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Names and Faces

posted: 07/28/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen. He returns to the subject as he promotes his latest film, the lighthearted period romp Magic in the Moonlight, even as he's busy shooting his next movie in Providence, R.I.

Box Office

posted: 07/25/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

On Film: Midway in ’14 movie run, Hollywood has some front-runners

posted: 07/25/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

The movie year is a marathon; the pace kicks up nearer the end. By the calendar, we're more than halfway through 2014. Since it's one of those languid summer weeks that lends itself to rumination, maybe it's worth taking a minute to contextualize the year so far.

Super Quiz: Alcoholic beverages and flavors

posted: 07/25/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: Alcoholic beverages and flavors

Review: A Most Wanted Man

posted: 07/25/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

You can sense a John le Carre spy novel adaptation, often before his name turns up in the credits. The hero's cynicism at war with his skepticism, the professionalism at war with personal demons -- in the spy master's gloomy, overcast world they're all spies "Who Came in From the Cold."

FILM CLIPS

posted: 07/25/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

At area theaters

Arkansas postcard past

posted: 07/25/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Fort Smith, circa 1924 Established in 1853 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Anne's Academy educated young Arkansans for 120 years. A notable example of Romanesque architecture, this building was constructed in 1901. It was demolished in 1974, a year after the school closed.

On Christianity

posted: 07/25/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'd probably enjoy my job more if it weren't for my boss. He's always criticizing me and pointing out things he thinks I could have done better, and he never has a good word to say about anything. I need the job, but this is really getting me down. How should I react?

Apes still in box office primacy

posted: 07/25/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- A raunchy romantic comedy, an anarchy thriller and an animated kids' flick couldn't unseat the evolved primates ruling the box office.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/25/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year brings demanding standards, which you rise to fulfill. Relationships thrive as you grow in spiritual generosity. August rewards tenacity. The breakthrough will happen just after you've been tempted to give up, but you persevere. Family grows in September. Financially, October, May and June are the best months. Aquarius and Aries people adore you.

Home Movies

posted: 07/25/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Transcendence,

Review: And So It Goes

posted: 07/25/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Throughout his career Michael Douglas has often played contemptibly selfish men in need of humbling or redemption. If you've already seen him play such a character in Wall Street or Solitary Man, you've seen him do it in a more interesting story, giving a more nuanced and engaging performance.

Review: Lucy

posted: 07/25/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Luc Besson has made a movie based on the conceit that human beings only use 10 percent of their brains. There's nothing in Lucy to disprove the premise.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 07/25/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Get on Up, PG-13 Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," in this bio-pic. With Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd; directed by Tate Taylor. Aug. 1

PREVIEWS

posted: 07/25/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

And So It Goes

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