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ON FILM: Watching for the magic

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There were only a couple of people in the theater when we went to see Bad Santa 2 the day before Thanksgiving. And maybe that's what the film deserves -- I was happy not to have to review it, for if I had I would have probably concentrated on its narrative laziness and the odd sense I received that Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates somehow knew they were trapped in a movie far beneath their superlative talents and were simply trying to amuse each other.

Previews

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Believe PG A small-town business owner and a boy who believes in miracles save the annual Christmas pageant. With Ryan O'Quinn, Shawnee Smith, Danielle Nicolet, Kevin Sizemore, David DeLuise; directed by Billy Dickson. (2 hours)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

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Office Christmas Party, R When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's (T.J. Miller) branch office, he and his chief technical officer (Jason Bateman) rally their co-workers to host an epic office Christmas party that will impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. With Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Vanessa Bayer, Jamie Chung; directed by Will Speck, Josh Gordon. Dec. 9

Review: Moonlight

updated: 12/02/2016 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Immediately after screening Barry Jenkins' remarkable, poetic coming-of-age drama Moonlight, I began worrying about how I might write about it without making this brooding film sound like any number of other stories about lost kids growing up on mean streets strewn with the glass and foil paraphernalia of American drug culture.

Box office: Moana bests Beasts for No. 1 slot

posted: 12/02/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Disney's Moana sailed to No. 1 at the box office over the long holiday weekend, with estimated ticket sales of $82 million -- more than enough to bump last week's chart-topper, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to second place.

Commentary: Hacksaw Ridge tale: Risking all for rights

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It was the great cataclysm of the 20th century -- World War II. America was fighting for its life. Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, totalitarian nightmares bent on world conquest, had to be defeated.

REVIEW: The Eyes of My Mother

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The virtues of writer-director Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature are readily apparent. The Eyes of My Mother looks fantastic, shot in a shadowy black-and-white that evokes the nightmare-inducing TV shows of the late ’50s and early ’60s (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits) as much as Ingmar Bergman. It doesn’t get bogged down in dialogue or make any sort of attempt to explain the cruel pathology of its characters. For an arty, brutal arthouse project it’s admirably lean and brisk.

'Princess' Moana not easy to create

posted: 12/02/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Directors Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall and Chris Williams made sure that everything in their new animated film, Moana, was as near perfection as possible. From the smallest blade of grass to a mountain of lava, it had to be right.

Home Movies

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, directed by Mandie Fletcher

Super Quiz: All in the family

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1. A personification of the U.S. government

Helpful Hints

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DEAR READERS: With the internet becoming our "go-to source" for education, solutions, ideas, hints, etc., consider educating yourself on some of the most common fraud schemes you could fall victim to.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/02/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Professional adventures are so thrilling you may put key parts of your life on the back burner while you pursue ambitions in this regard. Reward the loyal loved ones who support you through this. You'll love what comes from it in May.

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A man I work with says Jesus never claimed to be God or divine or anything like that. I don't know much about the Bible, but is he right? If so, why bother celebrating Christmas?

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

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Loving, PG-13 In 1967, couple Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) Loving take their case to the Supreme Court after their wedding violates a Virginia law that prohibits interracial marriage. With Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Jon Bass, Michael Shannon; directed by Jeff Nichols. Dec. 9

NW Previews

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Believe PG A small-town business owner and a boy who believes in miracles save the annual Christmas pageant. With Ryan O'Quinn, Shawnee Smith, Danielle Nicolet, Kevin Sizemore, David DeLuise; directed by Billy Dickson. (2 hours)

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