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Have You Seen This? Toddlers love/hate cranberries

Have You Seen This? Toddlers love/hate cranberries



THE CRANBERRY BOG — As a father of little kids, I love watching them try new foods.
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‘Finding Dory’ animator reveals the most difficult character he’s ever worked on

‘Finding Dory’ animator reveals the most difficult character he’s ever worked on

The Disney/Pixar universe is filled with iconic characters that end up stitched on pajamas, immortalized in toy boxes and can even end up being ... Read More
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Disney/Pixar team dives into surprising new depths in 'Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory'

Disney/Pixar team dives into surprising new depths in 'Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory'

“FINDING DORY” — 3 stars — Voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Hayden Rolence, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell; PG (thematic elements); in general release
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Charming 'Dark Horse' shares the true story of a mining village that dreamed big

Charming 'Dark Horse' shares the true story of a mining village that dreamed big

“DARK HORSE” — 3 stars — Jan Vokes, Brian Vokes, Howard Davies, Angela Davies; PG (mild thematic elements and language)
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‘Young Messiah,’ ‘Eddie the Eagle’ on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘Young Messiah,’ ‘Eddie the Eagle’ on Blu-ray and DVD this week

A faith film based on Anne Rice’s novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” which postulates about the life of Jesus as a child ... Read More
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Johnson and Hart team up to elevate uneven 'Central Intelligence'

Johnson and Hart team up to elevate uneven 'Central Intelligence'

“CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE” — 2½ stars — Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Ryan, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul; PG-13 (crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence ... Read More
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Finding family: What film can teach about why families are 'worth fighting for'

Finding family: What film can teach about why families are 'worth fighting for'

In an effort to rise above the limitations of his abnormally short fin, the clownfish Nemo ventures too far from home and gets separated from ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Dad and son belt out Sinatra in the car

Have You Seen This? Dad and son belt out Sinatra in the car



THE CAR — We all have that song we can't help but belt out in the car when it comes on. All of our inhibitions ... Read More
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'Hamilton' ticket prices are a lesson in supply and demand

'Hamilton' ticket prices are a lesson in supply and demand

Prior to “Hamilton” sweeping the Tony Awards, “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a piece for the New York Times called “Stop the Bots ... Read More
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'Finding Dory' supervising animator leads unsung 'actors'

'Finding Dory' supervising animator leads unsung 'actors'

When families venture into multiplexes to see “Finding Dory,” the follow-up to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” parents and children will see colorful sea creatures matched ... Read More
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Compelling 'Genius' profiles the editor behind Wolfe, Fitzgerald and Hemingway

Compelling 'Genius' profiles the editor behind Wolfe, Fitzgerald and Hemingway

“GENIUS” — 3 stars — Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, Laura Linney, Vanessa Kirby; PG-13 (thematic elements and suggestive content); Broadway
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New ‘Roots’-like series ‘Underground,’ ‘X-Files’ revival on video this week

New ‘Roots’-like series ‘Underground,’ ‘X-Files’ revival on video this week

A new cable-TV series about slavery and the Underground Railroad is on DVD this week, and the revival of “The X-Files” is now on Blu-ray ... Read More
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Remake of 'Raiders' ingenious, remarkably well done

Remake of 'Raiders' ingenious, remarkably well done

"RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION" — 2½ stars — Eric Zala, Angela Rodriguez, Chris Strompolos, Kurt Zala, Ted Ross, Alan Stenum, Michael Bales, William Coon ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Flying over an active volcano

Have You Seen This? Flying over an active volcano



THE SKY — Wingsuits don't only make for cool videos, but they're just pretty cool in general. We all have a dream of flying ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Daddy-daughter duo recreate 'Tangled' lantern scene

Have You Seen This? Daddy-daughter duo recreate 'Tangled' lantern scene

CORONA — Remember the darling little 3-year-old who had our hearts when she sang a sweet rendition of “Part of Your World” from the Disney classic ... Read More
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Director's cut of ‘Star Trek II’ is now on Blu-ray

Director's cut of ‘Star Trek II’ is now on Blu-ray

The folks in charge of the early Star Trek movies offered Nicholas Meyer a free hand to re-edit and expand what many consider the best ... Read More
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Remembering my father's theatrical side

Remembering my father's theatrical side

It’s been just over a month since my father, former Sen. Robert F. Bennett, passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Our ... Read More
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‘Now You See Me 2’ offers wild illusions, undeniable thrills

‘Now You See Me 2’ offers wild illusions, undeniable thrills

“NOW YOU SEE ME 2” — 3 stars — Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe; PG-13 (violence and some language); in general release
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Disney’s ‘Zootopia,’ Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ on Blu-ray, DVD

Disney’s ‘Zootopia,’ Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ on Blu-ray, DVD

Disney had a major box-office hit in March with “Zootopia,” and now the animated feature is on Blu-ray and DVD, along with the Coen brothers ... Read More
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The original ‘Roots’ makes its Blu-ray debut, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ is on DVD

The original ‘Roots’ makes its Blu-ray debut, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ is on DVD

The original “Roots” blockbuster has received a Blu-ray upgrade this week, hot on the heels of a cable-TV reboot, and the latest season of “Rizzoli ... Read More
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Cartoonish game adaptation 'Warcraft' will be a niche-pleaser at best

Cartoonish game adaptation 'Warcraft' will be a niche-pleaser at best

“WARCRAFT” — 2 stars — Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown; PG-13 (extended sequences of intense fantasy violence); in general release
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Have You Seen This? Man who is blind learns how to quick draw

Have You Seen This? Man who is blind learns how to quick draw



THE SHOOTIN' RANGE — Fast draw target shooting is pretty incredible to watch. These experts manage to draw their pistol, cock the hammer and then hit ... Read More
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Game review: Star Wars Force and Destiny RPG: Savage Spirits: exploration and discovery with the see

Game review: Star Wars Force and Destiny RPG: Savage Spirits: exploration and discovery with the see

Savage Spirits is a sourcebook for the Star Wars Force and Destiny roleplaying game. It introduces the seeker class, outsider Jedis who disappear for years ... Read More
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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows': Points for parents

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows': Points for parents

Points for parents
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'Me Before You': Points for parents

'Me Before You': Points for parents

Points for parents
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Have You Seen This? This corgi loves showers

Have You Seen This? This corgi loves showers



THE SHOWER — I think most of us appreciate a good shower.
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‘Race,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Gods of Egypt’ on Blu-ray, DVD

‘Race,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Gods of Egypt’ on Blu-ray, DVD

A very good biography of four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens is on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Also, Jane Austen meets zombies and Egyptian ... Read More
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Routine Ninja Turtles 'Out of the Shadows' serves up fun, forgettable CGI action for kids

Routine Ninja Turtles 'Out of the Shadows' serves up fun, forgettable CGI action for kids

“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS” — 2 stars — Megan Fox, Stephen Amell; Will Arnett, Tyler Perry and the voices of Pete Ploszek, Alan ... Read More
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It's time to simplify my television superheroes

It's time to simplify my television superheroes

Henry David Thoreau, author and philosopher, once offered this sage advice: “Simplify, simplify.” Many have pondered this profound message and tried to determine the best ... Read More
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Superhero flicks aren’t the only movies out there; it just seems like it

Superhero flicks aren’t the only movies out there; it just seems like it

Some friends claim to be so weary of comic books, young adult novels, fantasies and cartoons taking over the world’s multiplexes that they are ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? World's first underwater band

Have You Seen This? World's first underwater band



UNDERWATER — Sometimes all a band needs is some kind of novelty that helps it stand out. KISS utilized elaborate costumes and Twisted Sister, well, it ... Read More
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Emilia Clarke shines in polarizing 'Me Before You'

Emilia Clarke shines in polarizing 'Me Before You'

“ME BEFORE YOU” — 2½ stars — Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Samantha Spiro, Brendan Coyle; PG-13 (thematic elements and some suggestive material); in general release
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New ‘Alice’ proves Disney’s live-action movies aren’t a sure thing

New ‘Alice’ proves Disney’s live-action movies aren’t a sure thing

Six years ago, Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” overcame middling reviews to achieve what was, at the time, still a rare feat: crossing the ... Read More
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A number of familiar vintage titles receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

A number of familiar vintage titles receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

Blu-ray upgrades are arriving this week for a number of fan-favorite vintage titles.
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Have You Seen This? Most hugs in 1 minute

Have You Seen This? Most hugs in 1 minute



HUGLANDIA — When I was in elementary school and it was our class' turn to take a little trip to the school library, there was one ... Read More
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Game review: Thunder & Lightning is a two-player fantasy battle between Thor and Loki

Game review: Thunder & Lightning is a two-player fantasy battle between Thor and Loki

In the Norse mythological game Thunder & Lightning, two players take on the role of Thor or Loki to compete in an epic battle. Each player ... Read More
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Why would anyone want to keep up with the Kardashians?

Why would anyone want to keep up with the Kardashians?

I grew up in Calabasas, California, which is also where Kris Jenner, mother of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” crew, lives. The fact that ... Read More
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A black-and-white, sometimes Technicolor Memorial Day: Classic movies about World War II

A black-and-white, sometimes Technicolor Memorial Day: Classic movies about World War II

From a daring escape from Nazi Germany to a Marine stranded on an island with a nun, the world of cinema is rife with stories ... Read More
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Movie review: Overstuffed 'X-Men: Apocalypse' makes a mess out of a good thing

Movie review: Overstuffed 'X-Men: Apocalypse' makes a mess out of a good thing

“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” — 2½ stars — James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac; PG-13 (sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and ... Read More
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‘Risen,’ ‘The Finest Hours’ land on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘Risen,’ ‘The Finest Hours’ land on Blu-ray and DVD this week

A drama about the Resurrection and a thriller about a risky rescue operation highlight Blu-ray and DVD releases this week.
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Video game review: 'Star Fox Zero' is a fun space shooter that doesn't quite hit its target

Video game review: 'Star Fox Zero' is a fun space shooter that doesn't quite hit its target

In the world of video games, Fox McCloud has managed to stay relevant slumming it as one of the main fighters in Nintendo’s Super ... Read More
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Movie review: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' tries to cover its narrative flaws with visual spect

Movie review: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' tries to cover its narrative flaws with visual spect

“ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS” — 2½ stars — Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen; PG (fantasy action/peril and some ... Read More
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Movie review: Beckinsale showcases classic Austen wit in sharp, funny 'Love and Friendship'

Movie review: Beckinsale showcases classic Austen wit in sharp, funny 'Love and Friendship'

“LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP” — 3½ stars — Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett, Lochlann O'Mearain; PG (thematic elements); in general release
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Gear up for Memorial Day by watching these wartime flicks

Gear up for Memorial Day by watching these wartime flicks

As we leave Armed Forces Day behind and look toward Memorial Day (Monday, May 30), Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (aka the Fourth ... Read More
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1977 newspaper drama ‘Lou Grant’ makes its DVD debut this week

1977 newspaper drama ‘Lou Grant’ makes its DVD debut this week

The 1977 newspaper drama “Lou Grant” has finally made it to DVD this week, and it’s so good it may surprise you.
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Have You Seen This? Dads and babies cut a rug

Have You Seen This? Dads and babies cut a rug

THE DANCE FLOOR — Sometimes it's tough for a family with a small baby to find activities you can all do together that are fun ... Read More
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Netflix becomes exclusive US pay-TV provider for Disney

Netflix becomes exclusive US pay-TV provider for Disney

The wait is over. Well, close enough.
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