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MovieStyle: Dog days

posted: 08/21/2014 11:10 a.m. Discuss

Late August is the low trough of summer and traditionally a time when Hollywood studios release movies that, for whatever reason, they feel a little weird about.

Names and faces

posted: 08/16/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Daniel Radcliffe says he finds the concept of celebrity and the level of interest in the trivia of actors' lives "weird."

Names and faces

posted: 08/15/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Taylor Swift is performing at the MTV Video Music Awards. Swift made the announcement Wednesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Review: Not the ideal Boyhood

updated: 08/15/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Richard Linklater's Boyhood is probably the year's best-reviewed film, and it will very likely make it onto many critics' end-of-the-year Top 10 lists. It might even make it onto mine.

On Film: Film couldn't curb quicksilver Williams

posted: 08/15/2014 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

Not long ago someone told me that if I ever wanted to ruin a person's day all I had to do was remind them that sometime, in the not very distant future, the world will be without Bill Murray. It worked on me. Not a day goes by that I don't contemplate the inevitable subtraction of joy from the planet that Murray's passing will bring.

Review: The Giver

posted: 08/15/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

You would think that even the most narcissistic teens -- as if there were any other variety -- would tire of reading novels about dystopian futures of authoritarianism and soullessness in which singular members of their ilk are born somehow "special" and therefore have the ability to change the entirety of society; but no, these ubiquitous book series -- from The Hunger Games and Divergent to Ender's Game and Percy Jackson to countless other titles -- tirelessly drum that same idea into the mushy brains of the pre-adult set.

Review: What If?

posted: 08/15/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Half the movies in existence don't depend on audiences wondering what will happen but how it will happen. This is the case with most crime films, almost all action films and at least 99 percent of romantic comedies.

Turtles hurtle Galaxy for No. 1

posted: 08/15/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

A gang of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pushed aside superhero misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy to take the top slot at the box office.

Review: Magic in the Moonlight

posted: 08/15/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The inherent problem in cranking out a movie (sometimes two!) every year, as Woody Allen has been doing for the last 34 years, is that some of them are inevitably going to be dogs. Does someone have a gun to the filmmaker's head forcing him to proceed with half-baked, joyless comedies such as Magic in the Moonlight instead of tossing bad ideas out and starting fresh? This is, at best, a 20-minute TV episode extended to feature length, and the stretch marks show.


posted: 08/15/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

At area theaters 77 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, PG-13 Only Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), as Spidey comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.


posted: 08/15/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) If I Stay, PG-13 Chloe Grace Moretz plays a young woman whose choice of whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or be with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley) changes in an instant; caught between life and death for one revealing day, she faces a completely different decision.


posted: 08/15/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

New this week Let's Be Cops R Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations, but they'll have to put their fake badges on the line when they become entangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/15/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: What is the best way to clean a computer keyboard? Mine is looking rather dirty, but I have been afraid to do anything for fear of damaging it.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/15/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Slow down and enjoy this year. You'll be drawn to the glamour, bright lights and music of September. October will bring an exchange of ideas that leads to a new business and/or, for singles, a hot love affair.

On Christianity

posted: 08/15/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm really ashamed of the way I've been living. I joined the Army right after graduating from high school, and I've gotten involved in a lot of things I never thought I'd do. The worst part is, I know I've left God behind. Is there any way to get back on track, or has God given up on me?


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