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ON FILM: So many movies, so few great ones

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I don't watch as many movies as I used to.

Review: Well Done: 'Deepwater Horizon' tells tragic story of biggest oil spill in U.S. history without exploiting it

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When something big or memorable happens in the world -- especially involving Americans -- you can pretty much go ahead and begin casting the movie in your head. Just in the past few months, we've had Sully, a fact-based film about the US Airways pilot who successfully landed a passenger plane on the Hudson; Hands of Stone, a bio-pic about champion boxer Roberto Duran; War Dogs, about a pair of stoner millennials who somehow ended up becoming big-time arms dealers; and, of course, Michael Bay's 13 Hours, which covered the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Lybia. Hollywood, desperate to fill the churning maw of its unrelenting schedule, sees fit to take any notable happening, skim the gist of it, and use only enough relevant facts so their subsequent film can claim it was "based on true events," a particularly disingenuous moniker that does not preclude studios jamming these events into a standard three-act story.

Names and faces

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Actress Goldie Hawn says the key to her successful 33-year Hollywood romance with Kurt Russell is that they never got married. The actress appeared on the chat show Loose Women on Britain's ITV earlier this week.

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton's more entertaining movies are, sadly, not the ones that Hollywood shells out big bucks to make. When he takes his macabre whimsy with him to the great beyond, he'll be best remembered for his salutes to misfits like Ed Wood, Frankenweenie (both the TV special and the animated feature), Big Fish and Big Eyes. It's easy to get a sense that he had more fun making those films than Planet of the Apes or Dark Shadows.

Home Movies

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The Innocents, directed by Anne Fontaine

Seven remake blasts way to No. 1

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Shooting past all competition, MGM and Columbia's The Magnificent Seven took over the weekend box office, surpassing the debut of the animated Storks, from Warner Bros.

11 lives lost, scars left is film's focus

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For a long time after the disaster, Mike Williams was haunted by the sound of helicopters.

Review: Masterminds

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There's a certain subset of the population that may find Zach Galifianakis in a ridiculous hairdo the height of comedy. If you are in that segment, welcome, join us. You'll find much merriment in the lightweight and very silly comedy Masterminds, which is, astonishingly, based on the true story of one of the largest cash robberies in the United States. Also, Galifianakis sports a variety of insane wigs and 'dos, including a long blond number, a kinky black perm and his own Prince Valiant bob, styled for the heavens.

Movie's diversity plays starring role

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When director Antoine Fuqua first began contemplating how to go about remaking the much-loved 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, one image quickly popped into his head.

Coming movies

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The Birth of a Nation, R Enslaved Baptist preacher Nat Turner, seeing the horrific treatment of his fellow men, realizes he cannot prevent an uprising, and in 1831 his quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Virginia. With Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott; directed by Nate Parker. Oct. 7


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Deepwater Horizon

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: I recently read a hint about including a picture of a handwritten note in the "Picture File" of your cellphone so that an honest person can find that information and return your phone. Here's what I suggest:

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. It's a lucky year for saving up for big-ticket items or bucket-list experiences. Sources of income crop up as you tell more and more people about what you do. In October, you'll call a few key shots and be put in charge. Families come together in December. March and July will be the most adventurous.

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A close friend of mine just told me she has incurable cancer. Why would God do this to her? I don't know anyone who is kinder or more thoughtful. It's really hit me, and it just doesn't seem fair.

Super Quiz: Objects with special powers

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1. Cup or plate sought by knights of legend




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