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MOVIE REVIEW: Back on Trek

posted: 07/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

J.J. Abrams reanimated a dormant sci-fi franchise for the big screen with his propulsive 2009 origin story, Star Trek, but then shifted into neutral for the humdrum 2013 follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, a regimented blockbuster that felt hollow and heavy beneath all its noise and brawn.

On Film: 17th Show of Shows sets festival of shorts

posted: 07/22/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

I remember sitting in a ratty theater in Tempe, Ariz., in 1992. That's where I first saw Mike Judge's characters Beavis & Butt-Head as part of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. For some reason, "Frog Baseball" had a pretty big effect on me. It wasn't exactly like seeing Hiroshima, Mon Amour when I was in college, but it definitely alerted me to possibilities I hadn't previously considered.

PREVIEWS

posted: 07/22/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Review: Ice Age: Collision Course

posted: 07/22/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Despite its frosty setting, the first Ice Age warmed viewers' hearts back in 2002. Now the animated critters from the first movie succeed in making the audience's eyelids feel heavy in Ice Age: Collision Course.

Home Movies

posted: 07/22/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The Dark Horse, directed by James Napier Robertson

New DVD dissects Dr. Strangelove

posted: 07/22/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

The most shocking aspect of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 nightmare comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is not how the idiosyncratic filmmaker made nuclear warfare funny nor that he earned three Oscar nominations (for co-writing, producing and directing the movie) nor that it was a commercial hit (earning $ 9.5 million on a $1.8 million budget).

Pets puts Ghostbusters in its place

posted: 07/22/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Who you gonna call? Probably not Ghostbusters.

COMING MOVIES

posted: 07/22/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Nerve, PG-13 A high school senior (Emma Roberts) teams up with a mysterious stranger (Dave Franco) to play a popular online game that starts to take a sinister turn. Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman. Opens Wednesday

Review: Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

posted: 07/22/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Look, there's really no cinematic value to Dinesh D'Souza's latest film Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

posted: 07/22/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Like the intoxicants they devour, the antics for Absolutely Fabulous protagonists Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) are more fun when taken in moderate doses.

Super Quiz: Nursery Rhymes

posted: 07/22/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. In which rhyme did my dame lose a shoe?

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/22/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Concerning the column regarding gift cards (Heloise here: The hint was to have the cashier show that the amount asked for was put on the gift card before leaving the store): I've had several unpleasant experiences with giving gift cards. Now I always purchase the gift card on its own cash-register receipt and give the receipt with the card. It has solved many problems, and everyone is happy.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/22/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your solar return comes with a deep sense of flourishing. You'll watch and learn from the best over the next 10 weeks so that you can reap the rewards of excellence. Family, love and music fill your year-end. A financial reorganization effort will help other areas of life.

On Christianity

posted: 07/22/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My neighbor tells me I ought to believe in Jesus because He was God. But don't we all have a little bit of God within us? I have my own religious ideas, and I don't like anyone trying to lecture me or tell me what to believe.

Review: Lights Out

posted: 07/22/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

For a movie that relies so heavily on a single, not especially groundbreaking, visual effect -- now you see the bogeyman, now you don't -- Lights Out is crazy scary.

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