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Summer hits ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ now on video

Summer hits ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ now on video

Two summer hits — “Wonder Woman” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” — arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and various streaming sites this week, along with a number ... Read More


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'Friend Request' is a creepy, clunky commentary on social media friendship

'Friend Request' is a creepy, clunky commentary on social media friendship

"FRIEND REQUEST" — 2 stars — Alycia Debnam Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham; R (horror violence, disturbing images and language); in general release
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Kingsman sequel 'Golden Circle' starts strong but finishes flat

Kingsman sequel 'Golden Circle' starts strong but finishes flat

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” — 2 stars — Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry; R (sequences of strong violence, drug content ... Read More
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Heartfelt 'Brad's Status' gets a little too lost in its own misery

Heartfelt 'Brad's Status' gets a little too lost in its own misery

“BRAD'S STATUS” — 2½ stars — Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Jemaine Clement, Luke Wilson; R (language); in general release
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Witty 'Lego Ninjago Movie' is a fun take on martial arts epics

Witty 'Lego Ninjago Movie' is a fun take on martial arts epics

“THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” — 3 stars — Voices of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani; PG (mild action ... Read More
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Boston Marathon bombing survivor drama 'Stronger' offers a unique underdog perspective

Boston Marathon bombing survivor drama 'Stronger' offers a unique underdog perspective

“STRONGER” — 3 stars — Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Carlos Sanz, Nate Richman; R (language throughout, some graphic injury images and brief sexuality/nudity); in ... Read More
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How 'Downton Abbey' sent me on a slippery slope of binge-watching

How 'Downton Abbey' sent me on a slippery slope of binge-watching

Some years ago, after the first season of “Downton Abbey” aired on PBS and the second season had begun, friends began urging me and my ... Read More
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Expansive Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' seeks to know the man through his relationships

Expansive Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' seeks to know the man through his relationships

“REBEL IN THE RYE” — 2½ stars — Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson; PG-13 (some language, including sexual references, brief violence and smoking); in ... Read More
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The Clean Cut: Young magician on 'Britain's Got Talent' channels Hermione Granger

The Clean Cut: Young magician on 'Britain's Got Talent' channels Hermione Granger

Although Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and many are probably busy working on their Captain Jack Sparrow impressions, it would be ... Read More
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Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary film is on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary film is on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Ken Burns’ mammoth documentary about the war in Vietnam is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with the most recent seasons of several popular ... Read More
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Game review: Flip Ships is out-of-this-world fun

Game review: Flip Ships is out-of-this-world fun

An alien mother ship is hovering over Earth and a group of enemy fighters is attacking. Players will take on the cooperative roles of Earth ... Read More
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'Viceroy's House' examines the turmoil in India following World War II

'Viceroy's House' examines the turmoil in India following World War II

“VICEROY'S HOUSE” — 2½ stars — Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi; not rated; in general release
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Promising 'American Assassin' defaults to action cliches

Promising 'American Assassin' defaults to action cliches

“AMERICAN ASSASSIN” — 2 ½ stars — Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Kitsch; R (strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Rocket fails

Have You Seen This? Rocket fails



ROCKET SCHOOL — We've all heard the old adage of, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist."
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The latest seasons of the TV sitcom ‘The Goldbergs’ are on DVD this week

The latest seasons of the TV sitcom ‘The Goldbergs’ are on DVD this week

The two most recent seasons of the popular TV sitcom “The Goldbergs” have been released on DVD this week.
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The Clean Cut: Watch this coast-to-coast rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

The Clean Cut: Watch this coast-to-coast rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

Today marks 203 years since Francis Scott Key penned a poem that would officially become America's national anthem in 1931, according to si.edu.
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Hollywood should take a page out of Taylor Swift's book and keep politics out of the Emmys

Hollywood should take a page out of Taylor Swift's book and keep politics out of the Emmys

Keeping in mind that while the “players gonna play,” and — yes — the “haters gonna hate,” America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift has come under fire since ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Crocodile attacks stork

Have You Seen This? Crocodile attacks stork



NATURE — Wildlife in its natural habitat is a glorious and beautiful thing. Watching animals interact with one another as nature takes its course. It's ... Read More
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How does 'Parks and Rec's' 2017 flash-forward hold up?

How does 'Parks and Rec's' 2017 flash-forward hold up?

It’s 2017: do you know where Leslie Knope is?
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Have you seen this? Storm chaser stands in 117 mph wind

Have you seen this? Storm chaser stands in 117 mph wind

THE WIND — I think the closest thing I’ve experienced to a hurricane was six years ago when Davis County experienced a severe windstorm. I ... Read More
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Insightful doc 'Rumble' celebrates Native American contributions to popular music

Insightful doc 'Rumble' celebrates Native American contributions to popular music

“RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD” — 3 stars — directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana; not rated; Tower
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The sitcom ‘Just Shoot Me!’ makes its DVD debut this week

The sitcom ‘Just Shoot Me!’ makes its DVD debut this week

The comedy series “Just Shoot Me!” leads a wide variety of TV shows being released on DVD this week.
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Big screen 'It' is heavy on creepy clowns, but light on scares

Big screen 'It' is heavy on creepy clowns, but light on scares

“IT” — 2½ stars — Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer; R (violence/horror, bloody images and for language); in general release
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Low-key 'Menashe' is a unique portrait of single parenthood

Low-key 'Menashe' is a unique portrait of single parenthood

"MENASHE" — 3 stars — Menashe Lustig, Yoel Weisshaus, Ruben Niborksi, Meyer Schwartz; PG (thematic elements); Broadway
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Have You Seen This? Weirdest commercial ever

Have You Seen This? Weirdest commercial ever

WORLD WIDE WEIRDERNET — Sometimes you get lost as you dig into the dark bowels of the internet. You find things people probably wished had stayed ... Read More
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'Home Again' is too scattered and implausible to satisfy

'Home Again' is too scattered and implausible to satisfy

"HOME AGAIN" — 2 stars — Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, Pico Alexander; PG-13 (some thematic and sexual material); in general release
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Creative travel film 'Trip to Spain' is an acquired taste

Creative travel film 'Trip to Spain' is an acquired taste

"THE TRIP TO SPAIN" — 2½ stars — Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio, Claire Keelan; not rated; Broadway
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10 people who could play the Joker if Leonardo DiCaprio says no

10 people who could play the Joker if Leonardo DiCaprio says no

GOTHAM — What is it about the Joker?
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Then and now: The 1997 and 2017 summer movie seasons back to back

Then and now: The 1997 and 2017 summer movie seasons back to back

Now that the last few summer movies have finally crawled into theaters and people are stopping to assess the past four months, at least one ... Read More
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‘Close Encounters’ was the best choice during weekend of box-office blues

‘Close Encounters’ was the best choice during weekend of box-office blues

Did you notice that “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was playing in local theaters last week? Yes, that “Close Encounters.”
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A tale of 2 Star Wars: We love it, but is the franchise actually any good?

A tale of 2 Star Wars: We love it, but is the franchise actually any good?

From a “best of times, worst of times” perspective, this has been a week of light and darkness for the Star Wars franchise.
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A trio of independent films about women leads new movies on video

A trio of independent films about women leads new movies on video

“Megan Leavey” and two more low budget, independently produced films about women lead this week’s new movies on Blu-ray, DVD and various streaming sites.
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Have You Seen This? Moab's BASE jump waterslide

Have You Seen This? Moab's BASE jump waterslide



MOAB, Utah — So I had this awesome slip and slide as a kid called Crocodile Mile. In my little kid brain, it was a mile ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Blowing out birthday candles is gross

Have You Seen This? Blowing out birthday candles is gross



DADSVILLE — Look, I don't always agree with dad logic, but this one just makes too much sense and it's something that's been ... Read More
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Bleep Podcast: The best and worst movies of summer 2017

Bleep Podcast: The best and worst movies of summer 2017

This summer delivered some terrific movies, like "Wonder Woman," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Dunkirk," and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." But there were also some critical ... Read More
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The Clean Cut: Where's Michael Vey? Find out in the final installment of Richard Paul Evan's 'The Fi

The Clean Cut: Where's Michael Vey? Find out in the final installment of Richard Paul Evan's 'The Fi

The question on the mind of every Veyniac, "Where's Michael?" will finally be answered in "The Final Spark." The final book in the Michael ... Read More
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Quirky 'Lost in Paris' gets some laughs but could use more depth

Quirky 'Lost in Paris' gets some laughs but could use more depth

“LOST IN PARIS” — 2½ stars — Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard; not rated; Broadway
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The latest seasons of ‘Elementary’ and ‘NCIS’ are on DVD this week

The latest seasons of ‘Elementary’ and ‘NCIS’ are on DVD this week

As the new fall television season prepares to kick off, some 2016-17 seasons are landing this week on DVD (and some on Blu-ray), led by ... Read More
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Disneynature’s latest Earth Day documentary is now on home video

Disneynature’s latest Earth Day documentary is now on home video

Disney’s latest Earth Day documentary is on home video this week, along with an eclectic variety of other titles.
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Five for Families: "Leap" and other films that feature dancing

Five for Families: "Leap" and other films that feature dancing

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider.
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We must purge the trend of binge watching TV

We must purge the trend of binge watching TV

The upcoming fall TV season is upon us, and with it, a carefully crafted schedule designed to optimize advertisers’ exposure to the right audiences. I ... Read More
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21 movies for families coming out this fall

21 movies for families coming out this fall

Summer is finally over, and for film lovers, that can be both a good and bad thing. While there might be fewer must-see movies released ... Read More
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‘Lion King,’ ‘Whale Rider,’ ‘Mr. Mom’ receive Blu-ray upgrades

‘Lion King,’ ‘Whale Rider,’ ‘Mr. Mom’ receive Blu-ray upgrades

“The Lion King” gets a Blu-ray reissue this week, and “Mr. Mom,” “Whale Rider” and others make their Blu-ray debuts, while a couple of vintage ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Wolves are aggressively friendly

Have You Seen This? Wolves are aggressively friendly



THE WILD — Wolves are a tricky subject for me. I know I should be terrified of them in the wild, that is unless Liam Neeson ... Read More
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7 classics you should read this fall

7 classics you should read this fall

There are so many classics that it can be hard to know which ones are actually good and which ones are simply important because a ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? 97-year-old grandpa awed by electric car

Have You Seen This? 97-year-old grandpa awed by electric car



THE FUTURE — It is amazing what technological advancements we have seen in our lives. The iPhone, the internet, Hot Pockets. The list is endless.
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8 movies coming to a theater near you in September

8 movies coming to a theater near you in September

Since MoviePass decided to drop its subscription fees to $9.95 a month, moviegoers have been signing up for the ticket-a-day service at a dizzying ... Read More
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Faith-based 'All Saints' shares poignant true story of a Tennessee church farm

Faith-based 'All Saints' shares poignant true story of a Tennessee church farm

"ALL SAINTS" — 3 stars — Cara Buono, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, David Keith, Gregory Alan Williams; PG (thematic elements); in general release
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Bruce Lee origin story 'Birth of the Dragon' needs more Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee origin story 'Birth of the Dragon' needs more Bruce Lee

"BIRTH OF THE DRAGON" — 2 stars — Philip Ng, Yu Xia, Wang Xi'An, Hai Yu, Yue Wu, Billy Magnussen; PG-13 (martial arts violence, language and ... Read More
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Animated 'Leap!' is upstaged by its clunky story

Animated 'Leap!' is upstaged by its clunky story

"LEAP!" — 2 stars — Voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler; PG (some impolite humor and action); in general release
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