless Sky' tells modern-day refugee story

"THE LIGHTLESS SKY," by Gulwali Passarlay, $25.99, 368 pages, HarperOne (f)
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Book review: 'The Perfect Stranger' is the perfect summer thriller

Book review: 'The Perfect Stranger' is the perfect summer thriller

Despite its imperfections, you should get to know “The Perfect Stranger” this summer.
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Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' keeps the outer space hits coming

Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' keeps the outer space hits coming

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2” — 3½ stars — Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel; PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi ... Read More
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Book review: 'Camp Half-Blood Confidential' brings fans into the Percy Jackson world

Book review: 'Camp Half-Blood Confidential' brings fans into the Percy Jackson world

"CAMP HALF-BLOOD CONFIDENTIAL: Your Real Guide to the Demigod Training Camp," by Rick Riordan, Disney-Hyperion, $9.99, 192 pages (f) (ages 8 and up)
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Have You Seen This? The never-ending escalator ride

Have You Seen This? The never-ending escalator ride



ONE MAN'S FUTURE — Now let’s just jump right into this video, shall we?
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Who’s who in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Who’s who in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Without question, 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a risky move for Marvel. Not only did it feature a cast of entirely new heroes ... Read More
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