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Critical Mass: Does art imitate life with a desperate honesty?

posted: 11/19/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

For obvious reasons, the news has lately led me to thinking about Humbert Humbert.

MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League

posted: 11/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

So, it has come to this: After several colossal and wildly expensive misfires and one encouraging certified hit in last summer's Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. and DC have finally accepted that their previously adopted vision of dark, poorly constructed films that relied on heavy atmospherics, overwrought CGI, and a stubborn insistence that director Zack Snyder's glum version of the DC Universe was the way to go with their canon, had to change. Simply put: If they couldn't beat 'em, they had to join 'em.

Review: Humble and kind

posted: 11/17/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Based on a children's novel that sparked a "Choose Kind" movement -- "kind" as in "kindness," or what the world needs now -- Wonder brings an upbeat openheartedness to tough questions. Its lessons in compassion and self-acceptance are treacle-free, and however movie-shiny the story's world of economic comfort and prep school, those lessons pack a universal punch.

Previews

posted: 11/17/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Justice League

Home Movies

posted: 11/17/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Brigsby Bear, directed by Dave McCary

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 11/17/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Coco, PG Despite his family's long-term ban on making music, a youngster dreaming of becoming an accomplished musician and desperate to prove his talent finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. Animated; with voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Sofía Espinosa, Selene Luna; directed by Lee Unkrich. Opens Wednesday

Digital review: Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

posted: 11/17/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

The beating of an unarmed black taxi driver named Rodney King by four white Los Angeles police officers in March 1991 didn't occur in a vacuum. It was the incendiary culmination of 10 years of escalating conflict between law enforcement and the African-American community of the city.

Digital media: Mudbound

posted: 11/17/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

After a -- literary and figuratively -- dark opening scene, Mudbound seemed to unfold as an idyllic rural ramble across the Mississippi Delta, a few years before the start of World War II.

Thor tops Daddy's Home 2, Orient Express at box office

posted: 11/17/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- The God of Thunder isn't ready to relinquish his box office throne yet.

'Old-fashioned' Mudbound becomes Oscar contender

posted: 11/17/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

At Virginia's Middleburg Film Festival in October, the director Dee Rees had tears in her eyes. Her movie Mudbound had just brought a packed ballroom to its feet and, even though she had been on tour for several weeks with the film -- a sprawling historical drama about two families, one African-American, one white, working a hardscrabble patch of land in the American South -- she was clearly overcome. The film grapples with difficult material, including violence, racism and poverty that feel dispiritingly timely. But the Middleburg viewers not only didn't flinch, they embraced it.

Q&A with Ezra Miller on becoming the Flash

posted: 11/17/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Ezra Miller brings an electric energy to the superhero team-up film Justice League, pinballing off the more imposing presences of Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck.

Super Quiz: On this date

posted: 11/17/2017 1:41 a.m. Discuss

1. Aug. 8, 1974: resignation

Helpful Hints

posted: 11/17/2017 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: My sister and I discovered that many economy motels weren't designed to handle today's technology needs, so we always pack a power cord for our phones, tablets, laptops and more. It keeps us from arguing over the limited outlets available.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 11/17/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. A new hobby or interest is burbling up now and will take hold and solidify in 2018. Once you figure out the particulars, your commitment to the endeavor will introduce you to new people and places. Your family will grow in the new year. Your leadership will be often requested.

On Christianity

posted: 11/17/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I hate to admit this, but my wife and I never got along, and when she died last year I wasn't all that sorry. But now I desperately miss her. I wish I could make up for those lost years. What's wrong with me?

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