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Review: 'Get Hard' is hardly entertaining

posted: 03/27/2015 1:51 a.m. Comment 1

Here in Philadelphia, we take the business of our national celebrities very seriously. The line to get into Will Ferrell and Philly native Kevin Hart's new ribald, controversial comedy started 90 minutes before showtime and by the 45-minute mark saw the crowd lined up around the other side of the block.

On Film: Foothills FilmFest taken for granted

posted: 03/27/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

As is its custom, the 2015 Ozark Foothills FilmFest will be held in two sessions -- one on April 3-4, the other April 10-11. There's a pragmatic reason for this; the festival exists largely for the benefit of the people of Arkansas, most of whom have to work or go to school weekdays.

Review: Home

posted: 03/27/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Home, the latest offering from DreamWorks Animation, features a race of space aliens who have mastered hyperspace travel yet possess the emotional and intellectual development of toddlers.

Home movies

posted: 03/27/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie (PG-13, 137 minutes) Unbroken is an inspirational story based on a best-selling 2010 biography of Louis Zamperini by respected author Laura Hillenbrand.

Insurgent takes over at box office

posted: 03/27/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Young adults again proved their box office might over the weekend as The Divergent Series: Insurgent launched with about $52 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Review: It Follows

updated: 03/27/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Of all the genres of film, horror perhaps has the least respect, and for reasons perfectly understandable. What started out as a method of exploring fears and crises of human nature has turned into a cheap gore-delivery mechanism. In fact, it seems as though most recent horror movies are either so bad as to be offensive (Ouija) or so good as to be denied wide release (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). It's refreshing, then, to see a mainstream horror film that has a degree of intelligence and craftsmanship behind it getting the attention and support of a major distributor, in this case the Weinstein Co.

Get Hard critics uptight, stars say

posted: 03/27/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

In the annals of film festival flops -- from unexpected boos to red-carpet gaffes -- the premiere of the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard will go down as a doozy.


posted: 03/27/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) Woman in Gold, PG-13 Helen Mirren plays an elderly Jewish survivor of World War II who sues the Austrian government for the return of artwork the Nazis stole from her family.


posted: 03/27/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

New this week Home 85 PG An alien race in search of a new place to call home takes over Earth and relocates all humans except one resourceful girl (voice of Rihanna) who, with a banished alien (voice of Jim Parsons) embarks on the road trip of a lifetime.

Helpful Hints

posted: 03/27/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Everyone has to drive through a school zone at some point or another, and I drive through several on my daily commute. Most have signs that designate where school zones start and stop. But how do you know when a school zone ends if there is no sign?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 03/27/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You're strong, but next month, when the stars send you someone to help you carry your load, don't turn down the assist. Give up some baggage, and you'll be in a position for a May adventure. Family business is favored in June.

On Christianity

posted: 03/27/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why didn't Jesus flee once He knew His enemies were out to get Him, instead of openly appearing in public and almost daring them to arrest Him? This has always puzzled me.

Super Quiz: Science Studies

posted: 03/27/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

1. Study of life

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

posted: 03/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) Furious 7, PG-13 A continuation of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) and his crew took down Owen Shaw in the last one, and his brother now wants revenge.

Penn can't save dying Gunman

posted: 03/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The action movie The Gunman had some things going for it. Star power, for one, with Sean Penn in the lead role and a supporting cast that included Javier Bardem and Idris Elba. It was also the work of director Pierre Morel, who knows how to make an audience white-knuckle its armrests.


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