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Entertainment notes: Mixing of politics, religion is topic of lecture at library

posted: 08/31/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Charles Kimball, author of When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, will present the Central Arkansas Library System's Rabbi Ira Sanders Distinguished Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

Review: Textbook spy intrigue makes November Man an easy mark

posted: 08/29/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

It's a simple enough request for our genre entertainment. There are certain basic parameters a genre film needs to follow at a bare minimum in order to be successful: A romance absolutely has to have a pair of characters that the audience wants to see together, for example; an action film should put its protagonist up against very long odds for success.

Review: Life After Beth

posted: 08/29/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Watching Jeff Baena's Life After Beth, my mind kept turning to the HBO series The Leftovers.

Review: The One I Love

posted: 08/29/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The One I Love is a tricky movie to review because there's a major plot twist that comes barely 15 minutes into the movie that we cannot talk about. So about the only thing we can say about the plot is that it involves a married couple, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), who are going through a rough patch in their relationship. (Adultery is apparently involved, but the specifics of the wound are never discussed.)

Home movies

posted: 08/29/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Belle, directed by Amma Asante (PG, 105 minutes) This intelligent, charming and entertaining period drama, awash in luxurious fabrics, elaborate hairstyles, golden candlelight and fabulous late-1700s English surroundings, tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), an illegitimate daughter of the late Royal Navy Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) and his African slave mistress.

Guardians is top film of summer

posted: 08/29/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Walt Disney Co.'s Guardians of the Galaxy, the new group of movie superheroes mined from Marvel's comic-book lineup, officially became Hollywood elite as stars of this year's biggest summer film in the United States.

FILM CLIPS

posted: 08/29/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

At area theaters 88 BOYHOOD, R Director Richard Linklater has spent 12 years filming this story as seen through the eyes of a child who literally grows up onscreen. (165 minutes)

Review: Begin Again

updated: 08/29/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

An old-fashioned movie musical disguised as a featherweight urban rom-com, John Carney's Begin Again is a movie you'll have to meet at least halfway. No, characters don't break into song on the streets of New York or tap-dance through the rain, but it's a movie that very much relies on its musical component to engage its audience.

Charlie McDowell finds his own identity

posted: 08/29/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

You may never have heard of director Charlie McDowell before but you probably know his family. His father is A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell, and his mother is Newport-born Oscar-winner Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard). His stepfather is Cheers and C.S.I. star Ted Danson, and his sister, Lilly McDowell, has appeared in Sons of Anarchy and the 2008 film Made of Honor.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 08/29/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) The Identical, PG Identical twin brothers born during the Depression and then separated share a common passion for music that decades later causes their lives to unknowingly intersect.

Previews

posted: 08/29/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

New this week The November Man 81 R Pierce Brosnan plays a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent lured out of his quiet retirement in Switzerland to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) -- which puts him in the crosshairs of a former friend and CIA protege (Luke Bracey).

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/29/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: My son's preschool had firefighters come to the school. I stayed for the presentation and learned stuff, too.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/29/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This is a year when you master your craft and make money at it. Know your work, show up on time, and bring your sense of humor. This is the professional way, and it will get you hired again and again. Next month brings a windfall.

On Christianity

posted: 08/29/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: When we got married 40 years ago, it seems like my husband and I talked all the time about everything under the sun. But now we sometimes go for hours without saying much of anything. We still love each other very much, but has something gone wrong?

Super Quiz: The United Kingdom

posted: 08/29/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

1. Name of the royal house

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