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Jennifer Christman

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Little Rock's Riverdale to show 5 'art house' flicks

posted: 09/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Because their box office receipts often aren't reported on E! and some of their stars aren't famous enough to get on TMZ, art theaters frequently don't get the recognition they deserve. In one egregious recent example, on March 22, IndieWire erroneously reported that Little Rock didn't have an art house cinema.

Review: MOVIE REVIEW: A small circle of friends in 'Brad's Status'

posted: 09/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Brad (Ben Stiller) has nothing to complain about.

Previews

posted: 09/22/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Brad's Status 88 R Brad (Ben Stiller) thinks his comfortable life in suburban California doesn't compare with those of his four college friends, until circumstances force them to reconnect. With Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement; directed by Mike White. (1 hour, 41 minutes)

Status' filmmaker saw Stiller as Brad

posted: 09/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

TORONTO -- Somewhat surprisingly, Mike White, patron saint of neurotic, awkward man-children, appears anything but anxious in person.

Review: Stronger

posted: 09/22/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Taking into account the scourge that comes with the standard bio-pic, all its inherent limitations, it is at least twice as difficult to make the dreaded "topical" bio-pic -- that is, making a film about a figure of particular, direct current relevancy.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 09/22/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

American Made, R Tom Cruise plays commercial pilot Barry Seal, who, recruited by the CIA to check out the burgeoning communist threat in Central America, finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in U.S. history, spawning the birth of the Medellin drug cartel and almost bringing down the Reagan White House. With Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons; directed by Doug Liman. Sept. 29

Review: Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

posted: 09/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

So, for a big studio brave enough to step outside of remakes and regurgitated content in an attempt to jump-start a new franchise, the original Kingsman (2014), and this sequel offer up a pretty surefire step-by-step method.

It scares off Assassin, Mother!

posted: 09/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- It does it again.

Best and the worst of Toronto film festival

posted: 09/22/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

One of the more peculiar aspects of spending a week ensconced in a massive film festival, spending your days frantically rushing from one theater to another, standing in line interminably, and watching movie after movie, is the hermetically sealed aspect of being in such an all-encompassing environment day after day, night after night, until the goings-on of the outside world can sound as distant as a whisper across a mountain canyon. There are exceptions, of course -- our current president's inauguration day happened to take place on the first full day of Sundance -- but for the most part, tucked away into a film festival such as the Toronto International Film Festival, you nestle down in your seat and put as much of your concentration in front of you, on the screen, as you can muster.

Super Quiz: Novels: First lines

posted: 09/22/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

1. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13."

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/22/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I am a United States veteran. Having lost one leg and a hand while serving my country, I have a service dog, Chip, who helps me and who I couldn't get along without. People in my little hometown understand that my dog has to go where I go, but on planes, in airports, in businesses and doctor's offices, I get some ugly stares or comments because of my dog. People need to understand that service dogs are there to help someone and are greatly appreciated by veterans. They're not dangerous, and legally we have the right to take them with us wherever we go. My dog is well-behaved, always clean, always on a leash and well-fed. He's my buddy and my friend, and where I go, Chip goes, too.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/22/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You're exceptionally lucky over the next four weeks. In November, shake up your professional scene some. What seems like a lateral move will actually lead to something better. You don't really know yourself until you try new things. Your personal life percolates with fresh activities and interests in 2018.

On Christianity

posted: 09/22/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Are people basically good or basically bad? Some friends and I have been having a discussion about this, and we're having a hard time coming to any firm conclusion. What does the Bible say about this, if anything?

NW Previews

posted: 09/22/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Brad's Status

REVIEW: The Lego Ninjago Movie

posted: 09/22/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

As Meat Loaf put it so eloquently, "Two out of three ain't bad."

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